Lady Overboard !!!!
We decided to pull pins along with Keith and Ann at 08.15 and drop down Isis lock and then onto the first manned lock on the river Thames by 09.00. We watched Keith and Ann set off from their mooring and then started to untie are ropes. I looked behind again and there was Ann splashing around in the middle of the canal. She had got on the front of Nb Oakfield as they pulled out and then somehow fallen off the side. Keith did the correct thing and immediately took Oakfield out of gear . Luckily as we were going onto the Thames Ann had her automatic life jacket on which deployed as soon as she hit the water. Myself and Carolyn got our life ring off Inca then ran up the bank and threw it to Ann, who was helpless in the canal as the life jacket had done what it was supposed to do and had turned her onto her back .She grabbed the ring and we pulled her ashore and lifted her out of the water. Luckily apart from a bruised hand she was ok .With Ann safely on the back of Oakfield Keith and Carolyn pull the boat into the bank… What a start to the day !!!
The locks are all operated for you by lock keepers and open between 09.00 and 18.00. All we have to do is have a rope around a bollard on the lock on the bow which Carolyn held and one at the stern which i held as we descend in the locks.
After 7 hours of cruising we reached Days lock where we intended to moor for the first night. But with no spare moorings we carried on until we came to The Shillingford hotel and decided to moor there. The only problem being that it was £15 a night. Luckily Carolyn used her charm and got it down to a Tenner.
With heavy rain forecast and the river expected to rise I'm sure it will be another exciting day tomorrow.