Friday, 6 July 2007

Thames River conditions and strong stream warnings.

Red warning boards notifying strong stream conditions are being displayed at Boseney (Oxford), Clifton, and Whitchurch. Advised ALL river vessels to refrain from navigation on reaches adjacent to these locks.

We'd have to pass through all of these and when taking advise from the pros one lock keeper described us doing thr trip in these river conditions as a suicide mission. Hmmm.

Yellow warning boards are being displayed at St Johns to Boveney, Penton Hook, Chertsey, Shepperton, Teddington. Unpowered vessels are advised to refrain from navigation in the reaches above these locks.

A different lock keeper to the one above said that we'd be fighting the river all the way. Imagine 100 metres of the Thames narrowing down to go under a bridge or around a sharpe corner or worst still through a lock. Like when you put you finger over the end of a garden hose the pressure created at these 'pinch points' would be immense.

It's looking like this trip is going to have to be re-scheduled. Sorry all.

P.S. Please be aware of river conditions by calling 0845 988 1188 when prompted press 1 followed by quick dial 011131 for strong stream conditions - this will give you info on the area that we area covering.