In 1957, the September issue of The Georgian Magazine reported ‘At last St George’s is afloat!’ and so began the start of rowing at the College.
The first Captain of Boats was M Rambridge. It wasn’t until 1962 that the boathouse was opened in Walton-on-Thames and other than some extensions and renovations, it’s location and structure is still much the same. With rowing as a main stream, co-ed sport, with our crews competing at national and international level, we now plan to replace the current building with a new facility by September 2022.
“Beautiful evenings sharing the river and inspiring students in a sport I love. Plus watching my own children develop a passion for the sport.”
“So many memories of what became a highly formative element of my life. Training and competing with my best friend was incredible. The warmth and commitment of the staff who truly loved rowing as a sport and put so much in to us being able to enjoy it too has stayed with me also.”
“The people, it was a real community. My favourite memory is probably rowing at women's Henley, I felt a lot of pride being in that boat.”
Feedback from our survey
“The changing facilities are extremely limited and there is no social space at all, if the building was enlarged to double story a gym and additional modern changing facilities could be incorporated.”
“Changing/bathroom facilities for staff and students need a complete overhaul enabling them to be more spacious. An area for ergoing/warming up/watt bikes etc Social area for parents and students to congregate during Saturday training sessions and races.”
“More space to allow safe passage of boats in and out of storage. Increased space above and below boat on racks.”
“Add a second tier with balcony and bar facilities for events.”
Proposed and artist impressions of the plans for the boathouse