On 9 March, Dan led the intrepid Hamptoneers Frank, Maxine, Michele and Peter McB on an exploratory paddle of the Lee Navigation, a canalised river. With winds of 25 mph mostly on our back, gusting to 40 mph, we thought we’d be finished quickly. However we didn’t count on nearly every portage being high or having an overhang, requiring us to get into and out of the boats using some novel approaches. It was a good skills development paddle that we’ll remember for some time.
Thanks to Dan for organising the paddle, and my friend Chantal and her dog Fraser for driving the car drivers from Broxbourne back to Hertford to pick up their cars.