Next Saturday's excursion will be to Eling, at the top of the River Test. We will launch at the slipway at Woolston, next to the Southampton ARC boathouse. It is a rather dramatic row, round Southampton docks ending at the pretty basin at Eling where the sailing club has made us very welcome in the past.
XCWeather says it will be a nice dry day with a pleasant northerly breeze.
High tide is about 15.00, so we would need to leave Langstone at about 12.00, returning at about 18.00.
This is a bit difficult. We can either abandon the tow-row and have a local excursion, or split the row with one crew going to Soton and the other staying in home waters.
The row to Eling is longish (12 miles) and involves crossing a major seaway which can be slightly alarming, so the crew needs to be reasonably strong and experienced, and include a tower, obviously. Also, it is local for Teri and June. So I suggest that if we do go, the crew should be me (towing), Tim, Teri, June and Marion.
The 'home waters' crew would be Alison, Ron, Cheryl, John and Liz.
Would that be OK with you all?
Do post if you have any objections to the arrangement.
I hope to arrange more tow-rows in the near future and all will get a chance to participate.
Chris, I really fancied the Southampton row so if Geoff is happy to sort out the local row how do you feel about 6 of us going for the row to Eling so that we can swap about and all get a row if the other 4 are happy to stay local?
Re towing it's not that I'm not prepared to tow I'm just not sure my car is up to it, being rather ancient and although I've done a fair bit of towing over the years I haven't towed anything more substantial than a small garden trailer with my current old jalopy.
Yes indeed, the meeting time at Langstone is 1200. I assume Tim, Alison and I will be there, with Teri and June, the famous 1980s comedy double-act, joining us at Woolston at about 1300. Marion - will you be going to Langstone or Woolston?