For the RNLI’s SOS Day 2011 it is our intention to row from Rye Harbour to Hastings and back (approximately 18 miles) in a lifeboat built in 1909.
The Crew at Rye Harbour, with help from the neighbouring crew at Dungeness will make up the 10 oarsmen needed to row the boat.
The William Riley of Birmingham and Leamington is a 34 foot long 8 foot wide rowing (pulling) lifeboat that weighs just under 3 tons. Once she had completed her trials she went into service in August 1909. The William Riley served as a lifeboat for 22 years and in 1931 was sold and converted into a cabin cruiser. She was discovered in 2005 and restored over the following 2 and a half years.
Please show your support for our volunteer lifeboat crews who risk their lives to save others at sea. Your funds will enable our charity to continue its lifesaving work.