The London Roar October 2019 Edition

Chairman’s View by Simon Harris
Ron Needs 2 Boat Naming by Kathleen Curran
Irregulars’ Report by Eddie Markes
FISA Masters Regatta in Hungary by Stewart Harries
LRC is Looking Good by Matt Piechowicz and RGG
Whoa Nessie! by Meghann Jackson
Young Irregulars Go To Paris by Sehrish Rafique
‘It’s Rowing, Jim, but not as you know it…’ by Mike Baldwin
George Pocock and the Boys in the Boat by Lee Corbin
A Propos of Nothing… but Very Interesting by Miles Preston

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Candidates for Office and Directorship at AGM 24 July 2019

President: Mike Baldwin (Candidate), Ben Helm (Proposer), Jeremy Hudson (Seconder)
Vice President: Mike Williams (Candidate), Mike Baldwin (Proposer), Ben Helm (Seconder)
Vice President: Ben Helm (Candidate), Jeremy Hudson (Proposer), Mike Baldwin (Seconder)
Captain: Tim Grant (Candidate), Matthew Reader (Proposer), Shane Ahearne (Seconder)
Chairman of Club: Simon Harris (Candidate), Robert Downie (Proposer), Mike Baldwin (Seconder)
Hon Secretary: Jeremy Hudson (Candidate), Mike Baldwin (Proposer), Christopher Grainger (Seconder)
Asst. Hon. Secretary: Christopher Grainger (Candidate), Mike Baldwin (Proposer), Robin Cameron Cooper (Seconder)
Hon Treasurer: Jason Gray (Candidate), Jeremy Hudson (Proposer), Mike Baldwin (Seconder)
Hon House Steward (Functions): Kathleen Curran (Candidate), Jeremy Hudson (Proposer), Mike Baldwin (Seconder)
Hon House Steward (Building): Josh McInerney (Candidate), Miles Preston (Proposer), Jeremy Hudson (Seconder)

1 Colin Christie (Candidate), Tim Grant (Proposer), Jeremy Hudson (Seconder)
2 Iain Cowell (Candidate), Robert Downie (Proposer), Jana Downie (Seconder)
3 Robert Downie (Candidate),Mike Baldwin (Proposer), Jeremy Hudson (Seconder)
4 Chris Goodfellow (Candidate), Tim Grant (Proposer), Jason Gray (Seconder)
5 Frank O’Mahony (Candidate), Miles Preston (Proposer), John Auber (Seconder)
6 Seb Pearce (Candidate), Robert Downie (Proposer), Jason Gray (Seconder)
7 Richard Philips (Candidate), Jeremy Hudson (Proposer), Kathleen Curran (Seconder)
8 Miles Preston (Candidate), Ben Helm (Proposer), Robert Downie (Seconder)
9 Bob Silver (Candidate), Ben Helm (Proposer), Peter Halford (Seconder)
10 Jean-Pierre van Tiel (Candidate), Kathleen Curran (Proposer), Jeremy Hudson (Seconder)

Candidates for the Officers of London Rowing Club can be downloaded here

The London Roar June 2019 Edition

Peter Coni Gym Formal Opening by Kathleen Curran
Captain’s Report by Tim Grant
Gym Redevelopment Update by Peter Halford
Millennials’ Report by Mark Lucani
Irregulars’ News by Eddie Markes
45th Vogolonga by Miles Preston
Club Information & Events by Shane Dorsett 
The LRC Dining Club by Mark Lucani
Tony Hall Obituary by Dr. Tom King 
A Propos of Nothing by Miles Preston

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The London Roar April 2019 Edition

Gym Redevelopment Update by Peter Halford
Your Last Opportunity to Donate by Ben Helm
Boat Naming Ceremony: ‘John Cooney’ by Bill Baker
Boat Naming Ceremony: ‘Richard Philips’ by Kathleen Curran
Masters’ News by Stewart Harries
Irregulars’ News by Eddie Markes
Young Irregulars News by Kathleen Curran
Dennis Ashton Obituary by Julian Ebsworth
Sunday Roasts and Club Information by Shane Dorsett
Post HORR Party by Abigail Leek and Will Golding
Rob van Mesdag’s Boat by Miles Preston

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Boat Naming, Saturday 13th April 2019

Bill Baker writes…

Members are invited to join family and friends for the naming of the new Empacher coxless 4 after John Cooney on Saturday 13th April at 3pm. Tea and cake will be offered in the Long Room, with other beverages available.

John died on 21 March 2018 aged 54 after a long struggle with lymphoma. He was part of the successful heavy and lightweight squads at LRC in the 1990s finishing 6th for LRC 1 at the 1992 Head. He was selected for the first Head eight the following year but was disappointed to pull out on the morning with illness.

He rowed in the 1994 lightweight London crew that represented England in the Commonwealth Regatta in London Ontario winning gold ahead of Australia, silver and Canada, bronze. Earlier that year the same crew won open and lightweight eights at the National Championships at Nottingham, their time of 5.43 the lightweight record for the event to date.

John loved rowing and LRC was especially close to his heart. A party animal, he made a big impression on all who knew him. He contributed hugely to the club with his humour and larger-than-life personality. His interests extended well beyond rowing – he was a self-taught guitarist, elite level cyclist, filmmaker, keen motorcyclist and car enthusiast. He threw himself into life with gusto and an infectious enthusiasm.

He would be absolutely thrilled to know that an LRC boat bears his name.

John Russell

We were sorry to learn about the recent passing of John Russell, who was a member of the Club at the end of the 1950s. He won the Wingfield Sculls under London colours in 1959, as well as the London Cup at the Met the same year. He went on to row at international level in the early 1960s after moving to other clubs. A fuller account of his career will follow soon.

His funeral is taking place at Aldershot Crematorium on Friday 22nd February at 12 noon.

Rowing Together for Healthy Minds – LRC supports RTHM

Rowing Together for Healthy Minds (RTHM), was started in memory of René Zamudio, who took his own life in January 2017. René learnt to row at Bristol University before moving to Imperial College to continue his rowing and academic study. His death was a shock to all that knew him, he was the last person you would think to be suffering from mental health issues as is often the case in situations like this…


On Sunday 13th January 2019, we published the names of donors on a board in the entrance hall of the Club. We are truly grateful for their generosity in contributing to the gym fund so far. With the completion of the gym and changing room project now in sight, we must focus on raising £60,000 to equip our new gym to a standard of excellence.

If you have any questions about the project or want to discuss making a donation, please email our Vice President, Ben Helm on

If you would like to make a donation, we now ask that you contact the Club office directly at or telephone us (020) 8788 1400. Please reference your payment ‘gym’ followed by your name. Or send a cheque payable to London Rowing Club via Ben Helm at the Club.

We are aiming to update our Donations board on a monthly basis.

Read more about the progress of the new gym build in Ben Helm’s piece 25 Strokes to Go in the January 2019 London Roar Edition