IWA’s challenge to boaters
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.