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.

Latest newsletter now in the Resources section to the left.  It's a great recap of 2015 and some plans for 2016, enjoy!!
National Finals!
A video montage by Julie-Ann Russell!

Thames at the National Finals

Shooting weirs in the Czech Republic 

In mid-October a few Thames paddlers headed to Cesky Krumlov, to take place in the renowned 24km race in 4 man inflatable rafts. As well as braving this rather long paddle (including a few weirs), we also managed to fit in a visit to the local town, a trip to Prague and of course a little sampling of the local food and beers!

Law firm DLA Piper join Thames Dragons for a dry land challenge in aid of UNICEF

On a windy September evening potential paddlers from law firm DLA Piper arrived at the Royal Albert Dock hoping to try out dragon boat racing to help raise funds for their charity partner UNICEF. Unfortunately due to high winds, the water was closed. However the lawyers were not deterred, and cheered on by their team mates they completed impressive 500m time trials on rowing machines kindly provided by London Youth Rowing. Thames look forward to welcoming both DLA Piper and UNICEF to the docks again soon, and hopefully next time their paddlers can try out the water!

Ups and downs yesterday at the Great River Race

Unfortunately, due to the poor conditions on the river, all dragon boats were disallowed from participating, however club members Stefanie Mullins, Anna-Maria Fischer, Sarah McBride and Peter Li did complete the annual race in Outrigger Canoes, thanks to Paddlesport Racing Canoe Club and OCUK.

Well done to Thames Paddlers who represented GB at the IDBF world championships in Canada for bringing back a grand tally of 3 gold medals, and 8 bronze medals.  Well done guys!!! Click here to watch  the competition which ran in Welland Canada from 19th - 23rd August.

University of East London - Confucius Project
As part of their involvement in this initiative a couple of teams from the local office came down to experience the fun that is Dragon Boating, we hope to see a few at regular training!

Important Dates

BDA Events

17th April - Bristol Docks
1st May - Crosby
29th May - Stockton
12th June - Wraysbury
2nd July - St Neots
17th July - Surrey Docks
14th August - Nottingham
11th September - Worcester
24/25th September - Holme Pierrepont NWSC, Nottingham

Other Events:

AGM - 31st Jan - Fox
GRR - 3rd Sept
Dublin - 10/11 Sept

Proposed Social Events:

Watch this space!