Sunday, 24 March 2013

Humber TT Challenge

Been wanting to set something like this up for a while, more for myself as a personal challenge but after talking to Mr Willacy he suggested I let it be known so others can have a go.
The challenge is a 22Nm run down the Humber, from the Bridge to Spurn Point, using the fast running tides to your advantage while dodging the river traffic - so as you can imagine this is a challenge for experienced and/or mentally unstable paddlers.
The bigger problem is that there is no 'get out' at Spurn, the whole place is a YWT nature reserve with no landing. It is possible to round the head and go back up the coast a couple of Km and get out there - as long as sea conditions allow, and Spurn Point can be a challenging tidal race in its own right..
Anyway both myself and Dave had a run down recently..
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We made rapid progress, exceeding 9 knots for a while.
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A quick break and then a slow slog back up the river on the first of the flood.
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Getting back to the village of Paull in the dark where Fi was waiting to pick us up, the slog back really did take its toll on both of us.
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