Weybridge Ladies Rowing Club Regatta – You Are Invited To This Fun Day Out!
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 9th June 2019 from 8am – 6pm
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.
Fundraising For Refurbishment Of The Historic Club Boathouse
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.
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.”
See You At The Regatta / More Information
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.