The Regatta was brought into being by a small band of rowing enthusiasts who met in 1910 under the chairmanship of R H Forster. It was first held in 1911, the year of the coronation of George V, with Bill Forster as President. He was followed in that position by other notable rowing men, among them being Herbert H Jelf and Steve Fairburn.

In a 1929 programme as members of the Committee and organisers of events were names well known in the professional world including Ayling, Cobb, Gibson, Newens and Phelps. Events included a Rum-Tum Handicap, a Watermen's Apprentices' Race, a Ladies' Four Oared Race and a School Boys' Swimming Race. There was fun in Leaders Gardens and two bands played. To complete the day at 10.00pm there was a Grand Firework Display held in the Fulham Embankment Gardens and viewed from the Putney Hard by the local residents.

Historic Consitution

(as at and taken from the programme of the Fourteenth Regatta on 25 July 1929)

1. The Officers shall consist of a President, Vice-Presidents, an Honorary Treasurer and an Honorary Secretary.

2. The Committee shall consist (subject to clause 4) of not more than 25 persons in addition to the Officers, who shall be ex-officio members.

3. The Annual General Meeting shall be held in February or March and shall be open to all bona-fide supporters. At each Annual General Meeting the Officers, the Committee and two Auditors for the ensuing year shall be elected.

4. The Committee shall have power to fill any vacancy which may arise or to add to the number of Vice-Presidents or to their own numbers.

5. The Committee shall have full control over the management of the Regatta, provided that the Accounts of each Regatta shall be submitted for approval at the next Annual General Meeting.

6. The Committee shall have power to appoint such Sub Committees as they may think fit, but each Sub Committee shall report to them and be subject in all respects to their control.

7. The Committee and Sub Committees shall elect their own Chairmen and shall meet from time to time as occasion may require, but a special meeting of the Committee shall be called by the Honorary Secretary at any time on receipt of a requisition signed by not less than six members or ‘ex officio’ members and specifying the object of such meeting, and at least seven days’ notice thereof shall be given.

8. This Constitution shall not be altered except at an Annual General Meeting.