From:                                         Amy Johnson <>

Sent:                                           25 May 2012 18:51

To:                                               Amy Johnson

Subject:                                     Pageant News: Issue Twelve


Issue Twelve – 25 May, 2012



Water Taxis


For the Avenue of Sail:

On the days leading up to and after the Pageant water taxis will be available from Tower Pier from 09.00 – 21.00. To call a water taxi please use VHF Channel 15. On the Pageant Day (Sunday 3rd June) water taxis will run on a schedule from Tower Pier, Butler’s Wharf and St Katharine Docks. Please click here for timings and locations for the boarding of your passengers/ crew in the Avenue of Sail.


For Barn Elms:

On Saturday 2nd June, water taxis will be available after 12.00 noon (or when everyone is safely moored in the Barn Elms Reach moorings) to and from Putney Pier and Dove Pier. To call for a water taxi please use VHF Channel 15. On the Pageant Day (Sunday 3rd June) water taxis will run from Dove Pier and Putney Pier on a schedule. Please click here for timings and locations for the boarding of your passengers/ crew in the Barn Elms area.


Should you have any queries or concerns, please refer first to the Q&A regarding water taxis (click here to download). If your question is not answered here , please contact us on:



In the Barn Elms area…


We are almost there!  We have done some research to give you an idea of what is in the immediate area surrounding the piers being used for the water taxi service at Barn Elms. This list is obviously not exhaustive but may help you when planning your Pageant Weekend on the water. Click here to download.



Scrutineering Update


For motorised vessels, Stage One of scrutineering takes place on arrival at West India Docks or Teddington Lock. When you arrive and are moored, you will be met by representatives of the PLA and MCA with the scrutineering checklist. They will run through this with you to check everything is in order (they will also want to check your photocopies of certificates and other documentation). Once they are satisfied they will issue the checklist to you and stamp it. This checklist must then be taken to the accreditation office where it will be exchanged for your boat Pageant numbers. Your Pageant flag will be distributed in Stage Two of scruitneering at the mustering moorings on the Sunday morning.


For man-powered vessels, Stage One and Two of scrutineering will be combined to carry out the necessary checks applicable to man-powered vessels as detailed by your Section Leader.  These will take place on Sunday. On completion of these checks you will be able to collect your vessel Pageant numbers from the accreditation team. Your flags or decals will be distributed at your launch sites on the Sunday morning.



Notices to Mariners


Further Notices to Mariners have been released this week that we would like you to be aware of. In particular:


Notice 24 of 2012: Notification of Expected High VHF Use and Possible Mobile Network Outage during the QDJ Pageant 3 June 12


Notice U9 of 2012: Barn Elms Reach – Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Moorings


In addition, we strongly recommend visiting as this site will help you in planning your safe passage on the tidal Thames.



   PLA @ West India Docks


The PLA will be around South Quay, West India Docks next week (Wednesday, Thursday and Friday 10.00 – 18.00) to answer any questions you may have. A Harbour Master will be present 16.00 – 18.00 on Wednesday and Friday, 15.00 – 17.00 on Thursday to clarify any navigational queries.


So please drop by and say hello!


In addition, should you require any navigational or river advice, please contact

the PLA’s Jon Stafford on:



Accreditation Update


In response to queries received regarding accreditation we have updated the Q&A on the website. This now contains accreditation opening hours and locations for collecting your wristbands.


To access the Q&A, please visit:


Go to the Flotilla Participants page:


Log-in using:


Username: Diamond (capital ‘D’)

Password: Jub1lee (capital ‘J’ and a ‘1’ for the ‘i’)

Queens Diamond Jubilee pageant chart

Commemorate the Day


We have received many enquiries about the Pageant Map since its distribution to all vessel owners to help you prepare. We’ve discovered that as well as being an excellent planning tool, the Pageant Map is also a fantastic commemorative item. Therefore the PLA have produced a version that can be purchased as a keepsake of the route travelled.
Jubilee Pageant Miniature Shet
Please click here to find out more…


We also have a collection of Limited Edition commemorative stamps available for purchase

from our web shop.


Please click here to find out more…



Boat of the Week:  Easthaven


The PLA was created over 100 years ago to bring order to the chaos and congestion that prevailed on the Thames as rival wharfs, docks and river users battled for business in the late 1800s. Today the PLA employs 360 people and continues in its core role - helping people make the most of the river safely - whether it is for deep-sea trade, river borne freight within London, commuting, sailing or rowing. Its operations cover over 95 miles of river from Teddington Lock to the North Sea.


The PLA have been involved in every aspect of the Pageant planning from initial concepts right through to producing the Passage Plan for every participant to use as a navigational guide. On the day, they will coordinate over 200 vessels that will be in place to ensure the safety of all participants on the river.


One of the vessels marshalling the flotilla on the day is the PLA vessel, Easthaven. She is a 5.25m catamaran that was specially commissioned to work in the shallow waters around Canvey Island, Essex. Easthaven is capable of floating in just 30cm of water, can reach speeds up to 20 knots and is kitted out with lifesaving equipment including a four man life raft.





Video Briefings


The PLA have developed a short film for all skippers participating in the Pageant. This film is intended to supplement the briefings that are happening ahead of the Pageant.


To watch the film, please click here.


Official Pageant Photo Montage


It is your last chance to contact our official photographers Capture the Event ahead of the Pageant. Capture the Event has been appointed to provide official photographs and TDJP highlights montages personalised to boats, skippers, crews and connections.


If you would like more information in the meantime, please contact quoting

“Pageant Photos” as the Subject.


The Jubilee Time Capsule


The Jubilee Time Capsule (JTC) is a way for people to share their memories of the past 60 years and mark the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II. Participants in the Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant are being asked to share their photos, videos and memories of the celebrations with the Time Capsule. Whether you want to share a photo of the crew, the crowds or simply record what the day means to you, you can download the free JTC iOS App here and share the view from your boat! Alternatively, you can submit your memory at



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