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First Summer Season Barbecue

What a great night for RCC’s first handicap race and bbq of the summer 2018 – sweltering … especially if you were John Kemp, up against it, cooking 60 burgers, 60 sausages and a good number of veggie things beside!

Yes, we must have had 40 of us on the water, whizzing round the course, and a surprise 60 for the bbq supper. What a lovely evening, helped by the sunshine, but great conviviality, superb prize giving by Immi, Kat (with bump) and a few other important helpers besides! Great to see some guest paddlers from other clubs too.

Date for your diary – next bbq and handicap race 11th June! Don’t miss it.

Other bbq dates:
9th July
10th September

May 2018 Regatta

A very enjoyable weekend of racing at Nottingham. Lovely to see three new members to the RCC sprint team – Rachel Nelson and Sam Hill putting in gutsy performances in K1 and crew boats and Tant Hill in the Masters crew boats.

Great racing at every level – lightning, junior, Senior and Masters, with a haul of eight medals. Most from the Ladies(!), with bronze from Tant Hill and Chris Boonham in K2 1000m. Big well done there. Sorry no pic! Congratulations go to Silke, in particular, with her three medals in the Over 34 Women’s Masters – a Gold for 200m K1, Silver for 500m K1 and another Silver for the 500m K4, along with Vicky ES, Miriam and Debbie A.

Happy Birthday to Rachel for the Saturday and Miriam for the Friday, plus thanks to Immi and Miriam Mims Graham for delicious cakes. And to support crews for all the behind the scenes assistance.

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 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

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.