Has Spring sprung yet?  I think it is trying although the forecast for the weekend as usual covers every scenario.  As ever, the club seems extremely busy.  We have the Boat Race Circus rumbling in this week – can all members be as considerate as possible whilst enjoying the publicity of our lovely club on the TV.  Make sure you tell friends to watch and advertise our club. Thank you to members to helped clear the lawn immensely appreciated.


Last weekend saw the culmination of the various 8’s head.  Congratulations to our neighbours QBC who had  spectacular results in the Men’s Head  which was attained by a hard winter’s training on the ergs and water.  Well done Chaps! We had several MAABC members compete on the Sunday for the Veterans Head the conditions were superb for a change.  The Women’s Vet B got into the most competitive of groups and by all accounts had a very good row and were extremely pleased with the effort.  Most importantly they really enjoyed the row which will stand them well in the transition to the summer season. We had a Masters Men’s crew who also challenged over the course – great guys for pulling the crew together fantastic.  Two composite crews with MAABC personnel on board for the club also had very close results so all in all a positive afternoon.  We had several visiting clubs including overseas – did you see the spectacular beret from the Caen rower?  It was simply the best. We had  donations to funds from Twickenham and the Womens VB Composite – thank you.  Some members of the racing group are heading to Brive, France over Easter to hone their sculling – have a hard but rewarding trip everyone – looking forward to hearing about it all.  You are very welcome to bring the Club Captain some of the lovely produce and wine that France has on offer but don’t eat/drink it yourself.


The challenge of busy times at the club is keeping the premises clean and tidy, can all members particularly athletes ensure that the bar/kitchen area is kept clear of mugs and food as it is noticeable the clearing up does seem to land with the same people it would be most appreciated.


A few rather interesting facts about our club which I would like to mention.  As you may have seen Coach Tony James (now on mend) has been training his son Christian for preparation for life in the Parachute regiment.  The physical aspect of entrance test is intense.  Christian has done weights and running every day (timed) for months and I am incredibly proud for both Tony and Christian that this weekend saw him starting in the regiment.  He was awarded a special award – Christian was one of three in 3,000 selected for this.  A fine example to us all. Good luck Christian.  For those of you who do not know Tony, he is an incredible coach having coached Sue Appelboom to becoming the top lightweight scullers in the country and who won Women’s Henley LWT 1x 10 years in succession and obtained GB Selection making the final of world championships.  Tony is looking to return to coaching and I encourage you to make yourself known if you have ambition and need assistance in technique and training.


Secondly,  I would like to mention the Men’s recreational Vets who meet on Saturdays at 1.30 and Tuesday at 10 am.  They are a mixed group and generally focus on quads and support the club in a number of indispensable ways socialising in the bar being one of them. They are always welcoming new members to the group and are greatly encouraged and privileged to have two members who are in their mid 80’s who are out on the water regularly –  We certainly salute you Gentlemen!


Date for your diaries:  there is a Piano Concert on April 22nd at St Mary’s Church, Putney.  7.30 pm.  The pianist is Starz Watterson ex MAABC who relocated to Germany to study the piano. The idea of the concert has been inspired by Starz and Sarah Ulliot in memory of Anna Roots.  All proceeds to Bloodwise.   The recital includes a fabulous repertoire of Beethoven, Ravel and Bach. The talents of MAABC go on and on. Donation of 10 pounds is suggested.


Finally – thank goodness I hear you cry – the clocks go forward this weekend – and can I wish all members, family and friends a very Happy Easter.




PS The club is closed to members on Easter Sunday, March 27th for the Boat Race otherwise open over weekend. Hope to see as many of you as possible take advantage of the QBC viewing balcony on Sunday to see the races.