This page last updated by KW on 15th November, 2020.
Because, for much of the year, Andante will not be returning to a fixed 'base' location, she is likely to travel the waterway network extensively. She normally returns to the Leeds Liverpool for the winter where several of us can look after her and keep her moving often enough to keep C&RT satisfied.
While we may well designate regions for a particular cruising season, there will be a great deal of flexibility and designated regions will be quite extensive. Normal practice will be to hand-over within the designated region unless you have negotiated an alternative plan with the members following you.
Members are asked to make entries into the logbook/diary that will always be on board and also to send a brief report to the club's online forum. This should include (as a minimum), where you went (with overnight moorings), any problems encountered (with the boat or with the waterways), and the engine hours at the end of your trip.
Given that Andante is licensed on a 'Continuous Cruising' basis, it is important that we can show evidence of regular traveling. If you choose to return to your starting point, we still need to know which 'neighbourhoods' you visited during your travels.
From Swanley Marina to Salterforth, to Bingley and back (several times), Leeds and back and also to York and Newark (and back). Also onto parts of the Four Counties Ring, attending the Boatshare Show in the Autumn.
Handover area was the Four Counties Ring, unfortunately coinciding with the breach on the Middlewich Arm.
Cruising included the Llangollen Canal.
Handover area was between Market Harborough, Burton on Trent and Cromwell Lock. Travelling down via the Trent and returning via the Trent & Mersey, Bridgewater etc.. Cruising included the Chesterfield and Fossdyke canals.
Because of the coronavirus pandemic, Andante stayed fairly local but did make it through the Ribble Link to the Lancaster Canal, to Eldonian Village, Liverpool and around the Cheshire Ring.
All being well, our handover area will be the Birmingham Canal Network.