The Beale Park Boat Show is a tad earlier this year, June 3rd to 5th. So our traditional Sunday start will be 29th May 2016.
As I recall we have to:
1) Inform the Landlord and strike a deal on using slipway
2) Check all the 2015 camp-sites. Is there a list?
3) Haggle with the Beale organisers for a parsimonious entry deal.
4) Do the tow car shuffle, book a mini-bus back from Beale on Sunday.
Is anybody entering the boat competition? It doesn't have to be a new build.
Are there any events that clash?
There will be excellent company and the Met Office have said there is a 90% chance of high pressure parked over the UK for the first week of "flaming June". Don't forget your suntan lotion.
Hello All, I'm new to this forum, indeed, I'm new to any kind of forum - so I hope I'm doing this right. I would be very interested in joining in with this years Beale Park raid, if you'll have me. I am a regular visitor to the Beale Park Boat Show and occasionally look at this forum to see what you guys are up to. I started building a 15 foot faering - Oughtred design Elf - about 7 years ago with my son, who has now fled the nest and lives abroad. I have recently re-started the building process - fitting out essentially, and this opportunity would be the catalyst to get me to finish the project and get on the water with it. I've been looking at buying a rowing rig from rowsurfer.com that has a fixed seat but moving outriggers and foot rests. These are usually fitted to surf boards or canoes, but I think the concept would work on a wider beamed boat. Does anyone have any experience with this idea?
With regards the raid, a start at Lechlade sounds perfect to me, but I would happily join in with anything else.
You would be very welcome on the trip, I think we are pretty certain about where we are going this year, it is just the starting point (or points) and the route (or routes)that is still open to debate. Do you have any pictures of your build? Steve
Hi Roger. Having been through more than a bit of experience with an elf. Mine is now 17feet long, there is a story there. The thwarts in the elf support the daggerboard casing and you can't see the way you are going. I did the first thames raid in my elf. I'm taking it to Barton Turf in may if you want to see it. Iain's design for sweeps are quite long, I now use them in the Caledonian yawl. For the raid I made a pair of rear view mirrors. Had a lot of fun hitting the bank!!!! Even more trying to get into a lock. Do finish it the elf is quite lively.
Thanks for your replies Steve and Inwe. Just took these photo's of where I'm at re my elf. Rangs and breasthook blanks are glued up, ready to fit. The spars lying in the boat are from an old Mirror - I'll play around with them. I found some sails at a boat jumble to play with also. I'm not intending to fit a dagger board, but will create a leeboard, and see how that goes.
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The OGA have booked Lechlade for 26- 30th May, so the HBBR will be covered as far as camping and launching are concerned.
See you all there?
And at Beale the following weekend, don't forget to visit the OGA tent at Beale
Hi, I am new to the HBBR but have built well over 20 boats over the last 45 years. I am interested in joining the Thames Raid in my sailing canoe and would like to be kept up to date with arrangements if possible.
You are very welcome to come along, new boats and faces are what helps to make they trip interesting every year. Careful though or you might just find yourself appointed chief disorganiser!
Any chance of a few photos of your canoe?
She looks good, look forward to following her down the Thames.
Provided the mast is short enough (or easy to take down) to navigate the lower bridges you might get some good stretches of sailing in during the trip. Rig looks sufficiently effficient to take advantage of the fluky winds the Thames offers up in places.
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Nice photo, more details please, what design is she, is that a Solway Dory rig?
How does she go to windward?
BTW I also use Craftinsure for my Coot. I also have a canoe so I'm member of Canoe England which gives you free third party public liability, as well as a licence for The Thames & The Broads amongst other places.
Thanks for the comments Tim and Graham. The design is my own and it is a Solway Dory rig, although I shall be taking a small lugsail on the Thames. My question regarding insurance is to do with a possible dinghy project not the sailing canoe as I am already a member of British Canoeing as I also paddle a sea kayak.