Leander Club

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The Leander Rowing Club is based in Henley-on-Thames, and is the oldest rowing club in the world.

Founded in 1818 in London, the club moved to Henley in the late nineteenth century. For the first 179 years of its existence, it was a men-only club, but in 1998 opened its doors to women members, partly prompted by financial considerations, as the UK's Sports Council rules required organisations receiving funding to have an open membership policy.

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