Richard, Judi, Mike and Lynette joined the Sharks Canoe Club for the Hertford Wild Water Race, which took place on mostly flat water with a small weir. Thanks to the Sharks for the loan of Wavehoppers for Richard and Judi to race in. Participants ranged in ages from children to over seventies! A very friendly and enjoyable day with good results.
We also enjoyed the Derwent Classic WWR race in February which comprised 7km of (for us) challenging water with rocky rapids and fast currents. Lynette capsized on the practice run after colliding with a fast moving bridge pillar - she was unable to get out of the current quickly enough to avoid it - and with the help of Richard, just managed to get back in time for the start of the race. We all stayed upright and enjoyed the race proper however, despite a few bumps with rocks. A great experience and learning curve on a proper River Race.
James joined Trevor, Christine, Mike, Lynette, Judi and Richard for the final race of the Barrow Series and was pleased to win his first ever gold medal (not to mention the mug) to show off to his family, much to their merriment. As the Division B Wild Water results for the series were published, there were some good results for the Rutland paddlers, so well done everybody.
Mike and Lynette also travelled up to the Burrs Country Park for a sprint race on the River Irwell. This is a very popular race on an interesting little natural river course comprising numerous small drops. A very pretty location and well worth the journey.
If any other club members are interested in joining us for future races please contact Lynette for details.