Left Stone before any other boats on the move, not massively early, around 8.30ish. We had the Stone flight of locks with us and for many miles, not a moving boat to be seen. So why is it that as soon as we reached the second of the four single locks the queues started? We caught up with three of the boats a good mile after the first lock, Aston, which again was still in our favour. So those three boats must have left roughly at the same time (or maybe the front-runner was extremely slow) and we all got to Sandon lock together. Being forth it took a while to get down especially as the same number of boats were waiting at the bottom to come up.
At Hoo Mill lock we still had two in front. Nothing better to do while waiting so may as well wash the boat!
It wasn't until way past 2pm before we arrived at Great Hayward. As a welcoming committee, we were confronted by loads of kids in canoes, all having a whale of a time by ramming each other and trying to get each other wet. In fact, with us leaving the facilities, several blasts on the horn was needed to make them aware that roughly 15 ton of steel was bearing down on them! They certainly shifted a bit quick!
|The facilities are behind the two breasted boats.|
Moored near to Shugboriugh Hall. From being council run it is now an NT house and being members we may well visit tomorrow.
Ian took this photo on the Panasonic camera and the only one of today. (it's the Canon I use for wildlife) Not bad considering he's not usually the photographer.