A sailing race on the Thames through the heart of London will celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Enterprise Class, in which many sailors first learned to sail
South Bank Sailing Club is running a special Tideway Race on the Thames for the Enterprise Class on Saturday 11 June. The race will start on the Thames at Putney – where the first Enterprise was built 60 years ago by designer Jack Holt – to a finish line set down the river. A second race sees the fleet race back to Putney, passing under many of the river’s famous bridges and past well-known London landmarks.
Entries are limited to 40 boats, and entry forms are available from the Enterprise Association website at www.sailenterprise.co.uk. The entry fee is £15 and this includes pre-race bacon butties, and a post race buffet at South Bank Sailing Club.
South Bank Sailing Club’s Commodore Allan Munro-Faure says the club is looking forward to holding this special anniversary Thames race exclusively for the Enterprise Class:
‘We held a similar race to celebrate the Enterprise’s 50th anniversary, and we’re delighted to be able to do the same now for the 60th. For safety reasons, we have to restrict the entries to just 40 boats so the entries will be allocated in order of entry form receipt, with a waiting list. Running a race along such a busy river is an exciting challenge, and it’s a race that attracts a lot of attention due to the tricky sailing conditions. The only special requirements we have is that every boat needs to carry a paddle, 20 metre of fixed line and an anchor.’