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Weyfarers with friends from Austria and Germany on a tour of the Thames -
lunch stop in Abingdon

The Weyfarers Story

  • Weyfarers was founded in September 2000 as an offshoot of Weybridge Rowing Club, with the aim of promoting "Rowing for All". The objectives of Weyfarers are
    • to teach and promote rowing and sculling for fitness and recreation
    • to provide opportunities to participate in recreational rowing by provision of courses and facilities
    • to organise tours and events
    • to foster relations with other clubs both in the UK and abroad
    • to develop appreciation and understanding of the river
  • In 2003 we organised the FISA World Rowing Tour on the River Thames.   95 rowers from 18 countries took part in a week's tour from Oxford to Putney, staying in student accommodation at Wadham College, Oxford, Royal Holloway college in Egham and Whitelands College in Putney.  Social events included a display of Morris Dancing, dinner at Leander Club in Henley and a riverboat cruise through Windsor.  On the final day the tourers joined in the first part of the Great River Race, rowing from Richmond to Putney.
  • In 2005 the club started its Learn to Row courses, developed in collaboration with British Rowing.  These courses formed the basis of the BR Learn to Row handbook.
  • In 2009 the club was one of the first to take part in British Rowing's "Explore Rowing" project.  We advised BR on the design and choice of stable boats to support the project and were awarded a grant to purchase two more touring quads.
  • In 2016 club membership topped 100 for the first time, probably the largest recreational rowing group in the country.   We regularly run day rows and tours, including the BR annual tour, which has brought touring rowing to regions and waterways where it was previously unknown.