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Club news 31/10/17

Committee meeting in December

December? DECEMBER? That’s a long time away, well actually its not and without your input it will be an even quicker meeting other than it’s arrival. If you have anything you would like to put before the committee please email info@bramstoncanoeclub.org and address it attention of Chairman. That way our secretary gets to see it and will include in our meeting. Our AGM is planned for February 2017 and will include a paddle afterwards. More details to follow.

Coaches Coven

The coaches got together in the pub the other day after the pool session. Can’t tell you what they were talking about, but there was a lot of finger pointing and things were thrown in the pot and things thrown out.  I also heard a lot of cackling from people at the bar. Any way just thought I’d mention that.

Courses, courses, courses

Now that the Autumn is well underway its time to turn our attention to improving our kayaking skills. Several members have already signed up for BC 3 star Sea with Clive, if anyone else is interested please let Clive know soonest as training will start in ernest from next Monday.

Anyone wanting to go on a course or is thinking about it please speak to one of our coaches who will be able to point you in the right direction. Attaining BC levels in kayaking does one of several things – it boosts your confidence, improves your kayaking, it helps the club out on future trips knowing that we have experienced and capable kayakers in the group; and, if you are paddling with a new group it gives them an idea of your expertise and how to tailor the trip to accommodate everyone.

Invaders from Holland are coming – well, Holland on Sea.

 

Don’t forget to keep an eye out on the future events, we have a demo fleet from Nucleus Watersports (based in Holland on Sea) coming soon, so if you want new equipment or want to try something in particular, give Derroll a shout before hand and he may be able to help you out (01255 812146).

Water water everywhere, but is it enough?

We have a white water trip coming up in November. Its nice to see people starting to commit to this trip in advance. Destination unknown, a magical mystery tour of the valleys and rivers of the UK no doubt in search of liquid gold.

Club News 18/10/17

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.

Club news Sep/Oct 2017

The River Chelmer Tour

On Sunday a group of 6 intrepid canoeists and kayakers from BCC and MAD set off from Springfield Lock to Hoe Mill Lock. The weather, whilst over cast was warm, although it was expected to be raining cats and dogs, which may have put some people off. Further down the River near Sandham, Paul joined us and further on still, Clive eventually emerged from his bed! The river was quite busy with kayakers, canoeist, motorised vessels and fishermen. Barry and I attempted to sail part of the way but the wind wasn’t quite right  and I think the sails became more of a hindrance rather than beneficial. As there were so few of us, we made very good progress, finishing earlier than expected. Thanks to Barry for organising it and to our fellow paddlers, who I know enjoyed the trip.

Shotley to Orwell Bridge this weekend! (Sunday 8th)

This trip has been organised by Mike D and the plans are now on the Events Calendar. Please make yourself known on the forum if you intend going on this trip, just in case you are running a little late. It is down to you to ensure you are fit and able enough to participate and that you have the correct equipment. If you don’t know ask. Also if you intend using the club sea kayak and equipment don’t forget to book it out.

Other trips.

Please take time to look at the forum and Events Calendar, Anglesey sea kayak weekend is coming up fast along with 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!

Fancy going to the Pictures?

The Ocean Film Festival World Tour, coming to the Corn Exchange, Cambridge, on Friday 6 October 2017.

Featuring a brand-new collection of the world’s most inspirational and mesmerising ocean films, join intrepid freedivers, nomadic sailors and passionate oceanographers as they explore the remotest waters on the planet. Through incredible cinematography, witness spellbinding footage of rarely explored ocean depths and meet mind-blowing marine creatures – all on the big screen!

The events have a real community feel and there are fabulous prize giveaways too! A great social night out.

The evening starts at 19.30, with doors and the bar opening an hour before. There are discounts on tickets for groups of six and more.

You can check out more details and watch the trailer on our website: www.oceanfilmfestival.co.uk.

Mid summer camp – The Mid summer night sea kayaking camping expedition was very well supported and incorporated safety and rescue techniques on route to the final destination (see blog), before setting up camp and opening a few tins of beer, whisky, wine and the all important cup of tea, and popcorn? Dancing around the camp fire was optional.

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Alps Trip – Another successful trip abroad for the club, doing battle with the icy blue waters of the French Alps and basking in the glorious sunshine. Briancon Gorge,(my nemisis) was taken on by a few members despite the water levels being a little low. The ski jump off one of the weirs was a six foot drop into a pool, miss it and you’d hurt yourself! Technical Grade 3 and grade 4 rivers were taken on, including some swimming lessons, so I heard. Look forward to the blog and pictures.

Coaching sessions – The clubs coaches have been kept busy coaching various groups in the wild waters of the R. Chelmer for up and coming paddlers -(future club members maybe?) along with pool sessions.  These have been very well received with lots of positive feedback from the students as well as pointers and learning points for the coaches. For the coaches please check your diaries for future training sessions.

Items for sale – sell your kit . There are several new adds in the for sale section on the forum.

 

 

Blub news March 2016

Coaches training Session Saturday 5th March. Kevin organised a coaches only training session, which was well attended. A lot of discussion took place followed by a training session on the water. Afterwards a couple of coaches went for an


Club News dec2016

MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL OUR MEMBERS AND READERS

FROM THE COMMITTEE

Merry Christmas 2016 from the Committee

Merry Christmas 2016
from the Committee

24th December Christmas Eve paddle and meal.

This might be the last time you will be able to squeeze into your kayak or open boat before the mintz pize increase yer size. Who’s comming? See forum and make yourself known. So far 3 people have replied, and I know a lot more than that are going.

A reminder that there is no pool session on Monday 27th December, but, don’t be too disheartened, there is always the SPLASH n’ DASH on the 28th December. Whoopie! And of course Maldon Little Ships club Gig race on the 31st December. So, with your soggy mince pies and the last two fingers of grog in your hip flask there is no excuse not to get out there and enjoy the last few days of 2016.

Winter Wild camp was very well supported by the club. A big thank you to Barry for organising it. The advanced party arrived at Sales Point, Bradwell during daylight hours and managed to source enough driftwood for a bonfire and to pick the, erm, best pitches. Unfortunately some of us pitched in line with the wind and got smoked out. The main bulk of the paddlers arrived around 5pm in the dark and a couple of them who weren’t camping paddled to Mersea Island under the moon light. Mince pies, baked potatoes in various guises of “being cooked” along with beans and burgers all washed down with beer and alcohol. Actually there was a lot of alcohol. I think all who ventured out on this paddle enjoyed themselves.  Some pictures of our campsite including tents, bivvy bags, tarps and yeti suits!

Fishermans Cottage,( a bit Giraffety)

Fishermans Cottage,( a bit Giraffty)

Smoke house (maybe camping downwind of the fire wasn't such a good idea)

Smoke house (maybe camping downwind of the fire wasn’t such a good idea)

Hobbos Rest (Barry and Chris's bit of turf)

Hobos Rest (Barry and Chris’s bit of turf)

Erm, nuff said.

Erm, nuff said.

Gorse Heaven (if it had rained this abode would have been water logged)

Gorse Heaven (if it had rained this abode would have been water logged)

"Scotch mist"

“Scotch mist”

Cheryls Place (Before Fishermans Cottage was built)

Cheryls Place (Before Fishermans Cottage was built)

Yeti Cave (Bear Grylls would have cried)

Yeti Cave (Bear Grylls would have cried)

“The Cough’n” (Cosy, smokey and claustrophobic)

  Coming Events

 24th December

Christmas Eve paddle see forum

28th December 2016

Splash and Dash – day trip to south Wales for WW and home again. See forum, get your name down if you want to go.

31st December 2016

Maldon Little Ships Club have their annual Gig and rowing race in aid of the RNLI. If you don’t want to participate it would be well worth going to see the intrepid rowers do battle. See poster on Navigation bar to know more about it.

Training trips.

All welcome, See Forum for more info.

Looking forward to 2017 

We will shortly be putting together a trip plan for next year. If there are any trips or training courses you want to do please let the Events organisers know so we can plan them in.

Club News 8/12/16

New equipment has arrived at the club for members to use. Please treat it with respect and report any faults or damages immediately. The very nature of our sport dictates that breakages will happen, but if we don’t know about it, we can’t fix, repair, or replace.

Plans are well in advance now for the upcoming winter wild camp. This year we will have members coming from other clubs for a day trip along with the hardened campers amongst us. Make sure you keep yourself up to date by regularly checking the forum and Events calendar. We will be running two groups this year. Please make it known which group you wish to join and confirm your attendance. If in doubt ask.

For Committee members – The planned committee meeting date has changed to 15th December. Apologies if this has caused any inconvenience.

Chairman.

  Coming Event

 3rd and 4th December, Winter Wild Camp.

See Trips in Forums. There is a lot of interest in this trip. Please confirm sooner than later that you will be going. Obviously this is very much weather dependent. We need two good days of forecast, because on the way back you might be hung over!

15th December committee meeting

Committee meeting reminder – all committee members to attend please. I have emailed an agenda for this meeting. This is an important meeting as it is the last one before the AGM in February.

31st December 2016

Maldon Little Ships Club have their annual Gig and rowing race in aid of the RNLI. If you don’t want to participate it would be well worth going to see the intrepid rowers do battle. See poster on Navigation bar to know more about it.

Training trips.

All welcome, See Forum for more info.

Club News 29/11/16
White Water trip 19th and 20th November

The white water trip over the weekend was very successful with 9 club members venturing down to Devon. The expected high rivers never materialised despite Rain Watchers telling us differently. Hector, in preparation for the high volume water took his position in the trees.

Hector, waiting for the rise in water levels.

Hector, waiting for the rise in water levels.

And after a short while, realising that the water wasn’t going to reach him came down. See video.(This may download to your pc. Im having trouble playing it on the website)

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Meanwhile, Anna was getting a little “tyred.”

Anna, getting to grips with wheel spinning.

Anna, getting to grips with wheel spinning.

Saturday, we paddled the R.Dart (Loop), and on the Sunday we paddled the R.Walkham and the R. Tavy. I have no pictures of “The Slot” but can recommend swimming there. A fantastic weekend was had by all, with lots of pictures taken. A really big thank you to Barry, our Vice Chairman, for organising the bunk house, biscuits and tea, and to Kevin for the coaching and guidance down the rivers. The behind the scenes stuff, which is so important, can sometimes go unrecognised and without the  organisational work going on, trips like this don’t happen. Brilliant weekend, thank you.

Chairman

Warning Croc Spotted

On the river chelmer just upstream from Ulting church lurking in the undergrowth.

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(credit Chris for this one)

 Coming Event
 8th December

Committee meeting reminder – all committee members to attend please. I have emailed an agenda for this meeting. This is an important meeting as it is the last one before the AGM in February.

3rd and 4th December, Winter Wild Camp.

See Trips in Forums. There is a lot of interest in this trip. Please confirm sooner than later that you will be going. Obviously this is very much weather dependent. We need two good days of forecast, because on the way back you might be hung over!

Training trips.

All welcome, See Forum for more info.

Club News  22/11/16

The weekend has been a busy one with a sea paddle attended by 8 club members, a boat repair session, and some surfing off Old Felixstowe. The weather behaved itself and by all accounts everyone had a great weekend. This was followed by a rescue training session on Monday night in Witham Leisure Centre pool. For several members who had never thrown a throw line before, it proved a little more challenging than first thought. This was in practice for next weeks white water weekend in Devon. No doubt there will be lots of photographs of this up coming trip. The R. Dart is always a winner for me, and for those of us who have never paddled it before, I think you are in for a treat. Lets hope the river fills up a bit with more water otherwise we will be walking it. See forum and emails for more details.

Club News
 This weekend – 12th and 13th November 2016

Saturday – Early morning Sea Paddle – If you are going make sure you have said so on the forum. Make sure you set your alarm clock – the tide waits for no one! Make sure you have the correct kit – see forum.

Saturday afternoon – Boat repair session. See forum

Sunday – Surfing Old Felixstowe – if you are going make sure you have said so on the forum. Make sure you have the correct kit. If in doubt – shout! There are plenty of experienced paddlers in the club to help you.

With all these paddles and any paddle please make sure your personal details, contact number, Next of Kin details are available to other members of the group. You can down load an easy to fold First Aid card from this web site – click on the Resource tab. Use it. It is in your own interest to carry these details, and its common sense.  In an emergency this could save your life.

Warning Croc Spotted

On the river chelmer just upstream from Ulting church lurking in the undergrowth.

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(credit Chris for this one)

Coming Event
Training trips.

All welcome, See Forum for more info.

Heybridge Loop trip 12th November.

A morning trip around the Heybridge loop in sea boats. Meeting 07:30 at Beeleigh weir. For more info see the Forum.

Boat Repair workshop 12th November Afternoon

A chance to find out how to repair your boat when you bash it or repair an already broken boat. See forum. 

Trip to Old Felixstowe 13th Nov

 See Forum

White Water trip 19th and 20th November

White water trip penned in. Destination to be confirmed when we know were the water is running. Possible destinations: North Wales, Devon or Yorkshire. Please make it known if you will be joining us on this trip.

3rd and 4th December, Winter Wild Camp.

See Trips in Forums.

 Wavesport Demo pool session

On Monday 31st October Derroll from Nucleus will be bringing the Wavesport demo fleet to the pool session for members to have a play in, if any members want him to bring anything else to look at please message him through facebook or phone (number on forum)

Warning Croc Spotted

On the river chelmer just upstream from Ulting church lurking in the undergrowth.

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(credit Chris for this one)

Three new Level 1 Coaches

Well done Jill, Andie and Chris on passing their Level 1 Coaching course.

Lots out with M.A.D on Wednesday

Clive and Adrian had 20 paddlers out on the Crouch last Wednesday evening, all ages and abilities fun was had by all. Shame that they ran out of food in the club house afterwards.

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Caption Competition

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Please add your captions in the forum page. Go on you know you want to! We need more captions before the lucky winner gets pulled out of the hat. There’s a super prize to be had, er, see Barry if you win.

Coming Event
White Water trip, 22nd and 23rd October.

The White water trip penned in for this weekend has now changed to a surf trip on Saturday to Norfolk and a trip to Lee Valley on Sunday due to no rainfall, See Forum for more info.

31st Oct Wavesport Demo fleet pool session.
Boat Repair workshop 12th November

A chance to find out how to repair your boat when you bash it or repair an already broken boat. See forum. 

White Water trip 19th and 20th November

White water trip penned in. Destination to be confirmed when we know were the water is running. Possible destinations: North Wales, Devon or Yorkshire. Please make it known if you will be joining us on this trip.

3rd and 4th December, Winter Wild Camp.

See Trips in Forums.

Look whats just arrived..

The clubs latest boat has arrived, to much excitement and oohs and ahhs. Thanks to Clive Marfleet for picking the slalom boat up. The kayak had its maiden voyage on Monday night and is a great addition to our club boats which gives members the opportunity to try out a variety of boats and disciplines.

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Caption Competition

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Please add your captions in the forum page. Go on you know you want to!

Website issues

The website has experienced some issues  over the last couple of days, which some of you may have noticed. These have all been resolved and normal service is resumed.

Don’t forget Monday night pool sessions.

Saturdays night paddle 4th June 2016-

Well the night paddle was good, as was expected. Four members of the club met up at Bradwell on a rather warm evening at 9pm. After watching a very drunk sailor ground his yacht several times in Bradwell Marina and then sing and shout his way out in to the estuary toward Maldon, the night crew set off into the sunset. Que the video….

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A blog will be written in due course.

Saturday 4th June 2016 Coaching session.

Several of the club coaches took a group of enthusiastic Brownies and Guides down the Zambezi river aka River Chelmer. Lots of fun on rafted canoes. Niagara falls looked a bit like Rushes Weir, and the crocodiles more like ducks. A very successful days coaching, although I’m not sure piracy was on the agenda.

 

Norfolk Broads Trip

Cracking weekend paddling the Norfolk Broads. see Blog.

Surfing trip, boats, sails n’ fings. 

A good club turn out for the annual surf trip to sunny Woolacombe. New boats (sparkly shiny boats so I have been reliably informed) tested on the water with some interesting results, swimmers, and rollers, and attempted rollers to add to the excitement. And for those who didn’t paddle it was an enjoyable weekend camping and relaxing on the beach with family.

Some members have been out spending their hard earned cash on new sea boats and open boats and or enhancing their boats by adding sails. Just to add to the spending spree the club will be getting a new slalom boat to add to our eclectic mix. We can now (almost) boast a boat for all occasions. Some club members tested out slalom boats on Monday nights pool session and the committee agreed to purchase one.

Any ideas you have or trips you would like to go on or organise please don’t be afraid to come forward. We have plenty of experienced people who can help and advise. The club welcomes new ideas, challenges and experiences. Its your club. Make it work.

Swimming lessons – Lee Valley Fri 19th Feb

Congratulations to Andy E for passing his assessment last weekend, he put it to good use this Friday rolling down the legacy along with four other members of the club. Barry, our official “swimmer sticker man”, feeling peeved that no one was actually swimming decided to conjur up some business by cunningly playing in a stopper half way down the course.  Any unsuspecting club member was then casually taken out! I can confirm the water was cold. Whilst recovering my boat, Chris came down the same drop and did a rather spectacular pop out, which was greeted by lots of grunts of approval from the amassed kayakers all bobbing around in the same eddy. Great evening paddling. It was then on to the bar for a well earned drink. Last nights live band were The Chalfonts. Don’t forget next weekend is the clubs official White Water Weekend. I wonder where we are going?

Lee Valley Legacy Course.

Several club members are now making Friday night Legacy night. Keep an eye on your emails and the Trips forum to see who’s going. You will need to have an assessment before being allowed on the water, which you can arrange by contacting Lee Valley WW Centre. Once you’ve got your ticket you can paddle to your hearts content or at least until the lights go out and the water stops running! Good luck to Andy E who is having his assessment this weekend (Sat 13th). Look forward to seeing him do battle with the rapids next time. Be warned – if you swim Barry will sticker you. I’m happy to give up some of my swimming stickers to anyone who feels they deserve them. Apologies to the paddler who I sank at the bottom of the rapids last night. He made a valiant effort to right himself but King Neptune claimed him, unlucky. He didn’t get a sticker because he’s not in the club.

Apres paddle, Lee Valley White Water Centre.

Apres paddle, Lee Valley White Water Centre.

Club Coaches meeting   

The club coaches had a very successful meeting regarding risk assessment on Friday 5th Feb. They have agreed on a a new generic risk assessment form. Cheryl, our secretary, has written the first draft and hopefully the finalised version will be produced very shortly. It will be published on the Resources page along with a medical card and suggested kit list. The medical card is already on there ready for your use. Have a look, down load it and fill it in before your next paddle. It may save your life.

A very big thank you to Kevin for hosting the evening and an even bigger thank you to Maggie for providing an excellent evening meal and refreshments.

Chairman.