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See the Docklands and die, somebody probably once said. There's an opportunity to combine at least the first part of this exhortation with a spot of spectating tomorrow and Sunday when one of the most important fixtures in the rowing calendar, the London Docklands Regatta, takes place at the Royal Albert Dock, out by the City Airport in the shadow of our own Canary Wharf. There'll be crews from more than 100 different clubs from Britain, Ireland and France, both amateur and full-time, and last year 3,000 rowers took part. There are races for every class of boat and every age group, including a junior event for 14 to 18 year-olds tomorrow. On Sunday the Cocoon tendency takes over for the veterans' race - last year the oldest rower was 65 years old.

At nearly a mile long, the Royal Albert Dock provides the longest rowing course in the south, and is wide enough to allow seven lanes rather than the standard six - for extra fun. The Regatta can be reached by the Docklands Light Railway (Royal Albert DLR station), and there will be ample car parking. The entrance can be found at Security Gate 9, opposite the station, near the Sunday market.

Details: Fred Badowski (0171-474 1111)

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