After the SPCC flotilla had explored the non-tidal Medway, I rejoined Andy on ARTHUR DENT at Maidstone for the run down to Queenborough. For the main trip from Queenborough to Bow Locks, see here.
Intermittent very heavy rain, which kept threatening to lead to sunny intervals. Chart and log here
Maidstone: the Archbishop’s Palace in the background – setting off downstream in the rain
Six boats already moored up on the concrete lighter at Queenborough – we keep the trot boat busy ferrying us all to and fro,
After a quick dinner at the Flying Dutchman, we were made very welcome for our pre-trip briefing session at the Queenborough Yacht Club. As part of this, I talked about toast, and showed another one of my powerpoint presentations….
Then back to the concrete barge for pudding. Excellent scones by Sue from Indigo Dream – and we each got a jar of special commemorative jam, see the “gadget” photo in the next posting. [Andy photo]
Andrew distributed medals and port, and to mark the 201st anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo we toasted the Duke of Wellington. [Coincidentally, the RMS St Helena paid its final visit to London earlier in the week]. Then some of us caught the final trot boat service just after 2130, for prompt lights out.