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WaterAid’s Annual Raft Race

The annual raft race in aid of WaterAid will be taking place just below the club on Thursday 4 July. The start will be between 6-6.15pm and the rafters take between 15 minutes to an hour to leave from the rowing club, go round Fry’s Island and return to the rowing club.

It’s quite a spectacle and joyfully noisy. If you do the 321 session at 6.30, you’re likely to see it all in action from the water.

Back to the Water Day 2019, 6th April

Acceptable weather conditions, with a good dose of sunshine by late morning, blessed our 2019 Back to the Water Day. The 30 or so participants were treated to a session of core first thing – a good wake-up stretch from Nigel. After that, Nigel explained how the rest of the morning would proceed and attendees were split into groups, largely according to speed. The most leisurely was Dom with little 2-year-old Peter in a Canadian Canoe.

There was in-depth technique from our master-guru on this, Andy Rawson. Nigel and Phoebe took out the youngest members, the Under 10s full of energy and enthusiasm. Brian and Jan put the Divs 7-9 through their paces, Jim took the Divs 4-5 and Immi the speed merchant Divs 1-3. Judging by efforts going on in front of the club, it was hard work.

There were plenty of cakes to top up energy levels and a quick talk through racing objectives for the year. For those who stayed for the afternoon’s fun, there was K1, K2 and K4 time trials around De Montfort … all ready for the first time trial on the following Monday.

Big thanks to all coaches for encouraging us all back to the water and to Nigel for all his organisation.

Sprint Regatta March 2019

What a great start to the sprint racing year! Thank you all paddlers and those long-suffering support crews who made it up to Nottingham this weekend. We don’t often get a National Regatta in March and we were so lucky it wasn’t freezing or blowing a gale … yes, it was really sunny. Perfect Saturday; excessively choppy tail wind on Sunday, not easy.

14 paddlers strong, we were looking forward to a new season of sprints and our paddlers didn’t disappoint. First off, we were delighted to welcome new to the RCC team Maxim Kimberley and Anna Palmer, both excellent canoeists hoping for selection this season, plus kayakers Becky Swift and Jo Crossley (Matt Clarke’s sister).

There was some really exciting racing from all. A few highlights … top spot must go to Dan Atkins coming first in both his K1 selection races 200m and 500m, which should secure him a place to the Euros in June. Congratulations, Dan, tremendous racing, great results. Also congratulations to Sam Glover whose win in K4 sees him selected for the U23 K4 slot.

Well done also to Finlay coming 2nd in his Boys D 200m final, then Toby and Finlay storming to 1st in both 200m and 500m K2 Boys D. Not forgetting Toby’s performance with the RLS team in Boys C/D K4 500m, coming 1st. Impressive racing boys, and Toby’s first time in Boys D.

Georgia was first time in Girls C and was well up there, making all finals bar one. Alex and Sam B were amazing in their K2 races in particular, coming 3rd in Boys A/B 500m final. There was much more from all our paddlers.

Finally, hats off to Matt and Jo, who suddenly realised that, yes, they had got into the Men’s D (Jo was racing in Men’s D as all ladies had bowed out of her race) 500m K1 final and they had just 10 mins to change, sort their boats and get to the start line. They did it. Impressed!

Glitz and glamour galore at the RCC annual Awards Night Party

It was party time … 84 members, family and friends congregated at Reading Canoe Club on the evening of 17th November. Dancing shoes on, glitter scattered liberally and we were ready to party. Most of all, we were all keen to know who had won what!

Greeted with a glass of Prosecco, guests had time to mingle, before settling down to hear a very polished, relaxed and entertaining presentation from Immi and Kat. Nigel gave his round up of time trial – records broken, miles paddled, and this year’s king and queen of tarts (the ones with the most K2 partners through the season). He then presented us with his amazing ergo session statistics, before naming this year’s ergo dragons (those who paddled the most strokes on ergo machines). Miriam, on a 3-minute time limit, gave a quick round up of PIGs (paddler improver group), naming Lisa her top ‘PIG’.

Club colours were awarded to 10 members this year:
Finlay Topham
Sue Clarke
Miklos Szabadvari
James Nelson
Charlie Beeson
Bianka Tarbay
Zoe Neville
Toby Betts
Annabel Hutchinson
Dean Henderson

Trophies were given to:
Paddler of the Year – Bethan Davies
Sprint Paddler of the Year – Dan Atkins
Ashes Trophy (for greatest contribution) – Amber Owen
K2 of the Year – Dan Atkins and Fred Kemp
Veteran of the Year – Jan Raciborski
Swimmer of the Year – Fran Boonham
Most Improved Paddler – Matt Clarke
Most Improved Junior Paddler –  Finlay Topham
Junior Paddler of the Year – Sam Betts and Toby Betts
Slalom Paddler of the Year – Emily Neville and Natalie Neville
Cruse Cup for most hasler points scored – Evan Shephard

It was an entertaining, very enjoyable and lively 90 minutes, after which the kitchen leapt into action and provided a tasty dinner of chicken and chorizo with salad, followed by an array of stupendous puddings. Our members are so good at rustling up a totally irresistible selection.

Tables and chairs cleared, there was just time to finish the evening with a bit of boogie special, mostly, but not exclusively, from the junior contingent.

A great evening of celebration and lots of fun was had by all … just as it should be!