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August 2016 Newsletter

This month sees the White Swan Raft Race taking place on Saturday 13th August  (not in July as previously indicated). The spectacular Sunbury fireworks take place on the same evening by Sunbury Lock, following the Sunbury Regatta.

The Great River Race takes place on 3rd September. Deborah Price has entered a team from her work and is aiming to raise £5000+ for the amazing AHOY charity, supporting vulnerable young people. Meanwhile, Steve will be cooking up his usual BBQ for spectators at Brentford Dock, all in aid of the RNLI. Your support for both Deborah and Steve would be much appreciated.

Best wishes  

Andrew Kirkwood
Coming Up

Saturday 13th August - The White Swan Raft Race
Steve, our Vice Commodore, and his team would appreciate your support as they compete in this year's White Swan Raft Race in aid of the RNLI  at the White Swan, Twickenham Riverside from midday.  Steve's raft, Swan Island Rock, will no doubt be looking for a win this year having achieved second place for the last three years.   

Saturday 3rd September - Great River Race BBQ     
As Brentford Dock Marina has a great view just 4 miles from the finish, we will once again be holding a charity BBQ on the riverbank in aid of the RNLI. Steve will be doing the cooking as usual, so all you need to bring is some money to buy a burger and a bottle or two of your favourite tipple. The river will be closed to boating anyway, so do come along and support. Steve will be cooking from around 1pm onwards, with the first boats estimated to pass from around 2.30/3pm onwards.  

Assistance setting us in the morning is always welcome, as are additional salads etc. If you are able to help out, or donate a salad etc, please liaise with Steve at or give him a call on 07710-990413.
Deborah Price writes...

Dear Family, Friends & Colleagues
Last year I stood on the banks of the river, opposite Kew Gardens, at a BBQ and, for the first time since I came to live in London at the age of 16 (!), witnessed the spectacle that is the   Great River Race  - London's River Marathon. "A spectacular boat race up the River Thames, it attracts over 330 crews from all over the globe. The Great River Race appeals to every level of competitor! From s erious athletes who like winning, to those who enjoy laughter, fancy dress and charity stunts, it's a great fun day out for both competitors and spectators."  

I was so taken by the spectator experience that I resolved to take part this year.  I sought a place as a passenger, given that I have never rowed before ... Surfing the net, I discovered  The AHOY Centre , a Watersports based Charity teaching transferable and employable skills through sailing and rowing.  To cut a long story short ... I am now captaining a team from work, Teletech Consulting, and 7 of us plus a passenger are rowing 21+ miles from the Isle of Dogs to Ham, near Richmond, on September 3rd!  
Our team, none of whom have rowed before, are all being trained by and at The AHOY Centre, by the young people who have benefitted from their great work.  The boat we will row in is also supplied and owned by the AHOY Centre so all funds raised, including our £350 entry fees, go directly to the Charity and benefits their work with young people.  
Mad? Yes!  Excited? You bet :-) 
I am swimming and rowing as part of my fitness training and start a learn to row course this weekend :-).  I gave up alcohol on June 20th and am looking forward to September 3rd's after race party!
Our team's goal is to raise at least £5,000 and we are 33% of the way there with 45 days to go...  We are actually hoping to top £8000... I have personally committed to raise £750 and am taking part in a trivia night, great bake off, car boot sale and various other activities. We have an indoor rowing machine in the office and have a weekly "Top Oar" Competition.  I am also hoping to raise funds through the support of family, friends and colleagues.   
If you'd like to support us and help AHOY to change disadvantaged, at-risk youths & disabled people's lives, please sponsor us here   Donate via justgiving Every little helps!
Power 10! (a rowing term, I believe :-))

Friday 7th October - Moonlight Cruise
I have booked 4 berths at Limehouse fo the Moonlight cruise so skippers please let me know if you would like to take your boat. We will be setting off around 18.00hrs to cruise through London as lights come on, arriving in Limehouse around 20.30hrs in time for a beer and a curry. Crew can then return to Brentford on the DLR or alternatively use the DLR to join the boats for the journey back on Saturday.  If you would like to join this cruise please let me know.
And last but not least....

This Month's ATYC Newsletter 

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