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Successful Sunny Sundays

August 2, 2011

By Tom Barnfield, Studland seagrass project.

A friendly boat-owner completing our questionnaire at Studland

With our first Sunday being windy, rainy and somewhat lacking in boats, we didn’t get off to the best start. However that has been more than made up for in the last two weeks and as a result I am writing this with jelly arms after two long days on the water!

We have had glorious sunshine and an armada of unsuspecting boats greeting us on the past two Sundays, and yesterday too.  With mostly calm seas its been great conditions to get out on the water and we have been busy filling questionnaires and raising awareness.

When not on the kayak we have been visiting marinas and boat yards. So far we have been West to marinas in Portland and Weymouth and East to Cobbs Quay in Poole. Portland and Weymouth were fairly quiet days with few people on their boats, but all was not lost as the marina managers kindly allowed us to leave fliers and questionnaires at the reception. We will be heading back that way in a few weeks to pick up the completed questionnaires.

Cobbs Quay on the other hand was a hive of activity with boaties coming and going all day. We had a great time, completed lots of questionnaires and with the exception of a grumpy swan, received a very positive response. This has been the case with the majority of boat owners we have approached, both in marinas and in Studland Bay – so we’re very happy!

Today, we have the less enjoyable job of inputting all the questionnaire data into spreadsheets, but its a beautiful summers day so we’re happy.

Getting ready to head out on the kayak

Finally I thought I would share with you a few things we have learnt over the last few weeks which will no doubt come in handy for the rest of the season:

1. When you lose a bung in your 2 man kayak, make sure you are sat at the front, as this will mean you stay dry.

2. When your kayak is full of water don’t lean too far to one side, its a capsize waiting to happen.

3. No matter how hard they try, swans can’t bite through jeans.

The forecast for next weekend isn’t looking too promising so you might see us at the National Trust Discovery Centre at Knoll beach. See you there!

Tom

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