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Rowing Art Exhibition

Interested in Rowing Art? Annabel Eyres (international oarswoman, Oxford Blue and former designer for Rock The Boat) is exhibiting at Riverside Gallery & Framing in Barnes.  Please see the flyer for more information. Riverside flyer  Riverside Gallery flyer bk

By | March 2nd, 2018|Captain's Blog|

MAABC Success at the Indoor Rowing Championships

Captain Nicola Dale writes that two members of MAABC won at the British Indoor Rowing Championships last Saturday with a third member also doing particularly well! Kaila Engelsman won the Open Women's event in a cracking time of 7:01.6 even writing this makes me feel exhausted.  We are incredibly proud of this and perhaps we should consider naming one of the new ergos after Kaila.  There is an excellent article on Kaila's success and her ambitions on the WeRow Life website. Additionally Jennifer Aitken came in 4th which was a superb effort with a time 7:19.1  - and thirdly Natalie [...]

By | December 13th, 2017|Captain's Blog, Racing, Senior women|

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|

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|