We received this reply from the Harbour Master on 13th May. As such the docks are not yet open, and won’t be for a while.
Please see below- this is where we are for the time being.
As the Competent Harbour Authority for Bristol Docks and River Avon our current position is that our waters are not available for leisure use.
The focus of this department at the moment is on meeting our statutory duties and water level management. Those wishing to exercise unfortunately need to find an alternative venue for the time being.
We’re all looking forward to having this behind us.Best Regards
Pete Seed, Deputy Harbour Master, Harbour Masters Office, Bristol Docks, Tel 0117 9031484
The Bristol Canoe Club AGM 2018 was held last week.
The new committee for 2018-2019 is:
Chairman: Jeremy Sykes
Treasurer: Fran Bamber
Secretary: Tanya Cownie
Membership: Nick Wainwright
Other committee members: Conor O’Neill, Dave Hill, Mark Gillett, Emma Newman, Iain Hissett, Lee Nicholls
Here is the set of the club’s policies, collected together into one place.
- Access to the boat storage cage at Baltic Wharf: Cage_Policy
- Information for borrowing club boats: Boat_Policy
- The Bristol Canoe Club Rules can be seen here, but these have partly been superseded by the new Operational Policies: Rules
The committee have agreed the wording of the following risk assessments, for use when participating in club activities:
General WW Risk Assessment: GeneralWWRiskAssessmentV1.0
Pool & Polo Risk Assessment: PoolAndPoloRiskAssessmentV1.0
Flat Water Risk Assessment: FlatWaterRiskAssessmentV1.0
Please note that this course is now full.
The club will be organising a beginner’s kayaking course for adults in May/June 2018. This is intended for people who are interested in taking up the sport of kayaking in the future, and paddling with Bristol Canoe Club.
The course will consist of a session in a swimming pool, and then four 2-hour sessions on Bristol docks.
The dates are:
- Wednesday 30th May; 8:30pm; Pool session at Bristol South Pool, in Bedminster
- Thursdays 7th, 14th, 21st, & 28th June; 6pm; General session at Baltic Wharf on Bristol docks.
This course will cost £75, including membership of the club for the remainder of the year.
If you are interested, please email our enquiries address; see our contacts page.
Neil Cox, and Leanne Dyke, both members of Bristol Canoe Club, crossed Iceland with a Packraft (a type of inflatable kayak) in May 2017.
Here is Neil’s write-up, including video, and a river description.
Neil comments: “We believe this is the first recorded source-to-sea descent of the Þjórsá, with Leanne also being the first recorded woman to complete a packraft traverse of Iceland.”
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