HBBR’s raiders on the Thames
I’m grateful to UK Home Built Boat Rally stalwart and top class lapstrake boatbuilder Chris Perkins for sending me these photos of fellow members on their raid, making their way from Lechlade to Beale Park for the Beale Park Thames Boat Show. The shots include one of Chris Partridge of Rowing for Pleasure – see if you can spot him – and one of Chris Waite in his excellent self-designed rowing skiff Octavia. See this post for more on Octavia.
The boats are all home-made (of course!) and the river is not a prime sailing area for small boats (it’s better with a tall rig), so they bravely paddled and rowed all the way. A distance of 60 miles is a significant trip if you’re not an athlete, so hats off to them, I say.
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