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Archive for March 21st, 2014

Boat Blog: Almost the Olympic Rings Trial (2)

Posted by indigodream on 21 March, 2014

Wednesday 19th March

The Waterworks River….

We were due to have an LLDC dignitary on board with us, but our guest was caught up in work. I was a bit disappointed, we needed official witnesses to this landmark cruise. Yet there was something very nice about relaxing and have a jolly cruise with good friends instead. Fortunately, there were other dignitaries from LLDC and CRT on board nb Doris Katia to experience the convoy’s success (failure was obviously never an option!).

We set off in good spirits, though maintaining a 90- second gap between boats was more of a challenge than you might think – a 40 second gap seemed like a more comfortable distance. Yet there was no rush – especially when we came to the first “pinch point” at City Mills Lock. We locked through in pairs – our convoy partner was a familiar friend, nb Peace of Pearce with skipper Kevin along with crew Sally and Eric from nb Cherie – also veterans of many a tideway adventure.

The next “pinch point” was the sheer distraction of the Waterworks River itself and all the sights of the Olympic Park. We have already given feedback to Andrew to allow enough time for boats to take photos of their reflection in the mirrored footbridge that crosses Carpenter’s Road lock – we were transfixed :-)….

Photoblog:

The bank-side briefing...

The bank-side briefing…

Nb Peace of Pearce waiting for City Mills Lock - we're on the opposite wall - where the wind had planted us!

Nb Peace of Pearce waiting for City Mills Lock – we’re on the opposite wall – where the wind had planted us!

Neil at the helm - taking care of the tricky angle into the lock...

Neil at the helm – taking care of the tricky angle into the lock…

The Waterworks River - a new stretch of water for Indigo Dream....

The Waterworks River – a new stretch of water for Indigo Dream….

The control panel at City Mills Lock - but we're only going to the Olympic Park, not the moon :-D

The control panel at City Mills Lock – but we’re only going to the Olympic Park, not the moon 😀

Looking back to the weir that connects the Waterworks River to the Bow Back Rivers (three connected Rivers - Bow Back, City Mill and Old River Lea)

Looking back to the weir that connects the Waterworks River to the Bow Back Rivers (three connected Rivers – Bow Back, City Mill and Old River Lea)

Plenty of headroom! Though we did take the bike off the roof and the flagpole from the back deck (the flagpole got clattered under a low bridge earliet - oops!)...

Plenty of headroom! Though we did take the bike off the roof and the flagpole from the back deck (the flagpole got clattered under a low bridge earlier – oops!)…

A glimpse of the Olympic Park...

A glimpse of the Olympic Park…

There's still an air of old-fashioned East End dereliction in places :--)

There’s still an air of old-fashioned East End dereliction in places :–)

The beautiful aquatic centre - along with the coloured "bollards" - looks like someone's planted a boxful of crayons in the water!

The beautiful Aquatic Centre – along with the coloured “bollards” – looks like someone’s planted a boxful of crayons in the water!

A fine view of the ArcelorMittal Orbital...

A fine view of the ArcelorMittal Orbital…

Happy crew...

Happy crew…

The park had a lot of busy workmen - as an official convoy, we had to wear lifejackets - should be glad we didn't need hard hats :-)

The park had a lot of busy workmen – as an official convoy, we had to wear lifejackets – should be glad we didn’t need hard hats 🙂

Mirrored bridge over Carpenter's Road lock...

Mirrored bridge over Carpenter’s Road lock… Richard went to a meeting yesterday with one of the ex-ODA guys responsible for park wide utilities, the first question obviously was did you get to boat round the park. This bridge was a real headache for them as they could not manage to get a big gas main through it so had to go under the lock so think lots of £££££s

There's only one thing to be done with a reflective bridge...

There’s only one thing to be done with a reflective bridge…

It's a reflective bridge - these photos just have to be done :-D

It’s a reflective bridge – these photos just have to be done 😀

Such a graceful structure...

Such a graceful structure…

Close up - there seemed to be some members of the public in the park - they seemed to take the boats for granted - but then, boats on a waterway, what's the novelty!

Close up – the Aquatics Centre is now open to the public with tickets starting at £3.50. Members of the public were walking round as we went past – they seemed to take the boats for granted – but then, boats on a waterway, what’s the novelty!

It's the contrasts that make the London waterways so interesting - here development and dereliction sit side-by side....

It’s the contrasts that make the London waterways so interesting – here development and dereliction sit side-by side….

More contrasts....

More contrasts….

Back at City Mills Lock - time for a quick bacon roll before re-assembling the convoy and setting off for the Bow Back Rivers :-)

Back at City Mills Lock – time for a quick bacon roll before re-assembling the convoy and setting off for the Bow Back Rivers 🙂

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