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Old 09 March 2002, 17:28   #101
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Excellent day - Thanks everybody.

My Pictures are now in the Gallery

Please add any more pics you have to the gallery thread!

See you all at Cardiff
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Old 09 March 2002, 18:01   #102
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A Big thanks to Jono for initiating this day.

The sight of 7 RIBs on the Thames, passing Tower Bridge and all the other sights was great - and aroused a lot of iiterest from all quarters.

Will put pictures in the gallery as Jools suggested - but just wanted to put one here as a 'taster'
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Old 09 March 2002, 18:18   #103
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High as a kite...

That looks great chaps! And then to think that I've been sniffing glue the whole day getting the old Zodiac ready for action...feeling a bit odd now...the glue made its way to my brain I guess!

That stiff breeze you're referring to now reached Holland, been thinking of you guys out there! Guess you've just been lucky with the weather...err... apart from the recovering bit then.

My time will come...

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Old 09 March 2002, 19:01   #104
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Eddy,
does this mean you are coming to Cardiff then?
If you got time to glue up the Zodiac, you got time to come over for a quick visit.

I promise, we will kick you out of Cardiff on sunday / monday!!!
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Old 10 March 2002, 07:17   #105
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Thank you all for a great day. Special thanks to Alan for taking me on Yellow Tang (and for lending me a tenner!!)
Good to put names to faces and looking forward to meeting up in the near future.
I took 56 photos and will post some in the gallery later today.
For those on the cruise yeterday email me (jwebb333@aol.com) with your postal address and I will send you a CD with all the photos on.

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Old 10 March 2002, 10:55   #106
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My thanks to all as well it was a great day, even the recovery !!! The radio on the way home said it was 60 - 80 MPH winds so when we were cruising against it at say 30 MPH that was an average of 100 MPH wind, this could be why I had to hold on to my hat so hard !!!! So a good day was had by all, I hope to see you in Cardiff. Sorry no photos yet as us lowly bods only have a standard film camera.

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Old 10 March 2002, 12:34   #107
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Nice try!

Nadia,
Should I feel flattered now or are you afraid the turn-up will be dissapointing?

There will be plenty more cruises to come, so I'd rather not risk disturbing the peace here by pushing for SOC.

I just hope I can find a place as a crewman on one of the boats later this year as I will certainly not tow the inflatable to the UK...
Next year with the new RIB is another story...I am already planning a dive/cruise in the south.

Somehow I feel like I'm missing out on all the action in Holland...took a long trip on the motorbike down one of our big rivers today...trying to get as close near the feeling of Ribbing as I could

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Old 10 March 2002, 14:23   #108
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a question for thames cruzers

where did you all park your trailers / cars in relation to the slipway ?

how convenient is this parking ? did you have to pay ?

would be interested for a family day out in the summer.

Also how far did you guys get down the Thames ?

Cheers

( Shame it was blowing such a gale for you , would have been very mild otherwise )
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Old 10 March 2002, 14:41   #109
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Hi Phil

The parking was remarkably easy in the end. A couple of us parked our trailers at the top of the slip (not sure if this would be OK on a spring tide - but think it should be), Jono parked his car and trailer together on the street. There was plenty of parking - which is residents only in the week but free at weekends.

We turned upstream from the launch site and went al the way to Putney Bridge. At Wandsworth Bridge the 8 mph Speed limit comes into force.

On the way back three of us went past our launch site to the Dome. You can go past this to the Barrier - but need clearance from the PLA.

All in all an excellent run- with loads to see to keep the kids (and adults) interested.

(Have you seen te pictures in the Galery?)
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Old 10 March 2002, 15:28   #110
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Splishsplash / Eddy

You can ave a crew place on Topaz any time you like.

Sian's brother is married to a dutch lady - so if there is a language problem we can even solve that !!!
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