Today we escorted David Winch on his 27km row down the Tay on 17th June to raise funds for Marie Curie Cancer Care and the RNLI.

Taymara escorts David Winch on his row1
Catalina alongside Badger at Tayport Harbour

See his own page here –  https://www.facebook.com/DavidsRowingChallengeBlog

Badger and Catalina set off from Tayport Harbour at 6.00am to meet David Winch and his boat at Woodhaven slipway (between the bridges)

 

Taymara escorts David Winch on his row 2
A last briefing before Catalina sets off

 

 

Passing West Ferry
Passing West Ferry

 

 

Taymara escorts David Winch on his row -Woodhaven
Tying up at Woodhaven

 

 

Taymara escorts David Winch on his row - Woodhaven 2
Alongside at Woodhaven

 

 

Taymara escorts David Winch on his row - Woodhaven 3
David arrives and his boat is wrestled onto Badger and secured.

 

 

Taymara escorts David Winch on his row - the effect of the Full Moon
Almost a full moon today… causing large tides which may make David row even faster. (Spring Tides)

 

 

Taymara escorts David Winch on his row - The Biscuits!
David brings the biscuits

Thanks to you too David from Taymara, for setting an example for others to follow.

 

David and his boat "Timbers Too"safely aboard Badger
David and his boat “Timbers Too”safely aboard Badger

 

 

We depart Woodhaven
We depart Woodhaven

We left Woodhaven at about 6.30

 

Inside Badger on the way to Newburgh
Inside Badger on the way to Newburgh

 

 

Taymara escorts David Winch on his row - Balmarino
Thebe

We pass the coaster “Thebe” which is anchored at Balmarino waiting for the tide and the River Pilot to arrive.

 

Catalina exercises
Catalina exercises

 

 

Taymara escorts David Winch on his row - Flisk Point
On Badger’s bow

We pass Flisk Point

 

Taymara escorts David Winch on his row - Timbers Too
Passing Flisk point – David’s boat is still omboard!

 

 

David Winch
David at Newburgh

We’ve arrived at Newburgh and David’s boat is untied and carefully lowered into the water

 

Taymara escorts David Winch on his row - Newburgh
David aboard “Timbers Too” Pete is steadying the boat

 

 

Taymara escorts David Winch on his row - Newburgh 2
Not entirely sure what Pete is doing here but he sometimes runs around the boat….

 

 

Taymara escorts David Winch on his row  - setting off
Pete’s calmed down now and David prepares to set off

 

 

Setting off to Broughty Ferry
Setting off to Broughty Ferry

 

 

Joel (Catalina's skipper) keeps a close watch and follows at a safe distance
Joel (Catalina’s skipper) keeps a close watch and follows at a safe distance

 

 

Superb water/landscape and sky
A superb water/landscape and sky today

David managed a fair speed of about 5 – 7.5 knots throughout  his journey

 

On the "dog leg" - an abrupt change in the course of the navigation channel just after Newburgh
On the “dog leg” – an abrupt change in the course of the navigation channel just after Newburgh

 

 

Near Flisk Point
The south post (one of a set of two) that any vessel navigating this channel must pass between ….whatever size it may be

 

 

The Tay really is a beautiful river
The Tay really is a beautiful river

 

 

Badger's looking good too
Badger’s looking good too

 

 

Approaching Balmarino again
The long distance rower

 

 

To save fuel, Catalina came alongside Badger for a side tow
To save fuel, Catalina came alongside Badger for a side tow

 

 

Getting closer now - David approaches the Tay Rail Bridge
Getting closer now – David approaches the Tay Rail Bridge

 

 

Crossing over to the North shore of the Tay heading straight for Broughty Castle
Crossing over to the North shore of the Tay, heading straight for Broughty Castle. David checks the time.

 

 

Broughty Ferry Inshore Lifeboat arrives to see David into harbour
Broughty Ferry Inshore Lifeboat arrives to see David into harbour

 

 

Broughty Ferry
Broughty Ferry – almost there and just about to enter the harbour

 

 

Alongside!
20 feet to go…

 

 

Congratulations from Taymara!
Congratulations from Taymara!