PCC Update

Simon and Conor faced their first Men’s regatta both putting in very strong performances in k1 and k2 Conor setting the best time in k1 with a 47s 200m and Simon taking the 500m with a 2:04 time. In k2 they partnered up and almost broke the two minute mark in their final over 500m and doing a fast 44s over 200m. Matt then joined them in k4 where thy took 2nd place in 40.90s and 4th in 500m in 1:51minutes.

Moving on the boys class the improvement from our junior boys was incredible, Both Tommy and Owen completed over both 200m and 500m and improved their times from last year. In the finals Owen posted a great time of 48.47s for 200m just pipping Tommy who did 48:89 coming 1st and second in final two. Again in final two over 500m the boys both improved significantly on their heat times to come 5th and 6th getting times of 2:12:53 (Owen) 2:13:66 (Tommy)

Our other Boys member that was completing although for Reading was Jarvis. He was completing in the selection races in a variety of k1,k2 and k4. It was exciting watching and he again came away with some very fast time.
In the K1 he made final three which is no mean feat as he was competing in a mixed A/B class, so over 1000m a time of 4:14:40, and over 200m in final 3 a time of 43:54.Over 500m Jarvis made final two and set an impressive time of 1:55:55.

Finally, but no means least we have three lightening paddlers out. Daisy was promoted last year to lightening A and put in a super race and managed 3:15:40 for 500m in k1.

Jensen – This was his first ever regatta and he put in a fantastic performance in both k1 and k2, over 500m he came 3rd in 3:37:18.

Daisy and Jensen then partnered up for k2 and set their best time in the heat of 2:40 progressing to the final and then managed a 2:43 which is a fantastic achievement.

Rhys – at only nine Rhys was competing at his first regatta and partnered up with a reading paddler who both enjoyed their first race completing the 500m course in three minutes

Well done to everyone thank you to everyone who supports the team when we are there. No calls up the tower for the team leader so that made for a pretty good weekend!

Next up September Regatta, would be great to have a big team out and to finish the year on a high.

Abingdon Round and Swift Ditch

On Sunday 1st July a group of 21 Adventure Dolphin members met at the paddler friendly Abingdon Marina to sample the Thames, the River Ock and – a perennial favourite of the club – Swift Ditch (this latter always known as Swift Ditch by paddlers but more boringly identified as merely “Back Water” by the Ordnance Survey on their maps).

The group met with a typical mixed bag of craft – kayak, OC solo and OC tandem – and the paddle was ably lead by Ed Edwards assisted by Claire Hardwick, Ian Flanders and Adrian Moon. Ed doubled as our tour guide for the day with enlightening snippets about the buildings and entertainment opportunities of Abingdon appearing to know a great deal about Abingdon jail and which pubs were best to impress girlfriends.

After the obligatory faffing, and Claire’s comprehensive “A to G” briefing, we left Abingdon Marina and set off upstream on the Thames but soon left the major river by passing under the old iron bridge at the entrance to the River Ock. The name Ock apparently originates from a Celtic word meaning salmon – a useless piece of information from Adrian.

The Ock was at a better level than might have been expected after the dry spell of weather and after a few hundred metres paddling and wading upstream we reached the spot at which a portage took us over onto the Wilts and Berks Canal and our return via a small shoot back onto the lower Ock. Back on the Thames Ed put on his tour guide hat and took us on a small diversion into the mill stream requiring some undergrowth removal by Claire (quicker on the draw with the pruning saw than Ian on this occasion).
Having passed up through Abingdon Lock (far too hot for all that portaging business) we headed across the top of the weir into the upper mill stream (more pruning work) and on to a suitably shady spot in the Abbey Gardens that happened to be in striking distance of toilets and an ice cream van – what more could we want.

Our numbers swelled (by 1) after lunch with the arrival of Jane Edwards who hadn’t been able to join us earlier as she had been otherwise occupied with the latest addition to the Edwards clan, one Quinn Alexander, born to son Ash and partner Kate in the early hours of that morning.

Lunch having been duly consumed we headed back across the top of the weir and on up the Thames towards the highlight of the day, Swift Ditch. The entrance to this gem, and the original course of the Thames, involves a 2 metre high drop over a weir at the former flash lock. A number of our group entertained us here by taking a cooling swim – their maiden swim in some cases, no names mentioned. Having restored all parties to their respective boats the paddle down Swift Ditch went without further incident and provided some welcome shady trees and respite from the sun and high temperatures that we have become accustomed to in recent weeks. Unusually for Swift Ditch no pruning work was needed.

Just a few hundred metres below Abingdon Marina Swift Ditch re-joins the Thames and the circuit was completed – a varied trip just a little different than the conventional downstream paddles we are more used to taking. Thanks to Ed who manged to stay awake all day despite having been involved, like Jane, in the early morning run out for that Edwards family addition.

 

To see all the pics click here.

PCC News Update

Very strong performance from the Pangbourne team

Simon and Conor faced their first Men’s regatta both putting in very strong performances in k1 and k2 Conor setting the best time in k1 with a 47s 200m and Simon taking the 500m with a 2:04 time. In k2 they partnered up and almost broke the 2minute mark in their final over 500m and doing a fast 44s over 200m. Matt then joined them in k4 where thy took 2nd place in 40.90s and 4th in 500m in 1:51minutes.

Moving on the boys class the improvement from our junior boys was incredible, Both Tommy and Owen completed over both 200m and 500m and improved their times from last year. In the finals Owen posted a great time of 48.47s for 200m just pipping Tommy who did 48:89 coming 1st and second in final 2. again in final 2 over 500m the boys both improved significantly on their heat times to come 5th and 6th getting times of 2:12:53 (Owen) 2:13:66 (Tommy)

Our other Boys member that was completing although for Reading was Jarvis. He was completing in the selection races in a variety of k1,k2 and k4. It was exciting watching and he again came away with some very fast time

K1 he made final 3 which is no mean feat as he was competing in a mixed A/B class, so over 1000m a time of 4:14:40, and over 200m in final 3 a time of 43:54.Over 500m Jarvis made final 2 and set an impressive time of 1:55:55

Finally but no means least we have 3 lightening paddlers out

Daisy was promoted last year to lightening A and put in a super race and managed 3:15:40 for 500m in k1

Jensen – This was his first ever regatta and he put in a fantastic performance in both k1 and k2, over 500m he came 3rd in 3:37:18

Daisy and Jensen then partnered up for k2 and set their best time in the heat of 2:40 progressing to the final and then managed a 2:43 which is a fantastic achievement

Rhys – at only 9 Rhys was competing at his first regatta and partnered up with a reading paddler who both enjoyed their first race completing the 500m course in 3 minutes

Well done to everyone thank yo to everyone who supports the team when we are there, No calls up the tower fo the team leader so that made for a pretty good weekend!

Next up September Regatta, would be great to have a big team out and to finish the year on a high

Sarah

Leadership Training Workshops

Claire Hardwick and Ian Flanders are currently running a series of Leader Training Workshops aimed at three star paddlers (Kayak/Open Canoe), who are considering taking their coaching or leadership awards, or just want to increase their paddling knowledge and confidence. These sessions are also open to younger members aged 14 and up, or anyone interested in the Paddlesport Activity Assistant Award.

The next sessions are:-

Sunday 29th July – Sea Kayak Skills, rescues and rolling.

Sunday August 12th – Foundation Safety Rescue Training Skills

We will be continuing on from the session on the 17th June. However, you do not need to have attended in June to attend this session.
To book your place click here.

PPC News Update

Racing for the summer kicked off on Sunday 20th May at Basingstoke Canal Canoe Club….we only put a small team out but with several personal successes:

• Jarvis Macnab 2nd in Div 2
• Peter Walker promoted up to Div 4
• Owen Barker 7th out of 19 in Div 5
• Daisy Van Dijck finished well up the field in her first Div 9 … 4 mile.. race, having been racing in the Lightning class…2 miles.. for the past few years.

Diary date: The 2018 Pangbourne Hasler will be held at Adventure Dolphin on Sunday 9th September.

Reading Hasler Race 27th May 2018
Adventure Dolphin, Pangbourne members gained respectable points at the Hasler race on Sunday.
The highlight was Tommy winning Division 6 race and being promoted to Division 5. Results summary:

Top place and promotion to Div 5 : Tommy F = 20 pts

Div 4 Mark W = 16
Peter W = 12
Div 5 Owen B =  18
Gavin L  =   12
Steve Mc = 9
Div 9  Hazel B = 16
Chris R =  13

Div 5K2
Caroline and Eleanor W = 13

Div 6 C2
Vicky M = 17

Jenson M had a great day in his lightning race … points for the Lightning Comp… Geoff Saunders Trophy

and raced again in the Hody event … being placed 2nd with Bruno from Reading CC.

Well done to all.

Paddlesport Activity Assistant

Many club members are not coaches or qualified leaders, yet they do perform the role of assisting within groups and in running sessions. There is now a British Canoeing award available which recognises these skills. It is open to anyone 14 years and above and is ideal for young paddlers. In some ways this award replaces the old Cadet Leader scheme.

There are more details on the British Canoeing website.
https://www.britishcanoeing.org.uk/courses/paddlesport-activity-assistant
Don’t let the paperwork put you off. There are no requirements to attend a formal training course.

Many of our helpers already have sufficient skills to qualify for the award. Some may want some short training sessions and assistance in completing the log book.

We hope to offer training sessions for anyone interested in gaining this award.
For further information, or to show interest in this scheme please contact Claire Hardwick via tripsplanning@adventuredolphin.co.uk

What an epic paddle – Wolvercote to Oxford, 20th May 2018, report by Ed Edwards

Wow, what an epic paddle. It seemed to have a bit of everything that a flatwater tour could ask for. River, canal, backwaters, tiny streams, urban, rural, herds of free ranging cows and horses on Port Meadow, picnickers on the banks, cyclists, walkers, over trees, under trees, even through trees!

Once again an AD paddle enjoyed blue skies. The start was at Wolvercote Car Park at the north end of Port Meadow, north of Oxford city. A lovely get-on next to a stone bridge and the first boat on had Tenzing in it. This was an attempt to stop him jumping in and out of everyone else’s boat as they were getting on. He still jumped in and out except it was the same boat very time meaning that more and more water was entering the boat via his coat. About five minutes after starting the trip we had to stop to bail out – 18 bails!

So, down the river to Tumbling Bay the site of the old outdoor swimming which is now full of reeds. A portage and then down Bulstake Stream, a backwater of the Thames. Narrow? No, not as much as Hinksey Stream which we took to reach our lunch stop at The Fishes in North Hinksey. Of course, it meant the saw had to come out again. Third consecutive trip!

Making our way back through the narrow up, over and through section we re-entered the Thames to paddle down to the mouth of Castle Mill Stream. This is the original route of the Thames going through the city centre and right up close to the Castle. Yet more branches but this time we realised that a pruning saw was going to be insufficient as a massive tree had come down across the stream. Team work portaging took us past this obstruction only to be faced with a ridiculously low bridge. Almost lying down in the boat to get through and then we saw the next obstruction. Lock gates and a climb up a two metre plus wall. A paddlers sling was set up as a stirrup and for some of us a bit of pushing and pulling from helpful hands and we were up.

The final leg took us through the City of Oxford joining the Oxford Canal and paddling back to Wolvercote via an ice cream van! Some more portages and narrow streams took us back to our start point. The circuit completed and at no point paddling against the current!

All agreed it was a fantastic trip. Donna summed it up as: Just wanted to say thank you for a super day out yesterday. The Hatchett clan really enjoyed the day and the fantastic company. On a personal note – this time last year I would never have thought that I would be willing or able to wade through backwaters, limbo under fallen trees, scramble up steep river banks, clamber across unmanned narrow boats, shimmy up canal walls with use of a sling, navigate the underside of a very low lying bridge arch, talk to complete strangers with a passion about paddling while sounding reasonably convincing that I know what I’m talking about, or enter a pub in wet gear with a very muddy backside……all in a day trip for an AD member ah. Epic!

See the pictures here

CPD Updates for coaches

There has been some delay, but all coaches who attended our Standards Day event earlier in the year (25th March) should now have received an email from British Canoeing (BC) to confirm that they have an 18 month CPD update in their coach record.
Please check your coaching file on the BC website to ensure that your CPD points have registered.

Top tip: Sign onto BC website- Look at the Top right – Sign In, (Use BC number or your email address if you can’t remember log in details) – My profile – Credentials – You will find a list of your credentials – active and expired Awards, courses etc.
Remember – the club can only deploy coaches that maintain their “Update” status. Coaches who have allowed their qualifications to lapse can still coach with us, but have to be supervised by a qualified coach and do not count as a coach when we calculate coach to participant ratios.
For further information regarding the update requirements visit: https://www.britishcanoeing.org.uk/coaching-leadership/support-recognition/coach-update-scheme

A classic paddle – St Patrick’s Stream, 6th May, report by Ed Edwards

Once again we were lucky to have a blue skies paddle on the Thames. Starting at the Wokingham Waterside Centre at Dreadnought Reach we made our way towards Sonning where of course we were obliged to pull up at the pub where ice creams were being sold by the riverside.

By now the temperature had risen and we were pleased to enter the quiet sheltered waters of St Patrick’s Stream, a backwater of the Thames. What makes this a classic paddle of course is the drop in height of the river which creates a twisting gentle moving water paddle on St Pat’s. It was idyllic floating past the large houses and garden and seeing wildlife. We had received a warning from local paddlers that there was a tree down causing a passable obstruction. Any excuse for getting the pruning saw out!

Exiting St Pat’s brought us to Wargrave Boat Club where we were warmly greeted and offered tea. We couldn’t stay long though as the club doesn’t admit dogs onto its site so we moved down river and had lunch on the bank outside the George and Dragon.

The final leg of the journey took as down another backwater, this time Hennerton Water. Again lots of house with enormous riverside gardens, wildlife and by now very welcome shade from the sun.

As it was bank holiday weekend there were many boats on the river which meant queueing at the locks but everyone was in good humour. We arrived at the Eyot Centre in Henley to the sounds of a brass band playing in the park. We felt we were being welcomed to the town. All agreed it was a lovely paddle and it was great seeing so many enjoying the river either on it – in a variety of boats – or on the river banks.

Open Day 2018

Open Day 2018 – An unexpected success!

Despite that fact that this year’s Open Day plans were blown apart by the weather and hindered by red boards declaring it too dangerous to take beginners out on the water, members rallied and delivered one of the most successful events we have ever staged as volunteers secured 15 course bookings and took memberships on the day.

Adventure Dolphin, Open Day Organiser, Ed Edwards said: “The odds were against us. The weather forecast for the week predicted yet more rain and we were faced with the prospect of cancelling. Our marketing had attracted over 200 bookings (a first!) and while we didn’t want to lose those people’s support, we felt that it would be unfair to encourage them to come along, only to be disappointed.

“Discussions amongst the operations team (Seneschal) resulted in a compromise, so we emailed all visitors to inform them that we were unable to facilitate water-based activities, but that we still had plenty to see and do. Much to our delight 90 people joined us and a very productive and enjoyable day was had by all.

“So, I would like to thank all the volunteers who helped on the day and made our visitors feel so welcome. A range of activities including climbing, conversations about different boats, paddling machines, play boating and moving water skills demos, videos, books, backwoods fire lighting, use of Kelly kettles (with marshmallows and hot chocolate) were provided and our catering team did a brilliant job at keeping everyone going.”

Ed added: “There were lots of highlights on the day, but the way our volunteers interacted with visitors and the booking-in system really stood out, and the best picture goes to the children in the open canoe in the puddle just outside the building – it created the biggest smiles! Thank you to everyone involved.”