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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

    Your opportunity on 19 February to meet Jürgen Grobler, Chief Coach for Heavyweight Men in the GB Rowing Team, who has personally coached German and British crews to gold medals at every Olympic Games since 1972.

  • New Captain for 2015

    Olympic, World and European champion Alex Gregory MBE has been elected as the new Captain of Leander. He will take over his duties from Debbie Flood on 1 January 2015.

  • 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.

  • Henley Royal Regatta 2014

    With crews in nine Henley finals Leander came away with six wins, but the stand-out performance for the Club’s development academy occurred when Leander became the first club ever to contest all three of the intermediate finals.

  • Events

  • St Valentines’ Night 2015

      Saturday 14 February A romantic candlelit dinner will be served in the splendour of the club dining room. Reserve your own intimate table for two or join a club table to meet fellow Members and their guests. Dress lounge suit or blazer. 7.30 for 8pm, £38.50 per person to include canapés and a glass [...]

  • Meet the Athletes

    Your opportunity on 19 February to meet Jürgen Grobler, Chief Coach for Heavyweight Men in the GB Rowing Team, who has personally coached German and British crews to gold medals at every Olympic Games since 1972.

  • 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 24 February 2015.

  • Calendar of Events

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


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