So the post is a little late but better late than never!
It all started way back to the weekend before Easter where I did my bit for the community taking part in the Lucan raft challenge which raised over 1000euro for Barretstown! obviously being the chancer that I am, Decided in my infinite wisdom to head down on a single person inflatable fishing boat also known as the gigbob! this is a great toy sent over from NRS for a Fishing show I decided to try its Whitewater capabilities to which I was pleasantly surprised.
…………………… Any way in the pub later that evening a plot was fraught between a a couple which later that week plans were put in place to ‘Tag along’ on the Rockhoppers trip to the Tryweryn (why we decided this to be a clever idea is beyond me) anyhow we filled the car me, Garvan and Clara on the early ferry for a fun Friday of boating.
The Tryweryn provides an excellent training facility to learn and enhance whitewater experience and skills with only one cheeky swim and small paddle breakage from Clara the day was great.
we then remembered someone (Clara) had agreed to pick up Jim (soon to be 4 swim but now 5 Swim) from the ferry so 90 mins Bala to Holyhead to pick him up and another 90mins back tho we did get to a pub in Bala and Garv his Birthday drinks!
That night in came the Rockerhoppin Crew!! (this is where the trouble starts!)
So the Saturday off to the course we went and proceeded to paddle in our small group before long I spied an unmanned craft heading downstream so left my group to eddyhop and take in the views while I chased unmanned craft downstream. (Brendon) following this was a large amount of boat exiting by a number of the group. To which I chased, Bagged and shoved my way downstream picking people and kit from the river.
after a long day a long run/boat rescue/ paddle and walk back upto the centre I found myself well used and wondering why did I ever think I would of got away with a quiet weekend paddling.
Sean, Adrian, Clara, Arianne, Paula, Jane enjoying the Welsh sun
The Sunday I found myself going for the leisurely option and taking the day easy. working with individuals and small groups before a bit of a creek boat play session at NRA and a long drive back to Holyhead and the 2am Ferry home.
The bank holiday Monday I had agreed to do some coaching at sluice with the juniors this was a great day to be on the water but sadly I wasn't I spent the day bank coaching and taking photos.
The standard of paddling was really good from all the juniors and cant wait to see them in action against the seniors!!
Thanks to Rockhoppers for keeping me busy and giving me a weekend to remember!
Neil and Eoin for their boat chasing help
The Juniors for a fun Monday back in Dublin
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