year seen Clubfest return to the Share Holiday Village bigger and better than
ever! It was an absolutely fabulous
weekend with 140 paddlers coming together to share skills, stories and most of
all the craic.
weekend kicked off on Friday night with a typical damp evening at Lough
Erne. Many people voted to stay inside
their tents, but when the Paddlers Arms Hostelry was erected people then
morning saw the arrival of the remainder of the paddlers. Trip A set off at
10.30 from the share centre and trip B set off from Crom after all of the
shuttles had been completed. The two
trips merged around a mile or two up from Crom and then everyone paddled to the
lunch spot together. What a sight to
behold, a sea of 140 paddlers advancing down Lough Erne, had the Vikings
Seventy Wild Miles were also racing in the area. Including ourselves there were over 200
paddlesport crafts on the Lough, was it a record? We all arrived back at the
Share centre around 4.30, just in time for the children to go banana
boating. The barbeque at 7 o clock was
just what everybody needed to refuel the body before the evening’s festivities. A big thank you goes out to Ciaran McKerr
from C3, who ran a photo treasure hunt along with other activities, which kept
the children amused for many hours.
After dark people gathered around the two fires to tell stories, sing
songs and play musical instruments. The
laughter could be heard into the wee hours of the morning.
morning kicked off at 10am with club sessions.
The sessions were made up of sea kayak skills, rolling, open canoe
skills and games for the children.
Everyone had praised the people involved in the sessions very highly and
a big thank you goes out to them all. It
was cool to see the children showing off their talents, especially their break
dancing moves! At 2pm a delicious Sunday
dinner was served. This gave everyone a
chance to get back together again, say their final farewells and thank everyone
for a great weekend.
follow links below to the CANI Blog for comments from some of the clubs
Lisburn City Paddlers
Photos from the
I would like to say a huge thanks to all
of the clubs involved.
Belfast Kayak Club,
C3 Craigavon Canoe Club, Lisburn City Paddlers, Mid Ulster Canoe and Kayak
Club, Foyle Paddlers, University of Jordanstown Canoe Club, Boots and Paddles,
Blazing Paddles, Erne Paddlers, Belfast Canoe Club, Intercity Paddlers and
Northern Ireland Surf Kayak Club.