Just the 3 of us on the Severn today. a well deserve brew.
Meeting at the Montford bridge cafe Opposite Wingfield Arms, On the A5, Montford Bridge, Shrewsbury SY4 1EB between 0900hrs – 0930 hrs. Shuttle cars to Frankwell car park where we will get off and hopefully be on the water by 1030hrs
The weather forecast will be cloudy, (I have ordered some sunshine). Yyou need appropriate items of clothing Hot, cold drink and snack
Following the satnav past Blue Sping state park we arrived at a strip of beach in the middle of nowhere. This is where we met Geoff a marine biologist sea kayaker from Maine and Greg the owner of Adventures in Florida with a load of kayaks. Ciaran smiled while the rest of the clan were ready to drown me. Once everyone got over the shock and received a brief from Goeff the boats were sorted into a mixture of sized Prijon and Perceptions.
Goeff managed to calm us all down and convince my family that I was not going to drown them all, as we were going to paddle the St Johns river the Slowest moving river in the US.
We all Set off up stream in search of Manatees, even Paula and Rebecca were paddling a sit on top Due Peception.
As we passed the Blue Spring, the water was 21 degrees and rising up all year round (a bit warmer than the dock). The Manatees had overwintered before spreading through the 800miles of streams and rivers before heading out to sea in the summer.
Despite not finding any Manatees we spotted so much wildlife, numerous fish including a Mullet that jumped over the front of my boat and birds including Vulchers, Herons and a Bald Eagle swooping down catching a fish just in front of us carrying it away in its tallons. A Yellow Chested Turtle and yellow tree snake passed, as Ciaran and myself lagged at the back near the bank he screamed “something is under my boat” as he paddled back he faced off an 8ft Alligator.
After it all we returned to the beech having not been eaten with no swims
The premiere began with a journey to the Ecuadorian Amazon, it raced down the Grand Canyon, adventured across Greenland, SUP surfed in Tofino, descended a gorge in Northern Pakistan, island hopped across a deadly strait to Tasmania and then played below the surface on the Cheat River Narrows before embarking on a canoe journey of reconciliation.
MacGregor believes the festival’s ongoing success is based on three things: “The World Tour bring communities of people together; it inspires audiences to go and explore; and most often the screenings are used as fundraisers to support local non-profits doing good things.”
Last night’s host, The Complete Paddler raised $2500 for Project Canoe, a non-profit focused on improving the lives of youth through outdoor adventure.
Since Rapid Media launched the festival back in 2006, the World Tour has screened 959 times to more than 282,864 audience members. Rapid Media has awarded $71,000 to paddling filmmakers and helped raise tens of thousands of dollars for charitable causes. The Paddling Film Festival World Tour has grown to become one of the largest paddling events in the world.
I recently decided to build a paddle ergometer after having priced out new ones. You can see video of it at diypaddleergometers.wixsite.com/instructions, where you will also have the option to purchase detailed plans for $9 CAN. It is a great way to own a very functional and affordable piece of equipment.
For Sale £800
Capella 163 Performance Blue/Red/White “Muriel May 2”
Stats: 16’3” long, 22” wide, 55lbs (fiberglass-layup)
Pros: Excellent manoeuvrability and secondary stability. Comfortable outfitting. Highly versatile
I bought this great Kayak off “Go Kayaking” who completed a full service replacing all the bungees and ropes and the really cool hydro skeg, which works through water pressure. I then replaced all the hatch covers. The only reason I’m selling is that it doesn’t get used I have a MV Cetus now…….