The Riverporter was on hand to welcome the members of The Skiff Club from Teddington who spent May Bank Holiday weekend skiffing the Great Ouse.

Skiffing is sculling with an oar in each hand, rowing is one oar in both hands. We asked one of their members, Gordon Wuest, for a comment about their Meander. The conclusion was that the Great Ouse was a wonderful choice, with variety and beauty on its banks and charming towns and villages along the way. That’s high praise, given that they’ve rowed the Thames and the Severn and Avon from Worcester to Stratford, and Bristol to Devizes.

‘There was regret that we couldn’t see more of the places we passed, and a longer trip with more stops along the way would be great.’ said Gordon. ‘The most scenic section was Bedford to St Ives. A delight round every corner. Some ventured into St Ives after dark: they had fun, but I turned round when I realised I wouldn’t be able to hear myself think in any of the bars we passed! But the charms of the town are apparent, certainly more so than when I was last there 50 years ago! Definitely a trip we recommend to future meanderers’.