Average speed:2.63 mph (2.63 lock/mph)
AmyJo was laying quietly in this lovely spot Crick side of Welford Junction and we had the whole place to ourselves. It felt so good to photograph her as she was meant to be and I admit I did not want to leave, but we had to be back for work on Monday.
We made good time on the way back and passed four boats coming the other way in one hour at one point. We had not see one on the way to Welford.
The weather started to close in as we made our way back towards Crick and a light drizzle followed but we did not mind one bit, nothing could have spoilt our day as far as we were concerned.
Four hours later the marina came into view and we discussed how we would attempt to moor up in the wind after yesterdays problems.
Nervously I turned AmyJo into the marina entrance with inches to spare. On the front of the bracket supporting the horn is mounted a small CCTV camera that gives a good view ahead and of AmyJo's stem post. This paid for itself at this moment as I could see just where AmyJo's bows were to the bankside. From the photo it looks like we were going to hit but thanks to the camera I could swing AmyJo round at just the right point with a bit of reverse gear.
Relief washed over us as we tied the lines and got settled and it was only then we realised how cold it was but having seen other boaters winter attire we were prepared. Believe it or not I am wearing five layers under that lot.
The verdict of our first cruise?