Huge thanks to all 18 paddlers that made it up to Paper Mill Lock for a sultry summer SUP Club last night. It was great to have a real family atmosphere, with two father-and-son combinations, a father-and-daughter, a couple of couples, and a brace of brothers on the river. Plus we were even joined by puppy-dog Bongo!
With very little wind and mirror-flat water, we cruised two locks east up to Hoe Mill Lock in well under an hour, pleased to see that the blanket-weed we found that way a couple of weeks ago has all safely sunk back down to the riverbed again. We grouped up at the lock waiting for a few late arrivals to catch up with us before heading home into a glorious setting sun.
While a few of our racier guys kept the pace high enough, it was a pretty gentle paddle home leaving us all plenty of time to chat and enjoy the scenery – the wild-looking horses seemed to be enjoying themselves on the riverside too. Although understandably the swans with their fledgling signets didn’t seem so keen to see us glide past!
We finished the c. 8km route before 9pm, leaving us plenty of time to pack up and make it down to the Rodney before dusk for yet another well-earnt post-paddle-pint. More of the same next week?!?
If you want to join a Wednesday night SUP Club, all we ask is that you have some paddling experience (if not, check out our SUP Lessons) – we call Wednesday SUP Club on the day on our Facebook page and Wet’n’Dry SUP calendar, location depending on weather and tide conditions. If you have your own kit, just turn up and you’ll be very welcome. If not, we do offer limited SUP hire for £25. For more information just give us a call on 01268 569988 or email firstname.lastname@example.org