Exeter Execalibre Dragon Boat joins kayakers down the Exe
PUBLISHED: 22:46 24 July 2013 | UPDATED: 22:46 24 July 2013
A record number of 163 paddlers in 109 craft entered the third annual Oxfam Exeter to Exmouth Kayak Rally on Saturday 13 July, raising £1270 for the charity.
There were representatives from all over the South West, including a contingent form The Nags Head at Lyme Regis.
The highlight was the Exeter Execalibre Club Dragon Boat with a crew of 18 drumming its way through the flotilla of kayaks and canoes.
It was a beautiful summer’s day attracting paddlers of all ages and capabilities. Leaving early from Exeter basin between 0815 and 0900, all were able to reach the canal end at The Turf to enjoy a 30 minute break, waiting for the tide to fully turn, before entering the river from 1100 under the escort of a fleet of safety boats.
The tranquillity of the canal and the first half mile down the river gave way eventually to the challenge of a strong but refreshing sea breeze causing some water turbulence.
The finish was at the Exe sailing Club with paddlers arriving from 1145 to 1300 to be greeted by families and friends. Volunteers and staff were on hand providing refreshments and barbeque meals, including mussels kindly donated by Exmouth Mussel Company.
The Rally organisers were greatly indebted to Exe Sailing Club for hosting the event, the Exeter Canoe Club for the use of their premises at the start, the safety boat operators, and other volunteers who generously committed their time and resources to make this event a safe and enjoyable one.
Also to be acknowledged are: from Exeter, AS Watersports and Saddles and Paddles Hire; and from Exmouth, Edge Watersports, Liquid Motion and Peter Dixon Chandlery who all generously contributed prizes to the free raffle draw awarded to every entrant.