We travelled down the tidal Thames to West India dock, on the end of August bank holiday weekend for a weekend full of water sports, cruising, relaxing and a bit of showing off (not mentioning anyone in particular….Blue Diamond!).
Three boats attended; ourselves Nick, Tracie, Destiny & Verritty (Blue Diamond), who met David & Carrie (Jacamar), Philip and Kathy (Westwood Bound) at Teddington lock where we united as a group, on Wednesday evening, ready to sail downstream towards the sun early on the Thursday morning.
After a speedy journey through central London, we arrived at the lock a little before 11:00 and had to wait for the lock to be opened.
At West India lock after what seemed like hours sitting in the lock with many other boats, we found our mooring space and moored up together.
Once we had all eaten and reflected on how fun the journey was, we all bedded down for the night.
The next morning we all went for a lovely club day out to Greenwich where we played some very competitive crazy golf, enjoyed the view from the Emirates Skyline, we became news presenters for Sky Sport, although I didn’t know much about sports at all, we bonded over some coffee and browsed around the O2.
On Saturday we had the wonderful opportunity to go kayaking and for the women to practice their helming, although we all know that women are better drivers than men, don’t we?
We then enjoyed a wonderful BBQ with some great dancing from the adults and a very inspirational talk from Naomi Riches, MBE [http://in-vision.org.uk/the-great-thames-row/]. Naomi will be attempting to set a new World Record for the fastest woman to row the River Thames, 165 miles from Lechlade to Gravesend - from the 17th-19th September 2016. The aim is to do this in 50hours or less.
The next night was a formal dinner and who knew that sailors could actually scrub up so well!
On a whole the weekend was an amazing opportunity to bond as a club and learn new things about each other, Destiny and I really enjoyed learning new things about boats and sailing from the more experienced members of the Albany club, and we had an amazing weekend, which we are so grateful to everyone who came and made sure that we all had fun and gave everybody such an amazing opportunity to learn and develop new and existing skills that we were all able to share with each other.
By Verritty Omonuwa