Richmond Boat Clubs Of The World
Richmond Bridge Boat Club, Richmond, London, UK
The friendliest rowing boat club on the Thames at Richmond, London. Richmond Bridge Boat club is where all the fun along the river starts.
Located under the arches at Richmond Bridge our traditional rowing boats include Skerries, Skiffs, Cutters, Gigs and Jolly Boats - all of which we use to compete in the Great River Race - London's marathon on the river. Not only do we have the most gorgeous stretch of the River Thames to enjoy, we are one of the friendliest and most social clubs to join.
Virginia Boat Club Richmond, Virginia, USA
The Virginia Boat Club descends from one of the earliest rowing clubs in the United States. In 1876, seven young men from the Olympic baseball team and a six-oared shell founded the Olympic Rowing Club at Second Street by the Kanawha Canal. As Richmond grew commercially and socially prominent, Richmond rowing flourished. In 1888, the Olympic Rowing Club and the nearby Kanawha Rowing Club merged to form the Virginia Boat Club. With their larger numbers and resources, they moved to Mayo's Island by the current 14th Street Bridge where they built the first of several boathouses. The modern Club was reorganized in 1986. Today, rowing on the James continues with The Virginia Boat Club and Virginia Commonwealth University Crew Club. The VBC is a private, not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to amateur rowing. Our current boathouse was once the power generating plant for Richmond's trolley system. The boathouse is a large, white brick building distinguishable by the tall, red brick smokestack on the west side.
Spectators can watch the crews battle upstream over the 1000 meter course by standing by the Intermediate Terminal dock or on the banks of the Virginia Boat Club and Rocketts Landing site at 4708 Old East Main Street.
Rowing BC, Richmond, British Columbia, Canada
Rowing BC is the non-profit Provincial governing body for the sport of rowing in British Columbia. The 3,400 participants of the BC rowing community benefit from many Rowing BC services, including coach education and development, regatta sanctioning, and delivery of Provincial Team initiatives.
In 1932 a group of Richmond locals joined forces to form the Richmond Yacht Club. United by a common desire to promote affordable sailing, they built their own boats, sewed their own sails, constructed their own club house, and ran their own races. 80 years later RYC continues these traditions as a volunteer yacht club and has grown into a major force in the Bay Area sailing scene Of Richmond California.
RYC is a club dedicated to serious sailing while at the same time having tremendous fun. Club members actively race all manner and size of boats--monohulls, multihulls, dinghies and skiffs.
Our Point Richmond location and excellent harbour facilities make it easy for us to hold both small boat and big boat regattas, and RYC has a proud tradition of hosting world class championships as well as a multitude of regattas for Bay Area racers, junior and youth boaters, and RYC members.
Our cruising group has monthly cruise outs and welcomes cruise-ins, and you will find many RYC members on boats along the California coast, in the South Pacific, British Columbia, Mexico and the Caribbean.
RYC offers a great learn-to-sail program for kids from October to April and during the summer, and coached sailing programs for older youth year round. Our social calendar is full of activities tied to our regattas along with many fun special events and weekend club dinners.
Richmond River Sailing and Rowing Club, Australia
Established in 1937 you will find us situated adjacent to the Ballina Waterslide Park, on the waterfront of the Richmond River. We are a warm, friendly, social and family orientated club, with a wealth of experienced sailing talent as members. We sail and club race weekly from September (Traditionally father's day is the opening of our season) through to the end of May. We also run a winter sailing series, weather dependent. The season's race/events calendar can be viewed on this website.
We have approximately 150 members, weekly competitive racing on Sunday's at 1.30pm and a regular fleet of approximately 30 boats. We have the largest fleet of NS14's (Northbridge Senior Dinghy's) currently on the North Coast, and host NS14 association Coaching Clinics at the Club. We also have a steadily growing Catamaran Fleet and a small fleet of Trailer Sailers too.
We run "Learn to Sail" programmes; host a weekly transitional sail training programme from 10am-12pm on Sunday Mornings, with an affiliated sailing Coach. We have a variety of club boats available for members to use including Vagabonds (3 newly purchased), Hawks, an Optimist and an MJ.
UK Traditional Boat Championship
The Great River Race, London's River Marathon, a spectacular boat race up the River Thames attracting over 330 crews from all over the globe and appeals to every level of competitor from those who enjoy fun, fancy dress and charity stunts, to serious sportsmen and women who like to win. A great fun day out for competitors and spectators alike. starts Canary wharf and finishes after 22 miles at Ham house Richmond. The Great River Race is an annual competition held on the River Thames for any traditional-style coxed boat propelled by oars or paddles.
The competition was started in 1988 and covers a 21 mile (34 km) course on the tidal Thames between Ham, London and Greenwich. It is usually held on a Saturday in September. The race has for the past 4 years been run in the opposite direction, i.e. upstream with the tide from Greenwich to Ham. This appears to be the preferred arrangement for the organisers and the competitors alike.
The rules stipulate that boats must be moved by oars or paddles and have a cox and a passenger (although both cox and passenger may alternate with rowers during the race). Up to 300 boats take part including Gigs, Skiffs, Celtic Longboats, Cutters, Currachs, Dragon Boats, Whaleboats and an assortment of novelty craft. Boats are handicapped by class to provide an overall competition as well as competitions by class. As handicapping is on a slowest-away first basis, this makes for a lively race.
The race attracts serious racers as well as leisure rowers, making it a water-based equivalent of the London Marathon, and an interesting and colourful spectacle for the many who come to watch from the bridges and river banks. Every boat is required to carry a flag, and the prizes include one for fancy dress.
Since 2008, all crews taking part have been equipped with a GPS tracking system which allows both race organisers and members of the public to track the progress of competitors throughout the race by logging on to the Great River Race website.
The race is dependent on the tide and was originally rowed downstream on the outgoing tide. In 2009, the Great River Race was for the first time rowed upstream on an incoming tide. Competitors rowed from Docklands Sailing Club upstream to Ham Landing near Ham House.
The 2010 race took place on Saturday 25 September, was once again run upstream and featured a challenge by a crew from ITN London News issued to their counterparts in BBC London News. The ITN crew took part in a C8 Canadian canoe while the BBC team rowed a Thames Watermen's Cutter.
On Saturday 15 September 2012, Gloriana (specially commissioned for the Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant) was the leading boat of the oar-race on the final stretch from Richmond, London to the finishing point at Ham, London. Gold Medal rower Sophie Hosking and Silver Medallist Rob Williams were on aboard the Royal Gloriana. It was also rowed by youngsters supported by The Rowing Foundation, the Race’s official charity. It passed under Richmond Bridge before mooring up opposite the finish, below Ham House, in time to greet the winner of London’s 25th River Marathon Boat was built by Mark Edwards of Richmond boat builders.
Richmond, London, UK
The story of Regattas at Richmond, situated on one of the loveliest stretches of the Thames, goes back at least to 1735 when a Regatta was held in front of Ranalagh Gardens. Comment was made in the press that in the early days of Thames Boat Racing, Richmond was a favourite stretch.
In 1776, we read that "A Regatta was celebrated on the River Thames between Richmond and Kew in honour of the Prince of Wales' birthday. Their Majesties, and all the rest of the Royal Family were present and received by all ranks with the greatest marks of Affection and Respect: but excepting the number of boats and the crowds of people the show afforded little diversion. In the evening some very curious fireworks were displayed on an ait on the River Thames which had a very fine effect."
There are many mentions of this "professional and amateur" Royal Regatta in local reports towards the end of the century. The occasions were handsomely patronised by the Aristocracy and programmes were sometimes printed on silk. Always there were fireworks to crown the day, and plenty of music from Regimental and other bands. In 1881, the patron was His Serene Highness the Duke of Teck, and one prize was - how good it sounds - "A purse of Sovereigns." In the 1897 Regatta, which included swimming races with prizes of 6d and l/-, there was an Open Race for tradesmen resident within three miles of Richmond - Prize One Guinea.
Regattas have since come and gone and until 1965 there used to be a series of Boxing Day Regattas. In 1950, the Borough of Richmond celebrated its Diamond Jubilee. Among the many festivities held to mark the occasion, the Regatta was resuscitated and encouraged by the local council. Alderman Fred Gaines (Mayor 1950/51) with a number of river enthusiasts "took up the oars." Besides a programme of rowing events, there was an illuminated Procession of Boats, also a Beauty Queen Contest and Dancing on the lawn of Buccleuch Gardens. It was so successful that the Regatta became an annual occasion.
However, in 1973, through lack of financial support, the Regatta was abandoned but in 1974 it was back in the calendar and proved to be one of the best Regattas ever held at Richmond. The event was made viable by a substantial grant from Richmond Parish Lands Charity, and was sponsored by St. Georges Taverns Limited, who not only provided the prize one pint tankards but all the entertainments.
Today, Richmond rates as one of the largest Regattas on the River Thames with over hundred and fifty entries each year and attracts over a thousand spectators.
Richmond, Virginia, USA
The Virginia Boat Club hosts the annual Rocketts Landing Sprints. The event consists of 1,000 meter sprints along the historic James River waterfront in downtown Richmond, ending at Rocketts Landing. The regatta is open to Masters and Masters Novices. All events are refereed by USRA officials and the race course is controlled by the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary.
Our regatta site, Rocketts Landing, has been in use since 1730, when Robert Rockett operated a ferry here across the James River. In 1816, Rocketts Landing hosted the first steamboat to reach Richmond. During the Civil War, Rocketts landing was an integral part of the Confederate Navy Yard. In April, 1865, after the fall of the City, President Lincoln landed at Rocketts Landing and walked to downtown Richmond. The Virginia Boat Club has rowed from Rocketts Landing since 1987, although, our presence on the river has a much longer history.
Last updated 02/03/2015