Racing to raise money for RNLI

Members of the Tudor Sailing Club present cheque to Eastney RNLI
Members of the Tudor Sailing Club present cheque to Eastney RNLI

PORTSMOUTH based Tudor Sailing Club have raised £800 for the RNLI after taking part in the Thames Great River Race.

Club member, Ian DuCane, said: ‘This year the team chose to raise funds for our local lifeboat station at Eastney. We regularly row past their slipway and boathouse as we head out of Langstone Harbour and it is a comforting thought that they are there should anything go wrong.’

The club handed over the cheque in a presentation which took place at Eastney Station.

The race is an international ‘rowing marathon’ covering 21.6 miles from Milwall to Richmond. It is the largest fixed seat rowing race in the UK with teams from as far afield as the USA, Holland, Kuwait and Romania.

The Tudor race team of Sandy Craig (bow sweep), Ian DuCane (sculls), John Elson (stroke sweep) and Jay DuCane and Heather Owen as cox and passenger, managed to knock 4 minutes off last years time despite the windy conditions. Despite all the men being classified in the veteran category the team still managed to achieve sixth place out of a fleet of 329 boats.

The team were particularly pleased as they were rowing their new boat, Freedom, designed and built by Ian.