Jackie Parry – author

Tackling our Nemesis

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It had rained for two nights a bought flood waters.  So, of course, we decided to tackle one of the lowest bridges: The Capestang.

Not helping by raising the water levels and decreasing our likelihood of getting under the bridge.

Not helping by raising the water levels and decreasing our likelihood of getting under the bridge.

It’s not so much that it is low, but the curved arch reduces the height dramatically, the wider the boat.

Brilliant!

Brilliant!

We inspected the bridge, and there is not one inch of it that hasn’t already been gouged-out by previous boats. More rain was forecast, we had to have a go.

Really?

Really?

With sweaty palms and flip-flopping stomachs we puttered up to the bridge. The game plan? I was on the bow indicating centre – then watching the stern and pointing in the direction the stern needed to shift to keep us in the centre.

Flip-flop, flip-flop (my stomach!)

Flip-flop, flip-flop (my stomach!)

If we scratched the paint we didn’t care. We went that slow, we could stop, reverse out and go back to our mooring with nothing more than our ego damaged.

My cool cucumber!

My cool cucumber!

Noel, as usual, was great on the helm and cool as a cucumber. I matched his coolness on the exterior but inside my stomach was making its way up to my throat.

Phew!

Phew!

With an inch gap each side of our wheelhouse roof we glided under and it was then  that I remembered to breath – we made it!

Farewell to the lovely village of Capestang, and Jane (fellow WOB – Women on Barge member (FB)), (and John and Sophie), hope to see you again when we’re heading north!

Leaving Capestang.

Leaving Capestang.

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Author: jackieandnoel

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20 thoughts on “Tackling our Nemesis

  1. Wow! That was tight! Brilliant, farewell, fair winds, see you again I’m sure. Enjoy your winter and say hi from us to those who remember us at Moissac as you pass through. 😊

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  2. Whew!! That was a little too close for comfort. Good navigating Noel. Good lookout, Jackie….. To the inch!

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  3. Wow! A white knuckle moment!

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  4. Eek! you must have been in complete suspended animation! These guys have marvellous spacial awareness though, don’t they? Me, I’d have been even more worried than you, but my Koos is amazing at getting us in and out of incredibly tight spots. Well done both of you!

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  5. And if you have the measurements, wheelhouse width and air draft at the wheelhouse edges, I’d be very interested. Well done!

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    • Good idea Ian, will get them to you soon – if you could remind me in a week or two (unless you need it urgently) that’ll be great – I have some major work deadlines I am fighting with at the moment…… all depends on flood waters, well, only a little, more on that soon – and thanks!

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  6. PHEW, Well done, steady hands, calm nerves, keen eyes won the day again. Col.

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  7. Wow – I would have never been able to keep my cool going through that one!

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  8. Wow, well done you two……Liberté would not stand a chance!

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  9. Amazing confidence to go through that bridge. I am not quiet sure how many times I would have had to change my trousers!

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  10. Ha ha, Mark, it was certainly enough to cause a few more grey hairs!

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  11. Hi Mick and Lyn, good to see you here – thanks for stopping by!

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