Our member, John James, fills us in on Writers and Watersports Day on 12th August:
They say that water and ink don’t mix, we beg to differ. At our Annual Kayaking Day on the 12th August, members of the Fermanagh Writers got out onto the water of Lough Erne in kayaks thanks to members of the Erne Paddlers who got us all kitted up, provided the kayaks and most importantly, kept us all safe.
Waterways Ireland kindly provided the necessary funding and gave our members, who had practically little if any experience, the opportunity to enjoy the beautiful waters of Lough Erne, up close and personal.
We thought that Sir Steve Redgrave had gained his medals cheaply – until we tried to get out of bed the next morning! But it was worth it and all the sweeter knowing such a privileged experience had to be earned. Our bodies were placed on the line to power the boats, all motion was hand-wrought and unassisted by engines.
On a warm Summer’s day, we were watched by family and friends, joined in the water by the occasional dog and a group of children bravely swimming, motorboat pilots and passengers waved us by and quelled their speed to soften their wakes.
Everybody was excited by viewing the sights from a very different angle, getting connected to the water on an almost spiritual level, making personal resolutions to get out on the water more often, in any and every capacity in the future. We fell in love with Lough Erne again, no more shall we take it for granted, indeed we want to bring friends and families from far away places, back to Fermanagh and enjoy the waters with us. Our waters here in Fermanagh are magical places and have proved to be an inspiration to us and our work.