Three club members met up at Hoe Mill and paddled to Ricketts Lock before entering the jungle. Andy E and Jacquie shot the weir whilst I, gentle lowered my open boat down it. A big log jam at the top of the weir made portaging this a little difficult. Into the jungle amongst fallen trees and big log jams we eventually emerged the other side into time for a cup of tea before heading back to Hoe Mill. What a way to see off the bank holiday.
A brilliant weekend with some challenging conditions and an extreme popcorn chef. No pictures during the evening as they have been censored. Excellent team to paddle with thanks guys.
Some pictures of John and Barry’s paddle, walk, pole, punt and sail after the club coaches update meeting. Not usual to leave from Beeleigh (salty side) at low water but great fun. The river bed is all gravel so no problems with the Maldon mud, very shallow in parts were we had to walk and rope the boats. We got as far as the Fulbridge but could have gone a lot further. On the way back with the tide on the rise the wide behind us the sails went up and home we sailed. This is a great paddle when the tide is out and has to be revisited as a club open boat trip maybe out to Northey? Don’t forget your poles and sails!
Well done Jacquie, Jill, Cheryl, Peter and Barry another 16 hour 1st aid course done. Covering CPR, Defib, lots of the usual stuff and duct tape torture.
The after AGM paddle to Thirslet Spit was really good, met up with some windless sailers from Marconi SC to share the fast disappearing sandbank before heading off to Goldhanger Creek. We then paddled back into the main estuary and played around the Marconi Buoy in the main channel before landing at Marconi Sailing club. An excellent afternoon on the water.
After a couple of weekends training being put through our paces, two members of BCC and two members of Braintree Canoeing Club had their assessment at Papermill Lock. I’m pleased to say that all passed with flying colours. The intrepid bunch were Andy B (BCC) John H (BCC) Ian and Jordan (Braintree CC).