The Great River Race

The annual race over 22 miles to find the UK Traditional Boat Champions. A spectacular event attracting around 300 crews from all over the globe and appealing to every level of competitor from those who enjoy fun, fancy dress and charity stunts, to serious sports men and women who like to win. A great fun day out for competitors and spectators alike.


Her Majesty The Queen named the Royal Rowbarge Gloriana as a lasting legacy to mark her Diamond Jubilee. Her Majesty has asked that Gloriana be retained by Lord Sterling and the Maritime Heritage Trust with assistance from Thames Alive and has approved the principle that Gloriana will be used to promote better use of the Thames.

The Maritime Heritage Trust

The Maritime Heritage Trust aims to represent and promote the interests of owners and operators of traditional and historic vessels at all levels of government. Also the Trust wishes to increase public interest and support for maritime heritage, which in turn will raise awareness of its cultural importance and have wider benefits for economic drivers such as employment, ducation and tourism. Thames Alive is associated with the Trust through Gloriana The Queen’s Row Barge.

Port of London Authority

The Port of London Authority is the official partner of Thames Alive. The PLA is a public trust with the statutory responsibility for the navigation, pilotage and port activity on the tidal Thames. Top priorities are navigational safety, security and environment issues, and it has an increasing interest in the leisure uses and potential of the river.

British Rowing

British Rowing is responsible for the training and development of rowers from grass roots level to high performance and Olympic athletes.

Thames Traditional Rowing Association

The TTRA supports and promotes the sport of fixed seat rowing and sculling on the River Thames in Waterman’s Cutters. It is very closely involved with the organisation of Thames Alive events.

Thames Traditional Boat Society

The TTBS promotes the use and enjoyment of traditional, unpowered, Thames boats, particularly traditional hand-built timber craft so popular in Victorian and Edwardian times.

Ditton Skiff and Punting Club

Dittons is a very English skiff and punting club, which was founded in 1923. It is based on the River Thames with a club and boat house at Thames Ditton the reach above Teddington Lock. As well as taking part in regular skiff and punt racing competitions, crews from the club have established several rowing world records.

Docklands Business Club

Docklands Business Club (DBC) is a membership organisation that has actively supported the east London business community, for over 25 years.

The Jubilant Trust

The trust, initiated by the TTRA looks after the Royal Shallop ‘Jubilant’.

The River Thames Society

The River Thames Society was formed in 1962 to conserve the river for future generations and represents all river users whether they be fishermen, walkers, boat owners or just interested in its very rich history, traditions, flora and fauna.

The Cutty Sark

Cutty Sark has re-launched, opening a new chapter in the extraordinary life of one of the world’s most famous ships. The last surviving tea clipper and the fastest and greatest of her time, she is living testimony to the bygone, glorious days of sail, and most importantly a monument to those who lost their lives in the merchant service. She is in dry dock at Greenwich overlooking the River Thames.

National Maritime Museum

Sea, ships, time and stars. The National Maritime Museum Greenwich consists of the Maritime Galleries, the Royal Observatory and the 17th-century Queen's House, and in 2012 presented Royal River, an exhibition about the power and pageantry of the River Thames.

Northern Exposure Rescue

NER is a not for profit organisation that provides event management and safety cover for all manner of water sports, including the Great River race.

Historic Royal Palaces

Historic Royal Palaces is an independent charity that looks after HM The Tower of London, Hampton Court Palace, the Banqueting House, Kensington Palace and Kew Palace.

The Company of Watermen and Lightermen

Established by an Act of Parliament in 1555 to control the Watermen on the River Thames responsible for the movement of goods and passengers, the Company’s principal activity today is that of a working guild. The young Freemen of the Company are eligible to participate in the Doggett's Coat and Badge Race, which has been held annually since 1715.

River Thames News

News from along the river.

London Youth Rowing

LYR (London Youth Rowing) is a ground breaking sports charity - developing young people through physical activity and opening access to rowing at all levels. Currently working with 75 schools in the London area, and 20 clubs LYR recruited over 5,500 participants in 2011 to take part in their programmes or activities, including over 250 young people with disabilities.

The Thames Landscape Strategy

Thames Festival Trust


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