Anybody fancy a last-minute weekend cruise on the Thames on Saturday/Sunday 8/9 October?
Venue: Ferryman Inn, Bablock Hythe (near Witney, west of Oxford). The pub is not a beauteous building but has both of the things we need, viz a campsite, a slipway and beer in the evening SORRY all three things we need...
The cost to camp is a reasonable £10 a night. They also do B&B which I may avail myself of as my new tent had to go back to Tesco with a faulty zip.
The idea is to turn up on Friday or first thing Saturday, cruise in one direction until lunchtime, then cruise back again. On Sunday, we will cruise in the other direction.
We have to leave on Sunday evening because the landlord is going on holiday.
The weather forecast is surprisingly clement but the Met Office has not been doing very well lately.
Anyone up for this?
I'll be there! - will appreciate the usual help launching/recovery.
One supply chain logistics problem is I don't have a working electric drive yet, so if no favourable wind I'll have to use the 2-stroke on tickover and keep downwind of everyone etc.
However, Amazon say they can do next day delivery.......
I will speak to the landlord today to ensure we have enough camping spaces. If you want to go B&B I would ring him and book (he says he gets a lot of people coming in at 10.30 and demanding accommodation). The number is 01865 880028.
The Ferryman is expecting five happy campers on Friday afternoon, staying until Sunday afternoon. There are more spaces available and B&B if anyone else wants an impulse weekend on the river. The forecast still looks good!
Yes a great shout Chris and we caught the best of the weather - remember it was October!
The launch of MilliBee reminded me of the Golden Shot - left a bit, right a bit, release! This time she really did roll off quickly.
Thanks to Chris, Richard, Graham and Tim for recovery. With concrete one side and a large bush the other she had to be gently motored in with Richard's Torquedo, right up to the rear roller. I had planned to move forward to connect the winch strap, but the chaps were onto it like an Formula 1 team....no more than a 25 second pit-stop .
A special thanks to Richard for loaning his Torquedo - quite a powerful beast, ideal as a rib tender to get to one's yacht against wind and tide.
It's an ideal location, easy for anyone with a tiny canoe up to a pocket yacht/Wayfarer. Potter around or explore some distance.