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Ceremony welcomes Tetzlaff Yacht Sales

Local business owners joined Tetzlaff Yacht Sales owner John Tetzlaff at a May 10 Greater Stillwater Chamber of Commerce ribbon-cutting ceremony welcoming the new business to the area.

Tetzlaff Yacht Sales sells a variety of boats, houseboats, trawlers, motor yachts, open bows and more. Owner John Tetzlaff developed his interest in water in his early teens when he would canoe down the St. Croix River with friends. At the time he found it hard to believe that anyone would be interested in buying a boat that had all the comforts of home including air conditioning, a real bed, a generator and engine.

His love for boating evolved and expanded leading him to enter the boat sales business in 2003. Last November. he started his own business, and in December, Tetzlaff Yacht Sales opened their first office location.

Tetzlaff’s motto is “If it floats, I will sell it.” He works with brokers worldwide to meet his customer’s needs. He has sold boats in many countries including Canada, Europe, Russia, Australia and New Zealand.

Tetzlaff Yacht Sales is located at 575 Main St. North in Stillwater. For more information visit www.tetzlaffyachtsales.com, call 651-214-9463, or email at jat787@cs.com.


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6 rescued after fishing boat hits rocks in NJ

BARNEGAT LIGHT, N.J. (AP) — The Coast Guard rescued six people
from a life raft Thursday after their fishing boat hit the
rocks and sank along the New Jersey shore.

The 38-foot fishing vessel “Southern Comfort” ran aground while
traveling through the Barnegat Light Inlet and began taking on
water, sending the six scrambling onto the life raft, the Coast
Guard said.

The six were checked out by emergency medical personnel but
none was hospitalized, the Coast Guard said.

The Coast Guard identified the six as the vessel’s captain,
Albert G. Stork, whose boat is homeported in Forked River;
Dennis Koleszar, of Forked River; Bill Sagion, of Little Egg
Harbor; and three men from Pennsylvania, Gary Mertz of
Northampton, Albert Kristoff of Glenshaw and John Wargofchik of
Greensburg.

Two Coast Guard boats from the Barnegat Light station were
dispatched after a crewmember radioed in a distress call at
about 7:45 a.m.

The fishing boat floated off the jetty and sank with 350
gallons of diesel fuel aboard, the Coast Guard said.

Chief Warrant Officer Jay Greiner, the commanding officer of
the Barnegat Light station, praised the captain for marking
sure to brief all those aboard before leaving dock on where the
safety gear was located and how to use it.


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Sailing: First Open provides real challenge

by Alan Mallett


Thursday, May 31, 2012
5:24 PM

NBYC’s first Open for the BODs drew 16 starters for what proved to be an intensely competitive weekend with a variety of wind shifts combining to provide a real challenge to crews and Race Officer alike.

The level of expertise required is shown by the fact that winners Jimmy Tubby and Paul Timewell counted seven points, but these sufficed to give them the Horsey Sweepstakes Cup and the Marsh harrier Trophy, the latter based on the first and last races. Stu and Rosie Rix were two points adrift in second place, without gaining any wins. John and Mavis Carrington, third race winners, followed a point behind, while Mark Oakes’ last race win wasn’t quite enough to lift him ahead of Tim Barrett and Chris Edwards into fourth.

The other winner was Robert George, crewed by Caroline Lord, in the second race. For the final race Chris Bunn set a multi-zigzag course involving eight of the 12 marks on the Broad, with the successful intention of providing some beating. The Ladies trophy, from last year, was presented to Alexandra Sabberton.

The easterly suited Hickling, where 30 boats came to the line, with four different winners in the A section, in which John Parker might have done better had he remembered that the last two races were back to back. He gave them a three minute start, which just stopped him from catching Howard Gale’s RS100.

After Maz Brown won the first race in the dinghy races, Peter Dearnley and Di Slatter asserted themselves to take the other three.

• Harold Huggins’ funeral will be held tomorrow at St Andrew’s Church, Eaton at 1pm.

Sadly I now have another death to report – that of Mary Upton, whose links with Coldham Hall SC go back to its earliest days after the War. She was the daughter of Harry Last, for many years landlord of the Coldham Hall Inn and an enthusiastic sailor. Mary subsequently married the late Jimmy Upton, with whom she sailed a Norfolk for many years, and she was a regular attender at the annual Open regatta, including this year.

• The Jubilee weekend sees a number of events linked to the Jubilee celebrations. These start on Saturday when EACC run a four day Thurne Mouth Open Regatta, an event matched by NBYC, who host a Wherry Day on the Saturday followed by a special two day Open meeting event culminating in the Diamond Jubilee Gold Cup race next Tuesday in a club regatta.

RNSYC are also holding a four day Open, from Saturday to Tuesday, including a Yare SC Open on the Sunday and Monday, and, from the Monday June 4 to Friday June 8, a visit from local Sea scouts.

GYGSC hold Open Days on Monday (Lowestoft Passage race) and Tuesday. There is power boat racing on Oulton on Monday, and the Wherry Albion will be open to the public at Potter Heigham on Tuesday.

The Navigators and General HSC Three Rivers Race is on June 9/10. Also that weekend GYGSC hold their Gorleston beach Regatta and RS600 and RS800 Open, Northern Rivers have their Summer regatta on Horsey Mere, and WOBYC host a RS Tera Open Training day on June 9 and an Open on the 10th.

Also on Sunday 10th, NBYC host a Rater Open Race, Buckenham the Hardley Mill Race, and Martham Boating Ass invite you to come and try sailing at Martham Ferry.


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    Drunken stag party revellers spark £8,000 overnight search after taking boats out on river after dark

    • Rescue attempt on Cornwall river cost around £8,000
    • Group of 20 men were on fishing weekend in Cornwall
    • Witness saw them at midnight ‘not in control’ of boats
    • Search fruitless as they had made it back to their beds

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    Simon Tomlinson

    04:00 EST, 31 May 2012

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    05:52 EST, 31 May 2012

    A stag party sparked an overnight search operation costing £8,000 after taking boats out on a river for a boozy session.

    A witness called the coastguard just
    after midnight saying he was concerned the 20 men were drunk and not in
    control of the four 16ft day boats on the Helford River in west
    Cornwall.

    But an extensive search involving two lifeboats and a cliff rescue team failed to locate them as the group had made their way to bed by the time the rescue attempt was in full swing.

    Irresponsible: A stag party triggered an overnight search on the Helford River (pictured) in Cornwall after taking out their boats on a boozy session after dark (file image)

    Irresponsible: A stag party triggered an overnight search on the Helford River (pictured) in Cornwall after taking out their boats on a boozy session after dark (file image)

    The next morning Nick Bailey, of Helford River Boat Hire, who had rented them the boats for a weekend of fishing, found them at their accommodation in Port Navas.

    He said: ‘I was furious and they were
    severely reprimanded. They acted contrary to all the instructions I’d
    given them. I warned them not to take the boats out after dark and not
    to consume alcohol.

    ‘But they took it upon themselves to take them just after 5pm when we had left, and hit the pub pretty hard.

    ‘The
    next morning they were very apologetic and swore the skippers were
    sober. It would appear they were fine and the boats were tied up
    firmly.’

    Wasted resources: The operation by coastguards and a cliff rescue team cost around £8,000

    Wasted resources: The operation by coastguards and a cliff rescue team cost around £8,000

    Mr Bailey took away the boats and ended the hire contract saying it was the first time in seven years anything like this had happened.

    James Instance, of Falmouth coastguard, said: ‘We received a report the men were worse for wear and not in a fit state to be in the boats.

    ‘The people acted irresponsibly on boats late at night, which caused concern for their safety and triggered quite a large response. We had volunteers out overnight.’

    Tamsin Thomas, of the RNLI, said: ‘Every time there’s an incident we always react, we don’t judge.’

    Here’s what other readers have said. Why not add your thoughts,
    or debate this issue live on our message boards.

    The comments below have been moderated in advance.

    I hope the party members are made to cough up the money this little jaunt cost . Thank goodness no lives were lost

    What if a ‘genuine’ accident occurs such as fisherman overboard, while the RNLI is busy looking for these idiots knowingly exposed themselves to risk.

    Send them the bill. Simple.

    Charge thenumpties the full cost of the operation

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    Boats On TV Launches iPhone and Android Apps

    Boats On TV launches new iPhone and Android apps

    • Apps to show the feature program ‘World On Water’

    (PRWEB) May 31, 2012

    Online sailing channel Boats On TV have announced the release of their new Android and iPhone apps, bringing the best in sailing news and action right to sailing enthusiasts smartphones.

    The apps are available on the App Store and on Google Play and are both free to download and watch content.

    The main focus of the Boats On TV app is to feature Boats On TV’s own weekly sailing news roundup show ‘World On Water’. ‘World On Water’ features the best and most up to date sailing news and action from around the world. All sailing events such as the America’s Cup, Extreme Sailing Series, ISAF Worlds and more are featured.

    Boats On TV owner Geoff Waller commented “We are really excited about the launch of our new apps. We have been wanting to reach larger audiences and we thought smartphones apps were the right way to go in this world of mobile TV.” Geoff added “We have already been blown away by the fantastic feedback from our customers who have downloaded the app and they can wait for more features to be added.”

    Boats On TV are continuing to expand their reach and audience with many new developments including the apps and a complete website relaunch which can be found at http://www.boatson.tv. Their goal is to get the best sailing content direct to any device that the consumer wants to watch it on.

    The Android app can be downloaded from Google Play and the iPhone app can be downloaded from the App Store.

    Tanya Vidmar
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    Sealegs cuts losses and boosts sales

    The company says it has attracted 'considerable interest' from boat builders in many global markets. Photo / APN

    Sealegs Corp, which makes amphibious boats, halved its annual loss after boosting sales by more than a third and embarking on a restructuring programme that slashed its marketing bill.

    The Auckland-based company made a loss of $1.9 million in the 12 months ended March 31, from a loss of $3.6 million a year earlier.

    Sealegs boosted revenue 38 per cent to $13.8 million, while stripping $1.4 million from its annual marketing spend to $1.1 million.

    Sealegs is working with a South Korean shipbuilding company to develop bigger vessels capable of carrying a heavier load, and has attracted “considerable interest” from boat builders in many global markets, it said.

    “Our efforts to focus on growth and efficiency are starting to pay off,” chief executive David Glen said.

    “We are confident that our patented technology has a real competitive advantage and we are confident that this new technology will enable it to enter new markets.”

    Last September the company embarked on a restructuring programme to carve out annual costs of $800,000 from a smaller workforce.

    The board didn’t declare a dividend.

    Its shares rose 10 per cent, or 1c, to 11c, valuing the company at $13.7 million.

    The company’s operations and financing were cash-flow positive in the year, though it had a net outflow from investment activities, meaning there was a net outflow of $323,000.

    As at March 31, Sealegs had $4.2 million in cash or equivalents.

    - BusinessDesk


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    Pot smuggling boat found on Calif’s central coast

    SAN SIMEON, Calif.—Authorities found an abandoned boat and 22 bales of marijuana on a beach near San Simeon on the California coast, well over 300 miles north of the U.S.-Mexico border,.

    The state Department of Fish and Game says a 30-foot panga fishing boat was discovered beached Thursday. The drugs were found a short distance away.

    The boat had plastic barrels containing more than 400 gallons of fuel for outboard engines. Food, water and other supplies also were found inside the boat.

    No arrests were made.

    Authorities believed the drugs were hidden in sand dunes to be picked up for drug traffickers.

    Panga fishing boats are commonly used to smuggle drugs from Mexico into the U.S. to avoid detection.


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    Boatbuilders, sellers get much-needed boost – Today’s News

    A little bit of good news was reported in the Today’s News-Herald over the weekend.

    Boat sales are improving and boat builders — although they might not be booming — are doing better than they have for the past two years.

    Nordic Boats reported a backlog in building orders

    Saleen Fiberglass Restorations reported folks restoring their boats to their prior glory.

    Sales of repossessed boats skyrocketed, doubling over the past year, and have now decreased with fewer repossessions to choose from.

    New boats are selling, but dealers say they can’t keep enough used boats in stock.

    Both builders and dealers reported money loosing up a little to allow folks to purchase boats.

    One philosophy that resounded loud and clear was the one that says folks are opening up their wallets a little bit and may be tired of the gloom and doom of the last several years.

    And if the number of boats on Lake Havasu over Memorial Day weekend are any indication of how the season is going to shape up, the community could be in for a good summer.

    After the past several years of stagnation in the boating industry, the new movement is music to the ears of those who make their living building, refurbishing and selling them.

    It’s way too soon to predict the industry around Lake Havasu City could return to its days of glory, but positive movement is a good indicator that that segment of the economy is on the upswing.

    Local industry leaders reported the future could bring bigger, better and faster watercraft with more high-tech finishes, better engines and more.

    The boating lifestyle has always been a huge draw for Lake Havasu. Just last week, USA Today listed the beaches of Lake Havasu among the top in the nation.

    Boaters come to the Lake from not only surrounding states, but from across the country and the good news is for the most part, they stay in town for the extended holiday weekends. Boaters also plan boating vacations on the Lake. They spend money in the hotels and restaurants, in the grocery stores and more.

    We are encouraged to see the boating industry gaining some much-needed traction. While it hasn’t yet returned to its former boom days, every tick upward is positive for them and for the Lake Havasu City community.

    — Today’s News-Herald


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    Mundesley inshore lifeboat called to help fishing boat caught in swell

    Wednesday, May 30, 2012
    10:12 AM

    A fishing boat caught in a swell was rescued yesterday (Tuesday) evening by a lifeboat crew from north Norfolk.

    The Mundesley inshore lifeboat was called at around 5.50pm to help the 16ft fishing boat which was unable to beach along the town’s coast.

    The three people on board were rescued by the crew and the boat was rowed ashore near the boathouse using a drogue.

    A spokesman for the Mundesley inshore lifeboat said: “The boat was caught in a mid to heavy swell but everyone on board was rescued and were safe and well.”


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    Diamond Jubilee: Explore the Pageant

    The Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant promises to be the most spectacular nautical event seen in London for 350 years. On 3 June, more than 1,000 boats will celebrate the Queen’s 60-year reign and Britain’s maritime history by sailing down the River Thames. Use the navigation bar or drag your cursor around the image to see photos, video and a route map.

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    Royal Jubilee Bells


    Eight specially cast Royal Jubilee bells will be housed in a floating bell tower on a belfry barge.

    The largest of the eight bells is called Elizabeth. It was donated by the Worshipful Company of Vintners, weighs half a ton and was cast at the Whitechapel Bell Foundry in east London.

    The other bells will each be named after senior members of the Royal Family – Philip, Charles, Anne, Andrew, Edward, William and Henry.

    Eight change ringers, members of the Ancient Society of College Youths, will form the Royal Jubilee Bellringers. They will ring a quarter peal, with churches along the route and around the country providing an answering peal. After the Pageant, the Royal Jubilee Bells will be housed at the Church of St James Garlickhythe in the City of London.

    Water music


    Music is a key feature of the Diamond Jubilee Pageant. Musicians will perform specially commissioned pieces on 10 music herald barges separating each section of boats taking part. Aboard the final music herald barge will be the London Philharmonic Orchestra, performing pieces linked to buildings on the banks of the river, such as theme tunes to Bond movies as they pass the MI6 headquarters and The Dambusters theme tune near the RAF memorial.

    The Ancient Academy of Music will play Handel’s Water Music on 18th century instruments – amplified by 21st century technology for the millions watching the spectacle.

    Here, you can listen to Alla Hornpipe movement from Water Music Suite No 2 to get you in the mood for the big day.

    The Matthew of Bristol

    This replica of a Tudor merchant sailing ship represents vessels that plied the Thames during Henry VII’s reign.

    The ship will be moored at Butler’s Wharf on the Avenue of Sail with paying guests and other dignitaries on board enjoying the pageant festivities.

    In 1497, Italian-born explorer John Cabot left Bristol on this little boat hoping to find a new route to Asia. Three thousand miles later he landed at what he called New-Found-Land in what we now know as North America. The replica Matthew made the same journey in 1997.

    The Matthew is based in Bristol Harbour but frequently unfurls her sails for trips round the harbour as well as film projects.

    Avenue of Sail

    Tall ships unable to pass under London’s bridges will be moored on both sides of the River Thames forming an Avenue of Sail, stretching from London Bridge to Cherry Garden Pier in Wapping.

    As well as 56 sailing ships, you will see warships, Thames sailing barges, cocklers, oyster smackers, eel barges, herring drifters, fishing trawlers and tugs moored along the river.

    They include Amazon, a 127-year-old yacht present at Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations and the Suhaili, pictured here in 1969 when yachtsman Sir Robin Knox-Johnston became the first person to sail her solo non-stop around the world. More than 40 years on, he will be back on board the Suhaili for Sunday’s pageant.

    Tenacious:’Everyone is equal’

    Tenacious is a tall ship built in 2000 by the Jubilee Sailing Trust charity and designed to be sailed by both able-bodied and disabled crew members.

    She will join the pageant just days after completing a 3,000-mile voyage across the Atlantic.

    Able-bodied and physically disabled crew members are paired off in in a “buddy” system and there are cabins designed for wheelchair users on board. People who are visually impaired, amputees and those with other forms of physical disability can benefit from a sailing experience as well.

    “Someone who has had a disability for a long time may have been wrapped up by society in cotton wool and told, “You can’t do this and you can’t do that.” But here that’s all gone – everyone is equal,” said ship’s medical purser Carol Redgrave.

    Shropshire Lad: ‘A path to recovery’

    The Shropshire Lad narrowboat is crewed by 12 military personnel, eight of whom were wounded in Afghanistan, Iraq and other theatres of war.
    They are travelling from North Shropshire to London along rivers and canals over a period of three weeks, canoeing, cycling and crewing the boat through more than 200 locks.

    A second narrowboat, the Shropshire Lass, will follow on, crewed by members of the Lyneal Trust which proves canal boat experiences for disabled people.

    “The ultimate prize is the Pageant,” said Lt Col Guy Chambers, who is organising the trip. “We see this as a significant challenge and opportunity for our wounded and injured soldiers and a path to their recovery.”

    Passenger boats: all aboard!

    One of the 67 passenger boats you might see on the day of the pageant is the Clifton Castle, pictured. It took part in the D-Day landings and is joined by four other sightseeing vessels belonging to Thames River Boats.

    Also, look out for the amphibious DKUW from Duck Tours. Half boat, half truck, it was designed in the USA during World War II to unload cargo onto beaches where docks had been destroyed.

    In contrast, Thames Clippers will be sending out four sleek, super modern boats from its fleet – Cyclone, Aurora, Monsoon and Tornado.

    Narrowboats and barges: a proud history


    Sixty canal boats, once the only way to transport goods around the UK, will ply their way down the Thames on 3 June as part of the grand flotilla.

    In this video clip, the skipper of President, David Powell, talks about the history of one of the world’s only surviving steam-powered narrowboats.

    Representing Staffordshire in the Diamond Jubilee Pageant, the narrowboat will have made a 336-mile (540km) journey from a West Midlands museum to London for the Pageant. The boat is owned by the Black Country Living Museum in Dudley.

    A handful of restored Thames sail barges, once used to transfer cargo from large ships to shore, will be moored on the Avenue of Sail for the public to admire.

    Motorboats and pleasure craft

    Sixty motorboats from yacht clubs around the country have been chosen to join the River Thames pageant.

    They include: Shaken Not Stirred, aptly named for its part in the opening sequence of Bond film The World Is Not Enough; Siku Kuu, from Kenya with the Kenya High Commissioner on board; Wetwheels, skippered by a wheelchair user and with children from Naomi House Hospice aboard.

    Pictured here is Dandy Regent of the Association of Thames Yacht Clubs. The Solar 32 motor cruiser will be representing the Duke of Edinburgh Awards Scheme.

    The Alaska: royal connection

    Built in 1883, the Alaska is the oldest working vessel on the Thames.
    In 2009 the Alaska became a Royal Barge for the day when the Queen went aboard to watch a swan-upping ceremony.

    “The vessel will be decked out from stem to stern with red, white and blue bunting … with all brasswork polished and the skipper and engineer sporting their Victorian style boatmen’s uniforms,” owner and skipper Peter Green of Thames Steamers told the BBC. “Let’s hope the weather behaves itself!”

    Fireboats: the Massey Shaw and more

    London Fire Brigade’s most famous fireboat will be joining the flotilla on the day of the pageant. Now retired, the Massey Shaw, rescued about 500 soldiers from the shallow waters off Dunkirk and ferried them to larger ships off shore. The flag from the boat was used to bandage an injured soldier’s arm. Here the Massey Shaw is pictured sailing up the River Thames in June 1941, being greeted after its heroic Dunkirk rescue.

    On June 3, the pageant will also see one of London Fire Brigade’s two current fireboats the Fire Flash taking part, as well as the 1970s restored Fire Hawk, Gloucestershire Marine Rescue 1 and Merseyside Marine Rescue 1.

    Forces vessels: war heroes

    More than 140 historic boats will cruise down the Thames in honour of the Queen.

    Vessels that played an important part in World War II will be represented by Air Sea Rescue, Air Force Rescue, the British Army, and the Royal Navy. RAF high-speed launches like the HSL-102, pictured, was one of 22 rescue boats based around the coast of Britain that saved the lives of more than 13,000 airmen from the seas.

    In 1941 the HSL-102 rescued 38 aircrew from the North Sea – including the crews of two German bombers. She was restored in 1993, re-launched by the Queen Mother in 1996 and has acted as a royal barge for the Duke of Edinburgh and the Duke of Kent.

    Tugs, steamers and lifeboats

    Various historic tug boats, steamers and lifeboats will be seen on the Thames honouring the Queen.

    RNLI lifeboats have rescued more than 177,000 people since the Queen came to the throne 60 years ago. Taking part on June 3 is Eastbourne RNLI Lifeboat Station’s new £2.7m Tamar lifeboat, named RNLI Diamond Jubilee in honour of the Queen who is an RNLI patron. The Duke and Duchess of Kent will be on board.

    Wheldale will be among the tugs in the flotilla. Built in 1959, it transported coal from Yorkshire mines via the Aire and Calder Navigation canal to Goole docks until 1986. It was bought by The Yorkshire Waterways Museum in 1997 and restored.

    The oldest working passenger vessel the steamer Alaska is in this category, along with Kariat, a launch representing the Lord Lieutenant of the Isle of Wight.

    Dunkirk Little Ships

    Forty-five Dunkirk Little Ships will be positioned just behind the Royal Section. These ships are just a few of the original 700 private vessels that took part in the evacuation of 385,000 British, French and Belgian troops from Dunkirk in 1940, as part of Operation Dynamo.

    Five more Little Ships will be moored on the Avenue of Sail. Among them will be MTB102, which carried Churchill and Eisenhower to inspect the D-Day fleet on 3 June 1944, and the New Britannic which rescued the largest number of men – 3,000. “Members are very much looking forward to taking part in this spectacular celebration of her reign and the maritime history of Great Britain and the Commonwealth,” said Commodore Richard Basey of the Association of Dunkirk Little Ships.

    Royal escort boats, heralds and fanfares

    Several boats will accompany the Royal Barge, The Spirit of Chartwell, including support vessels of the former Royal Yacht Britannia such as the Royal Yacht Britannia royal barge (pictured).

    They will be crewed by the Queen’s former Royal yachtsmen, known as Yotties, dressed in ceremonial uniform. Trinity 500s boats rowed by the Marine Society and Sea Cadets will carry the 54 Commonwealth flags.

    Trinity House No 1 Boat will sail ahead of the Royal Barge, reflecting its traditional role of preceding the reigning monarch when at sea in British waters. On board will be Princess Anne and Vice-Admiral Sir Timothy Laurence.

    As the Queen’s barge approaches each bridge, a fanfare performed by members of the Band of her Majesty’s Royal Marines will herald Her Majesty’s arrival.

    The Pageant route

    Winston Churchill’s Havengore

    Havengore will sail with the Royal squadron. On board will be the Duke of York, Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie, the Earl and Countess of Wessex, the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester, Prince and Princess Michael of Kent and London mayor Boris Johnson.

    The craft is most famous for bearing the coffin of former British Prime Minister Sir Winston Churchill up the Thames from Tower Pier to Festival Pier at his state funeral in 1965.

    His last journey was witnessed by hundreds of thousands of Londoners along the river bank and on bridges, as well as 350 million TV viewers around the world.

    BBC commentator Richard Dimbleby ended his commentary with the words: “And so Havengore sails into history – not even the Golden Hinde has borne so great a man.”

    The Royal Barge: The Spirit of Chartwell


    The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh will travel on a gilded barge – The Spirit of Chartwell – specially decorated with flowers from the royal gardens and furnished in 17th century style.

    They will be joined by Prince William and Catherine and Prince Harry.

    The royal couple will be seated on ornate chairs under a gold canopy as they cruise down the Thames.

    The sides of the craft will be decorated with red drapes, while the Queen’s cipher and a crown will be displayed on the bow. The floral displays will feature a red, gold and purple colour scheme.

    In this clip, designer Joseph Bennett describes the work involved in decorating the 64-metre-long barge which has been donated for the occasion by owner Philip Morrell.

    Kayaks and dragon boats: paddle power

    There will be 80 sea kayaks taking part representing canoe clubs from all over the country.

    The flotilla will include about 15 specially decorated dragon boats. These kind of boats originated in China some 2,500 years ago. Three of these will be crewed by breast cancer charities Paddlers for Life, Lake Windermere and Worcester Busters (pictured).

    In recent years, the upper body movements used to paddle dragon boats have been found to benefit those recovering from breast cancer surgery, and the clubs that run them provide a valued support network for survivors and their families.

    Traditional and modern rowed boats

    More than 188 rowing boats will populate the River Thames in honour of the Queen. Cutters, Cornish pilot and racing gigs, skiffs, longboats, gondolas, lifeboats, kayaks, dragon boats and shallops – elegant pleasure barges used for transporting dignitaries in the 17th and 18th centuries.

    The Royal Shallop Jubilant (pictured) is a faithful replica of an 18th century barge presented to the Queen for her Golden Jubilee in 2002.

    Dim Riv, a half size replica of a Viking Longboat, will travel down to the Thames from the Shetland Islands. All rowed boats will “toss oars” in salute to The Queen as they pass her.

    Gloriana: Royal rowbarge


    At nearly 90 feet long, the royal rowbarge Gloriana is the largest rowed vessel in the UK. It has been specially built for the occasion and will lead the whole flotilla of more than 1,000 vessels.

    The gilded barge is made from wood from sweet chestnut trees grown on Prince Charles’ own private estate.

    Although it is called the royal rowbarge, the Queen will not be on board.

    Olympic gold-medal winner Sir Steve Redgrave will be among the 18 oarsmen aboard.

    Lord Sterling who is behind the project said he was inspired by Canaletto’s paintings of the Venetian barges of the 18th Century.

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    Key times

    11:30 BST: Vessels begin mustering at Hammersmith and Battersea bridges

    1410 BST: Queen arrives at Cadogan Pier

    14:30 BST - Queen boards Royal Barge. Steam train, Princess Elizabeth, whistles a salute from Chelsea Bridge

    14:40 BST: Jubilee Bells mark official start of Pageant

    15:00 BST: Royal Barge joins flotilla, church bells ring out

    16:15 BST: Queen disembarks at Royal Naval Research Base to watch flotilla pass by

    17:30 BST: Last vessel, Symphony, passes Tower Bridge. Pageant ends and boats disperse

    The Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant is one of the biggest live events to ever take place in London. It has taken two years to plan and is costing £10.5m of private money. That sum does not include the cost of policing which falls to the taxpayer but Lord Salisbury, who chairs the team that organised the pageant, is promising “a hell of a show … to thank the Queen for 60 years’ hard labour”.

    Expect to see lots of red, white and blue on bridges and buildings along the river bank and hear church bells, fireworks, music and foghorns. Hundreds of boats from all over the UK will move at a gentle speed of four knots down seven miles of river escorting the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh aboard the Royal Barge, the Spirit of Chartwell, which will be richly decorated in red, gold and purple. Boats that are too tall to travel under bridges will be moored at St Katherine Docks and along a mile-long stretch from London Bridge to Wapping known as the Avenue of Sail. The bascules of Tower Bridge will be raised in salute.

    Safety and security is paramount – 5,500 police and 7,000 stewards will be on duty. About 30,000 people have been security checked. All bridges and riverside roads will be closed to traffic although Lambeth, Westminster and Blackfriars bridges will be open to the public. There are expected to be about one million spectators on the river banks, and hundreds of millions watching live TV coverage. Transport for London is urging the public to leave their cars at home and use public transport.

    Boats have been grouped by size and type to avoid collisions. Boat owners and skippers, many of whom are not familiar with the vagaries of the Thames, have been given detailed instructions on how to negotiate the 14 bridges – and advised to refrain from drinking alcohol. A “hard shoulder” will run either side of the flotilla allowing rescue boats to deal with any incidents quickly. The closure of the Thames Barrier will help to stabilise the tide.

    A family-friendly festival takes part in Battersea Park on the day of the river pageant and giant screens will placed in key locations along the river bank.

    Order of boats by section

    Order of music herald barges (between sections)

    1. Manpowered (rowed) boats, including royal rowbarge Gloriana

    The Royal Jubilee Bells, on Ursula Catherine belfry barge

    2. Commonwealth flags

    Handel’s Water Music played by Academy of Ancient Music

    3. Royal squadron, including the Royal Barge, the Spirit of Chartwell

    The Royal Marines Herald Fanfair, on Connaught

    4. Dunkirk Little Ships

    The Band of Her Majesty’s Royal Marines, on Valulla

    5. Historic and service vessels

    Shree Muktajeevan Pipe Banc and Dhol Ensemble, on City Alpha

    6. Working boats: steam boats, tugs, lifeboats and fireboats

    The Jubilant Commonwealth Chorus

    7. Recreation vessels: Leisure and motorboats

    New Jubilee Water Music, on Georgian

    8. Narrowboats and barges

    The Mayor’s Jubilee Band, on Westminster

    9. Passenger boats

    Rhythm on the River, on Wyndham Grand

    10. Passenger boat

    The London Philharmonic Orchestra, on Symphony


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