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In spite of the rain four boats set off for London.

SeaLarc set sail from the Deben on Sunday 9 June and on the Monday Waratah set off from the Deben, and Zara and Nakita from Suffolk Yacht Harbour.

With a moderate north-easterly on the Monday we all made good progress with the usual bumpy passage over the Spitway. Some crews were luckier than others in staying dry as the rain was very localised. All three boats made good time, and with an early start envisaged on Tuesday we took the trot boat to the Flying Dutchman for sustenance.

Queenborough to St Katherine Dock

All crews were up bright and early and the three boats left their mooring promptly at 02:30h to take the early morning tide up the Thames. It was a cool morning for June but there was no further rain and it was a relaxed and enjoyable passage. Even as we approached Docklands the river traffic did not betray any of the frenetic activity that we knew must be evident just inland early on a weekday morning. 

A surprising amount of canvas was in in evidence for most of trip. Around breakfast time it was clear that those who were enjoying a bacon sandwich made sure that the wind carried the olfactory evidence to neighbouring boats.

The early start was rewarded with an empty lock at St Katherine Dock just to accommodate Waratah, Zara and Nakita. Arrival at a distant marina is always enhanced by the sight of a friendly face and we were welcomed by John Eggett who was waiting by the lock. We suspected that given the unsociable hour his crew were still in their bunks!

Report From SV Nakita

Skipper Johnny Ranson

Three Moodys Waratah, Zara and Nakita plus speed-ship Sealarc made it across the start line of the annual week-long trip to St Katherines Dock in the heart of London.  The initial sail to Queenborough was delayed until we could avoid a gale.  Sealarc set off a couple of days later, but the Moodys booked a convenient short spell of NE wind the following day.  However it came with free issue rain and was quite fresh, resulting in some very fast but enjoyable sailing, to sample the questionable delights at the Queenborough Flying Dutchman pub - and being rained in there for an hour.  The next morning we took a very early start into the dawn, missing the sunken WW2 ship ‘Montgomery’ full of explosives, then up the Thames to St Kats.

The following week involved many excursions organised by Admiral Rosie who had pre-planned much of it to take account for the rain showers, which were to be a feature for several days.  No matter though, as walks to the new sky-garden at 120 Fenchurch Street,

Leadenhall market, Lincolns Inn Fields, Architect John Soanes Museum, British Museum, Little Venice, Camden Lock, Churchill War Rooms, South Bank etc., were undertaken over the first few days until we retired to our yachts exhausted to just watch the activities in St Kats.

The return trip was also delayed a day because of a possible NE wind and thunderstorms.  The following day saw us motoring down the calm and fascinating Thames.  The next morning departure from Queenborough at very early o’clock into the darkness (yes and a short spell of rain again) we sailed back to the Ferry in a gentle SW3/4.

All in all another good trip to the ‘Smoke’, where despite the rain, there are so many different things to do every year.