STORIES FROM THE LONDON BOAT SHOW


 
WHEELCHAIR-FRIENDLY BOAT FROM THAMES FIRM

A Thames Valley company has unveiled a boat designed for people in wheelchairs to take the helm at the London Boat Show.

The boat by Berkshire company Rowing Solutions is based it on a rowing coach’s catamaran.

The company’s managing director Simon Johnson (above) explained: “An adaptation of the umpire or coaches’ catamaran is ideal for a roll-on, roll-off boat. It comes with ramps and means a person using a wheelchair can get on and off the boat easily by themselves.

“We have tried it with a variety of jetties and it has been fine. It is at the show for the first time and we have had huge interest.

“It is ideal for the Thames with low wash, environmentally- friendly. All-British parts. Ideal.”

Link to Rowing Solutions website

       
THAMES TRAFALGAR RACE ANNOUNCED
 

The Thames Trafalgar Race 2013 - jointly organised by Erith Yacht Club and the Little Ship Club – was announced at the Boat Show. The race, the first of its kind will take place on 19 and 20 October 2013 to mark the Battle of Trafalgar.

It is a two-day stage sailing race starting upstream near Tower Bridge on Saturday 19 October and ending at Erith Yacht Club having passed through the Thames Barrier (a neutral zone where no sailing is allowed and engines must be used).

On Sunday 20 October the second stage will start from Erith Yacht Club and end near Greenwich.
Entries to the race will open on 1 March 2013, with the race entry fee likely to be £20 per boat. A special discount has been negotiated with St Katharine Docks for boats wishing to come to London the weekend before and depart the weekend after the race.

The Notice of Race will be published on February 1st 2013. If you wish to enter or to be added to the mailing list to receive updates, email thamesracing@littleshipclub.co.uk More details HERE

       
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THAMES MARINAS WIN TOP RATING

MDL Marinas' three Thames marinas – Bray, Windsor and Penton Hook - have scored Five Gold Anchors status from The Yacht Harbour Association. The assessments included a mystery shop, berth holders survey and an audit against a wide selection of criteria, offering a review of the services and facilities available.

Mike Gates, General Manager of MDL’s Thames marinas, said: “We are delighted to have achieved the highest standard possible from The Yacht Harbour Association, and by gaining a Five Gold Anchor standard across all three of our Thames marinas is outstanding! This is a huge achievement and demonstrates the consistent quality MDL Marinas offers.”

The scheme has been designed by The Yacht Harbour Association, with contribution from the RYA, to help boat owners make an informed decision on where to berth. Bray, Windsor and Penton Hook marinas scored highly for their design, construction and operation and have all been highlighted as credible, quality marinas.

 
     
       


NEW SMALL BOAT DOCK SYSTEM UNVEILED

The show saw the international launch of a new docking system which allows boats to be kept out of the water when not in use or when work is needed on them. Versadock's DrySail combines a pontoon and roller system so boats can easily be winched in and out of the water.

Primarily designed for lifting keelboats the company forsees uses for a number of different boats and on rivers like the Thames. See a demonstration on the video below or go to the Versadock website.

   
                     

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