Boat Day

Thursday, 26 June 2014

If you read some of the more extravagant blogs on the tinterweb then the title “Boat Day” might conjure up the image of ladies on yachts in billowing dresses, clutching their hats with a glass of champagne in hand. Unfortunately, dear readers, you won’t find that here, but read on anyway!
Boat day began on Saturday with me grumpily rolling out of bed at 7am and wishing we’d never signed up to such early morning activities. We headed off to Waterloo to meet the gang and jump aboard the 9am train to Datchet. Where!? I’d never heard of it but it turns out it’s a town on the Thames, somewhere near Windsor.
We arrived at the boat rental centre and I admit that even I was secretly hoping for an impressive yacht type vehicle for the day. Unfortunately I was presented with the Sandringham Lady.

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I was reassured it had everything we needed…..a toilet, radio and fridge. No champagne, boat shoes or burly crew for us. We loaded into our big box and set sail.

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Boat day

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Steering a boat is tricky business and we didn’t all take to our sea legs quite as well as Gav, our nominated Captain. You spin the steering wheel but it doesn’t react for a couple of seconds then you find yourself frantically spinning the wheel in the opposite direction before you crash.

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I bet you think it’s easy, cruising along the
Thames at 5mph (!) but it can actually be quite difficult especially when confronted with the locks. Adam caused extreme panic and shouting when he missed our designated parking spot but then redeemed himself by expertly rocking a 3 point turn, much to the amusement of all the other boats and passers by.

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The lock keepers are serious boat enthusiasts who direct you in and insist on, I speak no word of a lie, no music “in case the sh*t goes down!” On the way back we actually experienced the “sh*t going down” when a drunken sailor fell in the lock and needed to be dragged put by a pole!
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Boat day

The locks happily meant the boys got to show off their muscles by pulling ropes and doing other manly things. I thought I’d give it a go but quickly gave up when the lock keeper asked me if I had a stern mate ….”urmmm I don’t know what you are insinuating mister but we’re all happy on this boat!”

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Boat day
We cruised along for 3 hours, taking in the sights of Windsor Castle, Windsor Racecourse, and some very fancy houses.  Then we stopped for lunch at a pub before turning around and sailing the whole way back again.

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Boat day

Boat day

The boys mostly spent their time doing this.

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Man overboard.
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And the girls discussing this.
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This is someone’s boat house, I’d happily settle for that!

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The boys were so keen for drinking that they even let us ladies take the helm. 
For me, it went a bit like this, “yay I’m sailing! Quick take a picture. Ahoy there me hearteys, grab me a wench and a bottle of rum”. 

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This quickly changed to “OH NO we’re crashing, quick someone take over!” as the guys leapt up shouting “REVERSE REVERSE!” Women drivers eh!
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Ediye pretending to listen to her boating lesson!

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Aye Aye captain!
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It was a great day out, lapping up the sunshine with friends. Prices are pretty reasonable (£33 p/person for a whole day) if you can fill the boat to its capacity of 12 people. If this all seems like a bit too much effort for you then I suggest you head to Hyde Park and hire a rowing boat, much less crashing involved! 

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Boat selfie!

Hope you enjoyed reading about our boating antics.

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Little London Girl x

7 comments:

  1. beautiful pictures *_* i think you have really fun! I`m glad if you visit my blog, too <3

    xx
    beauthi.blogspot.com

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  2. What a fun thing to do - I didn't even know you could do that, am investigating for a weekend soon now!! :)

    Rosie x

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    1. you definitely should, so much fun! Bring someone who's good at driving though!! :-) x

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  3. ooh looks like fun! Just experienced lots of crashes punting in Cambridge recently, it was rather stressful! Will be looking this one up to do in the summer :)

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    1. haha did you!? I'm desperate to try punting. That might be my next boat day post! x

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  4. I had no idea you could rent these, looks like such a great fun day. Being the Captain suits you haha, love your dress.

    Belle x Part of Belle's world

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