After his disgraceful behaviour a year ago we have decided to revoke our invitation to Jonathan Ross to present the awards, and I have gallantly agreed to step into the breech for a similar fee.
And so on to the categories:
Best overnight mooring (urban)
Best overnight mooring (rural)
Best cruising waterway
Best meal in a waterside pub
Best pint in a waterside pub
Best anything else that occurs to me as the awards progress
and the much coveted Special Crew Award -in which the winner receives a beautifully word processed certificate.
The nominations (chosen solely from Herbie's 2009 travels of course) will unfold over the coming days, accompanied by photographic evidence and followed next day by the announcement of the winner.
Just to whet your appetite, here are the nominations for Best Overnight Mooring (Urban)
1. Cambridge - Fort St George.
You'll just have to contain your excitement until tomorrow to discover the winner and get nominations for the next category - Best Overnight Mooring (Rural).
Comments left by readers have a small chance of influencing the decision or nominations so feel free.