Bristol Canoe Club

Information and discussion about Bristol Canoe Club

About Us

Bristol Canoe Club is a club for paddlers in the Bristol area.

We are a very active club, and we do lots of things – see the Calendar page for the latest info, but also we do a lot of trips at short notice, organised via our members-only email list.

We are involved in white-water paddling, flatwater racing, polo, plus general leisure.

Images of different types of paddling

For more information, please see the General Information link, Membership, Contacts, or any of the pages available from the menus at the top of the page.

Our online membership sign-up with webcollect is here: Bristol Canoe Club webcollect page, but we’d prefer if you come down to one of our sessions and say hello before signing up.

Here are some photos from the Tryweryn weekend: https://goo.gl/photos/yBjx5WGz24Nmt3w1A

 

Big congratulations to our Penguin Polo Team who won their league and a massive trophy (see enclosed) at the international Canoe Polo Tournament in Belgium over the wee

kend August 19/20 2017. http://www.de-paddel.be/tournament-1-en

The team included Simon Pearson (our Chairman), Adrian Clancy (Club secretary), James Putterill, Mike Sims, George Lungley, Zachary Gillett, Tommy Hewlett, and Pete Knight.

 

 

A bunch of us travelled to Idaho in the USA in June 2017, for a multi-day trip down the Middle Fork of the Salmon. Here is a write-up, and some links to photos included at the end:

https://www.bristolcanoeclub.org.uk/static2/reports/2017/Idaho2017Writeup.odt

 

Ten members attended our Club’s Polo Taster last night at the Bristol Canoe Polo Pitch. Thanks to all for attending.  I hope everyone likes our new marketing initiative too….

For those unable to attend, the Polo Guys have a regular session on Wednesday from 6-30pm.  Come and along and have a go…..

Very many congratulations to Tim Trew who came 10th in the senior doubles class in this year’s Devizes to Westminster race on the Easter weekend, with a time of 20:17:53 (non-stop). He was paddling with a friend Adam Dumolo.

Also congratulations to recent new member George Botsford who paddled in the four-day event, finishing with a time of 22:31:22, coming 49th, paddling with Alfred Barnicoat, both from Bredon School.

Anyone who’s ever been involved in the race knows how much of a huge achievement this competition is, so very well done to everyone.

The full results are hard to find on the official DW website at the moment, but should be visible here: http://www.dwrace.org.uk/results/2017/results.html

 

The club will be organising a beginner’s course for adults in May/June 2017. The course will consist of four 2-hour sessions on Bristol docks, on Thursday evenings from 6pm. This will cost £75, including membership of the club for the remainder of the year.

This course will begin on 18th May, and continue through to 8th June. If you are interested, please email our enquiries address; see our contacts page.

Note that this course is now full; we cannot accept any more people.

For those who played in Div. 2 SW at Millfield this season, the Bristol CC team came 5th out of 12. It was looking so much better prior to the final tournament!!

Thanks to Dan for organising the team and entry.

The Pitbulls had a very successful third tournament beating 3 teams above them in the league and a narrow defeat by the league Champions Cherwell. Congratulations to Cherwell for winning the league and good luck to our fellow Penguins for a play off spot.

I have a copy of the very first newsletter distributed by Bristol Canoe Club.

This is “Issue 1, Number 1”, December 1962. The club had obviously been founded before this, but we don’t know how much earlier.

Note that this includes a suggestion to paddle the river Dart from Dartmeet in Jan 1963, “Rough water grading unknown, since, to the best of our knowledge, it has not been previously canoed, but probably R.W. III-IV.”

I have scanned this in, so have a look here.

Bristol Canoe Club Newsletter Issue 1 Dec 1962

The “cream” of Bristol’s Polo players reformed into a single team for the annual South West League – Div 2.  Three wins and two draws should see us second in the league.  Brilliant polo location at Millfield School.polo-team-div-2sw