The end of the voyage

This my final Riverwatch column. After more than seven years and over 300 editions, this wonderful little newspaper is about to close and rather than cling on grimly until the last moment, I’ve decided to bow out gracefully ahead of time.

Youngsters setting sail with Olympics in sight

Young sailors from the Thames Valley and London competed amongst over 1,000 Olympic hopefuls at the RYA zone championships held at the end of September.

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.

Chance to try sailing at club day

Wayfarer dinghy

At last it appears that our long-delayed spring may be about to appear – and not before time as far as I’m concerned.

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.

Ashes remembered

Queen Mary Sailing Club

Whenever Staines regatta comes around, it’s always a bit of a poignant time and this Saturday the event is being staged as a tribute to the memory of the crew of the Ashes eight, three of whom – David Firman, Alan Wickens and Alan Choules – died in a tragic accident at Penton Hook in April 1971.

Sea legs in the genes

Let's face it we’re a seafaring nation. The greatest part of Britain’s history has been spent dominating the seas and protecting our island from unwelcome visitors and whether we like to admit it or not, most Britons fancy themselves as natural seafarers – it’s in the genes, isn’t it?

Dry dock for winter? Curl up with a book

It’s difficult to believe, but Christmas is fast approaching and thoughts of taking the boat out on the river are probably fading rapidly from most people’s memories.