Despite the weather we had a very successful, relaxed and
enjoyable afternoon on the water.
The forecast wasn’t good, and true to met office predictions
it started raining on Friday night and seemed determined to
drizzle all the next day. Lots of phone calls in the morning
expecting cancellation but no, we were running with what
Ken arrived with a much larger fleet of boats than
anticipated (thanks to John Perham of WOEC, who lent us the
Jurassic Kids kayaks) and combined with IOPCC’s club boats I
thought we would have more kayaks than people!
BUT within 30 minutes of kick off the whole fleet was on the
water and there were kayaks and paddlers everywhere – what a
great sight! Lovely to see new faces and whole families
trying paddling out for the first time and others who just
turned up for a go. Lots of fun was had by all. Unlike last
year there was no passing trade from accidental tourists
that happened to be attracted by the boats and noise, but
some very keen and determined folks ready for some sport.
In all, it was a very enjoyable and relaxing (if not the
sunniest) afternoon. A big thank you to Will who did a grand
job of looking after everyone on the water, Ken for bringing
the boats and returning them, John, Gemma, Keziah and Hannah
for helping with the clear up.
Feedback from the punters has been very positive, so perhaps
we’ll see some new faces on the water.
Thank you to everyone for turning up.