We were heading down to the South West Sea Kayak Meet at Corfe Castle. Vicky, Seth, Dave, Paul and I fitted comfortably into Seth’s van with borrowed sea boats on the roof. After a pretty hectic week at work the promised weekend of sun and sea down in Dorset was getting off to a pretty […]Read more "Five go to Dorset"
Another year has passed and that means it Blastathon time again! Once again Dave managed to arrange things so that there was enough water in the Thames to provide primo blasting levels at Abingdon Weir. With a record turn out this year the event ran like a well oiled machine. There were around forty competitors, many […]Read more "Blastathon"
What better way to spend a sunny Sunday than pottering along the river until a reaching a rather nice riverside pub? No a lot really, unfortunately I wasn’t able to partake in said activity. A lingering throat infection and doctors order kept me out of my boat and on the bank. On the plus side I […]Read more "(not) Paddling to a Pub"
This weekend I ventured down to Dartmoor for the annual Pyranha Fest with a few friends from KCC. Saturday saw the Dart hovering around the edge of the ledge and clear blue skies that made the dry suit seem unnecessary, well almost. Taking a punt on the Erme running we headed to Ivybridge and to […]Read more "Misty Morning"
Last weekend was spent down on Dartmoor with Pathfinder Youth Canoe Club were we paddled the rivers Dart, Tavy and Walkham. Despite fears of uber-high water levels everything turned out to be just about the right level for everyone. Everyone came back with there own stories from the weekend some surreal, some scary, but all fun. More […]Read more "Down with the kids"
Every October KCC make a trip down to Devon for the first and foremost club trip of the year – Tony’s Dart Trip. For most of the Club this is the introduction to the white water season and anticipation for the the weekends paddling was high. This year nearly 40 people made the journey down and as is […]Read more "Quenching the Thirst"
This weekend I tested out one of the routes from Peter Knowles new book ‘Pub Paddles – The Best Short Canoe Trips in the South of England‘ which Amazon describes as: This is an inspiring, high quality guidebook for the South East of England. It is written for the recreational, non-specialist paddler and the trips […]Read more "Pub Paddles"
It’s been an extremely busy weekend. Friday evening was spent playing Aunt Sally with Kingfisher Canoe Club which, due to a late decision to visit some friends in Oxford first, involved a 30 mile cycle ride. An early morning rise on Saturday meant I was in Dorset to help Heather celebrate her birthday (not that she knew we were […]Read more "A very busy weekend"
Last weekend was the annual KCC Blastathon. We had a record number of entries this year with two minibuses of contestants from the Riverside Centre coming along to join the members of Kingfisher Canoe Club and Pathfinder Youth Canoe Club. The weather decided to provide us with sun and rain earlier in the week ensured that Abingdon weir […]Read more "Blastathon"