Aquarius members watched anxiously as The Thames turned into a raging torrent fed
by the devastating rainfall in the head water counties. Environment Agency navigation
warnings flashed across the internet and news programmes where dominated by the weather.
On the weekend 21-22 July, and because of the weather, the Molesey Regatta was cancelled.
I can’t remember that ever happening before. Rodger reported that their upstream
mark, which was placed opposite our clubhouse, was physically dragged downstream
by the flow, its grapple anchor having lost the battle with the onslaught.
On Wednesday 25 & Friday 27 July Nigel and I were at the club and although the river
was in full spate the level was only a little higher than normal. The major difference
was that our Dory was floating in the lower slip, safely tethered and held off the
wall by an enormous buoy that Bryan had rescued from the river.
Everything else was pretty normal. Lots of people phoned in to enquire if they should
be getting worried about their boats. The answer to that is if your boat is properly
picketed, bows up and the bungs out it should be fine. Trouble is there are a number
of boats that aren’t. Picketing isn’t just for the winter, it’s a sensible all year