Tuesday, May 08, 2007


n. pl. sym·po·si·ums or sym·po·si·a (-z - )
  • A meeting or conference for discussion of a topic, especially one in which the participants form an audience and make presentations.

  • A convivial meeting for drinking, music, and intellectual discussion among the ancient Greeks
  • [Latin, drinking party, from Greek sumposion : sun-, syn- + posis, drinking; see p (i)- in Indo-European roots.]
Well, I guess 'Symposium' was an accurate name for the Anglesey gathering of sea kayak 'anoraks'. There was certainly plenty of drinking and talking going on over the weekend - with a, perhaps, unhealthy bias towards the one subject.

200+ sea kayakers from around the globe met to chat, paddle, drink, padlle, snore, paddle. Although I felt a little like a (river) 'fish out of water' the Symposium did give me the opportunity to experience the handling of big boats in big swells, overfalls and tidal races. I did learn that sea kayaking doesn't always have to be a mellow side of paddlesport

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