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Archive for June 9th, 2014

Boat Blog: BCN Challenge 2014 – the results!

Posted by indigodream on 9 June, 2014

Please support us - even a tiny donation can put a smile on a retired greyhound's face..

Please support us – even a tiny donation can put a smile on a retired greyhound’s face..

 

Sunday 6th June

A wonderful event :-)

A wonderful event πŸ™‚

Ok, cue the drumroll…..

The BCN Challenge results are out and Indigo Dream came….THIRD – again! Though actually that’s a step up on our 2011 performance as this year’s scoring rules made it difficult for boats of less than 70′ to get anywhere near the top – in fact, we’re the only “short” boat in the top six.

Second place went to nb Tawny Owl (last year’s winners) and the honours went to nb Clover – a magnificent performance and an epic route (though, in all fairness, none of us slouched round the system!).

A total of 39 boats were scored and we beat the 4th placed boat by 0.14 of a point! Nb Tawny Owl beat us by 7 points, but nb Clover was an unassailable 45 points ahead of us.

It’s a great result though, and it’s to our crew’s credit that we’re in the top three – nb Tawny Owl had a 16% bonus on mileage as a 70 footer and nb Clover had a 25% advantage on mileage for being a 70′ working boat.

Of course, the big result for us is the fundraising total – currently standing at Β£1,870 – I wonder if we could just get a few more donations to round it off at Β£2,000???

We’re planning to do the BCN Challenge for charity every 2 years – so next time do we:

  • persuade the BCN Challenge organisers to remove the length bonus so that shorter boats are in with a chance (I think this was the first year of the new rules)?
  • Whip our crew even harder and employ NATO strategists to plan our route?
  • Have Indigo Dream stretched to 70′?

Creative ideas welcomed!

Of course, we’ll have to be more diligent on the “treasure hunt” questions also – we got one wrong! That didn’t matter this time but, ooh, the competition is so hot….

It was a thoroughly enjoyable 24-hours, despite the weather, and I’m eternally grateful to the crew, human and canine, who yielded us such a great result.

Of course, we’re also immensely grateful to the BCN Society for organising this amazing event – it’s a great showcase for Birmingham’s unique canal network.

Photoblog:

We took very few photos – mainly because it was so difficult to keep the cameras dry! All the mini blog posts came from my phone – hastily deployed and stowed away in a waterproof pocket before the electrics could get soggy!

 

Anglesey Arm - well worth a visit...

Anglesey Arm – well worth a visit…

Passing the explorer cruise - nicely moored up and ready for the pub - we had another 6 hours cruising and an apolcalyptic thunderstorm to get through at this point - no wonder they all looked so smug :-)

Passing the explorer cruise – nicely moored up and ready for the pub – we had another 6 hours cruising and an apolcalyptic thunderstorm to get through at this point – no wonder they all looked so smug πŸ™‚

Where all the mode of travel come together - the aqueduct over the new Main line and the railway line at eye level and (not in this photos) the mighty M5 towering over the whole lot! It's a "must see" if you're in Birmingham.

Where all the mode of travel come together – the aqueduct over the new Main line and the railway line at eye level and (not in this photos) the mighty M5 towering over the whole lot! It’s a “must see” if you’re in Birmingham.

There are some short pounds between the Oldbury locks - and an usual amount of traffic :-D

There are some short pounds between the Oldbury locks – and an usual amount of traffic πŸ˜€

New crew member Rosie showing that she's a natural "Olympic Looker" :-)

New crew member Rosie showing that she’s a natural “Olympic Looker” πŸ™‚

Coming to the top of the Parkhead Locks...

Coming to the top of the Parkhead Locks…

The Parkhead locks are very interesting - you can only imagine how busy it must have been here in its heyday...

The Parkhead locks are very interesting – you can only imagine how busy it must have been here in its heyday…

 

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