The Cruise of the Dondevoy


[The original diary starts here. B.E.N.]

After towing the boat from Ormesby to Cambridge, my father and I looked for a slipway to put it in the water; we eventually found one at Chesterton opposite the Green Dragon pub. Then came the big moment - tug and heave Dondevoy off the trailer and into the river - when it happened it was an anti-climax, for the boat just calmly sat there looking quite at home in its new environment - not surprising, really.

I still had no licence, so I telephoned the Great Ouse River Authority, who told me I could buy one at Bottisham Lock. The landlord of the Green Dragon assures me that there is no such place, but I forgive him his ignorance because of the excellence of his Greene King beer!

The motor worked well on its trial run, but on the way back from a trip down river with Pat, Rachael, and Sarah , it kept cutting out, and finally stopped. Surely it could not have used a whole tankful of fuel in such a short space of time? However, the tank was empty, and we had great difficulty in crossing the river, what with the current, the wind, and dozens of rowing "eights" racing downstream practising for the May "Bumps". (How they can have such an event in June, I do not know.) Pat nobly towed us back to Jesus Green Lock, where I moored for the night.

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