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3rd April 2013

It's easy to imagine the people who run the Port of London Authority to be gruff ex-navy types approaching retirement that don't have a lot of time for recreational boaters such as ourselves. It was therefore a great pleasure to meet Darren Knights At Twickenham Yacht Club, aged 30, a cheerful chap, who's title the Assistant Harbour Master Recreational at Port of London Authority and who's remit is to look all recreational boating on the Thames and a lot more besides. I came away feeling that Darren really has our interests at heart and and that if you phone him, he would take your call, and be happy to discuss whatever you had on your mind. Good news indeed.


Best wishes

Andrew Kirkwood

BCC 2013 Events
Coming up
Ye Olde Swan, Thames Ditton
Although it looks like the weather will remain chilly for that next couple of weeks, stream conditions appear to be decreasing, so we are optimistic that a couple of Brentford boats will head up to Ye Old Swan. Plans are still to be confirmed, but if you would like to join this cruise, please call Andrew or email Commodore@brentfordcruisingclub.co.uk

TWC still plan to go ahead with the rescheduled the downriver trip on Saturday May 4th, but because it is bank holiday weekend Limehouse is full. Alternative moorings are being investigated, possibly at Greenwich Yacht Club, and we will send out an update as soon as arranged.

27th April - Brentford Cruising Club welcomes Twickenham Yacht Club

Twickenham Yacht Club are coming to visit arriving around 16.30 with a view to dining at one of the local hostelries before returning at around 7pm. Please come down and welcome them and join us for a pint and a bite to eat if you wish.


28th April - Beaulieu Boat Jumble


If anybody is interested in attending this year's Beaulieu boat jumble please let me know. It's normally a good day out and a great opportunity to pick up boating bits and bobs!

22nd  - 27th June - A Brentford Cruising Club First.
A Medway Cruise

George Rowell and Harvey Bell are planning a Medway Cruise in June. Now looking like it will be 22nd to 29th June. Further details to follow but if you are interested just email Commodore@brentfordcruisingclub.co.uk 


And Just Been.

The Spring Launch Party at Manns

Both members and potential new members braved the wintery conditions to meet in  the Swan in Old Isleworth for a couple of beers, before heading to Manns Beijing for a Chinese. A big thank you to Steve for organising.


  Launch Party 2013


TYC Talk by Darren Knights

A good crowd packed into the ground floor of Twickenham Yacht Club to hear Darren Knights talk about his role at the PLA and his part in organizing the Queen's Jubilee floatilla. Darren was responsible for choosing which boats were part of the floatilla, a task which was far harder than anticipated, as unexpectedly, practically all of the boats that applied fitted the strict entry criteria. Darren and his team managed to anticipate just about everything, so despite the appalling weather everything ran like clockwork...or so it seemed. The only thing that nobody had anticipated is quite how long the raised oar salute by the rowers would take....and the delay was such that the organizers were 30 seconds away from having stop the whole floatilla, which would have called early end to the day.



Darren has a number of ideas as to how facilities and communications for recreational boaters could be improved however as ever getting the budget to put them into action is another matter. With the gradual closure of the Shellhaven oil terminal, a major source of income from the PLA, staff numbers have been reduced and budgets cut. Darren remains upbeat however, and is happy to provide whatever assistance to boaters and clubs on the Thames.  

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April 2013
7th - Sunday - The Olde Swan at Thames Ditton.yeoldeswan-thames-ditton TBC
27th- Saturday 16.30 TYC meet BCC at the Brentford Dock Marina.
28th - Sunday- Beaulieu Boat Jumble Beaulieu Boat Jumble
May 2013
4/5th Downriver Cruise - Greenwich Yacht Club TBC
17th  - Friday - River Wey weekend The River Wey
June 2013
1st - Saturday- Pontoon Party & RNLI Barbeque at Brentford Dock
22nd - Saturday - Afternoon potter upriver
22nd - 29th NEW EVENT  Medway Cruise 

28th -31st Friday - Monday. Windsor/Wraysbury Weekend with horse racing.  

July 2013
13th - Saturday - Twickenham Yacht Club Regatta
27th - Saturday - White Swan raft race - or an excuse for a beer.The White Swan
August 2013
10th - Sunbury Fireworks and Regatta Sunbury Fireworks
24th - Saturday - ATYC Regatta West India Dock
September 2013
7th - Saturday- Great  River race and riverside picnic at Brentford Dock
14 - 16th - Saturday - Monday. London Ring.
21st - Saturday - Evening cruise and Fish and Chip Supper at the London Apprentice
23rd - 24th  Monday/Tuesday. Night cruise to Lime House.
October 2013
5th - Saturday - Afternoon cruise to the Anglers in Teddington. 
18th - Friday - Cruiser end of season party at Twickenham Yacht Club
November 2013
27th - Wednesday - AGM
8pm at the Residents Club
December 2013
7th - Saturday - BCC Christmas Party

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