Sculptor heading down the 200-year-old
Northampton Arm on the way to Northampton
The Northampton Festival of Water was this year's IWA event (next year's will be at Wolverhampton) and on our doorstep. It was therefore our pleasure (after gaining permission from CRT to take Sculptor to Northampton) to assist the IWA Northampton branch in taking 'stuff' from Stoke Bruerne to Northampton and back again whilst enjoying the opportunity to use Sculptor on the river.
Sculptor alongside at Northampton
Five intrepid souls set off from Stoke Bruerne on the Wednesday before the event - David Blagrove, Rob Westlake, John Bannister, Mike Gardner and John Wetherell. It is a relatively short trip to Gayton Junction and then down the Northampton Arm (200 years old this year) and on to the river.
Rob was invited to take part in a boat handling competition (no prizes though) with William, Southern Cross and Bletchley which by all accounts he enjoyed.
The return trip was on Wednesday 2-September and by 16:30 Sculptor was happily back on her moorings in Stoke Bruerne to await Village at War after being expertly reversed from the winding hole (not an easy task) by Rob.