Our annual social event takes place on the river Cherwell.
Bring family and friends.
Visualise yourself punting along the river and stopping off for some well earned refreshment.
We'll be punting North to The Victoria Arms, affectionately known locally as the 'Vicky Arms' which offers refreshments and a play area for children to stretch their legs. It's about half an hours punt upstream from The Cherwell Boathouse.
We meet at Cherwell Boathouse at 6.30pm and push off around 7.00pm. This is a free to enter event (of course the punt hire will be at cost - and drinks on whoever falls in first).
Come solo, bring a friend, the family or a crowd but do come as this is a great opportunity to meet and network with your peers; a few of our past speakers may well attend too.
How to Punt
The theory : Pushing a boat with a stick. All you need to know for a succesful trip on the river Cherwell:
Getting on a Punt : The person using the pole stands at the back of the boat, this is the end that is tied to the jetty. The punter should ideally board last ( lay the pole on the jetty within easy reach of the punt ), you can now offer your passengers a supporting hand as they board with the cushions, strawberries and Pimms. Having boarded yourself with the pole, untie the painter (posh word for rope ) stand about two feet from the end facing the front of the boat, holding the pole vertically drop it to the bottom of the river beside you. Lean the pole slightly forward and gently push straight behind the punt, work your way up the pole hand over hand when you get to the top with the pole trailing behind you, the boat and the pole should be in a straight line.
The pole has become a rudder at this stage, keep holding the end of the pole leaving as much of the pole floating as possible. so making the rudder as long and efficient as possible.
To turn right sweep the end of the pole in the river through the water to the right and vica versa.
When you are pointing in the desired direction raise the pole through your hands to vertical, drop to the bottom and repeat. Keep watching the front of the boat.
Some parts are muddy, if you feel the pole sinking in to soft mud don’t push too hard, give the pole a twist and yank out.
If you need to let go do so otherwise the punt will leave you slowly sliding down the pole into the river with your passengers in fits. You can always recover the pole with the paddle.