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Post Options Post Options   Quote patj Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 27 Apr 15 at 6:24pm
Watch out for the trees overhanging right where you'd like to put your mast - gets expensive in burgees otherwise!
And learn to spot the minute windshifts and eddies.
Old Merlin Rockets under 6ft wide are popular river boats on the Thames - they were first designed at Putney so suit local conditions.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Rupert Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 27 Apr 15 at 9:19pm
Getting stuck in the trees is certainly a river pass time. There is a particular favourite at Bristol Avon, but I suspect where you'll be sailing has a bit more space.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote ASok Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 05 May 15 at 9:48am
First sail on the river this weekend. Breezy and gusty conditions. Sailing in a borrowed laser for the first time in about 10years.

Good fun sailing. Totally different from the cat sailing I've been doing over the last few years. Gusts were difficult to manage, but the lulls and shadows were worse. I seemed to go so slowly at times whilst others ghosted along.

River traffic was also entertaining - and its early in the season.

Looking forward to my next outing and knowing that windy weekends on the river don't come along often enough.
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If there is a footpath on the other side best thing to do is to follow the best sailor on foot taking a note book and a camera, you can soon get a reasonable idea of where to go in the prevailing wind.
 
The wind also changes direction as it crosses the bank, always shifts to try and cross at 90degrees so can produce a usefull lift very close to the bank.
 
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