Great River Race September 2022

Image above: competitors in the 2018 Great River Race

Chiswick Pier Trust hosting viewing party for the race

The annual Great River Race is taking place on Saturday 10 September. The gruelling 21 mile course runs upstream from London Docklands to Ham and attracts more than 330 crews from all over the globe.

It is great to watch as the bizarre boats with their outlandishly costumed crews pull past Chiswick and Chiswick Pier is an excellent place to watch it, as you get a good view both upstream and downstream.

Chiswick Pier Trust is hosting a viewing party to watch the race. It begins at Docklands at 9.50am on a “slowest first, fastest last” handicap basis, so the first boats should be passing Chiswick Pier around 11.45am with the winners arriving at Ham by 1.00pm.

Pier House will be open from 11.00am where hot and cold refreshments including wine and beer will be on sale. There will be hot Moroccan food available from Argania and homemade organic ice creams from Non Solo Gelato.

The race is part of the Totally Thames Festival. It appeals to every level of competitor from dedicated athletes to those who enjoy fun, fancy dress and charity stunts, which makes for a good day out for both competitors and spectators.

The competition was started in 1988. The rules stipulate boats must be moved by oars or paddles and have a cox and a passenger (although both cox and passenger may alternate with rowers during the race). The range of craft that enter the race include gigs, skiffs, Celtic longboats, cutters, currachs, dragon boats, whaleboats and an assortment of novelty craft.

Chiswick Pier Trust puts on all sorts of activities to encourage engagement with the river.

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