Tyne river row

The team will be attempting the 16 mile stretch of he river Tyne from the A1 bridge to Tyne mouth lifeboat station on 19th September 2015.

The crews will include four members of the Tynemouth lifeboat.

The row will commence from Newburn  sailing club slipway at approx. 9.30 am.

The row is expected to take about 5 hrs, calling at the Newcastle pontoon at about noon.

The recovery point will be at South Shields sailing club.


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The “Riley” was transported to the start point slipway at Newburn on Friday evening 18th Sept, and the bulk of the crew stayed at the hotel in South shields.

After an early start on Saturday, the rest of the crew arrived and we took a mini-bus to the launch site. The boat was launched by 9.30am and the 4 crew from Tynemouth lifeboat joined us for the trip.

With a 3-4 knot ebb tide running,we soon reached Newcastle quay for a brief stop and rest.

Leaving at 11.30, we proceeded down river to North Shields, another 11miles. On passing the lifeboat station we decided to head for the recovery slipway at S,Shields dinghy club. We had to wait a while for sufficient water to get the boat on the trailer, but after finishing the Rum supplied by Graham and Archie, we recovered the boat and headed for home.

The row was successfully completed in just under five hours. Our thanks to all involved.