Its time to leave Stratford upon Avon and we have to wind (turn) to get in to the lock . This was relatively easy as there was a good flow on the river . Carolyn pushed the bow out while I held the stern in and we just let the river do all the work.
You put your mooring ropes through the loop and the idea is that if the river goes into flood your boat just rides up the poles and remains relatively safe, and also when the level drops again your boat does not end up on the concrete edge and should just drop back down safely. Luckily there is no rain forecast for tonight.