Village Web Site Forum

Mr Bilbs
Sutton in Craven
Sunday, July 5, 2009 20:30
No sailing
How dissapointing for the kids that there was no water in the model boating pond this weekend in the park.

Obviously I dont want to say paddling pool because its strictly for model boats or no doubt health and safety would close it down if it was for paddling!!! :)

During the week I see it filled up on colder days. I thought this weekend would have been a prime time with the weather for us all to sail our boats!
Mark - Park Keeper
Wednesday, July 8, 2009 09:06
Hi Mr Bilbs, sorry your kids were disappointed by the lack of water in the boating lake last weekend, but unfortunately, it can only be full for a few days at a time. This is due to the fact that algae forms on the concrete bottom very quickly in warm weather making it very slippy indeed (and this would be dangerous should anyone wish to enter the boating lake to retrieve their boats!!). The only way to get rid of the algae is to drain the lake and to let it dry completely - and so that also needs good dry weather.

As the water for the lake comes from the beck, it cannot be done during or just after rain, as the silt from the beck would then enter the lake (not nice for boats!).

I try to fill the boating lake whenever the shipping forecast is good, but I hope you can appreciate, good weather is required for seveal days in a row in order to fill it, keep it safe when in use, and for it to be maintained between regattas!!
Mr Bilbs
Sutton in Craven
Wednesday, July 8, 2009 22:42
Cheers Mark. Many thanks for the explanation, it makes sense once explained. Last thing I would want to do is slip if I had to retreive my model Royal Navy destroyer. I suppose by emptying it from time to time you can also ensure the boating area is free of pesky German U Boats! :)

Many thanks mark for replying to my email at least I can now explain it to the kids.


  Posting to the forum is de-activated due to lack of use.

  You are welcome to browse through posts but cannot add comments or start new topics.