Widemouth Bay 1994

Widemouth Bay, Devon, October 1994

As this was the first proper trip of the year, and nobody seemed to have that much work on, it was quite popular, with olds as well as students.

Those attending this trip were ; Andy Webb, Andy Nev, Simon D, Alex, Paul, Paula, Pinky, Facey, Mark, Phil, Jane, Yannick, Ian S, Pad, Lynn, Tony, Lynn, Steve J & Tracey. On the way down to devon, games were played in the minibus, and Simon was slightly slow on the uptake to say the Um…. least.

Sadly, there was no water in the Dart, so we decided to go surfing.

WideMouth? Bay – Big Surf.

Not everbody wanted to go out, as the surf was BIG, anyway, a few of us did decide to go out, and as Andy and Simon were paddling out, Tony and Ian S placed bets to see which of them would swim first.

The outcome of the bet: The first wave which Andy and Simon encountered whilst trying to paddle out wiped them both out, and they both swam, but it was judged that Andy swam first, as Simon rolled up before going over again and Swimming. The same wave also took out Mark. Back at the hall that evening, SUCC Chili was on the menu, and as usual, it was available in three different strengths, Bugger All, Hot & Damn Hot! The Bugger All had no chili in it that Simon or Tracy could taste ( The normal “it’s too hot” wingers), but Paula seemed to think differently! ( Allergy Possible ).

Saturday night Mark was on form in more ways than one!, but a least the snoring was cured by a glass of water poured over his head. Sadly we didn’t have any Air Freshener. Paula got a little bit boysterous in a Karrimat fight, and had to be tied up with straps,(Ooeer, Spanky!)

Sunday we went to Polzeath, the surf wasn’t too bad, 3-4 ft. The most Exciting part of the day was when the trailer nearly sank in the sand, as some Womble parked the trailer in a stream on the beach.

Highcliffe-on-sea 1994

Highcliffe-on-sea freshers session, Dorset, October 1994

This trip was a very popular trip and was attended by 40-50 freshers, the idea of the trip was just to get the prospective new members into a canoe, and see if they liked it (or not).

The day was split into two. The first group of freshers paddled in the morning, with some instuctructors teaching from canoes, and others standing up to their necks in water.

The first load were taken back to southampton just before lunch,(They were a little bit delayed due to the fact that the president decided to play hide the minibus keys in the Duo!). While the first lot were being dropped home, and the second lot being picked up, this gave the instructors time to get out, and go and get some lunch. A lot of us couldnt be bothered to get changed, so walked to the shops in our wetsuits, (We did at least take our buoyancy aids and spraydecks off first!).

About an hour later, the second load arrived, and the afternoon teaching session commenced. The day went relatively O.K. apart from Alex temporarily misplacing the Minibus keys, and only 1 person seemed not to really enjoying themselves due to a scare of thinking that they could not get out of the boat, (They didn’t drown, so i don’t know what they were worrying about!).