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6th June 2014


A river-wide survey of so-called accommodations - which include pontoons, jetties, and moorings - is under way. Owners of such riverside property have to pay for a license but the latest estimate is that 40% - 45% do not.


A recent meeting of the Riverside Users Group heard marinas along the Thames are being targeted by enforcement officers to check on unlicensed boats. In a recent legal opinion obtained by the EA, a barrister has ruled that the existing waterways registration order applies to tributaries, backwaters and marinas as well as the main river.


It looks like the EA is finally getting serious about collecting all the charges to which it is legally entitled! 


Best wishes


Andrew Kirkwood

Derek Jones

Derek Jones

It is with great sadness that I have to report that Derek Jones passed away on 28th May. Derek was lock keeper at Brentford Dock for about 10 years before retiring in 2011. He was involved with the BCC for over 20 years and was elected Vice-Commodore in 1999 and served as Commodore in 2001. He then remained on the committee continuously filling the roles of Rear and Vice Commodore, before finally stepping down last year.

As a former professional photographer Derek organised a training programme for club members to improve their photography skills . In 2002 he started the Club's photographic competition, which for many years was the highlight of our annual Christmas party .

Derek and his boat Hebe III undertook many trips up and down river including many lunchtime trips to the Barmy Arms in Twickenham. Last year he took Bramlies all the way up the Thames to Lechlade.

Derek's funeral will be on Monday 16th June at 3.20 pm at Mortlake crematorium, and afterwards at the Brewery Tap. 

Trip to the London VTS Crentre at Woolwich

Thanks to Steve for organising the trip to the London VTS. Our group were given a warm welcome by the staff at the VTS who explained their role and showed off the technology at their disposal to track vessels navigating the river.

The next stop was Greenwich Yacht Club to displayed their usual hospitality, laying on a lunchtime BBQ.

BCC Events 2014

Coming Up

In Impromptu Cruise
If anybody would like to arrange an impromptu cruise please let me know and will I will pass it on.

Friday 13th-15th June
George is taking his boat to the Solent for the summer leaving on Friday 13th with a view to making the passage over three days. If anybody would like to join the crew, please email George directly at George.Rowell@stjohnschambers.co.uk.


4th -6th July London Ring
Its been a couple of years since the club cruised around  the London Ring and this year we plan to go around clockwise entering the Grand Union Canal at Brentford. We proceed up the Hanwell Flight, probably stopping for lunch at the Fox, before heading to Willow Tree Marina for the night. The following day we will head through Little Venice, Paddington Basin, and Camden Market. The final day will take us through the 960 yard Islington Tunnel, then back to Limehouse Basin for the final leg up the Thames back to Brentford.

If you are interested in bringing your boat on this trip of join one of the boats for the day, please get in touch.

Please renew your membership
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Please pay your membership as soon as possible so that you can be included on the membership list and continue to receive notice of events.

Quick Links
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River Conditions

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

April 2014
13th - Lunchtime cruise to the Anglers or other pub

- TYC come to Brentford and visit Poppadums Restaurant

26th/27th TYC Cruise to Greenwich
May 2014
10th The Olde Swan, Thames Ditton

17th London VTS

25th-27th River Wey

June 2014
13th -15th - Trip to the Solent with George Rowell

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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