Venue: Paper Mill Lock (CM3 4BS)
Arrive: by 6pm
Launch: after 6.20pm briefing
Level: Competent river paddlers
Unsuitable tides and a bit of southerly breeze mean we’re back to the river for SUP Club this Wednesday. Again the Willow Set parking at Paper Mill are kindly staying open late for us, charging £3 from 5.30pm onwards when you use the password ‘SUPsect’ or flash our logo at the gate.
So please make sure you’re arrived and setting up by 6pm at Paper Mill Lock to gather at our ‘training zone’ by the entrance for a 6.20pm briefing ahead of a 6.30ish launch. At long last the wind isn’t easterly (!) so we should be able to strike out upstream (west: left!) into a bit of southerly breeze, before coming back with presumably a nice bit of flow after recent rains…
As always, please ensure you are licensed to paddle the river (renewals via www.waterways.org.uk). Everyone licensed, with their own kit (including leash) who can paddle confidently is very welcome… (Please though, if you’re not yet competently steering, stopping and turning, a busy group at SUP Club isn’t the place to learn these essential skills – we do of course offer lessons for that!)
After, for a change we’re not going anywhere – but instead will stay put in the Willow Set for a BYO picnic / buffet until dusk. So please bring your own cold food, ideally a bit extra for sharing. We absolutely are not barbecuing or cooking (partly for simplicity’s sake but mainly because we can’t even remotely risk burning the Willow Set down!) so please just bring picnic / buffet type food rather than anything that needs heating up.