The Great River Race is London’s River Marathon. It is 21.6 miles up the River Thames from London Docklands to Ham in Surrey. Entries are restricted to traditional-style, coxed craft powered by a minimum of four oars or paddles with each boat carrying a passenger. To give all crews an equal chance, entrants are handicapped according to the calculated potential performance of their boat. To add more interest, the race is a pursuit with the slowest type of boat setting off first and the fastest last. Each boat is individually timed over the course.
Portland Gig Rowing Club entered one crew into the 2018 race, rowing our gig ‘Chesil’ together with 319 other crews from around the globe in various types of boats. Our crew chose a ‘Where’s Wally’ theme. Chesil finished 106th with a time of 2hrs 51 minutes. The day was thoroughly enjoyed by all.
For more information on the annual event visit: https://www.greatriverrace.co.uk/index.php