Windsor Half 2016

Massive shout to any club members running in the Windsor Half Marathon on September 25th.  Tell us all about it aftrwards so that we can share the joy!  Very best of luck and ENJOY!

Scratch Regatta on Saturday

Be part of the scratch regatta this Saturday 10th September.  All ages, new starters and vets!  Just arrive by 07:30.

  • Registration: 7:30am
  • Race Draw: 7:45am
  • Racing: 8:15 – 9:15am
  • New Forms, Capsize Drill and BBQ: 9:30 – 10:30am

Don’t miss out, this is a fantastic opportunity to get to know others, ask questions, make suggestions and have some fun. You don’t need to be a national rower, all abilities welcome.

LTR News

Congratulations to all those who took part in our most recent Learn To Row class on Saturday 3rd September.  We hope that you enjoyed your introduction to rowing; your journey has started!  Thanks to EERC club members who gave their time to make the event happen.

Go to our Learn To Row (LTR) page if you would like to have a go at rowing with Eton Excelsior.

2016 Club Annual Dinner

A reminder to buy your tickets for the 2016 club annual dinner which is on Saturday 1st October.  It's not too late to get them!  Check your email for details.

Details are as follows;

  • MacDonald Berestede Hotel, Sunninghill, SL5 9JH
  • 3 course Dinner followed by DJ, 7pm - Midnight
  • Dress code: Gents - Black tie / Club tie, Ladies - Evening / Cocktail dress 
  • Tickets £48 each
  • Partners and guests welcome, tables can be booked for 10 people max

1906 EERC Postcard on ebay

I was recently alerted to the completed sale of an old postcard (1906 based on its post mark) on ebay.  It shows, I think, the original EERC boat house in King Stable Street, Eton.  The monochrome photo is taken from the raft looking towards the boat house and shows a group of men, one of whom is in rowing kit.  There is a young chap next to him who looks as though he might be a cox. The club name is painted on sheets of corrugated metal above the men.  The postcard was posted in Windsor (the town had its own post mark then) addressed to A. Read more »

I Am Team GB!

Today's THE day as they say.  Our next Learn To Row (LTR) event is on September 3rd. So, if you're feeling inspired by Team GB, get in touch with us and have a go at rowing.  The club is located in Windsor across the river from iconic Eton Dorney rowing lake used at the London 2012 Olympics.  What are you waiting for?! Give rowing a go.  You'll get a warm welcome at EERC.

Team Danone

Eton Excelsior Rowing Club welcomes Team Danone.  We hope that you enjoy your day with us on a beautiful stretch of the river Thames at Windsor.

Summer Regatta Success

Good old Egham "International" Regatta took place on June 26th this year followed by favourites Molesey and Staines regattas in July.  Distant and hopefully sunny memories perhaps but here's a big SHOUT for the club's successes at those events;

Egham Regatta: WJ15 4x+

Molesey Regatta: WMastD 4x, WMastC 2x, Nov 1x, Nov 2x, J18 2x, and WJ15 4x+.  A special mention to Oscar who won a whopping 3 pots over the two days of racing, including his novice single. Read more »

Inspiring Rowing at Rio

Inspring stuff!  5 gongs bagged in the Rowing events at Rio; 3 gold and 2 silver.  Brilliant.  We're hoping that Team GB's rowing success will inspire folks to have a go at rowing (once the hangover's gone!).  Kath Grainger's success is particularly inspirational. Read her story HERE.

Our next Learn To Row course is on September 3rd so contact Patrick if you can help out and look out for more dates when they are announced by the Club. Read more »

Learn To Row Date Change

Please note that the date of the next LTR course has changed FROM August 27th 2016 TO September 3rd 2016.  We're hoping for lorry loads of new recruits following the inspirational example set by Team GB rowers in Rio!  Don't be slow - give rowing a go!  To race or have fun, it's simply a great sport so come along and give it a try.

Annual Dinner Save The Date

Save the date!  The 2016 EERC Annual Dinner is on Saturday 1st October.  Venue TBA.

Together with current club members, a warm invitation is extended to all Eton Excelsior Rowing Club alumni to join the fun and meet former blades and bladesses.  An assuredly friendly reception awaits you all.

WBSBC Alumni Dinner: October 8th

For those of you who used to row at the Windsor Boys' School, you might like to know that an Alumni Dinner is planned for Saturday, 8th October 2016.  Click on  this LINK for more information. Read more »

Jim Thatcher Family Request

Jim's family has asked for donations to be made to Windsor Mencap in lieu of flowers.  A special page has been created on the Virgin web site HERE.  The Windsor branch of Mencap is raising funds for a new club house.  Click HERE for more information.

Jim Thatcher Obituary

Jim Thatcher

The club flag will be flying at half-mast today to mark the passing of a stalwart of our club, Jim Thatcher.   Jim, who had so bravely fought a debilitating long-term illness over recent years, passed away at home on the evening of the 4th June 2016 surrounded by his family. Read more »

Ready For Rio? We will be!

British Rowing is tooling-up to be ready for the expected surge of interest in rowing which will follow this year's Rio Olympic Games. The games start in 111 days so rowing clubs, too, are being asked to be prepared.  We are told that some clubs could barely cope with the demand for 'Taster Days' and LTR courses after the 2012 London Olympics.  We saw a lot of rowing action in front of our own club house as the World's media used our prime location to interview rowing athletes.

Watch this space for more information about our rowing response to Rio.

Web Site Refresh Has Started

Look out for the refreshed club web site!  A team is working to create a fresh web site so watch this space.  It's an Olympic Year so let's do it!

Remembering Walter Mertz (Merts) UPDATED

Attached document updated 11-DEC-15 to correct minor errors relating to Porthcawl War Memorial.

2nd Lieutenant Walter Scott Mertz (often spelled as "Merts") was a Welshman but his father was German. He was the least local of all the nine members of the club to be killed in the Great War.  Walter's death was not related to enemy action. Read more »

Remembering Christian Harnack

Christian Harnack was born in 1893 and joined Eton Excelsior Rowing Club in 1909.  He died in 1918 from wounds received during the second battle of Arras in France .  See the attached for more details about his short life but here are some main points;

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1914 Regatta

In 1914, the Windsor and Eton Amateur Regatta was held on August 3rd on the River Thames in Windsor. It was the Bank Holiday Monday and the day before Britain declared war on Germany. Several members of Eton Excelsior raced in the regatta that day and subsequently died in the Great War.

The picture shows the list of Regatta events; hardly the packed timetable we see at today's regattas!

Several of the trophies awarded to winners of these events were awarded at the Coronation Regatta held in honour of The Queen in 2013.

 

Posted on Remembrance Sunday, 2015.

Remembering Private Stanley Bennett

Stanley William Joseph Bennett was born in 1893 and joined Eton Excelsior Rowing Club in 1913.  He died in a POW hospital in Germany in 1917.
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