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Rowing - BUT NOT AS YOU KNOW IT? - Enjoy leisurely, sociable fun, and occasional competition. Row and sail a modern, light-weight, 10-oared whale-boat.
Not balanced on top of a narrow, unstable boat, but sitting inside a prize-winning, fixed-seat vessel, so seaworthy you can stand up and walk around!

Wednesday evenings - Year round* - (Even in winter) - Social rowing - "Put the world right" - Leave frustrations behind for a couple of hours - Description & details - Short-notice changes below.

Sundays - Daylight rowing - Year round* - Ideal for visitors, beginners and non-rowing passengers - Always fun - Can include Pub lunch / Picnic / Refreshment-stop - Descriptions. Details. Pictures - Short-notice changes below.

Sailing & Rowing Expeditions, UK & Europe. - See "Future Events".

"I'm too old / too young / unfit / can't row / never rowed" - No problem! No particular fitness, skill, experience, or special kit required. Sweat and lycra are rare visitors. You can even start as a passenger!
See "Who are we - What do we do?", then click here to enquire.

Recent Updates include:-
16/10/17 - Future Events- updated..

Potholes?
Fly-tipping?
FixMyStreet - report, view or discuss local problems


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COMING SOON + Short-notice changes

Every* Wednesday - Evening row - All year*.

"Second Sunday" - Daytime row - Next is 12th November.
Schedule and route according to crew preference.

Members - check our "Crew Booking System"

Visitors & New Members welcome - ask for info.

ANNUAL and other SPECIAL Events - see "Future Events" for the year's programme.

*Events are sometimes re-scheduled for expeditions or Henley River conditions.

How about a sailing "away-day" or holiday? - Big ideas for big-boat sailing in more-distant waters

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"Recent" (and not so recent) Events
A loose log of major events of the past couple of years.

In reverse order - With links to reports and pictures

Events before 2015 are in "Past Events" . "Second Sundays" are in "Weekend Whaling"

A Lock Keper is

Whalers' Annual Long Row - River Medway - Friday (positioning) Sat 14th, Sun 15th October 2017.
"CASTLE to CASTLE" and three more in between - "The Garden of England" plus Maritime Heritage - Very green and mainly tranquil, with historic flourishes. Report & pics awaited
Report & pics Awaited

The English Raid ~ Plymouth - Monday 14th - Friday 18th August 2017. - Each year this raid visits new waters. Report here.

Stand-uip Raiding!
Graham does it standing up!
La Semaine Du Golfe du Morbihan - Monday, 22nd - Sun 28th May 2017 Report nearly complete.
Brilliant tidal sailing mainly in enclosed bay with islands and creeks. Masses of traditional sailing boats from three-masted tall ships to small dingies. An excellent week!
Morbihan 2017. Joining the Grand Parade

THE Boat Race - Sunday, 2nd April 2017 - In Flotilla accompanying Royal Barge "Gloriana".
Report & pics coming "soon".
PW's Map of the route, timings, tides, bridge heights, etc..

BBC clip on iPlayer. Look VERY carefully at about 7 minutes from the start, soon after the Hammersmith Morris men, you’ll see Gloriana gliding from left to right.  Peer through the salute.  That’s Molly at Putney!  We’ve just cast off from the RIB and are about to join the procession back upriver.

Report & pics Awaited
Fri 7th - Sun 9th October 2016 - Whalers' Annual "Long Row". River Wey. Wey Long Row

Mon 8th - Thu 11th August 2016 - "English Raid" - Scotland! - Blairvadach. Report

Clve Sailing Club

Tues 19th - Sun 24th July 2016 - Douarnenez
Report under construction. Please send editorial, pictures/links.

Report & pics Awaited

Sunday 15th - Sunday 22nd May 2016 - A "Week in Venice"! - Three events; rowing, "raiding" and sailing. Report under construction. Please send editorial, pictures/links.

Report & pics Awaited
2015
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Saturday 17th October 2015 - Whalers' Annual "Long Row".
"Great River Race for Softies" - Gallions Point to Chiswick Quay .
Pictures & Notes - Here.

Molly returning to base sans oars.

Woolwich Barrier
Woolwch Barrier
Monday 7th - Friday 11th September 2015 - English Raid - Plymouth .
Report & pictures here.
Tree Arch
Monday 24th August 2015 - Source to Sea Relay. .Report & Pictures Report and pictures here.
Tree Arch
Saturday 13th & Sunday 14th June 2015 - Magna Carta Celebrations. Marlow to Runnymede - Report here.
Gloriana
Monday 11th to Saturday 16th May 2015 - La Semaine Du Golfe Du Morbihan. A fun-filled week of sailing in the Inland Sea on the Atlantic coast of Brittany. - Link to report under construction (w/b 27/2/17).
Report & pics Awaited
"Upper Reaches" - Not strictly a Whaler outing, but three "Henley Whalers" tackled the upper reaches of The Thames in April 2015. Report here.
Tree Arch
Sunday 4th January 2015 Annual "Ice-Breaker". Calshot to Cowes. Row/sail to Isle of Wight and back. Report.
Tree Arch
Report
Local Sailing
Popular amongst adults (albeit initiated for students)
Currently adjourned, but if you'd like to try it ....Let us know.
Students sailing
Wednesday Afternoon
Student rowing. Currently adjourned.
Let us know if you'd like something similar.
4thOct2010

Events before 2015 are in "Past Events"

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Contributions and Contact
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Nautical Links
We take no responsibility for the content of these offsite links - Suggestions/Corrections welcome
Reading SailingClub
Reading Sailing Club - 60 acre lake near Sonning

Websites with Reciprocal links
Henley Offshore Group - Interesting speakers. Monthly Oct - April.
Reading Sailing Club - 60 acre lake near Sonning.
Rowing for Pleasure - Blog by Chris Partridge.
"Sterenn" - Whaleboating in Lanester, Brittany, France.
Upper Thames Rowing Club - (Where Molly moors).

Other links
Henley Sailing Club - On the Thames at Wargrave
Henwood and Dean - Classic boat craftsmen, Henley (where Molly was completed)
KathyMansfieldPhotos - Including Blekinge (Molly's first raid).
Langstone Cutters - Fixed seat rowing. Langstone & Chichester harbours.
Sailing Racing Rules (ISAF 2013-2016) NEW (When boats meet, Race starts, etc)
Stan Hugill. A tribute to "The last shantyman".100th anniversary. "When no Shanteyman is left to sing, our whole world will have gone completely to the dogs". And links to his material.
Whaling City - "Molly" look-alikes? Whaleboating in New Bedford, MA, USA.

 



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