From:                                         Amy Johnson <>

Sent:                                           04 May 2012 13:19

To:                                               Amy Johnson

Subject:                                     Pageant News: Issue Nine


Issue Nine – 4 May, 2012



Planning your Pageant


As part of our commitment to mitigating the risks involved in the Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant and to maintain the safety of all on board your vessel, the following documents have been developed for you in consultation with the appropriate marine advisors. These documents are being sent to you in the post, but in order that you can start planning your Pageant, we wanted to share them with you electronically here:


  1. Generic Passage Plan (click here to download): this is the plan for the Pageant which details the predicted height of tide and available air draft at each navigable arch on each bridge. You should study this passage plan very carefully in conjunction with the Pageant Instructions and the specific instructions that you will receive from your section leader and adapt it to suit your particular vessel. This generic passage plan is a guide to make your own planning easier and provide you with essential information.  It does not relieve boat skippers of their individual duty to draw up their own passage plan; neither the Thames Diamond Jubilee Foundation nor the Port of London Authority accepts any responsibility for individual vessel passage planning.


  1. Pageant Instructions (click here to download): these sit alongside the instructions that you will receive from your Section Leader. They are intended to give an overview of all plans with a key focus on safety.


  1. Flotilla Schematic (click here to download): this diagram depicts your position within your section and the flotilla as a whole. It should be used alongside the Passage Plan to understand which arches you will travel under and which vessels you need to stay aligned to at all times.


  1. Pageant Map (click here to download): this map gives you an overview of the Pageant route, but is not suitable for navigation.


It is vital that you read these documents and plans, fully comprehend them and adhere to the instructions and advice contained in them. We will be issuing the timings document that sits alongside these in next week’s newsletter. Should you have any questions or queries, please contact us:




Media on Board…


If you still have space available on-board your vessel and would like to offer it to the media, please email:


Safety First


The Pageant team have been working with the RNLI to build on the information regarding safety that has already been shared with you and provide you with further guidance. Please read the following downloads:


-          RNLI Six Top Tips

-          RNLI Caring for your lifejacket

-          Outboard engine checklist

-          Inboard engine checklist


You will also find a wealth of information on the RNLI website by clicking here.



Flags Protocol


Following a number of enquiries, the Pageant team have further developed the guidelines on the use of flags.


To read them in full, please click here.



Website log-in details


To access the Flotilla Participants page of the website, the following details should be used:


Username: Diamond (capital ‘D’)

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



FREE Marine Cartography Software


We have been in touch with the team at Navionics and they have asked us to share with you a  very generous offer that will aid your planning and navigation to London:


Navionics, the world's leading developer of marine charts for plotters, computers and award-winning marine Apps is pleased to donate the following to each participating vessel in the Jubilee Pageant:


·   Navionics Marine: the worlds Number One Marine App for iPhone, complete with full UK chart coverage (current App value £21.99). Click here for more info.

·   Navionics PC App: a feature-packed UK chart viewer and planner for PC/Mac (current App value £39.99). Click here for more info.


To get your FREE voucher codes for this software, please email by 23rd May 2012, quoting your vessel name in the subject box. Navionics will then send these directly to you.



Boat Stories


We are in the process of uploading all of the wonderful boat stories we have received to the website under Flotilla Participants.



If you find that your story is not there once your section has been uploaded, it may be that we have not received your data protection form (click here to download) or we do not have a story and photo for you?


If this is the case, please email stories, photos and forms to:



Kayak of the Week


This week we take a look at that intrepid band of river folk out in all weathers including the recent deluge of rain!


While many boats will power down the Thames with their crews and passengers waving flags from the deck, spare a thought for the dozens of kayakers heading down the river.  They will be paddling along flat-out at four knots to keep pace with the flotilla.

Courtesy of Phil Eccles, Greenland



Nine of these kayakers are from an organisation called BLESMA The Limbless Veterans.  For them the challenge will be all the harder as they are all Serving or Ex British Military Forces who have suffered injuries or lost limbs during recent conflicts.  Kayaking is an ideal way for them to get fit again and participate in adventure sports as part of their rehabilitation program.


They will be paddling sea kayaks kindly loaned by P&H Sea Kayaks.  P&H is a UK based company that has been a world leader in kayak design and manufacture for 40 years.  Their kayaks can be found in all corners of the globe taking on the most challenging conditions nature can throw at them.  Stable and reliable, the Scorpio is the boat of choice for all levels of kayakers from beginners to seasoned professionals.



 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.




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.



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