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 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.
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’!
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
Congratulations to Sam Adams and Will Pope in the Senior K2’s at Thameside 2 last Sunday, completing the 19 mile course in 2 hrs 52 mins.
Thameside 2: Reading to Marlow
This is a downstream race with mass class starts, starting in Reading and finishing at Marlow.
Approximate total distance: 19 miles
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.
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.
Some amazing pictures here of the Dusi canoe marathon in South Africa – lots of big rocks and long portages!
The Thames has subsided back into its bed, leaving a couple of centimetres of mud across the lower part of the wharf. The pontoon is floating on the river again.
However the river is still flowing quickly; strong paddlers should reckon on taking 70 – 100 minutes to get up to Sunbury Lock; other paddlers should stick to canals for the time being.