Saturday 1st September 2012
We set off from Cromwell Lock, accompanying RAGGED ROY. The trip took us just under 3 hours, and the charts we got from Roy were very useful.
Arriving at Torksey, Roy went straight into the ready lock while we winded and moored up on the tidal river.
Our plan had been to spend tonight here at Torksey, then move on to Gainsborough for Sunday night, and finally on to Keadby Monday.
Talking to the Cromwell lock keeper this morning things changed. The tides are presently in spring mode, and this means there is a chance of an aegir, the local name for a tidal bore. With this a possibility, we were advised that Gainsborough was not an ideal place to moor up. After seeing the pictures of what happens to the floating pontoons as the bore passes I can understand the warning!
It looks now as if we'll spend tomorrow here and then run up to Keadby on Monday. Once again on the lock keepers advice, we will set off about 10.45 for the approximately 4 1/2 hour trip in order to reach Keadby at the right tide time to get into the lock.