Club History

Bristol Canoe Club was formed in the spring of 1962 to promote canoeing in the Bristol area and met at a barn with a loft in Keynsham. As this barn deteriorated, a new site was found in Saltford owed by Avery’s wine merchants. In December 1962, the first club newsletter was published giving reports about river trips, the latest calendar and asking members to design a club emblem.

Pool sessions began in the same month to practice rolling, trying out different types of kayaks and to socialise afterwards. Day and weekend trips soon became popular with attending slaloms. Social events have always been important and enjoyed. 

Since June 1978, the club has met in the spring and summer at the Baltic Wharf Leisure Centre Cumberland Road Bristol. The Centre was officially opened on 8 July 1978 by the Lord Mayor of Bristol. Club members built a storage rack for club boats inside the Dutch Barn and had a locker for club equipment. Changing rooms and showers were fitted in 1984. More storage space for boats and equipment with 24-hour access became available in another section of the barn in 1992.

Club session at Bristol South Pool

Pool sessions started at the Mayor’s Paddock Baths in Hotwells, heated by hot springs but was demolished many years ago. The Club then ran sessions at the City of Bristol Technical College Ashley Down. To meet demand for more canoeing space and to store kayaks, Bristol South Pool on Dean Lane in Bedminster has been our primary base since April 1973. A storage rack was built at the pool by members in 1986. After canoeing, members have always met in a local pub for drinks and a chat. 

During the 1970 & 80’s members-built their own kayaks using GRP moulds for general purpose, canoe polo or slalom use.  Quentin Nichols built a slalom mould which enabled many younger members to build a competitive boat cheaply. Many club members also began making hand carved wooden paddles which today have been replaced by much stronger carbon kevlar constructions.

Dining in Briançon in the French Alps

New members continue to join the club through the beginners’ courses which have been running since 1985 in the summer months. The Web Page has been operating since 1998, taking over from the club magazine as the main way the club communicates with members and to gain more interest in the club.  The club has also joined the digital age in using Facebook, WhatsApp and contactless payments.

Phil Longrigg Trophy

Phil was a proficient marathon, polo and slalom paddler who tragically died in a motorcycle cycle accident age 21 in 1988. His parents and members, Angela and Russ set up a trophy in his name.  The trophy is given to a member who has given outstanding effort to the club during the previous year.

Canoeing Disciplines

The Club encourages all forms of canoeing and below is a brief history of those disciplines and their respective competitive success.

Whitewater paddling

Starting with paddling regional rivers, day, weekend and holiday trips have taken place in the Lake District, Yorkshire, North Wales, Scotland and abroad.

Conor in Scotland

Since the early 1980’s Whitewater weekends staying in bunkhouses proved popular and a club tradition of spending a winter weekend on the River Dart continues to this day.

A visit to the world slalom championships in France in 1969 and paddling on local rivers afterwards began the tradition of foreign trips. Club members attended a very enjoyable white-water festival at Sort in the Spanish Pyrenees in 1993. A small group then paddled in the Briançon area of the French Alps beginning a favoured destination for the club’s continental trips. Other countries paddled include Austria, Costa Rica, Italy, Morocco, Nepal, Norway and Turkey. 

Quent and Mark at the end of their 2 week Grand Canyon Expedition

In 1999 Quent Nichols and Mark Gillett were the first members to paddle the Grand Canyon section of the River Colorado USA, including the biggest section called Lava Falls. Quent and Mark successfully paddled the most difficult route down the right-hand side. Mark and Kath Aplin, Conor O’Neill and Lisa Gunton, Tim Johnson and Ben Whittle made successful descents of the same section in 2001.  More recently, another legendary trip took place to the Northwest of the USA where the rivers included a six-day trip down the Middle Fork of the Salmon.

During the Covid pandemic very little canoeing took place but a large contingent of club paddlers will be travelling to Briançon in June 2022 to recommence our many successful river trips in the Haute de Alps Region.

Canoe Polo

A visit to Bradford-on-Avon in 1969 began the club’s involvement in polo using no paddles. Having players who could roll was a big advantage.  Interest grew leading to the Club’s first tournament in 1972 in Cheltenham and then on to 1973, 1974 and 1975 when Bristol had teams in the finals of the National Championships at Crystal Palace. 

Polo at the Cumberland Basin

The Club started participating in competitive Canoe Polo from 1983 by entering a regional league in 1983 before joining the national leagues. In recent years, the Bristol Penguins progressed from National League Division 4 to 2 and represented the club in two international tournaments in Belgium winning one league. The Bristol Pitbulls Team has composed of many players over the years and were promoted several times into division 3 of the National League.  Our third development team is called the Bristol Polar Bears and played in division 4.  Bristol also had teams in the Southwest League played at Millfield School in Street. 

A polo facility was installed in Bristol Docks in 2002 at Cumberland Basin underneath the swing bridge. It is a collaboration with Avon Canoe Club and the Universities to encourage further training and local tournaments while avoiding the increasing cost of playing polo in swimming pools. 

Marathon Racing

Interest in racing on flatwater began in 1980 when the club organised its first race on the River Avon starting in Bath or Hanham to finish at Baltic Wharf. It became an official race a few years later as part of a series of regional races based at Hanham. 

First Bristol Marathon in 1980

In 1986, 7 new racing kayaks and a canoe were brought to stimulate interest in marathon racing as a new discipline open to members. Members and new members improved in regional races resulting in completing in the finals in 1989 for the best club teams. The club was part of a group of regional clubs who organised the finals in Exeter in 1992.  Members have competed in other types of marathon races, distances and abroad. 

Major Marathon results are:

1990 Bernie Jones won the ladies category in the Devizes to Westminster race in 20.42.41

1991 Ron Stinchcombe and his nephew Kevin Williamson won the veteran/junior category in the same race over 4 days in 18.21.24.

2002 Steve Bennett and canoeing partner finished the Ardèche Descent race in France in 20th place in 1.49.00.

2003 Steve and Richard finished 12th out of 300 in the Ardèche Descent race

2004 Steve Bennett and Nick Daniels Reading Canoe Club finished the same race in 1.47.00.

2005 Steve Bennett and Tristan Turner won the Division 3/4 race at the National Championships in a sprint finish gaining the club’s first medals at this prestigious event. 

2006 Steve Bennett and Tristan Turner finished second in a sprint finish in the Division 3/4 race for senior doubles event at the National Championships. 

2006 Iain Hissett and James Purchase Pangbourne Canoe Club finished 4th in the senior doubles event at the Devizes to Westminster race. 

2007 Tristan Turner and Piran Shelley Richmond Canoe Club won the seniors doubles kayak event in the same race in 17.13.27.

2016 Tristan Turner and Peter Maycock won the seniors doubles event in the same race in 17.10.25 and were supported by Bristol Canoe Club members.

Slalom

Club members setting up the Llandysul Slalom in 1983

Early interest in slalom competition led to the club organising its first slalom in 1963 at Limpley Stoke on the River Avon upstream of Bath.  In May 1969, the club began organising slaloms at Llandysul on the River Teifi in West Wales, assisted by Bristol University Canoe Club. These slaloms in May for Division 3 paddlers and in October for Division 2 paddlers ran until 1996 when Llandysul Paddlers took over. Organising slalom expanded in October 1980 to include Holne Park on the River Dart for Division 4 and Novice paddlers. It stopped in 1993 when entries dwindled. 

Avis Noot – Guinness Record Holder

During the 1970’s a group of young slalomists joined the club coached by Shaun Greaves who was a competent kayak and canoe paddler. The best paddlers from this young group were Martin Slade who paddled in the Premier Division in men’s kayak class and Kay Longrigg who paddled in Division 1 in ladies kayak class. Steve Cooper competed in the Premier division for single canoes. Andy Cocking partnered with him in the Premier division for double canoes and represented England in the Europa Cup in the mid 1980’s. Martyn Green paddled in the Premier division for single kayaks in the 1990’s. Janet Adcock and Becky Smith paddled in the ladies Division 1 division the same decade.  Arguably, our most famous slalom paddler is Avis Noot who is listed in the Guinness Book of records as being the oldest competing paddler the UK.

Surf, sea and flatwater paddling

The club has always organised day and weekend surfing and sea trips and flat-water paddling throughout the year. In 1971 the tradition of paddling on Boxing Day at Saltford began followed by food and drinks in a nearby pub. 

Andy Knight won the junior surf race and surf handling event at the National Championships in 1973. Simon Beeston won the open surf handling race at the same competition. Bristol won the team trophy for gaining most points in the next year. Andy Knight was National Junior surf race champion. Ten years later Andy became national surfing champion and went to successfully start a canoeing equipment manufacturer which is today called Palm Equipment International. 

People and personalities

Tony Cox: Tony was a skilful white-water paddler who organised and led club trips and was a proficient slalomist. He ran many club slaloms and designed courses. Tony led the club into operating slaloms at Llandysul and Holne Park. He introduced marathon racing by setting up the first race in 1980. Tony obtained Sports Council and Bristol City Council grants to help buy 7 new racing kayaks and a canoe in 1986.  He ran evening classes in the early years teaching rolling. Tony was part of the first continental trip in 1969 after watching the world championships in France. He was on the original committee as slalom representative and served as chairman, secretary, treasurer and committee member until 1988. The committee gave him honourable membership on 29 October 1991. Tony passed away in 2020.

Quentin Nichols: Quent was a skilled kayaker who encouraged club white-water trips in the UK and abroad. He played an important part in building kayaks in the 1970’s. Having access to editing equipment at work, was useful for Quent to take videos of early club trips. 

Avis Noott:  Avis is one of the longest serving members who is in the Guinness Book of Records as the oldest lady completing in canoe slalom when she was 80. Avis is in the lady’s veteran division. 

Steve Bennett:  Steve has been the mainstay of marathon racing in the club. He organised the club’s marathon race at Hanham for many years. Steve has a long record of competing in division 3 of marathon racing and won a national title. He gained exceptional results in big descent races abroad with won two national titles.  He finished fourth twice in the Exe Descent Races with fellow member Rob Knott and Richard Lewis Bradfield-on -Avon CC and had many top 10 finishes.  In 1992 Steve and Rob completed the Sella Descent race in Spain in 86th place out of 2000.  Steve and other members obtained the recycled materials used to build the club store at the Baltic Wharf. 

Andy Knight and Bob Slee:  Andy was a masterful slalomist and surfer who in 1979 formed what is now called Palm Equipment Europe a major supplier of top-quality canoes and kayaks, clothing and equipment. His engineering background with clear thoughts about making better boats and equipment led him to make them himself. His club friend Bob Slee later joined him to head Palm.  They were competitive and tough marathon double paddlers who competed in the old Exe Descent races. Bob was a strong tackling canoe player representing the club for many years. 

Martyn Green: Martyn was our best white-water paddler in the 1990’s, mastering rapids in his slalom kayak before upgrading to a freestyle kayak. He designed slalom courses and was a skilful canoe polo player. 

Mark Gillett:  Mark joined the club in 1978 concentrating on white-water and slalom paddling for many years. Since 1999 Mark has run the canoe polo section overseeing three teams and organising training at Bristol South Pool and the Cumberland Basin pitch, as well as serving on the Committee. 

Conor O’Neill:  Conor became a member in 1990 quickly mastering white-water and slalom paddling. He has arranged club trips on home and foreign waters. Conor continues to be a long serving committee member having been chairman, secretary and treasurer. 

Lisa Gunton: Lisa joined the club in 1991 as a beginner rapidly progressing to white-water paddling, slaloms and playing canoe polo. Lisa has paddled on foreign trips and is an active coach who has run beginner courses and has been a committee member over the years.

Bristol Canoe Club in 2022

The Club continues to have a large membership of over 100 paddlers pursuing all major canoeing disciplines.  The Club is an active environment which allows adult members to participate in all major forms of canoeing in the centre of Bristol as well as having an active social side too.  Hopefully, the history will continue well into the future.

June 2022.

History of club trophies

2021 Phil Longrigg Trophy Conor O’Neill
  Whitewater River God Avis Noott
  Most improved whitewater Julie Watts
  Best performance racing paddler Alex Petsch
  Polo Most Improved Player Steven Pike
  Polo Most Valuable Player (Not awarded)
  Chunder Bucket Not awarded this year; no nominations!
  Fish of the Year Tom Brockett, for swimming on the Upper Usk in an open Canadian; Barney the dog, and Ella are co-swimmers
     
2020 Phil Longrigg Trophy Mark Gillett
  Whitewater River God Furloughed (not awarded this year due to lack of paddling because of the Covid-19 situation)
  Most improved whitewater Furloughed (not awarded this year due to lack of paddling because of the Covid-19 situation)
  Best performance racing paddler Furloughed (not awarded this year due to lack of paddling because of the Covid-19 situation)
  Polo Most Improved Player Furloughed (not awarded this year due to lack of paddling because of the Covid-19 situation)
  Polo Most Valuable Player Phil Charman
  Chunder Bucket Not awarded this year; no nominations!
  Fish of the Year Ruby (Lynne & Nick’s dog) for 5 swims on the Wye on the Glasbury weekend
     
2019 Phil Longrigg Trophy Iain Hissett
  Whitewater River God ‘Random Slovenian Dude’ (“Pablo”), for helping after the confusion on the club trip on the lower Soca in Slovenia
  Most improved whitewater Tom Brockett
  Best performance racing paddler Colin Chudley
  Polo Most Improved Player Isaac Johnson
  Polo Most Valuable Player Lewis Downward
  Chunder Bucket Not awarded this year; no nominations!
  Fish of the Year Dave Hill, for swimming on the flat eddy just above Euthanasia on the Upper Dart, and for various marathon escapades
     
2018 Phil Longrigg Trophy Nick Wainwright
  Whitewater River God ‘Random French Dude’ (“it is possible”), for helping with the carnage on the club trip on the Ubaye racecourse
  Most improved whitewater Matt Cownie
  Best performance racing paddler Colin Chudley and Iain Hissett
  Polo Most Improved Player Sam Rice
  Chunder Bucket Not awarded this year; no nominations!
  Fish of the Year Rich for the rescue turned to a swim on the Ubaye racecourse
     
2017 Phil Longrigg Trophy Emma Newman
  Whitewater River God Bill Pickles (‘Big water Bill’), for paddling in Idaho
  Most improved whitewater John Roadnight
  Most improved racing paddler John Wrightson
  Best performance racing paddler Rob Knott (Nobby)
  Polo Most Improved Player The whole “Bristol Penguins” team
  Chunder Bucket Not awarded this year; no nominations!
  Fish of the Year Morgan Hardy, for extensive swimming in France, and elsewhere
     
2016 Phil Longrigg Trophy Avis Noott
  Whitewater River God Dave Hill
  Most improved whitewater Elinor Griffiths
  Marathon/ racing award Tris Turner & Greg Tonetti
  Polo Most Valuable Player Lee Nicholls
  Youth [ not awarded this year ]
  Chunder Bucket Not awarded this year; no nominations!
  Fish of the Year Morgan Hardy, for extensive swimming at the Tryweryn
     
2015 Phil Longrigg Trophy Christian Knipprath
  Whitewater River God Stewart Anderton
  Most improved whitewater Paul Blight
  Marathon/ racing award Joe Green
  Polo Most Valuable Player Gail Watts
  Youth [ not awarded this year ]
  Chunder Bucket Not awarded this year; no nominations!
  Fish of the Year Mark Heeley
     
2014 Phil Longrigg Trophy Simon Pearson
  Whitewater River God Richard Puttock
  Most improved whitewater Chris Taylor
  Marathon/ racing award Evangelos Zympeloudis (Evo)
  Polo Most Valuable Player Will Bolton-Jones
  Youth Issy Norman
  Chunder Bucket Not awarded this year; no nominations!
  Fish of the Year Bill Pickles; for his entertainment on the Claree in France
     
2013 Phil Longrigg Trophy Conor O’Neill
  Whitewater River God Lisa Fitzsimons, for not swimming in California
  Most improved whitewater [ not awarded this year ]
  Marathon/ racing award Danielle Clarke
  Polo Most Valuable Player Zach Gillett
  Most improved Youth [ not awarded this year ]
  Chunder Bucket Not awarded this year; no nominations!
  Fish of the Year Keith Sanders, for a ‘shopping trolley’ incident, on the docks
     
2012 Phil Longrigg Trophy Mark Gillett
  Whitewater River God Harvey Lyons (for taking the museum piece down Chateau Q in France)
  Most improved whitewater Lisa Fitzsimons (for not swimming in France)
  Marathon/ racing award Rob Castle and Tom Verber – for paddling the Devizes to Westminster race.
  Polo Most Valuable Player Simon Pearson
  Most improved Youth [ not awarded this year ]
  Chunder Bucket Not awarded this year; no nominations!
  Fish of the Year Conor O’Neill, for swimming at Cardiff, after a 12 year gap
     
2011 Phil Longrigg Trophy Lisa Gunton
  Whitewater River God Mike Millington
  Most improved whitewater Bill Pickles
  Marathon/ racing award Kevin Littlehales
  Polo Most Valuable Player Richard Russell-Johnson
  Most improved Youth [ not awarded this year ]
  Chunder Bucket Not awarded this year; no nominations!
  Fish of the Year Steve Bennett, for swimming before the start at a race at Woolacombe
     
2010 Phil Longrigg Trophy Teresa Treasure
  Whitewater River God Ben Wetherill
  Most improved whitewater Elinor Griffiths
  Marathon/ racing award Mark Bessell
  Polo Most Valuable Player Mark Gillett
  Most improved Youth Becky Day
  Chunder Bucket Not awarded this year; no nominations!
  Fish of the Year Rich Steptoe, for 3 swims in one day at Cardiff, among others
     
2009 Phil Longrigg Trophy Steve Bennett
  Whitewater River God Richard Russell-Johnson
  Most improved whitewater [ not awarded this year ]
  Marathon/ racing award Helen Harris & Colin Chudleigh
  Polo Most Valuable Player Rich Gibbons
  Most improved Youth [not awarded this year ]
  Chunder Bucket Robin Wilson, for Martin’s stag do
  Fish of the Year Steve Bennett, for multiple occasions
     
2008 Phil Longrigg Trophy Avis Noott
  Whitewater River God Ray Latham
  Most improved whitewater Richard Steptoe
  Marathon award Helen Harris
  Polo Most Valuable Player Jon Seager
  Most improved Youth [ not awarded this year ]
  Chunder Bucket Neville Contractor (for his Speedos)
  Fish of the Year Brian Walker (climb out of Briancon Gorge)
     
2007 Phil Longrigg Trophy Nick Clendon
  Most Improved Youth Adrain Samarra
  Marathon award Tristram Turner
  Polo Most Valuable Player Mark Gillett
  Whitewater River God Mark Shackleton
  Chunder Bucket Andy Maycock (missed selection race)
  Fish of the Year Steve Bennett (swimming at the Nationals, and DW support crew)
     
2006 Phil Longrigg Trophy Lisa Gunton
  Most Improved Youth Mark Shackleton
  Most Improved marathon paddler Iain Hisset
  Polo, Most Valuable Player Chris Stone
  Whitewater River Goddess Kath Aplin
  Chunder Bucket Jon Kerswell (picnic paddle weekend)
  Fish of the Year Teresa Treasure (rescue of ‘random’ swimmer at Saltford)
     
2005 Most Improved Whitewater Jon Kerswell
  Whitewater River God Robin Wilson
  Most Improved Youth Hannah West & Lucy Coles
  Phil Longrigg Trophy Steve Bennett & Tristram Turner
  Polo Most Valuable Player Harvey Lyons
  Best Marathon Swimmer Tristram Turner (?)
  Most Improved marathon Paddler Zoe Betteridge
  Chunder Bucket Harvey Lyons (during the Devizes – Westminster race!)
  Fish of the Year Tristram Turner
     
2004 Most Improved Whitewater Mat Jones
  Whitewater River God Nick Clendon
  Most Improved Youth (not awarded)
  Phil Longrigg Trophy Mackey
  Polo Most Valuable Player Mark Gillett
  Best Marathon Swimmer  
  Chunder Bucket Tony Barrass
  Fish of the Year Baldrick
     
2003 Most Improved Whitewater Baldrick
  Whitewater River God Richard Gunton
  Most Improved Youth Sam Howlett
  Phil Longrigg Trophy Teresa Treasure
  Polo Most Valuable Player Mackey
  Best Marathon Swimmer Lee Taylor
  Chunder Bucket Tony Barrass
  Fish of the Year John Leopold
     
2002 Phil Longrigg Trophy ?
  Most Improved Youth ?
     
2001 Phil Longrigg Trophy Harvey Lyons
  Most Improved Youth Lee (West?)
  Most Improved Whitewater Richard Gunton
  Most Improved Marathon Paddler Andy (Maycock?)
  Most Improved Slalom Paddler Bernie Cole
  Polo Most Valuable Player Dylan Thomas
  Chunder Bucket Justin Sims (and Mandy)
  Fish of the Year Paul Niblett
     
2000 Most Improved Whitewater Clive Weston
  Most Improved Youth Lee Taylor
  Phil Longrigg Trophy Steve Venton
  Most Improved Marathon Paddler Pete James
  Most Improved Slalom Paddler Lawrence Doddy
  Chunder Bucket Ben Wainwright
  Fish of the Year Pete (Carter?)
     
1999 Most Improved Whitewater Pete Carter
  Most Improved Youth Ben Wainwright
  Phil Longrigg Trophy Paul Niblett
  Most Improved Marathon Paddler Ruth Bishop
  Chunder Bucket Tom Evans
  Fish of the Year Steve Bennett
     
1998 Most Improved Whitewater Gary Sweet
  Most Improved Youth Beth Hewer
  Phil Longrigg Trophy Clive Weston
  Polo Most Valuable Player Ben Wainwright
  Best Marathon Swimmer Lee Taylor (?)
  Most Improved Slalom Paddler Avis Noott
  Chunder Bucket Ron Knott
  Fish of the Year Ron Stinchcombe
     
1997 Phil Longrigg Trophy ?
  Most Improved Youth ?
     
1996 Phil Longrigg Trophy ?
  Most Improved Youth ?
     
1995 Phil Longrigg Trophy Tim Johnson
  Most Improved Youth ?
     
1994 Phil Longrigg Trophy ?
  Most Improved Youth ?
     
1993 Most Improved Youth Justin Sims
  Phil Longrigg Trophy Conor O’Neill
  Chunder Bucket Vicky Davison
     
1992 Most Improved Youth Jennifer Eldridge
  Phil Longrigg Trophy Martyn Green
  Chunder Bucket Nick Amesbury
     
1991 Most Improved Youth Lisa Dent
  Phil Longrigg Trophy Steve Lee
  Marathon Shield Bernie Pagon
  Chunder Bucket Janet Adcock
     
1990 Most Improved Youth Kevin Williamson
  Phil Longrigg Trophy Quentin Nichols
     
1989 Most Improved Paddler Ed White
  Phil Longrigg Trophy Tony Cox
     

History of the committee

Year Chairman Treasurer Secretary Membership
2021 – 2022 Tom Brockett Conor O’Neill Fran Bamber &
Tanya Cownie
Nick Wainwright
2020 – 2021 Tom Brockett Fran Bamber Ezra Watts Nick Wainwright
2019 – 2020 Tom Brockett Fran Bamber Patrick Rainey Nick Wainwright
2018 – 2019 Jeremy Sykes Fran Bamber Tanya Cownie Nick Wainwright
2017 – 2018 Jeremy Sykes Conor O’Neill Richard Puttock Nick Wainwright
2016 – 2017 Simon Pearson Conor O’Neill Adrian Clancy Nick Wainwright
2015 – 2016 Simon Pearson Conor O’Neill Adrian Clancy Nick Wainwright
2014 – 2015 Lisa Gunton Meghan Young Simon Pearson Nick Wainwright
2013 – 2014 Lisa Gunton Richard Russell-Johnson Richard Puttock Conor O’Neill
2012 – 2013 Nick Wainwright Conor O’Neill Richard Puttock Conor O’Neill
2011 – 2012 Nick Wainwright Conor O’Neill Richard Puttock Conor O’Neill
2010 – 2011 Nick Wainwright Conor O’Neill Helen Harris Robin Wilson
2009 – 2010 Teresa Treasure Richard Puttock Conor O’Neill Robin Wilson
2008 – 2009 Teresa Treasure Richard Puttock Helen Harris Robin Wilson
2007 – 2008 Conor O’Neill Richard Puttock Helen Harris Robin Wilson
2006 – 2007 Conor O’Neill Reg Morris Helen Harris Robin Wilson
2005 – 2006 Conor O’Neill John Leopold Teresa Treasure Lisa Gunton
2004 – 2005 Dominic Morgan John Leopold Teresa Treasure Jim Ratcliffe
2003 – 2004 Tony Barrass John Leopold Teresa Treasure Jim Ratcliffe
2002 – 2003 Lisa Gunton Tony Barrass Harvey Lyons Jim Ratcliffe
2001 – 2002 Lisa Gunton Tony Barrass Paula Budge Jenny Jewell
2000 – 2001 Nick Wainwright Conor O’Neill Paula Budge  
1999 – 2000 Nick Wainwright Conor O’Neill Paula Budge  
1998 – 1999 Quentin Nichols Conor O’Neill Lisa Gunton  
1997 – 1998 Mark Aplin Kath Cotton    
1996 – 1997 Mark Gillett Conor O’Neill Lisa Gunton Conor O’Neill
1995 – 1996 Mark Gillett Conor O’Neill Lisa Gunton  
1994 – 1995 Quentin Nichols Conor O’Neill Avis Noott  
1993 – 1994 Quentin Nichols Martyn Green Avis Noott  
1992 – 1993 Quentin Nichols Martyn Green Avis Noott  
1991 – 1992 Tim Johnson Martyn Green Janet Adcock  
1990 – 1991 Tim Johnson Liz Murnaghan Quentin Nichols  
1989 – 1990 Tom Scott Liz Murnaghan Quentin Nichols  
1988 – 1989 Tom Scott Nick Pagon Quentin Nichols  

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

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.

https://www.neilcoxmisadventures.com/packrafting/2017iceland-report

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: http://www.dwrace.org.uk/results/2017/results.html

 

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

New committee for 2016-2017

The Bristol Canoe Club AGM 2016 was held last week.

The new committee for 2016-2017 is:
Chairman: Simon Pearson
Treasurer: Conor O’Neill
Secretary: Adrian Clancy
Membership: Nick Wainwright

Other committee members: Mark Heeley, Rich Puttock, Dave Hill, Mark Gillett and Emma Newman

Montenegro, Tara gorge, Summer 2015

In Summer 2015, a group of us went to Montenegro to paddle the Tara gorge, a beautiful three-day trip through a deep gorge.

We found that the (limited) available information was sometimes misleading, so I created something to help future trips.

This document isn’t really a trip write-up, instead it describes the logistics and journey times (both on roads and rivers) to give some help with trip planning.

Montenegro Logistics

I hope this is useful!

Conor