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London Rowing Club

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Location  Putney, England
Affiliations  British Rowing
Phone  +44 20 8788 1400
Home water  Tideway
Coaches  Paul Reedy
Website  londonrc.org.uk
Date founded  1856
London Rowing Club
Address  Putney Embankment, Putney, London SW15 1LB, UK
Similar  Molesey Boat Club, Imperial College Boat Club, Tideway, Kingston Rowing Club, Quintin Boat Club

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London Rowing Club (LRC or colloquially 'London') is the second-oldest of the non-academic active rowing clubs on the Thames in London, United Kingdom. It was founded in 1856 by members of the long-disbanded Argonauts Club wishing to compete at Henley Royal Regatta.

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It is regarded as one of the most high-performance and successful rowing clubs in Britain and its Patron is HRH Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh.

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History

The club was founded in 1856 at the instigation of Herbert Playford, A. A. Casamajor and Josias Nottidge for the purpose of promoting rowing on the river Thames and winning medals at Henley Royal Regatta. These three formed part of the crew that won the Grand Challenge Cup at Henley in 1857. LRC is the second oldest of the non-academic type in London; the oldest is Poplar Blackwall and District Rowing Club having taken that status from Leander Club which gradually migrated from 1897 to 1961 to Henley on Thames in Oxfordshire.

It is one of the seven founding clubs of the Remenham Club at Henley and was one of five clubs which retained the right to appoint representatives directly to the Council of British Rowing. This right was removed from those five clubs in September 2012.

Modern day

Sophie Hosking the Gold Medal winner and Rob Williams competed for Great Britain at the London Games in 2012 in the women's lightweight double sculls and men's lightweight coxless four.

Most recently the club won the Wyfolds in 2011 and also provided half of the oarsmen in the composite international lightweight crews that won the Club Quads in 2007.

London is a High Performance Centre for lightweight rowing and has been the base for many successful international lightweights since the inception of the weight class.

Two of its members, James Lindsay-Fynn and James Clarke, competed in the Beijing Olympic Games in 2008 as part of the Lightweight Men's Coxless Fours. Nick Strange and Ben Helm competed in the lightweight double sculls and lightweight four at the Atlanta Games in 1996. The London lightweight four of 1994; Butt, Watson, Strange and Helm retain the British best time for lightweight fours of 05:48:86 (Paris, May '94)

Facilities

LRC has a substantial boathouse (altered and extended in 2008) by Putney Bridge.

Members

Former members of the club include the British racing driver, two-time Formula One World Champion and only driver to win the Triple Crown of Motorsport, Graham Hill. From 1952 to 1954, Hill rowed in twenty finals with London, usually as stroke of the crew, eight of which resulted in wins. He also stroked the London eight for the highly ranked clubs/composites cup at Henley Royal Regatta. He used the colours of the club as his motor racing helmet design, as have his descendants, Formula One World Champion racing driver son, Damon, and Formula Renault driver Josh.

Current members

Current club members include international rowers for Great Britain, Ireland and Germany such as:

  • James Clarke
  • Danny Harte
  • Phelan Hill
  • Stephen Feeney
  • Sophie Hosking
  • James Lindsay-Fynn
  • Mathilde Pauls
  • Rob Williams
  • The current chief coach is Australian silver medallist Paul Reedy.

    References

    London Rowing Club Wikipedia


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