From:                                         Amy Johnson <>

Sent:                                           23 April 2012 18:45

To:                                               Amy Johnson

Subject:                                     Pageant News: Issue Eight


Issue Eight – 23 April, 2012



A festival fit for The Queen!


Tickets are now available for The Diamond Jubilee Festival in Battersea Park on Sunday 3rd June.


As well as being an ideal vantage point for all your friends and family to watch you in the Pageant, the festival offers fantastic celebration of design, music, art, film, fashion and food from the past 60 years for all the family to enjoy. More information on the Festival can be found:


Tickets can be purchased from Ticketmaster: for only £5 which covers administration charges. Tickets for children aged 12 and under, accompanied by an adult, are free.





Scrutineering is a two stage process undertaken on behalf of the Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant Foundation by the MCA and PLA surveyors. Each vessel will need to go through scrutineering before they take part in the Pageant on 3rd June. This process has been put in place to ensure the safety of all participants. To help you prepare, please see below the details of what is involved and expected of you. We have also attached checklists which should be read carefully in advance of the Scrutineering process.


Stage One: Pre-Event Scrutineering (download stage one checklist here):

This will take place at your arrival location (as agreed with your Section Leader) in the days leading-up the Pageant. For motorised vessels, the surveyors will perform mechanical/ engine room checks and make certain that the vessel meets all of the requirements as stipulated in the attached checklist (these are the same requirements that we asked you to meet in the application form – the surveyors recommend that you look at these again in advance to check that your vessel still complies).


They will ask to review your certification including Masters Qualifications and radio license, so you must bring these with you. All of the equipment the vessel is required to carry by the Pageant must be available for inspection during this stage. Once this stage has been completed successfully, we will issue you with your accreditation and unique ID number to be placed on your vessel.


Stage Two: Final Scrutineering (download stage two checklist here):

On the morning of the Pageant, each vessel will be checked to ensure that tow lines are secure, anchors ready to be deployed, visibility for the Master is not comprised and to check that no Masters are under the influence of alcohol or drugs. After this final confirmation the Pageant flag will be handed out.


Please note that this process may vary for man-powered vessels and your Section Leader will be able to confirm the exact details.



Vessel Capacities


Please click here for the current list of vessel capacities. Outcomes of all final reviews undertaken by the MSP will be communicated shortly to ensure accreditation is completed this week.


Should your vessel not be listed or you require further information please contact us.



Calling all man-powered vessels…


To ensure you can take part it has been agreed that all man-powered vessels can register additional crew as reserves for the Pageant. You must register these reserves by this Friday 30th April. Late submissions will not be permitted.


If you have any problems registering, please contact:




In the Press…


The McGowan family will be joining the Pageant on 3rd June in their motor boat, Dawn Huntress:


Click here for: article



Boat of the Week: Suhaili


Suhaili is a 32 foot Bermudan Ketch (44 feet including bowsprit and to end of Mizzen boom), built from teak. Designed by William Atkins in 1923 and originally named “Eric”, her design is based on the Norwegian sailing lifeboat designs of Colin Archer.


William Atkins thought up the idea for his beautiful Ketch whilst serving as 2nd Officer on a deck passenger ship trading between Bombay and Basra with 3rd Officers Peter Jordan and Mike Ledingham. Building started on a slipway in Bombay Docks in 1963.


In 1968, The Sunday Times announced the award of a trophy (The Golden Globe) for the first person to sail single-handed and non-stop around the world. After 312 days at sea overcoming a number of obstacles, Suhaili and Sir Robin Knox-Johnston became the winner of this trophy. The full story can be read by clicking here.

In 1997 Suhaili went to the National Maritime Museum at Greenwich as an exhibit. However the carefully controlled atmosphere began to shrink her planking, and, unwilling to see her damaged Sir Robin Knox-Johnston removed her in 2002 and re-fitted her again. She still belongs to Robin and is currently being slowly re-fastened by him at the Elephant Boatyard at Burseldon, near Southampton with the objective of getting her back into commission for the Pageant.


 Official Merchandise

With new lines recently added to the range and the Souvenir Brochure now available for pre-order, the Pageant Merchandise Webshop is the perfect place to purchase all you need for the day!


The embroidery service on clothing will be available on orders up to 18th May and with clothing now available in XXL it’s a great time to get your crew ready. Plus, you can still save 20% on all purchases (excluding embroidery) if you enter the promo code: TDJP2012 at the checkout!


To start shopping go to: and click on the webshop link in the top right-hand corner.




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