The Autumn 2014 edition of Westward has now been published.
Click the link on the members page to read it.
The annual regatta was held on Saturday 27th September from the bank opposite the clubhouse at Hurst Park. We were blessed with August weather in September, warm sun and a very gentle breeze. Fourteen members arrived armed with spare clothes and lots of enthusiasm. Boats were paddled across to the Molesey bank and then the races began, you can see more photos here and a complete write up will appear in the Autumn Westward which will be published early next week.
Wednesday evenings paddles, are still going ahead, Make sure you have lights on your boat and you could enjoy sunsets like this! The club is buying 5 sets of lights (a white light needs to be displayed fore and aft after sunset) so these will be available for club members to use. (or bring your own) Strap them to your boat with some gaffer tape.
Richard had found the perfect parking spot. The Common in Southall. We had the park on one side of us and the Brentford arm of the Grand Union Canal on the other. We put the canoe in the water and paddled off towards the Bulls Bridge junction. We thought today, Friday the 8th was a good enough day to paddle the Paddington arm of the Grand Union up to Horsenden canoe centre in Perivale (about 6 miles each way, no locks to portage!). At Bulls Bridge the canal splits, the Paddington arm heads north and the Brentford Arm continues to form the main branch of the Grand Union canal all the way to Birmingham… read Peters complete report here.
Aidan and Emily arrived at the Dalton Highway bridge yesterday at 2.50 pm (Alaska Time) to complete the Yukon 1000 race. Congratulations to them both on an awesome feat of endurance and perseverance. The ‘Dalton Bridge runners’ and the ‘Be Water My Friend’ teams also finished together later in the evening meaning that all teams are now finished with just one retirement at Dawson by the young crew of the ‘Paddling Madelines’ tandem canoe.
It is a balmy summers afternoon in Alaska with some sunshine and a temperature of 20degC. Emily and Aidan will soon be able to see the Dalton Highway bridge which marks the finish of the 1000 mile race, some 10km in the distance, After 10 days of racing they must be looking forward to a hot bath and a beer! The ‘Dalton Bridge Runners’ team are now some 50km behind together with the ‘Be Water My Friend’ team (SUP!) Congratulations to them both on completing an inspiring and epic adventure. Next race is 2016…..
Dalton Highway bridge over the Yukon
Emily and Aidan have now completed 7 days of the Yukon 1000 race and have crossed the border from the Yukon in Canada into Alaska, having passed through the Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve and camped last night just beyond the ‘town’ of Circle. They started in Whitehorse on 21st July and finish at the Alaska Pipeline / Dalton Highway Road bridge in the next 2-3 days.
(According to the Facebook page the Kiwi team in a double kayak have just finished followed by the Finish team in a tandem canoe)
The Yukon River 1000 is a LONG endurance paddling event. There weren’t races in 2012 and 2013 race, but there is one in 2014.
Follow race updates on our facebook page: “Yukon 1000 Canoe Race“
The weather forecast is for light southerly winds and possibly some showers. That is much better than the wind and rain we have been having. Wind on the first day is always a concern because of that Lake Laberge that can be so difficult (threatening? dangerous? Yes, all of those)