Barley Mow to Greywell Tunnel


Saturday 29th March 2017 Trip on the Basingstoke canal

GreywellTunnel29Apr2017At the entrance to the Greywell tunnel

As a relatively new club member, this trip was to be my furthest paddle yet. 10 miles from the Barley Mow to Greywell. A group of 14 paddlers, a double canoe and a K2, the rest in K1’s. The weather was cloudy but the season presented us with plenty of baby chicks following proud Mum’s who sounded the odd warning to us to back off!!

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Peter, of course, was in fine form, informing us of the year each bridge we passed under was built. I guess reading the plaques made him feel intelligent? Tamra braved a viper with no mishaps. Michelle, apparently wearing 4 layers of clothing, would surely have sunk had she fallen in!! As we approached Greywell, (where a gate in the canal prevents further access) it became quite an obstacle course of reeds and water plants. Looking into the water was quite fascinating, like paddling through an overgrown lush green garden.

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After turning around, we stopped for a snack break at Odiham castle. All but one wimp braved the 2ft step-up to get onto the bank. The group took pity on the wimp…. passing down cakes…. Thanks guys!! Yum!! One lucky dog got a real treat….stolen flapjacks, curtesy of Paul. The poor dog-owner was mortified!!

Amanda, faced with the big step down to get back into her K1, had a tiny moment of panic but she braved it out admirably. Next came the really low bridge. We had all made it through on the outward journey, literally having to lie on top of our boats… but Alan clearly had too many cakes… and took a small blow to the head causing an impromptu dunking! Alan, thank you… for once it was someone other than me!

On returning to the Barley Mow, cars were loaded up and 14 hungry paddlers sat down to some great pub grub and a good old natter.

Thanks, Phil, for leading and coordinating a great day out

Trisha Stonebridge

Jubilee river trip

This was my first trip – aside from Improvers sessions – so I arrived at the club on time at 8.30 ready to pack and depart with a mix of beginners enthusiasm and trepidation. The two other members of the trip , Dan and Paul were already packing 3 big bright ‘Easky’ kayaks on top of Dan’s fiesta.

Dan’s already done one write up on the first trip to the Jubilee – so I’ll just paraphrase it’s ‘a hydraulic relief channel for the Thames in Berkshire’ approx 7 miles long. Our trip involved paddling most of the Jubilee River – and joining the Thames through to the Bells of Ouzeley” Pub – around 9.5 miles.

We started at a the ‘Marsh Lane’ car park – with a relatively easy entry onto the river via a flat shingle patch at 10:15 am. It was a barmy sunny day – with sufficient cooling winds around the bends to avoid overheating……… read Alan’s full trip report here

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Devizes to Westminster race – 2017

This Easter weekend 8 intrepid Hamptoneers will be competing in the Devizes to Westminster canoe and kayak race (DW).

Barnet, Jenny, Peter and late entrant Mike will be racing K1’s in the 4 day race, together with Dan and John in a K2.

Tony and Richard are racing in the non-stop event in a C2.

See below for details on their boat numbers to track them online.

Singles and Endeavour (starts Friday 14th and finishes Monday 17th)

Peter Loy – Viper 51, race number 736

Mike (Peter) Channon – Viper 51, race number 774

Jenny John Chuan – Viper 55, race number 737

Dan / John – Rorqual, race number 611

Barnet – own boat, race number 754

  Non-stop Doubles (starts on Saturday 15th and finishes Sunday 16th)

Tony and Richard – own canoe, race number 332

All crews will have trackers which can be followed on the DW website (tracking pages now live)  http://www.dwrace.org.uk/ . There are separate links for mobile devices.

Below are provisional timings we are using for the support crew when the first K1’s (Peter/Mike) will be coming through.

The non-stop paddlers will pass by Hampton early on Sunday morning (approx 8:30am but check progress on the tracker)  to make the high tide at Teddington.

 

Day Location Provisional Times
Day 1
Friday
14th April
Devizes to Newbury  
Wotton Rivers 09.45
Crofton Pumping Station 11.15
Hungerford 12.30
Kintbury 13.00
Newbury Leisure Centre 14.15
Day 2
Saturday
15th April
Newbury to Marlow  
Aldermaston Wharf 08.45
Marsports (Dreadnought Reach) 11.15
Marsh Lock 12.15
Hurley 13.15
Marlow 14.30
Day 3
Sunday 16th April
Marlow to Thames Young Mariners
Boulters Lock 08.15
Bell Weir / Runneymede 11.15
Shepperton Lock 12.45
Hampton CC 13.30
Thames Young Mariners 14.45
Day 4
Monday 17th April
Thames Young Mariners to Westminster
 Mass Start 07.05
Putney Slipway 08.30
Westminster 09.30

 

Waterside ‘C’ and ‘D’ (2017)

Congratulations to Barnet, Jenny and Peter Loy for completing Waterside ‘C’ and also to Peter for completing Waterside ‘D’, the final race in the run-up to the Devizes Westminster International Canoe Marathon which is happening next weekend over Easter. See next article for details on how to follow the HCC competitors.

WC_1Jenny at Waterside ‘C’

WC_2Barnet at Waterside ‘C’

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Peter at Waterside ‘D’

Waterside ‘B’

Congratulations to Barnet, Jenny and Peter who competed at the 17 mile and 19 portage Waterside ‘B’ race yesterday Sunday 5th March. It was by all accounts very windy and wet with a number of capsizes due to the conditions. The race is an out and back from Newbury to Aldermarston along the Kennet and Avon canal, and is one of the classic warm up races before the DW.

Waterside race series

WatersideB_2017Jenny and Barnet waiting to start

WatersideBa_2017Jenny powers to the finish

WatersideBb_2017Barnet approaches the finish
 

Rolling practice in a heated pool

Elliot performing an advanced manoeuvre – hand rolling, most people use a paddle!

If you’re one of the more sensible club members to whom paddling on the Thames on a dark, cold winter evening doesn’t appeal, how about paddling in a heated pool?  There are several local sessions organised by various canoe clubs that are open to non-members.  All the sessions detailed below have a good selection of boats, paddles and decks available to use, included in the session fee. All you need to take with you are your usual swimming things + a ‘rash’ vest or t-shirt.
 
The boats at the pools are of the ‘closed cockpit’ type, like our Easkys (and the Ethos). If you’re not familiar with this type of boat there are always coaches or experienced paddlers to advise you. For those who are thinking of going out in an Easky during the colder months this is a great opportunity to practise using a spray-deck and how to cope with a capsize (which are much less likely in these stable boats).

See more details and times here

Night paddle from Shepperton to the club

Andrew (trip leader), Norma, Elizabeth, Trisha, Paul, Michelle, Amanda plus Mark, Peter and Phil.

Last Sunday 11th December was cold and crisp and as the sun was setting a group of Hamptoneers put their boats on roof racks and drove up to Shepperton. A few others decided to paddle upstream to meet up at the launch point.

First problem, getting the tape to stick the lights to the boats to do its job, i.e. stick! With the cooling air a thin film of moisture settled on the boats which required either drying the boat where the light needed to be taped or wrapping the tape right around the boat. Lights in place we headed out onto the water by the lock.

The rowers, cruisers and all other boaters had long ago headed inside to warm up and dry out. Not for The Hamptoneers! We relished the silent, still, inky black waters……… read Phil’s full account here

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Stour Descent 2016

Stour Decent 2016

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On a sunny Sunday 4th December in freezing conditions, Richard and I met at 07:45 at Bell Hill to collect a club C2 in order to take part in the Stour Decent race in Dorset.

This was to be our first paddle together under race conditions. This was in preparation for the ‘Main Event’ next Easter being the Devizes to Westminster 125 mile, nonstop Canoe Marathon.

Read Tony’s full report here

Stour Descent Website

 

Cookham to The Bells Of Ouzeley

Thames: Cookham to Bells of Ouzeley 5 December 2016, 14 miles, five hours with breaks and tricky portage

7 Hamptoneers : Andrew, Val, Paul, Tamra, Mark, Sarah, Stephen

The sixth leg of the Thames from source to Westminster and a day for polar bears, with ice lying lightly on the jetty at Cookham Sailing Club. Why do we do it? A beautiful morning, paddling into the sun and past the woods below Cliveden (11 o’clock by the tolling of the bell) with the water pretty much to ourselves and the ducks. No flow.

After Cliveden, Boulter’s Lock by Maidenhead is a chance to take off layers. There was once an electric lift here to save small boats using the lock, long since replaced by a long-drop portage into the weir – no place for a wobble in near-freezing water…. read Stephens full trip report here.

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Club Xmas lunch – 10th December

 

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Xmas lunch

Saturday 10th December

12 noon

Sunbury

The club Xmas lunch will be at the usual pub by the river in Sunbury. This is always a fun and convivial affair with our own sunny private room upstairs overlooking the Thames.  Please select your order from the menu below and email this to Phil. Payment is to the club account

 

Paddling at Night

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Paddling at night

When the clocks have gone back the Wednesday night club paddles will finish for the winter and will start up again in the spring.

Hamptoneers of course still go out paddling after dark but in informal groups – not as regular official club trips, although there are some organised club night paddles.

Paddling after dark can be a great experience on a calm night with the reflections of boat and street lights it can be very tranquil. But there are a few extra precautions to take:-

1. Put a white light fore and aft on your boat so that other boats can see you, (put them in a small clear bag if not waterproof) a head torch is also very useful as the light is much higher above the water so visible further afield and the wobbling of your head makes it easier to see. Also if you end up in the water the light will make you easier to spot if you get separated from your boat.

2. Wear reflective clothing and/or light coloured clothing, reflective strips on your paddle are also good to catch attention.

3. Keep an extra sharp lookout for rowing boats which can be travelling very fast and their light is very low down so not always easy to see.

4. Ideally, go out with a partner so you can keep an eye on each other in case either gets into difficulty.

5. Wear a PFD

Phil Tauwhare

Henley to Cookham

 Henley to Cookham November 5

There were nine Hamptoneers standing at the bottom of Mill Lane in Henley at around 10-30 Saturday morning November 5. Myself, Sarah, Maxine, Amanda, Charles, Paul, Tamra, Stephen and our trip leader Andrew. It had taken us about 50 minutes to travel from Bell Hill and it was cold and blowy. After an in depth discussion on what we were all wearing to keep warm, we picked up our kayaks and wrapped in hats, gloves, body warmers, cags and spray decks we walk the short walk to our get in point.

Read Peter McBride’s full trip account here

See main Thames Trip report page here

Pictures coming soon……

Tilehurst to Henley

 

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With a very civilised start to the trip, that allowed for a sleep in, paddlers started arriving at the club in time to meet the very organised schedule provided by Andrew who led the trip.

Clear, not too cold weather greeted us as we got on the water within 5 minutes of the scheduled time. Peter M maintained his reputation as a light packer with a small dry bag that was only half full. Must get some tips from him.

Tamra, in the front of the K2 with Andrew, set a cracking pace as she enjoyed being at the front of the Group. Even though she wasn’t leading the trip Sarah couldn’t stop counting the boats, and she demonstrated great stability when turning around to check paddlers behind her, without turning her boat. Must get some tips from her…. read Maxines full account on the main Thames trips page.

Also see Tamra’s separate account with photos