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Club news 17/09/18

Coaches meeting Monday 16th July

In the pub after the pool session. What will we be discussing, well, not the merits of drinking bitter over lager or the calorie contents of a packet of peanuts. Whilst very interesting we will save these topics for another day. Kevin has sent out an email outlining what when and where. If you are available please attend along with your thoughts and ideas. Trying to get all the coaches together is a bit of a nightmare.

Submitted by John Vice Chair 110818

21st July whats happening?

Just a heads up: A paddle is being planned for the Deben Estuary on 21st July. The plan is to paddle from Felixstowe up to Woodbridge with the tide whilst the sun goes down in the evening then paddle back in the dark. Interested? See Forum for more details and let the organisers know you are going.

Submitted by John H on behalf of Mike Secretary 110718

Coaching reminder for Sat 14th

Whoa, this is going to be a big one with lots future champions in the making. All coaches should have received the email for this coming Saturday, sun hats, sun cream and and sense of humour needed. Last weekend saw 3 rafted canoes full of budding kayakers making their way down the mighty Chelmer. The peace and tranquillity of the water was broken by the sound of screaming coaches(?) and support staff along with enthusiastic Brownies. A great day on the water, enjoyed by all. Excellent water fight and a swim to boot, can’t be bad.

Submitted by John H Vice Chair 10/07/18

Club Paddle for Sat 7th

For those going on the club paddle this Saturday- make yourself known. See Forum. Looks like its going to be really favourable conditions. If I had a clone he’d be going on this trip.

submitted by John Vice Chairman 040718

Coaching reminder for Sat 7th.

For the coaches don’t forget this Saturdays coaching session. For those involved you should have all seen and read the email from Kevin regarding timings etc. Have a look a the video link. Don’t forget your sun hat, sun screen, sense of humour and your boat! Its going to be Hot, HOt, HOT.

John H Vice Chairman 04072018

How to get rid of Kayaker rust

Go to The Legacy at Lee Valley of course.   6pm saw five club members bobbing around the bottom stopper doing their thing looking a little rusty. A couple of runs later and some of us were beginning to look like we actually knew what we were doing.  The water was warm and surprisingly, the Legacy, not that busy.  Cracking way to end the week, even the Friday night traffic was bearable and certainly worth the effort.

John H 29/06/2018

The annual club summer camp

Looks like this event was very well supported, with a friendly f2 breeze on the way out and also, lucky whatsits, on the way back too! Some of us may have been at work, but took a sneaky peak at the Blackwater Sailing Club webcam and saw crew out on the Saturday and coming home again on the Sunday.Cracking photos can be seen on the blog page. So, after looking at the pretty pictures – what does this buoy actually mean?

Don’t know? Look it up! It pays to know the more common buoyage around our rivers and estuaries. Might keep you out of trouble or if you’re in trouble might be the best position lock on you’ve got for your rescuers.

Don’t forget if you wish to volunteer for Sat 30th – Go Canoeing- let Paul know.

 

webmaster 27/06/18

 

All work and no play.

Apologies, haven’t been keeping my eye on the ball.

Lots of  stuff has been going on over the last couple of months, with paddles arranged and training along with coaching of external groups.

There has been a request for helpers by Paul Younger of Essex slalom for 30th June see forum. email him direct or talk to him at one of the Monday pool sessions.

Also the wild camp is coming up along with Friday evening paddles. Check out the forum and get your name on the list. Have you seen the latest blog of Anglesey? It might have been calm but stunning scenery.

If anyone has anything they would like to publish please let me know. This isn’t a one man band!

webmaster 19062018

 

 

Friday Evening paddle 15/06/18

Blackwater estuary paddle see forum.

Essential Sea Kayaking Festival Weekend

14th -16th September 2018. Anglesey. More info about this weekend can be found on Nicks website: kayakessentials.co.uk

Sundays Open Boat Training 25th March.

What a fantastic day for messing around on the water 6 open boats and one kayak, all doing their “Thing” on the water. The R. Stour is a really pretty river to paddle and what a brilliant venue for training on. Many thanks to Kevin for organising this training trip and providing the expert advice. For those completing their 2 star award training – keep it up, you’re well on your way.

Heres a clip of Jill shooting the box weir. The open boaters whimped out and from prior experience not a bad idea.

Submitted by John Webmaster 260318

WAKE UP – Sunday 25th March

2 star Open Boat training see Events calendar (don’t forget to double click on the more information tab at the bottom to reveal a map of the location) and let everyone know you are going by saying so on the forum under TRAINING.

submitted by Kevin BCC Coach 220318

AGM MINUTES 2018

You should have all by now received the minutes from the 2018 AGM if not follow the link BCC AGM 2018 – Minutes 11.02.18. Please let me know by email if you are not receiving block emails such as this – not as daft as it sounds as you will have spoken to other people and said “I never received that” in which case let me know.

There have been various paddles going on during the week and I know there is a blog in draft waiting to be published shortly. If you have any news regarding kayaking matters please let me know for inclusion of the news page.

Submitted by John Webmaster 070318

 

A cold day on the water for Saturdays paddlers

See blog

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Busy Weekend over the 17th and 18th Feb

Well for those of you who didn’t go to the two star training session on Saturday, you missed out. Excellent weather, warm water (ahem) and lots of practice to hone the skills of the 2 Star paddler. For those who attended, well done, Kevin our lead instructor was very impressed. You are well on your way to achieving your goal. Commitment is the name of the game. Once you have your 2 star under your belt a whole new chapter of kayaking experiences and courses open up to you enabling you to take your kayaking to a new level helping you become better, safer and more confident.

And if that wasn’t enough for you, a sea trip on the Sunday was planned on the Medway, virgin waters for some of us, the blog and photos tell the story.

Don’t forget to keep an eye on the forum for up coming trips and training sessions. There is an open boat paddle going ahead this coming Saturday, log on to the forum and make it known that you will/will not be attending. Wrap up warm as it will be cold, according to John Kettley and Michael Fish who are the weather men.(ok they don’t do the weather anymore as they are retired).

Submitted by Webmaster 22/02/2018

 

AGM, New Committe and Paddle

We had a very successful AGM at Marconi Sailing Club, with a good turn out from our members. I now stand down as Chairman and take up my new role as Vice Chair.  Thank you very much for all your support and kind words over the last two years. A new committee has been voted in and formed, and I will update the website and various documents to reflect this over the next couple of days. Your new Chairman is Andie Baldwin. A lot was discussed and resolved. A few members mentioned that they were not receiving club emails. I will look into this and see what can be done.  The minutes of the meeting will be sent out to you soon. This was followed by a paddle in quite testing conditions to Maylandsea. F5 and F7 gusting in from the west made for a change of plan, so instead of going to Thirslet Spit as intended, we headed up the estuary to Maylandsea , closely observed by several seals with a bit of surfing on route. Cracking day on the water. see blog.

Submitted by John H Vice Chairman 120218

D’arn at the Pool Monday 5th Feb

For those of you safely tucked up at home in front of the open fire and Goggle box you missed it. We had a 15 minute session aimed at practising your stern rudder and bow rudder. Some of us also had an adhoc practice passing your paddle over the bottom of your kayak whilst upside down ready for that awesome roll. Some success’s, and some bail outs. Well done to all of you who took part. Don’t forget we have a store room full of different sized and shaped boats. Don’t be afraid to try them out. It all adds to your kayaking experience and is also good fun seeing how each boat performs differently. That sweet spot in your “old favourite” will desert you in another boat and you will need to re think and re adjust.

Submitted by John H Webmaster 070218

Club new 1302/2017

Pool session Mon 12 Feb

Lots of people on the water and really good to see them being more adventurous trying out a variety of boats. Our youngest paddler Hope, was making some smart lines across the water dodging the playboaters who were making a splash. Also good to see people trying out their bow and stern rudder manoeuvres to good effect. Some also tried their rolling for the first time. Keep it up, you’ve gained your confidence in going over, the technique in coming up will follow.

Submitted by John H Webmaster. 130218

Club news 1302/2017

AGM, New Committe and Paddle

We had a very successful AGM at Marconi Sailing Club, with a good turn out from our members. I now stand down as Chairman and take up my new role as Vice Chair.  Thank you very much for all your support and kind words over the last two years. A new committee has been voted in and formed, and I will update the website and various documents to reflect this over the next couple of days. Your new Chairman is Andie Baldwin. A lot was discussed and resolved. A few members mentioned that they were not receiving club emails. I will look into this and see what can be done.  The minutes of the meeting will be sent out to you soon. This was followed by a paddle in quite testing conditions to Maylandsea. F5 and F7 gusting in from the west made for a change of plan, so instead of going to Thirslet Spit as intended, we headed up the estuary to Maylandsea , closely observed by several seals with a bit of surfing on route. Cracking day on the water.

Submitted by John H Vice Chairman 120218

D’arn at the Pool Monday 5th Feb

For those of you safely tucked up at home in front of the open fire and Goggle box you missed it. We had a 15 minute session aimed at practising your stern rudder and bow rudder. Some of us also had an adhoc practice passing your paddle over the bottom of your kayak whilst upside down ready for that awesome roll. Some success’s, and some bail outs. Well done to all of you who took part. Don’t forget we have a store room full of different sized and shaped boats. Don’t be afraid to try them out. It all adds to your kayaking experience and is also good fun seeing how each boat performs differently. That sweet spot in your “old favourite” will desert you in another boat and you will need to re think and re adjust.

Submitted by John H Webmaster 070218

AGM Sunday 11th February 10:30 Marconi Sailing Club see Events Calendar double click on the date and scroll down. All club members new and old will be welcomed. The agenda has now been finalised and dispatched. Please bring your own copy with you to the meeting.

Submitted by Chairman
British Canoeing Road Show

British Canoeing is going on the road during February and March to update members on the launch of Club Associate membership and plans for new Access and Environment campaign. See Events Calendar February 7th for full details and website.

Submitted by Webmaster
2018 has arrived! CALENDARS now available

At last we can now crack on with the year as the long awaited Bramston CC calendars have arrived. See Cheryl for yours. You know you want one.

Submitted by Webmaster.
Coaches training session

On Saturday 13th Jan the coaches got together for a training session which involved a bit of role playing and practising different coaching techniques. If there is such a title as Kayaker thesbian, then Bramston coaches are the best! This was followed by a wash up and for the few who weren’t freezing their toes off a quick paddle down the Chelmer. I think all involved thought it a worth while session. Thanks to Kevin for organising it.

Submitted by John H. Chairman

Annual General Meeting

AGM will be held on Sunday 11th February at 10:30 Marconi Sailing Club.  Please check your emails and see forum.

Items on the agenda so far are:-

Out going committee reports, Voting in and forming of the new committee.

AOB – Coaches – wannabies and improvers, BC assoc membership – two options, Late payment of fees, Non returnable deposits for trips, Courses/personal aspirations – what do you want to do?how do we encourage more people to attend trips?

Please keep your ideas and discussion topics coming. Anything which we can’t discuss/resolve will be taken on by the new committee.

submitted by John H Chairman

 

Bramston CC 2018 Events List now Out.

I have now put the events list on the site calendar, the trips Forum and a hard copy will be available from Me at the Monday pool sessions. I have also added some working notes below the list on the trips forum. Event suggestions will always be welcome on the forum.

Happy New Year, may your paddles be wet. Barry

submitted by Barry I Vice Chairman

 

Tree obstruction River Chelmer

Paddlers beware

“Tree across river Chelmer – this is not a recent tree fall, however with the river rising it has now become more of a dangerous hazard for anyone traveling downstream from the University. There is a tree across the river just above the Viaduct/Railway crossing and after the footpath which leads from Hill View Road to the Station/University. There is currently no room to get under the tree safely and no obvious breakouts before the tree. Take care whilst the rivers are flowing.”

submitted by Cheryl C Secretary
Message from Webmaster updating BCC email address

Some of you I believe are not receiving/included on the general email address. If you wish to be included you need to have a forum account (even if you don’t use it) as I use this list to update the general email addresses. To register on the forum you must email me at webmaster@bramstoncanoeclub.org. Once I’ve verified who you are I will set up your account.

Submitted by Webmaster.

Club news 16/01/2017

Annual General Meeting

AGM will be held on Sunday 11th February at 10:30 Marconi Sailing Club.  Please check your emails and see forum.

Items on the agenda so far are:-

Out going committee reports, Voting in and forming of the new committee.

AOB – Coaches – wannabies and improvers, BC assoc membership – two options, Late payment of fees, Non returnable deposits for trips, Courses/personal aspirations – what do you want to do?how do we encourage more people to attend trips?

Please keep your ideas and discussion topics coming. Anything which we can’t discuss/resolve will be taken on by the new committee.

submitted by John H Chairman

 

Bramston CC 2018 Events List now Out.

I have now put the events list on the site calendar, the trips Forum and a hard copy will be available from Me at the Monday pool sessions. I have also added some working notes below the list on the trips forum. Event suggestions will always be welcome on the forum.

Happy New Year, may your paddles be wet and your head be dry. Barry

submitted by Barry I Vice Chairman

Tree obstruction River Chelmer

Paddlers beware

“Tree across river Chelmer – this is not a recent tree fall, however with the river rising it has now become more of a dangerous hazard for anyone traveling downstream from the University. There is a tree across the river just above the Viaduct/Railway crossing and after the footpath which leads from Hill View Road to the Station/University. There is currently no room to get under the tree safely and no obvious breakouts before the tree. Take care whilst the rivers are flowing.”

submitted by Cheryl C Secretary
Message from Webmaster updating BCC email address

Some of you I believe are not receiving/included on the general email address. If you wish to be included you need to have a forum account (even if you don’t use it) as I use this list to update the general email addresses. To register on the forum you must email me at webmaster@bramstoncanoeclub.org. Once I’ve verified who you are I will set up your account.

Webmaster.

submitted by John H Webmaster
Committee meeting 6 Dec

Your committee had their final meeting this evening prior to our AGM planned for Feb 2017. Thank you to all committee members and contributers for this evenings meeting. Apologies for the meeting running on later than planned but there was a lot to discuss. The minutes of the meeting will be published shortly. The AGM has been penned in for 10:30 Sunday 11th Feb 2018 with a planned sea paddle afterwards. This date will be subject to permission from Marconi Sailing Club who have kindly offered their club house for this event. An agenda for the AGM will be sent out in due course.  There are still a couple more paddles planned before the end of the year so don’t go into hibernation just yet! On behalf of the committee, we wish all our members and readers a very happy Christmas and New Year, and whatever you do, paddle safe.

John H.

Submitted by J Hefford Chairman.
Olympic Winners

Congratulations and commiserations to Frank, Scot and George, who I believe all successfully completed the Olympic course at Lee Valley this weekend, broken noses not withstanding!

Submitted by Webmaster

 

Suggestions for Next Years Calendar Please.

I’m after some input from club members please due to some trips that have had next to no interest this year. Are they just the wrong dates? I have started a suggestions page on the Trips Forum, If you feel that your club kayaking needs are not being met now is your chance to put it right.

Reverse Paddling

Monday night also saw a couple of floating islands placed in the pool to practice reverse paddling. Glad to see lots of people trying their skills around the islands. It is intended to provide more obstacles such as this to help improve your various strokes rather than paddling around an imaginary rock or obstacle. Some feed back on how you felt this worked would be appreciated, by email, verbally or on the forum.

 

Forums Forums Forums.

Please take a look at the forums. A short video clip has been put on the Training forum with the caption “what would you do differently” Take a look and have a think – How would you rescue the person, what would you do if you were the victim, how could the victim have possibly avoided the situation in the first place? I’d like to say answers on a postcard, but in this case answers on the forum.

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

Winter Wild Camp

Note in order to save space on Achive folder see Blogs for this club news entry.

Pool Session Monday 27th

20:30: 15-20 minute Bite size training session: A progression on moving your Kayak sideways from two weeks ago, “The Sculling Draw stroke”

Pool Session Monday 20th 20:15-21:15

20:30 15- Minute training session: Stern Rudder (making your Kayak/Canoe go in a straight line)

Pool Session Monday 13th 20:15-21:15

20:30. 15-minute training session: moving your kayak sideways!

River Vyrnwy blog

Note in order to save space on Achive folder see Blogs for this club news entry.

 

 

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.

Popcorn making 2

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.