Myself, Sally, Kevin, Chris and Anne-Lise decided that Sunday morning was just too nice a morning not to take a gentle paddle up to Sunbury Lock and back. Getting onto the water at the club we headed up-stream at a nice leisurely pace. However, it soon became apparent that we where not to have the river to ourselves. Rental boats, motor boat, rowers, sailing boats and a whole troop of scouts and an unprecedented amount of fishermen and a dog had also decided that Sunday was the day to be using the river.
We tucked ourselves behind Kingfisher island for some tranquility and then heading up towards Sunbury Lock island Kevin decided to throw in a cheeky capsize. Although a reasonably decent capsize, he will have to be a lot slicker than that to get his hands on my best capsize trophy! On our journey back down-stream towards Bell Hill the river traffic disappeared for a while and we had perfect paddling conditions, flat, calm water, a gentle breeze and glorious sunshine. A nice mornings paddle.
Congratulations to Daniel Bownds on achieving the third highest mileage during ‘National Go Canoeing week’
Daniel Bownds from Feltham, London, was our number three paddler, and managed 129 miles in a kayak and canoe on the River Thames, the Basingstoke Canal and the River Wye. Daniel says: “I was so surprised but really chuffed to be told I came third in the individual millage count. I just love being out on the water and would encourage anyone to take up canoeing and kayaking.”
Read the article here
Added a few pictures from the old days to the article on the History of the club