We planned a bit of a lay in this morning as the Lock keepers on the Thames don't start till 9.00am. Del got up early and wiped down Derwent6 after the rain we had last night. It was clear blue skies and ready for cruising so we ended up setting off at 9.15am
Del was now running along the bank with rope in hand chasing Al and looking for a landing spot to pick him up.. We found a fisherman's landing where we had a chance but Al had Derwent6 in reverse and still the flow was pulling her forward, and it was very close to Victoria Bridge. The good old Beta slowly pulled her back and she then managed to flick the stern round to reverse up on the landing. Del jumped on but we had now grounded and the bow was heading for the bridge. Idling off the mud Derwent6 dropped back in the water just missing the bridge.. Phew!
We then managed to turn back into the flow and let out a sigh of relief with only a few scratches, believe me there was no time for photo's.
It just goes to show, treat the Thames with respect of it will bite you.. Al wanted to have another go at the mooring but Del said thank our lucky stars and lets pay eight pound tonight if we have to..
we went through Old Windsor Lock (still on our own) and then looked for a mooring on the Island. It was now late in the day so no chance but there was still a few moorings in the inside so we pulled across and slipped in under the trees.. yep the beers were out to calm our nerves.
While we were starting to feel better we decided to go out for something to eat.. We had some Tesco's Vouchers left so we thought we would use them at Zizzi's in Windsor. It was a nice walk through the park and along the Thames to the restaurant.