On the last Sunday of September traditionally the Veluwerally is held: one of the biggest paddling events in the Netherlands, paddling down the river IJssel for 35, 50 or 100 km’s. Though paddling over 100 km is rather a performance, the atmosphere is always very enjoyable. I enjoyed three times paddling the 100km, the last time meanwhile 5 or 6 years ago. After this pause the feeling it’s time to go rises again, but September is a very busy month and next weekend I am committed to the traditional Belgium sports-cycling weekend of the Provincial Water and Green Department. That’s also a nice and challenging activity!
One more good reason to go to the Veluwerally is the Qajaq-meeting on Friday and Saturday. Since a few years a Greenland-kayak scene is developing in the Netherlands. It’s the second time the Qajaq-meeting is organised. Freya will be giving demonstrations and classes, and Axel and Nico will also be present. Such a pity I can’t be there!
When you are interested in Greenland techniques www.qajaq.nl and www.qajaq.be (with a lot of weblinks) are worth a visit!
Picture: Freya with Kaat at Spiekeroog, May 2006