Helly Hansen Watersport Centre: #surprisingsalford #33

Ordsall and water sports centre July 2017 (9)
Water-based fun in Salford

We like to get out and stretch our legs and get the heart pumping after writing at the laptop for much of the day.  Salford Quays is the place we take one of our favourite regular walks and we often swing by the Watersports Centre as there is usually something going on there which gives us an excuse to linger and lean on the railings and watch.  Sometimes there are groups of young people learning how to manage a kayak, on other occasions there are acrobatic wakeboarding sessions.  Those of us not taking part in these water-focused activities [and we are never alone here] can idly enjoy the spectacle.

I am always pleased to see the Manchester Ship Canal at Salford Quays being used.  When I used to cycle to work over the canal I would often see groups rowing along the canal in the early morning.  In winter it would be barely dawn and the sun would be coming up over Manchester, the rowers were out on the water and wrapped up against the cold.  On other trips around Salford Quays we have stumbled upon open water swimming events when the noise from splashing arms and legs echoes around the blocks of flats.

My first experience of the Watersport Centre was when our son took part in the Salford Dragon Boat Festival.  His workplace had a team in the race and we came along to watch the fun.  The dragon boats themselves are stunning, each decorated boat is 40-foot long and holds 18 people.  One of these is a qualified helm, 16 people row and one person is the drummer beating time.  We cheered our son’s team on and for novices they did pretty well, getting through a number of the heats but the main thing was that they enjoyed taking part.  This event is a great spectacle if you can get to Salford Quays next time it is on.