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Lea R.C. Men’s Squads

Lea’s men’s squads cater for a range of experience and abilities.

We have serious ambitions to return to the winners’ podium at Henley Royal Regatta, following our showing in the final of the Wyfold Challenge in 2021.

Our large and active men’s squads enter regional and national regattas and head races including putting forward multiple crews at the Head of the River Race (HoRR) and Henley Royal Regatta qualifiers. In recent years we have qualified at least two men’s crews at Henley Royal.

The squad is socially active and diverse in background and offers something for everyone, no matter your ambition.


We have a range of squads that allow members to row competitively at any age, ability or experience with training plans that reflect the squads’ respective objectives.

Most of our members work full time. As such, the training programmes and schedules are designed to accommodate this, whilst still allowing you to achieve your potential.

Lea R.C, Henley Royal Regatta, 2018 © WEROW

Henley Royal Regatta, 2018, Copyright © WeRow

Lea R.C. Doclands Head 2019

Dockland Head 2019

Our squads


Performance squad

This is the top squad in the club for the most competitive rowers. Ambitions are to compete and win at championship and club events at major regattas including Henley Royal Regatta.

In the spring regatta season, the squad does some of its water sessions at the Royal Albert Docks.

Within the overall Performance squad will be a group of ‘Development’ athletes who may be less experienced but have shown potential and are eager to improve and compete. These athletes aim to compete at entry-level events at some of the bigger regattas as part of a tiered pathway to the highest levels of competition.


There are 7–12 sessions a week depending on the squad including 3–5 on the water and around 4–6 land training sessions spread across six days.

Club squad

The Club squad is the largest group in the racing squads. The majority of the men’s squad will train in groups at similar levels of ability, and will race and win at club level, regional events. The squad includes Masters rowers who may train and compete alongside non-Masters, as suits.

The squad aims to develop new rowers or rowers returning to the sport, to help gain rowing experience and race competitively, whilst also managing a rowing-work-life balance. Coaching is typically available to crews leading up to priority races and regattas while more experienced rowers are expected to support new or returning rowers, cultivating self-sufficiency in development.

Sudbury regatta August 2019, Copyright © Bill Hiskett

Sudbury Regatta 2019, Copyright © Bill Hiskett


Novices joining the club from the Learn to Row programme will have dedicated coaching in their first year of rowing.

Recreational rowers

If you prefer to row recreationally have a look at our Recreational Rowing page.

To enquire about Joining Lea R.C.’s Men’s Squad please go to the Adult Racing Squads link on our Join Lea R.C. page to complete the online form

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