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Boat Blog: An invitation for boating

Posted by indigodream on 11 December, 2013

January 3rd & January 6th 2014

The 2012 convoy heading for the barrier...

The 2012 convoy heading for the barrier…

Why not join us for a refreshing New Year cruise to the Royal Docks as part of a St Pancras Cruising Club convoy. It’s the best way to blow away your post-Christmas cobwebs and get your cruising year off to a flying start 🙂

Boats are welcome, so if you’re in the vicinity and your boat is river-worthy, then why not join the convoy yourself. It’s a great introduction to tidal cruising – although the river is wide, there tends to be less traffic than the busy Pool of London upstream and you have the excitement of Bow Creek’s twists and turns, the cable cars whizzing overhead, the Thames Barrier, the Woolwich Ferries, the gargantuan lock into the Royal Docks and the long cruise alongside City Airport’s runway. We generally moor in Victoria Dock near the cable car terminal and spend the weekend enjoying the ambience and visiting the boat show at Excel before cruising back on Monday. There is a modest locking and mooring fee which has yet to be confirmed but budget for around £120.

If the weather is against us, then we have a chance to make the cruise for the last weekend of the boatshow on Friday 10th and Monday 13th January.

Otherwise, why not join us as crew – we can take up to four people each day and we can guarantee a decent standard of bacon sarnie (veggie/vegan options available), absolutely the best onboard coffee and, of course, the company of greyhounds. As if that wasn’t incentive enough, we have a heated tiller to keep your hands warm! No need to budget for this one (unless you want to put some cash in our charity collection tin!).

Go on, you know you want to!

Dancing with the Woolwich Ferry...

Dancing with the Woolwich Ferry…

A lockful? Hardly - plenty of room for another 50 narrowboats :-D

A lockful? Hardly – plenty of room for another 50 narrowboats 😀

And how often do you get to race the planes down the runway?

And how often do you get to race the planes down the runway?

3 Responses to “Boat Blog: An invitation for boating”

  1. Ooh, pick me! We’d like to come on the 3rd if possible.
    It’s always a treat!


  2. indigodream said

    Ahoy the Willows – of course you’re in! Will let you know more detailed arrangements as they come off the press but plan for the 3rd – it’s a very civilised afternoon passage!

  3. Thanks for your separate email Richard, I hope to be able to join you for the return trip on Monday 6th — timings permitting (I have a meeting at work that morning).

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