Category Archives: Devizes – Westminster

DW racers Saturday 4:30pm update

Aidan and Emily got the earliest start from Devizes at 07.18 and have been going great guns in their Wenonah kevlar canoe to get to Newbury by 16:01, in an elapsed time of 8:42.

Andrew and Barnet started slightly later at 08:01 and have now almost caught up with the canoeists getting to Newbury at 16:08. (Planning to stop at the club house 17:00 ish on Sunday pm)

Sam and Will set off in boat 414 at 10:30, aiming to go straight through to catch the early tide at Teddington on Sunday morning (about 7am) and at the latest count were making good progress and passed Hungerford at 15:37. (They should be passing through Hampton about 6am on Sunday morning!)

Keep an eye on the trackers (click on each link above) to get an accurate idea of when each crew will be passing through Hampton if you want to go out and cheer them on.

Track Emily and Aidan via SPOT

Emily and I will be using my own SPOT for tracking our progress. It should update our position every 30 minutes or so, but it’s not perfect so don’t panic if we don’t appear to move for a while.

You can view it here:

or here:

We’re aiming to start at 7am on Saturday.

Hope to see you on the river!

Aidan + Emily

DW 2014 – starts Saturday

During the Easter weekend three crews are following the long tradition and representing HCC in the Devizes to Westminster Canoe Race 2014 in the senior doubles category.

Will and Sam, K2, Boat Number 414

Emily and Aidan, C2, Boat Number 364

Andrew and Barnet K2, Boat Number 398

All three crews are starting on the morning of Easter Saturday.  Will, Sam, Emily and Aidan are aiming for the Sunday morning tide at Teddington, whist Andrew and Barnet are aiming for the Sunday evening tide at Teddington.

If you want to follow our progress there will be updates on the DW website:, this is the results page 

plus Andrew and Barnet hope to use a tracking device which will plot their progress on the following website link (adjust the filter for custom date range from the 19th April):

Andrew and Barnet are aiming to stop at the club for a quick break on Sunday at 17.00

Barnet Heeley

Barnet and Andrew will also be trialling one of the official DW trackers

Waterside ‘D’ – 2014

Congratulations to Andrew Wallace and Barnet Heeley on completing Waterside ‘D’ in a time of just over 8 hours. This race covers day 1 of the D-W race, 34 miles from Devizes to Newbury with 35 portages.

DW Paddlers – Waterside C results

Congratulations to Will/Sam in completing the Waterside C in 4 hours 22 mins. The Vets boat came in at 5 hours 15 mins… 35 portages in 23 miles and took a toll. See the Hampton Canoe Club Facebook page for more pictures

Barnet Heeley


Picture of Will (bow) and Sam (stern) by Phil Caisley – see his Facebook page for lots more pictures


Barnet and Andrew

 The Waterside Series of Marathon Races comprises of four races held on the Kennet and Avon Canal in the Spring. They are organised by Newbury Canoe Club. The Waterside Series is recognised as being the classic build up for the Devizes to Westminster Race (24 days to go). However, the Waterside Series offers its own challenge, and to complete the series is an achievement in itself.

Hampton DW paddlers training hard – 5 weeks to go!

DW training update: Will and Sam paddled from Marlow to Hampton and Andrew Wallace and myself paddled from Maidenhead to Hampton. The river is calming down, though we decided to do a long portage through Windsor to give the weir a wide berth. Maidenhead to Hampton (including the long way round the Desborough Cut) – 26 miles in 4.5 hours. Ice cream reward at the end 🙂

Thank you to Andrew and Will for driving.

Barnet Heeley

small_DSC04054Sam and Will back at Bell Hill after sunny DW training paddle from Marlow.

small_DSC04050Andrew and Barnet reach Bell Hill at end of trip down from Maidenhead in the Rorqual


Old Windsor – Bell Hill = 2hr 20mins


Daniel Bownds tree stump is still at the portage. Ended up portaging around the lock as the portage is still flooded at the lower end.

Old Windsor back to the club in 2 hours and 20 mins, 15 miles… a fast flow — with Andrew Wallace at Sunbury Lock.

Barnet Heeley