Royal was the first school to start its own rowing program in 1953. Alavi Mohomed was the first captain and later went on to become the first Sri lankan captain of the Colombo Rowing Club.

In 1962 The Boat Race which is a coxed fours event began against traditional rivals S.Thomas’ College. By 1966, it broadened out to give rise to the regatta having a card of six events, made up of 2 Single Sculls, 2 Coxless Pairs and 2 Coxed Fours. This marks the start of the Royal Thomian Regatta which is the oldest inter-school rowing regatta in Sri Lanka.

Captain         – Hasehn Hettigoda
Vice Captain – Prathap Perera