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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.

One Response to “Boat Blog: An Opportunity for a great trip to Barking…”

  1. Severner Willow said

    We’re busy this weekend (I’m rowing at Henley and James is working on Willow) so won’t be joining you, but hope you have a lovely time!
    For anyone thinking of going, I’d highly recommend this trip! We went last year and loved it – the Indigo Dreamers are such good hosts and it’s a fun trip to an interesting place.


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