Olympic Waterways Inaugural Cruise03 June 2014
On behalf of IWA, St Pancras Cruising Club (SPCC) organised an inaugural cruise around the Olympic Park waterways on Saturday 10th May 2014.
Nearly forty boats took part in the cruise, which was organised in two parts to allow navigation of the entire park around the obstacles of Crossrail constructions and the un-restored Carpenters Road Lock, which currently split the navigation. SPCC Commodore, Andrew Phasey, devised a strategic plan for two flotillas separately, but simultaneously, to negotiate the two sections, crossing over seamlessly, to enable both groups to complete their transits of all the available waterways.
At the appointed hour, the London Legacy Development Corporation (LLDC), which is responsible for the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, temporarily removed the two booms that block access to the Olympic Park waterways, and the two flotillas began their cruises.
The LLDC has indicated that, until all the works are completed, the waterways will not be on open access. However, it has indicated that similar organised group events will be considered in the immediate future.
IWA wants to see the Olympic Waterways fully available to boaters as quickly as possible and in the short term is encouraging further organised cruises.
Photo: Participants of Olympic Waterways Cruise (photo by Roger Squires)