I Am Team GB!

Today's THE day as they say.  Our next Learn To Row (LTR) event is on September 3rd. So, if you're feeling inspired by Team GB, get in touch with us and have a go at rowing.  The club is located in Windsor across the river from iconic Eton Dorney rowing lake used at the London 2012 Olympics.  What are you waiting for?! Give rowing a go.  You'll get a warm welcome at EERC.

Team Danone

Eton Excelsior Rowing Club welcomes Team Danone.  We hope that you enjoy your day with us on a beautiful stretch of the river Thames at Windsor.

Summer Regatta Success

Good old Egham "International" Regatta took place on June 26th this year followed by favourites Molesey and Staines regattas in July.  Distant and hopefully sunny memories perhaps but here's a big SHOUT for the club's successes at those events;

Egham Regatta: WJ15 4x+

Molesey Regatta: WMastD 4x, WMastC 2x, Nov 1x, Nov 2x, J18 2x, and WJ15 4x+.  A special mention to Oscar who won a whopping 3 pots over the two days of racing, including his novice single. Read more »

Inspiring Rowing at Rio

Inspring stuff!  5 gongs bagged in the Rowing events at Rio; 3 gold and 2 silver.  Brilliant.  We're hoping that Team GB's rowing success will inspire folks to have a go at rowing (once the hangover's gone!).  Kath Grainger's success is particularly inspirational. Read her story HERE.

Our next Learn To Row course is on September 3rd so contact Patrick if you can help out and look out for more dates when they are announced by the Club. Read more »

Learn To Row Date Change

Please note that the date of the next LTR course has changed FROM August 27th 2016 TO September 3rd 2016.  We're hoping for lorry loads of new recruits following the inspirational example set by Team GB rowers in Rio!  Don't be slow - give rowing a go!  To race or have fun, it's simply a great sport so come along and give it a try.

Annual Dinner Save The Date

Save the date!  The 2016 EERC Annual Dinner is on Saturday 1st October.  Venue TBA.

Together with current club members, a warm invitation is extended to all Eton Excelsior Rowing Club alumni to join the fun and meet former blades and bladesses.  An assuredly friendly reception awaits you all.

WBSBC Alumni Dinner: October 8th

For those of you who used to row at the Windsor Boys' School, you might like to know that an Alumni Dinner is planned for Saturday, 8th October 2016.  Click on  this LINK for more information. Read more »

Jim Thatcher Family Request

Jim's family has asked for donations to be made to Windsor Mencap in lieu of flowers.  A special page has been created on the Virgin web site HERE.  The Windsor branch of Mencap is raising funds for a new club house.  Click HERE for more information.

Jim Thatcher Obituary

Jim Thatcher

The club flag will be flying at half-mast today to mark the passing of a stalwart of our club, Jim Thatcher.   Jim, who had so bravely fought a debilitating long-term illness over recent years, passed away at home on the evening of the 4th June 2016 surrounded by his family. Read more »

Ready For Rio? We will be!

British Rowing is tooling-up to be ready for the expected surge of interest in rowing which will follow this year's Rio Olympic Games. The games start in 111 days so rowing clubs, too, are being asked to be prepared.  We are told that some clubs could barely cope with the demand for 'Taster Days' and LTR courses after the 2012 London Olympics.  We saw a lot of rowing action in front of our own club house as the World's media used our prime location to interview rowing athletes.

Watch this space for more information about our rowing response to Rio.

Web Site Refresh Has Started

Look out for the refreshed club web site!  A team is working to create a fresh web site so watch this space.  It's an Olympic Year so let's do it!

Remembering Walter Mertz (Merts) UPDATED

Attached document updated 11-DEC-15 to correct minor errors relating to Porthcawl War Memorial.

2nd Lieutenant Walter Scott Mertz (often spelled as "Merts") was a Welshman but his father was German. He was the least local of all the nine members of the club to be killed in the Great War.  Walter's death was not related to enemy action. Read more »

Remembering Christian Harnack

Christian Harnack was born in 1893 and joined Eton Excelsior Rowing Club in 1909.  He died in 1918 from wounds received during the second battle of Arras in France .  See the attached for more details about his short life but here are some main points;

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1914 Regatta

In 1914, the Windsor and Eton Amateur Regatta was held on August 3rd on the River Thames in Windsor. It was the Bank Holiday Monday and the day before Britain declared war on Germany. Several members of Eton Excelsior raced in the regatta that day and subsequently died in the Great War.

The picture shows the list of Regatta events; hardly the packed timetable we see at today's regattas!

Several of the trophies awarded to winners of these events were awarded at the Coronation Regatta held in honour of The Queen in 2013.


Posted on Remembrance Sunday, 2015.

Remembering Private Stanley Bennett

Stanley William Joseph Bennett was born in 1893 and joined Eton Excelsior Rowing Club in 1913.  He died in a POW hospital in Germany in 1917.

Remembering Trooper Alfred Blane (updated)

An account of Alfred Blane of Windsor, a former member of EERC killed in the Great War, is attached.

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EERC Reflections of Colin Oakley

"Windlesora" is published by the Windsor Local History Group.  The theme for edition 21 some years ago was the river and in it, EERC Club President Colin Oakley, wrote a piece reflecting on his experience and history of the club.  See attached.

In the same edition, Joyce Sampson wrote a piece about the history of Eton Excelsior Rowing Club.

Great War 100 Years on - Remembering Alfred Blane

Club member Alfred Blane died in Alexandria on September 24th 1915 aged 27 from wounds received in the Gallipoli campaign.

Son of William and Mary Blane of Windsor.

Great War 100 Years on - Remembering Herbert Hiley

Club member Herbert Hiley was killed in the First World War on August 21st 1915 aged 21 years.  Lest we forget.

See attached for more details but here is a summary.

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Windsor Boys' School Boat Club 75th Anniversary

Our friends and neighbours, the Windsor Boys School Boat Club (WBSBC) celebrated its 75th anniversary on October 2nd 2015.  A successful dinner was held at Queens Eyot.  Did you know that it was all started by Eton Excelsior Rowing Club in April 1940?  With most of the club members away serving the war effort, the club approached the Windsor County Boys School (as it was then known) to put the rowing kit to good use.  The rest is history!  See attached.

Uno animo!

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