Venue: Thorpe Bay (SS1 3NW)
Launch: after 6.20pm briefing
Level: all confident paddlers
It’s properly hot again, shocker! So with a light easterly breeze on the forecasts, we’re going to hit Thorpe Bay for another splasharound: very similar indeed to a fortnight ago… So just like last time, we’re not going anywhere, just messing about off the beach or maybe upwind / downwinding a little way up and down it, so this should be good for any of our regulars (or even occasionals!) who fancy it, as there’s no need to keep up with the group – could be ideal for getting more comfortable in slightly choppy coastal waters? All confident paddlers welcome (ie; able to stand up and paddle strong for 90+ minutes and not in need of a lesson to do so – which of course we offer via www.supsect.com/learn-to-sup). And for a change, capable sub-teenage kids are cool this week too … with parental responsibility, of course!
We’ll be aiming to launch straight after the briefing at 6.20pm at Thorpe Bay (SS1 3NW – w3w.co/hello.others.pass) parking wherever you can by the green just west of the yacht club (where charges now cease at 6pm). With a light easterly breeze on the forecasts plus potentially a bit of a sea breeze effect reinforcing it through afternoon, we can’t be sure of conditions – but would expect a little bit of chop blowing in from the North Sea. Probably a bit less / easier than last time, and again gradually flattening off as the (17.44) tide ebbs and wind drops towards sunset.
So we won’t be trying a route, but will stay together within a sensible area off the beach for a pure splashabout / chopfest / hopefully SUP rugby night. Bring whatever kit you like (either your widest board for comfort or something narrower for a bit of stress-testing / bomb-proofing / possibly catching a glide or two in open-water conditions) just come prepared for a swim is all! After, we’ll hit our favourite ’spoons up in Shoebury for affordable beer and fodder…