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Field Day trip to Willen Lake

Following report written by  Dylan (11S1).

The journey to Willen Lake for our Royal Navy Field Day was not without incident due to the petrol crisis, but we arrived at 10am in slightly overcast conditions, ready for a day of activity. We met all the instructors and separated into two groups: Year 10 and 11 and Year 12 and 13.

We started on kayaking and we all thoroughly enjoyed it. The instructors told us how to paddle efficiently and our game of kayak polo was a real highlight. I felt like I had developed a new passion for this water sport.

After putting the paddles away, we had lunch and then it was time for knee-boarding. As previously mentioned, kayaking was great, but this was another level. Overhead wires established a course a little like a ski lift on the water and meant that we went from stationary to 30mph in the space of two seconds. 

Everyone spent a great deal of time in the water but in the unusually warm early-October sun, this was not a problem at all. After we got changed into our dry clothes, we then set off for Habs. We arrived just in time for the 4.15pm coaches but had to navigate through the slightly manic traffic conditions as a result of huge numbers of coaches attempting to both arrive back from other Field Days or leave the school site.

I would like to thank all the instructors at Willen Lake, and SLt Redfern, Mr Bartlett and Mr Ryan who were all involved in making this Field Day a great success. I would highly recommend this trip to anyone who has the chance.