Let’s Have a Parade to London

Still trying to catch up with myself.  Glad there is a Starbucks right by the boat though I wish they did not close at 8pm.

OK this is weird posting, but have a brother and sister living in Seguin! Hi Riley and Sandy

OK this is weird posting, but have a brother and sister living in Seguin! Hi Riley and Sandy and family

Trip to London with the boats was much fun.

Helping each other get lifejackets ready. Amazing we do not even move boat at doc Amazing, we do not even move the boats from one dock to next without our lifejackets.

Helping each other get lifejackets ready. Amazing we do not even move boat from one dock to next without our lifejackets.

It started with a practice on how we will be doing the parade out of St. Katherine’s Docks in London on the 30th.  Incidentally there maybe coverage on early morning NBC show this coming Sunday of the beginning of the race start.

Cool boat on way out of harbor.

Cool boat on way out of harbor.

And there were people along the shores waving to us all the way out of Gosport and Portsmouth.

So all if you band director peers and students this was definitely DJaVue.  How to keep the interval distance between boats, stay in a straight line (what??) then circle in a nice smooth shape allowing the other boats in when they came out.  Amazing thoughts!

Lining up. Where is the drum major? We have the band director on the VHS telling us what to do.

Lining up. Where is the drum major? We have the band director on the VHS telling us what to do.

And UNICEF boat has a professional Trombone player from London that has been entertaining us as we wait for orders. Yes he is using a plastic trombone. And an excellent player!

And UNICEF boat has a professional Trombone player from London that has been entertaining us as we wait for orders. Yes he is using a plastic trombone. And an excellent player! He is guy standing toward the front.

Band kids never get tired of waiting for parade to start. What is with these adults?

Band kids never get tired of waiting for parade to start. What is with these adults?

Finslly in linr though we do have some spacing issues toward the front! Silly boats. We are doing fine as we have UNICEF and T-Bone player 2 boats behind keeping us in step.

Finally in line though we do have some spacing issues toward the front! Silly boats. We are doing fine as we have UNICEF and T-Bone player 2 boats behind keeping us in step.

OK, parade practice over and now for a 2 day sail to London

OK, parade practice over and now for a 2 day sail to London

Feels much better just enjoying sailing the boat.

Our Master and Commander waving his arms back there?

Our Master and Commander waving his arms back there? Nope, just Elco giving us the all is good sign!

Just a little work on the way.

Just a little work on the way.

Rechecking the Chafing lines on the reefing lines.  Got to go up and down 4 times!

The awesome sunset some of you saw on Facebook

The awesome sunset some of you saw on Facebook

Windmills in the middle of the sea. Hmmm, you can tell they are not Texans.

Windmills in the middle of the sea. Hmmm, you can tell they are not Texans.

Anchoring to ready for a 4:30am rendezvous for the move up the Thames.

Anchoring to ready for a 4:30am rendezvous for the move up the Thames.

Really amazing how this has to be timed for the tides and the basin perimeter opening into London.

Elco and Nik auditionaing for So You Think You Can Dance! Actually just happy to be going.

Elco and Nik auditioning for So You Think You Can Dance! Actually just happy to be going.  Barnaby just keeping clear and driving.

Justin, our engineer checking out the local industrial scenery.

Justin, our engineer checking out the local industrial scenery.

Jen audtioning for a famoujs mov ie part. Only she won't turn around and lean on the bow and open her arms and sing.

Jen auditioning for a famous movie part. Only she won’t turn around and lean on the bow and open her arms and sing.

Name that famous movie and star!!  Many oscars!

The guard station for the perimeter basin that we are moving slowly so as to get there at exactly the correct time.

One of The guard stations for the perimeter basin that we are moving slowly so as to get there at exactly the correct time.

Singing now? American Idol next?

Singing now? American Idol next?

Passing Royal Naval Academy. Over the hill is Greenwich time.

Passing Royal Naval Academy. Over the hill is Greenwich time.

Going to try to get a pic of hitting N00, W00 longitude and latitude on way out.

Deb and Alex looking forward to getting there!

Deb and Alex looking forward to getting there!

Getting lines out for St. Katherine's Docks

Getting lines out for St. Katherine’s Docks

Yep need lots of bumpers also!

Yep need lots of bumpers also!

And we are just outside the gates of St. Katerine's Docks!!!!

And we are just outside the gates of St. Katerine’s Docks!!!!

Made it!

5 thoughts on “Let’s Have a Parade to London

  1. Looks like you have a jovial crew…every day seems to be an experience!! Love all of your photos!
    Hand that camera over to one of your sail mates now and then…want to see more pics of Linda McDavitt in action. Best of Luck…Sharon and John

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