|The barges arrive. It takes nearly 2 hours to drive them over the course.|
The rowers do not so much power the boat as position it to take maximum benefit from the tide, which is flowing up from the start in Greenwich to the finish at Westminster, a distance of seven miles. This takes incredible strength and skill, and only qualified lightermen and watermen can take part (this is one of the few professions that still requires an apprenticeship to be served).
|Mike Russell's boat, last 3 years' winner is in blue. We are supporting him.|
For my top anecdote about one of these barges causing a still-visible dent in Cannon Street Railway Bridge, click here.
|Mike's team about to cross the finish line first!|