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Boustead Cup

On Sunday 6 March LRC regained the Boustead trophy albeit in unusual and perhaps controversial, circumstances. For the first time in the race’s history Thames RC forfeited the race, declining to field a Boustead race crew, however the second and third boat races went ahead as usual. Thames had requested a change of date the morning before the race due to injuries in their 1st VIII. Unfortunately due to the restrictions placed on clubs by the PLA in issuing the notice to mariners, and the expense in financial and volunteer terms it was not possible to change the date of the fixture at short notice.

The Boustead cup (1st VIII) saw London race alone over the course.

The 2nd VIII were up against a strong Thames crew and despite some strong pushes did not manage to re-capture ground lost early on in the race, resulting in a decisive victory for Thames B.

The 3rd VIII put up a strong performance and despite a clash at the start managed to get an early lead, holding a dominating rhythm throughout the race resulting in an impressive win of almost a minute for London.

Club Captain and four man of LRC’s 1st VIII, Steve O'Connor said

It was a disappointment for both us as a Club and particularly the 1st VIII crew. As a crew we had been training hard with our sights set on winning the trophy back after loosing it to Thames last year. We were expecting a good race and so were disappointed at not being able to prove our speed.

Despite my personal disappointment I was proud to see our 2nd and 3rd crews take on the challenge of their races. I would also like to thank the Umpires, launch drivers, safety officials and the PLA for their ongoing support in making the fixture possible. The fixture takes a lot of behind the scenes organisation and I am sure all who rowed in the event were grateful for their time and effort despite the disappointment of the main event.

Pictures of the race (thanks to Iain Wier) can be found here:


GAM on for London Rowing Club


London Rowing Club (LRC) is delighted to welcome on board GAM as its official sponsor.

London Rowing Club will be proudly displaying a GAM banner to mark the start of the club’s association with the company throughout the spring Head of the River races.

GAM, which specialises in active investment management, has facilitated the purchase of a racing eight through its generous sponsorship. The new boat will allow LRC to continue its reputation as one of the country’s most successful rowing clubs.

London Rowing Club Captain, Steven O’Connor, said

It’s fantastic to have this support from GAM. It will be a big step towards helping us stay ahead of the competition both at the Head of the River next weekend and in our campaign for Henley Royal Regatta.

Tim Haywood, Investment Director- Business Unit Head said

GAM is very happy to be able to support London Rowing Club for the 2011 season.


Ben Helm, Investment Manager comments

we wish the club and its members every success in future competitions, from local river regattas through to Henley Royal Regatta and on to the World Championships in Bled.

For more information on GAM please visit 


Easy Fundraising

If you have ever thought it would be nice to donate some money to the club but then again actually it would be nicer to spend your money shopping online we have a great solution!
The club is now part of a scheme called Easy Fundraising, which allows us to make money from purchases you make online made as part of the scheme. It is very simple and safe to sign up to, so if you are looking to get some new bike lights from Evans, or the Cliff Richard back catalogue from Amazon register here first and a percentage of your shopping bill will then be donated, by the retailer, to London RC and it won't cost you any extra!


LRC crews win three pennants at the Pairs Head

With the 2010 season well under way at LRC, the Pairs Head of the River is the first opportunity that our athletes have had to benchmark themselves against the rest of the rowing community.

It's been a busy few weeks for coach Phil Bourguignon trying to source and repair all the boats that were needed to field the crews that had expressed interest in taking part this weekend but it's been time well spent with LRC demonstrating good depth within the squad.

Unfortunately the Dunley/Cawthorne combination were unable to defend their title at the top of the rankings but with the first set of GB trials next week it's not something they or any of the triallists will dwell on for too long before focusing their minds on more important things in Boston next week.

Well done to all the pennant winners, some well deserved victories reflecting the effort that has already been put into training this season.

Finishing Position Category Crew Time
2 ELI.2x Dunley /Cawthorne 00:13:16.78
11 IM2.2x Loveday/Heap 00:13:36.70
12 IM2.2x Wilson/Giorgis 00:13:36.96
13 IM3.2x Grant/Bell 00:13:37.04
15 SEN.2x Griffin/Young 00:13:42.29
31 IM1.2x Maitland/Anness 00:13:54.68
41 IM3.2x Knutsen/Jorgensen 00:14:01.95
46 MasB.2- Brown/Leonard 00:14:06.56
64 Mx.IM3.2x Bolsin/Salter 00:14:14.78
66 ELI.2- O connor/Birrell 00:14:15.64
114 IM1.2- Coughlan/Isaac 00:14:40.92
425 MasG+H+I.2x Hulf/Porter 00:17:02.20



LRC Open Day 2010/11


Although the Open day has passed, LRC are still admitting members, anyone interested in joining LRC for the 2010/11 season should contact the captain or coach


On Saturday 4th Sept LRC will be having an open day for anyone that is interested in joining the senior rowing squad.  

Phil Bourguignon, our Senior Coach, will explain the aims and objectives of the year and our current athletes will be available to discuss everyday life at the club.  Anybody that is then interested in joining the squad will be invited to return on the 11th Sept to complete a trial on the ergometer.