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Old 01 September 2008, 18:00   #51
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Don't panic! don't panic! They don't like it up em sir!
1. I was keen on the Tall ship but the sheer numbers are militating against this. I do have access if we want it to the pontoon but although this would be my preferred option there are just too many boats coming for too small a pontoon.
2. Science centre pontoon is under construction and is closed
3. Broomielaw-ditto
4. Crown Plaza, again I have permission to use this if neccessary but not keen due to its position and no facilities
5. Braehead- I have contact numbers and names but not been able to get hold of her, this is now the preferred pontoon after seeing how big it is on google earth and with the nearby facilities as well as being relatively secure.
I intend to hunt down the braehead person by phone tomorrow (I have her name) and get sorted for there for us all. I am doing the planning by remote control due to the distance but in my job I am used to herding cats at a distance with nothing bar a phone and email
Its all in hand, tomorrow evening something will be posted as a plan to be looked at.............
As for lunch, my plan is to get off for lunch as that is part of the point of the trip for me. Scoot upriver, off for a pie and pint (figuratively speaking) and scoot back down, luverly!
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Old 01 September 2008, 18:25   #52
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4. Crown Plaza, again I have permission to use this if neccessary but not keen due to its position and no facilities
Well.. we could suggest we are a 'lower Clyde' delegation looking for some 'facilities' for the commonwealth games .. I know they will do lunch etc, might look a bit odd if we traipse in there in full life jackets etc at first, but if we let them know in advance they might be happy to handle a few of us.. they do dinners for 500 if requested (have been at a few ) .. I'll let you know what polite brush off I get in the morning
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1. I was keen on the Tall ship but the sheer numbers are militating against this. I do have access if we want it to the pontoon but although this would be my preferred option there are just too many boats coming for too small a pontoon.
Bruce, Speedy uses a huge floating fender alongside the ship for "pontoon bashing" practice on his PB2 courses. Assuming there is some way to tie up to that I would have thought it could fit 7 boats no problem. You could then use one boat to ferry everyone else back and forth to the real pontoon. (I am assuming he doesn't have a course on too - as obviously you don't want hit by an over enthusiastic beginner!). He's more approachable than he may have seemed in this thread (I guess his concern is making sure his paying customers are not inconvenienced).
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He does have courses on that weekend and the offer of the pontoon was the one attached to the ship.
Looking at the aerial pics it looks very small.
The tall ship, the pontoon and the razed area behind it are all different to when i lived in Glasgow. There used to be a car dealership and a row of warehouses alongside an empty wharf then.........
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Old 02 September 2008, 05:02   #55
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Sorted!

We have use of the braehead pontoon, its big enough to take all the boats that are likely to come and more, freeish, relatively secure and has a museum and food locally.
I will contact everyone by PM later today that has expressed an interest to swop numbers etc but the basic plan is-
Meeting Kip just outside the entrance at 10:30am on Sunday 7th.
Leave approx 10:45 to allow for stragglers and saying hello.
travel up Clyde picking up anybody on the way,will be arranged with those folk as far as
times and meeting points are concerned.
Arrive at City centre and have a looksee.
Arrive back down river at Braehead approx 12:00-12:30 and berth on pontoon.
Pay to get into museum if wanted (optional), go for lunch at the various food places inside
and outside Braehead.
Approx 13:00-14:00 leave Braehead and travel downriver splitting up as we go to various
recovery points on river.
Go home and relax!

Pontoon use is kind of free, we have been asked for a "small" donation which may consist of enough folk going to the museum or in the worst case a quid or so a skull. Any wrinkles that folk want worked into this now is the time to say! Also if folk want to go to the tall ship or SECC or anywhere else it is a free country and they can if they want.
I have the contacts if they want to make their own arrangements with these venues. Braehead has come out on top because it is the only one that can take the number of folk that have said they want to come and I have had to plan for these numbers, even if not everyone is likely to turn up
Now i just need to go and organise some weather
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Well done Bruce, good work!

We will use the pontoon at Braehead and happy to go take a look around the museum and grab some lunch at the shopping centre.

Best of luck sorting the weather

See you and everyboby else on Sunday

Kim & Susan
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hi bruce
looks like your the cruise meister
we will rv with you at dumbarton rock also Good Looking. I have taken a few cruises up river and use crown plaza it is big enough for all rafted 2 3 up. have done Glenlee and quite happy to to be inside rib (almost always anyway) and stay aboard while you guys visit. think i will use mark1 eyeball and check the facilities tonight (and the beer)will pm you the results tomoro we have also tied to the quay wall which has vertical ladders outside the campagnille hotel its below squinty bridge on north side it has a terrace bar overlooking the river and you can watch the boats
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Everyone now PM'ed that has said they are thinking of coming so if you have not got one then I don't know about you, PM me to make sure I do!
Plan as stated above, will post any last details saturday, weather arranged blue skies booked
seriously though, there is a high coming in to reach us either Sunday or monday, get down on the old knees and pray for sunday morning
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It'll be hard to get lost on the way up as its such a linear feature but for those using GPS;s without charts the following waypoints will give distances etc and meeting points.
KIP 55, 54.607 N, 004, 53.136 W meeting point at kip.
DUMBARTON 55, 55.998 N, 004, 34.311 W meeting point off Dumbarton
PONTOON 55, 52.549 N, 004, 21.604 W Braehead pontoon
GLASGOW 55, 51.281 N, 004, 15.233 W Highest point of run in city.
all positions in WGS 84 and degrees,mins decimal.
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Well you seem to have certainly sorted it Bruce - even the weather looks good at this point for Sunday!
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