It was a shame about the weather, but all the same the young people enjoyed themselves. All the young people took the opportunity to steer the barge under the guidance of our captain, Richard . To Richard’s credit he braced the elements and remained outside for the duration of the trip in order to supervise the boys as they took it in turns. The weather did not appear to bother the boys in the slightest.
We stopped half way for lunch before making the journey back to Bradford-on-Avon. This gave the boys an opportunity to stretch their legs and admire the view from the aqueduct. On our return there was a bit of a queue at the lock, which meant we had to wait patiently for approximately 40 minutes before entering the lock. To their credit the boys managed this well.
We were fortunate in that another member of the crew, Alf, ex-serviceman with the Royal Marines was also very confident in the control of a water vessel. While Richard completed the manual task of opening the lock gates it was Alf who cleverly guided the barge into the lock for the final part of the journey.
From my perspective the most pleasing aspect of the trip was observing the confidence that the boys showed in steering the barge, which I am sure will have boosted their self-esteem.
Well done boys!
At the end of our journey one of the boys approached me and asked if we could do it all over again next year!