Welcome to Bramston Canoe Club website. Please feel free to contact the club if you have any questions or would like to join. Details can be found in the Contact page along with a membership form to download.
Bramston is a small friendly canoe club based in Witham, Essex. We meet Monday evenings (pool side) 20:15 at Witham Liesure Centre, Spinks Lane, CM8 1EP, for pool training and to arrange paddling trips through the year which include surfing, sea kayaking, white water and river trips.
If you are over 18 years of age and have never paddled before or just want to improve your roll, we have a safe and warm environment where you can practice and learn. BC* instructors are ready to help you in every aspect of kayaking.
Anglesy W/e 14th/15th Oct 2017
Blowing old boots however here’s is where we went. Cracking weekend, photos to follow. Many thanks to Barry I for this trip. Not one for the faint hearted, F5’s, 6’s and I’m sure an F7/8 hit us at one point. No pictures of Middle Mouse as it was a bit rough to get the old brownie box out.
The River Orwell, Shotley Gate to Ipswich Bridge.
On Sunday8th Oct a group of 7 sea kayakers set off from Shotley Gate Suffolk. The weather was brilliant. Before we left we watched the SS Aristotle navigate her way up the river. She had started her journey from Belfast and was carrying general cargo,( just for interest). We set off on a flood tide with a gentle breeze against us and soon became dwarfed by the huge container ships alongside in Felixstowe docks.
We took the right hand channel up to the Orwell bridge and noted several potential winter camp sites(to be checked out at a later date). For those of us paying attention we were joined by a seal at one point – and here’s the picture to prove it. Andy B tried a bit of Greenland paddling with a home made blade which he had conjured up from the water – put Barry and Donnie to shame.
After a spot of lunch we caught the ebb tide to Pin Mill, well worth another visit, in my opinion, and then back to Shotley Gate passing a boats graveyard on route.
We covered approximately 18 miles and it was enjoyed by all. Thanks very much to Mike D for organising the trip.
Submitted by John H
Monday night pool session (10th Oct)
A prototype game aimed at Paddlesport 1 and 2 level was tried out with some willing victims which involved paddling around six bases/islands and picking up clues. It highlighted several interesting points to address:-
a. The islands weren’t supposed to move – need heavier weights.
b. The clue cards stuck together and sank! – need floats attached to the clue cards.
c. Kayakers have sausages for fingers – er, no idea on how to fix that.
d. Andy B’s goggles leak – need new goggles!
Thank you to all who helped in this trial game. I will make better islands and stick corks or some floatation device to the clues and will rebuild the islands. Not helping out with the goggles.
Oct 14-15th Anglesey Sea Trip
This trip has now been finalised with a plan of Action, sort of. The weather forecast is looking mean but we will find somewhere to whet our appetites. This trip will involve some challenging conditions and therefore not suitable for all club members.
Please take time to look at the forum and Events Calendar as there are White Water trips and others penned in. These trips take a lot of time to organise and your input as to whether interested or not is important. If you don’t want to go on particular tour say so on the forum. It lets the club organiser know that the message is out there and is being read
Items for sale – sell your kit . There are several new adds in the for sale section on the forum.
Oct 14-15th Anglesey Sea Trip
Due to the lack of WW interest this weekend has been changed to Anglesey sea trip, Keep an eye on the Trips forum.
Oct 30th Demo Boat Pool Session
Derroll from Nucleus is bringing the Wavesport demo fleet along usual session times. If you want any items of kit brought up for trialling please let Derroll know, he will be more than happy to accommodate you.
Nov 4th-5th White Water Trip
Destination: Where the water is!. See Trips forum.
Nov 18th-19th White Water Trip
Again where the water is. See trips Forum.
Training trips will be published as and when. Keep an eye out on the forum and Events Calendar.
For more info see events calendar and forums.