Had a great day yesterday with Jon Brooks in his 9m Ribcraft Micki Dee Bee. Jon had been chartered for the day by a guy from London, and myself and Nelson Wood from the Ramsgate RNLI crew offered to go along for a journey there as crew
The four of us set out from Ramsgate at 7.45am, up came the sun, tho it got a bit grey later on, fantatsic crusing on calm seas. Took in the wind farms and Montgomery (which chose not to explode once again) and we were moored up at Tower Bridge inside three hours, a journey of 72 miles. Never done the Thames under th dartford bridge before. Grim isn't it!
We buzzed around for a few hours, taking in the sites. Got a tug from the River Police under Blackfriars bridge, a real pompous Dimbleby that "Didn't recognise the vessel sah, and seeing the fuel cans, what with you heading for parliament and all, decided we had best investigate. The world having changed sah, can't be too patronising - sorry, careful, can we now sah?" Nob.
Grabbed some lunch, left around 3pm, but even with the spare fuel we had aboard had to stop in at out fuel dump at Whistable... the beasty consumed around £450 fuel there and back.....<gulp!>
Arrived back in Ramsgate after a great run totallying 150 miles, the last hour or so being in compelte darkness - easy work with a 12" Standard Horizon plotter! The boats a gem, brides beautifully, very stable and dry.
Few pictures from a superb day out - thanks Jon!