So being very aware that Merlin has nice new shiny cabin sides the last thing we wanted to do was scratch it. Well I'm sorry to say we failed miserably!!! Not the cabin side thank goodness but along the nicely painted gunwale. Ian had to move over when another boat appeared and a low branch sticking out from a overhanging tree scraped along part of it. Having berated him for not taking care I then went and took more paint off the bow when I touched the brickwork on the lock approach. A particularly strong gust of wind blew Merlin away from the entrance, and there was I going in so nice and straight as well. This being only day one I'm bit worried what the rest of the trip will bring! We need the wind to drop but according to the met office, that's not going to happen any day soon!
|Leaving Anglo Welsh at Great Hayward.|
|Wet and windy Tixall Wide.|
|Nice new paintwork|