Walbrook Rowing Club
|Walbrook Rowing Club|
|Location||Trowlock Island, Teddington, England|
|Home water||Teddington Lock, River Thames|
Walbrook Rowing Club, colloquially sometimes named Teddington Rowing Club, is a rowing club, on the River Thames in England on the Middlesex bank just above Teddington Lock at Trowlock Island, Teddington and downstream of Molesey Lock. It is the first non-tidal club on the weir-controlled Thames and is the organising club for Teddington Head of the River Race held in November for all classes of racing shells.
The rowing club was originally established in Teddington in 1961 for BP employees, hence the club colours of green, yellow and black. In 1993 British Petroleum closed its Teddington leisure services site. Walbrook Rowing Club continued independently and acquired the site by pooling resources with the Royal Canoe Club and its associated watersports club, The Skiff Club to become the rowing section of 'Walbrook and Royal Canoe Club (RCC)'. Within weeks Kingston Royals Dragon Boat Racing Club joined the combined organisation.
Walbook, early in the first decade of the 21st century, became on the transformation of its governing body, the recognised governing body in the sport, an open club to men and women of all backgrounds and members of Walbrook RC also become members of the RCC and have access to all the facilities on the site. Walbrook Rowing Club boat house is in a two storey building (left of picture) and the Royal Canoe Club meanwhile reconstructed its clubhouse on Trowlock Island.
The rowing club aims to teach beginners to row and has a junior section for ages 12–18. There are a variety of races available to members of the club, and committed members can be expecting to race every other week or so during regatta season.
Walbrook is the first non-tidal club on the weir-controlled Thames. The key feature of the non-tidal Thames compared to complex rules along the Tideway is that navigation is always on the right. In all but exceptional stream the water resembles the middle sections of a few wide rivers in the UK, being long weir-controlled rowing rivers in the UK capable of handing more than three large vessels side-by-side.
- G. Dear One Hundred Years of Skiff Racing British Rowing Almanack - Amateur Rowing Association 2001