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NOTE – Please be aware that paddles organised on other media such as FB and Messenger between members are fine BUT are peer paddles and do not fall under the umbrella of Bramston CC “Club Paddles”. Bramston Canoe Club club paddles will be advertised on the Club Website and forum.

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Welcome to 2022 Happy new year to all our members and readers.


Lets get this year off the ground. Keep an eye out on the forum and other media especially the Events calendar for trips and info.

River night paddle – first one of the year – see Events Calendar Sat 15th Jan.

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AGM announcement – the following has been lifted/summarized from club email as sent out by our Secretary: – I hope you all had a lovely Christmas and new year break. The Christmas Eve and subsequent ‘Burn The Pudding Off’ paddles seemed to be very well attended with great fun had by all. I’m sure you are all looking forward to many more great paddles in 2022. I am pleased to inform you all that the club’s AGM will be held on Sunday 6th March 2022 from 10am. The venue will be Marconi Sailing Club, Stansgate Abbey Farm, Stansgate Rd, Steeple CM0 7NU. For those that want to, there will be a club paddle out on the Blackwater Estuary once the AGM has finished. Many thanks to John Hefford for arranging the use of MSC’s facilities and of course to the committee of MSC for welcoming us once again. An agenda and more information regarding the use of MSC’s facilities will be sent out closer to the time including any Covid related rules we must adhere to. The committee strongly recommend that all members attend if they are able to. BCC is your club and your ideas, thoughts and input are much needed and vital to the smooth operation and future success of the club. ……. 

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Well considering the time of year, it isn’t very cold. Bit of frost in the morning, some of us have boasted a dusting of snow but nothing major to freeze our spirits. Friday OB paddles are still going on, most recent was the Heybridge Loop continuing onto Hoe Mill Lock for a bite to eat before heading back home.  As I write this, the Winter Wild campers are on their merry way back from the wilds of Bradwell. Eight of them braved the mildish weather and paddled from Heybridge (F4 Westerlies) to a secret location off of Bradwell. They will be catching the tide home with a bit of a NW F5 breeze in their faces. – good luck with that one. The pictures on Social media said they were having a good time. Oh, and the duck exchanged hands-Steve B is now the happy guardian of this coveted trophy. He decided a quick dip in the North sea was well worth it.

Still 15 days to go before the big fat man in the red jump suit breaks into your house, so get out and enjoy the month. There are some end of season paddles arranged – burn off the Xmas pudding and the Splash n’Dash to keep you going. Look at the Events forum and social media – if you are interested make yourself known.

Some of our newer members to the sport have been joining in with some quite adventurist trips and have been supported by the more experienced kayakers. Well done, your skill level and experiences are coming on in leaps and bounds. It is really good to see you out on the water and very encouraging to the coaches and fellow members knowing that as a club, we are getting the level of training right.

Whilst club membership is on hold at the moment, if you are interested in us, please make enquiries and you will be added to a waiting list as spaces become available.

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Seal launch R.Dart on the Loop by James Wood. see link! This was part of the very well attended WW weekend on the R. Dart on November 8th.


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This month is racing by with white water trips, sea trips, surfing trips and open boat trips. Keep your eye on all the clubs media channels. The white water trip to north Devon was very well attended with over 13 club members and friends doing battle with the Upper Dart and the Loop. This was a first for quite a few members, with everyone coming away with new skills and conquests. The Swimmers trophy changed hands rapidly throughout the weekend! A Sea trip to The Street was a sea kayakers delight, bashing into a head wind to get to the Street, followed by some excellent surf conditions on the in coming tide off The Street. The trip back had a rolling sea hitting our hind quarters and a gorgeous sun to blind us. Finding the inlet to get us back into Old Felixstowe was pretty interesting too, with a bit of surf just to keep you on your toes. Well done to the new comers on this trip, really good to see you extending yourselves. Paddling in open water gives a new dimension and experience to sea kayaking. Oh, and nearly forgot to mention the swimmers trophy was claimed by Adam for awesome surfing! As we are now mid month, there are various training sessions going on, some are invite only so keep your eye out for these. As I write this short blog, there is an OB paddle on Friday 19th on the R. Stort. see Events Calendar.  The days are beginning to get colder, so rather than wrap yourself up and hibernate for the winter, think about setting yourself some goals. British Canoeing have lots of suggestions, but you can set your own – they don’t have to be epic paddles. As an idea circumnavigate Mersea Island or Osea Island or paddle the length of the R. Chelmer (section by section). And a final note, don’t forget to keep your paddle log upto date.

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Lots going on in the club at the moment. Pool sessions are very busy each week and coaches are now including some 20 minute training sessions where they can, starting with throwline basics last week. Some members are off to the River Wharfe on the weekend of the 9th & 10th for some Whitewater fun. The club’s South Devon Whitewater trip is fast approaching and is now fully booked. There are also a couple of sea kayak award training days coming up, make yourself known to Barry I or Clive Marfleet if you’re interested.

Speaking of being busy the club now has so many members that the committee have, with regret, had to stop taking membership applications. Great news that we now have so many budding paddlers but the decision had to be made to prevent pool sessions becoming oversubscribed and overwhelmed. If you’ve been thinking about joining us however, please do email us and your contact details will be saved so you can be contacted when we’re able to accept memberships again. 


There are quite a few trips coming up over October, starting with the first weekend. Check the events Calendar and social media. Get your name down early to avoid disappointment.  Some of the trips require you to book the campsite yourself – best do that in advance rather than turn up and find you have nowhere to camp. Also looking ahead to 2022 people are starting to book for the surfing weekend in May. This is a very popular event, even if you don’t surf it is a beautiful part of the world to explore and enjoy a social evening with other club members. Again check the Events forum and social media.

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Well Scotland looked a blast. Superb weather and the pictures taken by the happy paddlers say it all. (Not included here as they are on the FB and other media.) A lot of people have been visiting Lee Valley WW centre. Some club nights have been arranged through Bramston CC and Maldon CC as well as individual bookings. The swim trophy has changed hands yet again – see Swim Trophy page. Up and coming WW trip the River Wharf is in the planning, just need to get all the numbers of those going and then its pack and go. See forum and and the Events Calendar for details. Don’t forget if you have never paddled in the “Wild” before and want to have a go, make yourself known as there are many people going out and about on individual trips and peer to peer trips as well as club organised ones.

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As August slowly disappears our sights are set on September and all the preparation for the big Scottish trip – well it is for those of us going. Look out for training paddles and kit readiness expeditions. Now is the time to get it sorted and not when your are in an Force 7 wind against tide with 3 miles left before land! August has been a funny month in that the weather has been out of kilter, people have stayed at home and camp sites have apparently all been full. (That’s a dig at Anglesey camp sites). Three club members have successfully completed their sea kayak leader assessment in Anglesey. Congratulations to John H, Liz C and Johnny D.  Special thanks to Nick Cunliffe of  for running the course and providing a paddling group on which to practice with. (Thankyou Stuart and Chris of Liverpool CC and Mike of Newcastle CC). Lots of individual paddles have been taking place throughout the month. Kevin R has been regularly paddling his open boat on Fridays and others have been visiting Lee Valley WW centre. There is a white water trip planned for November –  as soon as the advert went out, so all the places were taken. If you haven’t got your name down contact Mike, our secretary and he may be able to squeeze you in or put you on a waiting list in case anyone drops out. Our club has increased in membership, so, if you are new to the club and want to go paddling in the wild speak up. We have many experienced paddlers who would be happy to take you out in appropriate conditions, be it sea, river or white water. Paddling in a pool is great, paddling in the real world is great fun! Your senses become alive – rock, fish , tree, sandbank, seal, rapids! big wave, even bigger wave and oh dear that was huge!  Get out and enjoy it!

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Big thankyou to Clive Marfleet for running a two day First Aid course over two weekends. (21st and 31st July) Nine people from different clubs attended the course and are now up todate with current first aid practices. This was a full on course with practical sessions and discussions going on. There was a great deal of experience in the room, with various real time scenarios and anecdotes discussed from the light hearted to the very serious. This made for a very interesting and enjoyable two days. If your first aid is a little rusty or your ticket (3 years) is running out, let Clive know so that you can attend the next course. 

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Friday night paddles are now starting to be organized, keep your eye on the forums, media and Events Calendar.

Friday 16th – Clacton on Sea Martello Car park to Hutleys Beach St Osysth – This proved to be a very nice and interesting paddle for everyone. I think we found Essex’s version of the Skerries, albeit very dumbed down, but there were overfalls, tidal races, surf waves, rocks and great weather. Pictures of the trip have been put on BCC FB page but here is one of Simon catching a wave

Several members of the club have courses coming up so there will be some sea practice sessions in more challenging water. Look out on the clubs media for dates and suitability. There are some sea kayakers who want to extend their experiences in these conditions and will be advised accordingly.


Zoom, the doppler effect, look left and watch June arrive ,move your head to the right and watch it disappear, it moved quick and we’re now into July, ouch. But June was a busy month with individual paddles and training sessions taking place, so nice to see people getting involved especially in the colder days of the month.

We have two newly qualified Paddlesport instructors Mike D  (WW) and Mark B (OB) well done. They completed their assessments at the end of May and received their certificates at the beginning of June. This will be a huge asset to the club with future members wanting to experience the various forms of our sport.

The main trip in June was the long awaited Jurassic Coast trip, which was very well attended. 12 sea kayakers in all and the chosen weekend was full of other clubs with the same idea, Portland, Tower Hamlets, Portsmouth and quite a few others, so the coast was busy. Most of the group arrived on the Friday and paddled around Old Harrys Rocks, (see pictures on the blog), and then the main trip on the Saturday had the group paddle from Ringstead near Weymouth, to Lulworth Cove. The conditions were perfect, sunny calm day with excellent visibility. (Again see photos on the blog). In the evening some of the group went bat watching – I never saw any – but they were abundant apparently. On the Sunday the weather had changed to wet and very windy so some of the group went home, some though decided to look at and paddle the Bill of Portland putting in on the sheltered shore of Chisel beach. The water was crystal clear and with the slack tide they enjoyed the trophy of paddling one of the most notorious stretches of water on the south coast. Go on line and look it up – strong warnings for sailors! 

Pool sessions have been well attended and toward the end of June members could bring there sanitized boats to the pool. Five week introduction to paddling courses have also begun. So very pleased to see new faces embark on the sport of kayaking. The club is making full use of the small training pool – which is like a tepid bath – and great to practice rescue drills and rolling in.

The Swim Trophy – that lovely duck on polished wood diving into the abyss – has changed hands sooo many times this month. It was like a game of ping pong, Mark, Ian and Steffi, Summer, Kevin – Ian, Andy…etc. It has in fact changed hands so many, many times some members aren’t happy. After long debates as to what counts as a swim a new trophy is to be created. It will be awarded for kayaking mishaps, such as bad embarkation where by the kayaker falls out of his boat but doesn’t swim because he she is in shallow water, that sort of scenario. Can’t help feeling this will be a trophy of shame, as opposed to the Duck which represents self improvement albeit through error!

Hazel, a proud winner of the Swim Trophy 11th June

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And it looks like we’re back in action again. Club trips are now starting to be organized along with peer paddles. Courses are being booked such as sea leader and first aid etc. Probably the one thing which affects us all is the re introduction of pool sessions. You should have all received an email informing of such, along with the what to do now.  Look forward to seeing you all either at one of the pool sessions or on the water somewhere.

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I have blogged a “lesson learnt” about safety, which may be a helpful reminder of how easily things can go wrong. See Blogs page.

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AGM – Thankyou committee for a successful AGM on ZOOM video link. A lot was discussed and actioned. The minutes of the meeting will be published shortly.

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AGM video link details have now been sent out to all members of the club. If you haven’t yet received them,contact Mike our secretary immediately. Look forward to seeing you all on line.

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AGM TUESDAY 27TH APRIL 7PM – 9PM video link details to be sent separately – an agenda will be sent shortly. I urge as many of you to join in as possible. It’s your club, have your say.

We’re paddling again, albeit with in government guidlines. Look at the forum, look at the Events Calendar, look at the social media groups, so that you don’t miss out. Too much FOMO is not good for the soul! Be safe, be sensible, be cautious. Start off with easy paddles before going on the epic journey Bradwell to France via Norway!  It has to be said, check you kit, check your kit, check your kit. I went out the other day and couldn’t find my boat!

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With lockdown restrictions being eased from March 29th, please find below the latest paddling guidance from British Canoeing.

“We have updated our guidance following further information from DCMS and Sport England. You can view the full guidance  here<>. This applies to paddling activity in England from the 29th March. The government has issued guidance that applies to England on the four-step roadmap out of lockdown<>. regards Club Services Team”

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Whats going on in March – watch this space! Well for starters several of us have gotten older, I’ve dusted my kayak off several times and er, I’ve drunk lots of tea. Barry, our Events Rep has been busy putting up several trips, along with Mike, our Secretary, who is desperate to get to Dorset for the Jurassic coast. What has become quite apparent, is that the camp sites are charging a little bit more than 50p for a pitch. Covid and opportunism seem to have become partners in crime along with greed/supply and demand. I seem to remember something similar to this happening years ago during a petrol shortage. Some garages were charging astronomical prices for a gallon of fuel. Once the strikes ended, those garages went out of business because people remembered and stopped using them. Anyway, looks like we’ll all be on the water come the end of the month.

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Brrr, a cold month to say the least. Spotting for signs of Spring has kept me busy on my walks along the river bank. The first daffodil made me smile and now of course come the end of the month they are common place, along with early buds on the trees and woodpeckers. As we creep into March the Governments announcement about “The End is Nigh” (for Lockdown of course) was welcome relief. So, I’ve checked my boat once, twice and a few more times ready for the off! Think I’ll go sea kayaking first, no open boating, er sailing anybody?

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Welcome to a new year, with hope on the horizon, warmer days in the offing and a pocketful of paddling dreams, wishes and gurnnado’s (say it quickly). Pool sessions on, pool sessions off – don’t despair, it keeps us on our toes. The committee are staying on top of when we can and can’t go.

Mark Boddington has written a blog and made a video on kayak maintenance which you can read with a mug of tea in hand and a plate full of choccy biscuits.

Whilst we’re in this lock down period, take a bit of time to check the expiry dates on your tickets such as first aid and for the coaches and welfare officers, their appropriate mandatory tickets. Keep an eye out for up and coming courses because when we’re allowed out, it will be a rush for first come first served.

Top of my list of things to do once the frost lifts – fit a new mast thwart and foot to my canoe, dust of sea kayak – is that a barnacle I see? Water my white water boat, if it was in a desert there would be tumble weed blowing over it – drier than a dry thing, and they’re pretty dry I can tell you.

Stay safe.

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………and the pandemic carries on affecting all of our lives, but there is hope and provided we all stick to the rules we can still enjoy our sport. Lots of people have been going out solo paddling and people have been forming paddling buddies, so there are ways to get on the water safely. For those going on the sea check your tides, check the wind, check the temperature; and funnily enough, for those on the rivers do the same, especially tidal estuaries. So a little flavour of what has been happening on the water. The R. Stour has featured quite a lot this month, with trips from Stratford St Mary to Langham flumes (several times), Nayland to Bures, the old favourite R. Chelmer Hoe Mill to Rickets, the jungle run, (my personal favourtie), Beeleigh Link to Maldon for tea and a one way canoe sailing trip from Heybridge to Mersea Island. The sailing trip sparked quite a bit of interest so for 2021, get your sails out, this trip will be repeated. The exceptional tidal surge also saw some really good photos, thanks to Barry  showing that you can virtually launch and recover from the drivers seat of your car at Bradwell Waterside. May be a bit of an exaggeration but you get the idea. 

Keep an eye on the news regarding when we can return to pool sessions, an email will be sent out to all with advice on what, when and where. Whilst Monday night sessions might not be happening at the moment, use your monday nights for a bit of home work – navigation, checking your kit – first aid kits get neglected with items going out of date or have been damaged by water. Check your repair kit and also any safety gear. Christmas is coming up and its a good time to replace/add to your growing collecting of useful items! What ever you do stay safe, keep posting your photos on the various media and let people know what you are doing.

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Wow the year is going fast. Nice to see that in this unusual environment Bramston Canoe Club is still attracting new members. Welcome to you all. A lot of administration work has been going on in the back ground to make sure the club is fully functioning with the new government guide lines on sporting activities. So on behalf of club members and myself a big thank you to the committee and Coaches for getting the swimming pool sessions back on track and maintaining the clubs vibrant paddling community.  We have managed to participate in some really exciting paddling experiences, including touring, local trips, night paddling and training. These have mainly been open boating and sea kayaking, but now that Lee Valley has opened its gates again, White Water is back in the offing. Keep your eyes on the forum and the Events Calander for club organised events.

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11th – 19th Pembrokeshire trip was a huge success despite Corona Virus rules, those who went had a terrific time. See Blog. The following links are short videos taken from the trip .2020_0914_143522002020_0914_11103800,   2020_0914_12430400,    2020_0914_14335400

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Pool Sessions on the horizon. Monday 21st September is looking good. The new session times are 19:30 – 20:30.

Wednesday 2nd River Stour Trip –  Harwich to Mistley . This was a lovely weekday trip up the River Stour from the industrial side of Harwich, a new launch point for the 3 of us who were on this trip. Taking off from the beach on Wellington Road, we were straight into confused water rounding the harbour wall, but once into the estuary proper it was easy paddling. Keeping an eye out for the big boys toys and super tankers, Shotley Ferry, cross channel ferry etc, made it a very relaxing crossing to the eastern side of the river. I thought it was brilliant to paddle through the industrial port and ferry terminal.

Pretty beaches further up, duelling banjos heaven passing the beach huts at Wrabness, cultural buildings such as the Ceramic House made by Artist Grayson Perry, the large hospital school, and  a trip down memory lane of the good old days working at t’mill in Mistley. 

Actually, seeing Mistley from the waterside was very disappointing – it needs some TLC.

The trip back revolved around finding our own private beach, of which there were lots, for tea and sandwiches before heading home. The expected F4 kicked in, giving the yachts something to think about, and for us, a bit of choppy water and an even swell.

Again rounding the harbour wall put us in confused water again, the back wash off of the harbour wall was making us all bounce a bit. An enjoyable 5 1/2 hours and 19 miles of exploration. Thanks to Liz C and James W’ford for your company and humour.

Happy paddlers

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Monday 24th Maiden Voyage. Someone bought a new boat and wanted to try it out so three of us decided to join him setting off from different points of the Blackwater Estuary. Liz paddled from the bottom of her road (show off) Roy and Simon (with new boat) set off from the Hard at West Mersea Yacht club and I set off from Bradwell and we all met up at the East Cardinal Buoy outside of Salcott Creek. The wind was westerlies and blowing a constant F4 with an incoming tide made the crossing from Bradwell to the north side of the Estuary a little bumpy. We then paddled to Tollesbury Marina, passing Anna J on a giant Canoe – looked more like a light ship – painting it red, and had a cup of tea and a sandwich.

We then paddled back to the Blackwater Estuary and visited the man made sandbank just outside the South Tollesbury channel, before parting company and heading back to our respective launching sites. The wind had calmed down to a very pleasant F2. Thanks to my fellow paddlers Liz C, Roy C and Simon H.

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Friday 7th evening paddle started a little later than expected due to road works and heavy traffic. Five of us ventured out from Bradwell for a very leisurely paddle . With no real plan we went to Tollesbury, then circumnavigated the Oyster shed by Mersea Island before catching some very small surf waves back home. Very warm evening with a  light breeze F2/3. Superb way to end the week and start the weekend. Thankyou to BarryI (Lollystix paddles) Clive M (Maldon Canoe Club), Andy E and Steve M for your company.


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Swimmer Trophy hand over – Yes we have a new winner for the swimmers Trophy – Simon H took a dip in the R. Crouch on Wed 5th trying to disembark from his boat on the ramp at Eyott Sailing Club. Photo to follow

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Sunday 12th Red Sands – Weather conditions were perfect for the eight paddlers who set off from Minster.  17 miles for those who came back via the Montgomery. The forecast was spot on, F2 increasing F3 with a slight swell. A lot of fun was had surfing the bow waves of the large tankers  entering the estuary. Big thanks to Barry I (Lollystixpaddles) for organising this. At least four of the group had never done this trip before. It was also a first, for some, for being so far out to sea in a kayak  (7 miles off shore).

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Swimmer of the Moment Trophy – Not a trophy of shame but one of immense pride, and in honour of this little duck mounted on wood a new “Page of Fame” will be added to commemorate the fallen few who have pushed their boundaries well beyond their watery limits and gravity! Look out for the new page.

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Tuesday 7th Sea paddle around Mersea Island. 4 of us set off from the beach along the Esplanade and paddled anti clockwise around the Island. Westerly winds F3 to start with helped us along the way heading toward the East Cardinal buoy, and then the winds increaded to F4/5, but by this time we were on our way to the Strood, so no real issues. Stopped off at Stone point for a cuppa and then again at the Strood. Once over the Strood , the ebb tide helped us on our way to our start off point. Lovely paddle, 13.27 miles covered. Always a pleasure to do this trip, even Mr Seal made an appearance on the north side. Thanks to Liz C, Kev R and Mark B for their company and support. For future ref this was a 4.5 hour trip with breaks.

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Strong winds in early July have lent themselves for some interesting sea paddles on the Blackwater Estuary.

Friday 3rd – Kevin R and John H set off from Tollesbury Marina in F4/5 winds, for a quick paddle over to Bradwell and back. The pictures show Kevin leaving Tollesbury – calm before the storm.

Good surfing practice for me, the expected 3′ waves must have had their Weetabix because they were a lot bigger! Stopped on Salcott Channel and then headed back into Tollesbury. Here’s a couple of pictutes of our return journey. (Too windy and choppy to take in the main estuary).

Later in the evening Barry I (Lollystix Paddles) Mark B, Andy E, Clive M (MCC), Mike D and others went out for a play from Bradwell – believe they all had fun too and including swimming. No names will be mentioned but clearly a “Swimmer of the Moment” Trophy winner. Mark, have you seen the trophy? It looks like this.

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Sunday 28th Rough Weather on the Blackwater Training trip

Whilst most of us were tucked up in our warm homes listening to Val Doonican melodies on Radio 2 some of us were out playing in the Blackwater Esturay F5/6. The storm warning of an F8 blowing through was a SUPRISE! No, not nuts, but this was a training day for intermediate paddlers wanting practice in bigger water and conditions as well as rescues etc. Many thanks to Clive M ( Maldon Canoe Club), and Barry I (LollystiX paddles)  for their help and guidance on what was a very fun day. The waves just built up as the tide rushed in. Early part of the morning steady F5 and an ebb tide had us beating against it, practising leading around buoys and positioning, followed by a nice surf back to Bradwell Marina entrance.

Then it was back out on the water, the waves had got bigger (the pictures were taken before the bigger waves set in) around Ross’s Revenge, Mark B can be seen passing the stern(top centre photo) and over to Bradwell beach for some lunch. Back on the water the tide had turned as had the sky (top right John D (MCC), Mark B, Clive C (MCC)). The sea state had changed, with good 3 foot short waves, so very bumpy, with a really strong wind against us. As you went down one wave the next wave was breaking on your deck. We sheltered behind the baffle wall and then set off for some rescue training. John D (MCC) was first off practising rolling and self rescue and was then rescued by Barry I, whilst this was going on Mark B did a lovely broadside roll, that woke him up! By the time John D had got back in his kayak it was very lumpy and bumpy, so whilst I was given the opportunity to practice I declined, and we headed back to Bradwell Marina. As we reached the harbour entrance the F8 came through complete with driving rain. (The weather forecaster on Ch16 had been correct). So glad we were in relative shelter. Excellent day on the water and nice to be out in challenging conditions for a change. 

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Fri 26th Lots of paddles happened today – sea kayak trip to Red Sands, Sea kayak trip to Thirslet Spit for a bit of fishing, Open Boat trip on the Medway and an evening sea paddle from Bradwell to Sails Point. Can’t be bad.

Stop over on Osea Is after Thirslet Spit became awash.

Tues 23rd River Stour – Stratford St Mary to Nayland

Well some of us were there early, some of us were there really early and some of us were positively late and some didn’t even turn up! So, a late start on the water putting in at Stratford St Mary. Liz C, Mark B, Anna J and John and his daughter Claire H had a very leisurely paddle up the River Stour, in idyllic weather conditions; a gentle breeze F1-2 for the sea kayakers, blue skies, warm and sunny. We met a few other people on the water but otherwise the river was quiet and all ours. We nearly got to Boxted Bridge but a family of swans stopped play. The male swan took a distinct disliking to Mark B and went for him. The rest of us weren’t so keen to pass the swan so poor old Mark had to run the gauntlet again! We had lunch, played on the flume and then took a gentle paddle back to Stratford St Mary. Lovely day on the river, but we didn’t make Nayland.

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Wednesday 17th Bradwell to Maylandsea Marina, Osea Island fishing trip, Heybridge Basin evening paddle

Work is starting to get in the way of the new life of socially distanced gatherings but on Wednesday 17th Clive M of Maldon Canoe Club and myself paddled from Bradwell to Maylandsea Marina for an early lunch and then took the scenic route home via Osea Island causeway. We considered Northey Island but the ebb tide was dictating our movements.

Malylandsea Marina  Clive leaving Lawling Creek

Later in the afternoon a lone kayaker, James, went fishing or at least dangled his line in the water and explored Goldhanger Creek, suprisingly, having paddled the estuary for years, he had never ventured into it before. Just goes to show what a hidden gem we have on our doorstep.

And if that wasn’t enough for Wednesday, in the evening several open boaters cruised the R. Chelmer from Heybridge Basin. Kevin R, Barry I and Mike D with his daughter Poppy all went for a late evening paddle just to finish off the day.

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Sunday 14th Old Felixstowe to Woodbridge and  Bradwell to Colne Bar

Social distancing is still in place however some paddling has been going on with individuals going out and doing their own thing, fishing for some and just messing for others. People are allowed to meet up albeit in small groups with the mandatory 2 metres apart so, on Sunday 14th, two trips took place (as reported to me) mainly due to tides and timings.

A group set off early in the morning from Bradwell to Colne Bar and beyond  – Barry I, Andy E, Clive M, Jonnie and Roger were on this trip. Great paddling conditions and also witnessed a fantastic aerobatic display by Peregrine Falcons at Bradwell power station.  Later in the afternoon Mike D, Mark B and myself set off from Old Felixstowe and paddled to Woodbridge on the River Deben. We knew this was going to be a late session (which put a lot of people off – that work thing again) – 16:15 on the water and off at 21:15. By the time we’d packed up and driven home it was well past 23:00, but worth the effort.


Mark in his Cetus complete with wooden stick

Bit of sailing on the horizon – John H “need more practice with steerage, but once on the wind great fun.”

Mike on route home. The water just flattened out and the wind against tide, which was expected never happened – oh joy

Sometimes timed selfies don’t work out – wheres Mike when you need him.

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Social distancing paddling is catching on! You can officially shout at people without them getting upset –  ‘cos they are so far away from you (Dire Straits for the oldies). Some members have been dipping their toes in the water and enjoying the empty rivers and estuaries – make the most of it as the word is spreading fast.  A couple of us agreed to meet out on the water Liz, Mike and me yesterday on the Blackwater keeping at least 17 foot between us (er, sea kayaks are long) and some others who happened to be out on the water.  Very strange to see all the yacht  moorings empty and the estuary almost to ourselves save for a couple of fishermen dotted around.

On the way out from Bradwell it was like a mill pond. Mike and Liz posing in front of Ross’s Revenge (pic1)  and later on route from Marconi Sailing club to Osea Island (pic2). We had lunch  by Osea causeway, beautiful clear and warmish water. Met a solo kayaker fishing and chatted whilst we were eating our sandwiches dotted along the beach – that was weird and about the closest we got to one another. We then paddled through the marshes of north Osea and popped out just behind the WW1 concrete bunker and lagoon on the north eastern side of Osea. Met Clive and Judy who had who had been to Maylandsea, before parting our ways and heading back to Bradwell. Mike, Liz and I went  to see the Tollesbury pier on the north side of the estuary opposite Ross’s Revenge (pics 3&4), Liz led the way, and once there we  parted company, Liz carried on to Mersea Island and Mike and I took the back way into Bradwell Marina punching the tide a little (No Barry Beasting for us) We had just enough tide to get over the mud flats.  Excellent day on the water, and all within goverment guidelines!

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Here we go gathering nuts in May, nuts in May – well, everyones gone nutty since the lockdown, but there is a little bit of light in the not too distant future. Paddling is now allowed, albeit with strict rules attached, 2 metre distance and only with one other person, so no groups, unless they’re from your own household.  That means you can now go out on the green and crinkly stuff, but be aware – THE WATER IS STILL VERY COLD, don’t be complacent. If you get into trouble CAN YOU SELF RESCUE? 

The following has been lifted from British Canoeing website – advice on going back on the water – 

“Further advice for individual paddlers; In this first phase of return to activity, all individual paddlers should restrict their paddlesport activities to environments which are well within their capabilities, alert friends and family to their activity and predicted return times and ensure they have a means to call for help, handy at all times.”

see BC advice A return to paddling in England

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Unfortunately, with the good weather coming everyone is itching to get on the water, but this is a “want” and not a necessity, and we must all do our part. All trips are cancelled until further notice, but this doesn’t mean to say we can’t do anything. Check your kit, make sure it is sea worthy and in date. Restock your first aid kit, tighten any loose nuts and bolts on your boat, check for leaks in rubber seals, oil zippers and if you have been a bit lazy wash your kit and reproof it. Keep an eye on the forum and social media for when the isolation period is over, and if you’re feeling really bored look at some of the navigation questions on the forum, if nothing else it will jog your memory.

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Subject: Black Water Tour 2020 – CANCELLED

Dear BCC Members,

Unfortunately due to the Coronavirus outbreak and the associated 
logistical problems we have been informed by the organisers that this 
year’s Blackwater tour has been cancelled. This may be a 
disappointment to those of you who have booked a place but I’m sure 
you all understand the reasons behind it. Hopefully a successful tour 
can be run again next year.

Kind regards,
Club Secretary


Mike Secretary 200320


Dear Bramston Canoe Club members, Following the latest government recommendations regarding Coronavirus, the club Committee have been discussing the situation and how to proceed with regards to club activities at this time.

We are currently planning on NO CHANGE to the status of our club activities. For the moment Witham Leisure Centre remains open and our pool sessions will still take place as usual on Monday evenings. All club paddles will also go ahead as planned.

Of course as a club we want all our members to stay safe and it is therefore at the discretion of each individual member to decide as to whether or not they wish to attend a pool session or club paddle. We do advise that club members follow government advice regarding prevention of communicating the illness to others such as hand washing and avoiding unnecessary physical contact (hand shaking, hugging etc) and that those in more the more vulnerable groups isolate themselves as much as they can etc.

Please rest assured that we are continuing to monitor the situation and if we need to make any changes to club activities we will communicate this to members immediately.

Club Committee 19/03/2020

As the warmer weather,erm, arrives and people start emerging from hibernation, I thought the following advice from the RYA (Royal Yatching Association) on BAs might be useful.  Whilst its aimed at Sailors its still relevant to us canoeists, kayakers and SUP paddlers

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Announcing the new:

Swimmer of the moment trophy


This is not a trophy of shame, it’s an award for trying and entertaining. You will still get a swim sticker to keep but the idea is to pass the trophy on when the next person swims hence “Swimmer of the Moment”.


The following has been lifted from an email asking for members help.

Good morning all,

I am hoping that you might be able to help push this Blog round key clubs for me? We are currently trying to influence the Agriculture Bill, opportunities like this are very rare and time is of the essence!

The Blog piece we posted yesterday should explain all – and provides a template letter.

Priority is clubs/paddlers within the constituencies of MP’s on the ‘Scrutiny Committee’. We only have a week or two for this to have any impact.

Second we need to encourage all clubs to write to their MP asking them to support for the Gareth Thomas MP Amendment. This is to be tabled on the 10th, but still we need to be garnering MP support now.

I appreciate you are all very, very busy and bombarded with BC comms at present, but if you can spare a few mins to fire this blog off to key club / provider contacts, that would be great. I have put this on Facebook, as has BC, so any sharing or forwarding (thanks for your help on this Greg), would be greatly appreciated.

https://www . britishcanoeing . org . uk/news/2020/blog-view-from-the-riverbank-a-call-to-action  

The more noise we can create about this the better!!!!

Thank you so much for your help! #StrongerTogether


Post AGM – The AGM took place at Marconi Sailing Club. The post AGM paddle was abandoned due to Storm Dennis, however an exercise in Tidal navigation took place in stead which was well received. We were given an insight into Barry’s mind to see how he works everything out.  The new committee has been formed, with Cheryl – Ann taking the lead as Chair person, and Andie B becoming the new Vice Chair.  Standing down from the Committee is John H. The Minutes and outcome of the meeting will be published shortly. The new committee is published on the Contacts page.

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Ok, are we all set for the AGM this coming Sunday (16th)? You should all have received a copy of the AGM for you to print out and bring along with you.Weather wise not looking too good, needn’t pack the suntan lotion.  There is a planned paddle after the AGM but the weather is telling us a different story. The tides for Osea are Low Tide 11:13 0.6m and High Tide 17:34 4.3m. So even if you don’t brave the water, the estuary should look quite spectacular. Bring your cameras.

Local WindGuru Website shows it to be a tad windy. Maybe not for the faint hearted.  As a fall back,  a spot of navigation training will take place for those interested. Don’t forget to bring you own cup and sandwiches. The meeting will start at 10am prompt. Please do not arrive before 09:30 as you won’t get in! Note, once you have left the site you will not be able to get back in as the site will be locked. Make sure you take all of your belongings with you.

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Ok this trip is for April but you need to book your place now. Blackwater Tour – once a year trip. This is a great paddle to do as we only have access once a year to this part of the river. It’s not too challenging and you will be taken care of by our club group. We stop about half way for a picnic / lunch at Blue Mills Wickham Bishops. Normally off the water at Langford by 15:00/16:00. You must book your place to attend this trip. Contact Mike, our Secretary as soon as possible. If you’re in need of boats or other kit the club and members can help you. Any question just ask.

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First Aid Course – the First Aid course,specifically for waterborne activities was very well attended. Well done for those who have refreshed their knowledge and a very well done to those who have never attended one of these courses before. It means that we, as a club and as individuals can enjoy the great outdoors knowing that someone has our back in the event of accident and be prepared to step in and save a life. We are very fortunate in that most of our members are first aid trained. As a further note it is a requirement for a lot of British Canoeing training, coaching and self development programmes.

Liz is off to Anglesey – good luck to Liz who will be completing her BC Sea kayak leader course.

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January for me (vice Chair), means hibernation, time for DIY repairs to house and boats, for others, its full on get out there and paddle.  The Calendar is fast filling up for the year with some of the major trips now well into the planning stage. Get your name down sooner than later if you are interested, last minute add ons can be difficult to accommodate. 
For those who need their First Aid updating there is a course in the first week of February, get your name down for a refresher. As a club we do very well with trained first aiders,in that the majority of serious paddlers hold first aid tickets. Nice to know if you’re in trouble out on the green and crinkly stuff. The AGM is set for February which includes a paddle afterwards. Full details to be sent out soon. If you want anything discussed at the AGM please let a member of the committee know in advance or email Mike, our secretary for inclusion. It is in your own interest to turn up for the AGM, even if you are not paddling. It’s your club, your input is needed and welcomed. See you on the water.

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We’re back for another year of paddling and exploring our inland waterways, white water rivers and coastal shores. As you can see the calendar is already filling up with trips to whet your appetite. The year has kicked off with burn off the excess Christmas pudding paddle on the R. Stour (an epic 15k) with some impromtu trips in between. As usual keep your eyes on the forum and other social media.

Look forward to seeing you on the water.

John Vice Chairman.

For Next Year and Beyond

Beginning of the year there will be lots of training announced, White water, Sea, Surf and Touring and  Scotland 2020. A week of sea kayaking on the west coast with plenty of wild camping!

Isle of Man 2021 A week on this beautiful island, perhaps even paddling the open crossing there! This proposed trip has caught the attention of a lot of BCC kayakers. So if interested, like the Scottish trip taking place later on this year,  make sure you practice your sea kayaking skills and rescue skills well in advance.

More info on all trips can be found on the Trips Forum page and EVENTS calendar. Extra trips are always added throughout the year.

Trip suggestions always gratefully accepted

Submitted by Barry Events coordinator

  Training and Training trips.

Our Monday night pool sessions are always full of training opportunities, use them.


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