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A Girls Thing in North Wales.

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A few years ago, me and 3 girlfriends (Carin Green, Pia Sjöstedt and Eva-Lotta Backman), gathered on Anglesey, North Wales for a week of BCU 5 Star training course with Nick Cunliffe. We had a blast and already before that week was over, we were making plans on when to do it again. So we did another BCU 5 Star training week the following year. The only difference was that we had lost Pia to the dark side (staying at home in Sweden) but had won Leslie over from Denmark, which was great. And we paddled with Phil Clegg and James Stevenson instead this time.

So after one year break due to personal commitments, it was time again this year to meet in October on the island of Anglesey. Unfortunately we lost Leslie this time to the Roskilde University where she had to do some extra teaching but once again we were rewarded with the company of Johanna Doshe from Stockholm. And not to change the order too much, we also had a new coach of course. This time Roger Chandler had to put up with us and our Swedish humour for 3 days.

The weather forecast wasn’t really playing our game during these days. Wind gusts reaching 35 knots was on the menu for the 3 days ahead of us and only easing off on the last day. But that’s exactly what is so great to be on an island. No matter the wind strength or the wind direction, you can always find a venue that will work.

So we had 3 great days together on and off the water (yes, we had a few pints, a whole bunch of laughs, some great dinners and some lazy time spent on the sofas in the house we rented in Trearddur Bay) but this year it was more about pleasure than hard work. Well, let me rephrase. It was pretty hard work at times, battling the stubborn wind on the Menai Strait underneath the Britannia Bridge but we were more focusing on enjoying the time on the water, rather than doing some hard core training sessions. I wasn’t really in the mood for that if I’m honest and the others seemed to be on the same page. I was asking myself about this. Maybe I’m getting older? Or maybe it wasn’t really the time for that kind of kayaking during those days?

I don't know really but what I do know, is that I’m sure we will be back in North Wales and what will happen then, is written in the stars.

The girl gang! Carin, Johanna, me and Eva-Lotta. Photo: Roger Chandler

The girl gang! Carin, Johanna, me and Eva-Lotta. Photo: Roger Chandler

Carin smiling in her new boat. It was sooooo good looking. The boat I mean.  ;-)

Carin smiling in her new boat. It was sooooo good looking. The boat I mean. ;-)

Eva-Lotta enjoying the surf in Trearddur Bay. She was still smiling when she went to sleep that night. Photo: Carin Green

Eva-Lotta enjoying the surf in Trearddur Bay. She was still smiling when she went to sleep that night. Photo: Carin Green

Sorry Johanna. Never really got any good pictures of you. But you looked good in the waves.

Sorry Johanna. Never really got any good pictures of you. But you looked good in the waves.

Me in my new Sweet helmet. Green of course... Photo: Roger Chandler

Me in my new Sweet helmet. Green of course... Photo: Roger Chandler

Happy girl gang after a windy paddle down the Menai Strait. Photo: Roger Chandler

Happy girl gang after a windy paddle down the Menai Strait. Photo: Roger Chandler

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