Venue: Mill House (CM3 4BG)
Meeting: from 6pm, 26th April 2023
Briefing: 6.30pm at Little Baddow Mill Lock
Launch: c.6.35pm at Little Baddow Mill Lock!
Level: Competent river paddlers
Turns out we’ve got another easterly breeze tonight – but at c.10 knots it’s nowhere near as strong as last week – so our 2023 SUP Club season continues from Mill House tonight. It still won’t be hot and there’s going to be a bit of flow and breeze to contend with, but definitely not too much for any of our regulars. And again, after more wet weather recently, parking and pumping up may not be too salubrious: be prepared for those big, muddy puddles by Church Road. To mix it up from last week, we’re going to try and head the other way (ie; upstream first) so whenever you’re ready do get in and paddle upstream to get out at Little Baddow Mill Lock where we’ll gather for a 6.30pm briefing before heading on upstream.
So, parking at Mill House from 6pm (https://w3w.co/fitter.ideas.transmits) ahead of a 6.30pm briefing at Little Baddow Mill Lock. After, we’ll be off for dinner and drinks at our favourite local pub – numbers with a show of hands at the briefing.
Paddlers on the Chelmer & Blackwater Navigation must be licensed: get or renew yours via www.waterways.org.uk … we have a few simple codes of conduct for SUP Club (eg; all paddlers must wear a leash) that you can find on our main SUP Club page.
All competent paddlers (by which we mean comfortable and confident standing-up and paddling strong, non-stop for 90-minutes, able to steer, stop and turn around effectively, ideally reverse-sweep) are welcome at SUP Club. For newcomers we offer Learn to SUP lessons and can teach you everything you need to know in one 2-hour session – if you want a performance boost we also offer private coaching for 1:1 and 2:1 improvers, intermediates and advanced paddlers with or without your own kit. Check out our schedule and book online here.