It's been another great day on board Chance, thanks to Doug and James. This morning, I got the train from home to Teddington, where I met up with Chance for the journey down to Limehouse. We went into the lock (they put us in the huge barge lock, but using the gates half way down) just after 1pm. There were boats arriving from Brentford in the usual lock (including Parisien Star). There were eight boats in our lock, but all the others were going off at Brentford.
Then we were off down the Thames. We had lunch on the way, before reaching central London, and the exciting bit. It was warm and sunny as we made our way through the city.
There were some big boats around, and it took quite a lot of concentration to steer into all the washes.
After Tower Bridge we were looking out for the entrance to Limehouse Marina. There were three big boats coming the other way, making lots of wash (and I mean lots of wash) which James had to steer into. It put us quite a long way over the river.
Adrian had been in London for meetings, and had managed to get to Limehouse to watch us arrive. He looked tiny up near the entrance to the lock, but took some great photos of us approaching.
It all meant that we ended up doing a straight-in entrance to the lock -- not really what we'd intended, but James handled things really well, and we didn't touch the sides at all.
Going up in the lock, they just open the gates and let the water in. It was raining by then, so we got a little wet as we moored up, at the end of an exciting cruise.
Check out Chance's blog for their account of the day.