Henley Whalers

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Whale-boat Molly sailing near Henley on Thames, 2011

Established in 1993, Henley Whalers is a group of sailing boat enthusiasts based in Henley on Thames, Oxfordshire, UK.[1]

Notable events[edit]

The Henley Whalers have taken part in many events, the most notable being H.M. The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Pageant on the River Thames through London, June 3, 2012.[2]
Henley Whalers also formed part of the "sail-past" (by invitation) in front of HM.The Queen at the pageant at Henley on Thames, June 2013.[3]
They also accompanied the Olympic flame in 2012 from Hampton Court to Putney behind Gloriana, the new royal barge.[4]
Other significant events have included; The Vogalonga, Velalonga and Velalonga Raid in Venice, Italy;[5][6] The Dorestad Raid in the Netherlands;[7] The Semaine du Golfe du Morbihan in Brittany;[8] and in the UK: The Great River Race,[9] The English Raid,[10][11] and Sail Caledonia.[12]
Many of these are sail-and-oar events, known as raids.


The Henley Whalers' member-base mainly consists of adults, though younger members are encouraged through various youth events.[13][14]


Molly in Velalonga race.jpg

The Henley Whalers enjoy fixed-seat rowing year-round, from their base at Henley on Thames.[15] They also participate in National and International events, rowing and/or sailing, throughout UK and Europe.[16]



Molly is the Henley Whalers main vessel, built in 2003. The Henley Whalers have sailed Molly in various international competitions throughout Europe, gaining many prizes and accolades.[17] The sail rig (seen in the photo) is trapezial boom lug.
Previous boats have included "Collingwood" and "Lutra-Lutra" (both Montague whalers of British Navy type).[18]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ The Henley Whalers, archived from the original on March 4, 2016, retrieved January 31, 2012
  2. ^ List of vessels invited to take part in the Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant as of 17/01/12 (PDF), retrieved January 31, 2012
  3. ^ The Duke laughed at a re-enactment of the Viking era ..., retrieved May 16, 2013
  4. ^ http://www.semainedugolfe.com/Registered-2015-1092-1078-0-1.html?b491_nom_bateau_1=molly&b491_flotile_bateau_15=&b491_port_bateau_8=&b491_clase_bateau_25=&
  5. ^ Sailors did 'molto bene' in Venice, retrieved January 31, 2012
  6. ^ Citius, Altius, Fortius!, retrieved January 31, 2012[permanent dead link]
  7. ^ Dorestad Raid 2009, retrieved January 31, 2012
  8. ^ http://www.semainedugolfe.com/Registered-2015-1092-1078-0-1.html?b491_nom_bateau_1=molly&b491_flotile_bateau_15=&b491_port_bateau_8=&b491_clase_bateau_25=&
  9. ^ Great River Race - Final Results, retrieved January 31, 2012
  10. ^ The English Raid: Entries for 2010, retrieved January 31, 2012
  11. ^ The English Raid: Entries for 2011, retrieved January 31, 2012
  12. ^ SeaRaider 22ft Daysailer, archived from the original on February 2, 2012, retrieved February 9, 2012
  13. ^ Student Sailing, retrieved January 31, 2012
  14. ^ Enrichment, retrieved January 31, 2012
  15. ^ Henley Whalers website, retrieved May 16, 2013
  16. ^ Henley Whalers website, retrieved May 16, 2013
  17. ^ Whalers sail to victory, retrieved January 31, 2012
  18. ^ History of Henley Whalers, retrieved May 16, 2013