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Archive for January 2nd, 2012

Boat Blog: Getting 2012 off to a good start….

Posted by indigodream on 2 January, 2012

Monday 2nd January

Go on, you know you want to try this....

Next weekend we will be joining the St Pancras Cruising Club for their annual pilgrimage to the Royal Docks. It’s a great trip with the added excitement, this year, of seeing the first pier which will carry the Thames cable car – there’s a plan here.

If all goes well, we will be locking out onto Bow Creek via City Mills and Three Mill Locks – it is a great opportunity to use these essentially brand-new but under-utilised locks.

Once again, experienced boaters are welcome to join us, though the timings for the trip out are a bit brutal!

Friday 6th January: We need to leave Limehouse at 6.50am in order to get to City Mills Lock by 7.15am-ish to start locking out, two boats at a time from 7.30am. We’ll then congregate in Three Mills Lock, which is enormous and may take the whole convoy, and lock onto Bow Creek at 9.45am – we’ll get to the Royal Docks by about 11.15am. Unfortunately we can’t offer overnight accommodation on board (not that you’d want to with three guffing greyhounds on board!) but if you can get to us on time then you’re welcome to join us.

Monday 9th January: These timings are much more civilised! We leave our Royal Docks moorings at 10am and lock out onto the river at 11am to arrive at Three Mills Lock at midday; then there’ll be the short hop back to Limehouse which should take around half an hour.

The timings are provisional and the cruise is weather dependent so do leave yourself a little slack if you come along.

I reckon we can take up to four people on each trip – I know it’s short notice but if you fancy the cruise then let us know by Thursday morning – we need to confirm our numbers to the organisers by Thursday evening as it is an Olympic Park security requirement.

Weather permitting our 2012 cruising will be off to a flying start so I’ll wish you all happy cruising too….

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