Report by Lynne Mellors:
When we heard that 4C’s were planning to do the Wash Crossing again Roger and I jumped at the chance to repeat the experience and join the convoy. When we started to plan our extended cruise for 2018 we realised that we would be able to visit a number of IWA Silver Propeller Challenge locations en route to the IWA Festival of Water being held at St Neots in August.
Our route took us via Titford Pool on the BCN, and the Maude Foster Windmill at Boston. We joined the rest of the convoy at Boston for the exciting Wash Crossing and then dawdled on the Middle levels cruising Vermuyden Drain,16 foot drain and visiting Holme and Ramsey.
Whilst at March on the Middle Levels we came across a young boater who was close to a diabetic coma. We woke him up and after a cup of tea and a couple of biscuits he was as right as rain. He kept insisting that we had saved his life, though it was more a case of being in the right place at the right time.
We had bought a three month EA licence and cruised every River and Fen off the Great Ouse.
At the IWA festival we thought that we might have travelled the farthest so we handed in our Ship’s log. We had done 200 miles more than the recipient of the longest journey award, and done 18 more locks than that recipient, but we didn’t win either of those awards.
The reason was that the IWA have a rule that they only present two awards to any one entrant and we were presented with the Robert Aickman Trophy for making the most meritorious journey, and the RCR Cruising Challenge Trophy for the Most Enterprising Journey.
We were happy to receive what we did.
The RCR Trophy came with a voucher for 12 months RCR Bronze cover too which is valued at about £120!
So thank you 4C’s for contributing to a very successful cruising year for us.
Roger and Lynne Mellors , nb Unique.