8 June 2016
As part of 60th anniversary celebrations House of Commons v house of Lords race on Thames held in Enterprise dinghies

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"Enterprising" moment on Thames

MPs recently swapped the benches for boats when they took to the water in aid of Sail4Cancer and Westminster Boating Base.

The match took place on the Thames in front of the Houses of Parliament in ten identical Enterprise dinghies, also celebrating the 60th anniversary of the Enterprise Association.

Reviving an annual tradition, the House of Commons were due to compete against the House of Lords. However, two problems arose – lack of wind and lack of Lords.

Racing was extremely tricky on the hot, humid and virtually airless day. However, after much perseverance one race was completed.

As to the winner - it was agreed that, although the race was won by the red team, as no Lords were on the water the trophy would be awarded to the House of Commons. The trophy was reclaimed from the House of Lords and presented to Mark Garnier MP, Commodore of the House of Commons Sailing Club.

Phil Ford, from Portsmouth, is an Enterprise sailor who took part...

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MPs recently swapped the benches for boats when they took to the water in aid of Sail4Cancer and Westminster Boating Base.

The match took place on the Thames in front of the Houses of Parliament in ten identical Enterprise dinghies, also celebrating the 60th anniversary of the Enterprise Association.

Reviving an annual tradition, the House of Commons were due to compete against the House of Lords.

Racing was extremely tricky on the hot, humid and virtually airless day. However, after much perseverance, one race was completed.

As to the winner - it was agreed that, whilst the race was won by the red team, as no Lords were on the water the trophy would be awarded to the House of Commons.

The trophy was reclaimed from the House of Lords and presented to Mark Garnier MP, Commodore of the House of Commons Sailing Club.

Tracey Clarke caught up with Portsmouth South MP Flick Drummond after the race...

Sailing for Cancer in London

MPs recently swapped the benches for boats when they took to the water in aid of Sail4Cancer and Westminster Boating Base.

The match took place on the Thames in front of the Houses of Parliament in ten identical Enterprise dinghies, also celebrating the 60th anniversary of the Enterprise Association.

Reviving an annual tradition, the House of Commons were due to compete against the House of Lords. However, two problems arose – lack of wind and lack of Lords.

Racing was extremely tricky on the hot, humid and virtually airless day. However, after much perseverance one race was completed.

As to the winner - it was agreed that, although the race was won by the red team, as no Lords were on the water the trophy would be awarded to the House of Commons. The trophy was reclaimed from the House of Lords and presented to Mark Garnier MP, Commodore of the House of Commons Sailing Club.

Lizette van Niekerk is from Sail4Cancer and told Tracey Clarke more about the charity...

Sails not speeches determine winner

This week MPs swapped the benches for boats when they took to the water for a charity sailing race. The match took place on the Thames in front of the Houses of Parliament in ten identical Enterprise dinghies.

Reviving an annual tradition, the House of Commons were due to compete against the House of Lords. However, two problems arose – lack of wind and lack of Lords.

Whilst there are a number of “sailing” Lords important business in the house prevented them taking to the water. Instead a number of MP’s stepped into the breach and sailed in the Lord’s Red team.

Racing was extremely tricky on the hot, humid and virtually airless day. However, after much perseverance one race was completed. As to the winner - it was agreed that, whilst the race was won by the red team, as no Lords were on the water the trophy would be awarded to the House of Commons.

The trophy was reclaimed from the House of Lords and presented to Mark Garnier MP, Commodore of the House of Commons Sailing Club.

The charity event will benefit Saill4Cancer and Westminster Boating Base.

The racing was held in Enterprise dinghies as 2016 marks the 60th anniversary of one of the world’s most popular and affordable boats, originally designed and built on the River Thames by Jack Holt.

Members of the Enterprise class association towed their boats from all over the UK to enable the race to be held.

Racing and safety cover was provided by the Westminster Boating Base.

Tracey Clarke spoke to Mark Garnier on the Terraces after the race...