Sunday, 7 August 2011

The voyage up the Thames

On Saturday morning we hoisted sail as we left the mooring buoy and sailed for St Katherine’s dock in the City of London. We managed to sail most of the way down the Sea Reach before the twists and turns of the Thames made us call the engine into use.

The outer reaches of the Thames were a disappointment with industry and disused buildings dominating. Going under the QE 2 Bridge was a pleasant break, watching the M25 crawl passed above your head. Once through the Thames barrier everything changed as we went passed the historic edifice of Greenwich, the Cutty Sark, the Dome, the many blocks of swanky flats lining the river, Canary Wharf and finally up to Tower Bridge.

The amount of boats waiting to lock in was staggering. We arrived at 17.00 and finally locked in 19.45, a tedious wait dodging the river ferries. Finally alongside our berth by half eight the crew kindly took Ian and Ian off for a well earned beer!!

Photos of Tenacity’s first trip up the Thames will follow shortly.

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