25th April 2019
We went out two evenings this week and were rewarded by having the river to ourselves most of the time. There was a gentle southerly breeze, but not too strong. This time of year, it normally drops around sunset. So we took our chance and paddled with it both evening.
Wednesday, it was Richard, Tim and Myself (Brett) and Thursday it was just Anu from Paddle Boarding London and I.
On Wednesday, we did the Thames Ditton Island Loop, where we paddled up to Molesey Lock and met Tim who had launched from our Molesey Launch Site and paddled down to meet us. We then headed back downstream and against the breeze, towards Thames Dittons Island. Down the back water and then came back upstream, with the breeze to the Albany. Tim along the way trying out using his jacket as a sail. At the Albany, we said good bye to Tim who headed back to Molesey.
On Thursday, Anu and I headed upstream again, but this time ported passed Molesey Lock on to the Molesey section of the Thames. The conditions were wonderful and it was a pleasure to show Anu ‘Our Patch’ of water. We paddled passed the islands up the Hampton Church and then turned for home.
On the way back Anu let me have a go on here lovely 14′ Starboard Airliner. A very quick board! Finally, we dropped in on our friends at Ditton Skiff and Punting Club for a beer and a chat.
Two wonderful evenings on the river, with all the wildlife buzzing about at dusk and the light of the setting sun on the water. Magical!