Licences up, but there’s a reason

Sunbury Lock

Well, I guess it was inevitable, wasn’t it? The Environment Agency is putting up boat licence fees for next year by 4.6 percent – that’s inflation plus two percent.

Restoration of historic fireboat

Massey Shaw

As most readers will know, I’m a big fan of historic boats of all kinds – everything from Thames sailing barges, through classic ‘gentleman’s yachts’ of the 1920s and 30s right through to Royal Navy warships.



What kind of lunatic ignores danger signs?

Dunkirk spirit of heroic Little Ships

Dunkirk Little Ships

Tribute to boats that rescued trapped soldiers from under Hitler's nose

Learning how not to sail

Learn to Sail

It’s no secret that I’m a complete sailing addict and have been for most of my life.

Family-orientated club

Desborough Sailing Club

We are so lucky in the Herald and News area to be served by so many great facilities on our wonderful river – none more so than Desborough Sailing Club in Shepperton.

Boat owners reunited

Julie Robson

A random question on Facebook uncovers a tale of two families and one boat

A boat, a reader and a coincidence

Terra Nova

Have you noticed that the world is full of strange coincidences? I’ve always been a firm believer in fate – what is to be, will be – but sometimes the twists and turns that fate takes are very odd indeed.

Still time to get in a cruise or two…

Medical herbalist Elaine Cole from Walton will be leading two riverside walks explaining the medicinal benefits of many of the plants that grow on the towpaths

The nights may be drawing in and the leaves may be turning, but the year isn't over just yet and there's still plenty of fun to be had out on the water

Well, wooden it be nice…

It’s wintertime. There are icicles hanging from the gunwhales of your boat and even the water in the bilges is frozen solid. Spring seems a long, long way away and you’re wondering how to fill those dark evenings and dreary weekends.