Eek! Are we really ambassadors? …

Posted: January 20, 2012 in Uncategorized

Hey Folks,

I have some good news for you all. After a last minute decision to apply to take part and represent the Western Isles I have received an email from the organisers of the Queen’s Jubilee Pageant on the Thames on 3rd June…

… and we have been offered a place!

The route will be just over 7 miles long and take 90 minutes in a flotilla of 1000 boats, with 20,000 participants on the water and millions of spectators on the riverbanks and in London’s public spaces. The event will be broadcast live to hundreds of millions of people around the world.

We will need a team of physically fit rowers who have been able to develop the stamina and strength to keep to a staedy pace of 4 knts – this is entirely possible 🙂

Part of the application was that we would be carrying two or three local children who have been recognised for personal or sporting (thanks for the idea, Pete) achievement.

Names of passengers and crew will need to be provided by the end of March.

Inorder to do this we will need to be committed and get down to some serious fundraising and rowing practise but we CAN do it.

This is a once in a lifetime opportunity and will raise the profile of the town, the islands, the club and the sport of coastal rowing greatly as well as give the crew the opportunity of spending three nights camping for free on the Thames in the June sunshine and taking part in the biggest outdoor party in the UK for many, many, many years.

There will be an AGM on Wednesday, 7th March at 7:30pm in the Coastguard Station and all those interested in taking part will have the opportunity to discuss the options and decide how we will select the children who will be our passengers. Please email me with any ideas or suggestions if you can not make the meeting.

Madadh Ruadh is currently in the shed at the old mill on Sandwick Road. Can all those willing to help with maintenance please get in touch – stornowayrowingclub*gmx*com – so we can get working on her ASAP. The sooner the work is done the sooner she can go back in the water and we can all start practicing 🙂

details of some of the other boats taking part can be found here

I bet you never thought you’d one day be part of a flotilla with the Golden Hinde, OK, so she’s a replica but still…. 😉

  1. Delighted your application was successful and you will be joining ‘Ulla’ and a couple of other SCRA Skiffs on the Thames in June. We look forward to seeing you in action.

    Best Wishes
    Chris and the Ullapool crew

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