Sea Paddle On The Deben Estuary, Sunday 4th September 2016

It would be nice to get out and explore our estuaries and breathe in some fresh sea air, so on Sunday 4th September 2016 we are organising a paddle on the River Deben. This paddle is open to club members only.

This is a short paddle of 3.4 miles each way (6.8 mile round trip) on one of East Anglia’s prettiest estuaries and the whole trip should take less than 5 hours. The trip will take us from halfway up the river at Waldringfield in Suffolk to the head of the river at the historic town of Woodbridge, Suffolk. We will be going up the river to Woodbridge with the incoming tide and after stopping for refreshments, to stretch our legs and waiting for the tide to turn we will return to Waldringfield with the ebb tide. This means we will get an assist from the tide and won’t have to paddle too hard! Hopefully we will have some good weather on the day but if the weather (The wind in particular) is bad we will cancel and may try again in October. Keep an eye on the club website and Facebook page the night before the paddle.

The Plan

We will meet at the public car park behind the Maybush Inn pub in Waldringfield at 11.45 am. Postcode for SatNav is IP12 4QL. This gives us plenty of time to get organised so we can get onto the water for 12.30. We will launch from the beach or public slipway at Waldringfield and make our way up the estuary to Woodbridge. Once at Woodbridge we can stretch our legs and have something to eat and drink. Shortly after high tide at 3pm we will get back on the water and use the ebbing tide to take us back to Waldringfield. Once back at Waldringfield and changed there is the opportunity to have a drink in the Maybush Inn and enjoy the views out over the estuary. Sunset is at 7.39 pm so we will have plenty of light left at the end of the paddle.

Things to think about!

Although the Deben is a river estuary it is still a sea paddle and should be treated as such. Paddling on the sea should be fun but should also be taken seriously at the same time. Hopefully we will all have a fun and safe paddle BUT If you want to come along then you should be confident that you can get back into your boat safely whilst out on the water should you fall out. You should also have a reasonable skill level in terms of being able to control your boat and paddle correctly. You should also bring along any safety equipment you have and as usual you MUST use a buoyancy aid (you will not be allowed to paddle without one). All the usual BCC trip rules apply.

You don’t have to be the worlds greatest kayaker but you must be able to be safe.  This trip is NOT suitable for white water boats, playboats or Canadian canoes. Boats the size of a Pyranha fusion (ie 10.5 feet and longer) should be OK, sea or touring boats would be preferable. If you are not sure whether you would be OK to do this paddle please contact Mike Dalby or Mark Boddington to ask for advice.

You will also need to bring food, drink and (hopefully!) sun cream with you.

If you need to borrow any equipment then please contact Dave Harris, Equipment officer As usual any borrowed kit must be cleaned and returned for the following Saturday pool session.

If you are bringing along somebody under 18 years old on this paddle can you fill out one of the Parental Responsibility forms please & have it with you on the day.

If you are coming along on this trip or if you have any other questions please contact Mike Dalby or Mark Boddington.

Let’s all hope for some good weather and have a fun day ion this lovely estuary!!

Mark B & Mike D

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