International Club of Berne

Aare Rafting and Eichholz Picnic CANCELLED

Sunday, 17th July 2016 at 10:30am

Location: Treffpunkt at the Berne railway station; Schwäbis in Thun

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Aare Rafting and Eichholz Picnic CANCELLED

When            Sunday, 17 July from 10:30

Where           Treffpunkt at Berne railway station. We take the 10:39 train to Thun, then change to the 11:03 train to Schwäbis on platform 18 (one stop; bus options also exist). At the nearby bridge, we prepare and set off at 11:30, to reach Eichholz at about 14:00 for the picnic

Contact         Dimitri Ttofi (see page 2 for details)

Deadline        Register by Wednesday, 13 July. No event in case of rain; and alternative date will be proposed
Dimitri has a boat for the event; boats can also be rented if need be at the starting point. Life jackets are required, if you do not have one, you can rent it for CHF 10 each. We combine all costs and share them.
Bring your own picnic and meet in Eichholz park near the volleyball and  grill areas. To find us, look for international flags, or call on a mobile.
Members (and friends) who are not rafting are very welcome to come, and perhaps start a barbeque, if a grill place is available.


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Graham wrote
at 12:12pm on Thursday, 14th July 2016
The rafting is cancelled. The river is cold high and dangerous, the weather miserable, no surprise that people are not interested.
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Graham wrote
at 10:42pm on Tuesday, 12th July 2016
One boat is reserved for 11:30 Sunday. There are still many free and we can rent second if necessary. A summary of terms and conditions:
As with last year we will have to watch a short safety video first.
Have to pay in cash
Need to let them know 24 hours in advance if we cancel or pay 30 CHF fine
They have a policy of automatic cancellation if the water level is above 265 cubic metres (whatever that means!). They have a link to the water level on their website
They collect the boat from Eicholz at 18:00
Graham wrote
at 10:26pm on Tuesday, 12th July 2016
Payment: Payment can be made in cash only before receiving the rental equipment. We have no facilities for card payment. Invoices can be sent out for group bookings for an additional fee of 15 CHF.

Rental Place: Pleas note – the address where you will get the equipment and the boat is: Schäbisstrasse 58 in 3613 Steffisburg – by the Regie bridge – right next tot he Aare river – please have a look at the plan. In Oberhofen you will only find our offices.

Parking: We do not provide any parking. There are few public parking spots around. We recommend public transport

Cancellation: The reservation of boats and equipment is a legally binding agreement. Cancellations or rebookings up to 24 hour before the day-of-use will result in a 30 CHF per boat administration fee. Cancellations must be made latest 24 hours before the booked time/date. A "no show" will automatically be considered and charged as a cancellation. Cancellation has to be by email only.

Water level: Should the water levels rise to 250 cubic metres/sec or higher, you are free to cancel the reservation (for groups with small children we advise such canceling). If the water level is above 265 cubic metres/sec we cancel all rentals for safety reasons and with no consequences. It is the duty of the renter to keep him/herself informed as to the water levels from the links provided on our website. Do not hesitate to contact us if you are unsure.

General Conditions: The renter understands that he/she uses the boat and equipment at his/her own risk. Aarebootsvermietung GmbH denies any liability whatsoever related to the use of its equipment. Furthermore, the renter is liable for the full cost of any loss or damage to the rental equipment or 3rd party property. This may include replacement, repair or loss of income due to damage or loss by The Renter. The Renter is responsible for being adequately insured.

Where equipment has not been picked up within 30 minutes of the pickup time, we reserve the right to charge 30.- CHF per started hour late pick-up fee. After 1 hour, it will be considered as a "No Show" and the reservation will be cancelled.

All rental equipment is to be returned to BERN EICHHOLZ (or any other pre-agreed location) the latest at 18:00, we reserve the right to charge an overtime fee of 50.- CHF per hour. Where the renter has landed the boat anywhere else than the agreed location, a 50.- CHF fee will be charged for the additional pickup.

Finally, any interpretation and/or enforcement of this agreement shall be in accordance with Swiss Law as enforced in Thun, Switzerland.
Graham wrote
at 10:17pm on Tuesday, 12th July 2016
Rain will not hinder us - the event is cancelled only if the rental company says we cannot go. We expect to get a little wet. Lifejackets are provided, water rings and swimming aids are actually dangerous. Only people with experience of swimming in the Aare should come - the current is fast, especially if you are not used to it.

You should wear rubber or plastic sandals, no high heels this year please! They make holes in the boat. Bags are provided which will keep your street clothes dry.

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  See also "other events"

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