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The year was 1977 when the 1st National Rowing Championships were rowed in Calcutta on the Rabindra Sarovar Lake. It was a momentous event in the history of rowing in the country. It took rowing as a sport to the next level - from the Club to the National. The formation of the National Federation further prompted the spread of the sport to many more States, thereby taking rowing to almost every corner of the country.


Tamilnadu was represented at this historic event by a team from the Madras Boat Club. The team captained by JET Sargunar (Ebby) went on to win the Silver medal in the senior coxed four event - this being among the first rowing medals for the State. In the junior single sculls, M. Manickam claimed the Gold medal for Tamilnadu.

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  Sridhar Kumar Raja, VN Rajender, Chacko Kandathil (Vice-Captain), JET Sargunar (Captain), MM Sanyal, R Chandramouli, S Hareendra Shankar, Surjit Roy, GS Prasanna, A Venkat, Sunit Patel, Ketan Adia, S Ramesh, Prakash Madhavan, M Manickam, Rowing, National Championships, Rowing Federation of India, Tamilnadu Rowing, Madras Boat Club