Molesey Boat Club
|Molesey Boat Club|
|Location||Graburn Way (informally on Barge Walk), East Molesey, Surrey England|
|Home water||River Thames|
|Molesey Regatta, Molesey Junior Regatta, Molesey Veterans Head|
|Head of the River Race (1st 2010), Henley Royal Regatta (numerous wins)|
|Martin Cross, Chris Martin, Ian McNuff, Greg Searle, Jonny Searle, Philip Simmons, Andrew Triggs-Hodge|
Molesey Boat Club is a rowing club between Molesey Lock and Sunbury Lock on the River Thames in England. The club was founded in 1866 where its boathouse stands with hardstanding next to the Thames Path.
Molesey been the organising or support club for Molesey Regatta since its inception in 1867. The club since the late 1990s has joined Leander Club in having been selected each year by medal-winning international athletes as a usual base at which to train when not in national training, such as at the end of each rowing season, and has four membership groups.
The club has won at national events including these three in the rowing calendar:
- Head of the River Race
- 2014: 1st (Of 70. Unofficial as race was abandoned as wind increased)
- 2013: Race Cancelled
- 2012: 2nd[n 1]
- 2011: 2nd[n 2]
- 2010: 1st[n 3]
- 2009: 4th[n 4]
- 2008: 8th[n 5]
- 2007: 3rd (Of unknown number. Unofficial as race was abandoned after several crews sank)
- 2006: 3rd
- 2005: 4th
- 2004: Race Cancelled
- 2003: 2nd
- 2002: 4th
- 2001: 4th
- 2000: 5th
- Henley Royal Regatta wins since 1991
- Grand Challenge Cup: 2009†, 2013†
- Thames Challenge Cup: 1999, 2000, 2009, 2012
- Stewards' Challenge Cup: 1991†, 2001†, 2007†, 2014†
- Wyfold Challenge Cup: 1997
- Visitors' Challenge Cup: 2012†
- Ladies' Challenge Plate: 1991†, 2013†
- Prince of Wales Challenge Cup: 2004
- Prince Philip Challenge Cup: 2002[n 6]
- Britannia Challenge Cup: 1999, 2004, 2008
- Silver Goblets & Nickalls Challenge Cup: 2000, 2011†
- Diamond Challenge Sculls: 1997
- Women's events, most not integrated into main regatta - expanded to three in total in 2014
no wins to date
- Henley Women's Regatta wins since 1991. † = composite (with other club)
- Avril Vellacott Cup:[n 7] 2011†, 2009†
- Vesta Cup:[n 8] 2011
- Sports Council Cup:[n 9] 2008†, 1999†
- Frank Harry Cup:[n 10] 2007
- FISA Senior B Category 1x: 2005
- Bea Langridge Trophy[n 11]: 2003†
Squads and management
The club consists of approximately 700 members, consisting of juniors, novices, seniors, veterans and Great Britain internationals of both genders.
- Senior squad Approximately 140 members. Molesey has been identified as and designated a "High Performance Club" for senior heavyweight men by British Rowing due to the breadth and extent of high standards among this group and professional coaching being available. With women and lightweight categories for both sexes, this is the club's largest active rowing group.
- Junior squad. Approximately 70-80 athletes. Closely linked to a number of local schools. The junior system offers rowing from the age of 13. The Junior programme's objective is to build towards success at J18 level domestically and internationally.
- Adult development. Approximately 60 members, offers rowing and sculling for people who want to take up the sport later in life with transition to the senior or masters categories possible.
- Masters (formerly this category was known in rowing as Veterans) the largest group in numbers whether or not including the club's discounted-fees Social Members. Masters categories A to H, men's and women's have representatives in most years at local, national and/or international events.
The club is run by a committee of 16 elected members, including the 5 officers of the club, Captain, Deputy Captain, Vice Captain, Secretary and Treasurer.
Some current racing members of note include:
- Martin Cross: Olympic Bronze and Gold: 4- 1980, 4+ 1984
- Ian McNuff: Olympic Bronze: 4- 1980
- Richard Stanhope: Olympic Silver: 8+ 1980,
- Greg Searle: Olympic Gold and Bronze: 2+ 1992, 4- 1996
- Jonny Searle: Olympic Gold and Bronze: 2+ 1992, 4- 1996
- Philip Simmons: Olympian GBR 8+ 2004
- Simon Fieldhouse: World Championships GBR 4+ 2006, 4x 2007
- Fred Gill: Cambridge University Blue 2010
- Dan Ouseley: Olympian 8+ 2004
- Peter Marsland: Cambridge University Blue 2008, 2009.
- Ben Smith: Oxford University Blue 2008
- Rowley Douglas: Monkton Combe 2nd 8+, Olympic Gold Medallist: 8+ 2000
- Current Members of the GB Rowing Team
- Andrew Triggs-Hodge: Olympic Gold Medallist: 4- 2008, 4- 2012
- Tom James: Olympic Gold Medallist: 4- 2008, 4- 2012
- George Nash: Olympic Bronze Medalist: 2- 2012, World Championships Gold Medalist 8+ 2013, Cambridge University Blue 2010, 2011, 2013.
- Tom Solesbury: World Championships GBR 8+ 2006, 2007, Olympian 2- 2008
- Tom Ransley: World Championships GBR 8+ 2009-2011; Cambridge University Blue 2008, 2009
- Cameron Nichol: World Championships GBR 8+ 2010, 2011
- Mohamed Sbihi: World Championships GBR 8+ 2010, 2011, Olympic Bronze Medallist: 8+ 2012
- James Foad: World Championships GBR 8+ 2010, 2011
- Andrew Holmes: Junior World Champion GBR 4- 2009
The Molesey stretch allows a 4.5 km navigation from main weir to main weir and is shared with two other boat clubs, the Sunbury Skiff and Punting Club and the Millennium Boat House of Hampton and Lady Eleanor Holles Schools. The second non-tidal reach above Teddington Lock, banks lack the funnelling walls at many points along the widening reach below, factors which lead to fewer waves on windy days. The club has organised or been the main supporting club for the organising of Molesey Regatta since it was founded, a year after the club.
The club is sponsored by a Building Society and the International Sports Promotion Society. The club has received sponsorship of Sport England and Elmbridge Borough Council and other organisations and public bodies in the past.
Notes and references
- of 404 eights to finish.
- of 393 eights to finish.
- of 388 eights to finish.
- of 409 eights to finish.
- No Molesey international members present
- Elite international men's coxed fours. Replaced in 2004 to narrow the Britannia Challenge Cup to clubs and so to create the Prince Albert Challenge Cup for students
- Elite coxless (heavyweight) fours.
- Elite coxless lightweight fours
- Elite eights
- Senior coxed fours
- Junior 4x