The Barge Arm at Braunston just
before the wonderful chaos starts
Another great weekend put on by Braunston Marina. We took Sculptor up to Braunston on Friday 26-June leaving Stoke Bruerne at 07:00 - just as well we did as there was a wide beam waiting to come south as we left the tunnel at about 07:35 - they said had we been 20 mins later in leaving Stoke Bruerne we would have been asked to wait until the wide beam was through which would have delayed us until 08:30.
We arrived at Braunston at about 16:15 and were asked to moor outside Roger. The first Roger we saw was about 30' long so we looked for another Roger which we found but it was inside four other boats. We were then directed to moor in the barge arm which was slightly odd as it was an FMC year but we were happy to spend our time there.
Sculptor and FMC Owl breasted up
entering Buckby top lock
Saturday was a glorious day; we participated in the morning and afternoon 'parades' meeting old and new friends. Sunday was not quite so pleasant with blustery showers in the morning leading on to a more pleasant afternoon. Again we took part in both the morning and afternoon parades.
It was a special year in memory of Sonia Rolt to whom a plaque was unveiled and also one in memory of the Braunston strike.
Tim Coghlan very kindly presented the Sculptor team, who were present, with a cheque for £1,000.
On the Monday Sculptor was returned to Stoke Bruerne in the company of FMC Owl, whom we breasted with up Braunston and down Buckby. A long but very enjoyable day's boating.