Two traditional Maltese rowing boats arrived on the Thames on 20 August 2012, after a week in transit, to participate in the Great River race rowed by 8 Maltese rowers who came over to the UK purposely. The white and yellow dgħajjes, No. 1 Gasan and No. 101 Carrie from the Marsamxett Regatta Club were purchased by a British lady, Sylvia Wicks with the co-operation of Maltese Nick Cassar Torregiani.

On Wednesday 12 September, a traditional English tea was held on ‘The Boat’, the floating restaurant outside Richmond Bridge Boathouses to celebrate the arrival of the dghajjes on the Thames. High Commissioner Zammit Tabona and Nick Cassar Torregiani poured champagne over the bow of boat No. 1 Gasan whilst Sylvia Wicks and John Everett poured champagne over No. 101 Carrie. It is tradition to appease Old Father Thames by throwing an old tea cup into the water together with champagne, having first poured a little onto the boat and the person pouring the champagne taking a little sip.

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