Sorry I have not been updating my progress of late but progress has been very slow with issues around the boat and with the weather not that I am a fair weather Rower it just is difficult to get the boat in the water through a quagmire!! Anyway I have eventually managed to collect the right tackle and the right assistant to help me in Leathering the Oars.
The leather is from Collars’ of Dorchester on Thames and the needles, leather palm and stout thread from Boat Bits of Huddersfield and the instructions on how to do it were found on the internet. The following images document the day starting with Richard in his hobbies room sanding down the oars prior to starting in earnest.
So 6 hours’ numerous fags, coffees and expletives later the job is done …. Thank God we are not going to London in a Quinquireme!!! Thanks to Richard for his assistance with this task and for the many cups of Coffee without which I would not have survived the day. On a different but equally important note I am happy to tell you that we have secured sponsorship for the commemorative Polo Shirts from Borg Warner .. Thanks again from all involved