First-ever-RNLI-Alternative-Boat-Race-takes-place-on-the-River-Thames

Byline: The first RNLI Alternative Boat Race took place on the River Thames yesterday (Sunday 6 April) with RNLI ambassador and Olympic rowing silver medallist Rob Williams starting the race.
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250 mini lifeboats took to the River Thames at approximately 5pm on a short course between Syon Reach and the London Apprentice Pub in Isleworth, London to raise vital funds and awareness for the RNLI.

Delayed slightly from the proposed start time by tidal conditions, the sponsored boats still took to the water in the floating race accompanied by London lifeboat crews from Tower, Teddington and Chiswick lifeboat stations. Manor Park Sailing Club, from Staffordshire, were crowned winners of the race. Out of the Oxford and Cambridge women’s rowing teams that entered, Cambridge came first.

Manor Park Boating Club will receive the prestigious RNLI Alternative Boat Race trophy, as their prize for winning the race, while the rowing club that raises the most funds will receive a rowing master class from Olympic rower Adam Freeman-Pask.

The RNLI broadcast the event live on its YouTube channel yesterday. This was the first time the charity has ever run a live online broadcast on its YouTube channel.

Wayne Bellamy, Chiswick Lifeboat Station Manager said: ‘It was great to finally see the spectacle of 250 miniature lifeboats on the Thames today and we hope our supporters viewing from the riverbanks and online enjoyed the fun of the day.

‘While our crews are always on call to provide their 24-hour rescue service, today their boat-handling skills were really put to the test, on a miniature scale.’

The RNLI Alternative Boat Race was started by RNLI ambassador and Olympic medallist, Rob Williams. Rob won a silver medal in the closest and most exciting race of the Olympic regatta in 2010 and won World Championship gold in 2010. Rob is proud to be supporting a charity that helped to save his life 2009. He said: ‘The RNLI provides an essential service which helps us to conduct our sport, and many other activities, safely.’

Last year, the RNLI rescued 67 rowers across the UK and Ireland – that’s more than one rower rescued per week. Lifeboat crews of London Lifeboat Stations Tower, Chiswick and Teddington launched 733 times in 2013, rescuing 372 people from the River Thames and saving 25 lives.

RNLI media contacts
Joanna Dey, PR Officer (Campaigns) on joanna_dey@rnli.org.uk, 01202 336064. Or contact The RNLI Press Office at pressoffice@rnli.org.uk or phone 01202 336789.

Byline: The first RNLI Alternative Boat Race took place on the River Thames yesterday (Sunday 6 April) with RNLI ambassador and Olympic rowing silver medallist Rob Williams starting the race.
Page Content:

250 mini lifeboats took to the River Thames at approximately 5pm on a short course between Syon Reach and the London Apprentice Pub in Isleworth, London to raise vital funds and awareness for the RNLI.

Delayed slightly from the proposed start time by tidal conditions, the sponsored boats still took to the water in the floating race accompanied by London lifeboat crews from Tower, Teddington and Chiswick lifeboat stations. Manor Park Sailing Club, from Staffordshire, were crowned winners of the race. Out of the Oxford and Cambridge women’s rowing teams that entered, Cambridge came first.

Manor Park Boating Club will receive the prestigious RNLI Alternative Boat Race trophy, as their prize for winning the race, while the rowing club that raises the most funds will receive a rowing master class from Olympic rower Adam Freeman-Pask.

The RNLI broadcast the event live on its YouTube channel yesterday. This was the first time the charity has ever run a live online broadcast on its YouTube channel.

Wayne Bellamy, Chiswick Lifeboat Station Manager said: ‘It was great to finally see the spectacle of 250 miniature lifeboats on the Thames today and we hope our supporters viewing from the riverbanks and online enjoyed the fun of the day.

‘While our crews are always on call to provide their 24-hour rescue service, today their boat-handling skills were really put to the test, on a miniature scale.’

The RNLI Alternative Boat Race was started by RNLI ambassador and Olympic medallist, Rob Williams. Rob won a silver medal in the closest and most exciting race of the Olympic regatta in 2010 and won World Championship gold in 2010. Rob is proud to be supporting a charity that helped to save his life 2009. He said: ‘The RNLI provides an essential service which helps us to conduct our sport, and many other activities, safely.’

Last year, the RNLI rescued 67 rowers across the UK and Ireland – that’s more than one rower rescued per week. Lifeboat crews of London Lifeboat Stations Tower, Chiswick and Teddington launched 733 times in 2013, rescuing 372 people from the River Thames and saving 25 lives.

RNLI media contacts
Joanna Dey, PR Officer (Campaigns) on joanna_dey@rnli.org.uk, 01202 336064. Or contact The RNLI Press Office at pressoffice@rnli.org.uk or phone 01202 336789.