Torch will reach Anglesey and Dover Harbour by lifeboat


The RNLI will play a key role during the Olympic Torch Relay, helping the torch cross waters to reach the London 2012 Olympic Games.

It was first revealed that the Olympic Torch would visit Anglesey during the relay, reaching the island on board a RNLI lifeboat. The torch will be taken along the Menai Strait on board the RNLI’s Annette Mary Liddington when it leaves mainland Wales on May 29th.

This won’t be the only journey the torch makes by lifeboat, as previously reported. The London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) announced today that volunteers from Dover RNLI would take the torch from a tall ship at sea within the harbour and bring it to shore on July 18th on board all weather lifeboat City of London II.

Roy Couzens, lifeboat operations manager at Dover RNLI, said it was a fantastic way to recognise the contribution RNLI volunteers make to the community. He added: “We are very much looking forward to being involved on the day – and believe me, when that torch is at sea in our lifeboat, it couldn’t be in safer hands!”

The Olympic Torch Relay will start in Plymouth on May 19th
and finish at the Olympic Stadium on July 27th. You can find a map
of the exact route of the Olympic Torch Relay 2012 on the official website.

The image above is of the Olympic Torch Relay in Gastown, taken before the Vancouver Winter Olympics in 2010, by N-Q.

You can find London 2012 Olympics news on Yachting World’s website.