Storm Alex curtailed many outing plans this weekend, and is likely to influence those during the coming days as high flow rates persist. The confluence of high river flow, gusty winds, shorter days, and Covid-19 make it a challenge to provide the rowing and training experiences we all would like. Please bear this in mind when you book your sessions, noting that you may only use the land training facilities after you have been inducted, and in the specific pod/zone/time you have pre-booked. Please read Wave 7 protocols issued 1st October.

Please reacquaint yourselves with the club Safety plan particularly, at this time, River Status Board Settings (page 8) and Night Time & Low-Light Rowing Rules (page 12). Our Club Rowing Safety Advisors (Chris and Diane) provided a useful reminder email today.

Flow levels are currently high (105 m3/s, i.e. red/amber). The Guagemap app (!Map/Summary/1132/1230) provides flow rates but, as noted by Orlando today, is often slow to update; so when the stream is rising rapidly it is strongly advisable to check the actual flow displayed on the hut in the corner of Bridge Gardens. Also note that flow may increase significantly during an outing.

Please remember to make a risk assessment (as we all should for every outing) as the river conditions will be very different to those we have got used to since the return to rowing. Extra care on steering, as the change in flow will push boats out into the stream. If in doubt; don’t go out.

We have a Rowing Committee tomorrow (5th October) evening; please contact your squad Captain with rowing-related issues you wish raised.

Well done to Dawn who braved rain and mud to complete the Boundary walk today. She is raising funds for The Alzheimer’s Society; please support:  JustGiving page

A big thanks to Laura Lion for: doing a double shift (4 hours) junior session supervision last weekend; doing a bar stock-check; and cleaning up the Black Velvet mess created by exploding Guinness and Strongbow cans.

Stay safe


Junior membership fees (2020/21) are due on 1 November, following approval at the EGM last week. Our membership secretaries (Julia, Claire and Becca) and Jim have kindly set up the membership types in ClubHub today, so it is ready to go.

You will also have seen that we are inviting applications (by 30 October) from appropriately qualified candidates for the part-time Junior Rowing Co-ordinator.

Some more racing news this week: alumnus Victor Kleshnev is contesting the 179th Wingfield Sculls on 29 October. Smash it Victor! Read more about this historic private race: Rowing history enthusiasts might be interested to know that ‘Beechy’ (now Diane’s, previously Owen’s, 1x) won the Wingfield Sculls in 1957 with Graham Beech. Maidenhead RC’s Bert Bushnell won the event in 1947.

In time for Christmas lists, Paul Lion’s gargantuan history of Maidenhead Rowing Club, “It’s a load of rowlocks”, is now available for order (see Laura’s email earlier today for details). Paul has very generously donated 25% of profits to the club. Thank you, Paul.

Thanks to: Jim Oliver and Diane for fixing non-slip strips onto the slope to the downstream pontoon last week; Caroline, Chris, and Diane for running capsize drills for several BUBC members yesterday; and to Stewart for persuading RBWM council to clear the remainder of the submerged branches on Guard’s Club Island.

We suffered a theft from the boathouse one evening last week; a member’s phone and bike were stolen whilst he was out on the river. CCTV footage has been provided to the Police. We advise keeping your valuables with you on the river (using a waterproof pouch), but if you choose to use the locker boxes please clean the locks and doors before and after use (C19 cleaning protocols).

Please reacquaint yourselves with Club safety rules for night-time/low-light and river status board settings, as Autumn is fully upon us.

Stay safe


I’ve been working on this video for about two years, filming my own rowing club to produce a promotional video for the club.

The video captures what MRC is all about ..... competitive rowing at all levels but also, a friendly, social & welcoming club open to all levels of ability from beginner to national standard.

As you can see, we have great land training facilities, boats and club house. 

I have captured events and the environment of the club over the past two years on video and complied them into this short film. I joined Maidenhead Rowing Club as a young Junior and believe that this club is a great place for people of all ages. 

I hope this short film motivates you to come down and see the welcoming Club environment for yourself and join us 


Club Video


 Thanks for watching 

Lizzie Sneller WJ18

Another frustrating week of (mostly) Red Boards river; but on a positive note, this week has seen more progress on the gym project, the expanded erg room is really paying dividends, and we had some crews racing on the Tideway this weekend.

Fours Head – 3 crews braved the elements yesterday (and managed to get their entries in early for a reduced field of entries due to works at Fulham Football ground). Very well done to three juniors crews who represented the club at this prestigious event. The girls quad (Amelia, Alexandra, Jasmine and Izzy) took an impressive 4th place in WJ 4x Band1, whilst the Boys B quad (Olly, Jake, Ethan and Ed) were 8th out of 28 crews in J4x Band 2. The Boys A quad unfortunately snapped a blade 600m before the finish line and couldn't complete the race, otherwise their race went very well.

Vet’s Fours Head – 5 crews enjoyed near perfect tideway conditions today, with the race being run the ‘wrong way’ on the flood tide from the Mile Post to Chiswick Staithe. Solid performances from Vetmen and Masters Women crews: WC4x 3rd of 12, WB4x 4th of 6, E4x 6th of 17, D4- 6th of 8, F4+ 4th of 5. The excellent new bar facilities were tested (again) once boats were re-rigged, cleaned, and racked.

Gym project – sliding doors (to separate the function room from the bar area when needed) were fitted last week - the last of the major infrastructure elements, together with installation of the existing 2 weight cages. This week will see further decorating, completion of the bar door, and delivery of the coffee machine. The gym equipment is due next week, along with bar shelves, carpets in the corridors and lino in the bar. Phew..

Functions – Now that we are up and running with the function room once again, please avoid using the weight room when functions are being held. We hope to manage session/dates to minimise clashes, but please remember that hosting functions is a good source of revenue for the Club, and helps position us in the community. The next midweek evening event is Wednesday 4th December from 1830. Layla will advise of any other events to be aware of.

Clares Court sponsored ergos – This Friday (29th November) 1300 – 1830 in the function room (ergos will be placed on mats to protect the floor), with parents in attendance.

Clares Court sports hall – out of action this week (25th – 29th November) due to mock exams.

Clares Court car park – please remember this is a school playground with a speed limit that must be observed.

Hot suppers – Claire is resuming service this Tuesday (26th November) with her signature dish (Chilli - meat and veggie options, homemade guacamole and tortilla chips, seasonal apple crumble for dessert). Please book with her directly as soon as you can, and enjoy (and test out) the lovely new bar.

Fingers crossed for a reduction in flow, so we can all get out to safely row.

Questions/thoughts/ideas always welcomed.


Lots of news and notices this week. Glad that so many crews were back on the water this weekend after the long period of red and red/amber boards.

I’m pleased to announce that Chris Sneller and Diane Steel will take over as joint Club Safety Rowing Advisors with immediate effect. They succeed Claire Pugh and Emma Collins who have provided this important service to the club since 2017. Please join me in thanking Claire and Emma for this.

Yesterday saw some great race performances from Maidenhead members. 7 scullers represented the club on the Tideway for the Vesta Scullers Head, the UK’s largest race for single scullers, racing the championship course from Chiswick to Putney. Izzy Sellers was 2nd in WJ17, Jasmine Stockdale 2nd in WJ16, Jacob Ioras 3rd in MJ16, Ametz Parcell-Arregi 3rd WJ16, Olivia Hall and Alexandra Hollis put in good performances in WJ16 and WJ18 categories. For the first time that any of them have raced singles on the Tideway, these are fabulous results. Representing the seniors, Nick Steel finished 16/30 in MasE.

Meanwhile, in the Lee Valley VeloPark, several of our members represented the club in the Mizuno British Rowing Indoor Championships. Max Bird smashed the Y11 Boys 6mins event, taking a gold. Josh Barnes took silver in the Y8 Boys 3 mins, and 4th in Y8 boys 500m. Steve Bloyce took silver in the PR3 Mens 4 mins, and a close 4th in the PR3 Mens 2k. Maidenhead/Invictus Adaptive relay team (Steve Bloyce, Dan Stevenson, Luke Delahunty, and Chris Brogan) took gold in the Adaptive mens relay event. Strong performances from other members: Al Bird 16/81 M40-49 2k; Claire Wincomb 13/22 MW40-49 2k; Annabel Rayner 10/59 and Emma Rayner 31/59 Y10 girls 5 mins; Amelia Carpenter 7/51 Y11 girls 6 mins.

Max Bird will be attending an invitational GB U18 camp in Spain next week; we wish him all the best for this great opportunity. Smash it again Max.

Upcoming events with Maidenhead entries include: Walton Small Boats Head (14th December); Scratch regatta (15th December); Weybridge Winter Head (18th January); and we will be hosting the Thames Valley Sunday League event (26th January), for which volunteers are sought – please contact Diane Steel.

In the clubhouse, the gym equipment was delivered, installed and put into use last Monday. We have hosted 4 successful functions (Heidi’s painting exhibition, River Road supper club, Brunel University’s pub quiz, and a presentation by Reading University Boat Club), with multiple compliments on our facilities. Please help keep them clean and tidy; they are a valuable asset. The photos/memorabilia project is progressing apace; more on this anon. Reminder that our Christmas party is on 20th December. Carlotta’s breakfasts are so successful that she sold out of uova today.

Carpets and flooring will be fitted this week. The kitchen will be out of action on Monday 9th, and the changing rooms/kitchen/function rooms are not to be used on Tuesday 10th December, until 1700. Please access the ergo room via the back door (as always preferred).

We are hosting a British Rowing course on Tuesday 10th December 1730 - 2130, so please avoid the function room and weights room during this time.

With Layla moving abroad, we are searching for a new member of the Party-hire team. Please contact her for more details.

Finally, please remember not to give the door code out to anybody. Members should know the code. It is important we maintain our security.

Thank you