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2018 Pdoge Regatta

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Tales from the riverbank

Sports Podge is a unique lunch held to celebrate the passion, personalities and friendships that are forged through sport.

This year is our 13th anniversary.

The idea is very simple: it’s a chance to catch up with old friends, forge new bonds and even strike the odd deal. Mainly though, Podge is about having a superb lunch without the distraction of auctions, awards, and overlong speeches.

Think of it as social networking but with living breathing human beings – only at Sports Podge, there’s also a good chance you’ll be rubbing shoulders with sporting legends. (And this year, what shoulders they’ll be!) As ever, the excellent food comes to us courtesy of the IoD’s award winning chef, and fine wines are brought fresh from the IoD’s cellar.

And if things seem mostly calm at lunch, you can be sure there’s plenty going on underneath the surface, which is why when afternoon turns to evening, bacon butties will appear (as if by magic) at the bar.

Great venues, great food and a bar that never runs dry have always been at the heart of Podge (hence the name) so leave all that ‘body is a temple’ nonsense at the water’s edge. Podge is about filling tummies and contact books.

This year’s theme is an absolute cracker. Some of you will know my first sporting passion is football (of the red variety). But for sheer guts and determination, and a demonstration of exceptional teamwork, rowing takes some beating. As a nation, we’ve built an enviable reputation for our skills on the water and so, despite having never picked up an oar or buried a blade in my life, I am thrilled rowing is the focus. Also, big thanks to the team at British Rowing for their passion and enthusiasm in bringing it to life.

If you are one of this year’s chosen few I look forward to welcoming you on May 4th.

From your coxswain,

Phil Jones
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The Big Boathouse

Dry off and head over to


Institute of Directors

116 Pall Mall

Date & Time

Friday 4th May
Lightweight sculling (Drinks)
12:30 to 13:15
Heavyweight sculling (Lunch)
13:15 to 17:00
Sports Podge Regulars (Bar)
17:00 to late
Bacon Butties
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The Crew

Get to know your Cracknells from your Pinsents

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Kindly keeping our boats afloat