Sir Robin Knox-Johnston is calling for 'lots of entries'

A two-day race will be taking place on the Thames this October to mark the Battle of Trafalgar.

The

Thames Trafalgar Race 2013, which is the first of its kind, is being jointly organised by Erith Yacht Club and the

Little Ship Club.

It will take place on 19 and 20

October 2013 and boats can enter to take part from 1 March 2013.

President of the Little Ship Club and legendary sailor Sir Robin Knox-Johnston is supporting the race.

He said: ‘It’ll be a great event, we want lots of entries, the Thames should

be used more.’

The

Thames Trafalgar Race will start upstream near Tower

Bridge on Saturday 19 October and finish at Erith Yacht Club having passed

through the Thames Barrier – a neutral zone where no sailing is allowed and

engines must be used.

On

Sunday 20 October the second stage will start from Erith Yacht Club and end

near Greenwich.

The race entry fee is likely to be £20

per boat.

A special discount has been negotiated with St Katharine Docks for

boats wishing to come to London the weekend before and depart the weekend after

the race.

The rate of £100 will be available for any boat proving race entry.

The

Notice of Race will be published on 1 February 2013. If you wish to enter or to

be added to the mailing list to receive updates, email thamesracing@littleshipclub.co.uk

The

Thames Trafalgar Race is the second of two races along a similar route which the Little Ship Club is

involved in organising for 2013.

First up, the Thames Frostbite Race, held on

23 and 24 February, has been run for a number of years and brings together

Greenwich Yacht Club, Erith Yacht Club, Thurrock Yacht Club and Gravesend

Sailing Club.

The Little Ship Club has joined to help organise and promote the

race and the five clubs come under the banner of The Thames Yacht Racing Association.

The

berthing arrangement with St Katharine Docks marina applies to both races.

The entry form and other details for the Frostbite Race

ocan be found by clicking here.

For those of a competitive nature who cannot wait to get starte, why not have a got at the online quiz online quiz before the deadline of 28 February.