Organisers of the FISA Tour 2003

The 2003 FISA Tour
River Thames - Oxford to London

30th August - 7th September 2003

Last updated: 2nd August 2003 Changes are marked in red

Summary Information


Godstow (near Oxford) to Putney (London)

Total distance

Approx 175 km with 33 locks

Boat type

18 "C" class gigs or similar, rigged as 4x+


90 from 12 countries!


Twin or single rooms in University Colleges:

  • Wadham College Oxford, 4 nights
  • Royal Holloway College (near Windsor), 2 nights
  • Whitelands College (Putney), 2 nights

Social Events

Visits to historic locations and venues of national importance, with dinners and entertainment

Participation fee

(exclusive of some entry fees, hire of life jackets and any optional activities)

Provisional Itinerary

Saturday 30th August

Participants arrive in Oxford and check into Wadham College

Guided walk around Oxford City Centre

Welcome reception and opening dinner at Wadham College, Oxford

Guests will include:

  • Eileen McKeever, Waterways Manager of the Environment Agency
  • Alan Meegan, National Development Manager of the Amateur Rowing Association
  • Mark Nixon, Head Rowing Coach of Wadham College

Overnight: Wadham College,Oxford

Sunday 31st August

Boat launching at St. Edwards School, Godstow (above Oxford)

Row Godstow to Abingdon, 18 km / 4 locks

Picnic lunch at Abingdon Rowing Club

Row Abingdon to Clifton Hampden, 9 km / 2 locks

Drink at The Barley Mow, Clifton Hampden
(described in Jerome K. Jerome's " 3 men in a boat ")

Dinner at The Mitre Restaurant, Oxford

Overnight: Wadham College, Oxford

Monday 1st September

Row Clifton Hampden to Wallingford, 13 km / 2 locks

Picnic Lunch in Wallingford

Row Wallingford to Pangbourne/Whitchurch, 16 km / 4 locks

Visit ancient toll bridge, drink in local pub, buses back to Oxford

Indian dinner at The Moonlight Tandoori in Oxford

Overnight: Wadham College Oxford

Tuesday 2nd September

Row Pangbourne to Reading, 12 km / 2 locks

Optional rest stop at Thames Valley Park, Reading. Picnic lunch can be eaten here or en route.

Row Reading to Henley, 12 km / 3 locks

Arrive Henley Rowing Club, shower and change

Visit Rowing Museum and town

Drinks reception and visit Royal Regatta Headquarters, hosted by the Henley Stewards

Dinner at Leander Club

Overnight: Wadham College, Oxford

Wednesday 3rd September

Row Henley to Bisham, 13 km / 3 locks

Lunch at National Sports Centre, Bisham Abbey

Row Bisham to Maidenhead
11 km / 3 locks or 16 km / 4 locks

Dinner in the Picture Gallery, Royal Holloway College

Special guest: Diana Ellis, Chairman of the Amateur Rowing Association

Overnight: Royal Holloway College, Egham

Thursday 4th September

Row Maidenhead to Eton (10 km, 2 locks)
Guided tour of Eton College
Picnic lunch on "The Brocas"

Row Eton to Staines, 15 km/3 locks

Evening cruise from Windsor with dinner and dancing

Special Guest: Denis Masseglia, Chairman of the FISA Rowing for All Commission

Overnight: Royal Holloway College, Egham

Friday 5th September

Row Staines to Molesey, 18.5 km / 4 locks
Lunch Molesey Boat Club, special guest the Mayor of Elmbridge.
Row Molesey to Lensbury Club, Teddington - 9 km / 1 lock

Great River Race Barbecue

Overnight at Whitelands College, Putney

Saturday 6th September

Row Twickenham to Putney (with Great River Race), 18 km
Lunch at Thames Rowing Club, Putney

Farewell dinner at Whitelands College

Overnight: Whitelands College, Putney

Sunday 7th September

Check out, farewells