Wednesday 21st July 2021
When we launched at 8.30 am all was cool and peaceful on the river. Simon took us down to the Tips and by then we were very glad of the shade provided for our coffee break. Caro brought us back upriver to the DYC slipway which by then was surrounded by noisy teenagers enjoying swimming in the Deben. It was heartening to see them all move away as soon as we approached… two lads brought our trailer down to us and a group of girls offered to help with getting the skiff loaded. The welcome was as warm as the day had become! And for once Julian was able to row for the complete trip!
Monday 14th June 2021
A hot day for rowing down to the Hams. We were all glad of Fiona’s encouragement to take our swimming gear so we could cool off in the river before drying out on the shore as we enjoyed a well earned tea break. For some of us it was our first ever swim in our river – Fiona does it daily!
Unfortunately, we have no photos to verify this but John did take a beautiful shot of Julian retrieving our anchor. How fortunate we are to have our skiff and our river.
June 19th 2021
Although we planned a lovely summer evening row on Friday 18th, the weather didn’t play ball so we avoided the wind and rain in favour of much nicer conditions on Saturday evening and took a trip beyond Wilford Bridge. As ever we scared the tourists on the far side when yodelling as loud as we could to get the echo to resonate and expand.
Rather than make crumbs in the boat we went to the kayak and paddle boarders beech on the Sutton Hoo bank to eat our lemon drizzle cake and leave messages in the sand to show that we can get to the beach too!
We didn’t have enough stones to spell ‘skiff’ so we settled with ‘gig’.
We spent a lovely evening on the water, spotting seals and eating chips and brownies – all the time being chased by the next black cloud but never being rained on. It’s unbelievable that we got away with it because it was always raining in the distance.
It was a hard pull against the tide in both directions so we agreed that the sugar indulgence was well justified.
Wind, rain and a flood tide to battle against on the way there then lunch in the sun.
It was a good row and in terms of the need for a serious adventure every year. But the crew decided it should suffice as the adventure of the month.
The photos below evidence of the sunny beach as promised by the outward cox whilst the crew were battling the less desirable elements!
Great Sunday morning spent going to Waldrigfield and then back to the Wilford Bridge and home.
The first outing for our ‘Bubble’ post lockdown and the first outing for the coxes new ‘Bobble’ hat that seriously weighed us down but had been kindly knitted in the club colours.
We were joined by Alec Newland for his first outing in Whisstock and a welcome member of the club.
Brownie cookings were enjoyed by the crew at Methersgate who need to seriously start planning what they do once Tilly takes her baking skills back to Uni!