Having camped at Southwold many times before, I felt it was the ideal destination for a social weekend and paddle for our club.
17 of us descended on the campsite during Friday afternoon and evening. Some from as far as West Wales!
Although I knew the harbour well, I had never studied the river Blythe before and realised when you look at water through a paddlers eyes it's quite a different entity.
There was the tide to consider, plus swirls, boils and under currents.
Saturday morning, the sun shone and the water beckoned with the incoming tide, as we congregated on the quayside and divided into groups.
Some of the members had never paddled on moving water before, so the initial launch was a little nerve wracking, but all proved very competent and after a couple of hours (and a couple of muddy detours!) we arrived at the pub at Blytheborough.
Having all been ''refreshed'' we paddled back with the tide, accompanied by some inquisitive seals for part of the way.
An enjoyable evening around the campfire was had by all, gazing up at clear star studded skies.
The company was brilliant, the weather was fantastic and the fish and chips lived up to their reputation.
The only trouble was we ran out of time, because the surf looked good too.
But there's always next year!