Club awards 2021

The recent AGM announced the following awards:

  • River God: Avis Noott
  • Fish of the Year: Tom Brockett, for swimming on the Upper Usk in an open Canadian; Barney the dog, and Ella are co-swimmers.
  • Most improved white water: Julie Watts
  • Phil Longrigg Trophy: Conor O’Neill
  • Polo: Steven Pike
  • Marathon: Alex Petsch
  • Chunder Bucket: Not awarded; no eligible entries

Club awards 2020

The recent AGM announced the following awards:

  • Polo ‘most valuable’ player: Phil Charman
  • Fish of the Year: Ruby (Lynne & Nick’s dog) for 5 swims on the Wye on the Glasbury weekend
  • Phil Longrigg Trophy: Mark Gillett

The following awards were ‘furloughed’ (not awarded this year_ due to lack of paddling because of the Covid-19 situation: Most improved white-water paddler; Best marathon paddler; Polo most improved player; River God

Club awards 2019

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

Club policies and constitution

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

Operational policies

“Legal” bits

Rules

  • The Bristol Canoe Club Rules can be seen here, but these have partly been superseded by the new Operational Policies: Rules

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.”

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

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