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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

  • World Championships Dinner 2015

    We are delighted to host a Dinner in France, on 4 September, to coincide with finals weekend of the World Championships at Aiguebelette. The venue is the Belvedere Restaurant, in St Germain La Chambotte, set high in the mountains overlooking the Lac du Bourget.

  • Lucerne World Cup 2015

    In an historic climax to last weekend’s World Cup regatta in Switzerland the GB men’s eight beat the German Olympic champions by the narrow margin of just 0.08 sec.

  • Henley Royal Regatta 2015

    Leander won seven out of the eight finals they raced at this year’s Regatta. This included a sixth consecutive win in the Prince of Wales Cup and a win for their composite crew with Molesey in the headline race – the Grand Challenge Cup.

  • European Championships 2015

    The new-look GB men’s four struck gold, with Leander’s Tom Ransley and Al Sinclair on board, to help Britain top the medal table at the European Championships in Poland last weekend.

  • 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.

  • Events

  • World Championships Dinner 2015

    We are delighted to host a Dinner in France, on 4 September, to coincide with finals weekend of the World Championships at Aiguebelette. The venue is the Belvedere Restaurant, in St Germain La Chambotte, set high in the mountains overlooking the Lac du Bourget.

  • New Members’ Reception

    Sunday 27 September 2015 Open by invitation to all recently elected Members and their partners who have not previously attended, to meet the Committee for drinks and canapés. The reception is complimentary from 12.15 to 1pm but bookings are required. We ask you to consider using this occasion to stay and book in for lunch afterwards. Family and friends [...]

  • Meet the Athletes

    ‘Stan’ Louloudis and Phelan Hill are, respectively, stroke and cox of the world champion GB men’s eight who are now hot favourites for success at the Rio Olympics.

  • Leander ‘Head of the Charles’ Dinner

    Saturday 17 October 2015 – Union Club, Boston, USA The featured speaker at this year’s United States dinner will be Sir Steve Redgrave CBE. Open to all categories of Members and their guests. Join us following Saturday’s racing. Timing is 7:00 for a drinks reception to sit down at 7.45 – USD $150 per person includes a three-course dinner. [...]

  • Annual Dinner 2015

    Our Annual Dinner, to be held on 1 November gives Members the chance to celebrate the year’s success with our athletes.


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