Grain Power Station chimney razed to the ground

Rob PowellNews

A HUGE chimney at Grain on the Hoo peninsula in Kent was razed to the ground yesterday morning after dominating the local skyline for almost forty years. Grain Power Station chimney became the tallest concrete structure to ever be demolished in the UK when it was felled by explosives at 11am yesterday. Large crowds gathered at available vantage points to …

$300 million superyacht cruises up the Thames

Rob PowellNews, Superyachts

AN EXTRAORDINARY $300 million superyacht sailed up the River Thames on Saturday to moor alongside HMS Belfast. The distinctive vessel, named simply as motor yacht “A”, was designed by legendary Philippe Starck and is one of the most expensive privately owned yachts ever seen in London on the Thames. Built at the Blohm + Voss shipyard in 2008, the striking …

Annual Great River Race takes place on the Thames

Rob PowellEvents, News, Rowing

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 …

Clipper ship Stad Amsterdam visits London

Rob PowellNews, Tall Ships

Dutch clipper ship Stad Amsterdam left London after spending the summer Bank Holiday weekend in the capital. The three masted vessel sailed up the Thames last week and moored in West India Docks. Launched in 2000, the 76-metre long tall ship has been a regular visitor to London over recent years. She departed London yesterday at midday bound for Hamburg. …

Clipper Race yachts return to London after 11 month voyage around the world

Rob PowellNews

ELEVEN months after setting off from London, the Round The World Clipper Race yachts have returned to the capital. Friends, family and spectators were on passenger boats and along the Thames to greet the returning crews after an eventful 10th edition of the race which was founded by Sir Robin Knox-Johnston. The LMAX Exchange yacht was the overall winner of …

Photos: Thames Sailing Barge Match 2016

Rob PowellSailing Barges

THE THAMES Sailing Barge Match took place on June 25th for the 85th time, with eight of the historic and distinctive vessels taking part. The event, which first took place in 1863, is reckoned to be the second oldest sailing contest in the world after the America’s Cup. Racing takes place from Mucking No. 3 buoy in Lower Hope Reach …

Welcome to the World: “Residence at Sea” arrives in London

Rob PowellCruise Ships

MS THE WORLD sailed up the Thames to moor in Greenwich earlier on today. The “residences at sea” ship looks like a cruise liner but actually has 165 privately owned apartments and constantly sails the globe with some of its wealthy passengers on board. Launched in 2002, The World has made several visits to London, the most recent of which was in 2013. The 196-metre …

Up to 50 hot air balloons glide over the Thames at sunrise

Rob PowellEvents, News

ALMOST fifty hot air balloons took to the skies this morning to form an incredible sight over the capital. The fleet of balloons took off from Burgess Park just after sunrise and drifted across the river Thames. Early risers were treated to the stunning spectacle as the Lord Mayor’s Hot Air Balloon Regatta filled the morning sky. The flotilla of craft glided east …