High Court Judge Chancery Division 1990-2005

Honorary Fellow Oriel College Oxford 2000.

MRC Captain 1957

MRC Chairman 1971-86

MRC President 1992-2007

MRC Vice-President and Honorary Life Member

Lady Sheila Ferris has reported to us the sad news that her husband, Sir Francis died on Monday 26th March, aged 86.

Sir Francis had the unique distinction to be the only member to have held the posts of Captain, Chairman and President, spanning half a century in the process. As a young oarsman, he was captain in 1957. He followed that with 15 years as Chairman and 15 as President.


July 2017: Congratulations to Marlow Rowing Club's Kingsley Ijomah for winning Gold for England in the Home International Regatta!




Congratulations to Holly Furniss from the Senior Women's Squad who completed a marathon on the ergo on 19th March 2018 to raise funds for Cancer Research

The MRC masters men and women competed at the 2017 World Masters Regatta at Lake Bled, Slovenia.  A fabulous setting with some great rowing and a really strong representation from MRC  

Many congratulations to Amanda Rice, who won Gold in the WD 1x


Brilliant acheivement!! 


It is with sadness that we have to report the passing of Francis Smith. For many, this will just be a name on the Honours  Board, where you will see that he was Captain for a total of eleven  years but, for a few of the “oldies”, these are memorable  periods in the Club’s history.

Throughout his active life, Francis was devoted to encouraging the youth of Marlow to develop their unique talents, outside  school. In his younger days he led a local Scout group (hence his  nick-name of “Rikki”) and later, when employed as an  English teacher at Great Marlow School, was very active in “after  School activities” which included establishing an “Old  Marlovians Rugby Club” for Old Boys from the school.  His first involvement with rowing was at Sir Wm.Borlases’s Grammar School, as a schoolboy, and subsequently at Reading  University. Upon taking up a teaching career, he coached crews at his  old school, and also Marlow RC. He had two spells as  captain of the Club; 1966 & 1967 and 1977 to 1986. His single minded  approach sometimes upset some, but the Club had  some very good years under his leadership.

However perhaps his main contribution to rowing, for which he will be remembered, was the formation in 1969 of the Great  Marlow School Boat Club which produced many successful crews and very  proficient oarsmen, and most notably Steve  Redgrave, our current President. His prime objective throughout was to produce crews who, regardless of  the event entered, would be capable of either  winning or giving their opponents a very hard race. Steve now  recognises that establishing the expectation of always  winning was fundamental to his own later remarkable rowing career. His occupation as a teacher of English, gave him an excellent command of the English language, so when coaching, he  could convey his message in more than one way which ensured that,  eventually, the whole crew understood what he was  seeking. It also came to the fore in his very entertaining Captain’s  speeches at Club Suppers.

He is survived by his wife, two daughters (one of whom is carrying on the tradition being a rower and also is much  involved with running Marlow RC), and 3 grandchildren.

A Dinner and Dance presented by Sir Steve Redgrave CBE, MRC Club President

“Thank You Marlow” Dinner and Auction

Friday 9th March 2018 19.00 for 19.45 at

The Crowne Plaza Hotel, Marlow

We are hosting our fourth biannual Dinner and Dance to say thank to Marlow and our friends for all their help and support in the rebuilding of our club.

We are delighted to announce that on Friday 9th March 2018 Sir Steve and Lady Ann Redgrave will be hosting the dinner at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Marlow.

There will be a number the club’s and other sporting celebrity’s at the dinner; names to be announced shortly but it is a chance for the club to come together, let your hair down as it were and have a great night.  There will be some fundraising activity and a small auction. These dinners have proved very popular and successful in the past, and it’s your chance to mix with some of our top sportsman and women.

Crowne Plaza Hotel, Fieldhouse Lane
Marlow, Buckinghamshire SL7 1LU
United Kingdom

Contact Emaildeputychairman@marlowrowingclub.org.uk


Individual Ticket: £65 and a table of 10 is £600. To book please click below. 

Full details and booking

Squads from 46 countries (862 clubs in total) were represented at the recent World Masters’ Regatta at Lake Bled, Slovenia.

This year’s entry was the biggest yet as clubs were attracted not only by a Central European venue with breath-takingly beautiful scenery, but also the newly introduced Club Trophy Competition; points being awarded only to crews comprised entirely from one club. Over 4700 athletes raced in more than 900 races over four days and MRC Masters’ Women's Squad showed that all the hard work put in over the preceding couple of years, had been worthwhile, as they finished a highly commendable 4th.












Marlow Rowing Club gained 13 wins at the regatta last weekend meaning they came top in the medal stakes, followed by Maidenhead Rowing Club.  

Read the report in the Maidnhead Advertiser here:



We are sorry to report that Michael Hogan, a member of Improvers Squad, passed away on 2nd July having been taken ill the previous evening just a few hours after stroking a 4x-.


Michael came late to rowing enrolling for a Learn To Row course in early 2015 aged 70. On completing the course Michael joined the Improvers Group where he further developed his sculling skills. Michael’s enthusiasm for rowing was immediately apparent as he quickly became the squad’s top attender for both water outings and gym sessions. Michael also coordinated and competed with the Marlow Imps in the Thames Valley Explore League events. Always keen to progress, Michael had this year turned his attentions to mastering the 1x and was well on his way to achieving his bronze sculling proficiency award.

Michael is fondly remembered by his colleagues for his friendship, dedication and enthusiasm.

Our thoughts and condolences go his wife Annette and the family.