Putney Town Rowing Club
|Putney Town Rowing Club|
|Location||Kew, London, England|
The Club was founded at the Half Moon Hotel in Putney in 1922. Originally the club was based underneath the Duke's Head pub in Putney, and in 1986 moved to a one storey boathouse in Kew on the current site on Townmead Road. This allowed the club to expand, but it was burnt down in 1992 by arsonists.
The club was rebuilt as a modern, purpose built facility in 1995 with a large hall, bar and meeting room, as well as racking for a large number of boats in and outside the boathouse.
On 26 October 2005, Putney Town had celebrated 10 years of the new boathouse with "Phoenix Party", where the entire fleet was taken out and rowed past the clubhouse, in front of a number of old members and local dignatories.
Equipment and facilities
The club house is at Townmead Road, Kew, just upstream of Chiswick Bridge on the southern (Surrey) bank of the river. The ground floor consists of a boatshed and a weight lifting area. The first floor has a large gym, bar, kitchen and changing rooms.
All the Men's crews are equipped with Empacher 8's (5 in total, 2 wing riggered) and 4-'s (3 Empacher, 1 sims, 2 Janies). The Women's crews have access to a new Filippi and an Empacher 8. Also available to all members are a number of Empacher/Sims/Eton Racing Boats/Janousek eights, fours/quads and pairs/doubles and singles.
There are four launches for coaching crews, a fully equipped weights area and a number of modern Concept 2 ergometers. The large hall also allows the running of circuit training sessions, stretching and fitness classes as desired.
The club is for members only, however anyone may join under the following categories: Senior, Junior, Cox, Veteran or Land (Non Rowing).
Men's Senior Squad
The Men's Senior Squad encompasses all abilities from Novice up to Senior oarsmen. The squad actively compete at a number of events, from local tideway regattas and head races, multi-lane national races and including Henley Royal Regatta (HRR).
Women's Senior Squad
The women's squad is ever more successful, regularly racing at Henley Women's Regatta and a number of other local and national regattas. The Women's Squad gained their best ever result in the Women's Head of the River Race in March 2008, finishing 41st.
The club has links with local schools such as Shene School and Christ's School with the ARA's 'Project Oarsome' initiative. The pupils may choose to participate in indoor and on the water rowing. The London Oratory School also use the Putney Town boathouse.
There is a large veterans squad who regularly train at weekends and in the evening. They race competitively including at national veterans championship, local tideway regattas and the Vets Head of the River Race.
The best successes in recent years where in March 2008, when the Men's Senior Squad qualified for the Thames Challenge Cup for men's eights at Henley Royal Regatta, for the second year in a row, but was unfortunately knocked out in the first round. The qualification for the event in 2007 was the first time the club had an entry into the event for 40 years, and this was followed by successful qualification again in 2008, 2009, 2010 (Thames Cup and Wyfolds) and 2012. 2008 also saw the first multi-lane win for the club at Wallingford Regatta where they won the Senior 3 Coxed Four. The Men's Squad have competed in a number of events, including the Head of the Charles in Boston, MA and annually at all the major Tideway heads.
The Women's Senior Squad had a notable showing at Henley Women's Regatta in 2008, losing in the Semi-Finals of the Intermediate 8's event.
Recent results at large competitions:
- At the Head of the River Race 2008, the men's boats finished 107th and 347th
- At the Head of the River Race 2009, the men's boats finished 189th and 334th
- In the Women's Eights Head of the River Race, Putney Town came 41st, 133rd and 22nd
- British Rowing Almanack (All years)
- Official website
- Amateur Rowing Association section On Putney Town
- Club kit page on Godfrey sports online