Friday, 20 June 2014

Cruise in Company

Its another busy weekend for Naughty-Cal. No rest for the wicked they say. This weekend she is leading a group of seven boats down the Trent to West Stockwith for a weekend in the basin at the end of the Chesterfield Canal. 

The group includes seasoned and novice boaters alike so should make for an interesting weekend and an interesting cruise. For a couple of boat crews it will be their first trip on the Trent so their first introduction to the infamous West Stockwith lock entry.

We have traversed this lock many times now so hope we have the measure of it but it can be a tricky old lock to get right. The video below shows Naughty-Cal entering the lock with a fair amount of fresh water flowing downstream. It shouldnt be this bad tomorrow as we have had little in the way of rain for the last couple of weeks but it shows how interesting the entry can be.

Once safely tucked up in the basin we have a table booked at the White Hart in the village for some great home cooked food. For once the tide times are during the afternoon so we will have plenty of time to sit back and chill out, lose the hangovers and tinker about with the boats before we head out onto the Trent. We dont leave Torksey until 3pm tomorrow and we wont leave West Stockwith until 4pm on Sunday to head for home.

Watch this space for any developments during the weekend. Although phone reception can be pretty rubbish where we are headed.

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