Adult beginners courses

The Adult beginners courses are well underway. The first four courses are now complete and it was great to see all the participants having fun and making progress, in developing their skills and building confidence in the kayaks. We look forward to seeing all those interested in developing into more experienced paddlers down at the club soon.

There are still places on our summer courses for both adults and juniors so if your interested in having some fun whilst learning a new skill please follow this link.

Hasler Club Points Update (Southern Region)

FALCON 10 9 10 10 10 49 9 40
BANBURY 7 10 9 8 9 43 7 36
LONGRIDGE 9 8 5 8 8 38 5 33
SOUTHAMPTON 4 7 7 9 6 33 4 29
READING 6 6 8 5 7 32 5 27
BASINGSTOKE 8 4 4 6 4 26 4 22
PANGBOURNE 5 5 6 4 5 25 4 21
BOURNE END 3 2 3 0 2 10 0 10
HENLEY 0 3 0 3 0 6 0 6
COKETHORPE 0 0 0 0 3 3 0 3
WOKINGHAM 2 0 0 0 0 2 0 2

4 clubs from the Southern region will qualify for the Hasler final this year.

Reading is currently sitting 5th, not far behind Southampton. With 4 qualifying races left to go, including Southampton’s home event, we’re going to need a strong field at every race to qualify for the final.

June Nottingham Regatta Highlights

Now there’s windy and there’s super-windy. June 6th Nottingham Regatta – now that was diabolically windy, with white horses at 200m, so you can imagine what it was like at 1000m. Horrible.

With One Direction playing at Cardiff on 6th, Stephanie and team leader Erika were out of the picture for this one. Sabine stepped back into position. A small sprinkling of paddlers came up – good to have Sam K there, great to have you back on the water and what a storming win (1.43secs in front of the next boat) for you in the Under 23 Olympic Development Squad K4 they asked you stroke. Result!

Sam Newlands, our ‘borrowed’ Kiwi paddler, was up there dealing with the English weather. Terrific K2 race with another Kiwi, so close it required a photo finish and they were just edged into 2nd place by .04 of a second.

Sam Scowen completed our trio of Sams representing Reading and in her 500m K1 she came a tight third, while Duncan came a very respectable 2nd in his Men’s 200m sprint.

Sam Scowen waiting for her start at 200m
Sam Scowen waiting for her start at 200m

Laslo was up there for Sunday morning – impressive win in Master’s C K1 500m – easy. Surely time they put you up into Men’s B?

Fred in Boys C seemed to cope with the horrible wind at 1000m, pacing himself well to get into Final A for K1. A bit disappointed with his usual favourite – K1 200m. But he saved the best to last with his 500m K1 Final B on the Sunday. Explosive start (always), led the field, but by 200m had slipped to 6th. This time, however, he had left plenty in the tank and stormed through to a 1st place. That was soo exciting … but then I am his mum!

Hope to see many more of Reading Club members in July. And definitely at Interclubs in September. Remember you need to register by July 5th latest to be permitted to race in September. Ask Erika for details.

Fred in a K2 waiting to battle the waves at 1000m
Fred in a K2 waiting to battle the waves at 1000m

Thanks to Nikki Jacoby for the report.

K4 Race Results

Thanks to everyone who attended the K4 race today, with good turn out for B, C and D races. There are plenty of photos and videos on Facebook, will re-post a few here. The results can be found here

Next race is scheduled for 27-Sept, where else do you get to race K4s?

Under 10’s Fun Sessions

The under 10 fun sessions have started! Mondays (except Bank Holiday’s) and Thursdays 17:30 – 18:15. For paddlers aged 6 – 10 years old. Paddlers should be under 10 on 1st January 2015. Small group sessions usually run by Nigel Frankland, one of our most experienced club coaches. Nigel’s friendly and patient approach enables participants to learn important boat skills (mainly using closed cockpit and open canoes) almost without realising it! Children who have done these sessions not only have fun but usually develop boat skills and confidence (both in and out of their boat) that most adults will envy! For more information