Rowing is often seen as an elitist sport, drawing in talent from public schools and 'Oxbridge'. In fact, more than half of the rowing medals at London 2012 were won by athletes who went to independent schools.
But a new club in West London is trying to change that. Fulham Reach Boat Club is joining up with local state schools to give opportunities that might not have existed in the past. Martin Stew went out on the river to see if it's working.
Four men who have spent the last 25 days rowing 2,000 miles non-stop around Britain are due to set a new world record when they reach Tower Bridge at around 5pm today.
The crew – known as the Islanders because all come from islands – are expected to knock 12 hours off the world record which currently stands at 26 days 21 hours and 14 minutes.
Skipper Josh Taylor, 24, Alan Morgan, 23, from Mersea Island, Essex, James Plumley, 24, from Guernsey and 25-year-old Gavin Sheehan from southern Ireland, will win a £100,000 bounty from the organisers of GBRow 2013 – the world’s toughest rowing race.
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Olympic silver medallist and University Boat Race winner Acer Nethercott has died at the age of 35.
The cause of his death has not yet been announced.
Nethercott, who was from Essex, coxed the British men's eight to Olympic silver in Beijing in 2008.
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Londoner George Nash and his rowing partner William Snatch have delivered Great Britain's fifth rowing medal of the Games by winning a bronze in the men's pair.
Satch and Nash only came together at the start of this year after Pete Reed and Andrew Triggs Hodge were moved back into the four.
The pair displayed their potential by winning silver at the first World Cup regatta of the year in Belgrade, which was followed by an impressive Olympic semi-final victory.
The French set the early pace in the final before New Zealand powered clear of the field in the third quarter of the race.
Great Britain stormed through to the final of the men's four rowing contest with a thrilling victory over arch rivals Australia in today's semi-final.
The team - which includes Andrew Triggs Hodge, who trains at the Molesey Boat Club in Surrey - hit back from a length down to row through the Australians with a massive push in the last 500 metres and complete a confidence-boosting victory.
If they win again on Saturday, it will extend Great Britain's golden dynasty in the men's four to 16 years, after Olympic triumphs in Sydney, Athens and Beijing.
After winning the Munich World Cup regatta in June, the Australian team had claimed that their tactic of leading from the front had "scared the hell" out of Britain. But today's performance from the British crew will have gone a long way to de-bunk that.
Rowing has been a hugely successful sport for the squad at previous Olympics, with what appears to be regular hauls of gold medals.
Today, the candidates hoping to be part of London 2012 were told if they'd made the cut for the Games.
The announcement was made just a few hours ago in Windsor and our reporter Phil Bayles was there.
With just 51 days to go until the start of the London 2012 Olympics, the British Olympic Association has announced that 19 London rowers have been selected to form part of the squad which will represent Team GB at the Games.
George Nash, Molesey BC
Tom James, Molesey BC
Andrew Triggs Hodge, Molesey BC
James Foad, Molesey BC
Mohamed Sbihi, Molesey BC
Greg Searle, Molesey BC
Phelan Hill, Cox
Bill Lucas, London RC
Sam Townsend, Reading University BC
Charles Cousins, Reading University BC
Tom Solesbury, Petts Wood
Jo Cook, Sunbury-on-Thames
Jessica Eddie, University of London BC
Louisa Reeve, London
Melanie WIlson, London
Rob Williams, London RC
Mark Hunter, Romford
Zac Purchase, Marlow RC
Sophie Hosking, London RC
Team GB rowers proudly modeled their Olympic kit on the day that they found out that they'd been chosen to represent their country at London 2012.