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Yukon 1000 – the end is in sight 30.07 @ 23:00

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

200km to go – Yukon 1000 update 29.07 @23:00

Emily and Aidan are now passing the town of Beaver on the 9th day of the race which gives them 200km to the finish line. They are lying second in the tandem canoe class and have increased their lead over the third place canoe ‘Dalton Bridge Runners’, from Edmonton.


Beaver, Alaska (population 84)

Yukon 1000 canoe and kayak race

Emily and Aidan leaving Whitehorse at the start of the race with SUP behind.

Passing the Takhini

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.

Follow their progress via their SPOT tracker device. Results for all teams.

(According to the Facebook page the Kiwi team in a double kayak have just finished followed by the Finish team in a tandem canoe)

Whitehorse to the Alaska Pipeline/Dalton Highway

1000 Miles / 1600 Km

7 to 12 days of 18 hours solid paddling

This semi-annual race is the longest canoe and kayak race in the world, by far. 

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)

Upgrade Wednesday

Upgrade Wednesday seemed to be a hit with over 10 people turning up and trying out all sorts of boats, Tor’s, a Raven, Viper’s, Hobby’s and so on….

Thanks everyone who came,  it was a good evening.



Come and Try Kayaking – 7th July

Come along and try kayaking on Saturday 7th July between 1:30pm and 4:30pm. This is open to all members of the public.

Click here to make a booking

You will have the chance to try kayaking on the river Thames with a fully qualified instructor. Club members will be on hand to make sure you are kitted out with a bouyancy aid and brief you before one of our instructors takes you out for 20 minutes on the water.

The cost is £6 payable at the time of booking

Bring a spare change of clothes and a towel and wear closed shoes, No jeans.

Do not bring any valuables and if you wear spectacles then use a spectacle restrainer strap so you don’t lose them in case of a capsize!

Please contact Derek if you have any questions


Windy Wednesday

Adam manged to stay dry even though he took a slightly more wobbly boat out – a Tor.

Jenny and Tony got some practice and instruction in Andrews sea kayaks in preparation for their 3* sea kayaking course.

Phil, Lee and Dave headed swiftly downstream into wind, past Hampton Court, Ye Olde Swan at Thames Ditton island to Ravens Ait where a quick 180 degree turn was made. The wind apparently seemed to die as it was now on our backs but the current meant solid, steady paddling was required to get back to the club just as the church clock chimed 8 o’clock.


Lee goes under Hampton Court bridge with the setting sun in the distance




DW competitors past and present (Andrew & Barnet, Emily & Aidan, Will & Sam) congregated at the club last Wednesday to exchange tales of the gruelling 125 mile canoe race from Devizes to Westminster.

A goodly number of club members joined them for the BBQ and were obviously sufficiently inspired (or was it the beer) to announce their intentions to race in the 2015 race which starts on 3rd April. I will leave it to those people to formally announce that they are entering the race! To follow the burgers and steaks Babs had cooked a delicious rhubarb crumble or there was also cheese cake for desert.

Its a terrible cliche but I will use it anyway, ‘A good time was had by all’!

Prizegiving – 2014

The Weir Pub by the river in Walton played host today to a good sized group of Hamptoneers who had paddled, cycled, walked or driven to the annual prize giving lunch, superbly organised by Kathryn. The awards were many and varied from Best Capsize which went to Peter McBride to the more serious ‘Platinum’ paddling award to Babs and Jeff Simmons for winning multiple Gold awards during their lifetime.

Jeff and Babs Simmons – winners of the Platinum Paddling award

Sally (Dipstick award), Jenny (Best New Touring Paddler), Dan (Best Photography) and Peter (Best Capsize)

Go to the members page and click on the link to ‘Prizegiving 2014’ to see more pictures

First Wednesday Evening Paddle

Wednesday 2nd April 2014

Magically, the stream warning on the Sunbury reach of the Thames that had been in force since December 2013 was at last lifted today,  just in time for the first Wednesday evening paddle of the year. With an extra hour on the clocks the sun was still well above the western horizon as five Hamptoneers decided to take advantage of the lighter evenings and get out on the river .

The advice on the national news today was ‘stay indoors’ and avoid the Saharan ‘smog’ if you suffer from breathing trouble!  My tickly throat was soon banished and my sore eyes saw clearly as by 6pm a light easterly breeze had blown up some fresh air to push us upstream all the way to the face of the main Sunbury weir which only the day before had been a dangerous seething mass of white water. What a difference a day makes!

Turning swiftly into the midst of the main flow we paddled steadily back down stream into the now pleasantly cooling breeze. Boats away, quick change and into the pub where the chairman bought us a welcome pint – thanks Andrew! And we all demolished the delicious if pricey burgers. What better way to spend a Wednesday evening?


Busy Saturday at Bell Hill

Suddenly every man and his boat were out on the the river today. Bright sunshine was tempered by a stiff easterly breeze whipping up substantial waves on some stretches of water.

Mark and Tony were out early in a Canadian,  practicing for their two star assessment. Jenny and Dan (37 today!) were also out in a canoe and did a long trip down from The Bells of Ouzely in Old Windsor with myself in a kayak, 3 hours on/in the water including a quick swim for me, I can only think I must have nodded off paddling along in the sunshine after a bacon buttie at the Walton bridge cafe! We met up with Adam and Christine at Shepperton lock who had come upstream via the loop and we spotted Gabriella out in a Tor heading upstream.

Barnet and Andrew were heading downstream to Vauxhall where earlier in the afternoon a number of racing eights had foundered in the chop kicked up by the wind over tide conditions!

Remember, Charles is running a trip tomorrow (Sunday) downstream for tea and cake  at the Royal and on Monday Andrew is going down to Richmond/Twickenham, contact them if you would like to join in.


Membership renewals

A reminder to all members that membership renewals are due on 31st March.

The easiest and quickest way to renew is to pay directly by bank transfer. You can find details of membership fees, together with the Club’s bank details on the Renewal Form (see the link on the members page)

 If you have any questions please contact Adam or Barnet.

15.03.2014 stream decreasing


First time this year the Sunbury reach of the Thames has not been on red boards which went up on 21 Dec 2013. There is still a significant flow where the river is squeezed between islands or bridge parapets – take care!