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Archive for January 18th, 2011

Boat Blog: The 2011 Odyssey takes shape….

Posted by indigodream on 18 January, 2011

18th January 2011

There are too many canals…..

Too many to choose from that is…..

We’ve been plotting our 2011 odyssey and our vague plans so far include:

  • leaving Limehouse at the end of March heading along the Grand Union
  • bearing east rather than west
  • maybe we should explore the Nene properly
  • or maybe the Leicester Arm of the Grand Union
  • how about visiting Nottingham?
  • and then again there’s the tidal Trent
  • and the Chesterfield canal
  • or up to Ripon
  • on the other hand there’s the bit down to Sheffield
  • though we’ve heard that Lincoln’s worth a visit……..


Let’s do the 2011 BCN Marathon Challenge – YES, that’s IT!

That’s right, the good folks at the BCN Society are organising another BCN Marathon Challenge, having been reassured that there will be enough water in the system this year to support the boat movements (last year’s challenge was cancelled because of works on the Chasewater reservoir).

We received our application form yesterday and are now plotting our cruising around the challenge – the choices are still as above, with the possible exception of Ripon, which may be a canal to far if we’re to beat the stoppages back to base!

Regular readers will understand that we’re excited because the BCN Marathon Challenge is a 24 hour cruise around as much of the BCN as you can manage. The 24 hours is cruised over a period of 30 hours – starting at 8am on the Saturday and finishing at 2pm on the Sunday. The finish point is the Walsall Town Arm but you can start wherever you like and follow whichever route you like – there are lots of choices! There are points to be accrued along the way – you get extra points for cruising more obscure bits, for locks, for answering quiz questions and for spotting original BCN boundary posts/markers. You get details of how points are allocated in a comprehensive ‘planning’ pack. We had the best time doing the challenge in 2009 – we kept a running blog of our travels, posting every few hours – the index is here.

So, if you fancy a whistlestop tour of Birmingham then here are the details

BCN Marathon Challenge

Saturday/Sunday 28th/29th May 2011

Application forms available from the BCN Society:

Cost: £15 per boat – this also buys you a year’s membership of the BCN Society (Bargain!)

We may be looking for crew, but only among people who know us really well and who are willing to forego all of usual hospitality in order to accrue points!

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