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4th March 2014


Well the rain seems to have eased off however red boards are still displayed throughout the length of the Thames.

I attended a PLA public meeting on 11th February. It appears that the PLA are in the process of introducing a board warning system like that on the Upper Thames. They were at pains to point out that the boards will be advisory, however the rowing clubs in particular were concerned that it would curtail their activities as their insurance would not cover them if members ventured out in adverse conditions. Representatives from the PLA and RNLI pointed out that 17 incidents, all involving rowers, had occurred since November, and that the clubs could not not ignore this. Most of these incidents appear to have been as a result of inexperienced crews not allowing sufficient space to turn in the fast flowing river, causing themselves to be washed on pontoons or other vessels.

The meeting ended with tribute being paid to Richard Everitt, the outgoing Chief Executive of the PLA, who was praised for the calm and inclusive way that he had chaired the public meetings throughout his tenure.

Finally, the 15th March sees our first event of the year, drinks in the Snug, followed by supper at the newly opened Thames Restaurant. I hope that you are able to come along and look forward to seeing you then. We would like to give the restaurant an idea of numbers, so if you plan to come along, please let Steve know. stevetatham@hotmail.com

Best wishes
Andrew Kirkwood

Harvey's Joy?
BCC members Harvey and Joy Bell have seen the worst floods since moving into their home in Wraysbury 28 years ago!

BCC Events 2014

March 2014
15th - Saturday - Launch Party - all members and berthholders invited
We plan to meet in the snug at 6.30pm for a couple of drinks before heading off to the newly opened Thames Restaurant around 7.30/8pm. High water is at 14.22 so there may be scope for a short cruise that afternoon should river conditions permit. If you plan to come to the Thames Restaurant please let Steve know. stevetatham@hotmail.com

Thames Restaurent Review

April 2014
18th April Twickenham Yacht Club come to Brentford
Members of Twickenham yacht club will be visiting Brentford by way of a shakedown trip to prepare for their cruise to Greenwich the following weekend. BCC members are invited to join them at Poppadums.

26th/27th April
TYC Cruise to Greenwich Yacht Club
TYC plan to cruise down to Greenwich, mooring at Greenwich Yacht Club overnight and returning on Sunday.

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March 2014
15th  - Saturday - BCC Launch Party at the snug then the Thames Restaurant

April 2014
18th - TYC come to Brentford and visit Poppadums Restaurant

26th/27th TYC Cruise to Greenwich
May 2014
3rd/24th/25th TYC Trip up the River Wey

June 2014
Trip to London VTS - Date TBC

July  2014
4th-6th London Ring

20th Greenwich and the Thames Barrier
August 2014
9th - Sunbury Fireworks

22nd - 25th AYTC Rally at West India Dock 

September 2014
27th Great River Race and BBQ

28th Night Cruise to Limehouse

October 2014
11th - Meet TYC at the London Apprentice followed by fish and chips

25th - TYC End of Season party  

November 2014
26th BCC AGM

December 2014
12th BCC Xmas party

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