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Scholar Gypsy

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Scholar Gypsy last won the day on April 1 2014

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  1. One other comment. When the river is in flood upstream you should expect more rubbish - tree trunks, cars, weed and assorted flotsam and jetsam - in the river. So a good lookout might be a good idea.
  2. I really must try harder to understand Facebook's security model. Anyway here's a quote from Will Rayner: "For the record is was me. I was the “Tupperware” skipper, and an experienced one to boot. We’ve had many boats in my family over the years, including on the Thames (not now tho sadly) so we hired one for the week on this occasion. Didn’t expect to be rammed by an arrogant angry man in this manner tho. He needs to chill! 🙈 happy to discuss any element of this that you feel I was in the wrong for. Which side of the waterway should he pass me? Should he not have figured we may be looking for a mooring" and then a bit later in response to a couple of questions "Immediately before and after that is said, I dropped my engine speed (watch the video with sound on). It was a jokey acknowledgement from my wife that the CB had his eye on it from a lot further away, but it was 100% ours to calmly claim first. Just because he was arrowing across the river, and not tickling up the bank as we were, doesn’t make it his mooring!"
  3. The cruiser skipper has commented on FB, here (public group so I think anyone can see it) https://www.facebook.com/groups/NarrowboatOwnersGroup/permalink/2462548477356759/?comment_id=2462578547353752&reply_comment_id=2462716424006631 ... although in fact they reduced speed at that point, rather than racing for the spot..
  4. There are some videos of the flight at Beziers, which I think ditchcrawler may be referring to! If you skip through this you get the general idea ...
  5. Here's the full document if anyone is interested. Some interesting incidents ! https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/835520/2019-SD2-MAIBSafetyDigest.pdf
  6. It's still there, very handy stone surface for punting along that stretch .... (Trick question, how many balls are there today on that bridge?).
  7. I found one website for people who love skips: https://loveskiphire.co.uk/
  8. I'm not entirely sure I have understood the problem. But my general approach in a cross current (eg on tidal waters, or with a strong crosswind, or I think in the case you describe) is as follows. For the sake of illustration assume the cross current is to the left, and that there is nothing coming the other way. [Sound your horn, and hope that the boat coming the other way knows you have priority.] 1) Work out the course that you want the boat to take over the ground 2) Adjust the direction the boat is pointing, and engine speed, to achieve this result. 3) Don't worry too much where the boat is pointing. Focus on where it is going. You will be pointing to the right of where you want to go. 4) If the boat is drifting to the left of your intended course then steer more to the right, or increase power, or both. 5) If the boat is drifting to the right a bit then steer a bit less to the right, or reduce power, or both. 6) At the last minute you will need to straighten up to get the bows through the lock gates. You may need to increase power at the same time. Don't straighten up too early (or too late!). 7) It's best to go at a reasonable speed, but with some power in reserve. Being tentative doesn't usually end well. If you need to stop (eg if someone is coming the other way and not stopping) then do a 180 turn (to the right in this case, ie into the current) and then hold position by pointing the boat directly into the current. If there is room to turn. This video of going into West Stockwith might help. (the current is left to right here, so the opposite scenario to what I have just written).
  9. Thanks, of course it's not really a river .... 😊
  10. They're having a tough time in Devon, too ... https://www.devonlive.com/news/devon-news/customers-trapped-newton-abbot-pub-3372500?fbclid=IwAR11CynU0HwibDZwq7tyxLobB0JCnWvQTTnOSeJ8zPbJbE1_dVWPIZwx3jY
  11. As others have said, the answer to your Q is no. One way of demonstrating this, perhaps, is to imagine stop planks being put in at the next bridgehole upstream, with the water at the same level on both sides. This won't change the forces on the lock gate. If you pump out the water on the other side of the stop planks then that also doesn't change the forces on the lock gate. Therefore the forces on the lock gate are independent of the length of the pound.
  12. The height difference between either side of the gates is what matters. The length of the pound does not affect the forces on the gate, although it will affect how long it takes for the levels yo equalise once the gates are open.
  13. Google Earth (which I find easier to use than google maps) says the river below the lock is about 85' wide, but as noted above it's not far to reverse back to the junction with the backwater.
  14. He was 700' off the main channel of the river, in a canal section, so would be perfectly safe just above the gates. A few hundred yards upstream are some nice floating pontoons, and also Trent lock which gives access to the Erewash, a third safe haven. Unlike some locations, these are flood gates (one pair of gates) not a flood lock (with two pairs of gates).
  15. I've crewed on a couple of boats doing this trip, bringing my VHF radio etc. Paringa makes a very important point, about clean fuel. Anchor and lifejackets are also important, and VHF radio. Depending on the cruising speed of your boat, I would set off from Teddington at about HW London Bridge (1 hour before HW Teddington), so you are looking for a day when HWLB is between say 0800 and 1500 BST (7 and 14 GMT). I could crew on 8 9 or 10 October (HW 10, 1130 or 1230 BST respectively). I would be crew, NOT a pilot or skipper. (ETA, in any event the tide times are not convenient next week, 0415 and 1630 on 1st October etc. Night cruising not recommended). https://scholargypsy.org.uk/2019/07/24/teddington-to-limehouse-july-2019/
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