These are the adventures of Andy and Sally Rawnsley on their narrowboat "The Puzzler". We have been living on the boat for over nine years now and are still loving it. Our Ulster born Shih Tzu, Shannon, has grown up, and has taken over the boat! After three wonderful years in Ireland, we transported The Puzzler to The Netherlands, and spent a year there. In 2015 we went southwards, to reach the north of France by June. After glorious weather throughout the summer, we arrived in Roanne in late October, and enjoyed our winter in this friendly port. We cruised extensively in France in 2016 and 2017, returning to Roanne each winter.
Sunday, 27 July 2014
21st - 24th July 2014. On to Terherne for Skutje racing, then boats galore to and from Langweer.
The weather is almost too hot for comfort. Sally went for a swim, and was then joined by Shannon, who was glad of a lift back to The Puzzler.
Our chairs on the roof give a good view over the island to the course on the main lake.
Fourteen skutjes are lined up at the start.
The skutje from Joure was in the lead for much of the race, but finished fifth.
What a contrast the next morning, with few boats to be seen!
Having left our mooring, we sailed across yesterday's course on Sneekermeer.
The procession of all types of craft goes on and on. Hundreds of boats passed us today, going to and from the race.
Not all skutjes have such a large vessel with them.
The skutje from Woudsend is dwarfed by the crane barge, which is there at the races in case it is needed.
A nearby thunderstorm today was followed by another glorious sunset.