> >Low tide can mean that you can't make it under the inside arch of
> >Hammersmith, which makes for an entertaining crash point as boats from
> >both sides aim for that second lamp-post ...
> Surely the second lamppost only applies when you are coming down river
> with the tide? Going up at low tide you need to stay as close to the
> shore as you can, consistent with the need to go outside the bridge
I think that Chris perhaps had a :) on his face when he wrote this.
My top tip in this situation is to come out wide early, so that
oncoming traffic can see you clearly a long way off. Darting out from
behind the buttress at the last moment can cause heartstoppage.
> >Keeping tight round the corner after St Pauls can be a bit of a challenge
> >and then there's the perennial boat magnet of the outfall pipe on the
> >Surrey bank opposite the top of the island, just after which there is a
> >generally very shallow area before the bend - scraping *both* blades on
> >the bottom when you think you should have loads of room is not unusual -
> >keep it quite wide, although watch for oncoming traffic as the moored
> >boats do rather restrict the flow somewhat.
> Not clear what you mean. AFAIK there are no moored boats on the Surrey
> side between the top of the Eyot and the upper side of Barnes Bridge. So
> exactly where have you crossed over? The recognised crossing is upstream
> of all the moorings.
I think what Chris means is that the line of moored boats on the
Middlesex side at this point means boats moving with the stream will
be a little further to Surrey than they otherwise would be
(particularly if they are working side by side, overtaking etc). So,
if you are on the Surrey bank, paddling against the tide, and are
having to come a bit wide to avoid the shallows, you should be wary of
boats travelling with the tide, who are a long way to your side of the
river. Make sense?
> >Although Bernoulli might have everyone speeding up at this point, this is
> >around the crossing point so another careful eye, after which the inside
> >of that bend can be a little shallow, until well after the bandstand. If
> >there's a decent amount of water in the river, the trees here can be a
> >little annoying.
> He was talking about low water
Still a worthwhile point to mention, though. I've seen many, many
singles (and coxed boats occasionally...) tanking it into the willow
trees. In fact, I was a little concerned about Oxford in the Boat
Race this year.
I would back up everything Chris says, but would especially emphasise
that the shoals either side of Barn Elms boathouse now come a very
long way out into the river.