Outstanding Olympian and five-times gold medallist Sir Steve Redgrave is to be honoured with a sculpture located at the entrance to Marlow Bottom. 

The inauguration is at 11am on Sunday 3rd May 2015 and Marlow Rowing Club members have an open invitation to attend to celebrate the achievements of their President.

The sculpture will be located at the entrance to Marlow Bottom, between the entrance and that to Bencombe Farm and Rebellion Brewery. Parking is potentially a problem, so please come by foot if you can.

*ALL PLACES ARE NOW FULL*

We have been contacted by local GP, Shona Lockie:
"I am a local GP at Marlow surgery, and have organised for a charity called "CRY", who Sir Steven Redgrave supports, to come on 21st and 22nd March. They can screen any young person for unknown heart problems, if they are aged 14-35. I know this is something that many rowers have been keen to do.

It costs just £45. I am giving up my time for free, and any proceeds are going to Marlow Hockey Club. I was hoping you would be able to send the details of this out to all your members to see if anyone would like to have this done."

You can read more in this flyer about this.

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In this edition, racing updates, bar opening, rugby in the bar, bar membership, gym memberships, second club memberships, and the final cost of the building.

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In this issue: Key Fob Issue, Blazer Sales, the Bar Opens, Club Supper, Building Moves, the Wycombe and District Sports Awards and GB Trials.

We have passed a milestone with the new building, having reached "practical completion" stage with the builders. This means that while there are still minor works to do, and snagging to tidy up, the building is basically fit to go. This does mean that builders will continue to access the building over the coming weeks, including changing rooms, to remedy some known issues and to activate the lift.

Therefore the new club will be opening to the membership generally this weekend, to co-incide with the Long Distance Sculls on Saturday.

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This month:

* Update on the building

* Fundraising update - particular the President's Dinner on 1st November

* Rowing Matters

* Membership reminder 

BoatMoving Weekend - 28/29 September

Big thank you to everyone who helped move the boats down to Longridge during the weekend of 28/29 September.  The boats used by the senior men, masters men and masters women, and novices have been successfully moved to their new winter location.  The bookable boats are also at Longridge, and we are still seeking a solution for online booking, but at the moment anyone wanting to use a bookable boat during the peak Saturday and Sunday morning sessions should check with a squad coach or with Sally first.

 

 

Big Move Weekend - 17/18 August

We will be doing most of the clearance of the boathouse during the weekend of 17/18 August.  If you are available to help with this move please let Sally or Graeme know.  We will be moving most of the gym equipment and much of the other equipment (spares etc) to Computer House, our temporary base during the rebuild.  Computer House is on Station Approach, Marlow.

 

Locations of boats/equipment during build period

The junior boys, junior girls and senior women will move to Bisham Abbey for the duration of the offsite period.  

Junior Development Squad will go to Westhorpe Water Sports Centre

All adult club owned boats (except for the senior womens boats) will be based at Longridge.  This includes senior men, masters men & women and the bookable boats.  Club singles will be moved to Longridge, but there will not be any space available for private singles at this location.

Private singles will go to one of three locations: at the club under the bridge, or against the Compleat Angler Wall; to the rear of the Compleat Angler car park; or to Temple Sailing Club.  Unfortuately we won't have space for all of the private singles and those members who rarely use their boats will be asked to move them away.  It may be possible to arrange storage of some of these boats (without river access).  Owners of private singles will be contacted individually about this.

Boating Rafts - we already have one raft at Bisham Abbey.  Another raft wil be moved to Temple Sailing Club, and one to Longridge. We will keep a raft at the club to allow people to boat singles.

Launches - Two of the Cats will go to Longridge, one Cat plus the 'tin fish' (ex safety baot) will go to Westhorpe, one Cat to Temple Sailing Club, the remainder will be moored at the club or possibly at Bisham Abbey.

Moving Equipment Off Site

This will take place during August.  The squad coaches are managing the moves of their allocated boats and if you are a member of one of the squads your coach / squad leader will tell you when this will happen.  Bookable boats will be among the last to move - at the moment we expect to rack them outside the club (having emptied the bays) until mid September then relocate them to Longridge.

Gym equipment will be moved to Computer House on Station Approach in Marlow.  We have taken a lease of this building for the duration of the build and it will operate as a gym and also a temporary HQ.  The building will be available from 1 August so the re-siting of the gym equipment will be one of the first activities to happen in August.

 

Operating during the construction period

Details of the access arrangement to boats and to gym will be published during August.  For people boating from Longridge, you should be aware that the boating area and river are very congested on Saturday and Sunday mornings when both Sir William Borlase School and Great Marlow School run their rowing sessions.  We will be unable to park cars at Longridge on Saturday and Sunday mornings, and members will have to arrive on foor or by bicycle.

And Finally..

This is a major building project and inevitably there will be some disruption to the rowing activity and some teething problems with the new boating locations. Please be as patient as you can and be prepared to compromise!  That said, if you have any problems with the boating arrangements please let your squad leader know, or speak to Sally or Graeme and we'll do what we can to sort things out.

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In this issue: the end of one rowing year, the start of a new one, the building project enters a new phase, new junior chief coach and the new membership/racking fees.

It has been another busy and successful period at Marlow Rowing Club. Since the last newsletter: