Thursday, 24 May 2012

Eight days (a Week?)

Is it Eight Days or a Week until the Thames Raid ? 

That extra day might make all the difference. The pressure is on and people are beginning to show signs of stress.  Mutterings leak from workshops onto the internet. Tempers become short. Long suffering wives, all too familiar with the symptoms shake their heads in pity and dismay while their menfolk toil away. Lists of things to do seem to get ever longer, and then you remember you need to sort out all the camping gear, buy the food, check the car, sort the trailer, and try to remember where it is you are going. 

With the usual improbable prioritisation, Katie got her name plate today. She is still short of a mainsail but there's loads of time yet.  
Thanks to Gavin Williams, a member of the Ancient and Vulnerable St Deny's Rowing and Sailing Club  for making these up for me. I owe him a couple of beers. 

I decided to go Corporate, the font and colour should look familiar. 

Thursday, 10 May 2012

Three and a half weeks to go.

Only three and a half weeks to go until the Thames Raid ! 

Tonight Dr Chris Adney reports that he has completed the construction of his canoe  and now needs to sand, epoxy, sand, varnish etc. 

Meanwhile in a ditch in West Sussex Dr Chris Waite has tested the trim and water ballast on Polly Wee. (You'll notice we are well covered in the medical dept. on this trip.) Don't worry he always looks like that when he's thinking. 

This shot gives more of an impression of her deep bow sections. 

In deepest Oxfordshire Timmo is finishing off his self designed and very attractive Zelva, which is to be powered by Hobie Mirage  Drive. 

And I'm beginning to fit some of the bits and bob to Katie Beardie, although she will get another coat of paint on the deck.