DW – Saturday 10pm update

Despite the brisk easterly breeze all three crews have made tremendous progress and are all on the Thames now.

Andrew and Barnet (398) reached Reading at 20:49 after 12 hrs 47 mins of paddling and will now be taking a break, while Aidan and Emily (364) in the canoe reached Reading at 21:09 after 13 hrs 49 mins solid paddling and continue on past Sonning.

Sam and Will in the K2 (414) took just 11hrs and 2 mins to reach Reading at 21: 33 and continue into the night towards Henley and points downstream.

The lead overnight boats have meanwhile reached as far down river as Marlow with the tail enders still in Newbury, a spread of some 35 miles.

DW racers Saturday 4:30pm update

Aidan and Emily got the earliest start from Devizes at 07.18 and have been going great guns in their Wenonah kevlar canoe to get to Newbury by 16:01, in an elapsed time of 8:42.

Andrew and Barnet started slightly later at 08:01 and have now almost caught up with the canoeists getting to Newbury at 16:08. (Planning to stop at the club house 17:00 ish on Sunday pm)

Sam and Will set off in boat 414 at 10:30, aiming to go straight through to catch the early tide at Teddington on Sunday morning (about 7am) and at the latest count were making good progress and passed Hungerford at 15:37. (They should be passing through Hampton about 6am on Sunday morning!)

Keep an eye on the trackers (click on each link above) to get an accurate idea of when each crew will be passing through Hampton if you want to go out and cheer them on.

Track Emily and Aidan via SPOT

Emily and I will be using my own SPOT for tracking our progress. It should update our position every 30 minutes or so, but it’s not perfect so don’t panic if we don’t appear to move for a while.

You can view it here:

http://share.findmespot.com/shared/faces/viewspots.jsp?glId=0E8mCEMyVHWNjSXpkq3QLRvLLFbKh2QjX

or here: http://www.aidanharding.com/satellite-tracking/

We’re aiming to start at 7am on Saturday.

Hope to see you on the river!

Aidan + Emily

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

Barnet Heeley

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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