Myself, Sally, Kevin, Chris and Anne-Lise decided that Sunday morning was just too nice a morning not to take a gentle paddle up to Sunbury Lock and back. Getting onto the water at the club we headed up-stream at a nice leisurely pace. However, it soon became apparent that we where not to have the river to ourselves. Rental boats, motor boat, rowers, sailing boats and a whole troop of scouts and an unprecedented amount of fishermen and a dog had also decided that Sunday was the day to be using the river.
We tucked ourselves behind Kingfisher island for some tranquility and then heading up towards Sunbury Lock island Kevin decided to throw in a cheeky capsize. Although a reasonably decent capsize, he will have to be a lot slicker than that to get his hands on my best capsize trophy! On our journey back down-stream towards Bell Hill the river traffic disappeared for a while and we had perfect paddling conditions, flat, calm water, a gentle breeze and glorious sunshine. A nice mornings paddle.
Congratulations to Daniel Bownds on achieving the third highest mileage during ‘National Go Canoeing week’
Daniel Bownds from Feltham, London, was our number three paddler, and managed 129 miles in a kayak and canoe on the River Thames, the Basingstoke Canal and the River Wye. Daniel says: “I was so surprised but really chuffed to be told I came third in the individual millage count. I just love being out on the water and would encourage anyone to take up canoeing and kayaking.”
Read the article here
Full report of Phil and Dan’s final leg of their trip on the river Mole from Cobham all the way back to Bell Hill – read it here
Congratulations to Christine Bockett, Dave Kew and Daniel Bownds on successfully kayaking the 26.2 miles from Godalming down the Wey and Thames to Bell Hill. The last few miles on the Thames were very choppy and windy but we all managed to stay dry (just)! (I also paddled the distance – Phil T) Good job guys!
Full trip report here.
7th June 2014
Eleven paddlers set off downstream from Bell Hill: Val, Adam, Dave, Gerard, Andy, Chris, Sarah, Stephen, Derek Heath, and Norma powering me along in a Rorqual. Another paddler was expected but it turned out that he was going to have a different kind of eventful day.
The forecast included rainstorms and thunder, and not long after Thames Ditton it started to rain, soaking us before we had reached the Royal Canoe Club. We paused at Teddington Lock for a quick briefing about our next step…. read Andrew’s full report by clicking on the link on the trip reports page
Initially our journey was planned to be undertaken in 4 days, but this seemed too easy!! So sticking with tradition we went for another 3 day challenge!! The team consisted of the following Hamptoneers; Jenny, Emily, Aidan, Mark, Tony, Barnet, Derek Henderson, Derek Heath, Sarah, Stephen and myself.
We met up at Ye Old Ferrie Inn at Symonds Yat, where we all had a nice dinner and puddings, before heading to the bunkhouse for a good nights sleep, so we hoped! With triple decked bunk beds and minimal head room, the snoring and the smoke alarm (or methane detector!) going off twice in the night, we were a bit dozy in the morning… read Dan’s full account and see the photos by clicking on the link on the trip reports page
Club Trip, 31 May 2014, Colt Hill to Mytchett
Saturday 31st May’s club trip was slated as a slightly longer than usual paddle on the Basingstoke canal, from Colt Hill near Odiham, sixteen miles to the visitor centre at Mytchett. Organised and led by Phil, those joining the party on this historic waterway were Christine, Amanda, Adam, Daniel and your scribe, Dave. Sixteen miles is well beyond my comfort zone, but as the weather forecast predicted a bright sunny day and more importantly, no wind to speak of, the trip seemed to offer a pleasant, if exhausting day out. With this in mind, personal preparation for the trip to prevent a poor performance consisted mainly of ‘carb’ loading with a Spag-Bog the evening before, followed by porridge in the morning and going equipped with chocolate Wagon-Wheels and litres of Lucozade on the day… read Dave’s full account by clicking on the link on the trip report page.