Thames Bank got its new slipway and moorings just in time for this year’s Goring and Streatley Regatta in July. The regatta takes place every two years when a motley gathering of some 40 crews battle it out in front of some two thousand spectators.

Thames Bank’s extensive river frontage next to Goring Lock has been suffering from erosion for years and needed new bankside protection. In April Thames Riverworks Piling Ltd and their ‘Bantum steel pusher tug Bertie’, started installing steel sheeting topped with a hardwood capping. They also built a slipway for the small boats stored in the boathouse and upgraded the eight moorings. The work was funded by the owners with boats. John Lillington, who has kept a boat there for many years and was involved in the early design and planning, said that “moorings in Goring were like hen’s teeth”!