Once again Norman Hummerstone with seven others aboard took on what has now become a traditional cruise upriver to Fambridge to celebrate the New Year with a tipple at The FerryBoat Inn. With little wind and an ebbing tide we motored steadily up-river with just the throbbing of the engine and the chattering of the cooks below to disturb the tranquility. Ultimately 11 of us arrived in three yachts, Barbary Heron, Sandpiper and Jackalope. Those of us on Barbary Heron were treated to the traditional Scottish dish of haggis, tatties and neeps, aye, and that was accompanied by some traditional Scottish water of life. On arrival at the Fambridge pontoon, mince pies were distributed to those still hungry. The Ferryboat Inn was heaving with a merry crowd but it was soon time to catch the last of the tide back to Burnham, a merry start indeed to the New Year.