The London 2012 Olympic Torch will earn its water wings as it embarks on a couple of RIB rides, crosses Lake Windermere on board a steamer, and gets ferried along the Thames

By the time the Olympic Torch reaches the Olympic Park in time for next year’s opening ceremony, it will have taken a RIB ride across Lough Neagh and Loch Ness, crossed the Pontcysylite Aqueduct by boat, taken a steamer across Lake Windermere and travelled by rowing boat at Henley-on-Thames and the River Bann.

The 70-day torch relay will begin at Land’s End on 19 May and travel some 8000 miles, passing through 1018 places before making its final leg from Hampton Court Palace to the Olympic Park on 27 July.

Seb Coe, chair of the London 2012 Organising Committee (LOCOG), said by the time it has finished its 10-week journey, the torch will have visited most corners of the UK. Coe said, “We originally started out by saying 95% of the population would be within an hour’s journey of the route – we now have that as within 10 miles.”

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