Sheriffs' & Recorder's Fund Rowing Challenge18th September 2018
In their year in office Sheriff Tim Hailes and Sheriff Neil Redcliffe along with their Consorts, Fiona Adler and Emma Redcliffe, have sought to boost the Sheriffs' & Recorder's Fund by introducing innovative and challenging fund-raising events. This Rowing Challenge is special as it is both original and, hopefully, the beginning of what will become a tradition. The challenge is to row down the Thames in the City of London's Cutter, The Lady Gillett, accompanied by a team from the The Watermens' Company and a Royal Navy P2000 Destroyer. With little rowing experience between them in the Shrieval Team, it was no mean feat and thankfully one without serious incident.
Whilst a little breezy the weather had been kind for the event. The rowers skulled in perfect unison, avoiding crabs and other river craft to arrive on time a little after 2.00pm at their destination, HMS President. This fine sounding vessel is, in fact, a 'stone frigate' (or shore establishment) of The Royal Naval Reserve and it was here that the Shrieval team and the Watermens' team were greeted by the supporters along with well deserved refreshments.
The reception was generously sponsored by Dr Hamed al Suwaidi, a Liveryman of our Company.