As of February 2020, the council have handed over control of parking at Baltic Wharf (i.e. “The Cottage Inn” car park), to the harbour master.
We have seen that the harbour master has put up a sign saying that from 3rd March 2020 the car park will be closed overnight, and they will limit parking to 3 hours maximum.
Obviously if this happens it would be a huge problem. The committee are in discussions with the harbour master’s office about this.
The recent AGM announced the following awards:
- Most improved white-water paddler: Tom Brockett
- Best marathon paddler: Colin Chudley
- Polo most improved player: Isaac Johnson
- Polo ‘most valuable’ player: Lewis Downward
- River God: “Pablo” (random guy in Slovenia), care of Richard Puttock
- Fish of the Year: Dave Hill, for Upper Dart (Euthanasia), plus various marathon swims
- Phil Longrigg Trophy: Iain Hissett
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- The Bristol Canoe Club Rules can be seen here, but these have partly been superseded by the new Operational Policies: Rules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
We have a Facebook Group for experienced Flatwater and Surfski paddlers looking to Train and/or Race with Bristol Canoe Club members, search ‘Bristol Kayak Racing’ in Facebook. Please note, this is only for Flatwater and Surfski training and racing and not for general paddling*. As well as throughout the week, the most regular training sessions are on Tuesday and Thursday evenings with members meeting at various times between 5pm and 7pm at Baltic Wharf or on the Bristol Channel. Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you wish to join in. See you then!
*Although not regularly updated, there is a general Facebook Page, search ‘Bristol Canoe Club’ in Facebook.
Very many congratulations to Tris Turner & Keith Saunders who came 9th in the Liffey Descent, and to and ex-member Tim Pearce and his brother who came 7th.
Mike Millington also paddled a canadian canoe with his mate from up north, and they came 24th in Canadians.
The full results are here:
Well done to everyone.
As you will have noticed (or gone unnoticed, most probably!!) I’ve been testing the value of reporting on training sessions as both a log and to bring to life this page. I’ve missed reporting on the past 3 sessions as I am looking at another way of preparing and logging training sessions. Bear with us. Cheers Mark
Total paddlers 6: 4 x K1, 1 x K2.
Air Temp: 7ºC Getting Cold!
Wind speed: 1 occasional breeze
Conditions: Calm/River Traffic Bumpy
Visibility: Clear / Dark.
Session: Sets: 80 strokes @80%, 20 strokes @100%
Highlights: Exceptional sprints
Top paddlers: TT TT!
Social: Club AGM in Nova Scotia
Next Race: This Sunday 3/11 Avon Descent, Stratford
Next training – Thurs 31/10, 6.15pm +
NIGHT PADDLING SAFETY NOTICE
White navigation lights needed for bow AND stern. Buoyancy aids recommended for all when cold this time of year. If you’re going out alone, always make sure someone knows your whereabouts, what time you expect to return back and that you’ve returned safely.
Please note that we do not currently have any formal coaching facilities, so to join in winter training sessions, you already need to be a very competent racing kayak paddler – at least able to paddle a K1 proficiently or have experience as a (stable) crew paddler in a K2.
If you’re a racing novice, it’s recommended you wait until the spring and summer months to develop your boat and stability skills in Bristol Harbour – or at least pair up with an experienced paddler who’s prepared to take you out – and preferably during daylight hours.