As you know the Queens Diamond Jubilee will be taken place on June 3rd.
The procession of boats will take place between 2:00pm and 6:00pm, starting upriver of Battersea Bridge and finishing downriver of Tower Bridge.
Thames Pageant - LIVE! Will be giving you a very special and unique view aboard one of the boats taking part in the flotilla - Broad Ambition. She will have made the journey from the inland rivers of the Norfolk Broads where she was originally built in 1966 by Jack Powles of Wroxham for the their hire fleet.
This journey alone will be a test for boat and crew alike, since she was never designed for coastal waters.
So theres the first part of the journey -
Passage Itinerary - Part 1
Thursday evening 24th - Crew arrive onboard 'B.A' Griff - Skipper/Navigator/Comms, DollyD - Comms/Logistics, Capt Chaos - Helm/lookout, BreamSlayer - Deck crew/Stores/Lookout, Wizard - Helm/Lookout/Deck crew
Friday 25th - 0700 Sail from Stalham to arrive Potter Heigham no later than 1000, whilst underway (after Ludham Bridge), rig NBF mast, NBF Standard, dressing lines, jackstaff, clean down upper scuppers, hull and windows
1000 - 1100 - Complete preparations for media event, change into pageant rig.
1100 - Potter Heigham, commence with Media photo shoot and meet our sponsors QDS (Lathams) - volunteer NBF members for photo shoot in attendance (Need to dip NBF mast and Jackstaff for footbridges in H.W'S)
On completion - De-rig pageant gear, change into normal cruising rig (exchange onboard gas bottle for a full one) and proceed to LBBy
1400 - Continue with last minute preps for the afternoon whilst alongside, complete de-store non essential stores and RAS(s) for trip to Thames. Collect Liferaft by road from Ipswich
2200-ish - GriffTiff (Chief engineer) arrives onboard
Saturday 26th - Sail for Oulton Broad and Lake Lothing, to arrive nlt than 1500 for pre-booked locking. Proceed to fuelling jetty (booked) , brim the tank then alongside MTB102.
Once down on on the Thames, the on-board cameras will be turned on so the world can have a view form various cameras set up on Broad Ambition.
This epic journey for a 1966 wooden Broads cruiser is without doubt not going to be easy nor cheap for the owners and crew.
They are still looking for sponsors so if you or any Companies would like to sponsor them then please get intouch. The Skipper can be contacted on 07966168647.
To follow them once into the Thames you can log on to www.thamespageantlive.com
I will try and update this post as and when I get more information.
Lets hope for good weather for the voyage !
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