Weybridge Ladies Rowing Club Regatta – You Are Invited To This Fun Day Out!

Regatta on the River Thames - Weybridge Ladies Amateur Rowing Club Walton Lane
Friendly Ladies Serving Food at the Barbeque - Ladies Rowing Club Regatta in Weybridge Surrey
Weybridge Ladies Amateur Rowing Club - Clubhouse in Walton Lane

Weybridge Ladies Regatta – A Great Day Out – We Hope To See You There!

This takes place in the Summer every year, this year the date is 10 June. It is a key event in the local rowing calendar. The WLARC regatta attracts competitive entries from Weybridge, Walton, Guildford, Richmond, Kingston, Henley and many more, in 2017 there were 24 clubs competing in around 160 races.

Held on the banks of the Thames it is a great spectacle for supporters of the entrants as well as general public strolling along the river bank.

With a BBQ, home-made cakes, races run throughout the day with a variety of categories from singles to eights, men, women, juniors, novices and experienced rowers and (hopefully) a bit of sunshine, it is a great day out.

Date & Time

Sunday 10th June 2018 from 8am – 6pm

Rowing Boat - Weybridge Ladies Amateur Rowing Club on The River Thames Near Elmbridge Canoe Club

About WLARC

In 1926 Amy Gentry started Weybridge Ladies Amateur Rowing Club, which is situated on a bustling part of the river Thames where it crosses the river Wey and the Wey navigation canal. The reason for starting a women only club was to ensure there was plenty of equipment available for female rowers and coaching time to support women’s style of rowing. This is an ethos of the club that has been maintained throughout the years and is still true today.

For her whole adult life Amy played a central role in establishing women’s rowing, both in Britain and internationally at the Olympics. Amy died just two weeks before a Weybridge Ladies coxed Four competed at the 1976 Montreal Olympics – the first Olympics in which female rowers were allowed to compete. Being the pioneer of promoting women’s rowing is a heritage we carry with great pride, Amy’s passion and spirit for the sport lives on in our club.

Today Weybridge Ladies Amateur Rowing Club (WLARC) is committed to offering all members the opportunity to take part in rowing, and if desired, to compete at the highest level appropriate to their ability and stage of development. An aspiration of the club is to offer a wide range of opportunities to meet the competitive, recreational and social needs of all members and encourage an ethic of cooperation and physical fitness within a team culture.

Medals for Reagatta at Weybridge Ladies Amateur Rowing Club
Today Weybridge Ladies Amateur Rowing Club (WLARC) is committed to offering all members the opportunity to take part in rowing, and if desired, to compete at the highest level appropriate to their ability and stage of development. An aspiration of the club is to offer a wide range of opportunities to meet the competitive, recreational and social needs of all members and encourage an ethic of cooperation and physical fitness within a team culture.
Race finishing line on River Thames at Weybridge Ladies Amateur Rowing Club Elmbridge

Fundraising For Refurbishment Of The Historic Club Boathouse

Regattas are not only fantastic fun, but they are also an important fundraising opportunity for the host club. This is of particular relevance for WLARC this year, as the club is embarking on a major refurbishment of their historic boathouse. A landmark on the banks of the Thames in Weybridge, where the River Wey, Wey Navigation Canal and Thames all converge.

The exterior of the boathouse will not change, but work is underway to bring shower and toilet facilities inside into the main boathouse, from the optimistically named ‘spa’ outbuilding, where they currently reside. The ‘spa’ was originally opened by Sir Steve Redgrave in 1985, but is now in need of some significant refurbishment.

Sarah Bedwell, WLARC Committee Chair said: “We are a club that does all we can to try and inspire women to participate in sport. From absolute beginners to successful racers we work hard to provide excellent coaching, support and facilities in a safe environment focus on helping everyone achieve their own goals.

Our club has been based on the banks of the Thames for over 90 years and is in need of some TLC. Our fundraising efforts so far have got us two-thirds of the way to our goal, but we still need that extra third to complete the project.

This is a huge focus for all the members and has brought everyone together to improve our facilities for the benefit of all our members and anyone new who joins our club and our Regatta is a major fundraising opportunity.”

Historic Boathouse of Weybridge Ladies Amateur Rowing Club on the River Thames

See You At The Regatta / More Information

Weybridge Ladies Amateur Rowing Club - Clubhouse in Walton Lane
For anyone looking for a fun day out on Sunday 10th June, make your way to the Thames towpath outside the canoe club, to watch the fantastic spectacle of a local Regatta.

For more information about WLARC, including contact details, see the club’s page on All About Weybridge by clicking on the More Info button below.

WLARC

The Pioneer In Promoting Women’s Rowing

WLARC

We Inspire Women Across The Community From Absolute Beginner To Successful Racer