Cheers Ms Jo. Your weather news has cheered me up so much! (I suppose - now that I've had the handout on weather - I should already have known what was going to happen thanks to daily study of my trusty barometer and bag of pine cones).
Wednesday sounds like two-in-a-row for you. Poo, then rats! Frankly though, I'm impressed you made it there at all. I felt considerably the worse for wear on Weds morning, and all I had to do all day was to sail a desk.
When do we get to do the bit where it's like the video for "Rio"???
Their website gives telephone number(s). The person who ran the course I did was called Kevin (never thought to ask his surname), but I think that whoever answers the phone will be able to give you good info (as they should be one of the other instructors/employees).
As far as I know, you could turn up at any time the base was open and whoever is in will let you have a look around and will tell you all about what's on offer. General "open" adult sailing/kayaking is Monday nights, starting at 6pm (i.e. changed and out on the water for 6pm).
I'd encourage you to go down and talk to them. From my experiences, they're a great bunch of people and are only too happy to find people who want to get involved. There's a healthy emphasis on safety, and an equally healthy one on learning how to do things properly and having a lot of fun. And, if nothing else, just being out on the river gives you some great (and, often, completely new) views of London.
Yes, I'll second all that - the place and people there come highly recommended, as far as I'm concerned.
The 'general' adult sailing is on Sun am and pm as well as monday evenings. These sessions are for people who can already handle a dinghy. If you need to get to this stage, look at the RYA level 1 & 2 course that Ivanhoe and I have just done, and you'll be out having a sail within a few weeks.
Yes, course I would. We can pop a bottle of grog in the anchor bucket, give the safety boat the slip, and go off and have a good time. Yarrr! as Tharg would say. My June is a bit complicated at the moment but I'll email you at work when things sort out. This coming Monday 7th is a distinct possibility. Thats if my aching muscles have recovered by then. I asked Kevin to send round some hunky sailing instructors for a post-sailing therapeutic massage session but they're obviously still arguing about who's coming over.
After the 12th, I get busy again (half year), but we should be able to fit a sail in. If you can just give me a couple of days notice, then Yarrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr!