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Hundreds of crews complete Great River Race

Great River Race 2014

CROWDS gathered along the banks of the river on Saturday to witness the annual Great River Race. Hundreds of crews took part in the event, rowing the 21.6 mile course from Docklands to Ham House, Richmond. London’s River Marathon has been running since the late 80s and attracts thousands of participants from around the world competing for over thirty trophies. The overall winners this year were the Paddlesports Men rowing Manu O Ke Kai (see provisional results in all categories). Did you row in the 2014 Great River Race....

In: Events, Rowing | On Tuesday, September 30th, 2014

Voyage of Achievement brings tall ship through Tower Bridge

Stavros S Niarchos in London

A TALL ship passed under a raised Tower Bridge yesterday afternoon with young people manning the yard arms. The 59-metre-long, two-masted Stavros S Niarchos is owned and operated by the Tall Ships Youth Trust charity. The crew on board were taking part in the HSBC Voyage of Achievement , which is an annual chance for young people to experience a tall ships adventure, funded by the bank. The ship, which had moored at Tilbury Landing Stage the previous night, came up through Tower Bridge at 1.15 and headed back down river a short....

In: Tall Ships | On Thursday, September 25th, 2014

HMS Westminster arrives in London


The Royal Navy frigate HMS WESTMINSTER arrived in London just after lunchtime today. The Type-23 vessel came up the Thames on a sunny September day and entered West India Dock, where she will remain until next Monday. She was accompanied on her inbound journey by Svitzers Brunel and Cecilia and the Met Police’s Nina Mackay II. While in London, the ship will host visits from the public (tickets available here) and members of the crew will take part in a Freedom of the City of Westminster parade on Sunday morning. More....

In: Military | On Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014

Lord Nelson tall ship comes home after two year voyage around the world


THE TALL ship Lord Nelson returned today after a two year voyage around the world which has seen it sail over fifty thousands nautical miles. The 55-metre ship was the first to circle the world with disabled crew members and arrived on the Thames today accompanied by TS Tenacious, both of which are owned by the Jubilee Sailing Trust charity. During Nellie’s trip around the world on the Norton Rose Fulbright Sail the World Challenge, she crossed the equator six times and was crewed by a thousand people, including 350 with....

In: Tall Ships | On Friday, September 19th, 2014

Lord Nelson to be accompanied by Tenacious for London homecoming


Tenacious on an earlier visit to London THE Tall ships Lord Nelson and Tenacious will sail up the Thames together on Friday morning (19th). It will be a rare joint appearance in the capital by the duo of fully accessible vessels, owned by Southampton-based charity the Jubilee Sailing Trust. For the Lord Nelson, the arrival in London marks the completion of the 50,000 nautical mile Norton Rose Fulbright Sail the World Challenge. The Royal Marines band and various VIPs will be in attendance to mark Nellie’s homecoming. Tower....

In: Tall Ships | On Monday, September 15th, 2014

Beautiful Parade of Sail concludes Royal Greenwich Tall Ships Festival

Royal Greenwich Tall Ships Festival Parade of Sail

THE ROYAL Greenwich Tall Ships Festival drew to a close last week with the stunning sight of some fifty ships sailing down the Thames. Thousands of spectators lined the sides of the river as the Parade of Sail took shape near Limehouse and then was led down the Thames by Polish sail training ship Dar Mlodziezy. The brigs, the barques, the cutters, the sloops and the yawls that had been in London for five days in the capital’s biggest tall ships event for twenty-five years delighted the onlookers on a warm late summer’s....

In: Tall Ships | On Sunday, September 14th, 2014

Dar Mlodziezy arrives in London for Tall Ships regatta


THE STUNNING Polish sail training ship DAR MLODZIEZY arrived in the capital on Wednesday evening shortly before sunset. The 109-metre three-masted vessel is in London for the Falmouth to Greenwich Tall Ships Regatta. The tall ship is the largest of the approximately fifty vessels taking part in the regatta – the biggest such gathering of Tall Ships on the Thames for twenty-five years. Dar Mlodziezy, which means “gift of youth” in Polish, has moored off of Enderby Wharf at East Greenwich and visitors can go....

In: Events, Tall Ships | On Friday, September 5th, 2014

Stad Amsterdam visits London


THE BEAUTIFUL three-masted clipper STAD AMSTERDAM arrived in London earlier this week. Launched in 2001, she won the Cutty Sark Tall Ships’ Race a year later and has become a regular visitor to London. Her visit coincides with, but is not related to, the Tall Ships Festival taking place in London this weekend. Stad Amsterdam arrived at West India Docks late on Monday afternoon and will leave London, bound for Zebruggee, this Saturday (6th September). Stad Amsterdam arriving with a vintage filter applied ...

In: Tall Ships | On Thursday, September 4th, 2014

Giant hippo on the Thames


A LARGE wooden hippopotamus was seen swimming up the Thames this week. The eye-catching beast caught admiring glances as it left the Royal Docks and went up river to South West London yesterday, passing many of the capital’s most famous landmarks on its way. HippopoThames, as it’s called, was designed by the sculptor Florentijn Hofman, famous for his giant rubber duck, and commissioned for Totally Thames – the new name for the month-long Mayor of London’s Thames Festival The Thames Hippo, which was brought....

In: Events, News | On Thursday, September 4th, 2014

Friday Photo: German tall ship on On The Thames calendar cover


For the second year running, I have made a Thames photo calendar with some of my favourite pictures from the river. The front cover has on it the striking German tall ship Alexander Von Humboldt II which visited London earlier this year. With it still being August, it’s perhaps a little early for most people to be thinking about calendars for next year  but if you know of a shop which serves customers close to the river, do feel free to let them know about the calendar. You can see all of the photos from the calendar,....

In: Friday Photo | On Friday, August 22nd, 2014