The occasion is our annual rally on the waterway between Pulborough and Pallingham Quay organised by the Wey & Arun Canal Trust.
The 2017 event is on Sunday, May 14th, again celebrating the long tradition of boats navigating a river which was once part of an inland route from London to the South Coast.
Last year’s flotilla included members of the Trust, enthusiasts from several canoe clubs and youth groups and even a paddle boarder.
“Our rally is always a colourful, convivial and very pleasant occasion,” said Trust chairman Sally Schupke. “Everyone with a canoe, kayak, paddle board or small boat is welcome to join us for an enjoyable outing on the river.”
The Arun is tidal as far as Pallingham Weir and the rally date is chosen to ensure the tide is high enough for small craft to navigate a picturesque section of the waterway.
The aim is to reach the site of the original junction of the Wey & Arun Canal with the river and then go on to the Pallingham Quay, the highest navigable point for boats on the Arun. The 18th century Stopham Bridge is another historic feature on the route.
Launching at Pulborough is planned for between 3pm and 3.30pm for small boats which need to use the slipway there. There will be a break at Pallingham Quay and, if time and water levels permit, participants can also stop for refreshments at the White Hart pub by Stopham Bridge.