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.

 

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!

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!