Last Sunday 29 October, a sturdy crew of HCC members turned up for the autumn clean-up. Some might suggest they were enticed by the offer of biscuits, but I’m sure it was pure dedication to the cause…
At 10am Jenny had upped the game by producing an array of delicious Paninis for the early volunteers – you know your Club is in Surrey when you are given the option of hummus and peppers. What a way to kick off our chores!
Dan and I had compiled a ruthless task list so I set people to work, and very soon we had a truck full of rubbish to go to the tip. We moved a lot of items to the toilet block as they are infrequently used, so now we have a much clearer, open space in the Clubhouse which will mean manoeuvring boats will be much easier.
A big thank you to: • Ashley • Frank • Jenny • John T • Norma • Paul D • Peter McB • Peter L • Val • With special mention to Richard Fisher for putting up the towel rail in the toilet block – who’d have thought it would make such an impact!
Thanks in advance to Leon and Andrew, who will be chopping back some of the vegetation at a later date.
There was a good turnout of Hamptoneers for the annual fun regatta on a fine, sunny Saturday in early September. Maxine did a brilliant job of organising proceedings – many thanks to her for making the day happen together with her helpers who did shopping (Tamra) , BBQ and cooking (Frank).
We were split into two teams, the Hamptoneers and the Westellers, who battled each other for points in each event to win overall.
We did warm up exercises with the paddles requiring co-ordination and agility….
There was the canoe race with the aim to paddle a canoe along the river and then portage back, it was a close run event…
The next canoe race was a push-me – pull-you event…which was much more tricky than you might think…
There were races with hands only paddling, going backwards seemed to be fastest…
Then races with one canoe paddle, left handed kayak paddle and all three together!
And lastly a competition to collect the most tennis balls…
With boats going every which way!
We then all headed back to the club side of the river for a BBQ with loads of delicious food – thanks to all for making a really fun morning of kayaking and canoeing.
Go Canoeing week is a time to get out on the water in whatever type of craft you can imagine wearing something a bit wacky, Dan organised a Silly Hats paddle followed the next day by a Cardboard Canoe outing. Here are some pictures….
Paul shows off his new construction
It floats! And he paddles round and round!
After 12mins and 30 seconds Paul’s cardboard boat would float no more!
Proud winner of the inaugural ‘Cardboard Canoe Award’, made fittingly from cardboard!
Hamptoneers came from near and far by canoe, kayak, bike, car and Adam ran up the towpath to be at the Annual club prize giving at the Weir pub on Saturday. A few extras turned up but seats were found for all, lunch taken with a drink or two before Phil turned to the serious matter of the day, handing out the prizes for mileage paddled, DW achievements and other more light hearted awards – see full details below. If you were not there to collect your award we’ll get it to you somehow.
Sarah took a few pictures for the record – here they are.
Phil presents Maxine with Ladies Champion trophy
Andrew and Christine win the over 65’s mileage shield
Tony and Richard win the Devizes Westminster fastest straight through boat trophy
Jill wins the Most improved member
Derek wins Best Xmas lights
Peter Mac – best singer
Dan Bownds – best DW support crew
Barnet – 500 miles of DW trophy
Vet ladies champion
Vet mens champion
Fastest Westel overnight boat
Tony Leworthy and Richard Fisher
DW Courage and Determination – Robin Cooke Memorial Cup
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).