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Dear ,

We're delighted to report that the Great British Summer is due to finally make an appearance! The forecast is looking sunny and dry so our deck bar is in full swing with pizzas every evening. Come and make the most of our unparalleled drinking and dining location on the riverside. Members are welcome to bring guests and children.

Leander's Oktoberfest returns next month and this time, we're providing an incredible Bavarian Feast to complete the authentic experience. We're pulling in a host of beers from our local breweries, plus an array of authentic German beers, served in steins. The Bettesteiner Footstompers will be playing toe-tapping oompah music to transport you to Bavaria! Live funk and pop music continues into the evening. Our athletes will be putting on an ergo championships for everyone and a free bouncy castle will keep your children entertained! Dig out your lederhosen and dirndl and tag us on insta for a chance to win the Best Dressed prize - our guests rocked the look last year! 

Fawley win in Kanghua quad

Leander was delighted to win the Fawley Challenge Cup at HRR – its biggest win yet in the Kanghua quad, delivered last year.

As well as notching up some impressive race results, Leander athletes provide invaluable feedback to Kanghua, which has helped the manufacturer to develop and refine its boats – and means that Leander athletes can use high-spec equipment that meets their exacting requirements.

Kanghua have a few new developments up their sleeve, which we hope to benefit from in the future, not least a collaboration with another major manufacturer, which will significantly increase the hulls available, as well as lifting its boat-building technology still further.

Best-selling author to visit

Bonnie Garmus, author of multi-award winning Lessons in Chemistry will talk at Leander Club on 7th September at 6pm.

The event is the first in a series of rowing book talks organised by Leander Librarian Irene Hewlett, in aid of the Leander Trust. The Trust owns the library and works to advance the education of young people and their physical education by providing facilities – including grant awards – to enable and encourage rowing and sculling. 

A finger buffet is included in the ticket price.

Bonnie Garmus is a copywriter and creative director who has worked widely in the fields of technology, medicine, and education. Bonnie Garmus’ first novel, Lessons in Chemistry, is a No.1 Sunday Times and No. 1 New York Times bestseller. Its main character, Elizabeth Zott, is a chemist, a rower and a reluctant cookery show presenter in early 1960s. Lessons in Chemistry was voted Hay Festival Book of the Year, won the Goodreads Choice Award for Best Debut Novel and was shortlisted for the Waterstones Debut Fiction Prize. Translated into more than thirty-five languages, it is being adapted as an Apple TV series starring Brie Larson.

This is the first in a series of Book Talks - see all details here.

16th September

Illuminated boat parade

The end of summer boating spectacle returns, with Leander opening our doors to the public for viewing, the judges, a BBQ and live music! The organisers are seeking sponsors.

18th November

Annual Dinner

Full Members are invited to celebrate Leander's success at the Annual Dinner. This is a black tie event for Full Members only, no guests. Tickets cost £55, book on 01491 575782 / [email protected]

Inaugural Ball

Everyone is invited to Leander's first Christmas Ball on 16th December! The glittering event will be black tie party, with a three-course dinner and live music and dancing until late! We'll enjoy mince pies and carols before an excellent live band gets the party going on the dance floor. All members are welcome to invite guests - the more the merrier. Tickets include a three course meal and a welcome drink. £65, book on 01491 575782 / [email protected]

HRR 2023 in pictures

We've collated a snapshot of an unforgettable week for our athletes, coaches, house staff and Members - do you have more images to share? Please email [email protected] 

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7th September - Book Talk: Bonnie Garmus, Lessons in Chemistry

16th September - Illuminated Boat Parade


9th November - Book Talk: Gavin Jamieson, Water's Gleaming Gold

18th November - Annual Dinner for Full Members

16th December - Christmas Ball

18th January - Book Talk: Andy Trotman, Leander Club's Bicentenary Book

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We are eternally grateful to our sponsors, Colgan Foundation and Kanghua for their support.

Leander Club

Henley Bridge, Henley-on-Thames
United Kingdom

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