10 boats 10 paddlers , 1 swimmer, 1 timekeeper , 2 spectators.
Wow , what a windy affair . A resilient bunch of paddlers pitched to take on the wind on a relevantly weed free waterway. Thanks to CCPOA for doing a manual cleanup of weed for this event with both their weed cutters out of action.
The times were slowerer than usual due to the conditions although Guy Pike was able to hang onto Andre with much huffing and puffing to record a great time. Greatstuff
Good to see Francois back in the saddle and slogging it out to complete a Time trial . His first in a while .
An amusing story from one of our novice paddlers , no names mentioned,
Whilst paddling around Intaka in front of the Knights Bridge block of apartments the said novice paddler’s paddle caught on some weed causing a capsize . The nearest jetty was the weedcutters jetty which is higher than the normal jetty , which presented quite a challenge to mount . With a bit of a struggle and much cursing the boat was emptied and a remount attempted only to once again tip over and swim , and the paddler had to start all over with the process of a difficult remount.
Eveeeentually a successful remount was achieved and the the paddler slowly paddled off only to hear clapping and cheering coming from the many Knights Bridge balconies . Eish , that feeling of wanting to ……………!!
I’m sure there are many similar stories that can be told by our paddlers and maybe future newsletters can relate some of these, as we have all had these harrowing experiences which is all part of growing as a paddler..
10km Time Trial Results Time Keeper : Colin McClement
1. Tom Thring 55:27
2. Gareth Pinkney 55:28
3. Andre hawarden 56:45
4. Guy Pike 56:46
5. John Joshua 59:58
6. Gavin Finch 59:59
7. Mike rapson 60:20
8. Mike Monson 60:55
9. Francois Sisam 63:12
10. Manfred hanni 64:45