Over lunch on Sunday, a lovely lunch I might add, we sorted out where and when we are going to meet next year ahead of our cruise to Boston. We won't know the tide times until after Christmas so at this stage we are guessing at what our likely window for the crossing will be.
L-R Sheila of Nb. Clarence, Joe, David of Nb. What a Lark , Derek of Nb. Clarence and Lisa of Nb. What a Lark.
Missing from the gathering is Geoff and Mags of Nb. Seyella who couldn't make it as they are currently nowhere near Market Harborough.
Passing David and Lisa on What a Lark - Lisa horrified as I point a camera at her, "Lesley, I haven't done my hair!!"
Come Monday Morning were watched the F1 Grand Prix that Joe had recorded, filled with water and slipped out of our mooring. Our destination now was Yelvertoft Marina where Yarwood is going to spend the winter while we are away in Spain.
On our way up the Foxton flight
Misty startTuesday morning just before 8am we set off again. There was a thick autumn mist and the tunnel light made an appearance though we never met another boat until we arrived at Yelvertoft wharf.
Mist in the bridge hole
As we came through Yelvertoft bridge, Joe slowed and I loaded the dogs back on board Yarwood and stepped onto the gunwale at the back. No sooner were we clear of the bridge than I spotted a CRT work boat pushing a loaded flat towards us but immediately behind the first boat was another. The second boat was going far too fast and lost control of the flat he was pushing, crossing our bow, Yarwood now in screaming reverse, the flat rammed the bank to lose some speed, straightened then took the rest of his speed off down the side of Yarwood which sent me scurrying back along the gunwale towards the stern to get out of his way and potential broken leg his empty flat offered me. A sheepish "sorry mate" to Joe and a filthy look from me and we were passed each other. What a twat!
I had called ahead to Yelvertoft to find out where they wanted us to moor so we were able to turn in and reverse on to our pontoon with little difficulty. So that's it for cruising this year. We are now preparing ourselves to decamp but ahead of that their is family visits and winterising Yarwood to be done.
Looking down from the dog walk above Yelvertoft marina