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About the Club

Poplar, Blackwall and District Rowing Club  (PBDRC) was formed in 1845 and is believed to be the third oldest rowing club in Great Britain.

The Club has a successful record in regattas, and in recent years has produced international oarsmen such as John Roberts (“rowing’s Paul Gascoigne of his era – silky skills in the boat, minimal training, interspersed with plenty of beers,” according to Martin Cross in ‘Olympic Obsession’ – some things never change!) and Colin Seymour, Olympic scullers Mark Hunter and Kenny Dwan and current international and GB scullers and oarsmen.

All those rowing at the Club enjoy an exhilarating, competitive sport, which is an equally good recreational pastime. The Club has a deep sense of history and strong links to the community, something recognised by Steve Redgrave.

[At Henley] there are also boats from what might be described as ‘working-class’ clubs, like the Poplar, Blackwall and District Rowing Club, down on the Isle of Dogs.

Sir Steve Redgrave, “A Golden Age”

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