Dear Members New and Old,
I'd like to begin by greeting you all and by introducing myself
as the Commodore for NCCC in 2015/16.
I was first introduced to canals and boating
shortly after I met my fiancťe Michelle Wright three years ago, when
she took me out with her father Keith on the Very Good Ship Fleur
Denise. I was instantly hooked and was absolutely amazed by the
tranquility and pace, I never thought there would be so many boats.
The overall friendliness of many of the boaters and walkers was
nothing I had experienced before, the only hiccup was that there was
a fishing competition at Adlington where a fisherman on prime
moorings attempted to pick a fight with my future father in law (and
do I need to say more......).
Over the past three years my love of cruising has
grown stronger as Iíve met some fantastic people through this club.
Our common interest in boats, canals as well as the belief that in
the future, as has been in the past, NCCC will be what other clubs
It is my intention over the next year to bring
all members together and celebrate our passion and love of cruising
and have a bloody good time.
Hopefully, youíll get used to my many phone calls
and messages promoting events and excursions but donít be surprised
by an impromptu trip down the Macc with maybe a pit stop or two for
Although my overall knowledge of boating and
canals is minimal, I am slowly learning, I think the many breakdowns
and being covered in engine oil has most certainly helped. This is a
sight my old friends never thought they would see as Iím not the
most practical of people and the thought of any kind of manual
labour would have sent me to bed with a dose of the vapours. I'm
hoping now to draw on the vast experience of you the members to
assist and guide me through this challenging and exciting time and
hope we can all have some fun both on and off our boats.
I have many ideas on what I'd like to do this
coming year, but appreciate any suggestions. Any advice and help
would also be very greatly appreciated.
Over the next couple of months it's my intention
to get to know more of you in person and I hope that everyone can
work together to make the year of 2015/16 a memorable one for all
members young and old.
I look forward to seeing you all very soon and if
your buying, mine will be a double although be warned Iíve been
banned from drinking whiskey....