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:

  • Prince Albert Challenge Cup Winners at Henley in 2018 & 2013

  • EUSA 2018 & 2019 - Men's eight Gold & Women's four Bronze

  • BUCS Regatta 2019 - Six medals from Beginner to Championship level

  • HORR - 8th in 2019, 9th in 2018 and 5th in 2016

  • U23 World Championships 2019 - Silver medal for Casper Woods


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

Lord Desborough


This year we are celebrating our centenary, an opportunity to look 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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