Dedicated Marlow Regatta President Retires

For nearly 60 years Mr Bill Findlay has been a stalwart of the Marlow Regatta. He has held various positions within the committee during his years of unfaltering service. Most recently he has been the Regatta’s President. On Wednesday 28th March Bill Findlay retired from this position. Bill has undoubtedly been one of the most hands on members of the committee and has always been the first to get stuck in! Whilst in Marlow, his skill in laying the course, piling the start, and then constructing the various items within the Enclosure was unsurpassed. There are few individuals as committed to this event and the sport of rowing as Bill.

The regatta has experienced extensive changes during his tenure on the committee and Bill has played a central role in establishing the Regatta in its new venue at Dorney Lake. Unquestionably Marlow Regatta is indebted to Bill for his commitment and support over the past sixty years. On 1st April 2012 a lunch, attended by approximately 70 of Bills’ Rowing and Regatta friends was held at Leander Club to celebrate his contribution to the sport. A portrait, painted by a fellow committee member Hugh Evans was presented in recognition of his service.

The Presidency has now passed to Mr John Chapman. Marlow Regatta would like to take this opportunity to thank Mr Bill Findlay and his family for their support and also wish Mr Chapman all the best for his Presidency.

By Mike Spencer-Jones
18th Apr, 2:55pm
Tricia Clarke

The Regatta Committee are sorry to report the recent passing of Tricia Clarke. Tricia was a regular volunteer on the Regatta's registration team, where she will be sadly missed.

By Mike Spencer-Jones
14th Mar, 1:43pm
Thames Valley Trial Head in the news

Local press reports from the 2012 Thames Valley Trial Head

Slough Express

Bucks Free Press - updated 11/02/2012

Henley Standard

Maidenhead Advertiser

By Mike Spencer-Jones
7th Feb, 10:52am
Thames Valley Trial Head - Press release


Thames Valley Trial Head - THIS WEEKEND

On Sunday 29th January 2012 Dorney Lake will play host to the Thames Valley Trial Head, a time trial where 500 crews pit their wits against the clock over the Olympic rowing course. The event is organised by the Marlow Regatta committee, who are responsible for this and the flagship regatta which will run 7 weeks before the Olympic Games.

Local entries include Marlow RC, Maidenhead RC, Henley RC, Sir William Borlase’s Grammar School,Great Marlow, Langley Academy, Windsor Boys, The Royal Grammar School High Wycombe. Other clubs include, Bexhill, Swansea, Stratford-on-Avon, Llandaff, Christchurch, Folkestone, and Nottingham.

The Committee are delighted to welcome eights representing Osiris (these are Oxford University Women's Boat race trial crews), who will race over 2,000m against their Cambridge counterparts on March 25th at Henley.

Racing starts at 09.30 and is divided into 3 divisions, the last of which will commence at 13.30

Come and see crews test their mettle against the clock– and keep your fingers crossed for good weather!

By Mike Spencer-Jones
25th Jan, 9:37am
Sport Relief - Olympic Rowers and Kayakers in local Hells Kitchen Event

Hedsor's Kitchen - 18th February 2012

This summer they hope to bring Olympic sporting glory to the nation but for one night only, the Olympic Rowing Team and Olympic Kayak Team are seeking culinary glory in the kitchens of Hedsor House, in a unique fundraiser for Sport Relief, 'Hedsor's Kitchen'.

On the evening of Saturday 18th February, guests will experience a treat as the athletes test their culinary skills and bring their competitive zeal to the kitchens of Hedsor House.

The Olympic community is set to join the unique occasion and enjoy a superb auction with memorabilia from legends of their sport as well as unique training experiences from Olympic athletes.

Rower of Women's Eight Natasha Page said, “Everyone wanted to be involved in Hedsor's Kitchen for Sports Relief, to qualify other team members had to endorse their team mate's chef credentials. To that end we will be proudly fielding a team who's cooking we ourselves would be happy to eat!”

Rival Team Captain, and member of the GB K4 Men's Team, Andrew Daniels said, 'Whether buying tickets for 'Hedsor's Kitchen', or making a small TEXT or online donation, we would really appreciate your support.'

Hamish Shephard, Partner of Hedsor House said, 'We are absolutely delighted to be supporting Sport Relief and to be getting behind Britain's Olympic athletes. With gold medalists in the kitchen, it will no doubt be an unforgettable evening!"

The worthy event is organised by Hedsor House, Party for the Podium and Melissa Webb Caterers who will be assisting in the kitchen. The squads will be utilising their existing social media time to hype their contest, encouraging people to attend or donate to help raise money for the event.

Full event details here

Email for more details.

By Mike Spencer-Jones
24th Jan, 8:16pm
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