Dinghy racing in the Thames

Solo round Britain quadriplegic sailor Hilary Lister will join 80 boats and over 200 competitors competing in the London Regatta 2009 held at Greenwich Yacht Club on 4 October.

There will be seven different fleets racing across five different courses, including one designed specifically for disabled sailors in the Access and Liberty dinghies – the first time an Access fleet has raced on the Tidal Thames.

The other fleets competing are Bosuns, Picos, Fevas, Stratos, Omegas and a mixed fleet making it the biggest sailing event to take place in London.

“Year on year the regatta has expanded and become more successful and this year is no exception. The London Regatta offers young people a great opportunity for challenging competitive sailing, as well as a chance to enjoy great sport with people from all sorts of places and backgrounds – and with all sorts of abilities”, commented Steve Wilson. Dinghy Captain of Greenwich Yacht Club.

All the action will be taking place on the River between the O2 pier and the Barrier which saw the spectacular Red Bull Air Race. The Thames Barrier will be closed all day.