Wed 16th 7:30pm
Xmas lights paddle. Paddle down for a pint at Ye Olde Swan,Thames Ditton. Please wear something festive and bring lights for your boat. We will paddle past the lights and skaters at Hampton Court, adding to the Christmas scene. On the water by 19:30 (revised time) – contact Mark
Sat 26th 11:00am
Traditional Boxing day paddle down to Isleworth and the London Apprentice pub (10 miles and 1 portage) – sign up via the link Mark emailed out. At last count four paddlers had signed up so it is definitely ON.
Mon 28th 9:00am – *** NEW ***
Basingstoke canal paddle from the Barley Mow to the end of the canal at the Greywell tunnel and return, 11 miles and NO portages. Contact Phil.
Fri 1st Jan 2016
Tradition dictates that on New Year’s Day we go along the Wey to the Anchor at Pyrford, to clear awey any cobwebs from the Eve before.
But it doesn’t dictate where we start from – some start from Black Boy Bridge on the outskirts of Weybridge (round trip about 7 miles and 4 portages), others start from New Haw for a round trip of about 4 miles without portaging. Some portage and paddle past the Anchor to the lock at Walsham (an extra mile or so).
Nor does tradition dictate how we get there: most of us will paddle, but walking along the towpath is an option (and, I hesitate to mention this, there is a car park at the Anchor).
Peter took the day off on Wednesday and paddled a canoe along the little explored Slough Arm of the Grand Union Canal. Read all about his trip here
Annual General Meeting 2015
19:30 Thursday 19th November 2015
Venue : upstairs at the Bell Pub opposite the club on the A308
All members welcome. Please come along to meet your committee and other club members.
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
Very little flow
No rain, windy at times
Boat got heavier at every portage
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!
Read other paddlers memories of the day here now also including a late entry from Peter!
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
A small group of Hamptoneers paddled down the Wey Navigation last week to Hectors tea rooms at Catteshall. Read Stephens trip account here
Six Hamptoneers enjoyed a sunny paddle from the Bells Of Ouzeley public house up to Windsor (and back) last Saturday. Read new member Maxine’s account of the trip here.
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
“Believe me, my young friend, there is nothing – absolutely nothing – half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats.”
― Kenneth Grahame, The Wind in the Willows
A good number of Hamptoneers and their friends and family took part in the the Annual Hampton Canoe Club Fun Regatta last Saturday morning. There were events to test your ingenuity, your agility and your speed on the water. Jenny has written up the official account here. (with pictures)
A group of Hamptoneers took to the waters of the tidal Thames last Saturday for a sunny paddle from Barnes down to Vauxhall and then returned back up river on the flood tide. Stephens trip report can be read here.