April 2018 Nottingham Regatta

All these weeks of snow, wind, rain and the April regatta managed to land on the one sunny weekend. Weren’t we lucky. A glorious sunny Saturday and pleasant Sunday, and most importantly minimal wind. Amazing!

We were a neat team of 10 paddlers, with the Juniors dominating this regatta. There was some terrific racing. Stand out was Fran – 2nd in her 200m K1 and 1st in both her 500m K1 and K4. Lili, her first regatta in Girls C, was also a winner in that terrific K4, as well as winning a 3rd and a 4th place in her 500m and 200m K2 with Jessie from Banbury.

Alex T and Sam B were first time in Boys C. Great results – 2nd and 3rd in their K2 500m and 200m and reaching finals in most of their K1 races (we won’t mention your swim on the finish line for the 1000m heat, Sam, and you’d almost won it!).

Dan and Fred were vying in Boys A/B K1 200m. So close, Dan winning it by 0.29 secs, so that was Reading 1st and 2nd. Dan was also 3rd in his 500m K1. Their K4 selection race was a heart stopper, so so close and just beaten by the other squad boat. So all to play for at the K1 European selection day on April 28th.

It was great to see Lee, Silke and Vicky ES on the water, racing, Silke gaining 5th in K1 200m and Silke with Vicky winning 2nd in their 200m K2. I know we’ll see many more Reading Masters at the May regatta.

And Jim had an amazing weekend of racing. He was up against all the top men in the country and reached finals for all his K1s and was 5th in his 200m K2 with Spencer Armstrong.

Well done to you all. And thank you to the great support crews, too.

Thameside Update 02

Weather – Dress accordingly!
The weather tomorrow is going to cold with icy head wind, please make sure you dress accordingly. Hats, cags, paddle mitts and spray deck STRONGLY recommended.

Start Timing Update
Minor changes to start times, please take note.

09:30 Briefing
10:00 Slow K2 – Odd Numbers
10:10 Slow K2 – Even Numbers
10:15 Slow K1
10:50 Fast K2
10:55 Girls / Ladies Assessment
11:00 Fast Singles
12:30 Finish Window Opens

Buoyancy Aids
All paddlers under the age of 16 years on 1st January in the year of the race must wear a buoyancy aid or life jacket

Division 7-9 paddlers must​ wear buoyancy aids, regardless of the class entered

It is recommended that all other paddlers wear a buoyancy aid or life jacket and dress appropriately, since river conditions can be adverse at this time of the year – we may also declare on race day it is compulsory for ALL classes, ALL paddlers

Boat Buoyancy
All boats must carry sufficient buoyancy secured in both ends to support their own weight plus that of crew members in the water, e.g. inflated airbags or fixed buoyancy blocks. Boats may be inspected before the start and any boats not meeting the requirements will not be allowed to race.

Thameside 2 – Update 01

To help things run smoothly we are putting a couple of additional measures in place you need to follow:

TRAVEL

Handy Cross Roundabout A404/M40 J4
There is planned roadworks at this roundabout / motorway junction.  This is expected to have impact on traffic. Please check and plan your journey accordingly.

AT THE START

Check-In Procedure
When you have paid your race entry fee online you will be able to see you race number.

On race day you must tell your number to the check-in team who will confirm your name and then give you a Southern Region number board to use.  Numbers should be returned to the catering area at the finish

Competitor food should also be collected at check-in

No other number boards are acceptable. Remember – no online payment – no number – no race

British Canoeing Membership
Everyone racing is required to present their BC card at check-in or pay for day ticket.

So, remember to

  • Bring your BC card (this is not a Hasler Race)
  • Bring & wear appropriate kit
  • Park legally and considerately
  • Take your litter home

 

AT THE FINISH

Finish Line – not the same as previous years
This year will be finishing just beyond of the bottom of the island at Longridge, please see map. This is the same place, for those familiar, as DW Day 2 finish.

Parking
The parking at Longridge Activity Centre is very limited, therefore please car share where possible and ensure that you park legally and considerlity at all times. We need to minimize our impact on the environment.

Restricted facilities – Longridge Activity Centre
This year we don’t have sole access to the Longridge activity centre. Therefore the event will operate from the “east end” of the site, please see map. We will not have access to any indoor facilities. Toilets will be available in the overflow car park.

Catering – Longridge Canoe Club
Longridge Canoe Club will be selling refreshments on the finish site.

Message From Longridge Activity Centre:

“We would like to make everyone attending the Thameside 2 event this Sunday aware that Longridge will be unable to provide the use of toilet, shower and changing facilities for the 2018 race. Due to having previous commitments and our responsibility and duty of care to young people we regrettably will be unable to provide access to facilities for participants of the Thameside 2 Race. We trust you can understand our reasoning here and apologise for any inconvenience caused.

The Thameside 2 organisers are bringing their own portable toilets for participants use. Rest assured, we have the race in the diary already for 2019 so that we can fully support the event moving forward. We appreciate that many of you use Longridge on a regular basis and so are familiar with where our toilets are, so please remember to use the alternative toilets provided by Reading Canoe Club.”

Thameside 1 2018

Through the night the rain poured and the wind howled, but come the morning of Thameside 1, skies were blue and the sun shone. Thankfully, as it just took the edge off freezing temperatures.

Nigel and Bruno

50 K1s and 65 K2s took to the Kennet Canal over the next two hours and raced the 12 miles and 12 portages (or 14 if you didn’t squeeze under the low bridges) back to Reading Canoe Club. We were very lucky with the racing conditions – the aforementioned sunshine, plus a handy tail wind which only occasionally became a cross wind! That was until the Thames. Upstream against 40mph winds was not pleasant even for the hardiest crews.

The Hills

Great organisation from Dan S and his team. It all worked like clockwork. There were a handful of Reading crews among the entries, most notably Nigel with Annabel/Bruno (half and half) and Tant Hill with son Sam, who came 2nd and 3rd respectively in Junior Vets, Jim who came 2nd in K2 mixed, and Alex Tonkin and Sam Betts who came 5th and 8th in a tough field of Junior Men K1.

Timi and Nathan

Thamesides 2018

As with previous years entry is online, however this year entry is only online. You will NOT be able to enter or pay on the day!

You are able to enter online & pay* until 14:00 the day before the race. With a limited number of spaces available, once the race is full, entries will be closed.

Thameside 1
Aldermaston to Reading 11 Feb 2018
Early bird entry close Friday 9-Feb 12:00
Entry close Saturday 10-Feb 14:00

Thameside 2
Reading to Marlow 25 Feb 2018
Early bird entry close Friday 23-Feb 12:00
Entry close Saturday 24-Feb 14:00

* Only online payment can be received on Saturday before the race. If you are posting a cheque it needs to arrive at the latest Friday before the race.

British Canoeing’s Flat Water Racing Skills Training Day for Juniors

By Jim New

Reading Canoe Club was the proud host for British Canoeing’s first ever Flat Water Racing Skills training day. It was for Juniors, from Div 9 upwards, and was held on Saturday 13th January.

With over 60 children on the water from 20 clubs under the supervision of 13 coaches, it was a great success. Some had travelled far – Swansea for starters, Chester, too. All paddlers seemed to have great fun, as well as work really hard. Although the flow had dropped considerably, the less capable paddlers dealt with the conditions really well.

The day started with a briefing for the coaches to get them thinking about goal setting and talking through ideas. The first task they set their paddlers was six times 1000m efforts, each with a turn around a buoy at the 500m mark. Whilst that session was going on parents were having a talk on goal setting themselves and how to support their athlete children.

Lunch was provided by Simon, Seumas and Vicki – baked potatoes and hot filling of either chilli con carne or chickpea and tomato curry, which seemed to go down well and provide the necessary refuelling!

A second session comprised 200m efforts for the younger ones, while the older paddlers tried out the K4s. A near capsize from Sam Betts’ boat was thankfully averted when he momentarily let go of his paddles. The other K4 was stroked beautifully by Finlay Topham!

Overall the day was a huge success with great praise given to the club. Thank you to all who helped – from parking duty to mass catering and clearing up. Yet again we proved what a great club we are.

A special shout to Seumas for so much of the organisation.