Boat Blog: Tideway Escort 2
Posted by indigodream on 17 August, 2013
Saturday 3rd August
Limehouse to Teddington
We had a choice of cruising on an early or late tide today. Although a dusk cruise through Richmond would be quite magical, we decided to take the morning tide. We’d then be cruising when the river was at its quietest, and would hopefully be off the river before the gusty winds forecast for the afternoon.
Sue of nb No Problem travelled with Jill and Graham today while we cruised with our trusty regulars Sarah, Andy and hounds. Jill had originally though that we might have a “girl only” crew on Indigo Dream so that Jill could gain more confidence on the helm; but the helmsman’s course, and yesterday’s cruise, had made her so confident that she decided to helm her own boat instead. This was tremendous news!
We locked out of Limehouse at 8.45am and headed upriver, taking the centre arch at Tower Bridge, of course! The wind was quite blustery but the river was in good condition and we had a pleasant passage. Sarah took the helm through the Pool of London – she says its the first time that we’ve let her do it! I hadn’t realised, though we do tend to take the helm ourselves there because it can be a challenging stretch of water. Thereafter, we took turns, enjoying the sights of London and the joyful faces of Matilda Rose’s crew behind us. Once again, Jill has blogged their experience here and here and here
We arrived at Teddington at lunchtime and moored up on the lock moorings to do some plotting – oh and have lunch! Being the first day of our cruising week, we were well-stocked so I fed the crews (human and canine). We had a merry time, with everyone full of cheer after a great (and safe) passage up the tideway.
We had planned to take Indigo Dream back down the tideway on Sunday and head off up the Grand Union with the grand plan of completing the Thames ring. But that would mean a pressured cruise with long days and tight deadlines – normally what the Indigodreamers thrive on. But we’re bone weary (long story) so we decided on the easy option – a bobble along the Thames – easily our favourite waterway and, after a dry summer, the most pleasant of waterways for a relaxing holiday.
In the short term, though, we had a car shuffle to complete. Richard gave Sue a lift back to nb No Problem up in Denham, while Sarah and I took the train/tube/DLR back to Limehouse for our cars. Despite setting out from slightly different starting points, and although I got well confused on the way back (navigation will never be my greatest skill), Sarah and I arrived back in Teddington at the same moment! We rejoined the boat and we headed off to Kingston, where the plan was to brest up to nb Matilda Rose and leave the crew to party while Richard and I went off to a wedding do (another long story). Although we have the greatest respect for the bride and groom, it was difficult to leave the party that was just getting underway on Indigo Dream’s back deck!
We got back before 10pm and were too tired to join the deck party which was still going on – the crew was drinking to relieve the stress of Bertie hound having escaped earlier! With a great lack of tact, we made the beds up and the deck party broke up, which was a shame!
I’m desperate to catch up on the blog posts – so somewhat in haste here are the majority of photos on a Facebook album….