I'm sorry it's taken so long, but after much hassling, emails and calls, I have eventually received a very nice email from St Kat's confirming that they look forward to welcoming the LOA Flotilla in May. I have indicated that we will arrive at around 15.00hrs BST on Saturday May 27th, approximately one hour before the 15.54hrs BST high tide and that we will probably depart in two groups, on May 29th and 30th. However, now that we've secured our reservation, we have some flexibility to adjust these arrangements to suit everyone's plans.
I appreciate that it's been many months since I last communicated on this topic so some of you who previously registered interest may no longer be available. Equally I am hoping that we can now tempt a few more boats to join us.
St Kat's has always been a unique and exciting venue, providing a tranquil haven nestled under the shadow of Tower Bridge. During the winter they have apparently completed a whole renovation of the marina, with new pontoons, modern services for each berth and upgraded facilities ashore. The email from the marina staff however, confirms that "the charm and convenience of this central London marina, remains the same."
As previously explained, the trip up the Thames must be done on the flood, so the plan would be for the Eastern and Southern Flotillas to meet during the afternoon of Friday, May 26th, on the visitors' moorings on the River Swale at Queenborough, a short distance up the River Medway from Sheerness. The following day we would ride the generous flood up the Thames, passing under the QE2 bridge, through the Thames Barrier, past Canary Wharf, arriving London Bridge at around 15.0hhrs BST.
I have provisionally assumed a party of 7 boats, with some departing St Kats on the 29th and the rest of the 30th. However, this is flexible and I can adjust numbers and departure dates
once the attendees have been confirmed.
The Eastern flotilla can generally make Queenborough in a day from the Orwell/Stour area, but those joining from the South will obviously require a few days to get there. When I've done the run across from the Solent, I've generally stopped over in Brighton and Dover, but I'll leave you guys to make your own detailed plans for that part of the adventure.
In order to coordinate the two groups I will arrange a conference call that we can all dial into, in order to discuss plans and agree approximate timing. Before doing so however I would like to confirm which boats would be interested in joining. When I last communicated on this topic last autumn I had interest registered from the following boats:
Other members have expressed interest, but these were the boat names that I captured at the time.
St Kat's is a great location from where to explore London. In previous East Coast trips we've taken the opportunity to visit Greenwich and taken in a West End show in the evening. I therefore strongly encourage everyone to "give it a go". It's a trip that everyone should do at least once!PLEASE therefore take a look at your calendars and see if you can fit this unique opportunity into your schedules. It will be great opportunity for our East and South coast members to meet up.
If you are able to confirm your previous interest or would like to add your name to those above, please send me an email by March 18th. I'll then set up a conference call for interested parties to discuss the event and confirm their interest. My email address is email@example.com
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I look forward to hearing from lots of you!