welcome to the October edition of the lock-keeper.
well, summer is almost gone and we are well into our end of season on the European waterways.
Its a time of mixed emotion, the end of a good 2004 season on the canals and rivers, but the beginning of a well earned rest to look forward to. However, we won't be sitting by the fire and thinking of past glories - not for too long anyway. There's plenty of work to be done over the winter months to follow.
This year was a great success. The weather stayed fine all year, even in Scotland, where we had our best year ever for bookings.
As the winter draws closer we are beginning to close departure dates for this season and start our annual winter refurbishment program - more on this later. As well as all the practical work, we are also busy with next year's bookings.
The traditional season for whole boat charters being booked for the following year is from September until March. With probably half the charter bookings coming by Christmas. For 2005 we are well ahead of the last two years at this point and fingers crossed the pattern will continue. So book early to guarantee that space!
In this month's lockkeeper, we announce our Burgundy wine winners and we have a great new competition to win a cruise for two aboard Actief, cruising the upper Thames in England.
We talk to our La Dolce Vita Venice cruise winner who tells us that life really does begin at 50..! There are various news items and offers, so, please read on and enjoy the October lock-keeper.
I look forward to hearing from you, and seeing you at our website, where you can find out all about GoBarging and keep up to date with the latest news as it breaks....
please read on and welcome aboard,
Derek Banks - Chairman
in this issue:
Dolce Vita winner's surprise
Burgundy wine winner
(please note that past competitions are now closed)
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