Right then chaps I'm starting a new thread for the St Deny's Visit.
Just a reminder that this is an invite to come and visit our club and use our boats, particularly our Edwardian Rowing Skiffs but also our fleet of sailing dinghies and kayaks. You are welcome to bring your own boats but you will have to launch them at the public slipways and arrive by water. Not a bad idea actually as parking is a serious problem.
St Deny's Sailing and Rowing club is situated on the River Itchen in Southampton.
Our Web Site is here. St Deny's Boats
The river is tidal and we need to have a High Water around noon to make best use of the double high. There are two weekends in May which would work; either 11-12 May or 25-26th which is also the Spring Bank Holiday Weekend.
Can I please have your preferences and any indications of interest.
St Deny's Sailing and Rowing Club.
The May 11-12 date was the most popular. The ice should have pretty much melted by then.
At the moment there only seems to be three takers unless others are keeping their powder dry.
So now would be a good time to speak up if any more of you are interested.
Sorry to have been silent....busy.
Cant do 11/12 May as I am coaching those days and it is the Hamble River Raid on the Saturday (huge fun btw). Can do 25/26 as long as I can avoid Weymouth Regatta.
Its now less than a week until the visit to St Deny's Sailing and Rowing Club.
Which in case you have all forgotten is on Sunday 26th.
So far I've had interest from Timmo, CW, AdminPaul, Chris Adney, Chris Partridge, and a late entry from Wayne Oliver.
If there are any others lurking who would like to come can you please shout, similarly if any of you now can't make it, it would be good to know.
Some of you are coming long distances so you might prefer to car-share, I think there are two from the Oxford area, two from Gloucester/Cotswolds, and two from Arundel/Chichester.
Parking near the club can be problematic, there is a small car park over the river in Riverside Park but it gets busy. I might be able to arrange something once I know the numbers.
You will all have heard that tides can be a bit peculiar around the Solent.
Low water on Sunday is at 05.51 the rising tide stops rising for a while during what is known as the Young Flood Stand, this will occur between 08.00 and 10.00, at a height of about 2.0m.
After 10.00 it will begin to rise again until First High Water at 12.25 at a height of 4.8m. It will do a brief curtsy and bob back up to Second High at approx 14.49 at a height of 4.4m. After that its a steady decline all the way back to LW at 18.12.
All of this gives us a window of opportunity from about 10.30 until 16.30 at the latest.
So if we say 10.30- 11.00 ish at the club.
We may want to consider a picnic lunch or a BBQ at the club. I'll find out if the bar is going to be open.
I will be there, but might be a bit late as I will be rowing on the Blackwater on Saturday and returning on Sunday morning. I will have to get shot of a massive grp boat before coming over to Soton as well.
And it had occurred to me to come by boat, but I'm busy being a Grandpa at until Thursday lunchtime and the trailer is only half renovated, so I do not currently even have a way of getting Ms 'PW' to the water.
hi Graham and all
long time since I have posted on here an habitual lurker in the wings. If its not too late I would like to participate in the St Denys event if that is still possible, just me sans le boat and I will be driving but I can take my chances over the river if parking nearby is not on, staying in town overnight so should be able to get there early.
look forward to seeing you all on Sunday Paul