So the day started with the first of the 2 Star Groups Coaching Sessions. We had a good session at PRSYC working on 2 Star Tandem Canoe Skills, and a well done to everyone one who came along, there was a noticeable improvement in the skill as the session progressed. We practiced Forward Paddling, Draw Strokes and Sweep Strokes, everyone got a chance to paddle in the front and the rear of the boat, getting the full experience. As the session came to a close there was a suggestion of extending the day and paddling to Eckington Bridge. So after a few phone calls (to get permission) 10 of us were able to make it. So with a quick shuttle of the cars, a trip to ASDA for a sandwich and some extra clothes for Jennys sister (thanks Chris D) we set off.
While the river was high, it was lower than it had been recently and it was not going to take long. Some of us shot Pershore Weir, surprisingly shallow due to the gates being open, we headed off to Eckington Bridge. There was not much wind and a chill in the air, but the sun did make and appearance as we made our way along the river. Swapping places to give everyone a change to paddle in the front and back of the boat, we saw a Kingfisher and a Heron, which is always nice.
We reached Nafford Weir to fin it high as expected, so we portaged and went down the gully, rejoined the river and headed to Eckington Bridge. All in all it was a really nice paddle and a great way for the 2 Star candidates to practice the skills they had learnt in the mornings sessions.
And it adds a good number to our Winter Challenge total.
Thanks all for a great day.