Next year, as part of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee, there's to be a royal pageant of maybe 1,000 boats along the Thames. And according to an otherwise rather good article on the history of the Thames in The Telegraph, the route was from "Putney to Greenwich". For political balance here's The Guardian's take on the event, and they give the starting point as Putney as well.
Fantastic, I think: I can practice my royal wave and as HM passes I can salute her in style.
Closer reading of the route showed alas this to be a flexible definition of Putney to mean, basically, Battersea, as shown by the official route below:
The event already has its own web site with Facebook page and Twitter feed (of course) where you can register your vessel.
I don't think they have this sort of thing in mind:
I think I will need a bigger boat if I'm to join the fun.
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