On Monday mornings we take our students down to the harbour and we go canoeing. It’s a nice time, and I quite enjoy it the times I get to go (someone always has to stay behind in school, so we alternate). This Monday we ended up having a bit of an adventure though!
It was raining, but with the proper clothing, that’s never really an issue – so we got changed and got ready to head out. As a precaution the instructor had tied the canoes together in pairs. When we got out on the water the my canoe, and the one I was attached to, got caught in the current from the tide. While we were struggling to steer the canoe in the right direction, the tide was pushing us towards the rocky pier.
My colleagues who were in the other two canoes were laughing at our struggle. Until the wind suddenly picked up out of nowhere.
A few minutes later, all four canoes were pushed up against the rocky pier, and we were unable to get anywhere. The tide in combination with the waves from the increasing wind made it impossible to move, and any time we tried to turn around, we were just pushed right back against the rocks. We ended up having to hold onto a rock to avoid being pushed out to sea from the tide.
Eventually they had to come with a motorboat to pull us back to shore!
It was an interesting Monday!