Please don’t blame the Club, blame Desmond…
Eleven boats were decorated with lights and other objects, and were ready to depart on an illuminated cruise to The Burscough Light Switch On. Only three made it to Burscough.
No, don’t worry, nobody got injured, and all the boats are still afloat. They just couldn’t get out of the marina.
Two of the ones that made it to Burscough, left on the Thursday and spent the night at The Slipway, all in fine weather (Blossom Hill and Wea-Ry-Tired).
At The Slipway
The other one left early on the Friday and didn’t bother about the wind (Jonathan Puddle).
Jonathan Puddle before the turn around
But at 15:15 pm on Friday afternoon it’s clear: the others can’t get out of the marina because of the wind.
It’s windy in Burscough as well. Wea-Ry-Tired even loosens her front mooring line and is about to set off to Parbold. She ends up with four mooring lines, all secured with a dollie, a very secure lorrie drivers knot. She’s not going anywhere…!
And all three of of the boats are faced with back-firing stoves, and fighting dangerously high levels of carbon monoxide.
The festivities start at 5.00 pm. We are joined by two couples that decided to come to Burscough by car. Most of the time we spend in a pub, sipping muled wine and drinking beer. Going outside is a no-go.
We feel sorry for the fairies, walking around with a lot of lights but not that many clothes.
Dedicated to the job
Taking a picture of the flashing Christmas lights needs to be timed perfectly, otherwise you see no lights at all.
More lights off than on
The plans were to go back to The Slipway on the Saturday, but the wind is still too strong to cruise.
On the Sunday things change. The wind is a lot less strong, and there even are patches of blue sky in the morning.
Sunday morning sky
So around 11.00 am the boats set off to home base. With 10,000 fishermen being the only problem.
Once it gets dark in the marina one can see all the other boats that never made it to Burscough: they all look absolutely stunning with all their decorations.
Thank you very much, storm Desmond…!