Dear Club Member, Now that the lockdown is being lifted and London is in Tier 2, rowing in all types of boat can restart from the morning of Wednesday 2nd December. This is largely along the lines of how we were before lockdown 2 - with some tightening of indoor/gym usage requirements and additional mask wearing guidance - see below. Current BR guidelines for Tier Two include the following: All Covid secure club facilities may open Crew boats are allowed Indoor training is allowed subject to Covid protocols Competitions will be allowed Please note the following key points - NEW [...]
Ken Williams was a highly valued member of MAABC who died in 2018. To show appreciation for him as an active member and Vice President a new pair was named Ken Williams on 12th November. Ken’s daughter Zoe christened the boat and his son Russell said a few words. The boat naming included many former members of Horseferry Rowing Club where Ken was a member before he joined MAABC. The family have expressed their thanks and appreciation for the boat being named after Ken and also for the boat naming event that allowed so many of Ken’s rowing friends to [...]
MAABC will be holding its annual Bonfire Night party with fireworks on Saturday November 9th. Please see the poster for more details.
Ralph Howard, our oldest Vice President, was born in Berlin on 22 April 1918, where he first started rowing. With the rise of Hitler and the Nazi regime, non-Germans were being told to leave Germany. In Germany, you took the nationality of your father. Ralph’s father was Czech and his mother Polish - so no choice but to leave where he was born, leave his mother in Berlin and go to his father’s birthplace in Czechoslovakia. He had at least been allowed to finish his studies and take the exams in Berlin to be an Optician - as was his father. In [...]
Rob Carpenter and Paul Blanchard cooked an excellent Christmas lunch that was enjoyed by 60 club members on Saturday 15th December.
Last weekend some of the racing men’s Masters, Andy Napier, Peter Harvey, Colin Cracknell & Peter Hoile, along with the supporters club, wives & daughters, took up a very long outstanding invitation from one of our former members (when we were across the river), Jochen Kleinertz of the Akademischer Ruderclub Würzburg, (ARCW) Germany. We entered a MMH4x- in the Bocksbeutelregatta which is on the Main River every October. This is a head race for all classes of boats, from juniors to Masters. The course is 4.5km from the wine town of Randersacker downstream to Würzburg, finishing by the rowing club. ARCW [...]