Race, race, race your boat, manically down the stream
When the Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant took place in June 2012, thousands of people shivered on the banks of London's great river and marvelled at the spectacular sight of more than a thousand vessels sailing by. The flotilla was a mix of commercial, military and pleasure craft which included, of course, shivering members of the royal family.
It was, by all accounts, a wonderful occasion, but had the weather been a bit warmer and the skies blue, it's probably fair to say it would have been a really wonderful occasion.
The sight of so many colourful vessels bobbing up and down on the Thames clearly had a profound effect on a great many members of the public, with many folk talking for days after about their various mesmerising riverside experiences.
If the sight of floating boats floats your boat and you'd like to once again witness a similar scene, then be sure to make your way to the banks of the Thames on Saturday 23rd March for the Head of the River Race.
The Head of the River Race involves more than 400 international crews – each comprising eight rowers – hacking it along the Thames between Mortlake and Putney….hang on, Mortlake and Putney? That sounds familiar.
Yes, to fans of that other race, which I'm not going to mention, that will sound familiar, because it's the exact same course (although in the opposite direction). But that race involves only two boats. The Head of the River Race is bigger, it's noisier, and it's quite possibly more exciting. Think of it as a high-speed Jubilee pageant (without the Queen).
Of course, the Head of the River Race is free for you to go along and enjoy, so why not make an afternoon of it? The exciting contest starts at 12.45pm.