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.
DUE TO THE ADVERSE CONDITIONS ON THE RALLY SITE AND RED BOARDS ON THE RIVER THE RALLY HAS BEEN CANCELLED
The 2012 Commemorative Cruise will be held in London, in West India Dock to coincide with the Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant. The Pageant to be held at high water on the afternoon of Sunday 3 June 2012 and the event will see up to a thousand boats muster on the River Thames in preparation for Her Majesty The Queen to lead the Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant. The Pageant celebrates Her Majesty's sixty years of service by magnificently bringing the Thames to life.
Little Ships will assemble in Barnes reach prior to the event.
In excess of 15 Little Ships are expected to take part in the Annual Veterans Cruise on the River Thames between Kingston on Thames and Weybridge. Up to 90 Veterans including some of the last survivors from the Dunkirk evacuations, Chelsea Pensioners and their partners/carers will join the Little Ships for this unique event. Little Ships with the Veterans aboard will leave Thames Motor Yacht Club opposite Molesey Lock near Hampton Court around 1000.
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.
A glorious weekend of varnished wood and gleaming brass. 16 Little Ships are expected to attend the Rally held at Fawley Meadows, Henley-on-Thames. See http://www.tradboatrally.com for more information on the Rally.