Richard Thompson - Boatshed Grand Union
Like so many thousands before me my love of boats began through learning to sail a Mirror dinghy at school. The sailing sessions were always a little chaotic and more time was spent finding bits of boat that worked than getting onto the water. But, the bug was caught.
From those days at Felixstowe Ferry at the entrance of the river Deben the family progressed through a very old and heavy GP14 and onto the more lively Firefly. Although small and not very fast (compared with some other dinghies) it was a fun boat to race and that I have done for over 40 years.
All things boaty have fascinated me and the meandering canals have a particular draw. The peace, the lure of what is around the next corner, the sense of a secret world that most people know nothing of, and the fun of steering a 70ft narrowboat.
A while ago I worked with Boatshed in Suffolk and have now moved inland. This gives me the chance to walk the tow paths and meet the community of Grand Union canal people. Can there be a better job?