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This is a record of our trip, rowing down the Thames

Date:    Thursday 1 June 2006 - Monday 5 June 2006

Crew:    Peter Watts, Mehdi Vahdati, Philip Turner, Andy Lelean

Route:   Lechlade to Richmond (128 miles - although our book only counted 122)

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Many thanks to Peter for his pictures.

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Laura

Lechlade (11:00 a.m. Thursday) - Captain Grumpy stroking us out

Thursday Lunch: The Swan, Radcot Bridge - Mile 6

Thursday Night: Pinkhill Lock - Mile 20. Walked into The Talbot, Eynsham.

Friday Lunch: The Isis, Iffley Lock, Oxford - Mile 29

Friday Night: Shillingford Bridge Hotel, Shillingford - Mile 46

Saturday Lunch: The Riverside, Reading - Mile 65

Henley-on-Thames

Down the Henley course - (now, I've got a small exercise for you!!!!!)

Hambleden Lock

Saturday Night: Campsite, Hurley - Mile 78, walked into Hurley dinner at Ye Olde Bell

Sunday 4th June - Approach to Marlow Suspension Bridge

Bray - The most miserable unfriendly people we encountered all weekend, NEVER go there!!!!

Sunday Lunch (4 p.m.): River House, Windsor - Mile 95

We flew through Windsor at full speed, scattering tourists in hourly hire boats (great fun) - note castle in background

Romney Lock (nr Eton)

A bit of light rain (2 different reactions).

Just past Old Windsor: Mile 100. Sunday Evening circa 8 p.m.

Bell Weir Lock

Sunday Night: Staines; Swan Hotel (beer) & Thames Lodge (bed) - Mile 102

Hampton Court: Someone pop in and ask Henry VIII if he needs a lift to Richmond.

Nearly there: Teddington Lock, 46th and last

Monday Lunch: The White Swan, Twickenham (our training pub) - Mile 120

4 x Rare Steak & Chips + 10 pints - perfect

Richmond Bridge - Mile 122 (actually 128 from start, we lost 6 miles somewhere along the way).

All that way, no one fell in, all we lost was 1 butter knife and then Mehdi drops his phone in!!!!

The END - Mile 128

The White Cross; Water Lane, Richmond.

9 pints of Ordinary, 3 pints of special and 1 bottle of Laurent Perrier.

Quite the best toilets of the trip (like being at the Dorchester)

Anonymous bottom blisters (mercifully out of focus)

Anyone for a penguin?

Some Numbers

5 mph
8,800 yards/hr
20 strokes/min
1,200 strokes/hr
7.33 yrds/stroke
   
240 strokes/mile
30,713 total strokes
23,035 strokes each (coxing for 1/4)
5,119 strokes/day (4.5 days)
4.3 hours/day (pulling blades)
   
46 locks
4.5 days
20 minutes/lock
3.4 hours of locks/day
   
0.5 Elevensees
1.5 Lunch
0.5 Tea
2.5 Total
   
10.2 Hours Per Day
   
10.3 51.5 hrs / 5 days

 

Day Session Location Start Finish Hours Cumulative Leg Miles/Hr
    Lechlade       0    
Thursday Morning Radcot Bridge 11:00     6 6  
  Afternoon Pinkhill Lock   20:30   9.5 20 14         2.11
Friday Morning Iffley Lock 08:00     29 9  
  Afternoon Shillingford Bridge   20:00     12.0 46 17         2.17
Saturday Morning Reading 08:00     66 20  
  Afternoon Hurley   20:30     12.5 78 12         2.56
Sunday Morning Windsor 09:30     95 17  
  Afternoon Staines   21:00     11.5 102 7         2.09
Monday Morning Twickenham 09:00     120 18  
  Afternoon Richmond   15:00     6.0 122 2     3.33
                 
        Total     51.5 122   2.37
          128   2.49

NB: The miles per hour column above includes all locks, breaks and other stops throughout the day.

Actual rowing speed was approximately 5 mph.