Another damp drizzly morning saw us underway at 9:30am on Thursday. We did not have far to go as we had booked AmyJo into Heritage Boats Marina for the weekend.
We could tell we were getting near to the end of the Macclesfield Canal as in the distance Mow Cop (pronounced like cow) could be seen again standing atop the hill through the murk.
|Mow Cop Castle|
Further on we came to Little Morton Hall though we could not see it through the trees. At Ramsden Hall restored railings protect walkers from a steep hill down to a field below. Located almost opposite Ramsdell Hall one wonders is this is to give the appearance the gardens end here.
|Restored Railings though why they should be restored we do not know|
|Impressive Ramsden Hall|
Just after Ramsdell Hall is the marina. We pulled in and backed up to our allotted mooring. We then spent the rest of the day preparing for our sailing weekend on the Isle of Anglesey.
On Friday whilst waiting for friends to pick us up we had a surprise visit from Steve and Denise of nb Riverside Escape, another Fernwood Boat. We chatted for a while over coffee until Simon arrived. We know Steve and Denise will be coming down the Shroppy when we will be travelling it back to Tattenhall so resolved to meet up again for a longer chat.
After shutting AmyJo up and driving to Anglesey we arrived at Tyn Ross camp site at about 6pm and set up the tent. All our sailing friends were there so a good old catch up over a bbq was had.
On Saturday we took the boats to Red Wharf Bay and had what we call a play day. Its a chance for crews to tune the boats for the coming race and general enjoy a blast up and down the bay in each others boats. we do not have much room on the River Dee so to get the boats in open water and see what they are capable of is really good fun.
|Chris in the club RS Vision called Ermentrude so called|
because of the black patches on the sail.
|Andy (Amy's crew) and myself in her Lazy E classic dinghy.|
|All hands help bring the boats ashore|
|Chris gets a helping hand from Simon to stand up|
|A bit wobbly but she made good progress|
|Until she fell in that is.|
|Preparing to race at the start line.|
|The lighthouse at Penman Point with some of the race fleet in the distance.|
|Amy and her crew Andy celebrate finishing the race in her Lazy E dinghy|
|In the center, Larry and Chris, completed their first coastal race and loved it. Dave and I were on hand to help them in.|
|Chester Sailing and Canoeing club, some members were missing for the photo.|
Total distance:3.30 miles Elapsed time:2h22m16s Locks:0
Bridges:12 Average speed:1.39 mph (1.39 lock/mph)
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