This year’s learn to row course starts soon, with open days at the club on Sunday 31st August at 2pm and on Wednesday 3rd September at 7pm. Please visit our Learn to Row page for more information on the course and to register your interest. We will be sending information out to everyone who has registered with more details very soon.
Please visit our Learn to Row page for more information on the course and to register your interest. We will be sending information out to everyone who has registered with more details very soon.
Putney Town is recruiting new members who would like to continue their rowing with the club for the upcoming season. We have both senior men’s and women’s squads, as well as masters squads for men and women and a social sculling group. If you are interested in joining our club, please contact one of the vice-captains or squad co-ordinators who will be happy to meet you, show you around the club, introduce you to others and get you out onto the water as a taster of what Putney Town can offer.
Men’s Squad - Pete - email@example.com
Women’s Squad - Jennie - firstname.lastname@example.org
Veteran Men’s Squad - Simon - email@example.com
Masters Women’s Squad - Cam - firstname.lastname@example.org
Social Scullers - Seema - email@example.com
Watch the race live at 5:55pm on our big screen…
…then down to the river to see the winners cross the line
- Hot dogs and onions
- Two bars
We also need volunteers to help run the event – this is one of the few events in the year where members of the public come into the club and contribute money to the club/buy our beer so all help you can give is greatly appreciated! Email us on firstname.lastname@example.org to volunteer
We are glad to be able to welcome non-Tideway based clubs to boat from our facilities for each of the upcoming head races.
Our location by Chiswick Bridge is convenient for warm up paddling either on or above the course, as well as for access to the marshalling positions. We are located in Mortlake, just off the South Circular Road with quick access to the M4 and M25. The club has a car-park at the rear, with space for trailers, minibuses and cars. Rowers without cars can get to us easily, walking either from Mortlake railway station or Kew Gardens Underground station.
All visiting clubs will have access to our changing facilities and hot showers, as well as our hall for keeping warm and dry before races. Snacks are usually available after races, and the bar will be open for post-race refreshment.
If you would like to enquire about availability, please email email@example.com
The annual PTRC Christmas Party will be on Saturday 14th December.
The festivities will kick-off with the Plum Pudding Races shortly after noon. This traditional event sees scratch crews racing in 8’s from around Brentford back to club where warm Gløgg awaits. Everyone welcome, especially coxes!
12:30 - Register in the hall for Plum Puddings
13:00 - Crews announced
13:45 - Races begin
14:30 - Gløgg/Mulled Wine on return to the club
15:00 - Food
We need experienced coxes for the Pudding Races and people to help prepare food and man the bar. If you can help with running the bar for an hour, or setting up tables and laying out food, please send an email to Steve/Ian firstname.lastname@example.org.
Both our women’s and men’s squads are holding a joint open day on Sunday 8th September for people who have rowed or coxed previously and are thinking of joining one of our squads. The day will include an introduction to the club, an informal outing onto the water and will be followed by a BBQ and a few beers.
If you are considering joining Putney Town, we would love to meet you. Please email one of the captains (email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org) if you would like to come / for more information about our squads and club.
Our learn to row courses are regarded as some of the best around – and many of our best oarsmen and oarswomen have progressed from our own courses through to our top boats, and even to race for GB!
This summer, due to unprecedented demand for our learn to row course, we’re taking on our biggest ever intake of men and women which will run with a tank session in the week (Tue or Wed evenings near Barnes Bridge) and two sessions on the water (Sat or Sun afternoons at the club)
You can find out more information on our Learn to Row page.
Our next course will start on 10th/11th September and run for six weeks.
If you are interested and would like to find out more, please come along to one of our open days:
- Sunday 1st September 2-4pm
- Wednesday 4th September 7-9pm
See you there!
Located next to Chiswick Bridge, the Tideway’s friendliest club is now inviting graduates to join both our Men’s and Women’s squads for the 2013/14 season.
- Ambitious club mixing rigorous training programmes with renowned club socials
- Dedicated coaches for both squads
- Annual training camps to high class rowing facilities in Europe
- Ever expanding high quality fleet, including multiple Empacher 8+s and 4-s
- Student Summer membership available for £45 for three months
- Coxes welcome too (free membership)
For more information and to arrange a visit, please contact one of the Captains:
Charlotte Taylor completed the journey from beginner rower to elite champion in just three years when she triumphed at Henley Women’s Regatta on Sunday.
Charlie secured the first outright Henley Women’s title ever for Putney Town RC. And her victory in Elite Lightweight Sculls wasn’t the only reason for club celebration as the crew of Lottie Higgins, Jennie Dawson, Victoria Watts, Klem Zastawniak and cox Camilla Lister reached the final of the Club Fours.
Charlie beat Lizzie Polgreen of Isle of Ely RC by three lengths, reversing the result from last year when the two clashed in the final of the senior event.
The two have been asked by GB Rowing Team coaches to train together in a double scull and will compete at the Holland Beker international regatta in Amsterdam next weekend.
“Last year’s Henley was the first time that I thought there was more than a club sculler in me,” said Charlie, who took part in national team trials for the first time this winter and was the fifth fastest lightweight women in final trials in April.
A gymnast as a child, she started rowing at Putney Town in April 2010 as a raw novice, following a couple of sculling lessons from father David at home in Bedford. She won her novice pot in a sculling boat the following summer so her progression from there elite level - working closely with coach Tom Evens - has been remarkably quick.
Charlie raced at Henley in a brand new boat, bought thanks to donations of £5,000 from club members (including one member’s particularly generous contribution from their business, Mammoth Micro) plus £1,500 each from her employers Exodus Travels and colleague Paul Goldstein.
“When I boated for my race I had a really calm feeling about the whole thing. It sounds a bit arrogant but I knew I was ready,” said Charlie, who had beaten Lizzie Polgreen on her way to one of three victories at Metropolitan Regatta at the beginning of June.
The PTRC coxed four were also celebrating on Sunday, none more so than Lottie Higgins, whose birthday it was. She took up rowing on the club’s Learn to Row programme in 2010/11, while crew-mate Vicki Watts rowed for the first time on the course last September.
Coached by Chihiro Calvin, the crew came together for the first time in May and only showed Henley final potential when they won at Reading Regatta a fortnight before the event.
Second-fastest on unofficial timing in qualifying, they beat club crews from Birmingham, Worcester and Trentham before succumbing to an experienced crew from Thames RC in blustery conditions in the final.
“Before Reading we had no expectations at all but winning there made us think we could do OK,” said women’s captain Jennie Dawson. “Once we knew how we’d done in qualifying we thought we could reach Sunday but I don’t think any of us expected to make the final.”
Jennie hopes the squad will be able to go one better next year but before then she will have her hands full helping out with PTRC’s next Learn to Row course, which starts in September. The club has already had over 500 expressions of interest and the aim is to teach the sport to 24 beginner men and 24 women.
PTRC has won three Women’s Henley titles in the past but two came before the modern era of the multi-day event and the last was for a composite four in 1993.
Words: Martin Gough. Pictures: Ian Kershaw.
There are a good few reasons to watch Oxford and Cambridge duke it out on the water this Sunday at Putney Town Rowing Club. Situated on the finish line of the University Boat Race course, we’ll be having a feast of activities to make the most of the day and most importantly with the cold weather forecast, you can keep warm too!
- Fully licensed bar open to the public, serving warm Winter Pimms, Mulled Wine/Cider as well as beer, cider and tea/coffee
- Hot Dogs and onions
- New to rowing? Fancy your chances as a rower? Have a try on our indoor rowing machines in a head-to-head on the big screen and see how good you are.
- Club sweepstake for closest winning time
- Enjoy the build up from 1pm and on TV from 3:25pm
- Watch the race itself at 4:30pm on a projector…
- Then down to the riverside to see the winning crew cross the line.
You’ll find Putney Town Rowing Club located near Chiswick Bridge. Our new steps will also give a great viewing point of the crews finishing, as well as the awards ceremony across the river from our boathouse as well as the traditional throwing of the cox into the water.
FAQ about the University Boat Race
Q. How old is the race?
A. It has been running since 1829 and this will be the 159th boat race. However it’s not always been held on the Thames Tideway.
Q. Is the boat race ever cancelled because of bad weather?
A. Unlike club rowing events which can be cancelled, the Boat Race always goes ahead regardless of the weather and this has led to some notable sinkings in years gone by!
Q. How long is the race and what is the course record?
A. The course is 4 miles and 374 yards (6.779 km) from Putney to Mortlake. The course record is 16:19 set by Cambridge in 1998.
Q. Does that mean the crews are rowing against the stream?
A. They are rowing upstream, but the do so on a “flood tide”, so they are actually travelling in the same direction as the water.
Q. What colours do the crews wear?
A. Oxford in dark blue. Cambridge in light blue-green.
Q. Why is one of the “blues” really green?
A. The light bluish-green worn by Cambridge is believed to be based on Eton Blue, though this is disputed. You can read more about Eton Blue on the Eton College website.