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


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.

PCC Update

River conditions impact on races

April report by: Vicky Metcalfe

Many of our members were involved in the Easter weekend Devizes to Westminster journey that we undertake each year, and many will know of the outcome of the weekend… the race being cancelled midmorning on Saturday, due to increasing flow on the Thames in particular, but as it turned out, also on the Kennet and Avon Canal! In the end the race was stopped at Dreadnought, Reading, just as the paddlers went onto the Thames.

Extremely challenging conditions, on ground and on water made this a test of great determination and along with others of the race fraternity we now wait to see how certain aspects will be dealt with in the future.

Meanwhile the Race Group has moved back onto the water for Tuesday evening training, and we are back on the river at Pangbourne on Saturdays having had several sessions on the canal due to high river levels. We have held a Come N Try session and we currently have eight on the ‘Intro to racing boats’ course.

Members are looking forward to the summer races, the first in region is at Basingstoke on May 20th, here’s hoping for good weather!

March update – Pangbourne Canoe Club

The weather has had a lot to answer for this month as several key events in the racing calendar have been cancelled due to poor weather conditions.

It started with the Thameside 2 on Sunday 25th February, as a very sharp Easterly wind blew hard and cold. Despite the elements, all of our Pangbourne paddlers completed the course from Reading Canoe Club to Longridge Activity Centre.

Jarvis M won the Junior Singles, while Caroline W and Fay B came 4th in Ladies Doubles.
Peter W, Steve Mc and James B raced in Mens Singles and Tommy F and Owen B in Junior doubles. Janet G with Adrian M and Vicky M and Liz from Basingstoke completed in Canoe Doubles.

Next on the calendar was the Sunday 4th March Waterside C. The first of our events to be hit by the Beast from the East. Most of the 23 miles from Pewsey to Newbury was frozen and unfortunately, there wasn’t much improvement for the last section of the series…..a 35 mile stretch from Devizes to Newbury the following Sunday (18th March) which also succumbed to the weather, the event being cancelled due to snow on the approach roads to the canal.

The 18th March also saw the group submit its entries for the Devizes to Westminster, as we began to gather kit and prepare support crews – all important pieces of the big race picture.

In the meantime, our Club entries for DW – Easter weekend – look promising with the following participants in the Four Day classes, starting on Good Friday:

• K1-Peter W, James B, Ruth S, Jim Lemin
• K2- Juniors Tommy F and Owen B
• Junior/Vet – Tim and Molly D
• Endeavour – Caroline W and Fay B

In the straight through event starting on Saturday morning:

• K2 – Jeremy W and Phil R
• C2 – Janet G and Adrian M – Vicky M paddling with Liz M from Basingstoke
• Junior K2 Simon TC (AD member) and Alice paddling under Fowey CC
• Endeavour K2 Shirley K (AD member) and Miriam M (past AD member) paddling under Newbury Cane Club colours

Congratulations to Jarvis
Congratulations to Jarvis Macnab on his recent assessment race for team GB in which he finished 18th against 29 junior (boys) competitors, racing 5 laps of a 4k circuit with portages.

The race was hosted by Elmbridge, on behalf of the Marathon Race Committee (MRC), just downstream of Shepperton Lock on the Thames. Commenting on the race, Jarvis said: ”It was an ‘interesting’ experience as we were all pushing the line. I took a swim on the last turn as it was a hard fought race. I enjoyed the experience and I’m looking forward to the next time!”
Jarvis is currently ranked in Div 2 (only div 1 above him!) and is now training with Reading Canoe Club having started with us as an under 12 paddler. He progressed well with considerable support from Matt Westall and Mark Wigglesworth as he rose through the Divisions. He continues to race with us today as a member of Pangbourne Canoe Club/Adventure Dolphin.
Delighted by his achievement, Vicky Metcalfe, Pangbourne Canoe Club Coordinator said: “It’s some time since we had a paddler in the start list of a K1 Assessment race, where the committee are looking for potential paddlers for the GB squad, so to have a junior male in such a race is a brilliant occurrence for us as a club. He really is right up there with the top GB paddlers!”

Pangbourne/Adventure Dolphin Canoe Club… Race group news

Pangbourne/Adventure Dolphin Canoe 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

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.