Author Archives: Phil

Xmas and New Year Activities – a reminder

Wed 16th 7:30pm    

Xmas lights paddle.  Paddle down for a pint at Ye Olde Swan,Thames Ditton. Please wear something festive and bring lights for your boat.  We will paddle past the lights and skaters at Hampton Court, adding to the Christmas scene. On the water by 19:30 (revised time) – contact Mark

Sat 26th  11:00am                    

Traditional Boxing day paddle down to Isleworth and the London Apprentice pub (10 miles and 1 portage)  – sign up via the link Mark emailed out. At last count four paddlers had signed up so it is definitely ON.

Mon 28th  9:00am                     – *** NEW ***

Basingstoke canal paddle from the Barley Mow to the end of the canal at the Greywell tunnel and return, 11 miles and NO portages. Contact Phil.

Fri 1st Jan 2016

Tradition dictates that on New Year’s Day we go along the Wey to the Anchor at Pyrford, to clear awey any cobwebs from the Eve before.

But it doesn’t dictate where we start from – some start from Black Boy Bridge on the outskirts of Weybridge (round trip about 7 miles and 4 portages), others start from New Haw for a round trip of about 4 miles without portaging.  Some portage and paddle past the Anchor to the lock at Walsham (an extra mile or so).

Nor does tradition dictate how we get there:  most of us will paddle, but walking along the towpath is an option (and, I hesitate to mention this, there is a car park at the Anchor).

Contact Andrew

Stour descent 2015 – race report

IMG_2318 Peter Loy (Bow) and Peter McBride(stern) shoot the weir. IMG_2319 Dan Bownds shoots the weir.
Stour Descent 2015 4 Daniel
Stour Descent 2015 5 The Two Peters
When Dan suggested we attempt the 13.5 mile Stour Descent from Sturminster Mill to Bryanston school, I had in mind an easy, almost effortless paddle down a fast flowing river.  The reality was somewhat different…

Read Peter Loy’s full report here

Annual General Meeting

Annual General Meeting 2015

19:30 Thursday 19th November 2015

Venue : upstairs at the Bell Pub opposite the club on the A308

All members welcome. Please come along to meet your committee and other club members.

Boulters Lock Marathon Paddle

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  • Met at club 07:30, on water 09:00, back at club 16:55
  • 27 miles completed after extra bit to Molesey Lock and back to make sure we had definitely done the 26.2 miles!
  • Collected car at Boulters Lock at 18:00, home by 19:00
  • Long day
  • Tired arms
  • Aching back
  • Sore A*s*
  • No blisters
  • Very little flow
  • No rain, windy at times
  • Boat got heavier at every portage
  • Superb company
  • Good laugh
  • Great sense of achievement
  • Brilliant day out
  • Lesson learnt – Don’t get in the way of rowers!
  • Thanks Phil for organising a challenging but achievable event – hope your recovery is swift!

Tony Leworthy

Read other paddlers memories of the day here now also including a late entry from Peter!

Boulters lock to Marlow

 

 

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The six kayakers were Houran, Jenny, Mark, Tamra and myself bravely lead by Dan who had stepped in as trip leader at the eleventh hour.  I would’ve liked to have reported that we arrived at Boulters Lock without incident but that’s not strictly true….. read Peter Loy’s trip account here

Black Rabbit to Amberley

The key to paddling this lovely river is the tide. Obvious, really, but critical too: you can’t fight it, but go with it and you’ll make 4 knots. Four of us, Sarah, Mark, Paul and Stephen, launched at Black Rabbit, just above Arundel. Read Stephen’s full account of the Arun trip here

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Summer Regatta or .. just messing about in boats!

“Believe me, my young friend, there is nothing – absolutely nothing – half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats.”
Kenneth Grahame, The Wind in the Willows

A good number of Hamptoneers and their friends and family took part in the the Annual Hampton Canoe Club Fun Regatta last Saturday morning. There were events to test your ingenuity, your agility and your speed on the water. Jenny has written up the official account here. (with pictures)

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