Category Archives: General Club News

Club Fun Regatta

There was a good turnout of Hamptoneers for the annual fun regatta on a fine, sunny Saturday in early September. Maxine did a brilliant job of organising proceedings – many thanks to her for making the day happen together with her helpers who did shopping (Tamra) , BBQ and cooking (Frank).

We were split into two teams, the Hamptoneers and the Westellers, who battled each other for points in each event to win overall.

We did warm up exercises with the paddles requiring co-ordination and agility….

There was the canoe race with the aim to paddle a canoe along the river and then portage back, it was a close run event…

The next canoe race was a push-me – pull-you event…which was much more tricky than you might think…

There were races with hands only paddling, going backwards seemed to be fastest…

Then races with one canoe paddle, left handed kayak paddle and all three together!

And lastly a competition to collect the most tennis balls…

With boats going every which way!

We then all headed back to the club side of the river for a BBQ with loads of delicious food – thanks to all for making a really fun morning of kayaking and canoeing.

 

Silly Hats and Cardboard canoes

Go Canoeing week is a time to get out on the water in whatever type of craft you can imagine wearing something a bit wacky, Dan organised a Silly Hats paddle followed the next day by a Cardboard Canoe outing. Here are some pictures….

cardboard_paul1Paul shows off his new construction

cardboard_paul2It floats! And he paddles round and round!

cardboard_paul4After 12mins and 30 seconds Paul’s cardboard boat would float no more!

cardboard_paul3Proud winner of the  inaugural ‘Cardboard Canoe Award’, made fittingly from cardboard!

Prize giving 2017

Hamptoneers came from near and far by canoe, kayak, bike, car and Adam ran up the towpath to be at the Annual club prize giving at the Weir pub on Saturday. A few extras turned up but seats were found for all, lunch taken with a drink or two before Phil turned to the serious matter of the day, handing out the prizes for mileage paddled, DW achievements and other more light hearted awards – see full details below. If you were not there to collect your award we’ll get it to you somehow.

Sarah took a few pictures for the record – here they are.

IMG_20170513_132255857Phil presents Maxine with Ladies Champion trophy
IMG_20170513_132714030Andrew and Christine win the over 65’s mileage shield
IMG_20170513_141739904Tony and Richard win the Devizes Westminster fastest straight through boat trophy
IMG_20170513_133821423Jill wins the Most improved member IMG_20170513_133743945Derek wins Best Xmas lights
IMG_20170513_133642574Peter Mac – best singer IMG_20170513_133455212 Dan Bownds – best DW support crew
IMG_20170513_133254814Barnet – 500 miles of DW trophy .

 

Prize Awarded to
   
Ladies champion Maxine Nelson
Mens champion Peter Loy
Vet ladies champion Chris Bockett
Vet mens champion Andrew Wallace
   
Fastest Westel overnight boat Tony Leworthy and Richard Fisher
DW Courage and Determination – Robin Cooke Memorial Cup Jenny John Chuan
Fastest DW solo paddler Peter Loy
DW endeavour Daniel Taylor and John Whitwam
500 miles of DW  (4 DW’s) Barnet Heeley
DW Triple Mike Channon
   
DW supporter Dan Bownds
HCC best newcomer trophy Elizabeth Flint
Highest mileage newcomer Daniel Taylor
Best singer Peter McBride
Best roller Elliot Loy
Best Christmas Lights Derek Heath
Most improved Member Jill Cox
Most determined paddler Trisha Stonebridge

Rolling practice in a heated pool

Elliot performing an advanced manoeuvre – hand rolling, most people use a paddle!

If you’re one of the more sensible club members to whom paddling on the Thames on a dark, cold winter evening doesn’t appeal, how about paddling in a heated pool?  There are several local sessions organised by various canoe clubs that are open to non-members.  All the sessions detailed below have a good selection of boats, paddles and decks available to use, included in the session fee. All you need to take with you are your usual swimming things + a ‘rash’ vest or t-shirt.
 
The boats at the pools are of the ‘closed cockpit’ type, like our Easkys (and the Ethos). If you’re not familiar with this type of boat there are always coaches or experienced paddlers to advise you. For those who are thinking of going out in an Easky during the colder months this is a great opportunity to practise using a spray-deck and how to cope with a capsize (which are much less likely in these stable boats).

See more details and times here

Club Xmas lunch – 10th December

 

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Xmas lunch

Saturday 10th December

12 noon

Sunbury

The club Xmas lunch will be at the usual pub by the river in Sunbury. This is always a fun and convivial affair with our own sunny private room upstairs overlooking the Thames.  Please select your order from the menu below and email this to Phil. Payment is to the club account

 

Annual General Meeting 2016 and social

Annual General Meeting 2016

7:30pm – Thursday 17th November 2016

Venue : Hampton Sailing Club

Please come along and join the AGM. Meet your committee members and hear about the past years club activities, finances and general matters of interest. Drinks available from the bar. 

Hampton Hare & Hounds race #5

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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

Family Fun regatta 2016 – updated

Pictures by Stephen Morris and words by Derek Heath
regatta1Justin getting into the spirit of the tennis ball challenge

regatta2Dan and Paul paddling on the second leg of the canoe team challenge!

regatta4Derek seems to have abandoned his kayak!

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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.

Race winners:-

Club Sprinter:  Men- Peter Loy  : Ladies -Val Double
Newcomer:      Justin
‘No paddles’    Charles

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.

Derek Heath

Lots more pictures here taken by various people

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!