+ who are sons of the thames

Sons ofthe Thames is a friendly and competative rowing club based in Hammermsith. We are one of the oldest competitive clubs on the Tideway, situated on the famous Oxford and Cambridge University Boat Race course. We are an actively competitive club in both sweep rowing and sculling with boats entered for our Novice, Senior and Masters rowers in the majority of head races and regattas throughout the year. 

+ How do I join?

Simple. Get in touch with us by email enquiries@sonsrowing.com and we'll fix a time for you to visit the club and talk to a committee member about club life. 

+ What are the costs?

We have the lowest unsubsidised fees on the Tideway. Senior £420pa (£40pm by Standing Order), Student/Under 23 and over 65s £210pa (£20pm by Standing Order)

+ Can I join as a cox?

Yes, of course. We value our coxes and offer support and development for those new to the tideway, and those new to coxing - the fee is £50, or the same as social membership. 

+ Do I need to join Straight Away?

We have a one month trial period for new joiners. If after the trial you are happy with the level of training and the club, we will ask you to sign up and complete the process

+ Are there any other costs?

Only if you are competing. Race entry fees, race kit and any travel to races (if needed) are the only additional costs, although you may find that your food bill increases with all the additional training.

+ When is the next learn to row course?

We run our learn to row course in the summer from July to August. The 2019 Course will be held on Wednesday's 1900-2100 and Sunday's 1100-1300, commencing Wednesday 17th July through to Sunday 25th August. The cost of the Course is £150. For more information and application forms, please contact enquiries@sonsrowing.com

+ do I need to be fit for the Learn To Row Course?

No, but it does help. We will be introducing a training plan as a part of the course. 

+ What kit should I wear?  

Try and wear something relatively tight fitting. Excessively baggy kit can tend to get caught in the moving parts of the boat. Make sure you have a waterproof as we do train if it is raining!

+ Will I get wet? 

Probably, but not very. You are highly unlikely to fall in but you will get splashed a bit.

+ Do you have a gym?

Yes, a small one at the club and use of Latymer School gym 100m away. Both gyms have everything you need for your rowing training.

+ What is the training commitment?

Rowing is a highly competitive sport and requires a high level of fitness. In order to compete at entry level, you will need to be able to commit to at least four training sessions a week, two during the week and both days in the morning at the weekend in order to see any improvement. Both Senior and Masters squads train up to six times a week with more sessions added in the lead up to Henley Regatta. 

+ When does Weekend training take place?

Squad training starts between 8am and 9:30am both days at the club. We stagger the squads training times to make boating easier so be sure to contact your relevant captain. 

+ Do I need to be fit to compete?

Yes. Rowing is a strenuous sport so we need to strengthen and train our bodies to handle it. Fitness and Strength programmes are implemented at the start of the season so that the crews can achieve the fitness needed to row. To enter novice races everyone in the crew should be able o complete a 2K test in under 7:40mins (men) or 8:30mins (women)

+ What is seat racing?

As in all competitive sports, priority is given to those who will win. Seat racing decides who the fastest crew members are and which team is most likely to win. Seat racing is measured on a combination of factors. Fastest erg score (over 2K), skill level in the boat i.e. application of strength and power to the boat, commitment, and how well you fit with the team. Basically, who makes teh boat go the fastest. One key piece of information about seat racing is that crew selection is not personal, it is competitive! If you want to be selected, make the boat go faster!

+ Is the Thames Dangerous?

We are extremely careful and follow strict safety tideway steerage and navigations rules set out by the PLA (the Port ofLondon Authority) which makes sure we are as safe as possible. New members (wether competent rowers or not) will always go out with a fully signed off member of the club or a coach. In order to go out on the Tideway un supervised there is a simple 

+ What kind of equipment and boats do you have?

We are well supplied with boats for a relatively small club, with a range of boats from coxed eights to single sculls including a range of fours and pairs that are often rigged as sculling boats. If you are of a good standard, you can expect to row in an up to date, carbon fibre boat that's competitive at every level. Most members scull and sweep and the club equipment caters for both diciplines.

+ Will I have to buy Sons kit?

Only if you are racing for the club. The one item you would need is the all-in-one, because British Rowing rules require crews to compete in recognisable club kit. Other items such as splash tops and gilets are available, but not mandatory. 

+ Can I join and row on a recreational basis?

Social rowing is available to those who are fully competent rowers or scullers already and wish to go out on their own or be self sufficient. To use club boats un supervised, each rower must complete the tideway navigation and steerage theory test and practical assessment and also the sculling competence test. 

+ Do I have to compete?

No, however, priority is given to crews and rowers / coxes that are looking to compete and both coaching and seat allocation will be given to those crews. 

+ Do you take juniors?

No, we do not have the facilities to accommodate juniors, however we are often in touch with the clubs that do so please drop us a line and we can recommend someone for you.

+ Do you run training camps?

Yes, we have mini Tideway camps over the bank holidays and easter breaks when the other clubs go abroad and then a main camp in Plovdiv, Bulgaria at the end of may in the lead up to Henley.

We also run sculling schools for members during Christmas and easter holidays for those who want some extra coaching while the river is quiet.

+ Do you compete abroad?

Yes, this is organised internally depending on crew availability and interest

+ Who runs the SONS club?

The club is run by a committee of volunteer members. We are always looking for fresh hands and talent to help us out, if you're interested, please let one of our committee members know.  

Some of our members also serve, with repesentatives from the sailing club, on charitable and commercial committees which run our home, Linden House. 

+ What have you got going on socially?

The club is very active with social events from both sailing and rowing clubs held at Linden house. Sons hold two parties, one in the summer and the other at Christmas for the Annual Dinner. Thursday is rowers night and is a good night for meeting in the bar, and Sailors night is on Tuesday where they often hold a BBQ in the summer months. There may be other organised socials through the year such as quiz night, Burns Night and plum pudding races. Linden. House often hold events and quiz nights for both clubs.

+ How does it work with the sailing club?

We share Linden House with London Corinthian Sailing Club. Many of their members are ocean racers who use Linden House as a social hub. Others race dingies from their own pontoon. Their preference is for sailing on top of the tide at weekends, around mid day, whereas must of us go out in the mornings and avoid high tide if possible. This usually works well and we don't get in each other's way.

+ Can I book Linden House for a function?

Yes, it is professionally managed, email them at 

+ Can I have meals at the club?

Linden house provides a running bar with food. Food is served at the bar in Linden House, at lunchtimes on the weekends and on Thursday evenings.  Complementary tea and coffee is provided for club members at the weekend. 


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