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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 – 19 February 2015

    Your opportunity 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.

  • Fours Head 2014

    Leander athletes recorded their best-ever results at the Fours Head, when they won a total of six pennants, including the Head title itself, and finished with four crews among the top five places on the river.

  • 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.

  • Events

  • Meet the Athletes – 19 February 2015

    Your opportunity 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.

  • Living Advent Calendar

    Everyone is welcome to join us at this popular pre-Christmas event when the dress code is casual, the winter Pimms and mince pies are free of charge, and the entertainment a complete surprise!

  • Ladies’ Christmas Lunch

    Our annual Ladies’ Christmas Lunch on 5 December is one of the most popular events in our calendar, and this year is certain to be no exception!

  • 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 25 November 2014.


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