Nearly 280 boats took part in this year's 22-mile Great River Race from Richmond to Greenwich, providing quite a spectacle as the participants passed through the Pool of London.
Rock star Sting fired a cannon to start the 20th Great River Race in Richmond on Saturday just before 1pm. Just over two hours later the first competitors were reaching SE1.
Any traditional-style coxed boat propelled by a minimum of four oars or paddles may take part. Each boat is computer-handicapped according to its potential performance, so everyone has an equal chance in this ‘slowest away first, fastest last' handicap race.
Boats taking part included Thames Waterman Cutters, Dragonboats, Skiffs and Gigs.
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