Leave the aircraft carrier to port and then down the ICW
Date 1300 Monday 26 September 2011
Joy, it is Monday, they have fixed the bridge and we have a booking for an opening at 1100.
At 0900 we slipped, all systems working and with Gary and Greta as
joint pilot. It was then off up the
and under the first bridge.
A quick VHF call to announce our presence and down went the road barriers and the M25 ‘look a like’ ground to a halt and quickly backed up as far as the eye can see; it almost made our delayed passage worthwhile. Work must have been ongoing as there was a whole troop of chaps in yellow reflectives and hard hats there to watch our stately progress.
The keeper of the next bridge, Dominion Highway, redeemed our impression of the office of Bridge Keeper by not only being charming but delaying the hourly opening by 5 minutes to allow us to get there and pass through. It was hard luck to the motor boats that we had followed through Gilmerton and had been able to pass the High Rise without waiting for it to open.
The final challenge was the
Our pilots seemed relaxed about the whole affair whilst we waited for the lock to empty.
The AYB were ready to receive us and guide us ‘round the back’
and into our winter berth where were all secure by 1300.