I'm very pleased to say that the club's racing crews have continued their winning ways, with a total of 106 wins so far this year. This is a fantastic performance, one which we should all be proud of, and with a busy racing schedule still to go we look set to record our most successful season in recent years. Following on from the fire less than a year ago this is a huge achievement and a testament to the hard work of the crews, coaches and all of the supporters.
In particular, since my last update, we have had the Henley events, where despite the difficult conditions our crews performed extremely well. The women reached the final of the senior lightweight doubles and the four and quad also proved their abilities. At Henley Royal, three crews pre-qualified and were joined by a very young Fawley B crew who came through the qualifiers. All raced well, with the outstanding performance coming from the Fawley A boat which reached the final before being beaten by an older and more experienced crew. The Masters were successful in the womens B 4+, A 2x and B 1x, while the men won the B 8 and were finalists in the C8.
Full details of the racing record are here.
Excellent news from the junior trials – Seb Devereux has been selected for the World Junior 4x, and will be off to Plovdiv in August. Also wearing GB kit this summer is Josh Kent who has gained a place in the Coupe 2x and will be making his way to Banyoles at the end of July. Josh will be accompanied by Carrie Collerton who has been asked to coach the double. Well done to all of them, we wish them success at the events and look forward to hearing their impressions of international competition.
Of course, attending trials and travelling to competitions abroad is not without cost and we are fortunate in this club to have the Presidents Fund which supports international aspirants. I recently had a note from the Fund explaining that their resources were becoming more stretched and reminding me that they are only able to offer this support as a result of the generosity of donors. Of course, the club has been focussing its fund raising on the rebuild, but if you are able to give something to this very worthwhile fund, please contact Peter Blaseby or Lorna Loretto via the club.
Congratulations to Graeme Hyman and Linsey Taylor who have been awarded their Level 2 coaching qualifications. Both were supported by the club in achieving these and we are very pleased to welcome them to the coaching teams. Graeme teaches learn to row courses and improvers, and Linsey assists Simon Napier-Munn with the JDS group. If you have coached before, or are thinking or starting your coaching career, and can set aside time to coach a group next year I would be very pleased to hear from you.
Members of the club have been taking part in the Jubilee celebrations. There were two boats in the Thames Jubilee pageant sporting Marlow colours, arranged by Paul Sermon from the Foundation group. Paul, joined by Alexa Spcier, Stephanie Buckeridge and David Plaskitt, rowed in 'Hiawatha' a 19ft clinker double scull. Bill Richards, Simon Wright, Oliver Abadeer, John Last, Josie Jacobs and Carlos Miguens crewed 'Jack Charlton', a 16 ft North East coble. Despite the torrential rain and some technical problems both crews negotiated the route and had a memorable day on the Tideway. Not only that, but between them they raised £1,032 for the fire fund - well done all!
A second group celebrated the jubilee closer to home, taking part in the 'Time and the Thames' River Pageant performed for the Queen during her visit to Henley at the end of June. You can read more about their adventures here.
Olympic News - In brief,
We are pleased to be hosting the El Salvador Olympic Rowing Team at MRC where they are training before transferring to Dorney on the 19th July. The two scullers, Anna Carmila Vargas Palomo and Roberto Carlos Lopez are joined by their coach Yuri Calderon. They can often be seen out on the river and are really enjoying their stay in Marlow, despite the terrible weather. If you see them at the club please make them feel welcome.
A group of MRC juniors took part in an event in Higginson Park on Tuesday to celebrate the arrival of the Olympic torch in Bisham. Look out for a report on this in the local press.
We are going to be holding an Olympic Breakfast event at the Crowne Plaza to raise some funds for the club. More details of this from Jacqui Napier Munn and Jonathan Walne, or look out for the announcement on the website.
That's all for now, keep enjoying the rowing and who knows, one day we might even have a summer! Meanwhile, I'm not putting the splashtop away yet.