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River Thames users - Cookham pdf version click here
The Thames between Cookham Lock and Temple is the busiest stretch of the river. There are three sailing clubs, rowing clubs, Longridge and Bisham Abbey Sailing schools, Bourne End Marina,
and the National Sports Centre with canoes and kayaks at all levels including Olympic teams. There are novices and experts, in all types of craft. Everyone is here to enjoy the day.
Right of Way
There are no hard and fast rules with this level of traffic. It is every helm’s responsibility to avoid collision.
Be prepared to stop if necessary. Keep to the right of the channel.
Keep a good look out at all times!
What Now Skipper?
WHAT TO DO? If you see a group of sailing boats or rowers, please maintain a steady course at moderate speed, close to the right hand bank of the channel. Sailing boats are very manoeuvrable and will usually keep out of your way; but some will be novices. Rowing boats have much less agility and a poor lookout, just slow down and keep well clear. Lookout may be restricted by sails or other boats, so be prepared to make your presence known by a call or toot on your horn. Sailing dinghies may tack back and forth across the river. They are not being awkward, it is the only way they can go upwind. Orange buoys mark the racing course and dinghies may alter or reverse their path.
Take care when mooring or leaving a mooring