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One of our coaches and club treasurer Caroline has been training hard and is running in the Adidas Dublin Marathon on Monday 26th October. We wish Caroline all the best and if you would like to support the local hospice charity that Caroline is raising money for then click on the following link to get to Carolines charity page.
Carolines Charity Page
There is a Open Canoe trip planned for 1stNovember on the River Severn probably from Hampton Loade to Bewdley. It’s primarily a canoe trip but any boat welcome.
Please contact Caroline by Wednesday 28th October so we can sort out boat collection and transport.
Sunday 11th paddle for all on the Lugg. Contact Clive by 5pm Saturday.
Paddle on the River Lugg designed for beginners who have been coming for a while and intermediates. For those who have not been before it’s a pleasant and interesting paddle with a few gentle weirs to shoot or go around.
Please reply to Chairman Clive by 5pm Saturday 10th so we can make final arrangements for kit and transport. Most members who subscribe to our free text service should have had a message this morning.
Depending on who is wanting to come we may alter the venue to suit the level of paddlers. Final info will be sent by text and this post will be updated.
Clive has contacted all who responded and emphasised that its for people who have been on regular sessions (as above) with the club. We will be meeting at the car park by the fire station in Leominster about 10 a.m. If you are planning to come and you are experienced enough then text Clive so we know to expect you please as you are welcome.
We’ve just returned from our open boat weekend on the dart. The trip was designed so that you carried all of your camping equipment, food, clothing etc with you in your boat. We were planning to start at Holne Bridge on the dart and paddle down to the very basic campsite however record low rainfall for the past 5 weeks has meant that there was no water. Instead we had to spend all of our time paddling on the tidal sections of the estuary as this did have water. We started at Dittisham. The weather on Saturday was a pig with very strong headwinds making paddling very difficult for most of us. After taking nearly 1 hour to travel the first mile with the tide on our side but into the wind many of us wanted to turn back and find an easier route. But Yoda persuaded us all to be patient and just take our time and we would get through it. As usual he was right.
We arrived after about 2.5 hours and set up camp right on the banks of the dart at Sharpham.
We built a nice fire, tucked into our rations, had some medicinal beverages and enjoyed the well illuminated night views from the full moon.
Sunday we got up early, breakfast, broke camp and were on the water by 8:30. What a contrast with the weather with practically no wind. The estuary was like a millpond. We headed off from Sharpham and went exploring. First on the agenda was the Bow Creek up to Bow where we had to turn back when the water eventaully became too shallow. From here we headed back down the creek to the main estuary and headed into Stoke Gabriel where we decided it was time for a cup of coffee just as the local cafe was opening.
From here it was just a short trek back to Dittisham, load up the boats and head back home.
Many thanks to Adam and Brian for organising the whole event which was great fun. Your efforts are appreciated and we look forward to the next expedition.
Here are just a few of my pictures with some more to follow from Ed later. Anyone else who would like to write some comments on the trip then please send them to me.
Updated with the additional following version of war and peace set from Clive on his iPhone. Hopefully I’ve fixed the spellings but you never know. Photos now follow this.
Don’t forget the Xmas social on December 12th. More details to follow from Caroline. sent by text