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About us

Imperial College Boat Club was founded in 1919 by Charles Bristow in order to enable oarsmen from the constituent colleges of Imperial to compete together at Henley.  Since then, Imperial crews have gone on to win at Henley more than 20 times, and Imperial athletes have also won gold and silver medals at the Olympic Games.


We are located on the Putney Embankment, easily accessible from the college campus and we cater for rowers of all ability and experience levels from novice to elite.  


Our season runs from September until the final event and peak of the season in July:  Henley Royal Regatta.  We also compete at numerous other regattas through the year, both in the UK and abroad in Europe.   


It doesn't matter if you've never been in a boat before, or if you're training to make the national team - we can provide the training program and environment to enable you to reach your full potential.  

Recent Achievements

We are consistently one of the top student rowing clubs in the UK.  Recent results include:

  • Temple Challenge Cup finalists in 2021

  • Cathy Cruickshank Trophy winners at Henley Women's Regatta in 2023 & 2021 

  • Redgrave Challenge Vase & Bernard Churcher Trophy winners at Henley Women's Regatta in 2023

  • Hambleden Pairs Challenge Cup finalists 2023

  • Prince Albert Challenge Cup Winners 2018

  • EUSA - women's four bronze (2022) and men's eight gold (2019)

  • BUCS - regular medals from Beginner to Championship level

  • 10th and 17th for student crews at HORR/ WEHORR in 2022

  • U23 World Championships - silver medals for Zahir Ala (2023), Lizzie Witt (2022) and Casper Woods (2019)

  • U23 European Championships - bronze medals for George Shaw and Harry Stevens (2023) and Zahir Ala (2022)


"May all who use this boathouse in it find such happiness and make such friendships as may endure throughout their lives."

Lord Desborough


In 2019 we celebrated our centenary, looking back at what we have achieved over the past hundred years and forwards to where we hope to be in the future.


On the evening of the 2019 Head of the River Race members past and present, supporters and friends of the club gathered for our centenary dinner at the Hurlingham Club. It was a very memorable evening, reuniting old friends and giving everyone a chance to recall their memories made at the club.


During the event, we looked to our strong Alumni community to continue to support the club. If you would like to make a donation please click the link below. Any donation is greatly appreciated will support the future of rowing at Imperial.

Click here to see how your donation could assist our athletes.

Celebrating 100 years of Imperial College Boat Club

Celebrating 100 years of Imperial College Boat Club

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