Kayak/Canoe Basket Ball

Sunday Paddle took on a different look, when we all tried our hands ( and Paddles) at our new version of net/basket ball. Everyone and a great laugh trying to understand the rules as we chopped and changed as the game developed, Great fun and a great work out, all in preparation from 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:

Saturday 24th March
3 star training Scampi
Venue tbc

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Sunday 22nd April – Claire
Trip Leader
Local Paddle – Wallingford to  Pangbourne

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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!

New Years Day Paddle

Eight kayakers, one canoeist and three walkers braved the cold weather to see in the new year with a paddle from Bisham Abbey to Maidenhead on 1st January 2018.

Thanks go to Grant Burrup for organising and running the trip, which was successfully completed ahead of time due to the fast flow and dedication of all concerned, who naturally took full advantage and floated part way along the 6.5 mile stretch of the River Thames, through Marlow, onto Cookham Lock, past Clevedon and onto Boulters Lock.

The Sunday paddle resumes after the festivities on 7th January with a social paddle – our normal trip out, followed by tea and cake in the Dolphin Centre. So, whether you’re a kayaker, canoeist, or marathon boater, do come and join us.

Don’t forget to visit our calendar of events for an overview of what’s planned in the weeks ahead.

 

Boxing Day Paddle

Thanks to Kevin Dennis for running today’s Box Day paddle.  More than 30 marathon boaters, canoeists and kayaker’s took to the water for a gentle trip down river before returning to the centre to hot drinks and mince pies.

It was the perfect opportunity to catch up with friends and fellow members at the end of what has been a very successful and enjoyable year for Adventure Dolphin.

Don’t forget to book your place on our next event – the New Years Day Paddle – Bisham Abbey to Marlow.

Happy New Year, we look forward to seeing you for more paddling in 2018.

 

 

 

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

allier2018@adventuredolphin.co.uk

Santa Paddle Update

We have plenty of drivers all able to help with a shuttle run. The goal will be to get as many cars at the end, as possible. We will need a few people to drive the drivers back to the start and then collect their vehicles later.

So this means anyone who wants a vehicle shuttle- please be at Tyle Mill carp park, by the canal for 11am 

Anyone who is just being dropped off and collected from the end, can you be at start for 12 noon.  

I will bring some hot mince pies and sausage rolls. Please bring some snacks and hot drinks with you. Dress warm, it looks like we will have Easterly winds (in our faces) and will be very cold.

 

Friday night was curry night

It was cold night as more than 20 intrepid paddlers took to the Thames, braving the fog and freezing conditions for a bit a fun, and a curry, of course!

The first AD curry night was voted a tremendous success by all present as Ed Edwards, master chef and his catering team served up a variety of homemade curries.

Thanks to Scampi and Grant for organising a super social and to Ed to his fab cooking.

Next stop – Santa paddle – 10th December – don’t forget to register!