...but not like you've ever seen it before! Fast, furious and completely soaking - the Thames Rib Experience is the speediest, wettest tour from Embankment to Canary Wharf currently operating on London waterways. As a delayed birthday present to our dear M, we donned our trendy black life jackets and clambered on board the speed boat, preparing ourselves for a wet and windy ride. RIB stands for Rigid Inflatable Boat, normally used by the "Special Forces" and designed for extreme conditions. Well, I'd say we were pretty special, and it certainly delivered an "extreme" new perspective on the boring old River Thames!
Things started out fairly gently, taking in the Houses of Parliament and London Eye, then sweeping round to head up the river towards the Tate Modern. The boat was beetling along at a pretty fast pace as we glided under Tower Bridge, and we were all feeling very smug as we easily passed those regular, average Joe tourist boats: mwah ha!
With a stretch of clear water ahead of us, our skipper suddenly anounced that it was time to put the peddle down and yes, this is the part where we all got soaked. Especially me. I was sitting at the back of the boat on the river side and therefore the main receptor of dirty Thames water every time we made a fancy swerving move or sped over choppy patches...which was frequent! But getting wet was part of the joy, and it's easy to see why speed can be addictive in those things. Special Forces - here I come!