Following the unavoidable cancellation of the event in 2012, we are hoping as many Members as possible will support the 35th Traditional Boat Rally. More details will be posted in due course on this site and at http://www.tradboatrally.com/ .
With the support once again of Thames Motor Yacht Club, the Royal Navy and Weybridge Mariners Club a weekend of events on the lower Thames will be held to honour the Veterans of past conflicts.
Saturday will see Veterans from the South Atlantic conflicts joining the Little Ships. Whilst on Sunday we will pay tribute to the Veterans from the Second World War.
The Annual Veterans Cruise will take place on the River Thames from Thames Motor Yacht Club (TMYC), Hampton Court to Weybridge Mariners Club, Shepperton Lock Island.
Over 80 Veterans including some of the few surviving Veterans of Operation Dynamo, Chelsea Pensioners, Normandy Veterans and some of the original Commandos will join Association of Dunkirk Little Ships Honorary Admiral, Prince Michael of Kent for his special day out on the River Thames.
DUE TO THE ADVERSE CONDITIONS ON THE RALLY SITE AND RED BOARDS ON THE RIVER THE RALLY HAS BEEN CANCELLED
It is expected that 15 Little Ships will attend the 34th Thames Traditional Boat Rally, Henley-on-Thames over the weekend of July 16 and 17. The schedule for the Little Ships to sail past on is as follows:
....Saturday – 13:40 Little Ships form a line on to the booms – 14:05 WWII Veterans sail past aboard Devon Belle followed by a sail past of the Little Ships
....Sunday – 13:45 Little Ships sail past
It is hoped that a number of Veterans will join the Little Ships on Saturday aboard Devon Belle for the sail past.
FOLLOWING THE SUCCESSFUL RETURN TO DUNKIRK< THE ADLS ARE NOW PREPARING FOR THE ANNUAL VETERANS CRUISE, WHICH THIS YEAR TAKES PLACE ON SUNDAY 5 SEPTEMBER. THE FLOTILLA OF LITTLE SHIPS WILL MOOR DOWNSTREAM OF KINGSTON BRIDGE FOR VETERANS TO EMBARK AT 0915 FOR A 0945 DEPARTURE, AND WILL TRANSIT EAST MOLESEY AND SUNBURY LOCKS TO MAKE AN ETA AT THE WEYBRIDGE MARINERS CLUB OF APPROXIMATELY 1300. THE VETERANS WILL BE HOSTED THERE TO LUNCH BEFORE RETURNING TO KINGSTON IN A FLEET OF PERIOD VEHICLES AT APPROXIMATELY 1530.