Saturday, 7 November 2009

Sarah Outen talks about her row across the Indian Ocean

On 21st November at 7:30pm Sarah Outen will give a presentation about her row across the Indian Ocean at Exton Village Hall, which is just off the Green in the centre of the village. Entrance will be £5 per person and all proceeds will go to the Arthritis Care charity. Refreshments provided by the members of the club.

'Twenty-six club members and guests enjoyed an enthralling presentation of video and pictures on a rainy Saturday evening at Exton Village Hall. Trevor performed the introduction and reminded Sarah of previous club trips to Mull when exam revision was forgotten and early challenges met.

Sarah's talk was inspirational, woven with the romance of the open ocean, the heroism of being capsized five times, the hunger for the next chocolate bar, an obvious deep respect and love for her craft, 'Dippers', a large amount of skill and courage and much more. She brought along examples of the vacuum-packed porridge and rancid dehydrated food, a carbon fibre oar broken by a huge wave that flipped her, rescue flares and drowned satellite phones used in the final drama when she was thrown onto the reefs of Mauritius. I would recommended anyone who can to enjoy her presentation at other venues. See her website for details.

As a small token of our admiration Sarah was presented with a life membership of the club and we hope to see her down at Whitwell Creek whenever she is home from her adventures.

Thanks go to all who provided a great spread of food and wine plus raffle prizes. £200 was raised for Sarah and Arthritis Care plus several club members will be modelling Outen team polo shirts.

Sunday, 1 November 2009

Firework display paddle

On the night of Halloween 11 paddlers set off from just downstream of Ferry Bridge on the River Nene. We paddled downstream and then up into Overton Mere where we rafted up to enjoy the Peterborough Firework Fiesta.