And so the great day arrived, for the St Pancras Cruising Club trip to the Medway. We are returning from the Medway in June, weather permitting.
Andy Spring of ARTHUR DENT led the convoy and the organisation, I was his allegedly competent crew, and supplier of various gadgets (depth gauge, more powerful VHF set, wind gauge, GPS tracker etc). The Medway pages on this site include a number of resources we assembled to assist the nine crews with their preparation. This PDF file (34 pages, 4 MB) is a collection of timing, log and charting information which shows how the trip turned out in practice. Only one potentially awkward (but minor) navigational error: see if you can find it.
After the safety brief on Friday night, on Saturday we locked out at Bow and then assembled at the mouth of Bow Creek for the run to Gravesend. We aimed to arrive there about an hour before LW, so we could moor facing upstream in the last of the ebb. After an afternoon of ambling around Gravesend we had a final supper together in the Three Daws. On Sunday we set off at mid-tide, aiming to reach Southend-on-Sea at about low water, and then cruise up the Medway. Four boats carried on to Rochester (one) and Allington (three), but five stopped off in Queenborough. On Monday one of those boats (with a pilot and safety boat) set off for Ramsgate, en route to France (see here), and the other four completed the journey to Rochester.
Photographs from others
- A whole album taken of us passing the barrier by @Watching the Thames – thank you!
- Gravesend pontoon has been tweeting (here)
- More of the Gravesend moorings on twitter here
- There is a real-time photoblog, which starts here
- Flickr album here (added 19th May)
- More photos from GERTRUDE here (added 19th May)
A couple of early morning shots at Limehouse ..
And we’re off …
Gently past the Woolwich Ferry, who as usual
kindly waited for us to pass through (Andy’s photo)
All nine boats – taken by Martin on the Humber Keel GOODWILL, who had joined up with us at Barking.
Continue to Day 2 – Gravesend to Queenborough