River Race 2007
Molly's Best Ever GRR
our own reporter
at Greenwich Yacht Club
Woolwich Barrier in he background
known as London's other Marathon, this internationally renowned
event is is one of the biggest and most prestigious of its
This 22 mile race through London is now firmly established
in our calendar as one
of our favourites.
cut and thrust of overtaking and being overtaken at the start
was followed by continual excitement of
manoeuvring through the pack of 300
colourful and varied boats.
Countryside scenery of Ham, Richmond and Kew slipped quickly
behind us. The University Boat Race course flashed by, backwards,
giving way to Wandsworth, Chelsea, and Westminster. The choppy
moments near London Bridge and Tower Bridge seemed more extensive
than usual, but Molly gamely danced through.
At Greenwich, The Cutty Sark, our usual landmark for the finish,
was noted for her absence.
Exhausted and elated, celebrating and picnicking, we drifted gently
with the tide toward Greenwich Yacht Club where our good friend
DW had arranged use of bar and slipway.
yes - Molly had excelled herself. This was her 6th GRR but the first
one in which she won a prize.
We managed:- 1st Whaler, 3rd Riparian, 18th Veteran, 19th Thames,
35th Fastest, 67th overall, of 280.
Fastest boat took 2:11:04. Our time 2:40:35. Slowest (bless 'em)
Well done Molly, and her crew!