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- The Bristol Canoe Club Rules can be seen here, but these have partly been superseded by the new Operational Policies: Rules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
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.”
Here are some photos from the Tryweryn weekend: https://goo.gl/photos/yBjx5WGz24Nmt3w1A
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:
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
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.
I hope this is useful!
So where do you go in August to kayak brilliant consistent Grade 3 water (its dam released), in the sun, avoid car shuttles, while being surrounded by beautiful green forests?
Answer – take up Dave Hill’s invitation to the National White Water Centre on the River Tryweryn near Bala. Having never paddled this river I thought it was time to raise eye brows in the Club and dispense with a Polo Boat and return to White-water and what a great trip. On the Saturday we did the Lower Section including Bala Falls followed by circuits on the upper before camping at the now very kayak friendly camp-site. The Sunday recommenced with further circuits in what was perfect weather. Great water and great company with “Mad” Morgan on his first proper WW trip, Captain Dave providing “naval” leadership on and off the river as well as some great coaching, Dave’s mate Barney who travelled up from Gosport and Joe who showed us all what is possible in a kayak.
Many thanks Dave for organising a great trip and if you’ve never been to the Tryweryn go and try it. So, when is the next white water trip?
My photos from France are here; enjoy:
As always, the best rapids don’t have any photos. 🙁