Yachting and rowing clubs line the banks of the River Thames in London and its environs. Every day of the week and especially at weekends yachtsmen and rowers can be seen enjoying their hobby, whatever the weather, competitive racing being a major feature of the yachtsmen and rowers enjoyment of their sport. There is, of course, the worldwide renowned annual university boat race from Putney to Mortlake between the university eights of Oxford and Cambridge. It is also a favoured location for internationally renowned boat races such as the annual Great River Race over 21.6 miles from the London Docklands to Ham in Surrey which attracts several hundred crews from all over the globe.
The well-known London Corinthian Sailing Club was forced to relocate its clubhouse in the 1960s after its previous clubhouse was deemed unsafe having suffered severe damage from a V-1 flying bomb during WW II and was demolished. The club moved to Linden House lying a mere 200 metres upstream, a gracious refurbished Georgian building. It was decided to build an award-winning race officer’s starting box in the grounds next to the river. Not only is the race box a very attractive feature on the river, but its elevated position also affords yacht racing officials and the occasional glamorous guest an uninterrupted view along the entire race course.