managed to get the rig off and bail out sufficiently to paddle across, with Steve in close attendance. Peter and Penny also hung about a bit while things were sorted, but then had rather a struggle beating back with such heavily reefed sails. They later said they were much happier with their new configuration of port and starboard amas (floats) and would not have liked to be out with the original asymmetric arrangement.
The folk at the café were extremely tolerant when we descended on them and dripped copiously all over their carpet and upholstery. They did sell a few lunches though and apart from us, their business was far from brisk, so we were hardly scaring away custom. There was considerable debate about when we should set off, and it was eventually decided we should not delay beyond three o'clock, as we would want to get camp set up before dark and there was the possibility of time-consuming dramas occurring on the way.
The wind had moderated slightly before we set off, but it soon became very fickle, with occasional strong gusts and periods of light winds. Most confusing was the sound of rushing water in the swollen becks that sounded like gale force winds in the trees. Before we had reached half way to the Low Wray campsite, we had all shaken out our reefs and sailed sedately on to the group campsite.
As soon as we had hauled all the boats up, Steve set off to confirm arrangements, having instructed us not to pitch camp as there was some doubt about where we would be staying. While waiting, Ellen and I looked for mushrooms, but had a rather disappointing haul, one small boletus and a few small chanterelles; they did make a nice appetiser at supper though. Steve came back to tell us that we all had to move round onto the public part of the campsite, so we had to lift all the boats down again and paddle round the corner. Steve and several other public-spirited individuals set about erecting tarpaulins for a communal cooking shelter, while the rest of us pitched our tents. It was still raining heavily and our tent inner was saturated before we got the flysheet on. Maybe we should buy a new tent that pitches outer first.