Of the RNLI’s 238 lifeboat stations, the busiest two are to be found not on the coast, but in London. RNLI Tower and RNLI Chiswick are two of four lifeboat stations that have been operating on the Thames since 2002, covering a 90-mile stretch, bookended by our two other Thames stations, Gravesend and Teddington. There’s a constant stream of commercial and leisure traffic, and the tide rises and falls by up to 7m. The river flows as fast as 5mph – enough to overpower even the strongest swimmer. The dynamic nature of the Thames means it needs a dynamic lifeboat service to match.
Since 2002, the RNLI’s Chiswick lifeboat station has supported The Boat Race with its E-class lifeboat. The crew are on hand to keep The Boat Race competitors safe, as well as the thousands of spectators who line the banks of the Thames on race day. In 2016, the RNLI bolstered its lifesaving service with the addition of nine Arancia-class lifeboats crewed by lifeguards. These are strategically positioned along the Championship Course to keep the public safe while the tide is incoming.
Positively Putney is a business owned and led, not for profit limited company, working to maximise Putney’s potential and making it a vibrant and attractive place for those who work, live and visit Putney.
In support of The Boat Race the businesses come together to create a vibrant and entertaining space at St Mary’s Church Square for the public to engage with and make the most of Race Day.