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Old 01 August 2016, 10:32   #11
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I launched last year at River Lane, and I plan on doing the same again this year.

They have changed boatlaunch so I cant copy the link, but its the one by the sea scouts and the German school.

https://www.google.co.uk/maps/@51.44.../data=!3m1!1e3


The only bit im unsure of is the storage place for the trailers - last year I followed Tony to the storage field, so hopefully that information will come out soon from NER.

Trailer parking is at the Ham house site where all the race boats park. About 2 miles from the scout camp. Launching is at the end of River Lane.


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Old 01 August 2016, 10:39   #12
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Trailer parking is at the Ham house site where all the race boats park. About 2 miles from the scout camp. Launching is at the end of River Lane.
That sounds simple enough, we're staying at the travel lodge at Kingston which is just down the road i believe.

Our plan is launch Friday (at the River Lane site), take boat to moorings and trailer to Ham house, leave car and trailer there and jump on bus to travel lodge once beer has been shared


Could take a while to bimble up to London from here - but hoping for mid afternoon - is this inside the pollution zone thing?
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I am heading down from Manchester, but going to try and get off early to make some good time.

You didnt fancy camping then...

It wasn't inside the congestion zone last year - so unless its grown should still be OK.

Just remember depending on when you arrive, if you get a mooring you will also need a way of getting back from the mooring - Last year I got alongside a pontoon so made it much easier...
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which day?

Coming down Friday night launching sat am at 6 ham road 👍


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If you're coming from the north, follow the m25 round to the M3 & head into London that way past Twickenham, go over Richmond bridge & turn right. Simples. You'll need a tender if on a mooring, also nav lights & torch(you set off in pitch darkness on the Saturday morning, dawn is around the Houses of Parliament. Depending on the tide, you might have to go through Richmond lock (interesting&#128516. It's a loooong day, take food, drinks & never pass up the chance for a pee👍 you also need to be proficient at herding cats.


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also nav lights & torch(you set off in pitch darkness on the Saturday morning, dawn is around the Houses of Parliament.
With the briefing at 10 why so early - is it that slow a trip down the river to the start?
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You need to allow 4 hours down to lime house pier. 8kn limit from Richmond to Wandsworth, 12kn from Wandsworth to Limehouse. About a 25 mile trip. Tying up at Limehouse is a nightmare, need fenders & a fkin big boat hook to tw4t the bloke who tries to tie up to your engine.🙄


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You need to allow 4 hours down to lime house pier. 8kn limit from Richmond to Wandsworth, 12kn from Wandsworth to Limehouse. About a 25 mile trip. Tying up at Limehouse is a nightmare, need fenders & a fkin big boat hook to tw4t the bloke who tries to tie up to your engine.🙄


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Oh heck - best not tell my crew that - they'll be gutted. I've told them its a 10 am start just down the river

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Thought there no speed limit on Thames 😳. Slow old punt up the river then.


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It's well worth it. We didn't find out about the early start until the night before as we cracked open a crate of larger... they didn't get drunk!

Was well worth it though seeing London so still and quiet at dusk.
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