Henley TV2018 Victor Ludorum 34 Aug 2018 The Senior Women and Young Veterans squads headed to Henley T&V for an action-packed regatta. We took a fully laden T1 and launched a small flotilla of single sculls, doubles, pairs, coxless fours, quads and an eight. We had a significant number of wins including some nail biting Marlow / Marlow finals.

The winners were:

  • W1x Pippa H
  • W4x- Helen Trudi Ailish Anna W
  • Z2X Buckeridge Hill
  • W2- Rachel Laurie
  • D4– Ed Gary JY and Vince
  • F4- Dave F Richard B Malcolm and Dickie

Building from the milestone Marlow Spring Regatta, Marlow Town Regatta 2018 further pushed the adaptive support forward increased the number of adaptive medal events from 11 to 14 – the biggest adaptive/pararowing competition in the UK.  It also experimented with a number of refinements to the adaptive racing protocols to improve safety, operation, and satisfaction from the athletes.

Also of interest to those reading this will be the feature on River-based Regattas, which includes a section on Marlow Town Regatta, and which appears in the June/July 2018 edition of British Rowing's River & Rowing Magazine.  See link here

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This is an amazing opportunity for you and up to 5 guests to enjoy Finals Day (Sunday, 8th July) at Henley Royal Regatta together with Naomi Riches on board Thumbelina

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  • Largest Adaptive Regatta in the UK – With 17 registered athletes, from 8 different clubs across the country, Marlow Spring has grown to be the biggest adaptive event in the country.

 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.