With the last date of the Division 1 section of local league being tied up on the Saturday a few of us thought that there wouldn’t be anything better to do of a Sunday than have an early morning crash around in Tynemouth pool, followed by a hearty breakfast and a bit of open boating.The pool session’s 7am start was fairly uneventful (nobody mention my incompetence at turning the alarm off and the ensuing sirens!).
Breakfast was polished off quickly and we were off to splash about on the river Coquet!  With Gail acting as our guide, we set off to traverse the trickiest section first.  I bobbed down with a little wobble, but was non the worse for the experience.  Paul and one of my teacher friends, John who had fancied a bit of canoeing for a while, were next.  Talk about thrown in at the deep end, they both took a dip on the first rapid that resulted in their boat “taking a rest” on a rock in the middle of the river!  A good use of lines and the boat was freed.  Phil and Andy decide that it was all too much trouble and they would portage!  I collected Gail at the bottom and we were on our way.
The stretch we paddled was very picturesque and well worth a paddle if we head up that way again and, after the first few drops, easily manageable by paddlers of any ability.  I think I’ve found a hobby for my old age, but for the time being I’ll stick to the old slalom and polo.
Thanks Gail for organising and Durham Uni for the loan of the oats, we’ll have to get another date in the diary!
Nicky  xx

A spot of open boating