The forecast had been good all week, so after a flurry of messages, a plan of sorts was agreed. Meet at Knott End for 11 am Saturday (we are not big on in-depth plans, to many variables) the usual suspects gathered Wavelength, DemondDes, yours truly Kwil.
The day only started slightly late Wavelength slept in although his excuse was he was waiting for the mussels he had brought to cook. They were very tasty so no complaints there, it also gave us a bit more water. After launching we all rafted up at the end of the Wyre channel for a planning meeting and the vote was follow me up to the centre of Lancaster.
High tide Saturday was 14:29 and 9.8mtr so we were still a little early as it was still before 12:00, but there was enough water for the three ribs to get as far as Glasson Dock so we did this leg at about 20 knots with the odd stop for photos.
From then on it was let the tide take us up keeping an eye on the depth and the engine ticking over just in case. The lowest it got was 1mtr but mainly stayed in the 1.5-2mtr range and the speed was 6-8 knots with some quite impressive over falls in places with the river meeting the strong spring tide.
We finally tied up at the quay side in Lancaster just before 13:00 but after looking at the state of the ladder the ladies decided sandwiches and a brew on board preferable to the pub across the road. This was very relaxed until the jetskies that launch from just down the river decided to give us a show and spilt my coffee. By now the tide was well in and had lifted us up to the top of the wall so some shandies seemed the order of the day. This may have been a mistake as on the way back onto the boat with said shandy I bounced off the tube and landed heavily onto the anchor locker, going through said locker lid. Now I claim it was due to jetski wash others claim mobility problems due to being overweight, but whatever the reason not a drop was spilt.
After refreshments we left to go back down the River Lune out into Morecambe Bay and then up the River Wyre as far as we dare (about a mile beyond Shard Bridge). On the way we met Fleetwood Lifeboat that was just leaving Glasson and a few friend on various boats (some even had sails).
It was then back to Knott End to recover the boats to their trailers at 16:30, a good day was had by all especially as this was the first day when weather and availability had matched in nearly 2 months. Total distance logged for the day 41 nautical miles.