Updated with meeting details

Following the cancellation of this year's Thames Traditional Boat Rally because of a waterlogged site a survey has been launched to determine its future. And a meeting is to be held at the end of September.

The rally committee is seeking the views of boating enthusiasts and anyone who has attended the event - the largest of its kind in Europe.

They are being urged to complete a questionnaire on whether or not the rally should be staged in future years - and, if so, in what form. See the questionnaire and how to submit it HERE. The survey has been circulated to boat clubs and a public meeting is being organised for next month.

The date for the meeting at Penton Hook Yacht Club to discuss the future options is September 30th at 7.30 for 8 o’clock.

All parties interested in contributing to discussions on the future of the Rally will be welcomed but the committee is asking people let them know they are coming by emailing pr@tradboatrally.com.

Voluntary Marketing Manager Robin Ford said: "Following this year’s cancellation and the retirement of our chairman and president after 20 years or so of service, the  time has come to take a fresh look at how the rally should develop in the future and how it should be run.

"This year’s cancellation was due to conditions after the winter floods on the traditional site at Fawley Meadows, Henley, but its cancellation has sparked considerable support for the concept of a traditional boat rally and several participating societies and clubs are holding their own smaller scale members -only events as a form of compensation.

"There has been much discussion as to how the rally should be developed and run for the future (if at all) and a meeting of all interested parties will be organised in September: probably at Penton Hook Yacht Club.

"Whether you are a boat owner, day visitor, trade exhibitor or society, your views are important to us. Please do not be restricted by the questions asked: all comments and ideas will be welcomed."

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Story dated August 21st 2014


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