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Archive for March 21st, 2012

Boat Blog: Cruising Plans

Posted by indigodream on 21 March, 2012

Friday 16th March

I’m not sure what could follow Indigo Dream’s action-packed weekend, though the sight of Wales beating France to take the six-nations grand slam this weekend would be a close second. We have match tickets and will be in Cardiff to celebrate or commiserate – it’s all the same once the crowd has had a few beers 🙂

But back to the cruising plans – we have many scheduled cruises which will be part of the rehearsals for the Jubilee and we’ve been fortunate enough to get a place on the Byfleet Boat Club’s Easter cruise along the Basingstoke Canal – it’ll be the first time that we’ve cruised that elusive waterway and it may be the last opportunity this ‘season’ if it doesn’t rain soon.

We’ve already had some takers for our May tideway adventures but if you’re own cruising has been stymied by the water shortages then why not join us a little trip – our scheduled trips are shown below (experienced boaters only on the Thames tideway – it can get a bit bumpy!)…

April:

Thursday 5th April – Limehouse to somewhere on the River Wey – timings depend on the tide

Friday 6th April – Woodham junction (river Wey) to Woking (Basingstoke Canal) – prompt 9am start from Woodham Junction

Saturday 7th April – Woking to Brookwood (Basingstoke); the boat will be full of family on Easter Sunday for the return trip.

Monday 8th April – Woking to Woodham Junction or maybe back to the Thames depending on timings

Tuesday 9th April – Back to Limehouse via the Thames tideway – timings depend on the tide

May:

Saturday 12th May: Limehouse – Thames Barrier – Margaret Ness – Thames Barrier – Chiswick Ait – Brentford
Sunday 13th May: Brentford – Chiswick Ait – practice mooring to buoys and formation narrowboating – Limehouse Basin

Saturday 26th May: Limehouse – Thames Barrier – Margaret Ness – Thames Barrier – Chiswick Ait – Brentford
Sunday 27th May: Brentford – Chiswick Ait – practice mooring to buoys and formation narrowboating – Limehouse Basin

The May dates are ‘proper’ rehearsals for the pageant so there may be a bit of hanging around on the river, but as long as the loo tank is empty and the water tank/larder is full we’ll have a good day!

Who knows where we’ll cruise in between these dates!

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