Henley Town & Visitors - 2012

Lewin Hynes was MIRC's only competitor at Henley Town & Visitors this year (I think this is known as "pothunting" - Ed), playing in the IM2 1x category.

Lewin demonstrated some assured sculling; winning comfortably and earning himself a very impressive trophy!

Here he is in the final in slightly choppy water - 7.17 secs in.

The Torch Comes to MIRC!

Early on the morning of Friday 20th July, the Olympic Torch went through Maidstone.

MIRC members had a big part to play as they formed part of the crew that rowed the "Jubilant" with Naval Cadets from the town centre to the club.  All along the way, the Torch was met by cheering crowds, and received at the club by a MIRC guard of honour.

Fantastic stuff.  See here some photos.  Thomas Colgey has more excellent photos of the event on his Flickr site HERE

Ryan selected for GB Junior Worlds Team!

After a particularly brutal trials procedure which included a time trial, a pairs matrix, 17 x 1500m pieces, 12 x 1250m pieces (plus all the paddling in between) and 8 (!) individual seat races over 5 days, I am delighted to inform the club that Ryan Mitchell has been selected to represent GB at the Junior World Rowing Championships in Bulgaria in August!

  Ryan - seen here in the 2 seat of the Wyfolds Four at Henley

The first day saw a time trial over 2km in pairs in which Ryan raced with a boy from King’s Chester. They finished in 12th place which was enough to place them in the B matrix. After a further 5 races, swapping pairs partners every time, Ryan had climbed up to finish in 2nd place. The boys then moved into 4s to start the seat racing procedure. Racing over 1500m, the boys are swapped at random times to see how much impact they have in each boat. A lucky break when a rower dropped out ill meant that Ryan stayed in the top boats and went on to win 3 seat races in a row, putting him in contention for the Worlds team. From then on it was a stressful few days as he was tested against those surrounding him in the rankings but ultimately he came out on top, claiming the last spot on the 14 man team (7 on each side) with the last race of the trials. The final crews will be decided next week as they move to the GB rowing lake at Caversham for some ‘paddling’.

Ryan produced an incredibly impressive display this week, working himself into the ground to create and then take the opportunity for the Worlds team. No other boy at the entire trial was seat raced or tested as much and he entirely deserves not only his place but the accolades placed on him by the other coaches. It was a pleasure to listen to their praise of his attitude, commitment, desire as well as his rowing ability. I’m sure the whole club will agree with me when I say this is a fantastic achievement and we wish Ryan all the best over the next few weeks as he prepares to compete for his country!

Helen Taylor

Henley Masters - 2012

Maidstone Invicta won its first Henley Masters Race (I think)  with the B4+ of James Knight, Will Purnell, Richard Ridgway and Lewin Hynes - coxed by Joanne Jarrett beating Upper Thames by all of 2 ft.

It was the culmination of 3 epic heats over two very soggy days, and an inauspicious start with Will and Joanne only just making it in time as the boat was being carried down to the boating area.


The Masters D8+ were unfortunate in coming across Leander BC (Canada) with 3 ex-internationals in the boat, and were happy that the losing distance was no more than 3 lengths.  That said,  they seem to have plateaued (not entirely fair - this is Henley after all).  The serious season is now over, and some thought is going into next season's priorities.

An experimental D4x made an appearance (Henley not really being the place to experiment, but hey...) and early impressions that this had possibilities were justified with a relaxed performance, just losing to Vesta by a canvas in the first round.  Watch this space.

Finally, MIRCs next generation Olympians made a an appearance  to sniff out the turf and get a feel for their future stomping grounds!

Kingston Regatta - 2012

After a poor start to Sat racing the Junior squad finally got into the swing of things at Kingston winning 3 Events over the 2 days  

Sat afternoon J16 Boys with Tamsin coxing winning the Novice mens 4 in preparation for next weeks Nat Champs.

Sunday both Junior J16 B doubles getting to the final with Walton . Ross Porter and Jake Harris finally winning a close final by a length and Andrew Collins and Jack Grace a close 3rd

Finally, J17 G Bella Fish and Sally McConchie won the J18 G quad with  Bewl in a composite crew.

Great end to a great weekend of rowing for the Junior Section. 

Will Porter

Henley Royal Regatta - 2012

MIRC continued to evolve into a club of substance last week, with 2 of 3 crews qualifying for Henley Royal.

The Wyfold 4- of Tim Grant, Morgan Hellen, Ryan Mitchell and David Porter were knocked out by Tyne RC in what looks like one of the closest races of Wednesday.  They were up at the Barrier and Fawley, but were rowed through and lost by 1/2 length.  Tyne's time was a very competitive 7.43 mins.

On the Friday, Chris Mollison and Matt Nicholls were always going to be up against it, as they confronted the Italian national lightweight 2- in the Silver Goblets and Nickalls' Challenge Cup.  The Italians, L. De Maria & A. Dell'Aquil, who were Silver Medallists at the last World Cup, dominated the race to win by 5 lengths.  A tough draw in a tough event.

Well, it is Henley after all.  Just getting there for a club of our stature is a immensely positive statement, and with the quality shown by our J16s rowing in the Fawleys, the auspices for the next few years are good.

Meanwhile... on the river bank, MIRC members, old and current, were seen hobnobbing with the great and the good, and cutting a dash in numbers over the course of the 5 days... here's a selection stolen from FB as usual.

Dani and Andi

Andi and Sir Matthew!

Craig and David (wake up Craig)


Mike, Roger and John

 Paul and friends from Holland