- Raven's Ait
caption="Raven's Ait shown within
Raven's Ait is an island in the
Thamesat Surbiton, in Surrey, in the reach above Teddington Lock. It is situated at the upstream end of Queen's Promenade[http://www.kingston.gov.uk/browse/environment/land_and_premises/recreation_sites/queens_promenade.htm] where it departs from the river and opposite [http://www.thamessailingclub.co.uk/A96C9/Home.aspx Thames Sailing Club] , home of the Thames A Class Raters [http://www.thamessailingclub.co.uk/E0760/Raters/Rater_Descriptions.aspx] at gbmapping|TQ175679. Access is from Queen's Promenade, by ferry.
Level with the upstream accommodation block is an area on the Surrey bank that the locals used as a car park, but which is actually an old
Long owned or leased by The Navy League, then the charity responsible for the Sea Cadet Corps and the
Girls' Nautical Training Corps, Raven's Ait was the home of TS Neptune, a major sailing, canoeing and boating training establishment until The Navy League invested instead in TS Royalista small Brig.
Until 1970 the buildings were the familiar wooden clad "Sea Cadet Blue", with very old style dormitories and a very naval discipline. In 1971 a major rebuilding operation started, with the entire accommodation except the superintendent's house rebuilt by Haymills Construction. That rebuilding replaced all the old wooden buildings with today's island buildings, which are nowadays a conference and wedding centre [www.ravensait.co.uk] .
During the rebuilding a small number of activities were carried on downstream of
Kingston upon Thames, at the Albany Park sailing base opposite The Royal Canoe Club, with instructors commuting daily by boat.
Activities while A Navy League Watersports Venue
Raven's Ait was accredited by the
Royal Yachting Associationand by the British Canoe Unionto conduct training in their respective disciplines. It also provided a semi-permanent mooring for "Sparkle", a catamaran designed to be sailed by persons of restricted physical ability and mobility.
Motor Boating Skills
The boats were almost all naval stock, and all diesel powered:
*a 25 foot
naval cutter(Twin cylinder diesel), centre pseudo-cabin housing engine
*several "Viking" open tenders (single cylinder air cooled diesel) with poor handling
*workboat with a
cuddy, acquired from Haymills Construction after the rebuild, similar to the Vikings, but with better handling
*"Number 8", a small clinker built smart, stubby, open launch, about 16' LOA with relatively low
freeboard(Single cylinder Listerair cooled diesel
Basic pulling skills were taught, usually to Sea Cadets, either in the ASC or in one of a pair of
admiralty whalers (a clinker built pulling boat of approximately 28' LOA, slim beam, designed for naval pulling races, but originally a practical ship's boat)
Boats were a mixture of typical naval stock and somewhat strengthened "ordinary" dinghies.
There were the following fleets:
* ASCs - the "Admiralty Sailing Craft" 16 foot
gaff riggeddinghy, sometimes known as the GRP16, moored alongside the island. [http://www.coventryseacadets.org.uk/Activities/act_pul.htm] [http://www.bossoms.com/html/afc.php]
* Bosuns, allegedly able to be swung out from Her Majesty's ships on a torpedo hoist in the middle of any ocean
* Cadets, which were being phased out
* Coypus, a redoubtable short, fat, slow
GP14s, heavily strengthened
* Fireballs, kept at
Island Barn Reservoirfor trapeze training
* Puffin Pacers, a light Jack Holt design made by
Polycell Proutwith a tendency to scoop up a large volume of water over the leeward quarter when hardening up
When the wind was too strong for novices in the early 1970s, the instructors had the habit of putting absurd rigs on small boats and terrifying themselves. One such was a Puffin Pacer with a Fireball mast and sails. Another was a Schooner rigged ASC
chools which used Raven's Ait for watersports under the Navy League
Islands in the River Thames
* [http://www.ravensait.co.uk/ Raven's Ait]
* [http://www.freewebs.com/sealionscouts/ 1st Surbiton Sea Scouts]
Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.
Look at other dictionaries:
Raven (Groupe) — Pour les articles homonymes, voir Raven. Raven Pays d’origine … Wikipédia en Français
Raven (série) — Raven est une série télévisée américaine composé d un pilote d une heure et demi et de 19 épisodes de 46 minutes. Raven a été initialement diffusé sur CBS en 1992 1993. Cette série où joue Jeffrey Meek et Lee Major met en vedette les arts… … Wikipédia en Français
Raven Guard (Warhammer 40,000) — Raven Guard Raven Guard Numérotation 19 Fondation M29 (1ère) Couleurs de Chapitre Noir Primarque Corax État du Primarque Disparu … Wikipédia en Français
Raven Guard (Warhammer 40000) — Raven Guard Raven Guard Numérotation 19 Fondation M29 (1ère) Couleurs de Chapitre Noir Primarque Corax État du Primarque Disparu … Wikipédia en Français
Raven guard (warhammer 40,000) — Raven Guard Raven Guard Numérotation 19 Fondation M29 (1ère) Couleurs de Chapitre Noir Primarque Corax État du Primarque Disparu … Wikipédia en Français
Raven guard (warhammer 40000) — Raven Guard Raven Guard Numérotation 19 Fondation M29 (1ère) Couleurs de Chapitre Noir Primarque Corax État du Primarque Disparu … Wikipédia en Français
Raven (groupe) — Pour les articles homonymes, voir Raven. Raven Pays d’origine … Wikipédia en Français
Blood Raven — Blood Ravens Blood Ravens Numérotation Fondation Inconnu Couleurs de Chapitre Rouge brun Primarque Inconnu État du Primarque Inconnu … Wikipédia en Français
Teddington Lock — Infobox Waterlock lock name = Teddington Lock [ [http://www.visitthames.co.uk/uploads/a users guide to the River thames.pdf Statistics from Environment Agency A User s Guide to the River Thames:Part II ] ] caption= Teddington Lock undergoing… … Wikipedia
Great Reality TV Swindle — The Great Reality TV Swindle (also known as Project MS 2) was a con perpetrated in 2002 by Nik Russian, a British man who, at the time, was working at an entry level position in a branch of the UK book chain Waterstone s. Russian placed… … Wikipedia