Sunday, 16 December 2018

Henley Whalers

THE boat of the Henley Whalers, Molly, is a well-known sight on the Henley reach.

THE boat of the Henley Whalers, Molly, is a well-known sight on the Henley reach.

She is a replica of a New Bedford whaleboat and as such is an excellent rowing and sailing boat. Organiser Geoff Probert says: “We are celebrating 20 years of the Henley Whalers this year and we normally row on the Henley reach throughout the year.

“Using a trailer allows us to take Molly away on sailing trips and we normally slip her from the river at the Aston slipway near the Flower Pot Inn.

“She is very seaworthy and an exceptionally fast sailing boat despite being an open, unballasted boat with an old-fashioned sail plan. This year we have taken her to sailing events in Brittany, Ireland and Wales as well as as Cowes and the Norfolk Broads and we have won awards at all of them.

“Next year we hope to return to Venice for three of our favourite events: the Vogalonga, a long-distance rowing event; the Velalonga, a popular sailing race in the Venetian lagoon; and the VelaRaid, a sail-and-oar event that takes place over five days, exploring the far reaches of the Venetian lagoon. We have won there every year that we have visited since 2007.”

The Henley Whalers row at 8pm on Wednesday evenings throughout the year, including the winter months. For more information, visit www.henleywhalers.org.uk

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