On 23 Feb Andrew led a gentle paddle from the Bells of Ouzeley back to the club. Frank, Jana, Maxine, Norma, Rick and Val joined him but as Jenny wasn’t on the trip there is little photographic evidence of the trip. The only evidence shows that it started off foggy, and quickly became sunny, and it was foggy when Frank convinced Maxine to paddle ‘only one extra mile’ without mentioning the mystery extra portage.
At Penton Hook lock we were told to paddle down the left side of the river as a rowing race with 48 boats was going to take up the entire other side of the river. With images of a flotilla of rowing boats coming towards us it was almost disappointing that they only appeared one at a time. The only other excitement was Maxine and Frank being in the middle of a flock of swans as they took off.
Unusually for a February paddle, the sunblock was definitely needed and lunch at Thames Court was al fresco.