A memorable paddle up the Englishman River, a lovely estuary draining into Englishman Bay just east of Roque Island, exemplifies the fun and the connection to nature we enjoy. The anchorage off the river’s mouth is exposed, but we saw our opportunity on a sunny early September day with only light southeasterlies forecast. We slid the boards over the side and were off. We had been into the river once before by pea pod and knew the importance of playing the tidal current, which sluices through the entrance under a road bridge at considerable velocity. With the pea pod, timing our entry and exit to the tidal conditions had been crucial, but with paddleboards, there would have been the option of carrying them across the road and relaunching inside the bridge, if necessary. This day, though, we entered with a fair current a couple of hours before high tide. Once through the bridge, the current velocity was less but still sufficient to give a welcome boost.