We left the Marina on Sunday morning - as expected, the wind had increased a fair bit and tbh, I did have second thoughts about handing our fob back and staying another night... maneuvering in front of a load of other more experienced (well some of them) boaters in the wind is never pleasurable prospect.
No matter - we pulled ropes and set off with a bit if wheel spin ... can't think of the boating equivalent term for that one!
Blooming heck... as soon as we left the protection of the boats either side the wind picked us up - all 16 tonnes of us, and tried it's best to side slam us into the boats moored on the opposite side of the marina... MORE power was needed than I'd liked (I hate thrashing about) but it did the trick and brought us perpendicular to them without any collisions... an added
Obviously there are no photos of this... the first time I was able to get my phone out was when we'd exited and were back on the canal -
You'd never beleive from how calm the water looks here HOW much the wind was blowing... oh well...
WE chugged our way up through the bottom lock and tied up just near Marks & Spencers... well I say just near, about 300 yards back... we nipped in to get a chicken as I fancied a Sunday dinner and then continued our journey up through the town/village.
Yesterday morning we chugged along and remembered to stop at a bridge in Stoke where we'd spotted an abandoned/lost Sea Magnet on our way down last week... it's blooming strong - easily holding my weight without coming off - in the end it took a crow bar and a lot of swearing to remove it... AS usual, Andy took the photo credit but it WAS me that removed the thing..
ahem, it's now attached itself to the back of the boat and we can't shift it again!