The voyages of PicoMicroYacht, a seaworthy small sailing dinghy converted for rowing long distances, fitted out with a removable rowing system with slides and riggers. On 26th July 2012 PicoMicroYacht crossed the English Channel from Folkestone to Cap Gris Nez. Subsequent voyages, including rowing round the western tip of Cornwal)l (2013), down the Thames River (2014), along the South Coast of England, around the Isle of Wight (2016) and across Ireland (2017).
Saturday, 26 April 2014
Monet, World War 2, rowing trials and being 'in the groove' at Henley
I set off again and quickly came to Pangbourne, where a
bridge was completely demolished to be rebuilt.
I couldn't help thinking Monet
could have painted this scene, including the cranes and the clouds, a mixture of modernity and nature.
When I got to my next lock, Mapledurham, I was kept hearing
a series of bang noises, like small arms fire or semi-automatic rifles. Rounding
a bend in the river looking through the trees I could see some soldiers in
World War 2 uniform.
I had stumbled across the Mapledurham at War event in
which visitors were invited to 'taste the atmosphere of army and civilian life
as war rages across Europe.'
Further down an amphibious vehicle was making it's way upstream
I reflected on the contrasting peacefulness of the Thames as
it meandered through the pastoral landscape.
After Reading I took a break in what I thought was a little inlet
But looking over the bank I saw stretching into the distance
an Olympic size 2000 metre size course - I was at the start. Under 23 rowers
were being trialing for the national squads and shot off the start at three
times PicoMicoYachts maximum speed.
After some more Monet like scenes, the river seemed to pick up pace.
Henley came into view.
was glad to stop at the Angel Inn for Lunch.
PicoMicroYacht rested whilst I visited my favourite vinyl store 'In the groove' and bought
(sorry it is cheesy) a recording of La Mer, which I had to protect from the
rain for the rest of the trip to Marlow.