Bristol docks are not yet open

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

New committee for 2018-2019

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

Club policies and constitution

Here is the set of the club’s policies, collected together into one place.

Operational policies

  • Access to the boat storage cage at Baltic Wharf: Cage_Policy
  • Information for borrowing club boats: Boat_Policy

“Legal” bits


  • The Bristol Canoe Club Rules can be seen here, but these have partly been superseded by the new Operational Policies: Rules

Beginner’s course 2018

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 Iceland Cost-to-Coast May 2017

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.”

Congratulations to Tim Trew in DW

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:


Beginner’s course 2017

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.

Bristol Canoe Club’s first newsletter

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

Trophies 2016

At the 2016 AGM, various trophies were awarded, as follows:

White-water ‘River God’: Dave Hill, for his enthusiasm for getting people onto the water.
Most improved white-water: Elinor Griffiths
Marathon award(s): Tris Turner, and Greg Tonetti
Most ‘Most Valuable Player’: Lee Nicholls, for passing his referee qualification
Phil Longrigg Trophy: Avis Noott
Chunder Bucket: Not awarded!
Fish of the Year: Morgan Hardy, for extensive swimming at the Tryweryn