A group of four rowers are taking part in this years Great River Race to raise funds for the Thames Sailing Barge Trust. They need your support in terms of raising funds to help the Trust preserve and maintain two historic Thames sailing barges.
The Great River Race is London’s River Marathon. A spectacular boat race up the River Thames, it attracts over 330 crews from all over the globe. The Great River Race appeals to every level of competitor! From serious athletes who like winning, to those who enjoy laughter, fancy dress and charity stunts, it’s a great fun day out for both competitors and spectators. The course is 21.6 miles from London Docklands to Ham in Surrey.
A quote from one of the team about the team and race.
“We are a team of four “mature” rowers who have got together to take part in The Great River Race this year. Brian Kennell is well known for his restoration of many sailing smacks, most particularly the large ketch smack Pioneer. Brian has recently completed work on a new 15ft rowing boat, the new Whitehaven Skiff, a very stylish & fast craft. Upon seeing a picture of the boat, fellow boatbuilder Jimmy Byam-Shaw, with a lifetime of experience in competative rowing, most notably as a single skuller, suggested entering the race. Jimmy is also well know for making the most beautifully balanced wooden oars
Brian’s wife Sally has joined the team, & in spite of not having rowed for several years, and having suffered a broken foot recently which kept her out of the boat for two weeks, has remained unquenchably enthusiastic about the task ahead.
As for me, for the past 25 years I’ve been a member of our village (Heybridge Basin) ladies rowing team, The Basin Oars, who in our vibrantly pink and purple dingy compete in local rowing races, usually in questionably “tasteful” fancy dress, raising money for various charities, mostly the RNLI.
We are all looking forward to the race, and have stockpiled supplies of Sanatogen and Deep Heat, and are quietly confident that we will survive the experience!
Through Virgin Money Giving, you can sponsor us and donations will be quickly processed and passed to charities. Virgin Money Giving is a not for profit organisation and will claim gift aid on a charity’s behalf where the donor is eligible for this. We really appreciate all your support and thank you for any donations.”
A link to the Virgin Money Page can be found below. If you would like to get others to support the event we also have a sponsorship form which can be found if you click below.
Thank you for your support.