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 on: March 07, 2016, 09:14:56 PM 
Started by Martin - Last post by Martin
We didn't take any photos. But we were inspired by Erato to the following:

There once was a river called Dart
Its banks they were quite far apart
But though it was low
We went with the flow
And then we went back for jam tart


While paddling our usual routes
Dressed in our wetsuits and boots
We all were delighted
When steam train was sighted
And gave us a couple of toots

(Stephen, who may want to tweak this to correct what I misremembered)

There once were some drops numbered three
That no longer harboured a tree
We all got down whole
Though Stephen did roll
With thanks to the line set by Fi


 on: December 02, 2015, 12:16:53 PM 
Started by Martin - Last post by Peter
Draft web page is here.
I can select some photos to stick in the report of do you want to nominate any?

 on: November 30, 2015, 07:48:05 PM 
Started by Martin - Last post by Martin
Thanks to and copyright of Dafni for all but two of those pictures.


 on: November 30, 2015, 07:46:17 PM 
Started by Martin - Last post by Martin
Will this work?

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 on: November 30, 2015, 07:37:02 PM 
Started by Martin - Last post by Martin
CSCC's warm up to the white water season was a trip to the lovely River Barle on Exmoor. This provides fairly continuous grade 2 rapids through a beautiful wooded valley. You really should have gone.
Levels were good, though we wouldn't have wanted them much lower. For future paddlers, a graph from the Brushford gauge is below.
The river offered its usual range of playwaves, including our favourite at the end (actually the Exe), which saw all 9 of us on the wave getting in each other's way.
I learned the important lesson that if Fi's nephew tells you a line looks "least bad", that doesn't mean "good". Thank you to all involved with the throwlines in making sure my boat didn't float off anywhere it shouldn't.
We stayed at one of the cottages on the Duvale Priory complex. This was lovely, and meant we had a kitchen to cook for ourselves. Having dumped the ingredients in the kitchen, I came downstairs from a shower to find everyone hard at work with the cooking, in particular Tom showing his cheffy skills. All was delicious, until we nearly came to blows over whether hot pie should be served with hot or cold custard.

Same again next year?

[now going to find somewhere to put photos ...]

 on: June 22, 2014, 09:05:32 PM 
Started by dan jones - Last post by Peter
Dan's Photo's here

 on: June 22, 2014, 08:12:04 PM 
Started by dan jones - Last post by Peter
Here's a youtube instruction video for the "hand of god" rescue, for the curious.

 on: June 21, 2014, 08:40:44 PM 
Started by dan jones - Last post by dan jones
Rob arranged a safety and rescue course for those of us who take charge on Thames sessions and club trips.  Fi, Mark S., Eleanor, Gavin, Tom P., Dan and Rob attended the course which was led by the ever enthusiastic Giles Brunning from the Southmere Boating Centre in Thamesmead.

Our start was delayed by problems which some experienced in finding the Centre.  Getting on a bus from the railway station is a bad idea, because if you miss your stop it is really hard to get back in the opposite direction.  It is better to walk and take in the sights (traveller's horses and park homes, 1960's flats etc.)

The safety aspect of the course took place in a chilly classroom and we were itching to get out there and practice our rescues in the lake in the sunshine.  Eventually did so and, having narrowly avoided being pelted with hard fruit by some bored and ill-disciplined local children, we took to the water.  Giles' coaching on emptying heavy water-logged boats was particularly useful.  We also practised throwing lines, towing, eskimo rescues, the 'hand of god' etc.  it was a long day, but for a serious sounding course it is a lot of fun, as the photos show.


 on: December 12, 2013, 07:00:08 PM 
Started by stewart - Last post by stewart
Despite gales lashing the East coast for the previous few days, Sunday dawned bright and clear...and the with the hope of a dry paddle Richard, David and I set off from the boatshed for New Haw and the Weybridge Loop.

The low turnout had the bonus of minimal faffing about and by some miracle we were on the water for just after 10 am....YES BEFORE LUNCH..."Unheard of" I hear you cry  Grin

We were greeted by the rumble of the M25, but this was soon left behind as we passed the suburban gardens.....wondering if the proximity of the M25 would offset the added equity of a waterside property....and on to the first portage at Pryford Lock.

The navigation becomes much more rural past Pyrford and we enjoyed the peace and SUNSHINE of a beautiful December morning. Slipping quietly past the house of John Donne and on to Walsham gates where we transferred over to the natural river for the downstream leg of the journey.

The section just below the Gates has several trees down, and it needed some careful route choices and a bit of elbow power to get over some of the submerged branches, but after about a mile the river cleared and it was easy paddling.

This section of the river is really amazing, you just wouldn't believe you were so close to London (at least not until you pass under the M25 again Smiley).

Kingfishers darted ahead of us, Mallards imitated jump jets as they exploded vertically from the water, and Herons launched into ungainly flight to loop around behind us and resume their staring match with the surface of the water...

Lunch was taken downstream of an old mill site, the buildings now converted into private houses, fantastic place to live, though as its effectively an island... a bit of a flood risk.

Pushing on we passed through the grounds of the Brooklands museum where we were able to glimpse a few of the aircraft displayed there...before once again passing into countryside and peace....and so we meandered our way down to Weybridge and the Town Lock where we once again portaged back onto the canal for the return leg up to New Haw.....though not until David had spent a few minutes looking for his his car as he mistakenly thought we had arrived at our destination Smiley

Accompanied now by dog walkers and joggers we made our way back to New Haw...and a well deserved pint in the pub...whose name I cant remember (must have been a good pint)

Many thanks to David and Richard for coming along and making it a very pleasant day on the water.

David has the pics so I expect he will post them up shortly.



 on: August 25, 2013, 11:32:49 PM 
Started by dan jones - Last post by dan jones
Gavin, Rob, Stephen and me (Dan) paddled from Seaford to Beachy Head and back on 25th August.  This stretch of coastline is mainly cliffs and is a committing paddle, but Seven Sisters and Beachy Head offer provide dramatic views.  The chalk means that the sea is an appealing shade of blue/green and in places where it is dissolved the water is milky coloured.

Gavin & I had reached the get-in first and the rain was lashing down, so we got togged up inside the car.  Fortunately by the time Stephen and Rob had found their way to Seaford the rain had eased off.  However, Gavin & I had stuck on one layer too many and overheated on the outward leg.  There was a fair bit of surf near Belle Toute and all four of us took a turn to be caught by the surf waves following us, requiring strong support strokes to remain upright.  My reaction ranged from "Whoa!" to "***!" and I heard some similarly colourful language from Gavin.  There was no singing from Stephen, so he must have been within his comfort zone.

The original plan had been to lunch at Eastbourne, but the occasionally rough conditions meant that going was quite slow and we made it only so far as the lighthouse at Beachy Head by high water.  Gavin's footrests had slipped and he needed to stretch his legs.  I had made the tactical error of not joining Stephen and Rob in buying an enormous eccles cake from the cafe at Seaford before launching and my fuel tank was empty.  Beachy Head was a fairly high risk place to land, as the only way up the beach would have been by the zip wire.  Fortunately there were no casualties landing and Rob and Stephen took advantage of the warm sea with a quick swim before lunch.  

A vote followed on whether we should continue on to Eastbourne and make it a one-way trip or return to Seaford.  The result was 3-1 for Seaford, with Cuckmere Haven a possible alternative destination if we flaked out (Burling Gap beach can only be reached via a steep metal staircase making it a dire emergency get out).  The tide was supposed to offer us assistance in both directions on this trip, but it didn't materialise on the way home.  It was a hard slog into the wind and the rain returned, but at least we didn't have to contend with a following sea, so we made it back to the start and avoided the indignity of having to call a cab to get back to our cars.  We avoided the worst of the dumping surf waves on Seaford's shingle beach by landing behind a groyne at the east side of the Esplanade.

This was the most difficult sea kayaking trip of the year to date for the club (5 hours' paddling to go 12 miles in total) and I have the blisters on my hands to prove it.  I am grateful to the others for their perseverance and good humour throughout.

A few other points for future trip organisers: parking on Seaford Esplanade is currently free (it's very expensive at Cuckmere Haven Country Park and Eastbourne).  There are loos and a cafe close to the Martello tower at Seaford.  We had dinner in the Golden Galleon on the bridge at Cuckmere Haven (good beer, friendly service and reasonable pub grub).

A couple of photos to follow.

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