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Archive for June 17th, 2013

Boat Blog: An Opportunity for a great trip to Barking…

Posted by indigodream on 17 June, 2013

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Barking Flood Barrier – well worth the trip!

Well, here we are telling people about a great opportunity for some more tideway adventures before I’ve even finished reporting on the last!

Barking Creek – 22nd & 23rd June

The St Pancras Cruising Club are taking a convoy for their annual visit to the moorings at Barking Creek – it’s a great introduction to the tideway – not too long and with plenty of interesting things to see (and dodge) along the way. The resident boats at Barking Creek always give us a great welcome and, weather permitting, we have a big barbecue on the Saturday night to celebrate the event.

Crew: We are happy to take crew, particularly on Sunday – experienced boaters but tideway experience not essential. I’m afraid that this is a “pet-free” cruise. You will need to be reasonably nimble to get to/from shore at Barking as we will be breasted up to some big barges.

Boats: The club is looking for more boats to join the convoy – if you’re interested then get in touch via a comment or contact the club directly – their website is here. They will ask you whether your boat is equipped and river-worthy but as part of a convoy, it’s not essential for you to have a VHF radio. You will need to be reasonably confident that you have enough engine power to “punch the tide”.

The timings are as follows:

Saturday 22nd June:

9.30am – leave Limehouse

From 10.30 – lock out of Bow Locks; we will punch the tide to Barking Creek so that we get the benefit of the flood along the River Roding

Sunday 23rd June:

1.30pm – all aboard and ready for departure

2pm – passage through Barking tidal barrage to punch the tide to Barking Creek so that we get the benefit of the flood for the run to Bow Locks.

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