The Great River Race, which the organisers describe as London's River Marathon, takes place every year from London Dockland to Ham. It attracts over 300 crews from around the world and appeals to every level of competitor from those who enjoy fun, fancy dress and charity stunts, to serious sportsmen and women who like to win.
With a hot day forecast why not bring a picnic and join the in the fun. The race starts at 12.10pm and will start passing Brentford Dock about an hour later.
Sunbury Fireworks/Windsor Cruise
Two boats set off from Twickenham before midday on Saturday, heading for Shepperton Marina. An overheating engine slowed our progress however we arrived mid afternoon and met up with a couple of other boats that had proceeded us. Having found our moorings we got barbequing so there was plenty of time to eat and get back to Sunbury for the sailpast and fireworks. Around 8.30pm we all piled on to two boats and headed for Sunbury lock where we moored up just above the lock for a great view of the evenings proceedings. After a sailpast featuring a Dr Who boat and the Black Pearl amongst others, we noticed a queue o
f people heading through a small gap in the hedge. We joined the queue and ended up in the field where the fireworks were being let off, so sat down on the grass and and took advantage of our ringside seats. The display that followed was nothing short of stunning and made a great finale to the evening. Fireworks over, we hopped back on our boats and motored back to Shepperton.
A late start got the two remaining boats to Windsor in time for a decent supper with Monday evening being spent at Windsor Races. Tuesday saw the trip back to from Windsor to Brentford. It was a long day, but rounded off the longest cruise that Hebe has done in a while.
7th September - The Great River Race
Brentford Dock provides a great spot to watch the Great River Race as the race makes it way up the river. The race starts at the London Docklands at 12.10 and makes its way up to Ham, the fastest boats getting there in just over 2 hours. Bring a picnic and join residents and berth holders for a fun day starting around midday. 23rd September - London By Night
Setting off around 18.00hrs, we will cruise through London as lights come on, arriving in Limehouse around 21.00hrs in time for a beer and a curry. We have six boats booked to come on this trip, so it promises to be a great cruise. If you would like to join this cruise as skipper or crew, please let me know. Commodore@brentfordcruisingclub.co.uk
- Saturday - Afternoon cruise to the Anglers in Teddington/Fish and Chips at the Apprentice. The final plans for this are still to be worked out but if you are interested in joining this cruise, please let me know Commodore@brentfordcruisingclub.co.uk 18th
- Friday - Cruiser end of season party at Twickenham Yacht Club. Boats from Greenwich Yacht Club will be coming and members of Richmond Yacht Club and BCC are invited.
Jan Ferber continues to work on the berth holders club room. Its nearly finished but Jan is looking for volunteers to help paint the ceiling and the floor. If you have some spare time and can help with this, please get in touch with Jan on 0208 568 2006.
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