High water London Bridge at 18:39 meant no beach to launch from so we launched, one at a time, via the step ladder just outside Shadwell Basin. It took nearly fifteen minutes to get nine boats on the water and it was 19:15 by the time we set off up river.
We crossed to the Surrey side in front of Tower Bridge enjoying a good ferry glide across the quickly building ebb tide. The pace was leisurely, at least for the regulars, as we regrouped several times to let everyone catch up.
We picked it up a little on the way back as the tide made easy going for everyone and returned to Shadwell Basin at about 20:45.
The gentle pace meant I had plenty of time to chat, look around and enjoy the view.