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 …

Royal Jubilee Pageant

The William Riley had the honour of being invited to join the 1000 rowing boats of various sizes and designs to take place in the celebrations for the Queens Diamond Jubilee celebrations. This took place on the Thames from Barnes to Tower bridge on 5th May 2012.                         . Our regular crew travelled down to Chiswick on the Friday to a specially …


In June 2015, the Riley was transported to Wells in Norfolk for filming an advertisement for the Lloyds bank 250th anniversary. This film was shown many times on TV, and this photo appeared on large bill-boards all over London and major cities. You can read more about it here.

Dunbar Scotland

Another long trip to Scotland for the Dunbar RNLI anniversary. Pete again accompanied the boat, and after being pulled through the streets of Buckie , we had a trip on Dunbar’s offshore severn class lifeboat.

Port Maddoc

Towards the end of 2009, the Riley went to Poole for the RNLI open day, Fylingthorpe and Newcastle again. In May 2010, she was taken to Wales for a row at Criccieth andd Port Madoc. Dave Charlton, Sarah, Pete and wife Ali, all joined the boat and had a good reception and row in Port Madoc harbour. She then went …

Caledonian canal & Loch Ness

September 2005.  By far our most adventurous trip to date. This was the 400 mile journey up to Corpach, then launch into the Loch, up Neptune’s staircase ( 8 locks), and into the Caledonian canal. The team for this event was :- Cox PeteThomson,  Stroke Graham Chaddock, Steve Cook, Paul Headlam, Tim Hicking, Graham Hughes & Roger Turton. Lifeboat crews from Mallaig, …

Scarborough to Whitby 2009

The Riley was taken by road to Scarborough in August, and rowed the 18 miles back to Whitby. She was crewed by a Sub-aqua in memory of a colleague lost non a dive. The Cox for the day was Tom Clark, the Scarborough Coxswain .


Apart from static visits to Whitley bay, Newcastle, Fylingthorpe, Bradford, and Whitby Flag day, the next Major trip for the Riley was to Fleetwood in Lancashire, again for their anniversary. The boat appeared in a nearby show before being taken through the streets of Fleetwood pulled by the local lifeboat crew.