A thousand boats will form a flotilla on the Thames this weekend to celbrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, and rowers from Scotland will be represented in that number.
The man powered division of about 300 boats is going down the river 9 abreast. There will be two St Ayles skiffs in the parade. Ullapool Rowing Club’s “ Ulla” is third from the left, i.e. the North bank, and 14 rows back from the front. Eyemouths “Unity” is right behind her in row 16 . If you are able to watch the parade it may help you to spot the skiffs to know that the 11th row back from the front will all be Australian surfboats, which will be quite distinctive, and Ulla is in the third row after them.
The Queen will be taking the salute from the North bank so she should be lucky enough to get a good view of both skiffs.
Royal West of Scotland ABC’s heavy four Whiteforland will also be taking part, representing Renfrewshire. Her crew will be made up of members of both Renfrewshire rowing clubs, being Royal West and Castle Semple. The three newly elected provosts from East Renfrewshire, Renfrewshire and Inverclyde recently joined the Lord Lieutenant and his wife and lady Lucinda Shaw Stewart to inspect Whiteforeland and wish the crew well.
The Moray Gig, Bien Trouve, pictured below flying the Moray Flag, is centre column, 9th row back from the front. Unfortunately despite putting in a lot of effort, Stornoway have been unable to join them. We hope to welcome Stornoway to a coastal regatta sooner rather than later.
Jubilee Pagaent website: http://www2.thamesdiamondjubileepageant.org/
Moray Gig website can be found at http://www.moraygig.com/