How to get involved

There are 7 Skiff Clubs, 6 are located on the Thames and one is on the River Cam at Cambridge.

They are open to all, no previous experience required.

SRA Flyer P2

Many of the clubs listed have their own web sites – see below

Affiliated Clubs

Many of the clubs listed have their own web sites – just click on the club name 

Dittons Skiff & Punting Club
Albany Cottage, 1 Albany Reach, Thames Ditton, Surrey KT7 0QH
Tel: 020 8398 1642

Thames Valley Skiff Club
The Pavilion, off Dudley Road, Walton-on-Thames, Surrey
KT12 2JY
Tel: 01932 224215

Granta
The Stables, Manor Farm, High Ditch Road, Fen Ditton, Cambridge CB5 8TE
Tel: 01223 292797

Wargrave Boating Club
Station Road, Wargrave, Berkshire RG10 8EU
Tel: 0118 940 4308

Sunbury Skiff & Punting Club
Desborough Sailing Club. Ferry Lane. Shepperton. TW17 9LQ
Tel: 07973 814552

Wraysbury Skiff & Punting Club
Riverside, Egham, Surrey
TW20 0AD
Tel: 01784 437206

The Skiff Club
Trowlock Island, Teddington, Middlesex TW11 9QY
Tel: 020 8977 5269

What to expect when joining a skiff club

Whilst each club has its unique characteristics they all have a lot of commonality specifically:

  • They are all run by the members for the members
  • They have members of all ages and abilities with different aspirations – so they offer different activities to different groups
    • People wishing to race competitively – Regattas and long distance events are offered from April though to October
    • People just looking for more gentle exercise – most clubs support more social groups wishing to go out in the day time in groups finishing off with tea and cake
  • Many clubs like to explore other reaches and rivers and may take a few days to explore – these have included:
    • On the river Thames from Lechlade to Teddington, typically over 3 to 4 days
    • The River Wey and the Way Navigation, often as a day trip to a local pub
    • The West Country rivers
    • Norfolk Broads
    • The Mosel, France
    • Venice, Italy
  • In addition to the formal regattas some clubs hold more informal events, often referred to as “Rag Regattas”, here people race in all sorts of boats from paddleboards, dinghies to Canadian canoes

The pictures try to capture the breath of actives you might expect to find at any of the skiff clubs

Nothing so much fun as mucking about on the river

Most clubs offer taster sessions, just contact the club nearest to you to find out what is happening there.

Kindred Sports

The Skiff Racing Association was formed with an objective of promoting kindred sports. Most of the Skiff Clubs also have punts. Punt racing also happens alongside the skiff racing during the Summer Months. Members of the clubs that offer punting encourage their members to have a go at both.

The governing body for Punt Racing is the Thames Punting Club – take a look at their site for more information.