30th Great River Race held on the Thames

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HUNDREDS of boats took part in the 2017 Great River Race on the River Thames yesterday afternoon. It was the 30th time that London’s river marathon has been held, with over 300 craft taking on the 21 mile challenge. The crews, many from around the world, set off from Millwall slipway on the Isle of Dogs 12.40pm. According to the …

QRB Gloriana arrives at Denton, Kent, for winter storage

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THE QUEEN’S row barge Gloriana has arrived in Denton, east of Gravesend, where she will be stored for the winter. Gloriana was towed down from St Katharine Docks on Monday and was lifted out of the river by the PLA on Tuesday, shortly after midday. Built for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Pageant in 2012, Gloriana has taken part in a …

Apprentice Thames Barge Driving Race takes place this weekend

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THE THAMES will be play host to the now-annual Apprentice Thames Barge Driving Race on Saturday 29th October. The barges, powered only by oars or sweeps, will race in strong tidal currents along a seven-mile course from Greenwich to Westminster. The Apprentice’s race has been set up in recent years to complement the the annual Thames Barge Driving Race which …

Annual Great River Race takes place on the Thames

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HUNDREDS of craft were rowed 21 miles up the Thames yesterday for the 2016 Great River Race. Rowers had windy and rainy conditions to contend with as they powered their boats from Millwall Docks slipway on the Isle of Dogs up to Ham, Richmond. The colourful event, known has London’s river marathon, has been an annual fixture on the Thames …

No Gloriana but show goes on for Lord Mayor’s Thames flotilla

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ON a grey, wet Saturday morning last weekend, Lord Mayor’s Day began with a Golden Sunrise on the Thames. New Lord Mayor Jeffrey Mountevans boarded the CPBS party boat vessel Golden Sunrise after bad weather conditions put paid to the Queen’s row barge Gloriana playing her usual role in the Thames flotilla. Strong winds on the preceding day meant it had not been …

Thames salute to the Queen’s long reign

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THE RIVER Thames paid its own tribute to HM The Queen as she became the country’s longest serving monarch last week (9th September). Tower Bridge opened in salute as a small flotilla led by Queen’s row barge Gloriana made its up up the Thames from St Katherine Docks to the Houses of Parliament. HMS Portland was alongside HMS Belfast, adding to …

Rowers take to the Thames for this year’s Great River Race

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HUNDREDS of boats took part in the Great River Race between Millwall and Ham yesterday. The 21.6 mile race, known as London’s river marathon, got underway at 10.45am. Saturday started grey and wet but this gave way to blue skies and sunshine as the day went on. There were colourful scenes along the Thames as the thousands of competitors took on …

Dutch Marines Rowing Challenge in colourful finish at Tower Bridge

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ORANGE shirted supporters and plumes of smoke made for a colourful finish to the Dutch Marines Rowing Challenge at Tower Bridge today. The Marines taking part were today completing the 350km journey from Rotterdam to London which started on 5th September. The Marine Corps Band of the Royal Netherlands Navy added to the sense of occasion as they performed on …

Magna Carta anniversary marked on the Thames

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A WEEKEND of events to mark the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta got started today as a replica of the document was carried down the Thames. The document was carried on board the Royal Shallop Jubilant by Charter Bearers in a Thames relay with the Queen’s row barge leading the flotilla. New Charter Bearers joined the vessel at handover points along …

Will Gloriana return for this year’s Lord Mayor’s Show?

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THE TRADITIONAL Thames Rowing Association has raised the prospect of the Queen’s row barge Gloriana not appearing at this year’s Lord Mayor’s Day Thames procession. Privately commissioned in time for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Pageant in 2012, Gloriana has since become a popular sight at regattas and events on the river and helped revive an ancient tradition of carrying the new …