Last Sunday, 14 club members (paddling 12 Kayaks and 2 Canadian canoes) all 'pimped up' their boats for our annual Christmas paddle and entered the River Cam from Grantchester and headed off for Jesus Green Cambridge.
The BCC floatilla was decorated in tinsel, fairy lights, bells and ribbons carrying musical Christmas trees and sacks of presents. For this annual and special seasonal trip the floatilla leader was all dressed up in his BIG RED SUIT and lead from the front. It was clear from the start that on this trip we we're all going incognito!
Water levels were higher than usual due to the recent heavy rain and the river flow was initially fast moving making the trip into Cambridge more of a 'sit back and relax', but also gave us some slight concern for the paddle back later in the day, when moral and energy reserves would be vital. The weather was dry and bright and was the best weather window over what was mainly a wet and windy weekend.
Once in Cambridge, the paparazzi were out in numbers (but lucky for us, we don't think anyone recognised us) and it wasn't long before the usual challenge of 'Dodge the Punt' began.
Finally, arriving at Jesus Green (1hr 45mins later) we stopped for Christmas lunch (Turkey and Cranberry sandwiches, hot soup, mince pies and short breads) and once refuelled the paddle back
began.... upstream! with the Christmas playlist still in the background.
Overall, the paddle was a great success and our thanks goes out to all those who attended. Your support was greatly appreciated and thanks again for getting into the spirit of Christmas.
On one final note, well done to our youngest paddlers on this trip, Dylan and Finley for completing their first BCC paddle.
"Merry Christmas and Happy Paddling!"