It was an even earlier start on Tuesday morning as we had to be in the lock and ready to go by 7.00.
They opened the gates and we were off
this time without the pilots. Bob went first in Vagabond as he'd done all the planning
We'd been told to expect a cargo ship..........but when it appeared behind us out of the mist it was an "oh s**t" moment. Especially as it was getting bigger and BIGGER
It was coming into Portishead dock, as soon as this container ship came out of the lock. The pilot boats would lead this one out and then take the new one straight in.
It was catching up quickly and we all prayed it had good brakes
Once we got to the entrance to the River Avon we were safe
turned in, gave a big sigh of relief
thanked the guy in the VHF radio station
waved goodbye to the ship
and headed for Bristol
It was a lovely morning although still so early that it was a bit too hazy to get clear photos
We love cruising past traffic jams. The "white van man" beeped and waved
It was quite a short trip and we soon caught sight of the Clifton Suspension Bridge
It still seems strange sharing locks with sail boats
We cruised in convoy into the harbour
past some interesting houses
and the SS Great Britain
This is one of the trip boats......I MUST have a go on that.........
It took us a while to find a suitable mooring but we managed to get all 4 boats together and once we were settled it was time to crack open the bubbly and celebrate. We've all had an amazing two days and I'd like to say a BIG thank you to Bob on Vagabond who spent many many hours and phone calls arranging it all. You did a wonderful job.....where are we going next time?
Nicola, Yvonne, John, Angela, David, Roger & Bob
Cheers! see you soon