Maxine crosses the finishing line
Congratulations to all who took part in the final H&H race on Saturday. Especially those who had just done the Bushy parkrun at 9am!
We had a record turnout of 12 boats and 13 people including some first timers including Catalin, Maxine, Tony and Richard in a C2, Charles and David Cox who had previously only paddled an inflatable kayak so the Tercel was quite a surprise!
It was also great to see all the club members and friends and family who came down to cheer on the paddlers.
Dan tried his fourth type of boat paddling a canoe solo to make it a clean sweep of 5 races including the first when he marshalled for which he received a special prize.
Andrew went back to his wooden sticks for this race but from his fast time previously won the veteran male prize and Jill Cox won the veteran ladies on the fourth race so came along to cheer on her son David and supply us with more delicious cakes and brownies and pick up her prize of a bottle of bubbly.
Barnet did another fast time in his blue Viper to win the senior male prize and Jenny the senior ladies, after arriving at the last minute, just in time to reclaim the new blue boat!
Paul Scott, Houram Haki, Geoff Stonehouse and Mark Lewis also received prizes for doing 3 or more races.
Thanks to Amanda and Derek for timing us today.
Lots more pictures here
Pictures by Stephen Morris and words by Derek Heath
Justin getting into the spirit of the tennis ball challenge
Paddling all out on the canoe challenge
Having been away for last year’s regatta, also organised by Mark, I looked enviously at the photographs of the fun times being had on that day. I was determined to make this year’s event and put the date in my diary as soon as it came out. Saturday was a busy day for all and even more so for those who did the Park Run before coming along. The turnout was super with a great number of members, friends, and family turning up to participate or watch the activities.
We all went over to Hurst Park in kayaks, after all the gear had been shipped over in canoes.
The large number of people involved meant we started off a little later than planned but were still able to have lots of fun on the water.
Races around Taggs Island were the starters, divided into expertise levels so that everyone stood some sort of chance although, as I watched my fellow competitors disappear into the distance, I wondered if I should have joined the novices.
A great way to wake up on a Saturday morning. The lucky winners went on to paddle in finals and show the rest of us just what efficient paddling looks like. In contrast, the paddling without paddles race showed that with a good deal of effort, it is possible to move a boat quite quickly with one’s hands.
The next race was a team effort to get half the assembled paddlers into a canoe and paddle round a course before disembarking downstream. With 15 in each team it was decided we would have to make two trips. We had to quickly make up our minds as to who should go in each trip and who was going to paddle the canoe back on their own. It was fairly easy to decide this as Dan and Emily were on different teams (thank heavens!). It was a great race and would have been even closer had our team thrown themselves out of the canoe in a less careful manner! Apologies to those sitting behind me as I sprayed water in all directions as I pulled my paddle out of the water.
The final game was to collect tennis balls off the water whilst paddling kayaks and then throw them to our team mates on the bank. It was akin to fish feeding on a salmon farm and just as chaotic. Peter managed to capsize pretty quickly so you can imagine how much mayhem was going on as he is usually as solid as a rock in kayak. I followed shortly after being nudged by a well know person who I am reluctant to name – shall we just say “Carpe diem!”? This activity kept all those watching very entertained and all those participating very busy and pretty wet.
After this we gathered all the gear together and set off back to Bell Hill for the barbecue. Morton had gone over earlier to set fire to the coals and was doing a great job of building up a good glow by the time we arrived. All the boats were put away and we settled down to eat our barbecued meats and the great spread of salads and snacks as well as cakes provided by Tamra and her team of supporters.
Many thanks to Mark for organising a really enjoyable event which I felt really brought us all closer together.
Lots more pictures here taken by various people
You can see lots of pictures here. Some are a bit dark as the sun was setting but I will adjust them and re-publish.
Showers had been forecast!
8 club members were up for the challenge of this year’s Godalming to Bell Hill marathon paddle: Andrew, Christine, Dan, Derek, Paul, Peter, Phil, and me (Maxine)
Phil (who only seems able to do trips that are multiples of marathons whether on water or land) not only organised us but brought a big container of the flapjacks that, from previous trip reports, appear to be mandatory for such a long paddle. At the first stop at Guildford they were happily consumed while discussing the generally unsustainable pace that had been set so far. This was the first of many occasions when Christine overtook the rest of us as we stood on the bank….. Read Maxine’s full account here
Read Anne-Lise’s trip report here
Some pictures from Hamptoneers on their paddling holiday in the Aegean Sea.
With only 5 days notice, 5 people signed-up for a trip down the River Mole from Brockham to Fetcham, which Dan organised.
While Paul and myself (Maxine) waited in the rain at the starting point for Dan, Len and Mark, who were dropping a car at the finishing point before joining them, I did wonder if everyone else had a better long term weather forecast than her and had made the better choice of sleeping in on a bank holiday. Happily, the rain stopped before we got on the river, it was a really good trip, and it was just about hot by the end of the trip….. read Maxine’s trip report here.
On Saturday 30 April, ‘willing’ Hamptoneers joined me at the club house for the annual spring clean. I’d like to think that the promise of biscuits wasn’t the deciding factor for them, but they were chocolate biscuits, and they were from M&S…
I arrived at the club half an hour before the official kick off as I figured that this way I might capture some unsuspecting paddlers. Sure enough, Tamra, Maxine and Len were signed up having just come off the water. We were soon joined by other members so set to work armed with enough detergent to clean an entire small village. After a productive three hours of teamwork and banter, we made a big impact on the clubhouse. Users of the facilities will hopefully have noticed the substantially cleaner and shinier facilities, including a newly painted men’s changing room.
There is only so much you can write about a spring clean before you lose your audience, so I will keep it short and say thank you to the following:
- Richard – for attacking the spiders with Henry the hoover. Apologies to our more sensitive readers – I should really have written ‘for rescuing spiders’. But we all know that was never going to happen. I mean, they were huge. Like cat-size huge…
- Tony – for painting the men’s changing rooms. Half naked.
- Bea – for painting the men’s changing rooms. And coping with a half naked Tony.
- Tamra, Amanda, Maxine & Len – for setting up what looked like a car boot sale outside the club, and then meticulously sorting through everything before allowing it back in. They were ruthless!
Dan took a group of 6 Hamptoneers on a canoe coaching session in preparation for this summers Wye River trip.
Here are a few pictures from Saturday morning (23.04.2016)