A tribute to the life of Geoffrey Potts 1947 – 2017

“People can achieve so much more by having the confidence to work just a little bit harder” Geoffrey Potts Geoffrey Potts knew that life was about margins and sacrifice. In 1974 Geoffrey raced in the lightweight single sculls at the World Championships in Lucerne. He came 4th by a margin of a foot and had the photo finish as a reminder. Most of us would be satisfied to be the 4th best in the world in any sport but Geoffrey told us he knew he could have trained harder, pushed harder and prepared better. He used this as a reminder [...]

By | November 1st, 2017|Uncategorized|

MAABC on Gloriana

On Sunday 24th September the sun shone for MAABC’s outing on the Queen’s Rowbarge Gloriana, created to mark her Diamond Jubilee. Some 19 rowers and a dozen passengers assembled as per organiser Peter Robert’s instructions on the dot of 10am (well give or take 25 minutes), all successfully clad in MAA kit (though of varying era and number of layers). We were briefed on how to row her - fixed seat, square blade paddling, no buttons or gates, long strokes – and the need to be able to “toss the blades”, then we went aboard. There was much interest in [...]

By | September 28th, 2017|Masters Men, Masters women, Social|

MAABC appoints Valentin Piticariu as head coach

Mortlake Anglian & Alpha Boat Club (MAABC) is pleased to announce the appointment of Valentin Piticariu as the Director of Rowing for MAABC for the start of the upcoming 2017/18 season in September 2017. Valentin will lead the current team of experienced voluntary coaches at MAABC, whilst adding significant experience from his own international level rowing career and subsequent coaching activity. Recently Valentin coached at Team Keane for the past three years, running and leading groups from inexperienced beginners through to competitive racing groups. Prior to this he coached back in his home country of Romania after he left the [...]

By | August 15th, 2017|Racing, Senior women|

Pastels and Patterns Summer Party!

Last Saturday night we celebrated the 2016/2017 rowing season with our Pastels and Patterns Summer Party Dinner Dance (click here to see pics!) Organised by 2 of our gorgeous Mortlake Senior Squad members Katie Percival and Jade Robertson, over 75 of our members congregated of all generations to have some fun and acknowledge the our achievements through the rowing season. One of the members, Christina Greenhalgh created a video to look back on the year.    If  you fancy joining in with Mortlake life please do get in touch.

By | July 31st, 2017|Social|

Training Camp 2017: Lads on Tour

On April 1, a group of Mortlake rowers and coaches headed across the Channel for a week of intensive training in the French rowing haven of Brive-la-Gaillarde. This is their story. Never heard of Brive? Don’t worry, most people not born there haven’t either. According to Brive’s Wikipedia page, it is famous for being associated with a song by popular French singer Georges Brassens, and for having excellent rowing facilities at the local lake, Lac-du-Casse. As none of us have a particular penchant for 1960s French pop music, the Mortlake team can testify only that the second fact is true. [...]

By | April 24th, 2017|Masters Men|

Captain’s February Blog

After a bit of time off the air waves as we had Christmas and New Year and horrible water.  However painful it must be for all of you, I am back with my ramblings and observations as there is much activity going on at MAABC including some news about mixed crew racing -  firstly, you may have noticed that we are continuing to tidy up the boating area and fleet, we have said goodbye to the Phoebe Mason and that has gone to Putney High School – we will be focusing on the outside racks to tidy up the boats.  [...]

By | February 23rd, 2017|Captain's Blog|