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LRC Annual Dinner 2016

There was a full house at LRC for the Club's Annual Dinner on Friday 29 January 2016.

Our guest of honour was John Friend, a Steward of Henley Royal Regatta as well as a former President of Henley RC and international umpire, who proposed the health of London Rowing Club. Our Captain Sophie Hosking replied, and proposed the health of our guests.  Our former chief coach and now a member of the GB coaching team Paul Reedy replied on their behalf.


Our thanks are due to Olivia Malcolm Berry and her team for giving us a memorable and enjoyable evening.


[Photographs:  Christopher Grainger]









Caps & Ties Party at Henley 4 July

The Club’s annual Caps & Ties gathering at Henley Royal Regatta will take place in the Stewards’ car park behind the Bandstand after racing has concluded on Saturday 4 July 2015.  Members should keep a look out for three LRC oars marking parking spaces 28 & 29, where they will be able to enjoy a Pimms with all funds raised going toward the gym rebuilding.  


Boat-naming in memory of Dan Topolski

On the evening of Friday 5 June, in the company of many of his friends and former rowing colleagues as well as several of the younger members of LRC, Suzy Topolski 'christened' our new Empacher eight in memory of her husband, Dan who sadly passed away in February of this year.

For this special event we were delighted to welcome too other members of Dan's family - his sister Theresa, and his children Emma and Luke.  It was a fine early summer's evening, and even 'Gloriana' put in a brief appearance!



Annual Dinner 2015

A display of decorated oars - three newly sign written - was the highlight of the 2015 Annual Dinner held in the Clubhouse on 23 January, when the Club honoured its six gold medal winners from 2007 to 2010 – James Clarke, James Lindsay-Fynn, Rob Williams, Steph Cullen,  Imogen Walsh and the Captain, Sophie Hosking. 

London's Gold medallists (from left: Rob Williams, James Clarke, James Lindsay-Fynn, Imogen Walsh, Steph Cullen,  Sophie Hosking, with Mike Williams and Paul Reedy in centre) 

The President, Mike Williams, proposed the toast to the Club after the Guest of Honour, Andrew Triggs Hodge, had had to leave before the proceedings got under way as a result of feeling unwell There then followed a succinct Captain’s speech from Sophie, and a hilarious contribution from Jeremy Randall, President of Leander and the current Master of the Watermen’s Company.        

It was a real pleasure to see our internationals present: often their training commitments prevent them from attending.  The Dinner was a sell-out weeks before the evening and consideration may need to be given to selecting a different venue for future dinners – unless this can be avoided by innovative measures such as using the Fairbairn Room for some tables and/or a covered and heated balcony are deployed. 

Our thanks go to the Hon House Steward (Catering), Jason Gray, for his hard work in organising the evening.



14 Captains of London Rowing Club (above) and Jeremy Randall (above left)

[Thanks to Christopher Grainger for the photographs]


Plans for new gym unveiled

We have recently applied to Sport England for a grant to rebuild our gymnasium.

If successful, we will be able to rebuild using a design by LRC member and architect, Alexie Calvert-Ansari. The refurbished gym will incorporate a new men’s changing room on the first floor, and the space occupied by the old changing room will give us a much greater floor area. The old rowing tank will be covered by a new gym floor and there will a dedicated erg room. The new building will be properly insulated, heated, lit and ventilated, providing a vastly better environment than we currently have.

Click on the links below to view the plans: