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History

The greatest history. The most success.

Founded in 1818, the Club boasts an unsurpassed record in rowing achievements.

Our Members include heroes such as Sir Steve Redgrave, Sir Matthew Pinsent, James Cracknell, Debbie Flood and Steve Williams. So it’s no wonder that  Leander Club members have won more Olympic and World championship medals than any other single-sport Club world-wide.

1818 – Leander Club is founded on the Tideway

1831 – Leander defeats Oxford in a race from Hambleden Lock to Henley Bridge

1860 – Club moves to Putney

1866 – Club builds first boat house at Putney

1897 – Club purchases land in Henley on Thames and begins new Clubhouse construction

1908 – first Olympic medal won

1998 –  Membership is opened to women

Leander Club news

  • European Championships 2015

    Leander’s Vicky Thornley has been selected to race the double scull with Olympic gold medallist Katherine Grainger at the European Championships later this month in Poland.

  • GB Trials 2015

    Leander athletes were once again on top form at GB trials, where single sculler Vicky Thornley won the women’s event, while Charles Cousins and Jamie Kirkwood repeated their winning ways in the heavy and lightweight men’s sculls.

  • Head of the River Race 2015

    Five Leander crews competed in this year’s Head of the River Race, where the club’s first crew won the overall Head title, and all five finished in the top 20.

  • Meet the Athletes

    Leander captain Alex Gregory and GB men’s coach Jürgen Grobler are two of the biggest names in rowing, the sport in which Britain leads the world.

  • Women’s Eights Head 2015

    For the first time in the club’s history Leander boated two crews for the Women’s Eights Head, exceeding all expectations by finishing in second and fourth place overall, and winning the club pennant.

  • Events

  • Meet the Athletes

    Leander captain Alex Gregory and GB men’s coach Jürgen Grobler are two of the biggest names in rowing, the sport in which Britain leads the world.

  • Bonhams Valuation Days

    Bonhams are pleased to offer free, confidential, valuations for the current auction market, without obligation.

  • Fine Dining Evenings

    held on the last Tuesday of each month our Fine Dining Evenings are served in the historic ambience of the club dining room, and will next be held on 26 May 2015.

  • Calendar of Events

    Our Calendar of Events for 2015, listing all the major club activities throughout the season, is now available.

  • Dress Down Family Sunday Lunches

    Held on the first Sunday of each month from 12 noon to 2 pm


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