1904 – 1920

In the following year, the Club House was erected and opened for the use of Members. This was a pleasing structure built of wood, the remains of which can still be seen in the Club grounds

For the next few years the Club was racing Punts, 12 and 14-foot Dinghies and a mixed class of Raters, Half- Raters, Sharpies and odd Dinghies which eventually crystallised into the 12 and 14-foot Dinghies only.

The Dinghy had been advocated by the Club from its earliest days as the most suitable sailing boat for racing on the Upper Thames and the process of natural evolution proved how correct, in this opinion, the early Members of the Club had been.

In 1911 the Club was presented with its first perpetual Challenge Cup when Dr. W H. Macpherson gave the Macpherson Challenge Cup to the Club.

In 1914 the Club suffered a disaster when seven of its 14ft. Dinghies were burnt whilst hauled up on the shore at Shiplake. Shortly afterwards the outbreak of World War I suspended the activities of the Club and its Members were scattered in the service of their country.

In 1919 the Members, sadly depleted in numbers, took counsel together with the object of renewing the Club’s activities. It was decided to build a new fleet of 14ft.Dinghies for which plans and specifications were obtained from various builders.

In 1920 an order was placed with Morgan Giles, of Teignmouth, for the construction of a fleet of nine 14ft.Dinghies which were built and delivered in time to commence racing early the following year.

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