Thinking of joining? Please read on…

UTRC was founded in 1963 with the intention of providing a fairly high standard of rowing to challenge the dominance of clubs on the lower reaches of the Thames at that time. The world has changed a bit since then but Upper Thames still has a significant degree of rowing experience in its ranks, not to mention a number of ex-internationals and Olympians. We have an active membership and a competitive ethos.

At UTRC membership is available for people of all ages and abilities but those new to the sport may find their needs better met at local clubs such as Henley, Marlow, Phyllis Court and Reading, all of which provide excellent pathways into rowing for the less-experienced and/or those wanting a more recreational environment.

We do not run Learn-to-Row courses but anyone with a sense of self-reliance can use one of our club singles or doubles to learn or progress their skills and we have plenty of friendly members willing to help newcomers integrate into UTRC on an informal basis.

More experienced athletes will find a natural home at Upper Thames and those wishing to compete in domestic and international events will find our  excellent equipment, free trailering and a “rowing-first” culture second-to-none.

Rowing memberships are available at a significant discount to peer group clubs. Anyone under the age of 26 (as of 1st September) will receive a 50% discount on the Full rate as we want to encourage those trying to get started in life. We also offer the same concession to those over 75 but at UTRC attitude and outlook are more important than age.

Increasingly, we provide members with superb boats, a great atmosphere and exceptional value, all in one of the most iconic rowing locations in the world!

If you are a competent rower living overseas and you want to visit us for the odd row when you are in the UK we would be delighted to have you as an Overseas member. We want Upper Thames to be at the centre of the global rowing community and synonymous with the best rowing has to offer.

Although Social members cannot use the training equipment or boats at UTRC, like our Full or Overseas members they will receive four tickets for the Upper Thames Enclosure at HRR – in our opinion the best place to enjoy the regatta anywhere on the course!

So an Upper Thames membership is unique – it’s all about giving members the best rowing has to offer.

For more specific information on subscriptions, racking and rates please contact

Membership payments should be made to HSBC Henley, Account Number 41406507, Sort Code 40-24-10.

NOTE: All new members must be proposed and seconded by existing members of UTRC on the form provided here: Membership Application

Alternatively, please contact the Membership Secretary, Steve Kelso, at

Terms and conditions of membership

  • All subscriptions are due on 1st September.
  • Anyone who has not paid their subscription after six weeks automatically ceases to be a member.
  • Renewals are subject to an early-payment discount, new subscriptions are not.
  • Pro rata fees are available.
  • It is the responsibility of members with private boats to ensure they are properly insured and licensed. The club takes no responsibility for any damage to privately owned boats.
  • There are 50% concessions for those under 26 and over 75 as of 1st September.
  • There is generally a waiting list for private racks. If you have a rack and it is not paid for by 31st October it will be reallocated without further reference.
  • Associate or social members may not use Club training equipment or boats.
  • Terms and conditions of membership including rates of subscription, method and timing of payments are subject to change in accordance with the conditions, rules and constitution (PDF) of the club.
  • If you are racing you will be expected to pay your dues in advance.
  • On paying your subscription you:
  • – agree to abide by the club rules and constitution
  • – confirm that you can swim 50 metres in rowing kit
  • – confirm that you are a fully paid up member of British Rowing
  • – confirm that you are up-to-date with your private boat insurance and EA licence
  • – agree to conduct your own risk assessments for every training session or outing at the club
  • – agree that UTRC cannot be responsible for loss or damage to you or your possessions
  • – acknowledge that information provided by you will be retained on a computer for administration purposes
  • – agree to provide an emergency contact telephone number to the Membership Secretary
  • – agree to report any damage to boats, equipment and facilities
  • – will not facilitate non-members using the club’s facilities or equipment.