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28th June 2013


It was a great pleasure to join Twickenham Yacht Club's River Wey trip and demonstrated to me how much their cruiser section and our club have in common. We have similar objectives, similar boats and all want to go on interesting trips with nice people, with plenty of refreshment stops along the way.  


Our trip was punctuated with the odd mishap, a close shave or two and a lock jam, but accompanying laughter and comradery made for a very memorable weekend.


The next such trip is in August and takes in the fireworks at Sunbury before heading on up to Windsor to take in some racing. It has all the ingredients for a fantastic trip, and I hope that some of you will take the opportunity to go along and find out what you have been missing.  


Finally, we haven't got any cruises planned organised for July, so if anybody wants to organise something, please let me know.  


Best wishes

Andrew Kirkwood

BCC 2013 Events

Coming Up

13th July - Twickenham Yacht Club Regattta 

Spectators welcome - Enjoy the races with a beer from the White Swan.


27th July - The White Swan Raft Race

Steve plans to enter this years race so go and watch him and his fellow competitors get very wet. Another opportunity for a beer at the White Swan! 


10th/11th/12th August - Sunbury Fireworks then racing at Windsor
The plan for this trip is that we should watch the fireworks at Shepperton on Saturday night, then moor up overnight either at Sumbury or Shepperton overnight, before heading up to Windsor Racecourse on Sunday, and then returning on Monday. If you would like to join this cruise please let me know.

16th August - Thames Barrier -
The Ferbers are planning a cruise down to the Thames Barrier. If you would like to join them, please let them know. ferbers@talktalk.net 

24th August - ATYC Regatta at West India Dock

The broad plan would be to rendezvous with boats from TYC and Richmond Yacht Club who are leaving at around 07:15hrs on Saturday 24th August. This will allow for a slow drift down on the tide to the lock entrance opposite the O2. The lock in time is 11:00 and a slow drift means we all stick together and arrive at the lock entrance bang on time.  If you would like to join this cruise please let me know.
Late August/Early September 
Harvey Bell and David Young are planning a trip down to St Katherine Docks. If you are interested in joining them, please contact Harvey.  Harvey@bellgb.com 

23rd September - London By Night
Setting off around 18.00hrs, we will cruise through London as lights come on, arriving in Limehouse around 21.00hrs in time for a beer and a curry. I am hoping that we will be joined by some boats from Richmond and Twickenham yacht clubs, so skippers please let me know if you would like to come along, so I can book your boat into Limehouse. Commodore@brentfordcruisingclub.co.uk      
And Just Been

Steve's RNLI BBQ
Steve's BBQ in aid of the RNLI raised over 800. Thanks to everybody that came along, everybody that helped out and of course to Steve and Nigel who manned the BBQ at day.

River Wey 3
River Wey Trip
Eight boats joined this trip proceeding through Thames Lock and then up the River Wey. The Anchor at Pyrford was a great overnight stop, then it was on the Dapdune Wharf in Guildford to moor overnight on Saturday. On Sunday, the flotilla started the return trip, stopping for a riverside BBQ before returning to the Anchor for last orders. Monday saw the final leg home, with a lunch stop at the Crown before heading back down river.  River Wey 1

Essex Rivers Cruise
George decided to head to the Essex rivers rather than the Medway. He set off in blustery conditions so stopped in Limehouse overnight. Slowly the weather improved allowing him to continue on to Burnham on Crouch, Bradwell on Sea and the on to Ipswich.

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Forthcoming Events

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 then on to Windsor for horseracing on Sunday.
16th - Thames Barrier Trip
24th - Saturday - ATYC Regatta West India Dock
St Katherine Docks TBC
September 2013
7th - Saturday- Great  River race and riverside picnic at Brentford Dock
14 - 16th - Saturday - Monday. London Ring.
23rd - 24th  Monday/Tuesday. Night cruise to Lime House.
October 2013
5th - Saturday - Afternoon cruise to the Anglers in Teddington/Fish and Chips at the Apprentice
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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