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Wey Navigation Marathon Challenge – 2016

The rain

Showers had been forecast!

8 club members were up for the challenge of this year’s Godalming to Bell Hill marathon paddle: Andrew, Christine, Dan, Derek, Paul, Peter, Phil, and me (Maxine)

Phil (who only seems able to do trips that are multiples of marathons whether on water or land) not only organised us but brought a big container of the flapjacks that, from previous trip reports, appear to be mandatory for such a long paddle. At the first stop at Guildford they were happily consumed while discussing the generally unsustainable pace that had been set so far. This was the first of many occasions when Christine overtook the rest of us as we stood on the bank….. Read Maxine’s full account here

Canoeing on the River Mole on Bank Holiday Monday

With only 5 days notice, 5 people signed-up for a trip down the River Mole from Brockham to Fetcham, which Dan organised.

While Paul and myself (Maxine) waited in the rain at the starting point for Dan, Len and Mark, who were dropping a car at the finishing point before joining them, I did wonder if everyone else had a better long term weather forecast than her and had made the better choice of sleeping in on a bank holiday. Happily, the rain stopped before we got on the river, it was a really good trip, and it was just about hot by the end of the trip….. read Maxine’s trip report here.

R Mole Mark Len under a tree

 

 

Bells Of Ouzeley to Bell Hill

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A group of 6 Hamptoneers paddled the 14+ miles from the Bells Of Ouzeley pub in Old Windsor down the Thames back to the club. It was a cool day but the rain showers stopped once we were on the water so we all enjoyed a quick journey on the fast flowing waters, bar one swimmer and an exciting get-in at Chertsey lock.

Check back soon for the full trip report….

The picture above is of Andy Garbett at Sunbury weir who was not with the trip group but part of the main Saturday paddlers from the club who we saw briefly at the Walton bridge cafe. Note the very high water level spilling over the portage. You can always check the water level at Sunbury lock by hovering over the News menu and selecting ‘River levels at Sunbury lock’, it was 2.9 metres when the photo was taken. The typical range is 2.3m to 3.2m.

River Mole Paddle

Dan, Peter Loy and Derek joined a group of paddlers to descend the Mole from Betchworth to Leatherhead. Read Dan’s account here. I will add some more pictures but there are lots on Facebook and videos too.

Dan Peter Sheep

 

Sheep

Sheep rescue

Stour descent 2015 – race report

IMG_2318 Peter Loy (Bow) and Peter McBride(stern) shoot the weir. IMG_2319 Dan Bownds shoots the weir.
Stour Descent 2015 4 Daniel
Stour Descent 2015 5 The Two Peters
When Dan suggested we attempt the 13.5 mile Stour Descent from Sturminster Mill to Bryanston school, I had in mind an easy, almost effortless paddle down a fast flowing river.  The reality was somewhat different…

Read Peter Loy’s full report here

Boulters Lock Marathon Paddle

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  • Met at club 07:30, on water 09:00, back at club 16:55
  • 27 miles completed after extra bit to Molesey Lock and back to make sure we had definitely done the 26.2 miles!
  • Collected car at Boulters Lock at 18:00, home by 19:00
  • Long day
  • Tired arms
  • Aching back
  • Sore A*s*
  • No blisters
  • Very little flow
  • No rain, windy at times
  • Boat got heavier at every portage
  • Superb company
  • Good laugh
  • Great sense of achievement
  • Brilliant day out
  • Lesson learnt – Don’t get in the way of rowers!
  • Thanks Phil for organising a challenging but achievable event – hope your recovery is swift!

Tony Leworthy

Read other paddlers memories of the day here now also including a late entry from Peter!

Boulters lock to Marlow

 

 

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The six kayakers were Houran, Jenny, Mark, Tamra and myself bravely lead by Dan who had stepped in as trip leader at the eleventh hour.  I would’ve liked to have reported that we arrived at Boulters Lock without incident but that’s not strictly true….. read Peter Loy’s trip account here

Black Rabbit to Amberley

The key to paddling this lovely river is the tide. Obvious, really, but critical too: you can’t fight it, but go with it and you’ll make 4 knots. Four of us, Sarah, Mark, Paul and Stephen, launched at Black Rabbit, just above Arundel. Read Stephen’s full account of the Arun trip here

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