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Mersey morning kayak

Thursday, October 7th, 2010 at 5:18 pm Written by:

Someone in the university expressed an interest in kayak diving, and claimed that he went canoeing on the Mersey 4 times a week. I don’t believe you, I said. How about tomorrow morning?

So yesterday I caught the train to Rock Ferry, cycled to the water, and met him on the slip. I followed him out at high tide in one of those traditional wobbly plastic kayaks that likes to turn in circles. When it starts turning, you can paddle five times on the same side, and then it still insists on reversing. I was slow and far behind.

We got as far as the entrance of the Manchester Ship Canal, and then looked back to see the gas ship MV Magdalena bearing down on us.

I potter more than paddle, so my friend got cold waiting for me, having worn the right amount of clothes for a speedy race round the bay. It’s obvious that at mid-tide the Mersey gets rather exciting. Maybe some other time on my own unsinkable boat.

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