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Old 28 January 2002, 17:19   #1
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River Thames Cruz

Thought this now deserves its own thread!

The plan is an informal Tidal Thames Day Cruz on the 2nd March if this is OK - From Putney bridge link for boatlaunch page is -

http://www.boatlaunch.co.uk/Site_dataPage537.html [/URL]

Any groupies or Lady Rib Chiks please post your interest here!!!!!

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Old 28 January 2002, 18:23   #2
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OK - sounds good - I've put it in my calander!

How is parking at that site? Does anyone know? or are there better sites. London gang please advise.

Would anyone else like to do an "Upper Thames" trip - if so I will try and plan one, but am trying to get to grips with the EA's licencing - will start another thread!!
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Parking isn't particularly easy, especially if there are a load of you, although you may be able to leave cars and trailers on the slip itself subject to tides (it's very wide!).

The tides aren't too good that weekend -- it's spring tides which means that there will be strong currents. More importantly, it's difficult to launch and recover at less than half tide which will mean before ~08.00 or after ~15.00

2 March tides for London Bridge:

HW ~03.30
LW ~10.30
HW ~16.00

Spring HW at Putney is London Bridge +~30minutes
Spring LW at Putney is London Bridge +~1hr 40

2 March tides for Putney:

HW ~04.00
LW ~12.00
HW ~17.30

Having said all that, the SIB brigade should be fine at any tide because they can just pick their boats up and carry them. It's only trailers that will have problems at low water . . .

By the way, the picture on www.boatlaunch.co.uk shows the narrower of the slipways -- there is another just upriver opposite Chas Newens Marine which may be easier.

Also on the boatlaunch site is says the speed limit is 4 knots, but it's 8 knots (Geoff, are you listening? )

Anyway, I hope I haven't put everyone off. Have fun!

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Thats the delights of tidal boating!

Tides don't look at all good I'd say. We usually aim to go out over a lunchtimeish high tide. Not wishing to rain on anyones parade or "take over" but perhaps rescheduling for a better tidal window would be a good idea?

I think rather than go to Putney if we come along we'll launch in Docklands at Bargehouse lane nr the Woolwich ferry and meet up on the water.

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The weekends either side are neap tides, so you'd have a lunchtime HW . . .

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Alan, what side of the river is the slip @ the Woolwich Ferry?

Jools are you happy with the window on the 2nd? ie Lauching @ 7am and recovering @ 3pm @ Putney.

If not, can you do the weekend after? ie 9th that way we could do the Oxford trip as planned on the 23/2/01 - This sounds best to me.

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Would love to be there, but 02nd March is the Spirit-of Cardiff exhibition re-launch in Cardiff - so, need to stay local.
If you are changing the dates, will keep my eyes posted to this thread and see what is happening.
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Bargehouse lane............

is on the North bank of the Thames just upstream of the Woolwich ferry. Good if a tad narrow concrete slip projecting out into the River & accessable approx 3 hrs either side of HT. A real bitch in a strong tide! Parking is on street so not room for more than 2 or 3 boats or trailers. (Take it from someone whos planned a Thames cruise before, its the launching and parking which is the difficulty!)

Last time we tried to use the slip it was closed off by scaffolding for the yuppie flats they are building nearby. I would guess it is now reopened as that was last summer.

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Jools, Alan - What can i say?

These so called RIB groupies/Water Chicks are all talk and no action!!!!

I think there after one thing!!!

Just some good chat with blokes and their inflatable toys
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Are we going off topic again here guys? I am pressuming you lot are all male!!! going by your names, or are you in disguise! Hey, relax, just a little dig after that last comment.

I apologise if my life is revolving around the Spirit of Cardiff at the moment (the boat/record not the skipper and crew) and I may not be able to make it to all your do's.

What's wrong with having a good chat with guys and talking about your inflatable toys? I could think of worse things and better - the chat being over a pint!

Have fun if you go on the 02nd March - let me know if dates should change.

btw - groupie talk has another thread, this one is about the Thames Trip.
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