The nerves were a little high this morning as I got my boat off the trailer and got onto the water. After the first few strokes my smile grew and after a wave splashed into my face and the water trickled down my neck, I knew the water and I were at one.
After a few runs of the lower half of the course with Nigel aka orange and Scott, I started finding my groove and seeig the flat bits of the river. The waves were big and bouncy but great fun. After the third run our morning session was done. By the time I had changed some of my kit was dry... Aghh the bliss of paddling in hot places!
After some lunch and a nap. The rest of the crew arrived and we went off for a second paddle. Jamie, Nicky and I set off from the top of the course and did a full run down to the bottom. The course is awesome but full on! The c2 boys were going to join us for the second half of he classic course but due to a technical error (a blade snapping half way down the sprint course, we did why only one of them was paddling and the other was with his hands!) They joined us for the second run.
My personal task for the evening was to sticker up my boat. It is one of those things that makes you feel a little awe struck when you stick a GBR sticker on your boat. It is the one sticker that you know you have earnt! So certainly deserves the picture of the day!
Then after a wee team meeting which decided the most important things... Te dinner rota. It was time for a bt of rugby ball throwing with Paul. (Who was the guy who got me into these crazy boats an sport... And for the first time we are on a team together, very strange!)
It was dinner time and chefs did a grand job... But perhaps 2kg of pasta was a little much for the 9 of us! But here is the motley crew, we are now only missing Grantie our coach and team manager for the trip.
So before I sign off and leave the bats flying about my head. I have to admit this place is very chilled and has an amazing relaxed atmosphere. I couldn't think of a better place to be :o)