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Monday 8 June 2015

Post lunch on a sandbank

So we have lunched and celebrated our arrival on the sandbank in the Wash and as the tide turns; we came out of Boston on a falling tide and it is now rising to take us in to Wisbech, we prepare to depart.

 Jackie 'O' has been resurrected and joins Amanda on the back of WaL (not sure where Lisa has gone) for a chat about the Greek finances...

 David Lewis, armed with boat shaft, is trying to locate an expensive ladder that has disappeared from WaL's bow.

 Sarah and Andy suitably fed and watered are ready for the off

 The dutch barge that joined us reverses off of the sandbank

 WaL gets stuck but not for long
With the change of tides we got a change of weather, the sun was obscured by a cloud cover and the wind had picked up.  See photo's on Nb. Seyella Blog here for this bit - I think my camera had jammed and I was trying to clean it at this point.
The move of the sand back was a bit shall we say, chaotic. Daryl had briefed 'skippers' about what came next, what they needed to do but the execution was muddled and boats set off in all directions for a few moments before 'pennies dropped' and we were soon playing follow-the-leader again.

Heading down the straight channel of the tidal R. Nene on our way to Wisbech and an overnight mooring.

The crew of this freighter were somewhat bemused by the sight of us as we pass below them

Sutton swing bridge in the distance carrying the A17 trunk road across the river

Seyella and Panacea follow us beneath the span of Sutton bridge

As we approach Wisbech on a fast flowing flood tide we come alongside Nb.What a Lark as per Pilot instruction and raft the two boats. Amanda and I secure the bows running lines back and forth to until we are happy they are secure and David and Lisa are doing the same at the sterns of the boats.

We are to wind (turn) the boats and approach Wisbech in reverse with the bows facing the fast running tide. The turn starts now.

Still turning and being swept into Wisbech

Completing the turn, Joe and David operating the reverse and forward gears on each boat to assist the turn

NB Clarence and Nb. Seyella follow suit and wind there boats to approach their mooring in reverse

Nb.'s Clarence and Seyella proceeding in reverse

Easy as she goes past a 360 degree dredger and a catamaran  and into a berth at the end/start of the Wisbech harbour.
We had to wait for two hours for the incoming tide reach 'slack water' before we turned the boats again so that it would be easier to get away in the morning.  After that operation was completed it was time for guests to be ferried back to their cars to start their journey's home.  It had been a very long day and bed was calling so after everyone had left it was a lovely hot shower and bed!
The next morning I was up at 4am...it should have been 5am but what's a hour when you can't tell the time?
Joe was forgiving.
With instructions from the pilot, and the lockkeeper at the tidal lock at the Dog in a Doublet, to leave between six and six thirty we were up and away, waving to David and Lisa as they untied us and we escaped with their boat strapped to Yarwood.

David unties the rafted boats.
The advice from the pilot was we needed power and steering from both boats to make our way through Wisbech and boy did we.

Making our way carefully through Wisbech with about a tea cup of water beneath the baseplate. The tide was still running against us and we began to think our timing was all wrong but the experts had said....
I think the timing was all wrong and we could safely have left at least an hour later but hey ho. We got stuck, fortunately just out of sight of David and Lisa, and not matter what we tried could make no headway. Waving through Nb. Clarence and their passing pushed a little water under us and a foot or three of progress was achieved. Same with Panacea and Seyella and every foot by foot we progessed through Wisbech.  Out into open countryside the sky turned black and the heavens opened and deluged us and sent lightening rods into the ground around us. The camera and self got soaked.

Arriving at the Dog in a Doublet lock they were awaiting us and we were waved in. The use of a shoe horn was required to get out 14' wide by 70' long 'raft' into the lock but we did it with everyone's cooperation.

Guillotine gate closing...is it going to miss the tiller???

We sat in the lock for an hour while we were all quizzed about registration numbers, home addresses and our boat licence status. Then those that needed facility keys for Environment Agency waters and /or licences were invited up to the office for their purchases.  Joe also blagged a tour from Ann of Viator the dutch barge and was very impressed.   I suspect that if their is ever going to be another boat it might be something like that.

Heading along the final stretch into Peterborough behind the rest of the convoy
The trip has been everything and more than I anticipated.  The dynamics of the group of boaters that set out together to share this adventure has been the 'icing on the cake' and their comradeship has been invaluable.  The cruise up through Nottingham and the Trent, all new waters for Joe and myself, on to the Fossdyke and the R. Witham has been very enjoyable and we will come this way again. And the crossing of the Wash..great, delighted to have done it and impressed with how well Yarwood handled the choppy blue stuff.  
The run in Wisbech and then on to Peterborough was less enjoyable but it was a means to an end because we are now on the R. Nene and ready to savour the joys of cruising this lovely waterway.


  1. Do you fancy the Bristol Channel sometime....?

    1. Yes, but from the Sharpness end to Bristol. I know Nb. Clarence would be interested as well.....
      X Lesley

  2. Hi Lesley. its been a bit quiet on the blogging front, is everything going well ? xx

  3. Hi Lesley - Jennie and Chris from nb Tentatrice here - good to see you albeit very briefly at Thames Lock on the Wey today. We did the Wash from Kings Lynn to Boston last year and the River Severn from Sharpness to Bristol this year. Both times with nb Cleddau. We really enjoyed both trips and thought Bristol was a fabulous place.

    You were kind enough to talk on the phone to me back in 2012 when we were considering a Barn Owl boat. We also went and visited Paul and Elaine on nb Caxton. Our final decision was to go to JL Pinder & Son, but your help was appreciated. This is our third season - we are spring/summer/autumn boaters. We are heading for London. I am sure our paths will cross again one day! Jennie


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