I’m sorry to say that the big trip we did in May this year to Chatham went undocumented as it was all a BIG SUCCESS and we made it there and back in one piece having had the most perfect sunshiny weather all the way through and a lot of beautiful stretches of cruising along. We had NO fires and NO problems and we were practically in the sea. We joined as part of the DBA rally, which was funny in lots of ways. The DBA are a bit of a prehistoric organisation and resistant to change so we were one of the few young families (apart from our neighbours who came along for the ride on our boat) to join in the trip. A lot of the boats are newer than ours and very tidy indeed. The demographic is mainly older retired couples doing trips around the norfolk broads. All very n i c e. Not hugely (erherm) diverse.
Anyway. We had a great time and put the kids in a wash tub on the roof of the boat which Pat had used on a shoot he did for Virgin Money.. ha ha. The wash tub contained them and also amused them.
Thinking back on this voyage it is really miraculous that it all went so smoothly and actually it was totally entirely magical. I drove (steered, really…I was a bit scared of the accelerator stick) the last part of the journey coming in to Chatham as the sun went down.