EVENT: Yorkshire Sea Kayakers First Meet
The dominant paddling discipline around our store is undoubtedly white water, likely resulting from our landlocked position and close proximity to quality rivers such as the Tees, Wharfe, Swale and more. This is not to say we don’t have great sea and touring venues and to make this suggestion would belittle the Yorkshire Coastline and gems such as Flamborough, Robin Hoods Bay and Ravenscar. However, the club structure has arguably made access to river paddling a little easier.
Given the history of sea paddling in the region, as well as the existing experienced participants, it has been fantastic to see the recent development of a community group and you may remember the store hosting their initial meet and greet event in early December. At that time a name had not been finalised but this is now settled as ‘Yorkshire Sea Kayakers’ and we would encourage anyone with an interest in open water to visit their Facebook page:
The enthusiasm within this group of paddlers is fantastic and George headed down to their first official event at Manvers Country Park last Saturday. Firstly, what a facility! Manvers Lake was created in the 1990's as part of the remediation works following the closure of the Wath Main & Manvers Main colliery complex. As well as the main lake their is a purpose built boathouse that serves over 600 members participating in a wide range of activities, including paddlesports (canoeing and kayaking), triathlon, running, angling, open water swimming, windsurfing and model boating. Aside from the wind the venue for this event could not have been better.
On the day nearly twenty paddlers took to the water in a wide variety of boats ranging from 10.5ft day touring models, right through to 18ft race variants. The wealth of experience was obvious and it was especially nice to see such a willingness to share stories, tips and tricks. Their main priority was to gauge skill levels and get to know fellow paddlers, thus allowing easier planning of a future calendar. After breaking up into small groups to work on the fundamentals of forward paddling there was exploration of the lake before a short break for a warm up, a good brew and finally a session on the Manvers ergo machines. After the break it was back to the water again but this time to get wet……….. rescue time! A variety of deep-water methods were tested and everyone played the role of either auctioning the rescue or being rescued. With confidence in abilities solidified it was time to head home but not before lots of trip planning.
As a store we’re excited to be involved in the development of a group with such big plans, including a diverse calendar or trips and training that suits all abilities.
Anyone interested in getting involved should visit the Yorkshire Sea Kayakers Facebook page or send George an email on firstname.lastname@example.org
See you on the water!