IWA’s chal­lenge to boaters

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KEEN to en­cour­age boats onto un­der­used wa­ter­ways, the In­land Wa­ter­ways As­so­ci­a­tion has launched its Sil­ver Pro­pel­ler Chal­lenge with plaques awarded to those who visit enough far-flung out­posts.

A suc­ces­sor to the for­mer Sil­ver Sword scheme, it dif­fers from its pre­de­ces­sor in that in­stead of award­ing points per mile (at dif­fer­ent rates depend­ing on how ad­ven­tur­ous they were), it specif­i­cally re­wards boaters who reach any 20 of a list of 34 des­ti­na­tions (plus an­other ten only ac­ces­si­ble by por­ta­ble craft). They in­clude:

• Sel­dom-vis­ited lo­ca­tions, such as the Walsall Town Basin or the Rochdale sum­mit

• ‘Gate­ways’ to canals un­der restora­tion or to plans to build new routes, for ex­am­ple Bed­ford (start of the pro­posed link to Mil­ton Keynes) and In­gle­sham (where the Thames will meet the Cotswold Canals)

• Re­opened sec­tions of par­tially re­stored wa­ter­ways, as a way of sup­port­ing fur­ther re­open­ings, in­clud­ing the cur­rent lim­its of nav­i­ga­tion on the Mont­gomery, the Wen­dover Arm and the Pock­ling­ton All vis­its from the be­gin­ning of 2018 count to­wards the chal­lenge. See wa­ter­ways.org.uk/sil­ver­pro­peller for de­tails and con­di­tions.

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