Two of the party hadn’t paddled the Leven for about 20 years so their memories were hazy. It was at 0.96 while we were on it: that’s inside Rachel’s perfect level window so we had high hopes of a great trip when we all set off. Phil had collected Pete’s welded boat and all was fine for the first 100m! Safely thru the Brick Chute, Pete discovered his newly-welded Pyranha Burn was trying to become a submarine, with a golf-ball sized hole beneath the seat. Mark H made a brilliant riverside repair with Flashband to the rather large hole left where the weld had been knocked clean off.
We set off down and played along the way. Just after the ”Graveyard” rapid Pete was sitting in water again. That repair had been rubbed off on a rock too. It really wasn’t at a rocky level. This time Mark H repaired it with “Plumber’s Mait” to block up the hole completely and a layer of flashband on top. It was great to see a master repairer at work setting light to the patch to melt it. This repair held up for the rest of the river.
We all got out to inspect Backbarrow and confer on our chosen line. It seemed the best line was straight through a cleavage between two waves to be pushed into the right place to have a sweet ride on top of the foam. Rachel said it was at the “Goldilocks level”; high enough to cover the rocks, but not too fast, so we all ran it. Rachel advised a line to the left, (and Phil went so far left he nearly ended up in the hotel car park), but everyone got through upright.
Later Pete was a little indecisive as to whether to eddie out below the second brickc hute type weir. The water decided for him but he managed a good roll. Everyone said they had a great time today and we learned, in real life, about repairing boats.Anybody who wants a Pyranha Burn as a garden planter, contact Pete
Paddlers Pete R, Mark H , Phil C Rachel
Phil + Rachel