On September 25th, the ITC Thames Cutter (and valiant crew) participated in the 2010 Great River Race. This is a gruelling 22-mile race up the Thames, from Greenwich to Richmond. This year, the crew included two rowers from the Company (John Gavin, Giles Hill), three from the Royal Signals (Andy McGrane, Ali Sargeant, James Mason) and one from Greenwich Yacht Club (John Adams). Kerri Mansfield from the Recreation & Leisure Panel was the all-important passenger, and other members of the Panel formed the project management & support team. In addition to offline donations, we have again used JustGiving to raise charitable funds: the site is still open at http://www.justgiving.com/itcgrr : all contributions welcome.
The Company's Thames Cutter is called 'Cito' (after the Company motto), and it allows us to participate in the wider community of Livery Companies operating these vessels. Over the summer, 'Cito' was hired out to a team competing in the London-Paris boat race for traditional boats; 'Cito' was the winning vessel in the event, although it was not crewed by ITC members. The income from this event allowed us to furnish the boat with a full set of traditional Thames regalia, which in turn will allow us to participate in City-oriented ceremonial events.
The R&L Panel, which manages 'cito' on behalf of the ITC, always welcomes new team members. If you feel you would like to experience the challenge of rowing a traditional Thames cutter, we are planning to enter a number of Livery events in 2011. Come and try it! The casually curious are as welcome as enthusiasts.