The main thrust of the book covers the Nineteenth and early Twentieth Century. It then moves forward in time to cover the Twentieth century and ends with GB women's successes funded by the lottery.
However, to put the recent history in context the book opens with the origins rowing which took place in the Mediterranean on Roman Galleys and then moves forward in time and ends with Women competing for medals at the Olympics in the Twenty first century.
In the UK male racing began with the first DOGGETTS race in 1716 and was then a predominantly male activity.
The book then moves move on to how competitive rowing developed at various University and Thames based clubs drawing on material contained in books produced by the various the boat clubs concerned, and it remained a predominantly male activity until the late Nineteenth century.
In the late Nineteenth century women's sections were started in these clubs initially for pleasure, rowing in skiffs. At the same time Furnivall started his club for competitive rowing for women as a section of the existing male Furnivall club.
This was the first non-university competitive rowing club for women.
The Nineteenth and early to mid-Twentieth century are the most interesting periods as women had to overcome prejudice, sexism, paternalism from the rowing establishment and society in general re competitive women's rowing.
Late Nineteenth century social rowing for pleasure was bizarre by modern standards with rules re mixing with men on the Thames. However, at coastal towns rowing for pleasure also took place and early races for ladies rowing.
However, success in rowing was dominated by men with GBs women not competing in the Olympic Games until 1976 in Montreal and the first medal win, 24 years later in 2000. It was not until 2012 onwards that GB women won a number of gold and silver Olympic medals.