Stourport Boat Club was founded in 1876, when boating was the main pastime, which is the primary reason why it is still known as a Boat Club, and not a Rowing Club.
The history of Stourport Boat Club goes back over 145 years. The first Town Regatta was held in 1876, organised by Mr. Wm. Dorsett, J.P. and an influential committee comprising Messrs. J.C. Rogers, J. Stringer, Stanley Baldwin, Enoch Baldwin and C. Harrison. They left no stone unturned in their endeavour to promote the regatta.
There were only two races at that first Regatta, the Ladies Plate (single scull), and the Town Plate (fours). Both events were won by West London Rowing Club. The first heat of the Town Plate was contended by 3 crews, Cardiff, Evesham and Stourport; Cardiff won and the Stourport crew allegedly “gave up”!
Stourport Boat Club
Dunley Road, Stourport-on-Severn,
Worcestershire DY13 0AA.