The first fully-fledged regatta was held on the Tyne in September 1834. The popularity of professional rowing and the development of university rowing led to the rapid growth of amateur rowing on the Tyne. The Tyne Amateur Rowing Club was founded in December 1852.
The Tyne has a long tidal stretch which is ideal for rowing.
There are currently a number of clubs operating along the river, including:
- Tyne Rowing Club
- Hexham Rowing Club
- Tynemouth Rowing Club
- Queen Elizabeth High School
- Newcastle University Rowing Club
- Northumbria University Rowing Club