DW 2014 – starts Saturday

During the Easter weekend three crews are following the long tradition and representing HCC in the Devizes to Westminster Canoe Race 2014 in the senior doubles category.

Will and Sam, K2, Boat Number 414

Emily and Aidan, C2, Boat Number 364

Andrew and Barnet K2, Boat Number 398

All three crews are starting on the morning of Easter Saturday.  Will, Sam, Emily and Aidan are aiming for the Sunday morning tide at Teddington, whist Andrew and Barnet are aiming for the Sunday evening tide at Teddington.

If you want to follow our progress there will be updates on the DW website:

http://www.dwrace.org.uk, this is the results page 

plus Andrew and Barnet hope to use a tracking device which will plot their progress on the following website link (adjust the filter for custom date range from the 19th April):

https://share.delorme.com/dw2014crewnumber398#

Andrew and Barnet are aiming to stop at the club for a quick break on Sunday at 17.00

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Barnet and Andrew will also be trialling one of the official DW trackers

Waterside ‘D’ – 2014

Congratulations to Andrew Wallace and Barnet Heeley on completing Waterside ‘D’ in a time of just over 8 hours. This race covers day 1 of the D-W race, 34 miles from Devizes to Newbury with 35 portages.

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.

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Jeff and Babs Simmons – winners of the Platinum Paddling award

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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?

Phil

Beyond Teddington Lock

Monday 31st March 2014

Monday morning most of us were at work but six lucky Hamptoneers donned their buoyancy aids, hopped in their kayaks and headed downstream to Teddington Lock. Beyond the lock the water is salty and you are now on the tidal part of the Thames leading into central London, Greenwich the Thames Barrier and eventually the North Sea. One Hamptoneer decided the Anglers Arms looked too appealing and so skipped the next leg of the journey down to Richmond with the tide and then a short paddle back upstream to Twickenham.

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Richmond Lock

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The group taking a rest at the lock

Five and a half Hamptoneers!

Sunday 30th March 2014

Six took to the water and five and a half returned on Charles’s 12 mile paddle down the Thames and back.

A benign spring day of slight breezes and gentle stream carried us to Teddington in 1hr 20 mins, past the unlikely charms of Thames Ditton island and gardens only recently underwater.

With the promise of tea and cake at the Royal Skiff clubhouse, we broke the return journey after 10 minutes but, sad to say, Charles’s attempts to tailgate through a locked door came to nowt. No tea, no cake, no body. Danny and I left with a ‘Hamptoneer’ – an improvised collision in the narrow exit….. to read Stephens full report, click on the link on the reports page 

 Stephen Morris

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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.

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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.

DW Paddlers – Waterside C results

Congratulations to Will/Sam in completing the Waterside C in 4 hours 22 mins. The Vets boat came in at 5 hours 15 mins… 35 portages in 23 miles and took a toll. See the Hampton Canoe Club Facebook page for more pictures

Barnet Heeley

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Picture of Will (bow) and Sam (stern) by Phil Caisley – see his Facebook page for lots more pictures

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Barnet and Andrew

 The Waterside Series of Marathon Races comprises of four races held on the Kennet and Avon Canal in the Spring. They are organised by Newbury Canoe Club. The Waterside Series is recognised as being the classic build up for the Devizes to Westminster Race (24 days to go). However, the Waterside Series offers its own challenge, and to complete the series is an achievement in itself.