Jonathan Preece in New Commercial Director Role

Welcome back to the Board Jonathan. Thank you for taking on the position of Commercial Director.  Jonathan is well known locally and was formerly President of Ross Rowing Club.

He was born in Wilton and attended Bridstow School and Hereford Cathedral School.

For a period he lived in London and Cheltenham working as a Surveyor before returning to Herefordshire and setting up in business as a surveyor and estate agent in Ross on Wye.

Jonathan has four children, two of whom Emily and Jessica rowed in our junior section. They have all long flown the nest but he looks forward to introducing his grandson Henry to the club shortly.

Jonathan joined Ross Rowing Club around 1976 and rowed with the likes of Howard Copping, Brian Dean, Jerry Whitehouse, David Woods, Ian Hale and Torsten Pope. He was coached by Dr Budd who was later to play an important part in the renaissance of the club.

At this time he was also rowing at Hereford Cathedral School with his highlight being training and competing in the Princess Elizabeth Schools event at Henley Royal Regatta.

After a long break from his own rowing, whilst supporting his daughters as junior rowers, he decided to get back in a boat and started rowing and racing competitively. He had some success and a lot of fun.

He went on to qualify as a coach and coached both juniors and senior ladies and continues to row on a non-competitive basis with Torsten Pope.

Past and Present

Lovely to have expert help from Jackie, Morgan and Paul at Learn to Row on Sunday morning.

A great bunch of eight new rowers and lots of club volunteers to help. WELCOME to our new people and thank you everyone – brilliant session.

Marquee and beerfest

The marquees are up for Beerfest!

After the event two marquees need to be relocated to the Club lawn for the Coronation Ball (1 May).

A massive thank you to all those who have signed up to help at the Beerfest!

Volunteers are still needed to help on the BBQ and to serve hot food. Rota in the link below.

BeerFest Rota

JIRR success past and present

Congratulations to Milo and Jacob from RRC were selected as part of the West Midlands Regional squad at the Junior Inter Regional Regatta (JIRR) last weekend.

This was held at the National Watersports Centre in Nottingham. They narrowly missed out on the A Final after finishing a respectable 4th in their heat. They recorded their best ever time for the 1500m. They entered the B Final and finished in 3rd place, and also improved their time in doing so.

They are very happy with their performances and it has given them further incentive to do well during this season’s upcoming regattas.

The West Midlands’ team finished 4th overall – the boys 4th and the girls 3rd. There were some absolutely outstanding crews competing from all over the country. A big thank you to Darren (Howe) for being at the event and for giving advice and encouragement to the boys.  

A massive thanks to Karen (Junior Captain) for training the boys and for pushing them hard over the past few weeks.

This time in 2010

At the JIRR on 25th April 2010 one of RRC’s former juniors won her first National medal.

Ellie Grindle won gold with her Ross doubles partner Effie Hiram in a West Midlands crew in 2010. The amazing fact in this story is this event was Effie’s first ever competitive race, she has set a very high standard and broken all recognized conventions.

Ellie went on to become RRC’s 1st ever junior indoor and outdoor rowing gold medal winner as she also won the British Junior Indoor Rowing Championship in Birmingham in the same year.

The 2010 JIRR was possibly the mosts successful ever for Ross Juniors.

Five of six crews reached the finals and four of those won medals. This was unparallelled success for the Ross Club at the time and only matched by the large city clubs with GB Squad links.

There in 2010 were: Amy Surman, Catrin Morris, Molly Phillips, Rosanne Ingram, Jess Crossman, Georgie Jones, Kelly Morris, Rosie Lindley, Ellie Grindle, Effie Hiram, Elle Blackwood, Lucy Jones, Will England and Johan Lai, along with Junior Captain and Coach at the time, Ian Howell.

Many of these, and other former juniors, remain in contact with Ross, some through this newsletter, some via parents and friends. We always welcome them back if they are visiting and want to jump in a boat.


Last Thursday evening on BBC1, Gordon Ramsay’s Future Food Stars featured our very own Jack Westley and former junior Dad Richard Vines at Henley Royal Regatta tasting cocktails (of course)

Jack looking resplendent in RRC tie, and his own sartorial highlight of floral jacket and pink chinos.

There are photos and videos of the impact of alcohol on Jack at Henley in previous years, so too Richard Jennison. “Drink Responsibly” may be advice that passed them by

Where he leads, you should not follow…

See you on the Henley Bus later this year!!


The beer festival starts this weekend. Get on down, either as an RRC volunteer or as a paying customer (or maybe both!)

This is a Lions and Rotary shared event which has become a major annual occasion for Ross. We are delighted to host these two great community organisations, and to welcome people to our fantastic location.

Thank you @Rotary and @ Lions for all you do. We hope it is a great success.

Wine and cheese ????

A wonderful evening of tasting Portuguese wine and eating cheese.

thank you to Phil, Greg and all the social committee for making this happen.

Good thing Jack wasn’t there or supplies would have been in danger.

It does however seem to have had an impact on Ian’s eyebrows

Learn to Mow

A learn to mow course has began at the club!
The first recruit has passed his test and you could be the next one…

If you are interested in mowing please contact Torsten.
(A certificate may be offered if you ask nicely)

A Second Chance to See

For those who missed Andrew’s talk at the club or would like to go again, he will be speaking again at a Civic Society event at the . It will be a bit shorter but still a rare opportunity to hear from Andrew and see clips of his wildlife filming.

Free to Civic Society members. £5 for visitors.

Larruperz Centre

10th May

7:00pm for 7:30pm start

Rearranged Junior Camp

Reminder that replacement sessions for the junior camp have been organised for Saturday 6th, Sunday 7th and Sunday 14th of May.

All and any help with rowing, coaching or diving a safety boat would be greatly appreciated.

‍♂️ Boats and Boards ????

Boats and boards of many shapes and sizes on the river last weekend. Great to have a busy thriving club. Welcome one and all ????

Rowing Dates

Evesham Regatta – 29th April

Shrewsbury Regatta – Sunday 7th May

Beginning Coxing – New date: Thursday 11th May at 7:00pm

Worcester Spring Regatta – 20th May

Mixed Ability Taster Session – Sunday 18th June, 10am-midday. Club tour, basics on land, accompanied boat sessions

ROSS REGATTA – Sunday 27th and Monday 28th August – our fantastic and much-loved regatta (Dragon Boats on Saturday – see social section below)

See Spond for details.

Socials – Hold the Date!!!

BEERFEST – This weekend.


MAYOR’S CHARITY CORONATION BALL – Saturday 6th May 2023. RRC providing bar. Details and bookings HERE


Tues June 6th – Board Games night. A Mixed Ability evening with Leisure Link at RRC. 6pm – 8pm. More details to follow


Tues July 4th – Yeehah ???? – American Karaoke night – A Mixed Ability evening with Leisure Link at RRC. 6pm until we run out of puff ‍


July 8th – Roaring Megs Choir at Ross Rowing Club for the Summer Concert


RRC DRAGON BOAT RACING – Saturday 26th August – followed by Ross Regatta on 27th and 28th August (see rowing section above)




  • EASY FUNDRAISING – this system allows you to buy things from Amazon and many others at exactly the same price as normal, but they send a small portion of their profits to Ross Rowing Club – it all adds up over the course of a year. The link is here: EASYFUNDRAISING

And finally …

The dogs of RRC!

Doodles, who was very impressed with the learn to row course.

For the live Webcam showing current river levels – hit the button below.



Ross Rowing Club welcomes new rowers, young and old, beginners, experienced or returners.
We welcome campers and visitors, and have occasional opportunities to hire our clubhouse and grounds.
Key contacts:


Rope Walk, Ross On Wye, Herefordshire HR9 7BU