Poplar Blackwall and District Rowing Club

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Poplar Blackwall and District Rowing Club
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Image showing the rowing club's blade colours
Location Isle of Dogs, London, England
Coordinates 51°29′12″N 0°0′36″W / 51.48667°N 0.01000°W / 51.48667; -0.01000 (Poplar Blackwall and District Rowing Club)Coordinates: 51°29′12″N 0°0′36″W / 51.48667°N 0.01000°W / 51.48667; -0.01000 (Poplar Blackwall and District Rowing Club)
Home water Tideway
Founded 1854
Former names The Blackwall Rowing and Athletic Club
Affiliations British Rowing
Website www.pbdrc.co.uk
Events
Poplar Regatta
Notable members
Mark Hunter, Kenny Dwan, John Roberts, Colin Seymour

Poplar Blackwall and District Rowing Club is an rowing club, on the River Thames in England, on the northern bank of the Thames opposite Greenwich on the Isle of Dogs, London.

Club history[edit]

Poplar Blackwall and District Rowing Club was founded in 1854 and is one of the oldest rowing clubs in Great Britain. It was established by a group of young lightermen as "The Blackwall Rowing and Athletic Club". Boats were carried to the river from a local pub.

After World War I there was an increase in membership from shipwrights, boilermakers and stevedores from the nearby shipyards and docks, although the depression in the 1930s led to reduced activity again.

The club reformed with its present name in 1935 and established a club and boat house on the present site in 1937: "the boys themselves constructed a launching ramp at Calder's Wharf", using North Greenwich railway station as a shelter for the boats.[1]

In 1966 an appealed was launched to raise £55.000 (some £1.1million in today's money[2]) "to build a completely new boathouse and gymnasium" that "should be an attractive addition to that part of the Thames."[1]

Activities[edit]

The club provides rowing and sculling for adult, adult beginner, junior, masters (mature categories). It has events for recreational and competitive sides of the sport.[3]

The club house marks the finish of the annual Great River Race.

Taking the period since 2000 alone, PBDRC has seen members win more than 10 regattas and winter head races. The club has, at the top level, produced and enhanced international oarsmen and oarswomen: a few members of the club have represented Great Britain in the Olympic Games and World Championships in this period.

Competition history[edit]

In 1995 and 1996, juniors from the club (in a composite quad with the Windsor Boys' School) won the Fawley Challenge Cup at Henley Regatta.[4]

In 2011, Ralph Humphrey and Bob Milligan's double won the World Masters in Poznan, Poland,[5] the Britain Masters and the Henley Masters Veterans.

Yera Competition Division Winners
1966 Henley Royal Regatta Silver Goblets & Nickalls' Challenge Cup, II- R Easterling and J T McCarthy (runners-up)
1968 Henley Royal Regatta Diamond Challenge Cup, M1x Kenny Dwan (runner-up)
1968 Wingfield Sculls M1x Kenny Dwan
1968 Summer Olympics, Mexico M1x Kenny Dwan (6th overall)
1969 Wingfield Sculls M1x Kenny Dwan
1970 Wingfield Sculls M1x Kenny Dwan
1971 Wingfield Sculls M1x Kenny Dwan
1972 Wingfield Sculls M1x Kenny Dwan
1972 Summer Olympics, Munich M1x Kenny Dwan (9th overall)
1974 Henley Royal Regatta Diamond Challenge Cup, M1x Kenny Dwan (runner-up)
1975 Wingfield Sculls M1x Kenny Dwan
1978 Henley Royal Regatta Double Sculls Challenge Cup, M2x MS Spencer and R Prentice (runners-up)
1979 Henley Royal Regatta Double Sculls Challenge Cup, M2x Ian Gold (runner up) (in a composite with Bewl Bridge's AC Rudkin)
1995 Henley Royal Regatta Fawley Challenge Cup, JM4x in a composite quad with the Windsor Boys' School
1996 Henley Royal Regatta Fawley Challenge Cup, JM4x in a composite quad with the Windsor Boys' School
1997 Henley Royal Regatta Queen Mother Challenge Cup, B4x (runners-up)
2016 Marlow Regatta Masters B/C Andrea Stock
2016 Novice JW1x Phoebe O'Hene
2016 Peterborough Spring Regatta IM3W1x Beverley Reid [6]
2016 WJ16 1x Laura Stewart [6]
2016 Masters F 1x Robert Milligan [7]
2016 Henley Masters Regatta Masters B 1x Andrea Stock [8]
2016 Masters C 2x Ralph Humphrey (in a composite with Medway Town's Shaun Martin) [8]
2016 Euro Masters Regatta, Munich Masters C mixed 4x Andrea Stock, Beverley Reid and Ralph Humphrey (in a composite with Medway Town's Shaun Martin) [9]
2016 Masters A 1x Andrea Stock [9]
2016 Masters B 1x Andrea Stock [9]
2016 Masters B 2x Ralph Humphrey (in a composite with Medway Town's Shaun Martin) [9]
2016 World Masters Championships, Copenhagen Masters F 1x Robert Milligan
2016 Masters G VIII+ Robert Milligan (in a composite with Ardingly, Quintin and Worcester)
2016 Masters G IV- Robert Milligan (in a composite with Ardingly) [10]
2016 Masters A 2x Ralph Humphrey (in a composite with Medway Town's Shaun Martin)
2016 Henley Sculls Head IM3W 1x Phoebe O'Herne [11]
2016 IM1W 1x Andrea Stock [11]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Raising £50,000 for East End Oarsmen". The Tatler. 13 August 1966. p. 38. Retrieved 25 March 2017. 
  2. ^ "Measuring Worth". Retrieved 25 March 2017. 
  3. ^ Official public information British Rowing
  4. ^ Solem, Karen (1 March 1997). American Rower's Almanac 1997. The Rowers Almanac Inc. p. 310. ISBN 9780965132718. 
  5. ^ "2011 Masters' Regatta Overall Results" (PDF). World Rowing. Retrieved 19 March 2017. 
  6. ^ a b "Saturday 4th June 2016 - Results" (PDF). Peterborough City Rowing Club. 4 June 2016. 
  7. ^ "Sunday 5th June - Results" (PDF). Peterborough City Rowing Club. 5 June 2016. 
  8. ^ a b "Henley Masters Regatta 2016 Results" (PDF). 
  9. ^ a b c d "Euro Masters Regatta 2016 Munich RESULTS" (PDF). Rowing Club Port-Marly. 1 August 2016. 
  10. ^ "2016 World Rowing Masters Regatta Copenhagen" (PDF). 
  11. ^ a b "Henley Sculls Head of the River Race - 5 Nov 2016". Henley Open Events. 5 November 2016. 

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