First manouver was to wind at the end of the arm. Last time we did this the wind pinned us on the side of the winding hole and I had to bow haul AmyJo round. This time the wind was in our favour blowing from end to the arm entrance. Watched by an elderly gent who openly declared "I'm going to enjoy watching you in this wind", we deftly winded allowing the wind to blow AmyJo's bow around as we did. The gent praised us for an expert job for which we thanked him and headed out. Always use the wind to your advantage I learnt as a dinghy sailor. You don't have to be in a sail boat either.
|Leaving the arm and turning right to continue to Llangollen.|
Not long and the lead hire boat moved off so we took their spot and filled the water and disposed of the rubbish, then got on our way.
|Quite congested here but fortunately not too much traffic|
|Nothing fancy but I just love this place|
|Gorse now in flower|
|Nice mooring but could be a pain over night to keep feeding the meter.|
|Now surely thats not comfortable but at least it is warm|
|Smudge taking himself off for an impromptu walk with me in pursuit.|
|Leaving the second of the locks to pick Chris up at the bridge 'ole|
|View from the side doors as we pass down St Martin's moor straight.|
Rounding Lion Keys bridge 'ole we had another boat pull out infront of us. A privateer this time. I put AmyJo hard astern and gave him a blast of the horn. He totally ignored me and dawdled at tickover for well over a mile. I would not mind normally, mistakes can happen and I've done it myself but the ignorant old sod did not even apologise nor acknowledge my presence! Sorry but that makes my blood boil. If you do something like that at least have the decency to apologise. It costs nothing and goes some way to vindicate oneself. Rant over.
We reached our destination at Chirk Bank and found a mooring for the night just after bridge 21. Our arrival was quite timely as we had the last available moorings on rings before the Aqueduct. Several hire boats have since past us looking to moor.
|We are moored just through this bridge.|
I admit to being a little worried about that leg as AmyJo seems to be making slow progress with this Axiom prop up here against an increasing flow. We struggled in the narrows last time with the normal prop so lets hope the Axiom pushes us through. As you know I'm still undecided whether the Axiom actually performs better. This will be the acid test for the Axiom as far as I'm concerned. If we struggle more than last time its coming off and back to the original prop I'm afraid.
|Our mooring for tonight|