Remarkable Christmas 2015

We have a very good get together on Wea-Ry-Tired, of people who get soaking wet, even when only walking the length of the jetty.
It’s raining…

Christmas Day get together

Christmas Day get together

The next morning, though, some wake up lying almost on the wall next to their bed, instead of against the wall. Something is wrong here. Stepping out of the boat tells you straight away: the water in the marina is extremely high.

High water levels

High water levels

Too high for some mooring lines, so most boats in the marina are tilted to various angles. Time to loosen mooring lines. John (Jaguar) already did a lot of the cruisers in the middle of the upper pond.

At around 3 p.m. the four of us set of to check again all the boats, because the water is still rising.
We loosen mooring lines, and repair jetties.

Flood damage

Flood damage

We try to lower fenders, but sometimes they are just too short.

Side fenders too short

Side fenders too short

Halfway to the end…

Half way to the end of the marina

Half way to the end of the marina

The slipway is nearly invisible.

The slipway

The slipway

We don’t try to loosen the mooring lines of this boat, though.

Beyond saving

Beyond saving

By the time we are at the end of the marina, we realize that it didn’t rain (so far), all the time we were out. We hope it stays that way.

And it does.
It’s just after 9 o’clock on the 27th, and everything seems to be back to normal. The water is about 3 inches below the jetties, as it usually is.

Back to normal

Back to normal

The Fair Weather Boaters Club?

Although all events of The Club during the winter are weather permitting, one basically thinks of ice, keeping people from cruising. A bit of rain and a light breeze should not stop any boater.
But of the 25 boats that could have cruised to the New Scarisbrick Arms Restaurant, only two actually did, surprisingly both named Wea-Ry-Tired…

(Wea-Ry-Tired) * 2

(Wea-Ry-Tired) * 2

Their female crew members came to the boaters club Christmas Dinner 2015 in little black dress and… Wellie boots.

Wellie Boots

Wellie Boots

The other 46 attendants came by minibus and by car.

Christmas Dinner 2015 in full swing

Christmas Dinner 2015 in full swing

Together we enjoyed a perfect Christmas Dinner, cooked and served by the (as always) crazy staff of the New Scarisbrick Arms Restaurant.

The Staff

The Staff

It’s well after midnight when, after the not-to-avoid dancing, the last guests go boatwards.

The not-to-avoid dancing

The not-to-avoid dancing

A successful Christmas Dinner, thanks to everyone present!

Burscough Christmas Lights Switch-on

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

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

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

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

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

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…!

Members meeting 21-11-2015

Despite the bitterly cold weather 20 boaters decided to leave their cosy warm boat (or home) to get an update on the Clubs status. One of these 20 was a new member, so the Club now consists of 34 boats!

A short summary:

  • The Club has a bank account with Santander (details will follow soon);
  • The Club is a member of IWA (membership number 1105235);
  • The Club has a Public Liability Insurance through IWA;
  • The Club can use the upper right hand corner of the notice board in the Tearoom for notices;
  • The Club is looking for a Secretary (or someone who can do the minutes of meetings);
  • Christmas Dinner: passengers for the minibus service please contact Tim (Jonathan Puddle);
  • Illuminated Cruise to Burscough: for details see Illuminated Cruise to Burscough
  • The first range of T-shirts and polo shirts can be ordered (see  Club Memorabilia);
  • A Club Calendar or Personalised Calendar can be ordered (see Club Memorabilia);
  • If there are members with hidden talents please let us know;
  • Suggestions for activities: Breakfast Cruise in February, Easter Egg hunt, Christmas Shopping Cruise to Trafford Park; attend events of the Leeds & Liverpool Canal Bicentenary 2016;
  • Any ideas or suggestions from members are very welcome!

After thanking Daniel for letting us use the Tearoom the meeting was closed at 7.30 pm.

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas…

Common Door checking guest list

Common Door checking guest list

We know, temperatures are still in double figures, and a lot of trees still have their leaves. But our Christmas Dinner is approaching fast.

At the moment there are only a few spaces left. So to avoid disappointment, it would be appreciated if you could return your menu choices and pay your deposits before the 24th of November 2015.
You can hand in menu and money to either Brian (Blossom Hill), Magda (Wea-Ry-Tired), Mike (Jenny Wren) or Siân (Lazy B). Or use the meeting on the 21st of November to do so.

Boats, boats and more boats

Boats, and more boats

Boats, and more boats

As far as the eye can see (and beyond) there are boats moored, in both directions from bridge 20A.
All (but two, that are moored there permanently) belonging to the Club. Add to this two cars, and you have the attendants of The Breakfast Cruise.

Breakfast eaters + providers

Breakfast eaters + providers

32 People attended the event. Not bad, for something that only took 1½ hours to take place!

Of course there was also a lot going on, on Saturday (and for some even on the Friday). But that happened spontaneously…

Take the mooring pin out for a walk

Take the mooring pin out for a walk

Spells were cast

Spells were cast

Selfies were taken

Selfies were taken

Talking to the locals

Talking to the locals

All this (and a lot more) took place before the breakfast on Sunday. To see more compromising pictures have a look at the Gallery.

The Breakfast

The Breakfast

Yes, it was brilliant. Good food, good company.
But let’s also think of the poor anglers, who got progressively depressed, when, out of the mist, came not one, but umpteen narrowboats…
The notorious Bridge 27A Boaters Club on their way home.

For your agenda

Members Meeting

Saturday 21 November 2015 – 18:30 hrs

Scarisbrick Marina Tearoom

A (short) meeting to keep everybody up-to-date and to meet the new members. Or to hand in you membership forms, if you haven’t done that, yet.

It’s oh so quiet…

No, it’s not. We certainly have been busy. Keeping track of all the people that will attend the Breakfast cruise, forcing people to think of their favourite Christmas dish, trying to get an insurance for public liability and trying to get a bank account for paying this insurance.
It’s all keeping us out of mischief. But one task is finished.

We are proud to announce the launch of the new logo for the club. Thank you Dale for the brilliant design!

We hope you like it as much as we (and all the other members that already saw it) do.

Crooke Beer, Boats and Music Festival 2015

By Bill Smith

Logistics
11 miles – 5 bridges – 2 locks. Approximate cruising time: 5 hours.
Boats: Blossom, Fleur, Jenny Wren, Jonathan Puddle, Ladybird, Lazy B, Rushton Lady, Tin Lizzy and Wea-Ry-Tired

Thursday
Two boats decided to go on Thursday, Wea-Ry-Tired and Tin Lizzie. They started off about ten and arrived just before 5pm. It was a cold and windy start, but the sun came out later and they had a good trip. They stopped once at the wharf in Burscough for a tea break in the friendly café, situated in the square.

First in, last out

First in, last out

When they arrived at Crooke the main marque, bar and stage were being erected. Two narrow boats were already moored alongside the Crooke Hall Inn garden and that were sorting out their coloured lights and bunting.

Friday
More club boats started arriving and after supper they were entertained by the Wigan Ukulele Club, which two of our fellow members belong to, Stef and Phil on Blossom. This was followed by a band and a singer, which continued till 10.30pm. The weather was perfect and there was as many eating and drinking outside the large range of festival beers and ciders that were on offer, which gave the festival a garden party feel.

That evening we also found out that we have someone with hidden talents. A real ‘Pole Dancer’, and it was only by chance the Marquee managed to stay up. Seriously, it was a great day and evening and enjoyed by all who came. So don’t miss it next year.

Saturday
Bridge club 27a members met for a photo shoot, along with a Barrel of the Best, which had been kindly donated to the charity by Mike, our Common Door.  Copies of the pictures (I’ve been told) were sent to Towpath Talk.

Sponsored barrel

Sponsored barrel

Even more members’ boats arrived, and the live music was endured…
Oops!! Sorry, enjoyed by all. It was a great afternoon and evening with some eating and drinking the various real ales, cider and food on offer, outside, while others watched or danced to the live music inside the marque. The atmosphere inside was so good, some old sod belonging to our club even had a dance with our Pole dancer. Which I believe has been recorded on Facebook!

Dance the night away

Dance the night away

Sunday
Again the weather was perfect. Some went for walks or chatted on various boats, while others listened to the music. The Feckin Eejits opened the final session and again our two members, Stef and Phil, where on stage, and they brought the house down with their rendition of Maggie May.
It was late afternoon when the last band closed the Festival. They were so good they were invited back again next year, to the cheers of the dwindling crowd inside.
The event had raise around £2,000 pounds for the charity.

Monday
Dressed in water proofs the last three boats (Blossom, Tin Lizzy and Wea-Ry-Tired) make their way back to the marina.

Anyway up?

I (Magda) feel the need to post a picture of the moon, which I took yesterday evening.

September night up

September night up

I can even pretend it’s somewhere else, by using the picture upside down.

September night down

September night down

It was such an awesome scene!