Gravesend rowing teams heading to Ireland for Cork Harbour Festival
PUBLISHED: 11:28 02 June 2016 | UPDATED: 11:28 02 June 2016
The teams set off today (Thursday)
The Port of London Authority has sent a Gravesend based team off to the Cork Harbour Festival.
The men and ladies’ teams set off to the Emerald Isle on Thursday morning, with their 34ft-long Watermen Cutter boats in tow.
It will be the furthest the teams have travelled to compete in an event.
The team, rowing boats Penelope and Centurion will be taking part in a 17-mile Ocean to City rowing race.
PLA rower Lee Walker said: “It’s a very special occasion for us all and an event we are really excited about. We’re a little apprehensive too, as we’re not sure what to expect.
“I’ll be travelling in the truck taking Penelope and Centurion, the rest of the team, many with family members along for the ride, is flying to Cork. We’re also taking Cutters belonging to London teams Trinity Tide and Emmeline. Whatever happens we’ll enjoy the race and hopefully do our PLA colleagues proud. Fingers crossed we’ll have the luck of the Irish.”
The race will take place on Saturday, June 4.