Now we know where the boats are - about twenty boats passed us between 7am and 10am today. All, we suspect, were headed for Braunston gathering of historic boats which takes place this weekend. The Met Office forecast told us to expect heavy rain from noon onwards and we planned to ascend Buckby locks today. Our plan would have been to set off at 7am in order to arrive before the weather broke but we had an important appointment - two C&RT staff were joining us for the journey as part of the Boat Buddies scheme.
And yes, the rain arrived around noon and soaked us all but they worked the locks gallantly.
They don't look too traumatised by the experience.
Our Risk Assessment for this photo shoot considered that as:
1-The engine was switched off
2-The boat was securely moored
3-Both subjects were holding on
that life jackets were not required.
Thank you buddies for your company and assistance: hope you found the experience interesting and enjoyable.