Curlew Rowing Club

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Curlew Rowing Club
Image showing the rowing club's emblem
Location Greenwich, United Kingdom
Coordinates 51°28′11.3″N 0°13′14.7″W / 51.469806°N 0.220750°W / 51.469806; -0.220750 (Thames Rowing Club)Coordinates: 51°28′11.3″N 0°13′14.7″W / 51.469806°N 0.220750°W / 51.469806; -0.220750 (Thames Rowing Club)
Home water Tideway, London Docklands
Founded 1866
Affiliations British Rowing
Website curlewrowingclub.co.uk
Emblem on the boathouse

Curlew Rowing Club is rowing club based on the Tideway of the River Thames at Greenwich, London, England. It was founded in 1866 and has been in Greenwich without interruption for over 130 years, though not always called Curlew.

History[edit]

The first regatta at which a “Curley” crew is believed to have rowed was held at Greenwich in 1787. In the first half of the 19th century “Curley” was one of several crews, along with a crew called “The Argonauts”, who had their own boats in the Greenwich and Deptford reaches. The Argonauts grew substantially in numbers until some of its members transferred their activities to Putney, to form the London Rowing Club with the object of rowing at Henley.

The “Curley” crew remained in Greenwich and in 1866 a club was formed in order to rent the (now demolished) Crown Sceptre Pub in Greenwich.[1] “Curley”, by this stage had become “Curlew” and had incorporated the residue of the “Argonauts” and another crew “Lurline” who had been unable to carry on independently. Curlew then occupied the "Crown and Sceptre" until the building was demolished in 1934. So after 68 years Curlew moved to the "Trafalgar Tavern" [2] where Curlew had a Club room / bar and a small basement gym. These premises where leased at that time from the Greenwich Hospital Estates.

Modern day[edit]

Curlew Rowing Club is now based in out of the Trafalgar Rowing Centre [3] only a few doors down from their old home. Curlew moved to the Trafalgar Rowing Centre in late 2003, and with the Trafalgar Trust (Curlew Rowing Club and Globe Rowing Club) now own a new boathouse and gym in Greenwich. Furthermore, on the water training takes place at the London Regatta Centre based at the Victoria and Albert Docks, where Curlew has access to a complete multi-laned buoyed 2 km racing lake. Recently some boats have been relocated to Greenwich to train on the River Thames again.

Curlew has had much success on the water qualifying and competing at Henley Royal Regatta every year since 2000. 2011 saw the club qualify two VIIIs to The Thames Challenge Cup, the first time in the club's history and the first time a club east of Putney has done so.

Further to the success of the Men's squad, the Women reached the quarter final of Women's Henley, and the Women's Senior Double achieving Bronze at the National Championship of Great Britain.

Results[edit]

Year HoRR WHoRR Metropolitan Regatta Women's Henley Reading Amateur Regatta Marlow Regatta Henley Royal Regatta City of Oxford National Championships
04–05 Curlew A (Wednesday)
05–06 Curlew A Winner Senior VIII Curlew A (Thursday)
06–07 Curlew A (Wednesday)
07–08 Curlew A (Wednesday)
08–09 Curlew A Qualifiers Mixed Medley Winners
09–10 Curlew A 196 Curlew A 237 Curlew A IM1 Final W2x Senior QF N/A Curlew A (Wednesday) Mixed Medley Winners
10–11 Curlew A 167 Curlew A 168 Winner Senior W2x WVIII Club QF Curlew B Winner IM3 VIII Curlew A & Curlew B (Wednesday) W2x Bronze
11-12 Curlew A 76 Curlew A 88 Curlew A IM1 Final WIV+ 11/24 Time Trial Curlew A IM1 Final Curlew A Senior Final Curlew A (Thursday)
12-13 Curlew A race abandoned Curlew A 114 Curlew A IV+ Senior Final DNF Curlew A IV+ Elite Final Curlew A IV+ Elite Final Curlew A (Thursday)
13-14 Curlew A race abandoned Curlew A 125 Curlew A WIM2 Final

Henley Royal Regatta[edit]

Curlew Rowing Club have qualified for Henley Royal Regatta 12 out of 13 seasons since 2000, making Thursday only once in that time. In 2011 and 2012 Curlew have managed to qualify both 1st and 2nd VIII into the Thames Challenge Cup, a feat only matched by Thames Rowing Club in West London.

  • 2000 - Wyfold Challenge Cup - RD1 Curlew bt Furnival SC by 3 lengths. RD2, Lea RC bt Curlew by 1 length
  • 2000 - Thames Challenge Cup - RD1 Molesey Boat Club 'B' bt Curlew by 4 lengths
  • 2001 - Wyfolds Challenge Cup - RD1 Aberdeen Boat Club bt Curlew easily
  • 2002 - Wyfolds Challenge Cup - RD1 Aberdeen Boat Club bt Curlew easily
  • 2002 - Thames Challenge Cup - RD1 Curlew bt London Rowing Club 'C' by 1 1/2 lengths, RD2 London RC 'A' bt Curlew by 4 lengths
  • 2003 - Thames Challenge Cup - RD1 Curlew bt City of Oxford RC by 2 1/4 lengths, RD2 Lady Victoria Boat Club bt Curlew by 3 lengths
  • 2004 - Thames Challenge Cup - RD1 Mitsubishi BC* bt Curlew by 5 lengths (*Mitsubishi were subsequently disqualified as being ineligible to race)
  • 2005 - Thames Challenge Cup - RD1 Curlew bt Mortlake Anglia & Alpha BC by 1 3/4 lengths. RD2, Molesey bt Curlew by 1 3/4 lengths
  • 2006 - Thames Challenge Cup - RD1 Hamburger und Germania RC bt Curlew by 3 1/4 lengths
  • 2007 - Thames Challenge Cup - RD1 Nottingham RC bt Curlew by 2 lengths
  • 2008 - Thames Challenge Cup - RD1 Tees RC bt Curlew by 3/4 length
  • 2009 - DNQ
  • 2010 - Thames Challenge Cup - RD1 Reading RC bt Curlew by 1 3/4 lengths
  • 2011 - Thames Challenge Cup - RD1 Lea RC bt Curlew A by 1 1/2 lengths, RD1 Greenlake BC (USA) bt Curlew 'B' by 2 1/2 lengths
  • 2012 - Thames Challenge Cup - RD1 Curlew 'A' bt Curlew 'B' by 4 3/4 lengths, RD2 Thames 'A' bt Curlew 'A' by 2 1/2 lengths
  • 2013 - Britannia Challenge Cup - RD1 Thames 'A' bt Curlew 'A' by 1 1/2 Lengths

Woman's Henley Regatta[edit]

  • 2004 - The PriceWaterhouseCoopers Cup - RD2 - Vesta RC bt Curlew by 1 1/4 lengths
  • 2005 - The Lester Trophy - RD2 - Agecroft BC bt Curlew by 4 lengths
  • 2009 - The Rosie - RD1 - Mortlake Anglian & Alpha BC bt Curlew by 1 1/4 Lengths
  • 2010 - The Rosie - Semi-Finals - Sport Imperial BC bt Curlew by 2 lengths
  • 2011 - The Rosie - RD1 - ASR Nereus NED bt Curlew by 4 lengths
  • 2011 - The PriceWaterhouseCoopers Cup - Quarter-Finals - Glasgow RC bt Curlew by 2 lengths
  • 2012 - The Lester Trophy - DNQ (Time Trial 11/24 crews)

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