30th March – 2nd April 2018

DW has been organised every Easter Weekend since 1948 by Volunteers.
We need a team of 300 people to help us safely run the race – every year!

Volunteering is a great way for previous competitors and support crew to give time back to DW. and help others realise their goals. It’s also an opportunity for future entrants to learn about the race, the course and the people that make DW unique.

Many volunteers come back year after year, passing on important skills and knowledge. Volunteering for DW can be hard work and great fun. But it can also be rewarding, addictive and you’ll join an amazing community.

Key volunteer roles needed during Easter Weekend include:

  • Devizes (Start) Team
  • Umpires
  • Safety Teams
  • Checkpoints & Comms
  • Marshals
  • Campsite crew
  • First Aiders
  • Westminster (Finish) Team.

    Many roles are flexible, so volunteer for a couple of hours or all weekend. To volunteer, get in contact including your availability, preferred location and role, by e-mail or DW Facebook page:
    Rachel Dennis – DW Volunteer Co-ordinator

    We’d like to hear from groups available to work as a team anywhere on the route, as well as each tide at the Westminster Finish Village (Sunday 16th AM & PM, Monday 17th AM).

    Thank you – DW Race Organising Team

    P.S. Date for your diary: DW will be 19th – 22nd April 2019

    Devizes to Westminster International Canoe Race
    125 miles | 77 portages | 300 Volunteers

Pangbourne/Adventure Dolphin Cane Club… Race group news

Pangbourne/Adventure Dolphin Cane Club… Race group news

This year’s Waterside Series, run by Newbury Canoe Club (CC), kicked off on 4th February participants racing from Great Bedwyn to Newbury (13.5 miles).

Adventure Dolphin’s (AD) members paddled in K1, K2 and C2 classes under the Pangbourne Canoe Club team name, with other members and friends supporting paddlers and volunteering in various roles including marshaling or in the kitchens providing food for all.

Our paddlers got off to a good start, especially our Junior K2 pair; Tommy F and Owen B, and Jarvis M who is paddling with another junior from Reading CC. Ruth S took on the series in K1, having paddled K2 for the past two years with Jim L, who is now supporting her having helped so much with her training this winter.

Categories include:
Juniors: under 19
Seniors/veterans: over 35
Masters: 50 upwards

2018 is a special year as it marks the 50th anniversary of the first series. An invitation went out to those who had paddled in the first series back in 1968. Four “LEGENDS” paddled on Sunday, sadly none of them where AD members, but the occasion was celebrated in style with a short presentation before the prizegiving,

The following weekend saw seven paddlers do the Thameside 1- hosted by Reading CC. Racing from Aldermaston upstream to Reading CC’s club house, with a major North Westerly wind to boot, making the last two miles a true challenge!

The second race in the Waterside series was Newbury/Aldermaston/Newbury, 18miles which took place on Sunday 11th February. The Thameside 2 is on 25th February – racing down the Thames from Reading CC to Longridge Activity centre, near Marlow (20 miles)

Now, half way through the series, the last two races are on 4th and 18th March. Please check the results for all the races. There may be prizes for those who do all 4 Watersides, and don’t forget, we are always grateful for your support. So, if you find yourself able to give a bit of time please do volunteer, Bill Whitaker runs the Volunteer team, so please let him know via email: membership@adventuredolphin.co.uk

Waterside series: www.watersideseries.org.uk
Thameside 1 and 2: http://reading-canoe.org.uk

For further information about Pangbourne Canoe Club contact: Vicky Metcalfe at: Vicky.metcalfe@adventuredolphin.co.uk

Usk River Trip

Ray Cook, member, reports on Adventure Dolphin’s recent white water paddle on the River Usk from Sennybridge to Aberbran Bridge on Saturday 3rd February 2018.

Ray says: “The weather conditions were good for the time of year, although it was rather cold. We meet and started our day with breakfast at the Services just past the Seven Bridge, before traveling in convey to Sennybridge (Powys).
“Our adventure began before we even hit the water as the drop off point was a little wet and muddy which meant a couple of cars had to be pushed off the grass back onto the dirt track, but once on the water we we’re able to practice turns, ferry gliding and braking out before we all headed off down river.

“The first drop quickly approached and most managed to get down it without incident. Scampi, Trip Leader, did have a mishap and it took a few tries before he managed to push himself back up with his paddle and I capsized. This drop and I have history in that I capsized going down it a couple of years ago. I was confident that it was not going to happen again, but a minute later, my head was under water, the spay deck popped and I was swimming.

“The 12 of us successfully negotiated the next two drops and found plenty of play spots and waves to surf on. All in all, it’s a lovely stretch that offers varied drops and play spots which for me at least help to improve skills and confidence on white water.”

Leaders/helpers’ day success

More than 60 of Adventure Dolphin’s leaders and helpers came together for their annual training event (Sunday 28th January 2108) which included a range of outdoor activities and club updates.

The morning session, run by Outdoor Academy reminded coaches and helpers alike what it’s like to try something new for the first time as they introduced participants to a mobile caving system, field archery (like clay pigeon shooting), kelly kettling and the climbing wall.

Following a superb lunch whipped up by our volunteer catering team, the afternoon covered a series of topics including DBS checks, volunteer hours, the future of Dolphin Centre, amends to coaching qualifications from British Canoeing and the latest marketing initiatives that are being undertaken.

Helper, Ollie Hatchett said, “It was my first training day and I was surprised by how good it was. The caving was brilliant, I loved the chilli and the updates were really helpful.”

The day was organised and run by Trustees Kevin Dennis and Ed Edwards with input from Group Co-ordinators, , Chairman – Clive Williams, Trustee – Tim Metcalfe, Coach – Claire Hardwick and Marketing – Donna Hatchett.


Snow Sunday

Well even with the snow falling 6 of us hardy paddlers took to the water on Sunday for a paddle down river. Fantastic views of the snow covered hills around us.

Kayak/Canoe Basket Ball

This week’s Sunday Paddle took on a different look as we all tried our hands (and Paddles) at our new version of net/basket ball.

Everyone had a great time trying to understand the rules as we chopped and changed them allowing the game developed. It was great fun, a good work out, and all in preparation for the curry lunch back at the centre .


Proposed Trips for the upcoming months

The trips planning group are proposing the following trips, please can you let us know if any of these take your fancy for a paddle

New proposed trips:

Sunday 22nd April – Ed
Trip Leader
Local Paddle – Oxford Paddle

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Sunday 6th May
Trip Leader Ian B and Ed assisting
Thames including St Patrick’s Stream and Hennerton

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Sunday 20th May
Trip leader Ed
Oxford – Wolvercote Circuit

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Sunday 17th June
Trip leader Claire
Coastal trip – circumnavigation of Portsmouth Island

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Sunday 1st July (date change from last night)
Trip leader Ed
Abingdon Circuit

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Saturday 21st July
2 star assessment
Scampi and John B

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Sunday 22nd July Claire
3 star touring assessment

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Sunday 5th August
Trip Leader Ed and Adrian
Thames Tideway
Putney to Tower Bridge and return.

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Pangbourne Paddlers

Pangbourne Paddlers did very well yesterday (Sunday 7th Jan) at the Annual Frank Luzmore Memorial race from Elmbridge to Richmond CC.

Peter and James won the Senior Mens C class while our junior K2 crew, Tommy and Owen put in a good time despite fairly nasty conditions… a cold day with a northerly wind creating waves

Janet and Adrian Moon in C2, despite a swim at the start, also finished , overtaking several other c2 crews along the way… Janet’s comment was that the water was COLD!

Allier 2018

Allier Trip 2018

17th  – 26th August

The trip is planned to leave Pangbourne on the 17th traveling to Dover, crossing the channel and then traveling in MPV’s through France over night to arrive at our campsite on the Saturday.

We will spend the week paddling various parts of the river dependent upon numbers and abilities.

At the end of the week, Saturday 25th, we will depart camp and travel home arriving back at Pangbourne on Sunday 26th.

At this time I am looking to confirm your interest and arrange an initial meeting in the early new year where I will collect a deposit from those wishing to go. The estimated cost of the trip is £650, which will include the transport to and from Pangbourne, channel crossing, camp site and the majority of the food.

Anybody interested please email