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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

  • Meet the Athletes – 2 October

    Your opportunity to meet Anna Watkins MBE, who became Leander’s first-ever woman Olympic champion when she partnered Katherine Grainger in the double scull during the London 2012 Games.

  • World Championships 2014 – 2

    The British para-rowing mixed coxed four retained their world title in Amsterdam with a dominant performance which saw them cross the line more than five second clear of the second-placed USA.

  • World Championships 2014

    Leander athletes returned triumphant from the World Championships in Amsterdam where the British team notched up four gold medals, four silvers and two bronze.

  • World U23 Championships 2014

    Three Leander athletes returned with medals from the World U23 Championships, including silver for Morgan Baynham-Williams, cox of the GB women’s eight, and bronze for Jack Beaumont and Angus Groom in the double sculls.

  • Development Academy in fine form

    With six wins from nine finals Leander can look back on another successful Royal Regatta, with particularly strong performances from members of the Club’s Development Academy.

  • Events

  • Meet the Athletes – 2 October

    Your opportunity to meet Anna Watkins MBE, who became Leander’s first-ever woman Olympic champion when she partnered Katherine Grainger in the double scull during the London 2012 Games.

  • 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 30 September 2014.

  • Calendar of Events

    Our Calendar of Events for 2013 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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