Club News

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:

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.

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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.

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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.

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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).

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Coming Events

Monday Evening Pool Sessions. Every Monday 20:15 – 21:15 poolside, Witham Leisure, CM8 1EP (apart from Bank Holidays)

Friday Evenings 15/06/18 Blackwater estuary.

Club Paddle 09-10/06/18 poss wild camp, wild camp recce or weekend away?

Summer wild camp. 23-24th June

Club Paddle. 8th July

Deben Evening/night paddle. 21st July

Club Paddle. 12th August

Club weekend. 8-9th September poss warm-up for WW or Sea weekend.

Club WW weekend. 13-14th October

Club WW Weekend. 10-11th November

Winter wild camp. 1-2nd December

Bridge Jump/Xmas meal. 24th December

Dash-n-Splash WW trip. 29th December

Burn the Pudding off Paddle. 6th January 2019

A weekend trip to Anglesey?

More info on all trips can be found on the Trips Forum page and EVENTS calendar

Submitted by Barry Events coordinator

2018 Scottish Sea kayaking symposium

See Forum under training or click the link

Submitted by Barry Events Organiser

  Training trips.

Open boat training Saturday 24th Feb See forum

Two Star Training Sunday 4th March  See Training forum

Some wild rolling/rescuing. Friday evening paddle 1st June

Sea Kayak training

Check out: for some great sea kayak training at Anglesey

Training trips will be published as and when. Normally when the weather is warmer. Keep an eye out on the forum and Events Calendar.