What could have been fraught with mishap ran incredibly smoothly through good management maybe, but perhaps even more so due to the Thames Barrier being raised. This slowed the pace of the river, which can often race along at 4knts, and also seemed to me to keep levels lower than would normally have been the case.
|Royal row Barge and small man-powered boats following|
The East Coast had a very good number representing, these were moored along the Avenue of Sail and included, to name just a few, Cygnet, Pudge, Hydrogen, Boadicea, Endeavor, Pioneer.
The Little Ships cruised passed gallantly echoing the sacrifices made by many, and the inland canal barges had a great showing, but I must have missed the small cruising yachts in the pageant as none came to my notice (but these could well have been obscured behind mist and rain) other than two dinghies both Drascombe gigs who were under motor and one longboat who had strung lines set which looked to represent sails.
|A Canaletto moment - a fantastic sight|
|Tower Bridge fully raised for Royal barge Spirit of Chartwell|
|Well done Steve and the London Nautical School|
|Sea Cadets from across the UK|
|Part of the working Thames today - tugs do a great job on the river|
|St Kat's: Gypsy Moth just visible through the bunting|
|East Coast boats were well represented along the Avenue of Sail|