Services: Towage, Crane, Passenger Boat, Camping & Bus Tickets
The 2017 Race is not yet accepting orders for these services.
Towage and Crane Services:
A tow-down service from Ham and Richmond to the Start is being run from early Race day morning and timed to have your boat available for collection when you arrive at Registration. To take advantage of this service, boats must be launched by 18:00 on Friday and the cost is tbc.
This year, the crane service at Ham (extra charge ~ see Services for more details – please note this must be booked in advance) will be positioned on the riverside in the Ham Street car park, immediately after the Finish line. On Friday, it will be in operation from 14:00 to 18:00 hours to enable boats to be towed to the Start (extra charge; please request tow). On Saturday, it will be available from 13:30 hours.
Another crane service, designed to appeal to entrants travelling from the Continent and east of London, will operate from South Dock Marina, Calypso Way (off Plough Way) SE16 7UX, immediately opposite the Start. Boats will be craned into the dock between 11:00 to 14:30 hours on Friday, September 2nd, locked out, moored up and towed across on Saturday morning. Make sure your boat is equipped with a tow rope and fenders. There will be a fee of £30.00 covering lift, lock and tow, but this will represent a substantial saving on towing from Ham and be much more convenient.
If required, Towage and Crane Assistance must be requested via the entry maintenance facility; we will be in touch with full details on receipt of a request.
There are a number of ways to enjoy the Race without necessarily getting into a sweat; click on the images below to get a taste of alternative ways of being involved with the action.
As usual, we will be operating our very successful campsite at Thames Young Mariners in Riverside Drive, Ham, TW10 7RX in conjunction with The 14th Richmond Sea Scouts. The site is a few minutes walk from the Race Finish and has showers and toilets. The price is per person and demand is always very high so please do book early to avoid disappointment.
* Those wishing to bring camper vans MUST pre-book a space with the GRR organisers via email to email@example.com prior to the event, and then book and pay online once confirmation has been received. There is limited availability of spaces so you will need to ensure you have booked and paid for your vehicle by the time the Race closes on the 15th of August. You will be issued with a permit prior to the event which must have the vehicle Registration Number clearly shown , and it must be displayed in full view of TYM staff at all times whilst on site. For those bringing vehicles onsite please note that on arrival, they will be directed to the designated parking area with Caravans and campervans only allowed in one area. Due to the high demand over the last two years it will not be possible for any caravan, campervan, van etc. to be in with their camping friends as the space is needed for all the extra tents.
For those campers arriving on Thursday please note that nobody will be allowed on site until 16:30hrs as there are School activities taking place – again we appreciate your cooperation.
The Bus service has become an integral part of Race Day. In the morning of this year’s Race, it will take crews and spectator boat passengers from the Lensbury Hotel, Travelodge Teddington, and campsite to the Start at 07:45 hours in time for registration and boarding. To find your return journey options to London in the evening go to www.tfl.gov.uk.
Follow the Race in the Viscount passenger boat:
With its good visibility, low freeboard, 2 fully stocked and licensed bars and friendly cooperative crew, the Viscount makes the ideal viewing platform for The Great River Race. The boat will be leaving Masthouse Terrace Pier promptly at12:00 hours with boarding starting from 11:40 hours. Please be aware that only seeing and hearing dogs are permitted on the Viscount. Also, whilst access is suitable for pushchairs on the upper deck, there is unfortunately no wheelchair access due to narrow stairs, leading both to the toilets and the lower deck.
Light lunches will be available on board, offering a variety of sandwiches, crisps, teas, coffees and biscuits. Cash is preferable as the card machine can be temperamental. Thankyou.
PLEASE NOTE – no drinks are to be brought on board; only those purchased on board can be consumed for the duration of your trip.
Masthouse Pier is a short ten minute walk from the Start. Just walk along Westferry Road (away from Canary Wharf), turn right on Napier Ave and then right onto Maritime Quay. Mudchute Docklands Light Rail Station is also nearby and the D3 and D7 buses both stop on Westferry Road close to Napier Avenue.
To maximise the viewing opportunities for passenger boat spectators the Viscount will follow the course as far as Hammersmith Bridge before mooring up and waiting until most of the Race has passed. Then it will steam through the fleet to Richmond, where it will tie up at Richmond Landing Stage to watch the Race pass by as crews summon up the energy for the final push to the Finish. You then can disembark and enjoy a short stroll upriver to join the crowds around the Great River Race bar .
Note: The trip will last approximately 3.5 hours.
If you have any queries or special requirements not covered by the above please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call the office on 0208 398 8141 for assistance before booking your tickets.