What better way to start the month than the Club’s annual picnic paddle.
Brian took us to Pangbourne bright and early with a collection of Canadians where we sat guard with Stormy’s help for a couple of hours until everyone arrived.
It was a mixed group of 18 adults and children who made their way to Pangbourne to paddle back to the Club with a fun-filled stop off at Mapledurham beach for a picnic. We did all miss Nigel though – he was poorly – but we were determined to try our hardest to enjoy ourselves.
The sun shone, the water was warm and everyone had lots of fun. We mixed up the boats, tried to keep together, but the children’s boat, despite their excitement, fell a little behind. So Timea hopped in and single-handedly paddled the 5 of them down the river.
A leisurely paddle became a bit competitive for some and we reached Mapledurham lock in record time, ready to descend the lock. Once we convinced the children they didn’t need to hold onto the side, we sank down and paddled out.
Next we arrived at the beach where we stopped to eat our picnics. Luckily the cows that had been there earlier had wandered off. We were joined by Erika and Dominic at this point too for a little added excitement. Food was followed by 2 hours of fun in the water, with children and adults alike enjoying Brian’s makeshift slide and trying desperately to sink the boats and each other. Almost everyone had a go in Dominic’s Nelo, some with more success than others and giving all juniors something to aspire to.
Soon it was time to head back to the Club so off we went, enjoying the scenery and wildlife, spotting kingfishers en route, whilst admiring Dominic’s skill at surfing the wash of any powered boat which passed us.
We all arrived safely back at the Club and ended the adventure in true junior style with a synchronised jump in! Another successful RCC outing.