A punt is a flat-bottomed boat with a square-cut bow, designed for use in small rivers or other shallow water. Punting refers to boating in a punt. The punter generally propels the punt by pushing against the river bed with a pole.

Punts were originally built as cargo boats or platforms for fowling and angling, but in modern times their use is almost exclusively confined to pleasure trips. Punting is possible on most of the Thames above the tidal limit at Teddington; even in places where the river is broad it is often surprisingly shallow, especially at the edges where punting ledges are maintained.

Punt racing, as a sport developed in the 1880s. Thames Punting Club was formed in 1885 as a racing club. It is now no longer a racing club but functions as the sport’s governing body. Races are normally held over a distance of up to 880 yards (800 m) along a straight reach of the river, each end of the course being marked by a pair of poles called “ryepecks” which are firmly pushed into the river bed before the race. Races are always one punt against another, one having the inner lane and the other the outer lane. If the outer lane has consistently deeper water, then the length of the outer course may be reduced to make the race more even.

Punting on the Thames
Individual Punting
Singles Punting
Punt Racing

Club Sessions

Club Night

Every Thursday at 7pm we meet for a social and frienly evening of club training or a river outing culminating in a dinner at 8.30pm

Social Rows

Friday 10am, & Sunday 10am


Gym (Circuits/Weights)
Mon 6.30pm, Thurs 7.35pm

Mon & Thurs 7pm, Sat 8am

On the Water
Sat & Sun 8.30am

Club Night 7pm
On water or Winter Ergos & Circuits

Club Gym

Membership includes access to a heavy weight & light weight gyms, with modern equipment. Specific times are scheduled for our Club together with shared sessions available.

Family and Friends Welcome

We cater for youngsters from 10 years old & welcome families, individuals or groups of friends. No previous experience is necessary.

Punting on the Thames
Individual Punting
Skiffs and Punts Fleet
Doubles Punting & Racing
Doubles Punting & Racing
Regatta Day

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