About Us

Janousek & Stampfli Racing Boats


Janousek Racing Boats was founded in 1981 by Bob Janousek and founding shareholder Philip Gregory.

First coxless pair 1981 IC First coxless pair 1981

Imperial College paddling and collecting the 1st coxless pair built by Janousek Racing Boats in 1981


In 1992 Janousek bought a controlling stake in Stampfli Racing Boats in Switzerland and in 1998 rescinded the controlling stake for the rights to build all composite Stampfli boats.

Bareclona 1992 Norwegian 4x Race Service Barcelona 1992

Norwegian 4x medallists in a Stampfli S4 at the Barcelona Olympics in 1992 and the Race Service Team from Stampfli Switzerland and Janousek Racing Boats at the Atlanta Olympics in 1996

In 2002 Brian McMullan joined Janousek Racing Boats.  Brian had previously worked as Senior Boat Builder and Production Manager at Aylings Racing Boats with responsibility for building the Aylings boats used by Sir Steve Redgrave and Sir Matthew Pinsent through the 1980s, 1990s and early 2000s. In 2007 Philip Gregory became Managing Director.


In 2011 Janousek Racing Boats were appointed sole UK distributors for Braca Oars and Sculls.  A powerhouse in the canoe and kayak paddle market, Braca chose Janousek Racing Boats to sell their rowing products in the UK giving Janousek a full product portolio for rowing and sculling equipment.

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The business trades as Janousek & Stampfli Racing Boats and all composite boats in the Janousek and Stampfli ranges are built in our factories in Byfleet, Surrey.  We maintain close links with Stampfli Racing Boats in Switzerland.

Janousek Racing Boat Ltd.   Registered No: 01510206   Registered office: 1A Abbot Close, Byfleet, KT14 7JN