LEIGH’S Lower Thames Rowing Club (LTRC) has recently celebrated it’s 20th anniversary.
From Small beginnings in 2003, the club has now become one of the largest coastal rowing organisations in the south east, with a large number of rowers of all ages and abilities. Founded by Ron Sverdloff and Keith Webster, the club is unique as it offers, not only competition rowing against other clubs around the coast, but also social, fun rowing and adventure rowing opportunities.
They now have a team of their female members (Sheila McGhee and Clare Taylor) who are training for the Atlantic Rowing Challenge in 2025.
This will follow in the footsteps of two other Essex rowing clubs – Burnham on Crouch and Row-hedge, whose two teams have recently completed the Atlantic Challenge.
The club’s anniversary celebration took place at the Leigh Sailing Club HQ, where guests were entertained by the Sea Shanty singers.
It hasn’t all been plain sailing for the LTRC, in the very early days their headquarters – a scout hut in Benfleet burnt down, just as they were about to sign the lease to make it their permanent club house.
Although LTRC still do not have a clubhouse, they do have a thriving membership and two containers and a large compound on Two Tree Island – so they have flourished in the end.
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