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Old 09 September 2013, 04:45   #1
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Great River Race 2013

So! We leave Gods own at 4pm on Friday, crawl down the M1, arrive in Richmond at 9pm, launch in the (pitch) dark, find the pontoon, pitch the tent in the dark, get up at 4.30 am, get washed & brew up in a scout hut, find the boats (in the dark, in a strange land) & set off down the Thames, in the company of Bouncer & Domino at 5.45 just as the dawn was breaking. 3 1/2 hours later we arrive at Masthouse pier for the safety brief, after having the river just about to ourselves for most of the way. We loved every minute The race starts at 12.10 & we are on station at Canary Wharf, trying to keep the 300 boats or so, to the north side of the river, out of the way of the fast clippers Mrs PD likened it to "herding cats" As the last competitors passed us, we tucked in behind & herded them up the river. We had to assist a couple of dragon boats that were in danger of sinking due to being swamped, but apart from that & a few stroppy competitors, all went well & nobody died, which is always a bonus We were on the water for 13hours & covered the section of the Thames from Ham to Greenwich twice, about 50 miles in total, mostly at 6kn We had a fantastic time & would do it all again in a wink.

PS, this was a proper race, with proper winners & not just some terwat that stole claimed it for himself.
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Old 09 September 2013, 04:49   #2
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Must have been half asleep due to the 4am start and didnt say hi to you guys or Domino or Bouncer !!

Pikey you summed it up well, great day, great way to see the Thames with like minded boaters.

However although the race didn't have any dramas we did get involved with a rescue on the way back in the non tidal part of the Thames ! Had to pull a man and his dog out of the water who had been stuck for about half an hour with water up to his chest whilst holding his 9 stone bull dog ! All ended ok but the RIB was covered in mud and dog hairs !
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Must have been half asleep due to the 4am start and didnt say hi to you guys or Domino or Bouncer !!

Pikey you summed it up well, great day, great way to see the Thames with like minded boaters.

However although the race didn't have any dramas we did get involved with a rescue on the way back in the non tidal part of the Thames ! Had to pull a man and his dog out of the water who had been stuck for about half an hour with water up to his chest whilst holding his 9 stone bull dog ! All ended ok but the RIB was covered in mud and dog hairs !
Ahh! Were you the black & grey Opsrey? It never dawned on me either, nice boat, very nice boat
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That would be us

Did like your set up with the radar and reflector.
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Nice pics PD glad you all had a great time on the Thames
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Nice to see the old Walton on the Naze lifeboat on the river.

I was over at Walton on the Naze on Sunday teaching Sea Cadets when the lifeboat returned to it's berth - they were fairly knackered having rowed it along the river and then motored it all the way back again by sea!
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Nice to see the old Walton on the Naze lifeboat on the river.

I was over at Walton on the Naze on Sunday teaching Sea Cadets when the lifeboat returned to it's berth - they were fairly knackered having rowed it along the river and then motored it all the way back again by sea!
They were the last boat over the finishing line, & were pretty well beat by the time they got there, I take my hat off to 'em. They may have been last, but they were winners in my book
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Nice pics PD glad you all had a great time on the Thames
Yep X2! Glad you Guys had a Good Day...Some 'Back Drop'
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