From:                                         Amy Johnson <>

Sent:                                           23 March 2012 15:53

To:                                               Amy Johnson

Subject:                                     Pageant News: Issue Four


Issue Four – 23 March, 2012


In the Flotilla…

Thank you for all the information that you’ve sent us over the last few weeks, be it stories, data protection forms, photographs or one of the many other items required. All of these items are enabling us to build the Pageant and understand more about each of you who will form our flotilla.


We are now in a position to share with you the current list of vessels partaking. To comply with data protection we have not listed your names or contact details, but we hope that this list will help you find some ‘boat buddies’ travelling from your area.


In addition, this list will form a key part of the Official Souvenir Brochure so we want to be certain that all the details are accurate. To do this, could we please ask you to find your vessel listed, check her details and reply to: to confirm or amend.


To view the list, please click here. Please note that at this stage the list is subject to changes.



Boat of the Week: Elsie Alice


As one of the sixty boats partaking in the Recreational Motorboat section of the flotilla, Elise Alice’s owners, Alan and Val Woolford, bring with them previous experience of Royal engagements having formed part of the fleet review on the Solent to mark The Queen’s Golden Jubilee in 2002.


Alan purchased the Shetland 27 a year ago as a tribute to his Aunty Elsie Alice Woolford and she has since enjoyed a recreational lifestyle, moored in Thames Meadow, Shepperton and cruising as far up river as Letchlade and down to the Thames Estuary.


Alan, a member of Desborough Sailing Club in Shepperton, is also the Chairman of the RYA Thames Valley and London Region and has dedicated many years to training. He has also played a leading part at the Queen Mary Sailing Club in setting up ‘Queen Mary Sailability’, part of the RYA charity to encourage disabled access to sailing. More recently he has been integral to the ‘Sail for Gold’ campaign on the Thames to promote sailing in the Olympics.


On board Elise Alice on the day of the pageant, Alan and Val will be accompanied by and celebrating with family and friends, including representatives from Desborough Sailing Club.






Hotels are getting booked up fast, so we’re keen to check that you have planned your accommodation in London for the Pageant. We know that many of you are on the case with this, but if you’re wanting assistance for hotels around West India Docks or the Barn Elms area, we suggest visiting who will be able to point you in the right direction.



In the Press…


This is Local London caught up with John and Colleen Harmer about their participation in the Pageant on board Absolute Zero. Read more about how they will be sharing the Pageant experience with their family here:


This is Local London Article


The Westmoreland Gazette covered the story of the Paddlers for Life Breast Cancer Dragon Boat team based at Low Wood Bay on the shores of Windermere. Read the full article here:


The Westmoreland Gazette Article




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