What a scorcher!  Crispy Fried Human Beans is what we had today out on Rainham Marshes! It would seem that word had got round about the Tall Ship Flotilla heading up river for the Olympic period and by just after 10am our car park was full which was something of surprise. There were lines of people on top of the Wall with many more sitting down on the old Victorian wall below while our hastily erected marquee offered some shelter. 

The ships themselves were a little late in arriving but the majority of the crowd stuck with it and were rewarded by 16 fully masted ships of various types including sloops and schooners. Although they were under power many had sails up to some extent to good effect.

Avid ship watchers!

and yes I missed one and the HUGE trimaster that we saw from inside the reserve over high tide...

and overseeing procedings from his lofty viewpoint was Commandant Robinson...

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