Molesey Boat Club

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Molesey Boat Club
Image showing the rowing club's emblem
Molesey Boat Club.jpg
Image showing the rowing club's blade colours
Location East Molesey, England
Coordinates 51°24′26″N 0°21′4.5″W / 51.40722°N 0.351250°W / 51.40722; -0.351250 (Molesey Boat Club)Coordinates: 51°24′26″N 0°21′4.5″W / 51.40722°N 0.351250°W / 51.40722; -0.351250 (Molesey Boat Club)
Home water Molesey Lock, River Thames
Founded 1866
Membership 700
Affiliations British Rowing
Molesey Regatta, Molesey Junior Regatta, Molesey Veterans Head
Head of the River Race (1st 2010), Henley Royal Regatta (numerous wins)
Notable members
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 stretch is roughly 4 km long from weir to weir and is considered one of the best stretches for rowing on the Thames.

The club was founded in 1866, just upstream of Hampton Court Palace where the current boathouse was built.

Molesey had been the support club for Molesey Regatta since its inception in 1867.[1]


The club has been well represented at the two of the major races on the rowing calendar:

Head of the River Race
2011: 2nd Overall
2010: 1st Overall
2009: 4th
2008: 8th (No international members present)
2007: 3rd (Unofficially 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 Recent Wins


The Club currently consists of approximately 700 members, consisting of juniors, novices, seniors, veterans and Great Britain internationals of both genders.

  • The Senior squad consists of approximately 40 Members. Molesey has been designated a "High Performance Club" for Senior Heavyweight Men by the Amateur Rowing Association due to the high standard of the Athletes and Coaching available. With around 100 other members in this is the clubs main rowing group.
  • The Junior squad is up to 80 athletes strong and 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 section with over 50 members, there to offer rowing for people who want to take up the sport later in life.
  • Veterans at Molesey make sure life at the club is well balanced, representing the club at local, national and some 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

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Baker, Rowland G M (1989). "Molesey Boat Club page from "Thameside Molesey"". Retrieved 31 March 2010. 

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