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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

  • Anna pulls out of Team GB

    Olympic champion Anna Watkins, who became Leander’s first-ever female gold medallist at London 2012, has pulled out of her attempt to make a spectacular come-back in time for the Rio Games.

  • Incorporation

    Papers are now available to read in advance of the General Meeting on Sunday 22 May 2016 to consider the Incorporation of Leander Club, and the formation of a private company limited by guarantee, Leander Club Limited.

  • Book Group

    After the inaugural meeting of the Book Group proved such a great success, the next meeting is scheduled for Wednesday 24 February 2016 at 18.30, when Members are invited to choose from a list of three books to discuss.

  • Vision 2018

    As our Club approaches its bicentenary Leander is delighted to announce a three-year programme of major events leading up the anniversary celebration of our foundation in 1818.

  • Leander and Row360

    We are delighted to say that we have appointed Row360 – the world’s only global rowing magazine – as our official media partner.

  • Events

  • Row2Rio 2016

    Our Row2Rio events provide opportunities for Members and our corporate partners to support the Club’s international athletes as they train and race to achieve their Olympic dreams:

  • Book Group

    After the inaugural meeting of the Book Group proved such a great success, the next meeting is scheduled for Wednesday 24 February 2016 at 18.30, when Members are invited to choose from a list of three books to discuss.

  • Burns’ Night 2016

    Our traditional Burns’ Night supper will include a four-course Scottish menu with a wee dram, the haggis will be ceremoniously piped in and the ode recited before the entertainment begins.

  • Row2Rio 2016

    Our Row2Rio events provide opportunities for Members and our corporate partners to support the Club’s international athletes as they train and race to achieve their Olympic dreams:

  • Battlefield Tour 2016

    Our 2016 Battlefield Tour will visit crucial sites on the Western Front, allow us to pay our respects by laying a wreath at the Menin Gate, Ypres, and see the places where Leander men fought and died, buried and remembered.


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