RNLI Training

RNLI Training - November 20th, 2021

The RNLI saves lives at sea, and our local branch is at Teddington, covering from Richmond to Molesey. So we were delighted to return to Teddington to train with them again on 20 November. 

Maxine explained the key features of a range of our boats, and I demonstrated how to empty a K1.  Peter Loy and Elliott demonstrated their rescue skills. Derek and Tamra flooded various boats for the RNLI crew to practise emptying. Michèle Springall in a white water boat and Maxine in a sea kayak were suddenly ‘injured’ and needed rescuing.  Finally, the RNLI discovered a capsized sea kayak: righting it using the ‘Hand of God’ technique revealed Peter, who definitely needed rescuing.  Elliott was on hand to ensure Peter was rescued before he ran out of breath!
 

It was great to train with real experts, to share ideas and to enable the RNLI to be a bit better prepared for kayak and canoe incidents (Andrew)

HCC Regatta, August 2021

HCC Regatta, August 2021

A grey Saturday morning saw the the annual regatta take place with the three teams battling it out with various kayak/canoe activities.

After a safety brief from Maxine the teams gathered to get warmed up, much to the amusement of several passers by.

The fun and games were soon in full swing with lots of competitiveness, laughing and joking.

A few of us in the same team succumbed to Old Father Thames and had a little swim, changing our team name from Team Paul to ‘ The Drips’.

Before too long the games had finished and we all paddled back to the club house to put the kayaks and canoes away.

A few of the spectators had headed back earlier  to prepare the BBQ and other delicious food that was on offer.

Prior to us all settling down for a nice well earned BBQ Maxine announced the winners of the competition with Team Drips winning.

The food was plentiful and well cooked and we all enjoyed it.

Thanks must go to all involved in organising the regatta and as the ‘New Kid on the Block’ I’d like to thank you all for the warm welcome and hope to see you all soon on the water.

Safe Paddling

Kev

The Canoe Race

The Kayak Race - with canoe paddles!

Thanks to Derek for the photographs. The full set are on facebook.

Worcester Ring (Tim Jones) Challenge July 2021

Worcester Ring (Tim Jones) Challenge July 2021

Well if you want a challenge this has got what it takes. Have you? Or if you want a very relaxed approach then that’s fine as many take their time and enjoy the scenery and views while meandering along the 21 mile route and not rushing at the many portages along the way. Ours I think was somewhere between the two.

 

The WRC starts at Worcester Canoe club by the racecourse on the banks of the Severn. The first mile is downstream, passing Worcester cathedral, before portaging onto the Worcester and Birmingham canal. From there it heads north east and into the peaceful and picturesque countryside. With many locks on the way the first food stop at 6 miles is a welcome break before heading on to soon reach the 250m long Dunhamstead tunnel. Shortly thereafter the route turns west and onto the Droitwich canal where it continues to the next, and even more welcome, food stop at 15 miles. Another 3 miles gets you to the end of the canal and back onto the Severn. You’re now 3 miles north of where you started and going with the flow so you’re soon (although it may not feel it!) back to the start.

 

Robert, Lourette and I decided to travel up together and do the trip in one day. So did Douard with a friend of his but as they started well behind us we only saw them at the finish. R&L took their trusted K2 and I a Viper 55. Our day started early; very, very early and having met at the club and racked up we got on the road by 5:30 am. Robert drove, Lourette chatted and I napped in the back giving the occasional piece of navigation advise; sometimes too late! Even so and with a coffee stop en route we got to the start shortly after 8am and right on cue it started raining. Once we sorted ourselves, the boats, registered and had our safety briefing we got on the water at 9am. The rain continued on and off for an hour and a half before finally clearing up for the day. I’ll spare you the detail but it goes something like paddle, portage, paddle, portage, paddle, portage, paddle, portage, paddle, portage,……food, tunnel (and turn your torch on or risk a dunking), paddle, portage, paddle, portage….., food, paddle, portage, paddle, tunnel, paddle, portage, paddle, portage and finally a glorious 3 mile victory parade to the finish which Cleopatra herself sailing down the Nile would have been envious of. Okay, the last bit is untrue. It was tough at the time. I was working my socks off trying to keep pace with R&L only to be told after we finished that they were trying to keep up with me. Magnanimous of them to say but I don’t believe a word of it! Anyhow, I was more than pleased with my 5hour+ time even though someone did set a new K1 course record of 2hr 59min.             

 

Overall, it’s a superbly run event with plenty of parking, easy registration, food stops along the way and a hot snack at the finish after a most welcoming shower. But maybe most importantly there’s plenty of encouragement along the way. Will I give it another go next year? Yes, most definitely but also definitely in a lighter boat.     

 

For more info see their web site.

 

Áinle

 

p.s. did I say there was lovely and varied scenery along the way? Well, there is. Afterall it’s not about getting to end, it’s about the journey.

  

Here’s a few snaps:

 

At the start Robert and Lourette

At the start Ainle

At the start Douard

First portage Robert and Lourette

First portage Ainle

First portage Douard

Approaching last portage Robert and Lourette

Approaching last portage Ainle

Approaching last portage Douard

Forward Paddling Clinics

New Members Join The Improvers

Improver sessions restarted in March with the coaches doing a great job ofu00a0 getting us rusty and unfit paddlers back on the water. A number of new members have joined the club now and its good to see them getting out with the Improvers too.u00a0

New Club Members Join The Improvers

New Members Join The Improvers

Improver sessions restarted in March with the coaches doing a great job of  getting us rusty and unfit paddlers back on the water. A number of new members have joined the club now and its good to see them getting out with the Improvers too. 

HCC Goes Paddle Boarding

HCC Go Paddle Boarding

Predominantly HCC is a canoe club. We do however have a couple of SUPS available to members who have completed some formal training. This summer a couple of courses were run and everyone passed. On both days the weather was hot so everyone was happy to do rescue practice!

Latest Covid Rule Updates – Dec 22, 2020

Latest Covid Rules Update – Dec 22, 2020

 Greater London and most of Surrey went into Tier 4 on Sunday. After much discussion it was decided that:

  • Londoners can use the clubhouse and boats, if the club is local for them. Paddling must be to and from the club – do not take the boats elsewhere to paddle. 
  • A maximum of 1 person in the clubhouse at a time with the doors open, and they need to wear a mask.  So people need to be able to get boats in and out by themselves.
  • You can paddle:
    • by yourself
    • with the people you live with
    • with your support bubble,
    • or, when on your own, with 1 person from another household.
  • Most of Surrey is also in Tier 4. British Canoeing have stated that going paddling is not sufficient grounds to travel between neighbouring areas in the same tier, and Surrey and London are different areas. Therefore Surrey people still can’t go to the clubhouse.
  • The changing rooms are still closed. As people have been using the changing rooms they will be locked, and the key for the men’s changing room will be removed. 
  • The toilet is open but should only be used if you’re desperately in need; it is important this is NOT used as a changing facility.

The flow is strong at the moment so only go out if you are an experienced and competent paddler. 

This might all change if BC updates their guidance. 

All the current covid reminders

  • If you have any symptoms or are self-isolating, please do not visit the club.
  • If you visit the club and subsequently experience any symptoms please let the committee know.
 

Limits on number of people

  • Maximum group size of 2 people who live in London.
  • There should be a maximum of 1 person in the clubhouse at a time with the doors open, and they need to wear a mask.
  • K2 and C2’s may only be used by members of a household or support bubble.

 

Clean everything

  • Wash/sanitise hands on arrival and before and after paddling
  • Sign in/out like usual
  • Clean and dry the boat and paddle after use – bring your own towel (spares in drawers but they must be returned washed)
  • Use the soap and water for boats and paddles please as the spray isn’t easy to come by
  • Spray the club BAs with the antibacterial spray supplied

Facilities

  • Arrive ready to paddle. 
  • You may use the toilet; spray the toilet and basin with the anti-bac spray.
  • The tea and coffee facilities are not in use. 
  • Paddle locally – only paddle from the clubhouse, and don’t take club boats away from the clubhouse.

General reminders:

  • It’s now getting cold…bring your dry bag with hat and spare clothes, and pogies or non slip gloves
  • Bring a towel for the boat (hopefully not for yourself, but a micro fibre towel is a good investment)
  • Check Thames river conditions regularly here: http://riverconditions.environment-agency.gov.uk
  • Avoid going out on yellow or red boards unless you are a very competent paddler
  • Check the weather and wind speed as paddling in wind over 16mph will be hard work 

 

  • If you need help with shopping, dog-walking or anything else or just a chat then let one of us know and we can help you out.
 

 

Christmas Jumper Paddle: 19th Dec, 2020

Christmas Jumper Paddle - Dec 19th, 2020

The Christmas lights paddle that was scheduled earlier in the week was cancelled due to bad weather and yellow boards. The weather improved but the river was still on yellow boards and with the latest Covid restrictions only a small group of experienced paddlers were able to go out for the Christmas Jumper paddle. The flow made the going tough but they still had a merry time.

 

Latest Covid Rule Updates – Dec 2, 2020

Latest Covid Rules Update – Dec 2, 2020

Good news, from 2 December we can reopen the club following tier 2 guidelines* which means we are operating similarly to before lockdown. But please do read on…

 

Limits on number of people

  • Maximum group size of 6.
  • Limit of 2 people inside the clubhouse at the same time.
  • K2 and C2’s may be used by someone outside your household, as long as the extra precautions are taken:
    • canoes to be paddled only on flat water such as the non-tidal Thames and canals (i.e. not Mole) in calm conditions and light winds.
    • wash/gel hands before touching boat when getting it out and stay 1m+ apart
    • each paddler to stay at stern or bow for entire trip, no swapping
    • avoid high intensity exertion whilst paddling

 

Clean everything

  • Wash/sanitise hands on arrival and before and after paddling
  • Sign in/out like usual
  • Clean and dry the boat and paddle after use – bring your own towel (spares in drawers but they must be returned washed)
  • Use the soap and water for boats and paddles please as the spray isn’t easy to come by
  • Spray the club BAs with the antibacterial spray supplied

 

Facilities

  • Arrive ready to paddle. If you need to use the changing room because you have accidentally swum then only one person at a time in the change room.
  • You may use the toilet; spray the toilet and basin with the anti-bac spray.
  • The tea and coffee facilities are not in use. But we are sure the local cafes would appreciate our support (following tier 2 guidelines*).
  • Paddle locally and don’t travel to Tier 3.

 

General reminders:

  • It’s now getting cold…bring your dry bag with hat and spare clothes, and pogies or non slip gloves
  • Bring a towel for the boat (hopefully not for yourself, but a micro fibre towel is a good investment)
  • Check Thames river conditions regularly here: http://riverconditions.environment-agency.gov.uk
  • Avoid going out on yellow or red boards unless you are a very competent paddler
  • Check the weather and wind speed as paddling in wind over 16mph will be hard work. Paddling on the canals is much safer in stronger winds e.g gusting at 30mph.

 

If you are worried about paddling after a break or now it’s winter this is understandable. Please advise me or a committee member and we will arrange some suitable paddling sessions.

Don’t be put off by winter – the paddling can be beautiful. Once you have been paddling for a few minutes you soon warm up, you just need extra layers for when you get off the water.

 

 

  • If you visit the club and subsequently experience any symptoms please let the committee know
  • If you have any symptoms, or are self-isolating, please do not visit the club

 

Further Updates to Club Rules under Covid – Jul 29, 2020

Further Updates to Club Rules under Covid - Jul 25,2020

HCC COVID-19 SAFETY REGULATIONS 25th JULY 2020

Paddle safely ·         

  • Paddling safety is important so don’t start paddling on your own if you have not previously paddled solo. Only competent and experienced paddlers should be on the water independently.         
  • A paddler should only go afloat if they are confident they can get in and out of the boat completely unaided, and rescue themselves if required. Nobody should rely on another paddler coming within 2m to help them except in an emergency, you need to be a self sufficient paddler.    
  • Please follow the government rules and BC advice that you may only exercise with five other people outside your household, or with members of your own household ·  
  • Try and paddle at various times throughout the day to avoid congestion at the club ·
  • Boats can be taken away for day trips, people should travel in their own car, up to 6 paddlers maximum on a trip.

Canoes
Use of C2’s is now allowed provided the following mitigations are followed

  • canoes to be paddled only on flat water such as the non-tidal Thames and canals – (i.e. not Mole) in calm conditions and light winds –
  • wash/gel hands before touching boat when getting canoes out and stay 1m+ apart –
  • each paddler to stay at stern or bow for entire trip, no swapping –
  • avoid high intensity exertion whilst paddling

    K2 use not allowed unless in the same household

Membership & Boat Fees       

  • All paddlers must have rejoined as club members before going afloat, and have completed the membership form ·        
  • If you can, please pay 75% of the full fee now, or if money is tight, when you are able to. People who have already paid full fees will get a discount next year. (i.e. first quarter of the years membership fee is waived and the re-joining fee is waived for this year) ·         
  • Pay boat fees in batches of 5 paddles (GBP15) in advance to the club account and avoid cash, if possible

Cleaning       

  • Wash hands on entry to the club and before and after paddling and use gloves if possible ·        
  • Use paper towels provided for hand drying, all towels have been removed for hygiene reasons.
  • If you have them use your own BA, paddle and boat
  • If you use a club BA then after use spray with the anti-bacterial/anti-viral spray on the desk          
  • Thoroughly wash your boat and paddle with soapy water, especially the cockpit, seat and surrounds
  • Bring your own towel to dry boats or use a club towel and take it away with you for washing
  • Bring your own drinks and do not use the club glasses and mugs

 Stay well

  • Arrive ready to paddle and avoid using the changing rooms if possible
  • Changing rooms may be used in a restricted manner outlined below:
    • can be used if a member accidentally gets wet and needs to change, or after scheduled rescue practice.
    • only one person at a time in a changing room
    • keep doors and windows open when possible to get fresh air inside
  • After rescue practice, the boathouse may also be used as a changing room; a sign will be put on the door if it is being used for this purpose.
  • Minimise time inside the club-house and always keep 2m from other people ·        
  • If you use the toilet then spray touched surfaces with anti-bacterial spray provided.
  • The Ergo can now be used outside and must be washed down thoroughly with soapy water after each use (not anti-bac products) ·  

If you have any COVID-19 symptoms, or are self-isolating, please do not visit the club and inform a committee member immediately

 

Covid Risk Assessment

 

Update to Club Rules For Safe Paddling with the Covid-19 Pandemic : 04/06/2020

Update to Club Rules For Safe Paddling with the Covid-19 Pandemic : 04/06/2020

The main revisions the Committee agreed on what we can now do to operate in a safe way are summarised below. The full set of rules are at the end of the email and these will also be posted in the club

1. Up to 6 paddlers can now go out together, keeping 2m apart at all times, at the clubhouse, on the pontoon and on the water

2. Boats can be taken away for day trips, people should travel in their own car, up to 6 paddlers maximum on a trip

3. Improvers sessions and courses will restart soon, more details to follow, with a maximum group size of 6 people. (all courses fully booked and waiting list now closed) 

4. A paddler should only go afloat if they are confident they can get in and out of the boat completely unaided, and rescue themselves if required. Nobody should rely on another paddler coming within 2m at any time to help them, except in an emergency. You need to be a self sufficient paddler. Improvers sessions are for improving fitness, confidence and stamina but you must be able to look after yourself if say you capsize or need to get out at a high bank. (we will be arranging some rescue sessions now the water is a bit warmer as lots of people need a refresher on this)

5. If your family has re-joined the club, any family members that have not completed a one star or Hampton Paddler course or an assessment can only paddle with the primary member who has completed one of these. 
 
6. Hygiene at the club and for all club equipment is a top priority so please wash your hands frequently, and thoroughly wash paddles and boats with soapy water and then dry with a towel. Please only use the anti-bacterial spray on BA’s as we are getting through gallons of the stuff.
 
7. Tamra has completed a risk assessment of the club house for COVID-19 safety following BC advice which you will be able to view on the safety page of the club web site as soon as it has been uploaded

 

 

Paddle safely

·         Paddling safety is important so don’t start paddling on your own if you have not previously paddled solo.  Only competent and experienced paddlers should be on the water independently. 

·          A paddler should only go afloat if they are confident they can get in and out of the boat completely unaided, and rescue themselves if required. Nobody should rely on another paddler coming within 2m to help them except in an emergency, you need to be a self sufficient paddler.    
·         Please follow the government rules and BC advice that you may only exercise with five other people outside your household, or with members of your own household
·         Try and paddle at various times throughout the day to avoid congestion at the club

·          Boats can be taken away for day trips, people should travel in their own car, up to 6 paddlers maximum on a trip  

·          British canoeing advice is that it is not safe to paddle in a K2 or C2 except with people in your household

 

 

 

Membership

·         All paddlers must have rejoined as club members before going afloat, and have completed the membership form 

·         If you can, please pay 75% of the full fee now, or if money is tight, when you are able to. People who have already paid full fees will get a discount next year. (i.e. first quarter of the years membership fee is waived and the rejoining fee is waived for this year)

·         Pay boat fees in batches of 5 paddles (GBP15) in advance to the club account and avoid cash, if possible

Cleaning

·         Wash hands on entry to the club and before and after paddling and use gloves if possible

·         Use paper towels provided for hand drying, all towels have been removed for hygiene reasons.

·         If you have them use your own BA, paddle and boat

·         If you use a club BA then after use spray with the anti-bacterial/anti-viral spray on the desk

·         Thoroughly wash your boat and paddle with soapy water, especially the cockpit, seat and surrounds

·         Bring your own towel to dry boats or use a club towel and take it away with you for washing

·         Bring your own drinks and do not use the club glasses and mugs

 

Stay well

·         Minimise time inside the club-house and always keep 2m from other people

·         Try to arrive ready to paddle but if you need to use the changing rooms then one person at a time in a changing room 

·         If you use the toilet then spray the toilet and basin with the anti-bac spray

·         If you visit the club and subsequently experience any symptoms please let the committee know
·         If you have any symptoms, or are self-isolating, please do not visit the club

 

Happy & Safe Paddling
HCC Committee

Award Ceremony Held on Zoom Under Lockdown

Award Ceremony Held on Zoom Under Lockdown

The HCC Annual Awards Ceremony was postponed this year due to Lockdown. The event that is usually held with a bar close by, was rescheduled to take place in Zoom and everyone was encouraged to bring their own drinks. It was a fun night with 24 people attending.
The serious awards were announced by Phil and Tamra announced the voted for by the public awards. 
This was followed by a fiercely contested quiz and a round of treasure hunt where we all had to find and wear a hat. 
Anne-Lise won the quiz and Ainle got the award for the best hat! 

Please see full results below. 

Mileage Awards 

 

Men’s Champion : Daniel Bownds
Men’s Veteran Champion : Andrew Wallace
Ladies Champion : Maxine Nelson
Ladies Veteran Champion: Norma Morris
Highest mileage new member : Ainle Boyle

Gold badge winners – over 500 miles

Daniel Bownds, Andrew Wallace, Maxine Nelson, Norma Morris, Frank Bench, David Cunningham, Tamra Cave, Ainle Boyle and Chris Brockett

Silver Badge winners – 250-500 miles

Jenny John Chuan, Rick Opie, Philip Tauwhare, Charles Taylor and Amanda Gostelow.

 Bronze badge winners – 125 – 250 miles

Robert Blake, Lesley Bugby, Jill Cox, Lourette Blake, Anne-Lise Christmas and Kathy Page

 Exceptional Service Awards

Dan Bownds for organising so many great trips
Maxine Nelson exceptional service
Paul Scott Hero
Tamra Queen of Events
Tony Kirby Cleaner Goose Award
Kathy Dot Com Girl
John Freeman Weather Wizard (Scotland)
Heidi Happy Capsizer(Winter!)
Frank Comedian First Class (WApp)
Derek & Mark Mussel Scrubbers (Scotland)

Special mentions and thanks also go to:
King & Queen of capsizing last year Peter Loy and Maxine as they lead so many rescue sessions.
Barnet – A1 Number Cruncher

Paul Losse – Most Committed Newcomer

and a big thanks to Tamra and the rest of the Committee for keeping us amused under locked down.