Monthly Archives: April 2014

DW – Easter Sunday 2pm

Facing torrential rain and battling the increasing flood tide Emily and Aidan have Westminster bridge in their sights as they pass the MI5 building.

Update 2:06pm – the SPOT tracker shows them arriving at Westminster : huge congratulations to you both on paddling the C2 the 125 miles in just under 31 hours!

Andrew and Barnet meanwhile are pushing on into the wind and rain with Windsor castle in their sights.

Sam and Will finish at 10:52

Sam Adams and Will Pope completed the gruelling 125 miles Devizes-Westminster race in a time of 24 hours and 21 minutes. A herculean effort guys, well done.

Sam and Will are doing the race in aid of the Royal British Legion, a truly fantastic charity supporting current and former servicemen and women and their families in a huge variety of ways. You can sponsor them by clicking this link  2TallMenInASmallBoat




DW – Easter Sunday 10:30am update

Racing on through the wind and rain overnight Emily and Aidan made it to Hampton about 08:45 and Teddington by 10:15 to catch the ebb tide, they are now passing Twickenham. They have been paddling non-stop for an incredible 27 hours!

Will and Sam have kept up a good speed through the night passing Hampton about 07:00 and reaching Teddington at 08:09 in a fantastic time of 21hrs 38 mins. (38 in a field of 83 civilian crews) They should be at Westminster in the next 30 minutes!

Andrew and Barnet have set off again this morning and passed Marlow at 10:13. See you both at the club this afternoon!

Easter Saturday on the Wey, New Inn to Stoke Lock

8 mile kayaking trip on the Wey Navigation from the New Inn at Send to Stoke Lock and back.

Seven paddlers, Andy (trip leader), Jenny, Mark, Amanda, Dave, Chris and myself met at the club just before 9am and headed off to the New Inn at Send.

Once we were all ready we climbed down the steep bank into our kayaks and headed off up stream. The first lock we came across was Worsfold Gates which was open, this lock is only closed when the river is in flood. After about 3/4 mile we came to Triggs lock where a few of us practiced our back paddling after finding the bank to be very high … read Dans full report by clicking on the link on the trip report page.


Daniel Bownds


DW – Saturday 10pm update

Despite the brisk easterly breeze all three crews have made tremendous progress and are all on the Thames now.

Andrew and Barnet (398) reached Reading at 20:49 after 12 hrs 47 mins of paddling and will now be taking a break, while Aidan and Emily (364) in the canoe reached Reading at 21:09 after 13 hrs 49 mins solid paddling and continue on past Sonning.

Sam and Will in the K2 (414) took just 11hrs and 2 mins to reach Reading at 21: 33 and continue into the night towards Henley and points downstream.

The lead overnight boats have meanwhile reached as far down river as Marlow with the tail enders still in Newbury, a spread of some 35 miles.

DW racers Saturday 4:30pm update

Aidan and Emily got the earliest start from Devizes at 07.18 and have been going great guns in their Wenonah kevlar canoe to get to Newbury by 16:01, in an elapsed time of 8:42.

Andrew and Barnet started slightly later at 08:01 and have now almost caught up with the canoeists getting to Newbury at 16:08. (Planning to stop at the club house 17:00 ish on Sunday pm)

Sam and Will set off in boat 414 at 10:30, aiming to go straight through to catch the early tide at Teddington on Sunday morning (about 7am) and at the latest count were making good progress and passed Hungerford at 15:37. (They should be passing through Hampton about 6am on Sunday morning!)

Keep an eye on the trackers (click on each link above) to get an accurate idea of when each crew will be passing through Hampton if you want to go out and cheer them on.

Track Emily and Aidan via SPOT

Emily and I will be using my own SPOT for tracking our progress. It should update our position every 30 minutes or so, but it’s not perfect so don’t panic if we don’t appear to move for a while.

You can view it here:

or here:

We’re aiming to start at 7am on Saturday.

Hope to see you on the river!

Aidan + Emily

DW 2014 – starts Saturday

During the Easter weekend three crews are following the long tradition and representing HCC in the Devizes to Westminster Canoe Race 2014 in the senior doubles category.

Will and Sam, K2, Boat Number 414

Emily and Aidan, C2, Boat Number 364

Andrew and Barnet K2, Boat Number 398

All three crews are starting on the morning of Easter Saturday.  Will, Sam, Emily and Aidan are aiming for the Sunday morning tide at Teddington, whist Andrew and Barnet are aiming for the Sunday evening tide at Teddington.

If you want to follow our progress there will be updates on the DW website:, this is the results page 

plus Andrew and Barnet hope to use a tracking device which will plot their progress on the following website link (adjust the filter for custom date range from the 19th April):

Andrew and Barnet are aiming to stop at the club for a quick break on Sunday at 17.00

Barnet Heeley

Barnet and Andrew will also be trialling one of the official DW trackers

Waterside ‘D’ – 2014

Congratulations to Andrew Wallace and Barnet Heeley on completing Waterside ‘D’ in a time of just over 8 hours. This race covers day 1 of the D-W race, 34 miles from Devizes to Newbury with 35 portages.

Prizegiving – 2014

The Weir Pub by the river in Walton played host today to a good sized group of Hamptoneers who had paddled, cycled, walked or driven to the annual prize giving lunch, superbly organised by Kathryn. The awards were many and varied from Best Capsize which went to Peter McBride to the more serious ‘Platinum’ paddling award to Babs and Jeff Simmons for winning multiple Gold awards during their lifetime.

Jeff and Babs Simmons – winners of the Platinum Paddling award

Sally (Dipstick award), Jenny (Best New Touring Paddler), Dan (Best Photography) and Peter (Best Capsize)

Go to the members page and click on the link to ‘Prizegiving 2014’ to see more pictures

First Wednesday Evening Paddle

Wednesday 2nd April 2014

Magically, the stream warning on the Sunbury reach of the Thames that had been in force since December 2013 was at last lifted today,  just in time for the first Wednesday evening paddle of the year. With an extra hour on the clocks the sun was still well above the western horizon as five Hamptoneers decided to take advantage of the lighter evenings and get out on the river .

The advice on the national news today was ‘stay indoors’ and avoid the Saharan ‘smog’ if you suffer from breathing trouble!  My tickly throat was soon banished and my sore eyes saw clearly as by 6pm a light easterly breeze had blown up some fresh air to push us upstream all the way to the face of the main Sunbury weir which only the day before had been a dangerous seething mass of white water. What a difference a day makes!

Turning swiftly into the midst of the main flow we paddled steadily back down stream into the now pleasantly cooling breeze. Boats away, quick change and into the pub where the chairman bought us a welcome pint – thanks Andrew! And we all demolished the delicious if pricey burgers. What better way to spend a Wednesday evening?


Beyond Teddington Lock

Monday 31st March 2014

Monday morning most of us were at work but six lucky Hamptoneers donned their buoyancy aids, hopped in their kayaks and headed downstream to Teddington Lock. Beyond the lock the water is salty and you are now on the tidal part of the Thames leading into central London, Greenwich the Thames Barrier and eventually the North Sea. One Hamptoneer decided the Anglers Arms looked too appealing and so skipped the next leg of the journey down to Richmond with the tide and then a short paddle back upstream to Twickenham.

Richmond Lock

The group taking a rest at the lock