2006


Well it has been a memorable 4 years as Captain of Marlow Rowing Club, and I am somewhat sad and relieved to be handing over the reins at last. The Club has undergone many positive changes during my time and we have picked up some remarkable successes as well, at both national and international level including some great performances at Henley, all of which have made me very proud.

This my final year is - no exception - for the first time in nearly forty years the Club had a full crew in a Henley final. The Wyfold Four of Jim Cotter, Tom McGibbon, Dan Tipney and Paul Oboyle were a late formation who had their first race at Marlow Regatta, doing well to come second in the Senior 1 coxless event. By Henley they were flying and literally cruised into the final, destroying most of their opposition by the Barrier! In the final, they were up against last years losing finalists -Thames, a crew who had been together for over 2 years. Sadly there was no fairy tale ending but the guys put on a memorable performance against a crew who probably could have won the Visitors this year — WELL DONE Guys!

The club also had a top notch Brit four (Dave Vernon, Rob Downie, Richard Ainley, Richard Aplin and Lindsey Wilson) who went Out on Friday to the losing finalists, York. There were also two outstanding Fawley junior quads one of which did exceptionally well to make the semi finals. Matt Baker and Miles Sharpe also put up a great performance in the double sculls and the development crew were unlucky not to qualify in the Thames Cup.

At Women’s Henley, Marlow had a great year with two wins coming in the Single Sculls events. Tash Wase capped off an outstanding season to win her event, as did Steph Mottram who took the junior title and will now go on to race in her single at the Coupe de Ia Juenesse. The women have had a great season with many wins and a special mention should go to Claire Haley who is retiring far too early this year. Claire won a number of elite titles this year as she always does and has been a key member of the women’s squad for many years now.

There were too many wins from the junior squad to list here in detail, but special note should go to the junior boys J16 quad who won the two Blue Riband events of the year so far, National Schools Regatta and the junior sculling head title. The crew of Mike Mottram, Jack Hockley, Sam Prosser, and Marcus Glover now head off to Nat ional Champs with an eye on the Anglo-French match.

There are so many people whom I would like to thank for all their help over the last few years, all of whom have made my job both easier and sometimes harder — only joking guys. All of the coaching team do an outstanding job and put in so much of their time to help to make this club the success that it is. Without their efforts, Marlow would not have the standing and respect that it now receives from its peers. Also I’d like to thank everyone on the committee who has helped out during my tenure, often a thankless task, but the work these guys do is essential for the Club to run smoothly. I’ve loved every minute of my captaincy and I hope that my successor has the same good fortune that I have had.

Goodbye!

Bret King
Captain
July 2006

2006