Thursday 28th July saw 8 rowers from the Lower Thames Rowing Club depart to find the Lost Wey to the Sea. Using 3 small boats the intrepid crew of Pierre Therrien, Dave Allen, Sue Alder, Pat Peck, Ron Sverdlof, Steve Gardiner, Steve Ramm and Dave Large set off from our base on Two Tree Island heading for Palingham Quay. The journey was easy and when we arrived we unloaded the boats into the small stream that was to be the start of our adventure.
The Lost Wey to the Sea uses the River Arun and our start point was the first real point of Navigation for our small boats. The start required us to lower the boats down the bank, into the 6 inches or so of water.
The only way to travel was to “punt” the boats as the early stages were to narrow to row in the conventional way
As we travelled the river got wider and we could start to row
The sun was out and the weather was very good, however by the time we arrived at Bury we were slightly wet as the misty rain forecast had started but we were bouyed by having completed the first section of our row, some 15 miles
Day Two of our journey saw us all meet up at Bury Ferry, we had to overnight in different Bed and Breakfasts as Glorious Goodwood meant that accommodation was hard to find, Ron and Steve decided to Camp on the riverside, enjoying a dry and comfortable night.
The remaining part of our journey saw us travel down on the out going tide. The River has the second fastest tide in the country which certainly aided our travel and swiftly we passed through, Houghton, Arundle (having great views of the Castle from the river). Then finally to Littlehampton and the Sea.
A great couple of days rowing a very unusual part of the world, great fun with a great crew of people.