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Our mixed rowing team covered
itself in glory after being named “fastest team” at a prestigious traditional Thames race.

The four rowers and their two passengers did themselves proud
at this year’s Admiral of the Port’s Challenge which took place near
the end of July. It sees traditional waterman’s cutters, including our Centurion and Penelope, compete
over a 1.3-mile long course.
The race’s starting line was near
the Palace of Westminster and its
finish at nearby Westminster

Boating Base. Rules
require that the cutters are
powered by four oars and
carry two passengers and
our mixed team (pictured
came out on top.
The cutters are also
draped in ceremonial
canopies and flags on the
big day.

PLA rower Jayne Stokes said: “It’s one of the most prestigious days on the traditional rowing calendar and we were so glad that our mixed team did so well.

Not only that, our ladies’ team was only behind the race leader by about 20 seconds. In previous years it’s been a bit more than that.”

Powering through choppy water
on a blustery evening, the 9th Port of London Challenge rowing race saw our impressive women's team finish runners-up.

Stretching more than four miles from HQS Wellington to Chelsea Harbour Pier, the 2015 traditional rowing event pushed 11 teams 
to the limit. The women's race winners were the Water Conservators of London.

And in the men’s race The Worshipful Company of Scientific Instrument Makers came first, with The Worshipful Company of Watermen and Lightermen in second place. The PLA men's team finished a respectable third. The winners accepted a solid silver trophy, sponsored by the PLA,
at a ceremony after the race.

PLA rower Jayne Stokes said: “The race was really challenging with the strong wind, but the girls pulled it together and had a strong finish.”

Roger Gould, of the Traditional Thames Rowing Association said:
This year’s race, which included 10 teams, was a terrific success.

“I heard lots of cheers and encouragement from people

>watching on the riverbank, they were brilliant and really helped the rowers push on, he said.”
Our traffic services staff cleared a path for race traffic, while deputy harbour master (upper), Ryan Hall, led a patrol alongside the rowers on our launch Barnes. Volunteers from The AHOY Centre helped out by patrolling the race in safety boats.







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