We decided to make a weekend of Crick, even though I was at work on Saturday. Adrian came up to London on the train and met me at work. We were on the road as soon as the 1700 news was out of the way, and arrived at our hotel on the outskirts of Northampton a couple of hours later.
Saturday had been a rainy day, so we weren't too disappointed not to have been at the show, and the forecast for Sunday was much better. Sure enough, although it was breezy, Sunday was bright and sunny. Our media passes let us into the show before the doors were open, so we were able to start talking to builders and looking at boats before the crowds built up. Several firms said that although the number of visitors to the show on Saturday had been lower than usual, the people who had braved the rain were serious buyers. Among the boats we looked at during the day were the Fernwood, William Piper, and Stoke on Trent Boats. We also had a chat with Bruce Napier and Sheila and had a guided tour round Sanity Again, their new Braidbar.
As we were waiting to look at the Barnowl boat, Oakapple, the editor of Canal Boat, Nick, came along with a camera man. They're making a DVD of Crick boats. We had a look round the boat, then kept the crowds at bay while Nick did an interview with Stuart, the boat builder. Oakapple went on to be voted the best boat at the show.