We are keen to teach every adult who is interested in rowing at Marlow. We welcome all ages, male and female, and all levels of interest, from serious athletes who wish to row competitively, to those who simply want to enjoy the pleasures of rowing along our beautiful stretch of the river.  

17/3/2020:  Following review of the current Government guidance relating to the Covid-19 pandemic, we have taken the decision to delay the start of our Adult Learn to Row programme this year.  If you’d like to register interest in our crew sculling course then please use the link at the bottom of the page and we’ll add you to our waiting list.  We will be monitoring the situation and will provide another update in a couple of months.  If you’re already on our waiting list we will keep you informed and look forward to getting you started just as soon as we are able to do so. 

There are two ways to learn to row:

Crew Sculling Course

This is the perfect way to learn if you have not rowed before or have little experience of water-based sports.  Not only do you get to learn the core rowing techniques, but you have the benefit of doing so alongside other people.  Under this option, you learn in a crew of four people sculling with two oars each (a quad).  You will receive a mixture of land- and water-based coaching sessions from a dedicated coach.  At the end of these sessions, our aim is that you will be fully capable of rowing in a quad to the standard required to progress to our Improvers group.  The fee for this course of two land-based sessions and six 2-hour water sessions is £200, which also includes temporary membership of our gym.

Single Sculling Course

This is a great way to learn if you already have some rowing experience or are fully confident on the water.  You will receive ten 1:1 sessions with a dedicated and fully-qualified coach to learn to row in a single scull with two oars. The aim is to ensure you learn the right techniques to get the best out of your rowing and that you are competent to row in a single scull by yourself.  This is judged in an assessment at the end of the programme.  Further lessons can be provided if it is felt you need more experience before taking the assessment.  Once you have passed the assessment, you will be able to row in a single scull or with others in a double or quad in normal weather conditions.  The fee for this course is £400 for ten 1-hour 1:1 sessions, which also includes temporary gym membership.

Following successful completion of either course, we would be delighted to  discuss with you the options for joining one of the various rowing groups and squads within the club so that you can continue to enjoy the sport and develop your skills further. 


Sign up here

The next step for either course is to sign up here with your availability and we will get back to you as soon as possible.


Marlow Rowing Club are offering several Learn to Row and Development Camps during school holidays for all those interested in taking up this great sport.


Beginner/Novice Learn to Row Camp

When does it run?

From 1pm to 5pm on the following dates: 

Easter Holiday Courses
Monday 6th April - Thursday 9th April
Tuesday 13th April to Friday 17th April

May Half Term
Tuesday May 27th to Friday May 29th  

Summer Holiday Courses
Monday 20th July - Friday 24th July
Monday 27th July - Friday 31st July
Monday 3rd August - Friday 7th August
Monday 10th August - Friday 14th August


Who can apply?

We welcome all beginners and novices aged 12, curent year 7 rising year 8, and above.  

What to expect:

The Beginner/Novice course will cover basic water and boat safety, boat-handling skills, basic sculling technique and further development of existing sculling skills for those who have already had a taster. We aim to cover the British Rowing GoRow Level 1 syllabus, for some attendees we are able to cover levels 2 and 3.
Participants will have two sessions on the water each day (weather dependent), with further activities in the gym. The emphasis is on fun and participation in crew activities. We will also include land-based fitness training for rowing, basic ergo technique and flexibility.


The skills taught are progressive so we recommend that participants attend all the sessions, which will lead up to a fun competition on the last day. The courses are led by our experienced and enthusiastic British Rowing qualified coaches.

What to bring:

You must be suitably clothed for outdoors, with the likelihood of getting wet. We recommend shorts, leggings, warm socks, t-shirts, long-sleeved tops and a warm outer layer. Clothing should be close-fitting and not have pockets at the front. Several thin layers are best. Bring a hat if cold or a cap for sun protection. You will need to bring at least two changes of dry clothing and a towel. Changing rooms with showers are available.
All participants should bring lunch, a refillable water bottle and additional snacks to keep them fuelled during the day. Juniors will be supervised at the club throughout the day and will not be permitted to leave the site.


Further rowing:

Those who are interested in joining the Marlow Junior squad in will be offered advice on the next steps at the end of the course. Places in our development or competitive squads may be offered, subject to availability.

How much does it cost?

£240 for 4 day course (Monday - Thursday or Tuesday to Friday)

£300 for 5 day course ( Monday - Friday)


How to book:

Please complete the online registration form at:



Any Questions: 

Please email Mike at jltr@marlowrowingclub.org.uk


The club has a limited amount of space for private boats to be racked. To rack your boat at the club, apply to the racking administrator. You will need this form

For 2019/20 the rack rates (including EA fees) are:

   ▪     Indoor……………………………………………………….. £455* or £37/mth

   ▪     Under Bridge/Other outdoor but undercover:………....£320* or £24/mth

   ▪     Outdoors……………………………………………………. £275* or £21/mth

   ▪     Trailer ………………………………………………………..£15/mth

   ▪     Spare pair of blades………………………………………. £25

* Single payments marked thus will be discounted by £50 for payment received before 1st November.

The club operates a first-come, first-served system with a queue when spaces are full.

Racking is subject to racking rules

Racking Rules

In particular please note that:

   ▪     Racking is only available to Club members holding a current rowing category membership

   ▪     Racking fees are due on 1st October. If you have a rack and it is not paid for by 31st October it will be subject to reallocation without further reference and the Trustees reserve the right to sell your boat if it remains on club premises beyond this date.

   ▪     Although you may be allocated a particular rack, the club can ask you to move to an alternative rack at any time.

   ▪     If you sell your boat, the rack doesn't go with it - the new owner must apply (and get in the queue!) as normal.

   ▪     If your boat is unused, unlicenced (EA river licence) or doesn't havean EA code on it (MRC 123, where123 isthe number issued to that boat by the club) you may be asked to remove your boat, even if you have paid.

   ▪     All private boatsshould be insured by their owner as they are not covered by the clubs insurance. By paying your racking fee you confirm that your boat is insured.

Options for the payment of racking are the same as those for membership.  Click here

Charges include racking for the boat and one pair of sculls: additional sets are chargeable. PLEASE LABEL ANY SCULLS KEPT AT THE CLUB!

How do I start rowing at Marlow?

Under 18


Uni Students

If you are a Uni Student who has been rowing at University, or who used to row at MRC before going to Uni, you are welcome to join us for the holidays. Please contact the relevant Senior Squad directly and email the Membership Secretary to arrange part-time membership.


If you can already cox or are interested in learning how to steer and motivate a crew (ideal for small people), we are very interested to hear from you. Please contact us!



Our Squads and Groups

Juniors (U18)





Adaptive Squad

Contacting Us

General queries - Junior Development Squad queries - Learn to Row queriesDates of Learn to Row Courses - Membership information

MRC clubhouse

Marlow Rowing Club has a long and distinguished history dating back to its foundation in 1871. With a state-of-the art clubhouse that opened in 2015, a large and well-maintained fleet, and a spacious well-equipped gym, the club is now home to more than 500 members. We are very proud that amongst our members we have many Olympians including Sir Steve Redgrave (our President) and Dame Katherine Grainger.

A Brief History of Marlow Rowing Club

Marlow Rowing Club is one of the biggest clubs on the upper reaches of the River Thames, using the Marlow and Cookham Reaches for training and competition under Winter Hill and Bisham Hanging Woods. Its clubhouse is next to the town's historic suspension bridge over the Thames and the famous Compleat Angler Hotel.

Marlow Rowing Club is one of the biggest clubs on the upper reaches of the River Thames, using the Marlow and Cookham Reaches for training and competition under Winter Hill and Bisham Hanging Woods. Its clubhouse is next to the town's historic suspension bridge over the Thames and the famous Compleat Angler Hotel.


In 1998, the club won the Women's Head of the River Race for the first time, retaining the title in 1999, when there were three boats in the top 45. At the 1998 Fours Head, four pennants were won. At Henley Royal Regatta, the Men's Coxed Four was beaten in the semi-final of the 1998 Britannia Cup, and the Women were beaten in the final of the Women's Invitation Eights. However in 1999, the Women won the Women's Invitation Eights, beating the other Marlow/Thames eight in the final. This was Marlow's first Henley win since Steve Redgrave's run of victories in the 1980s. Currently Marlow Rowing Club crews are reigning National Club Champions in Lightweight Women's pairs and Coxless Fours, and had four members in the winning Women's Eight.

Originally founded at a dinner held by the town football club in 1871, the club's history reflects many of the changes in English society. It was affected by the Victorian schism between amateur and working men/professional sportsmen. The famous and independent Marlow Amateur Regatta has only recently dropped Amateur from its name. In the late Victorian period, prominent local families such as the Boytons, Claytons, Higginsons and Wethereds supported the club and attracted friends from the universities and London to row on the Marlow and Cookham Reaches. Members of its first major trophy winning crew (1913/4) became casualties in the First World War and the club had to wait 40 years before winning major trophies again.

From a social beginning, a competitive club sprang up and became locked in friendly rivalry with other local clubs, rowing up and downstream to their regattas, or loading boats on coal-lorries to take part in Tideway events. Marlow first competed in the Head of the River Race in 1932, starting 67th out of 131. Since 1945 Marlow Rowing Club has been shaped by a number of able coaches, and highly motivated club and international athletes who have helped to change the expectations of the club. Bill Findlay, Bryn Evans, Alan Clay and Roy Light came close to winning at Henley Royal Regatta, beaten in the final of the Wyfold Challenge Cup in 1954 by the Royal Engineers. Often working from a narrow base of local athletes, coaches like O H Collins, Bill Hobbs, Lesley Langton, Derek Mays-Smith and more recently Martin Kay produced good, well-organised crews.

Mike Spracklen, the internationally renowned coach, captained the club in its successful 1959 season, when it won over 20 trophies. In the previous year Mike and his partner Geoff Baker won gold medals in the Empire Games Double Sculls. In 1964, Marlow finished tenth in the Head of the River Race, thirty seconds behind the winners. At the end of a successful season in small boats, the club won the 1964 Daily Telegraph Cup at Maidenhead Regatta in a closely contested final. In the 1960s and 1970s the club was small in numbers, compared to today. However club spirit was strong, and a series of excellent crews were produced from a small squad of local athletes, competing successfully around the country, and in particular at Marlow Amateur Regatta, winning the Town Cup and Pairs against first class opposition. Neil Christie and Andrew Justice rowed in the 1976 Olympic Games.

A local junior, Steve Redgrave, began his outstanding career at Marlow in 1978. Coached by Francis Smith, Redgrave formed the nucleus of a crew that further helped to change the club's expectations. The club first won a Henley trophy in 1981, when Steve and Eric Sims won the Double Sculls, and he repeated the feat with Adam Clift in 1982. Redgrave continued this successful run, winning the Diamonds Sculls in 1983, the Prince Philip in the winning Olympic Coxed Four in 1984, the Diamonds again in 1985, and holding the Silver Goblets with Andy Holmes in 1986 and 1987 (they withdrew following Andy's back injury in 1988.) In 1988 Redgrave moved to Leander Club, when it became Mike Spracklen's National Team Training Base. All this has recently been eclipsed by his fifth Gold in the coxless fours at the 2000 Sydney Olympics. Steve and his wife, Ann (Marlow Rowing Club's first woman club captain) live in Marlow with their children. He is a life member of Marlow Rowing Club, along with Matthew Pinsent.

00ergowomanGillian Lindsay won the Double Sculls World Championship in 1998. Alex Beever, Lisa Eyre and Sue Walker were World Champions in the Coxless Four in 1997, and were Bronze Medallists in the Eight in the same year. Cath Bishop, who is British and World Ergo Champion and World Record holder, was a Silver Medallist in the Coxless Pair in 1997, and won the Pairs World Cup in 1998. Altogether, twelve athletes from Marlow Rowing Club prepared for the Sydney Olympics.

Marlow Rowing Club currently has over 400 members, its boat fleet is one of the biggest in England,91coupesquad and a series of squads (with established coaches) flourish on some of the most attractive reaches of the River Thames. The Women's squad is one of the most successful in Great Britain, and the Club Eight has rowed as England in the Home Nations Match. The Men's squads are currently rebuilding to match club expectations, and newcomers are warmly welcomed. The Junior squad has experienced great success in the last twenty years with over forty athletes winning junior international and representative honours. A large Veteran section exists, combining social rowing with competitive success: Peter Bayfield, John Gill, Nick Gill and Chris Lenton are 1999 Veteran World Champions.

Marlow Rowing Club combines high expectations, with a friendly club spirit. This is based on outstanding facilities and a professional approach to its organisation, coaching, training and competitive spirit. Marlow Rowing Club looks forward to its future.



Richard Robinson
24 February 2000


Marlow Rowing Club – New Kit and Blazer Collection

Monday 7th May 10am – 1pm

Come and try on for size our new kit and for those that ordered blazers recently, they are ready to collect.

We will be opening an online ordering page on Tuesday the 8th for Regatta Sport items (AIO’s etc) other items can be ordered on the day.

New Kit.

Firstly, thank you to all those that took the time to view our new kit and take part in the subsequent survey. There is more on this to below.

We are now at the stage where we want to launch the key elements and to place initial orders for the new kit. The majority of items will be available to order ‘on line’, where you will select the item, size, make payment and a bespoke order will be raised for you. There are some items that are from a different supplier where we will revert to an order form.

I am planning to have the ordering screen open for 14 days from Tuesday 8th May, to give sufficient time for orders to be placed. The lead time on these initial orders will be approximately six week. The other items ordered manually will be 2-3 weeks.

I will put sizing charts on the club kit page and they will also be available on line when you place an order. However, I appreciate as this is a new supplier and the sizing is a little different to JL’s, I intend doing some sizing sessions where you can try on the samples we have to get a better idea of the size you require.

The first session will be on Monday May 7th – Club Spring Regatta & BBQ – From 10am to 1pm in the gym.

·         Second session will be Thursday 10th May 8pm-9:30pm in the bar.

·         Third session TBC


It is the clubs intention that the new colour will become compulsory from the start of the Regatta season 2019. Until then crews can wear either the new or old versions – AS LONG AS ALL OF THE CREW WEAR THE SAME COLOUR – this is a British Rowing rule, the crew will be disqualified if they do not adhere to this.


To remind everyone, the reason why we have spent a lot of time researching and working with different providers to select our new kit supplier, is that the existing AIO is NOT club colour and we do not have any co-ordinating kit to go with it. For many years the club has accepted standard stock colours from suppliers which led to an uncoordinated look and the wrong colour. What we have selected is Cardinal Red which is Marlow RC’s traditional colour and a supplier that gives us good flexibility and options on different types of kit, Regatta Sport supply the Canadian and Danish national rowing teams as well as many other professional sports bodies.


It is important to note that NOT ALL ELEMENTS of the new kit are finalised as yet, particularly the younger juniors and JDS, this primarily involves an alternative to the AIO (cheaper option) but all other items can be used by all.




As part of our new kit we have outerwear and base layers in club colours, this has been an important part of the feedback that we have received from members, that when racing or walking around at regattas they wanted to wear club colours.


However, all members must note that it is British Rowing policy that hi-viz items must be warn in poor light and bad weather – in addition the club wants to see hi-viz worn at all times, when on the water.


To ensure that all members can adhere to this we are introducing the following items…

·         Splash top in hi-viz

·         Gilet in hi-viz

·         Gamex tops (lighter outerwear) in hi-viz

o   In both sleeved and gilet versions

·         Base layers in hi-viz

·         Hi-viz training bibs

o   These are the cheapest option and are designed to go over other training tops and if you are de-layering can be put back on - even over an AIO. They are made of a mesh fabric and are therefore breathable and suitable to wear summer or winter.




Results of recent survey…


1.       The AIO solid red was preferred 67% to 33%

2.       On the splash top the ¼ zip was preferred 61% to 38%

3.       Lounge pants – should we have them as part of our kit? The response was 50/50

a.       We will look at this again for the Autumn

4.       Leggings, should we have an alternative design for training, like the SM’s Swan version.

a.       The response was again 50/50 and we will work with individual squads on this


Other Feed Back

·         Sizing on the leggings is too short for our taller members

o   A ‘tall’ version is available and can be selected when you order

·         The fabric on the leggings is a little thin.

o   This is a modern light weight fabric and is designed to be flexible and breathable when training without holding excess heat.

o   They are only slightly thinner than the current JL version.

o   For those wishing to have a thicker fabric and a more thermal option for the winter we are introducing a second legging.

·         The cut and seem on the men’s AIO, some comments on it not running in the correct direction.

o   The cut is exactly the same as the current JL version

·         The bottoms of the AIO’s are not lined.

o   This is because a more modern ‘wicking’ fabric is used, which is quicker to dry and (apparently) more comfortable to wear. Overall it gives a lighter weight garment compared to the JL lined version.

·         Ladies AIO.

o   The top section is double lined

o   These are available in racer back and normal back.

§  You will need to select the NORMAL back when you order, as the racer back is supplied as standard.





1.     1.  Go to  www.five57sportsgear.com/mrc 

2.     2.  Select iTeams on the top left of the menu bar

3.      3. Password is cardinal2018 

4.     4. Order your kit as normal

5.      5. Your order will be individually packed, but all orders will be

delivered together to the club and you will be contacted to collect

6.      6. There is a small flat-rate picking, packing and shipping fee for each

  order to cover this service




You can order directly from me the new hoodies, sweatshirts, track bottoms and base layers. We also have in stock various items of current kit that can be used for training etc.

I will update the order form for these items.

 speak to Malcolm Roels (clothing@marlowrowingclub.org.uk Twitter:  )

Clothing information and policy: 


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