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Cheeky Friday 19th April

A few pictures from Friday 19th April evening paddle Hoe Mill to Beeleigh Link. Lots of pictures of Liz’s new boat!

Hoe Mill to Rushes Weir wild open boat paddle 10th March 2019

It was windy, very windy. As I was unloading my open boat and pushing under the fence at Hoe Mill lock the telegraph pole I was standing beside shook violently, followed by a big cracking sound, and a tree, 30 feet from me fell down , blocking the whole road. Wow, so pleased I wasn’t standing beside that, or that my van wasn’t under it. 10 minutes later the rest of the Open boaters started to arrive and all parked under very old trees, and after a quick rethink, the penny dropped and then they re parked away from the trees. Happy bunnies. James and I went two up in my OB, and Barry and Kevin R, the die hards, paddled solo – oh regret on their behalf.

Lets say that the desired direction of travel and side of the river wasn’t always happening due to the very strong F6 – F8! winds. Serious boat trimming went on amongst our solo paddlers.

The intrepid duo didn’t suffer half as much. Somewhere along the way Barry got out and walked, then paddled. Kevin moored up and joined Barry, and later Barry Kevin and James all joined together and then James went solo, Kevin joined with John, Barry was on his loansome.

Hope you’re keeping up with this. Rushes Weir came into sight and after a quick play in the wier, we had a break.

James, “I’ve not done this before” Rushes Weir.

It was then Sail paddles up and away we went back to Hoe Mill. James and I took off at a great pace with the wind filling the sail paddle.

Kevin had varying degrees of success, although appeared to be scooping more water than wind. Eventually Barry and Kevin rafted up and they managed to get going under sail.

Kevin and Barry. Kevin’s new tactic was to stand up and blow into the sail.

Getting back to Hoe Mill didn’t take long at all. Really good fun in seriously windy conditions, this was followed by a pint in the pub afterwards. Thanks to my fellow paddlers, James, Barry and Kevin R.

Kevin, with red sail already to fly.
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Pictures from a Busy weekend of Paddling

Fridays evening paddle from Heybridge Basin through Northey island up to Maldon Hyth Quey and return to a short mud walk, oops!

Saturdays Evening/Night paddle from Old Felixstowe to Woodbridge and return. Great paddle with 8 paddlers in total.

And Maldon Triathlon safety boat cover early on Sunday Morning, with Clive, Mark and paddlers from other clubs.

 

Pictures from Sunday’s paddle on the Stour

2 Star Open Boat Training R. Stour Sunday 25th March 2018

The River Stour was the venue for the open boat training, with everyone meeting at 10 ish at at the put in point, Nayland. With boats unloaded, recce of the area done, pre brief completed it was time to take to the water. A short trip up the river to a suitable area for one to one training and some serious practice.

Then the trip started in earnest through the tunnel going under the Horkesely Road A134 to our first obstacle a fallen tree blocking the whole river. The sensible ones portaged via the river bank and some decided to go tree climbing.

On wards and forwards to the box weir where again a portage was necessary.

Jill ran the weir, and the rest of us cheered her on. It was then a bit more practice in the faster flowing water at the bottom of the weir before heading up a small creek leading us to our get out point. The creek was good fun and for those who had punting poles the going was easy.

Really good day on the water, everyone learnt something, and we all went home with big happy smiles on our faces.

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River Chelmer Feb 24 2018

A cold winters morning with bright sunshine and a bit of ice on the water to keep things really fresh.

Add to that a bit of a breeze and Barry was well away sailing northwest from Heybridge Basin

Originally there were going to be more of us on the water but as the weekend drew near people got cold feet/other plans, so Kevin, Barry, Paul and I had the river to ourselves.

Paul, a newcomer to the sport, had just bought himself a new canoe and this was his maiden voyage, and what a lovely day to be introduced to canoeing.

One of the locks just below Beeleigh was being refurbished so it gave us time for a bit of a leg stretch and then we continued onto Beeliegh Link. On the way the ice had all but melted and the wind made us put in a bit more effort, but otherwise a really pleasant way to start the weekend followed by a pint of beer in sunny Heybridge basin.

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Some Pictures taken over the Christmas break

Bank Holiday Monday 17 April 2017

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 couple of little cheeky week day paddles

On Tuesday 18th October there was a BIG tide expected a 6.4. So Clive, Anna and Myself in our sea boats, went for a short trip on the salty side of Maldon and Heybridge. Starting at Heybridge basin and riding the tide in through Maldon, limboing under the fullbridge then up to and over the top of Beeleigh weir spot on High water.  The return journey was much faster with the wind behind us, meeting Chris at the Basin for some rehydration in the pub. Much better than being at work!

Then on Thursday afternoon Chris, Clive, Peter, Albert and Myself had a quick trip from Hoe mill to Rushes and back for some playing in the (smallest) stopper I’ve ever seen!

So if you ever want to go for a “cheeky weekday paddle” put it out there I’m sure someone will want to join you.

Norfolk Broads May 2016

Wayford Bridge on the A149 to Ludham Bridge on the A1062.

Saturday was very windy, so we part paddled and part sailed. We rafted the three canoes together. Jill was on the bow holding the orange sail with Maggie keeping watch.009I was in the middle holding the canoes together with Kevin on the Mizzen sail and Cheryl on the tiller. (You can’t see Cheryl)

010And further on Cheryl and Jill continued sailing

006We did a bit of bush bashing toward Cromer Broad

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On Sunday we went from Ludham Bridge to Wroxham off the A1151.

024Passing many windmills. This one is called a skeleton windpump and was used for draining the broads.

We had lunch at the New Inn, on the R. Bure by Horning.

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Passed many luxurious houses.

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Explored various hidden bays.

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And finally got out at Wroxham

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This was our route.Thanks for a cracking weekend open canoeing. We paddled about 20 miles in total.

Wayford bdge to Wroxham map

The paddlers were Kevin and Maggie, Jill and Cheryl and John.