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Great River Race

Russell Bracegirdle (1956-65) was persuaded by past chairman of Leander Rowing Club and Richard Turk of Turk Shipping to become operations director of the Great River Race.
Docklands Start 16/09/2023
Docklands Start 16/09/2023

250 rowing boats of all shapes and sizes with an average crew of 6 rowers. The race starts in Docklands almost opposite Cutty Sark and finishes upstream of Richmond Bridge by Ham House a well-known National Trust property.

The logistics are most hectic ensuring all craft are launched in time for their designated time slot requires careful planning and launch procedures. Getting all craft out of the Thames after completing the race requires intricate control ensuring safe traffic management

We had a most complementary piece in the Telegraph and circa 60 seconds on BBC News with great pictures

After the race at Ham by the banks of the Thames we created a fantastic carnival atmosphere with huge beer marquee, street food vendors and dancing

We are a registered charity raising £25k for junior rowers

I am sure my experience at Oswestry School formed my personality skills, ensuring a successful and enjoyable business life complementing my contented retirement

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