Welcome to the website of Thames Dragons

Thames Dragon Boat Club is one of the leading clubs in the UK.  Established in 1993, we have competitive, mixed, ladies and open crews.

We are based in East London, paddling from the London Regatta Centre, which is situated close to City Airport, the runway itself can be seen from our side of the dock. 

We welcome paddlers of all levels, if you live in or are visiting the London area we would love to see you at training.

InterHealth Worldwide Nairobi challenge
InterHealth Worldwide are taking part in the above challenge where they are collectively traveling 4236.1 miles to cover the distance from London to Nairobi using only human effort. The aim is to raise £10 per mile totalling £42,361!  A big challenge that’s for sure.
As part of the challenge they will be doing 10k paddle at the London Regatta Centre on Saturday 11th October with a dragonboat and helm being supplied by Thames Dragonboat Club  
Matilda Gable and Hannah Dean who are the two people planning this great challenge have said If anyone would like to ‘donate their miles’ we would love them! They can do this by clicking on this link or alternatively, they can just say yes and if you could let us know how many miles they paddled and how many people did it we can add the distance ourselves!  (They are also more than welcome to make a donation of course).

We are the champions!
Thames beat off stiff competition at the weekend to become the Ladies and Seniors champions in partnership with our friends at Kingston Royals DBC, we took gold in both the 200m and 500m race distances.
Our Mixed team also took bronze over the 200m and 500m and the same crew contended in the Open category and took a further bronze!
We were also awarded the Most Improved team of the season, having been nominated by last years winners, St Neots DBC.
To cap it all we should be promoted to the Premier league next season after coming 2nd in the Standard league this season.

Thames Dragons go the distance in London's world famous Great River Race!

On Saturday 27 September,  16 intrepid Thames paddlers,  alongside 300 other traditional boats took on the gruelling 21.6 mile race down the Thames from Millwall to Richmond.  Despite choppy waters (and aching limbs) the team completed the course in just two and a half hours.  Well done all those who participated and and big thank you to all those who helped organise!

Thames paddle the Vogalonga! 

On 8 June, a team from Thames Dragons joined thousands of other boats for a leisurely paddle across the Venetian Lagoon for the 40th Vogalonga. The Vogalonga is a 32km annual non competitive regatta, which began as a protest against the growing use of powerboats in Venice and the swell damage they do to the historic city.

2014 Vogalonga

Thames hosts a real life Viking!

Taking a break from raping and pillaging "Erik" decides to have a little paddle in our boat :)

Newsletter and interesting articles now in the Resources section
The summer 2013 newsletter and articles about the Chinatown Lions dragon boat event and the proposal to develop Albert Dock are now uploaded.

Important Dates

BDA Events:
The season is now finished

Other Events:

19th Oct - HWS1
16th Nov - HWS2
14th Dec - HWS3
18th Jan - HWS4
22nd Feb (Contingency)
22nd Mar (Contingency)

Proposed Social Events:
29th Nov - End of Season