“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)
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.
There was a good turnout for a sunny evening paddle upstream and then a few burgers and sausages at the club house in the summery evening weather.
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
The new Improver’s sessions schedule is now available here. More sessions will be added soon. The Wednesday sessions will be in the early evening.
Congratulations to Dan and Barnet who paddled a Canadian Canoe and Tony and Barnet who paddled a K2 the 125 miles from Devizes to Westminster at the weekend, successfully completing the 2015 DW race. Awesome job guys!
|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