The Wye Trow being built to represent Herefordshire in a pageant on the Thames to mark the Queens Diamond Jubilee is taking shape. And now the captain of Ross Rowing Club, Jeremy Picton-Tuberville, who is the Wye Trow Rowing Director, is inviting applicants to crew this prestigious craft.
The Wye Trow will carry a complement of 14 people, including the oarsmen/woman, who will row the craft from fixed seat positions using 15ft oars. It is expected that they will be dressed in period costume and the distance rowed is likely to be between 11-15 kilometres (which will take between 1 ½ and 2 hours).
The Lord Lieutenant of Herefordshire, Lady Darnley, will be on board the Trow when it joins 1000 other water craft on June 3rd for what will be the biggest pageant of boats and ships the River Thames has seen for many centuries.
The Wye Trow project team is looking for athletes from Herefordshire to put their names forward for selection into a team of rowers to train for and take part in this historic event.
A squad of 16 oarsmen and woman will be selected from the volunteers to attend trials and crew training on the Sharpness Canel in Gloucester in April and May. From this squad, eight will be chosen to row the Wye Trow at the Pagaent.
The basic requirments for the trow rowers are: Must be aged 16 or more: Must be an experienced rower. (Fixed seat rowing experience an advantage but not essential); Good reach and flexibility; Excellent level of fitness; Must be available for crew training (likely to be in the first two weeks of April and the second week in May) and the Pageant weekend (May 31st to June 4th).
Applicants are invited to write to the Wye Trow Rowing Director summarising how they meet each of the basic requirements and adding briefly any other information they wish.
The address to write to is: Jeremy Picton-Turbervill, Coughton House, Coughton, Ross-on-Wye HR9 5SF or by email to email@example.com.