Hundreds of crews complete Great River Race

Rob PowellEvents, Rowing

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 …

Voyage of Achievement brings tall ship through Tower Bridge

Rob PowellTall Ships

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 …

HMS Westminster arrives in London

Rob PowellNavy

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 …

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

Rob PowellTall Ships

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. …

Lord Nelson to be accompanied by Tenacious for London homecoming

Rob PowellTall Ships

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 …

Beautiful Parade of Sail concludes Royal Greenwich Tall Ships Festival

Rob PowellTall Ships

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, …

Dar Mlodziezy arrives in London for Tall Ships regatta

Rob PowellEvents, Tall Ships

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 …

Stad Amsterdam visits London

Rob PowellTall Ships

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 …

Giant hippo on the Thames

Rob PowellEvents, News

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 …