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

 

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

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

Club welcomes new Polo Players

BCC's Pool Session

BCC’s Pool Session

Bristol Canoe Club welcomes all new members and polo players of all abilities. Our canoe polo sessions are now running in Bristol South swimming pool on Dean Lane in Bedminster from 8-45pm each Wednesday until May 2017. We have a range of Club polo boats and kit so come along and try out this exciting game.

We also run an open session for beginners and coaching rolling and paddling skills. The open session starts at 8pm.

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