New chairman elected at 2016 AGM

We are pleased to announce the election of Ivor Lloyd as the new chairman of Marlow Regatta's management committee.

Following Peter Blaseby's retirement in 2015 the directors of Marlow Regatta Ltd had appointed Ivor to act as interim chairman. This position was ratified at the 2016 AGM where he became a fully elected member of the regatta committee and was elected as chairman. Ivor brings a wealth of experience from the rowing world to the role having been the site manager at Dorney Lake and also chairman at Leander Club.

Retiring chairman Peter Blaseby was presented with an engraved gift and quart tankard in thanks for all his time serving the regatta. His wife Anne was presented with a bouquet of flowers.

By Mike Spencer-Jones
31st Mar, 7:58am
Thames Valley Trial Head cancellation and refunds

Unfortunately, due to the forecast of strong wind and direction, the 2016 was cancelled 3 days before the event. A full refund of all entry fees has been made to all entrants. The 2017 Thames Valley Trial Head is scheduled for Sunday 5th February 2017

By Mike Spencer-Jones
23rd Mar, 10:25pm
Weather forecast forces cancellation

It is with regret that it has been decided to cancel this year's Trial Head.

We reviewed three current weather forecasts, and all are predicting average wind speeds of 25 to 30mph, with gusts of 40 to 50 mph; conditions not dissimilar from those in place today.

Thinking of our duty of care towards both competitors and officials, we have concerns regarding:-

  1. Wind blowing weaker crews into banks and corners of the Lake, from where, experience indicates, it is very difficult for some to extricate themselves.
  2. Loading, unloading boats to and from trailers, and carrying boats on land in such strong winds is hazardous, and boats may even be blown over when tied onto trestles.
  3. Well loaded trailers, travelling from far or near, are very prone to cross winds. We don’t wish to be the cause of a serious accident.
  4. Officials will be on continuous duty, and whilst we had arranged for mobile refreshments, this would be asking a lot.

We hope that everyone will understand our reasoning, and are very sorry to have to cancel, but the forecast, which is usually very reliable for the next four days, at least makes it possible for us to give you early notice, so that you may adjust your plans.

By Mike Spencer-Jones
27th Jan, 8:05pm
TVTH - entries suspended as quota received

Due to unprecedented demand we have had to close entries for the TVTH after just 48 hours. All 3 divisions are now full and, unless we receive any major withdrawals, are likely to stay that way.

Please keep fingers crossed for decent weather on the 31st January.

By Mike Spencer-Jones
8th Jan, 3:10pm
Bill Findlay

Marlow Regatta was sad to learn of the passing of former president and regatta stalwart Bill Findlay on the 22nd December.

W.H. 'Bill' Findlay

Regatta Secretary Tony Evans has written an obituary for Bill, which can be found here.

 

By Mike Spencer-Jones
24th Dec, 9:06am
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