Author Archives: Phil

The Magna Carta run

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Six Hamptoneers paddled to Runnymede the site in 1215 of the meeting between the Barons and King John and the sealing of the Magna Carta.  Amanda, Andrew, Norma, Phil (our trip leader) and I paddled from Chertsey Bridge, a round trip of 11.5 miles.

Peter Loy, who is really clocking up the miles, paddled from the club and met us at Chertsey. The get-in at Chertsey is tricky with either a steep vertical bank with two scaffolding poles obstructing your way, or a grassy bank with inconveniently placed rock in the water – take your pick!

The rain held off, but we had a stiff headwind on the outward journey, which assisted us on the return leg. We virtually had the river to ourselves, with a couple of rowers and not a single motor boat on the outward leg.

It is a beautiful part of the river and Phil took us down an interesting backwater as we approached Runnymede round an island called imaginatively ‘The Island’. We had a well deserved coffee break at the café before turning back.

As we approached Penton Hook another canoe club paddled out of the lock, so we took their lead and paddled through the lock ourselves.  Peter left us at Chertsey to paddle back to the club, whilst the rest of us had a pleasant lunch at the Kingfisher.

Thanks to Phil for a well organised and enjoyable trip.

Mark Lewis

River Arun boat rally

Stephen is planning a trip to the river Arun for Sunday 19th April to join the annual boat rally to demonstrate the right of navigation on the river. It’s a 7-8 mile round trip with a nice tide to help. See his emails for more details about the trip and here also for more information.

This is the Wey and Arun canal trust website

Waterside ‘D’

DW Training update: Well done Daniel Bownds in completing his first Waterside D (34.5 miles, 23 portages) in a respectable 8 hours 40 mins. Good conditions but tough going as Dan had a head cold and his C2 partner was using his new paddle the wrong way round. Fortunately a top C2 team pointed this out at 15 miles!

A ‘big’ thankyou to our support team of Andrew Wallace, Anne-Lise Christmas and Jenny John Chuan. Who ferried us to and from the course. Provided us with warm smiles, encouragement, food and drink.

Only 13 days to the start of DW!

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 (Pictures – Jenny)

Weybridge backwaters

Last Saturday morning Charles and Andy led a group of 6 Hamptoneers (Amanda, Phil, Stuart, Christine, Charles & Andy) upstream to the backwaters of the Wey river. The weather was cold and blustery whipping up sizeable waves on the stretch up to Walton Bridge. We headed straight up the cut and just past the ferry landing before Shepperton lock we took the left turn up a narrow creek towards a weir on the Wey navigation.

There was a brisk current to battle with and the water swirled around each bend we navigated. At the weir we took another left turn up a very narrow creek with overhanging trees which twisted and turned for about another half a  mile to a pool beneath another weir where a few kayakers in play boats were riding the waves.  We turned around carefully as there was a strong stream and retraced our steps back out onto the Thames. We were now heading into wind but the flow helped push us homewards. We made a quick stop to examine progress on the new Walton Aquarium and to have a quick cup of coffee. We were back at Bell Hill for 1:30pm from where most people headed to Chino’s for lunch to meet up with Ivy, Bernard, Jeff and Babs.

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The purple line shows our route from the Thames, past Hamhaugh island up the creek. WeyBackStreams

 

DW training update – latest

DW Training Update:

Well done Tony and Adam in completing Thameside ‘2’ on Sunday.

19 miles in 3 h 38 mins which included a long stop to repair a faulty rudder!!

Well done Adam and Tony in completing Waterside  ‘C’ from Pewsey to Newbury, 23 miles and 35 portages in 5 hours and 8 mins. Great effort.

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Hampton to Westminster, rain, wind and waves – look back to 2015

Last Saturday, 28th February a group of nine Hamptoneers took to the water to paddle from Bell Hill to Westminster. There were five K1’s crewed by Mark, John Freeman, on a visit from the chilly climes of Scotland, Phil, Peter and myself. We had two K2’s crewed by Andrew and Norma and Tony and Adam.

An early start for some meant that four cars were waiting for the group up at Vauxhall at the end of the paddle. We all assembled at Bell Hill soon after 8am and were ready to go onto the water at 9:15am. Andrew gave us a quick briefing beforehand on the special rules which apply to rowers and paddlers on the Thames between Putney and Richmond. These allow boats going against the tide to cut corners and move over to the ‘wrong’ side of the river. This means boats going with the tide must paddle down the centre of the river on this stretch of the Thames to avoid the oncoming stream of rowing eights, of which more later!

Read Derek’s full trip account here (with pictures by Derek and Peter)

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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