Its been a manic week and this is the first time I have had an opportunity to write about the outcome of the C&RT Council election.
First and foremost I would like to thank all of you who voted for me - it was much appreciated and I am just disappointed that I was unsuccessful and will not be able to represent you on the Council.
If I am absolutely honest, I don't think that any independents has a chance when the IWA rocked up with their five endorsed candidates, and whilst I have respect for their successful candidates as individuals, I am less than happy there will be no boaters voice at the table which is free from the agenda of a larger organisation.
Perhaps the thing that has given me reason to pause and reflect has been the vitriol and disaffection of so many boaters towards the IWA as an organisation. I don't really understand why such a large body of passionate boaters have such antipathy towards the most influential waterways body in the country. Maybe this is something they should think on.
As for me, the election process was fun and put me in contact with a lot of really interesting people, and I am sure I will find an appropriate slot where I can support the waterways I love. But the cruising season is upon us and in just two weeks we will be off on our watery travels once again. After that - I have a blog to maintain.
So thank you once again for your votes and support. Hopefully I will see many of you out there on the cut during the forthcoming season.