TBW Boat Club join the Queen’s Jubilee River Pageant

07 June 2012

The Trinity Buoy Wharf Boat Club has various outings leaving Trinity Buoy wharf pier on weekday evenings and weekends. If you are interested in taking up rowing here at TBW then please email us on; boatclub@trinitybuoywharf.com

Trinity Buoy Wharf Boat Club participated in the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations by entering two boats into the Thames River Pageant on Sunday 3rd June 2012.

The women’s crew were rowing in ‘The Buccaneer’and the Men’s team in ‘The Jubilee Gal’.

Here, Boat Club member and Trinity Buoy Wharf tenant Ian Felton recalls the day’s experiences:

The cheering started before we even reached the start of the pageant. As we rowed past the moored motor boats, voices, applause and champagne glasses were raised to cheer us on.

The formation dissolved into chaos within minutes as we were all swept up in the moment.

The camaraderie grew first from within each boat, spilling out and joining all rowers in the pageant. Then it grew bigger still – joining with the thousands of people cheering on the river banks and bridges – then it seemed to take flight joining us all in one almighty celebration.

Coxswain Vernon Morley has sailed halfway round the world but even for him the 14 miles through London was a tough challenge.

As the rain began to lash down he told me: “I’ve had more comfortable Sunday afternoons aboard a boat – but not many as memorable!”

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