Retrospective post for Friday 2nd June
|Below Marsworth top lock and dry dock.|
|Ex Thomas Clayton "tar" boat Towy - a well kept wooden boat.|
|Slow steady progress - not rushing!|
|Ex "trust" boat Belfast in need of TLC, now sold to someone we know|
Unusually another problem pound, the one between the two Ivinghoe locks was not too bad - again I suspect recent topping up, as it is regularly well off level. We managed to avoid grounding anywhere below Grove Church lock as well, which was welcome. For a boat that draws around 3 feet, this is now one of the worst bits for many miles.
By the time we arrived in Leighton Buzzard we were once again well down on timings we would have been used to with "Chalice" We hadn't done anything particularly badly, and the extended timings just go with the territory with "Flamingo". We find that trying to go faster when conditions are poor achieves very little, other than maybe making us make unforced errors, so we now largely back off to a slightly slower speed, chosen appropriate to the conditions on any stretch.
After leaving Leighton Buzzard we suffered considerable hold ups as the crews of a pair of Wyvern Shpping hire boats were supposed to be under instruction. The male crew of one boat seemed to be fairly merry already, and paying little attention. At least the all female crew of the second boat were trying hard to learn, though I thought the trainer wasn't doing a grand job! We then waited as a returning Wyvern boat came up. The couple were from New Zealand, having come to the UK just to do this. They had been out 4 weeks on what to us would have been a very leisurely cruise, but had clearly enjoyed themselves enormously. I can only imagine what a 4 week hiring must have cost them - I hope Wyvern had offered a good discount! Shortly after we passed our old boat "Chalice" still looking better cared for than we often managed - it is good to see it has not joined the ranks of boats of that age left to deteriorate rapidly.
|Our old boat Chalice showing some of the new paintwork we did before sale.|
Bulbourne to above Stoke Hammond Three Locks
Miles: 13.0, Locks: 19
Total Trip Miles: 163.0, Locks: 125