Anna had sorted out a paddle to Langham Flumes from Stratfood St Mary In the end there was 4 OB on the river trip. There was Liz, Anna me & John with his daughter Claire, so 5 of us over 4 OB’s. We set off about 10am to the Flumes in some amazing summer Sun 23c stopping there for some lunch. Anna had a fun play in the Flumes but there was not much water so, I had a look & spun into the eddy with no room to move so just let the OB drift downstream.
We met a gentleman with a yellow sea kayak on the river it looked like he was exploring the UK he said that tomorrow he would be out on the tide estuary.
All of this time we had been keeping our distances because of covid-19
On Friday 26th June three of us spent the day in glorious weather exploring part of the Medway River from Yalding ME18 6HG in open boats. Upstream towards Tonbridge, there was 4 locks we had to portage around. With stopping for a well-deserved rest putting the world to right over lunch. On the way back we mett swimmers, families enjoying the sun & so on. The bonus was we did not need to portage the OB’s on the way back. So with Mike showing the way it is done he shot the slide at the first lock, the second slide me & Chris took the lead in my OB with Chris at the front. When we reached the lock next to the “The War & Peace Revival” centre me & Chris as the water deflector we made it down the slide with about 2″ of water flooding my OB.BUT the one time I did not get out my camera to film Mike on the slide, we wished I had.Mike shot the slide like a ballerina would do a graceful move but as he hit the bottom his OB just rolled over with Mike going down with his ship.