Punting Section


Wargrave Boating Club offers a unique insight to the mysterious world of Punting

Punting done properly is probably the most elegant means of propelling a boat on the river. And the converse is true too!

Our punts are very different to the wide, heavy and slow "barges" you see in Oxford and Cambridge. 
The Boating Club is lucky to have an excellent fleet of racing punts, which include relatively stable 2 foot (wide) racing punts, and some needle thin (well about 15 inch wide) "Best and Best" punts. 
Why Best and Best? 
We hear that in Edwardian times when Thames regattas had crowds approaching those of Premier League football, the fastest (best) punts were punted by the clubs' best punters, hence the "Best and Best".

These days at the Wargrave and Shiplake Regatta and the Sunday following at the Punt Championships in Maidenhead (and not to forget our own Rag regatta and also regattas held by downstream sniffing and punting clubs) there is still exciting punt racing to be watched or competed in. 
The Wargrave and Shiplake regatta attracts the best and most elegant punters in the country and is a great spectacle.
You too can learn to punt at Wargrave Boating Club. 
During May and June we run Punting Training Courses 
 A 6 session adult beginners course which will give you a good grasp of the basics so you can confidently go out on the river
 An "improvers" course does what it says on the tin and will work on racing techniques etc. 
You may even want to punt a Canadian canoe if you like swimming!

Children can learn too. 
In parallel to the Adult courses a 6 session Junior course runs on Wednesday evenings.