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Xmas Docks Paddle 2017

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A total of 22 paddlers arrived at the compound and began decorating kayaks and canoes for this years Xmas Docks Paddle. Not a bad turn out considering the pouring rain. But not discouraged by the inclement weather the group soon set off after first being treated to a demonstration of seal launching from the wooden decking by Craig and young Aleksander Ford.

The group, dressed in traditional red and white, moved steadily through the docks system and into the Albert Dock drawing attention from the visiting public. After a brief paddle around the dock and a rolling demonstration this time by Sarah Gill the group headed for the slipway at the carousel. One by one kayaks and Canoes were hauled onto dry land and lots of festive goodies were unloaded.

Cakes of every description, mince pies, sausage rolls and mulled wine were passed around. Sarah even offered “camel droppings” which seemed quite popular with the group. The mulled wine quickly took effect on Nadia, Sue and Irene who burst into an impromptu dance routine. Britain’s got Talent watch out!!
The winter sun was now shining down making it quite pleasant at the slipway. The atmosphere, regardless of the weather, was of course great. A group photo was taken after waiting for Sarah who was paddling a new Scorpio mk2 HV sea kayak on test by Dom Fahey. Could this be a change of discipline for Sarah??

Threats of blackmailing her with the photographic evidence could be heard as Sarah guided the kayak in.
After filling up with goodies the group headed back and the 2017 Xmas Docks Paddle came to an end. A really nice paddle with excellent company.

Report by – John Fay   More photos……