|Huge crowds at the show on Saturday
|The marquees and stalls were kept busy
|As were the show boats with many with full appointment books.
So it was with great delight we were shown round this year's Ferwoods show boat, Why Fry, by proud owners Carl and Sam. Their dream has finally become a reality after 3 years of waiting. They are right to be very proud of Why Fry she's a lovely boat. They still cannot believe the boat is for real yet but I'm sure they will enjoy getting to know her over time. Well I remember being the same when AmyJo was launched. Its all so exciting and daunting at the same time.
|Carl and Sam's new build Why Fry looking stunning in the line up.
We really wish Carl and Sam many happy trouble free cruising days in Why Fry. We've even planned a meet up with them on the cut sometime in the near future. Looking forward to that greatly.
|Plenty to see and look at .
|Plenty of boats on the cut as is usual at the show.
|These two looked bemused by the goings on but enjoying some father son time none the less.
|Whilst these young geese enjoyed a munch in the grass nearby.
|No mistaking this boat
|Willow Wren's Peggy passes us by
|No mistaking the heritage of this Boat, Mochen Du, another Fernwood boat
|Past present and future owners. Left to right Kate (Priscilla), Sian in dark top (Mochen Du), Del and Al (Derwent 6)
Sam and Carl (Why Fry) Yours truly (AmyJo) and Franka (Fernwoods)
|We were later joined by Mike and Eric (Fernwoods) and Mark (Mochen Du) on the left
|Despite his age this gent and his crew powered ahead of his younger rivals
|Winning their race much to the delight of his team mate
|The fernwood team saddle up
|After a promising start they were cut off at the turn by the other team, who, thanks to their
|A valiant effort to catch up by team Fernwood
|Might look serious but in fact it was all show and just a bit of fun on the way back to the jetty for one who capsized.
|The eventual triumphant winners who, by tradition were baptised by capsize.
I don't like posting sad posts but this one has to be told. Whilst working on AmyJo today a hire boat came into the marina bumping hard into our jetty. It turned out the boat had had work on the skeg previously and the rudder was so stiff the family hiring it could barely steer it. They had already had a 3 hour delay as the fridge was not working and had to be replaced then, after cruising for a day, had no choice but to pull in to try and get it sorted. Derek the marina manager did what he could to help them and make them feel welcome.
Not a problem you might say but what made this hard to accept for us is the family had planned and saved hard for a year to have this holiday as it was a special one with nan and grandad joining them. The hire company, who I will not name, from Middlewhich, obviously had not checked the boat before hiring it out and to be frank were completely indifferent to the families plea to get a solution.
The family, now very upset their holiday was ruined, were becoming very distraught as the hire firm could not or would not give them another boat but then after much badgering begrudgingly gave them a full refund without even an apology. After all this mum was in floods of tears as this clearly had been a big holiday for them and was now a disaster and nightmare.
The event unfolding beside us played heavily on our minds. We simply could not just stand by and do nothing, so Chris offered to ring every hire boat company around here to see if we could source another boat for them, but, being a bank holiday sadly none were available. We really felt for them, such a shame. Why are hire boat firms allowed to get away with this? It was clearly incompetence on the part of the hire firm and there seemed no remorse what so ever from the company involved despite the family's upset. We do hope the family find some way of getting compensation. Just goes to show its not all sun and smiles like it is on two certain TV series.
On a brighter note we hope everyone has had a great weekend and enjoyed the mild weather. We're off to Essex soon to see the folks back home so may be another while before the next post.
Finally a quick thank you to Joe and Keith on Hadar (click). They are currently cruising the Calder and have been sending me updates and advise for our trip there in the summer. The photos look really great so we are really looking forward to the trip now. Much appreciated.