Swim England and Otter celebrate 150 years

2019 is a year of celebration for both Otter Swimming Club and Swim England as they mark their 150th anniversaries.  One of the highlights of the year will be a unique team gala event at the London Aquatic Centre on Sunday 14 July which provides an opportunity for Masters swimmers all over the country to participate in these celebrations.

Otter has secured sole use of the main Olympic competition pool in London for a fun, informal gala which will include relay and individual swimming races. The teams will comprise many different Masters clubs including some of our traditional rivals (and friends!) such as Spencer, Barnet and Teddington.  It is a fantastic opportunity not only to race in the Olympic pool but to join in the fun and celebrate the camaraderie and longevity of masters swimming. Otter is putting together a programme to include a mixture of current and historic events which we hope will feature the plunge as well as some old English backstroke and novelty relays. 

Swim England is coordinating an “All Stars Team North” and “ All Stars Team South” so that masters swimmers from across the country can join us.  If you would like to be involved please contact:

Team South: Simon Veale (simon.veale@outlook.com)

Team North: Verity Dobbie and Nicola Latty (otter150.teamnorth@gmail.com

Any past and present Otter swimmers who would like to be involved should email us at otter150gala@gmail.com. Please save the date now!  

2019 represents a significant milestone for Otter and we would be delighted if you would celebrate with us by supporting this special event. 


Where: London Aquatics Centre, Olympic Park, London E20 2ZQ

When: Sunday 14 July 2019.  Warm-up at 10am with racing scheduled to finish at 2pm at the latest, with socialising to follow!

Over a thousand years of membership...

A gathering of “Mature” (i.e. older) Otters, and guests took place on February 1st for their annual post-Christmas dinner. For this sesquicentennial year it was upgraded to a black tie event at the Lansdowne Club, Mayfair.

A total of well over a thousand years of membership was present, and it was attended by all four Past Presidents and the widow of Past President and Club doyen Bob Burn; also Dennis Warnford-Davis - at age 90, the longest serving Club member (joined in 1946).

The main guest (Kelvin Juba, former Otter coach and swimming luminary) was stuck in deep snow in Somerset, but this did not inhibit a convivial evening in traditional Otter-style.


Annual Dinner 2018

The Otter Annual Dinner will be held at Holiday Inn London Bloomsbury, Coram Street, London WC1N 1HT, on Friday 20 April from 7pm to 1am. Tickets are priced at £52 which includes formal three-course meal plus table wine followed by a disco with music from our own resident DJ Talbott!

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Otter Christmas Party

We are happy to announce details for this year Christmas Party.
All are welcome from all aspects of the club including Water Polo and Swimming. Please come and join us to celebrate the festive period together!

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Otter 1/4 Mile

Congratulations to all of our swimmers and spectators that participated in our open water series for 2017! This years season culminated in the 1/4 Mile race and water polo match on 12 August.

1st Alex Fraser
2nd Joana Sandrin Gauer
3rd Dan Shunn

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Otter Mile Report

It was a decidedly grey and drizzly evening for the 2017 edition of the Otter mile, run on Friday 28 July and taking in a pleasant and winding portion of the Thames at Windsor. 13 swimmers braved the conditions, along with an array of supporters. Having taken a boat ride a mile upstream the swimmers made their way back to Windsor leisure centre with various degrees of urgency.

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Half-Mile Handicap Report

On Friday 14 July, 34 swimmers and supporters made their way to Henley on Thames for Otter's annual half mile handicap. In perfect conditions, 21 swimmers took to the Thames and glided effortlessly down to the Henley Sailing Club. We were treated to a flying visit from Barbara Woodward, in town for the ambassadors’ conference and, adding weight to the argument that the best way to secure a good handicap is to leave the country for a prolonged period (ambassadorial posting optional), she reigned supreme, winning the JW Rope trophy. 

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Get your tickets to the Otter Dinner

The 2017 Otter Dinner will be held on Friday 31 March, at Holiday Inn London Bloomsbury, Coram Street, London WC1N 1HT from 7pm to 1am. Tickets are priced at £52 which includes formal three-course meal plus table wine (or soft drinks) followed by a disco.

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Otter Dinner 2016 Booking Details

The Otter Dinner 2016 will held in the Booker and Turner Suite at Holiday Inn London Bloomsbury, Coram Street, London WC1N 1HT on Friday 18 March, 7pm to 1am. Google maps link here.

Tickets are priced at £48 which includes formal three course meal plus table wine, followed by the President's speech, then disco until 1am.

We'll have our own private room with a separate quiet area and cash bar. Additional drinks can also be purchased from the main hotel bar.

This is always a great Club event for swimmers, men's and women's water polo, non-active members, parents and guests. If you haven't attended before or if you have joined Otter in the past year please do join the recent and long established crowds and come along. It's a great way to fully appreciate the club's history and achievements, and get to know your team mates away from the pool. Feel free to speak to other members or contact me directly for more details.

To reserve your place please email me and our Treasurer, Chris Eden, providing your food options, seating preferences and arrange payment to the club account as follows:

1. Email addresses: davewarren.swim@gmail.com, ottertreasurer@gmail.com

2. Food choices, select one starter, one main and one dessert (please also advise any food intolerances):


Leek and mushroom tart with red onion confit

Crème of wild mushroom soup

Home cured salmon with honey, mustard and dill

Main Course

Pan fried sea trout, potato pancake, green beans and tender stem broccoli

Grilled pork loin steaks in lemon and garlic, mash potatoes, glazed seasonal vegetable and a creamy grain mustard sauce

Corn fed chicken supreme, baked in soft herbs and filo pastry, steamed broccoli and noisette

Vegetable strudel (V)

Roast vegetable and feta tartlet (V)

Wild mushroom, leek and brie parcels (V)

Lentil and roast vegetable terrine, gratinated with goat’s cheese (V)


Strawberry and clotted cream cheese cake

Cloted Cream and Chocolate Cheese Cake

Trio of chocolate served with homemade orange marmalade

3. Seating preferences, any individuals/ groups you want to sit with?

4. Payment of £48 per person to club account, or contact Chris at the treasurer email address to arrange alternate payment:

Sort Code: 60-08-23

Account: 08362998

Please add reference of DINNER plus your name so the Treasurer can identify and confirm your payment.

5. Dress is black tie or lounge suit so dig out your tux, Otter blazer or party dress, look forward to the event and see you on Friday 18 March!

Please let Dave Warren (davewarren.swim@gmail.com) know as soon as possible if you would like to attend. The deadline for menu choices and payment is Sunday 6 March as we need to provide menu choices to the Holiday Inn the following day.