Thursday, July 17, 2014
The fourth annual Exeter to Exmouth Oxfam Kayak Rally took place on the first Saturday of July.
Once again organised by Exe Sailing Club, there were record numbers of 108 kayaks and canoes and also two dragon boats with no fewer than 193 paddlers involved!
It is estimated that over £1700 will have been raised for Oxfam. Just as importantly, everyone participating appeared to have had a really enjoyable fun day out on the water. The conditions and weather could not have been more perfect confounding earlier forecasts in the week.
Most arrived early for registration at Exeter Canoe Club, Exeter Basin, embarking between 9.30am and 10.30am onto the canal under the watchful eyes of a team of cyclists and accompanying kayak safety officials.
At noon the last paddlers reached the canal end of the rally at The Turf where there were refreshments and a safety briefing by the river safety officials before everyone embarked onto the river en masse at 12.30pm on the turn of the tide.
On the river, there were 14 safety boats escorting the flotilla of craft down the west bank, accompanied by the sound of the drummers on the two dragon boats from Execalibre and Hurricane Clubs.
On reaching the floating Exe River Cafe, the flotilla then altered course for Exe Sailing Club where everyone finished between 1pm and 2pm to enjoy further refreshments and a barbecue.
Exe Sailing Club and Exmouth Oxfam Fundraising Group would like thank all volunteers and sponsors whose contributions helped to make this another successful event. In addition, both organisations welcome enquiries from new members on firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com