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Canoeing on the River Mole on Bank Holiday Monday

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.

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Club Spring Clean

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…

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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.

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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!

Anne-Lise Christmas

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Canoe coaching session

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)

canoe1Barnet and Tony in jousting mode!

canoe2Dan leads the way behind the sailing club

canoe4Len and Jill in green canoe with Barnet and Maxine behind, and Dan in the distance.
canoe5Dan paddles past Maxine with Jill in the background

canoe6Barnet and Maxine paddle the lightweight Wenonah canoe.
canoe7Dan giving instruction to Len and Jill
canoe8Peter practises his gunwale walking.
canoe10Getting back in after capsize.
canoe9Peter back on board!

Bells Of Ouzeley to Bell Hill

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A group of 6 Hamptoneers paddled the 14+ miles from the Bells Of Ouzeley pub in Old Windsor down the Thames back to the club. It was a cool day but the rain showers stopped once we were on the water so we all enjoyed a quick journey on the fast flowing waters, bar one swimmer and an exciting get-in at Chertsey lock.

Check back soon for the full trip report….

The picture above is of Andy Garbett at Sunbury weir who was not with the trip group but part of the main Saturday paddlers from the club who we saw briefly at the Walton bridge cafe. Note the very high water level spilling over the portage. You can always check the water level at Sunbury lock by hovering over the News menu and selecting ‘River levels at Sunbury lock’, it was 2.9 metres when the photo was taken. The typical range is 2.3m to 3.2m.

Annual membership renewals

Your annual membership fees are now payable. You will have received an email reminder from Sarah Potter so please check your emails if you have not already done so for details on how to pay them. If you have already paid – Thank You.

Fees for 2016

Adult                    £56
Spouse/Partner £30
Junior                   £30
Family                  £86

(Deduct £2 from the above if you are a BCU member.)

Pre-pay                £95  (or £3 per outing)

Rack fee               £45                    

Newsletter only  £10

White water paddling in the Brecons

A few intrepid Hamptoneers (Peter Loy, Derek, Dan, Barnet & Jenny) joined a group paddling the Usk and other rivers in the Brecons (Wales).

Brecons Brecons2 Brecons3 Brecons4 Brecons5 Brecons6 Brecons7See lots more pictures on the Clubs Facebook page.