A sizeable group of Hamptoneers took to the river on Wednesday evening for a festive and decorative paddle down to Ye Olde Swan. See lots more pictures on Facebook
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).
Emily held a canoe rescue session recently ( a few weeks ago now). Here are a selection of pictures. There are lots more on the Hampton Canoe Club Facebook page. (You need to be on Facebook to view them)
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.
“Believe me, my young friend, there is nothing – absolutely nothing – half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats.”
― Kenneth Grahame,
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)
The summer Westward is now available from the members page or click on the link you have been emailed.
In 490 BC Pheidippedes ran from Marathon to Athens, a distance of 24.85 miles, to deliver his victory message and then promptly collapsed and died. On the 6th of June 20015 six Hamptoneers paddled 26.2 miles (the modern marathon distance since the 1908 London Olympic games) from Godalming to Bell Hill and survived. Just! Read Andy Garbett’s full account here.
Congratulations to Derek Heath, Christine Bockett, Daniel Bownds, Andy Garbett and Andrew Wallace on completing the 26.2 miles from Godalming Bridge, down the Wey Navigation and Thames via the loop back to Bell HIll on Saturday. It was a great day out with sunny weather and no capsizes!
Many thanks to our drivers Paul Scott and Yan/Derek for the lift in the morning.
Dave Kew has kindly written a light hearted account of the event which members can read from the members page. Photos still to be uploaded.
The latest Westward has now been published. Click on the link from the members page to read it.