Monthly Archives: February 2015

Paddling the pleasant waters of the ‘Shire’ – look back to 2015

Seven Hamptoneers braved the cold weather early last Saturday morning and set off for Swanwick near Southampton for the start of our journey on the river Hamble. There was Mark & Stuart in Tercels, Derek in a Cirrus, Jenny in a Hobby, Norma & Andrew in a Rorquel and myself in a Rockpool sea kayak (kindly borrowed from Andrew).

First we paddled through the harbour at Swanwick, upstream with the flood (incoming) tide through a channel marked with buoys for the motor boats which didn’t seem to follow the way the river flowed and the tide wanted to go, creating a few cross streams and whirlpools! Luckily there wasn’t any wash to deal with. After passing under a few bridges we were into the countryside where there were some dippers wadding in the reed beds catching fish…

Read Daniels full trip report from the trip reports page (pictures now added)

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Saturday pm – Molesey reach closure

When Where What’s happening
Saturday 21 February 2015, 1:30pm to 4pm Molesey Reach (Sunbury Lock to Benns Island) Molesey Veteran Head race: the river just downstream of Platt’s Eyot, Hampton will be closed to all traffic other than authorised vessels. Find more detail on Molesey Veteran Head race.
Saturday 21 March 2015, 10:30am to 12:30pm Hampton Court Bridge to Steven’s Ait Kingston Head of the River race: boats can’t navigate between these points, except in the Surrey channel alongside Thames Ditton Island. Find more detail on Kingston Head of the River race.

See here for more details

Ice Canal Kayakers

You’ve heard of the Ice Road Truckers, well, now meet the Ice Canal Kayakers!

Two tough, brave paddlers, Stuart and Dan took on the elements and paddled through snow, ice, wind and rain Saturday before last! We started our journey at Ealing canoe club (ECC), where I attempted to paddle towards London through a large section of ice but got stuck with the front of the boat riding up onto the ice.GU_ice2

With further progress impossible we decided to head back towards Southall. We paddled through loads of patches of ice, I kept getting stuck, so Stuart lead the way in his Tercel. When we reached The Black Horse pub where we had turned around on the previous trip we turned around and started heading back towards Ealing, hoping the ice would have cleared.

GU_iceOn the way back we met some K1’s from ECC and a barge which had cleared most of the ice away. Once we got back to ECC most of the ice had gone, so we started towards London, We paddled for several miles, over the North circular aqueduct and at last came to Little Venice, Paddling on down the Paddington Arm  of the canal we had a quick break before we got too cold and started on the journey back towards Ealing, On the way back we had a strong head wind but still managed to over-take several barges and saw some K2’s from ECC doing their DW training. The good thing about this section of the Grand Union canal is that there are no locks! Our journey took 4 1/2 hrs and we covered 17.4 miles – phew!

Daniel Bownds

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