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First World War commemorative lunch

With the 100th Anniversary of the end of the First World War coming up on the 11 November 2018, we are planning to have a lunch in the Long Room on Wednesday 7 November to mark the centenary and to pay tribute to the fifty members of London Rowing Club who sacrificed their lives for the sake of the Nation.

If you are interested in attending this important event, please make a note in your diary and send a short email to the organiser of the lunch, Miles Preston ( All members will be welcome to come to the lunch and to bring up to three guests.

More details of the lunch will be provided in due course.


Jess Eddie becomes Hon. President of Parliamentary Rowing Group

The All-Party Parliamentary Rowing Group announced on 9 November 2017 that London's Jessica Eddie has been appointed as their Honorary President.

Eddie won a silver medal at the 2016 Olympics, and also competed at the 2012 and 2008 games. After first representing her country in 2001, Jessica has been spent most of her senior career as a key member of the Great Britain women’s eight. She is a double world medalist at both under-23 and senior level, and became a European champion in 2016. 

As the Group’s first ever Honorary President, Eddie has been appointed for a term of one year in the first instance, and will work with Members to help support the sport at all levels. 

The announcement was made by Group Co-Chair and Member of Parliament for Hendon, Dr Matthew Offord MP. He said “on behalf of the All-Party Parliamentary Rowing Group, I am delighted to welcome Jessica Eddie as our inaugural Honorary President. Jessica has enjoyed some considerable success over the course of her career, and it is our intention to draw on her experience and hear from her about where she feels the Group can support rowing in Parliament. I am very much looking forward to working with her.”
In accepting the role, Jessica Eddie said “I am honoured to have been invited to become Honorary President of the All-Party Parliamentary Rowing Group. The Group plays a vital role in providing a strong voice for rowing in Westminster and Whitehall, and I look forward to supporting the work of MPs and Peers to tackle issues, and promote the excellent work being done in the sport. I am delighted to accept the role, and look forward to meeting with Members soon.”


Gold for Anne Cann at the Head of the Charles

At the 53rd Head of the Charles Regatta over the weekend of 21-22 October 2017 the Club was represented by Veteran sculler Anne Cann and by a Masters eight.

Anne and her partner Cathy Coffman from the local rowing club (Rivanna R.C.) took first place in the Women’s Grand Master Double Sculls event, setting the course record for the event and passing seven boats in doing so.  Neither Anne (stroke) nor Cathy (bow) had ever won at the Charles, despite having tried many times. Early this year both abandoned former partners and decided to train together with this goal in mind. In August with two months to go, they began to rise early and launch for their workouts on the water at 0545 each morning. After an exhausting outing, both went to their jobs and looked forward to the next day. This punishing schedule paid off, and now the key was to row a clean race with no delays at the bridges or rounding turns. The ladies were certain that they were strong enough and that their blade work was perfect enough to win. Most of the race was uneventful until the long turn leading to the Eliot Bridge, the last one of seven. The inside buoy line was so crowded that the ladies took a slightly more outside line to avoid the traffic and maintain speed. Through the bridge they were ahead by 30 seconds and decided to cut inside the buoy line to avoid traffic again. This meant a 5-second penalty for missing a buoy, but with a comfortable lead it was a conscious tradeoff. After so many tries, it was a sweet victory.Here is a photo of Anne (right) and Cathy (left) on the awards platform after having been awarded their gold medals.

London’s Masters 50 eight started 4th in their category.  The crew were hosted for the fifth year running by our friends at Riverside Boat Club whose boathouse is close to the start of the three and a half mile course.  Cox Theo Robinson, whose Head of the Charles debut this was, had two days to prepare and plot her route down the windy course ably guided by Riverside’s Ernest Cook and Canadian former Olympian Dan Dickison.

Taking the right line on the Charles is as crucial to a quick time as the Tideway Championship course and Theo nailed it with the right approach to each bend and with judicious use of the rudder.  LRC hoped to improve on last year’s 4th place finish and started behind Palm Beach Florida and ahead of locals Riverside.  Going off at a punchy 38 striding to 35, the crew maintained good speed to half way but couldn’t get on terms with winners Marin from San Francisco and UK rivals Molesey who took second place.   Potomac Boat Club starting 7th and Cambridge Boat Club (Mass) starting 28th finished 3rd and 4th, 18 and 17 seconds ahead of LRC with Palm Beach Florida 9 seconds up placing LRC 6th out of 41 in Masters 50 eights.

Thanks go to generous hosts Riverside Boat Club for the loan of boat and blades and use of their facilities and to Bostonian and LRC member Kathleen Curran and her parents for support and warm hospitality.

The crew: cox Theo Robinson, stroke Simon Harris, 7 Bill Baker, 6 Danny Harte, 5 Matty Bell, 4 Adrian Theed, 3 Ralph Humphrey, 2 CD Riches, bow Stewart Harries. 


Rob Dauncey appointed as LRC's Director of Rowing

London Rowing Club is pleased to announce the appointment of Great Britain High Performance Coach Rob Dauncey as Director of Rowing.

Rob will be responsible for the development and delivery of the Club’s high performance programme, with a particular focus on success at Henley Royal Regatta. He joins LRC from the GB Rowing Team where he has been a high performance coach since 2013, bringing home numerous European, World Cup and World Championship medals.

Bob Downie, Chairman London Rowing Club, commented on the appointment "As a former member of London Rowing Club, combined with his years of success at an international level, we believe Rob has both the passion and the experience to develop our athletes into a force to be reckoned with at the very top of the domestic rowing scene."

Commenting on his appointment, Rob said, "These are exciting times for London Rowing Club. With the recent announcement of a new £500,000 state of the art gym, the Club is showing its intent and commitment to the development of its athletes by providing them with world class facilities and equipment."

To ensure a smooth transition which does not disrupt the GB Rowing Team’s preparations, the Club is working with GB Rowing and expects Rob will take up his position in December. Rob will be supported on and off the water by the Club’s team of coaches and support staff.

The Club’s new gym, to be named after former LRC President and Henley Royal Regatta Chairman, Peter Coni OBE, is due to be opened in 2018.

For further information or to express interest in joining the Club’s high performance programme, contact Tim Grant –


LRC stem caps on sale!

Attention all London Rowing Club cycling fanatics

Here is a great opportunity to all LRC Members Only to show off your alliance on two wheels and at the same time have the or another chance to support the gym build. This is not just another stem cap, this cap is made by our friends at @PassoniBikes,, superior quality work by the best Italian artisans in the business. Passoni has very kindly offered to charge us only production costs.

Boasting this stem cap, you will be able to distinguish yourself from all the slow & heavy traffic in Richmond Park or intimidate the guy or gal glancing over at the traffic light on the Victoria Embankment, racing him or her into work!

The price for one is GBP 14.50 of which GBP 10.00 goes towards the new gym!

Please make your reservation by adding +1, +2 or … in the comment; as we all know the correct number of biking to own is N+1, where N is the number of bikes currently owned , so please take into account future purchases! If you’re a member of the London Rowing Club Facebook page just make sure you tag your friends.

For all LRC members who aren’t on Facebook please email with your name and quantities.

In 3 weeks we’ll add up the numbers and production, starts. We’ll inform you when the caps are available for payment & pick-up from the club!