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Boat Blog: Tideway Escort 2

Posted by indigodream on 17 August, 2013

Saturday  3rd August

Limehouse to Teddington

Leaving Limehouse

Leaving Limehouse

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.

Three way race - place your bets ladies and gentlemen!

Three way race – place your bets ladies and gentlemen!

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!

Photoblog:

I’m desperate to catch up on the blog posts – so somewhat in haste here are the majority of photos on a Facebook album….

The Tower of London - we never notice it normally  - too busy looking at Tower Bridge and dodging the traffic to-ing and fro-ing from Tower pier :-)

The Tower of London – we never notice it normally – too busy looking at Tower Bridge and dodging the traffic to-ing and fro-ing from Tower pier
🙂

No matter how many times we do it, this is always a thrill

No matter how many times we do it, this is always a thrill

RNLI on a call, it is surprising how little wash they create at speed

RNLI on a call, it is surprising how little wash they create at speed

Emma Jane looking good

Emma Jane looking good

Now I've never noticed this pub before - nestled under Cannon Street Railway Bridge - I wonder what it's like - the website fails to mention that it's under a railway bridge! http://banker-london.co.uk/

Now I’ve never noticed this pub before – nestled under Cannon Street Railway Bridge – I wonder what it’s like – the website fails to mention that it’s under a railway bridge! http://banker-london.co.uk/

I just like the moody feel of this photo - the glowering skies and shimmering water - magic!

I just like the moody feel of this photo – the glowering skies and shimmering water – magic!

Leaving the city behind..

Leaving the city behind..

Central London off the deck of your own boat is so nice!

Central London off the deck of your own boat is so nice!

First trip up and looking very settled on the tideway!

First trip up and looking very settled on the tideway!

Moody skies but what a great view

Moody skies but what a great view

Interesting new structure...

Interesting new structure being built on the old Power Station Jetty

I reckon Graham must have been pushing the revs a bit here!

I reckon Graham must have been pushing the revs a bit here!

2 Responses to “Boat Blog: Tideway Escort 2”

  1. Jill said

    I think that might have been where I got the throttle lever caught up the leg of my shorts!!!!!!
    You didn’t break up the party, we were just waiting up for our hosts to return out of politeness.
    A totally awesome day

  2. Suenp said

    Yes agree with Jill it was brilliant, and hey I got to do a bit of it myself on my own boat in the end! Pity I was only just a week away from joining both boats for that fantastic trip, but I so enjoyed. Not many have done the tideway from Limehouse to Teddington on 2 boats!

    Awesome lunch too at Teddington.. I don’t know how you do it feeding the number of people queueing outside ID!

    And even a lift back to the boat for me too.. What super hosts you are. Thank you xx

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