Molesey Boat Club
is a rowing
Rowing is a sport in which athletes race against each other on rivers, on lakes or on the ocean, depending upon the type of race and the discipline. The boats are propelled by the reaction forces on the oar blades as they are pushed against the water...
club on the river
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Thames in England
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The Club is situated on a stretch of the River Thames
The River Thames flows through southern England. It is the longest river entirely in England and the second longest in the United Kingdom. While it is best known because its lower reaches flow through central London, the river flows alongside several other towns and cities, including Oxford,...
between Molesey Lock
Molesey Lock is a lock on the River Thames in England at East Molesey, Surrey. It is near Hampton Court Palace to the west of London.The lock was built by the City of London Corporation in 1815 and is the second longest on the river at over 268 ft . Beside the lock there are rollers for the...
and Sunbury Lock
Sunbury Lock is a lock on the River Thames in England near Walton-on-Thames in north-west Surrey. The lock adjoins the southern bank about half a mile downstream of the Weir Hotel....
. The stretch is roughly 4 km long from weir
A weir is a small overflow dam used to alter the flow characteristics of a river or stream. In most cases weirs take the form of a barrier across the river that causes water to pool behind the structure , but allows water to flow over the top...
to weir and is considered one of the best stretches for rowing on the Thames.
The club was founded in 1866, just upstream of Hampton Court Palace
Hampton Court Palace is a royal palace in the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames, Greater London; it has not been inhabited by the British royal family since the 18th century. The palace is located south west of Charing Cross and upstream of Central London on the River Thames...
where the current boathouse
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was built. Molesey had been the support club for Molesey Regatta
Molesey Regatta is a rowing regatta, on the River Thames in England which takes place at East Molesey, Surrey on the reach above Molesey Lock....
since its inception in 1867.
The club has been well represented at the two of the major races on the rowing calendar:
The Head of the River Race
The Head of the River Race is a processional rowing race held annually on the River Thames in London, England, on the 4.25 mile Championship Course from Mortlake to Putney.-History:...
Henley Royal Regatta
- 2011: 2nd Overall
- 2010: 1st Overall
- 2009: 4th
- 2008: 8th (No international members present)
- 2007: 3rd (Unofficially as race was abandoned after several crews sank)
- 2006: 3rd
- 2005: 4th
- 2004: Race Cancelled
- 2003: 2nd
- 2002: 4th
- 2001: 4th
- 2000: 5th
Henley Royal Regatta is a rowing event held every year on the River Thames by the town of Henley-on-Thames, England. The Royal Regatta is sometimes referred to as Henley Regatta, its original name pre-dating Royal patronage...
- Ladies' Challenge Plate
The Ladies' Challenge Plate is one of the events at Henley Royal Regatta on the River Thames at Henley-on-Thames in England. Crews of men's eight-oared boats below the standard of the Grand Challenge Cup can enter, although international standard heavyweight crews are not permitted to row in the...
- Thames Challenge Cup: 1999, 2000, 2009
- Stewards' Challenge Cup: 1991
- Wyfold Challenge Cup: 1997
- Men's Quadruple Sculls: 2004
- Prince Philip Challenge Cup: 2002
- Britannia Challenge Cup: 1999, 2004, 2008
- Silver Goblets & Nickalls Challenge Cup: 2000
- Diamond Challenge Sculls: 1997
Rowing at Molesey Boat Club
The Club currently consists of approximately 700 members, consisting of juniors, novices, seniors, veterans and Great Britain internationals of both genders.
The Senior squad
consists of approximately 40 Members. Molesey has been designated a "High Performance Club" for Senior Heavyweight Men by the Amateur Rowing Association
British Rowing, formerly the Amateur Rowing Association , is the governing body in England for the sport of rowing. It is also responsible for the development and organisation of international rowing teams representing Great Britain...
due to the high standard of the Athletes and Coaching available. With around 100 other members in this is the clubs main rowing group.
The Junior squad
is up to 80 athletes strong and closely linked to a number of local schools. The junior system offers rowing from the age of 13. The Junior programme's objective is to build towards success at J18 level domestically and internationally.
Molesey also has an active Adult Development
section with over 50 members, there to offer rowing for people who want to take up the sport later in life.
And last but not least, the Veterans
at Molesey make sure life at the club is well balanced, not content to settle into old age, their representing the club at local, national and some international events.
The club is run by a committee of 16 elected members, including the 5 officers of the club, Captain, Deputy Captain, Vice Captain, Secretary and Treasurer.
Some current racing members of note include:
Martin Patrick Cross is an Olympic gold medal-winning oarsman. He won the gold medal in the coxed four at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics with Steve Redgrave, Richard Budgett, Andy Holmes, and Adrian Ellison....
: Olympic Bronze and Gold: 4- 1980, 4+ 1984
Ian T. McNuff is a British rower who competed in the 1980 Summer Olympics.In 1980 he was a crew member of the British boat which won the bronze medal in the coxless fours event.-External links:*...
: Olympic Bronze: 4- 1980
Richard Stanhope: Olympic Silver: 8+ 1980,
Gregory Mark Pascoe Searle MBE is a British Olympic rower educated at Hampton School and London South Bank University....
: Olympic Gold and Bronze: 2+ 1992, 4- 1996
Jonathan William C. Searle MBE is a British rower. Along with his brother Gregory, and coxswain Garry Herbert, Searle won the gold medal in the coxed pair event at the Olympic Games in Barcelona....
: Olympic Gold and Bronze: 2+ 1992, 4- 1996
Philip Simmons: Olympian GBR 8+ 2004
Simon Fieldhouse: World Championships GBR 4+ 2006, 4x 2007
Henry Pelly: Cambridge University Blue 2008, 2009, 2010
Fred Gill: Cambridge University Blue 2010
Dan Ouseley: Olympian 8+ 2004
Peter Marsland: Cambridge University Blue 2008, 2009.
Ben Smith: Oxford University Blue 2008
Acer Gary Nethercott is a British coxwain, Olympic silver medallist and double Boat Race winner.-Education:...
: Olympic Silver Medallist: 8+ 2008
Rowley Douglas is a competition rower and Olympic champion for Great Britain.Douglas won a gold medal in coxed eights at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, as a member of the British rowing team.-References:...
: Monkton Combe 2nd 8+, Olympic Gold Medallist: 8+ 2000
Current Members of the GB Rowing Team:
Andrew Triggs Hodge MBE is a British rower and an Olympic and double World Champion.- Education :...
: Olympic Gold Medallist: 4- 2008
Thomas James MBE is a Welsh rower, Olympic Champion, and victorious Cambridge Blue.-Education:James was educated at The King's School, Chester, where he took up the sport of rowing...
: Olympic Gold Medallist: 4- 2008
Tom Solesbury: World Championships GBR 8+ 2006, 2007, Olympian 2- 2008
Tom Ransley: Cambridge University Blue 2008, 2009.
Mohammed Sbihi: U23 World Championships 2009
James Foad: U23 World Championships 2009
Andrew Holmes: Junior World Champion GBR 4- 2009