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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!

November Training Day at RCC

Sunday was another great day at RCC. We had just over 40 paddlers attending the second of our series of 4 winter training days. The 40 juniors were spread across six clubs coming from a variety of directions – Nottingham, Banbury, Devizes, Southampton and Falcon were all in attendance, as well as paddlers from our own club.

We had 3 groups out on the water for the first session, all doing a variety of different sessions. The younger ones were off doing 1km, while the older and faster juniors were speeding off up and down the river. These groups were led by Jim New, Imogen Collins, Brian Greenham, Trevor Hunter (DEV), Ian Thackray (DEV) and Graham Warland (BAN).

The second session consisted of 100m relay running, on the opposite of the river to the club.

Just after lunch we had a talk led by BC coach and RCC Head Coach Imogen Collins, talking about how to train smart and get the best out of your training.

After that we split off into 5 teams and completed three 500m relay races and one 5K relay race. In this session we had a couple of swims from various over zealous paddlers!

All in all another great day at the club helping a variety of paddlers learn from different coaches and one another.

The date for the 3rd in the series of training days will be 16th December, where we look forward to seeing more young and enthusiastic juniors take to the water.

Paddling in the Dark

Now its late Autumn / early Winter, early mornings are dark and the evenings by 5pm or earlier. It’s essential at these times, or any time of bad visibility, to have lights on your boat.

Here are some of the points to bear in mind:

  • When paddling in the dark you should aim to have all round white light – constant, NOT flashing
  • either white light on your head with 360 view or white light on the front and rear deck each with 180 view
  • The idea of this light is to be visible, not to see by
  • If the light is too bright it will effect your night vision or the vision of those around you/in your boat
  • To be safe, wear bright neon colours – bright hats, clothing and reflective strips – particularly at dusk, it helps enormously to be visible
  • Use lights in foggy or misty conditions, too

 

Please see the Thames Navigation Licensing and General Bylaws 1993 for full requirements (page 8)

AGM 2018

Just a reminder that the Club’s AGM will be held at the Club at 11am, next Saturday, 27th October. Please do attend. It’s your club.
The Agenda will be
  • Introduction
  • Agree Minutes of 2017 AGM (you will find them on the board outside the office)
  • Chair’s report
  • Treasurer’s Report
  • Membership Report
  • Paddling Report
  • The Way Ahead our proposals for 2018-19
  • Committee elections
  • Motions and Any other Business
The Committee is up for re-election at every AGM. We have identified the following roles on the committee that will not be standing for re-election:
  • Secretary
  • Head Coach
  • Slalom Representative
If you are interested in standing for any position, including those above, please send in your nomination with the name of the proposer and seconder by noon on Thursday 25th October 2018.
If you would like to understand what the roles involve, please talk to a member of the committee.

The Club’s Annual Picnic Paddle 1st August 2018

What better way to start the month than the Club’s annual picnic paddle.

Brian took us to Pangbourne bright and early with a collection of Canadians where we sat guard with Stormy’s help for a couple of hours until everyone arrived.

It was a mixed group of 18 adults and children who made their way to Pangbourne to paddle back to the Club with a fun-filled stop off at Mapledurham beach for a picnic. We did all miss Nigel though – he was poorly – but we were determined to try our hardest to enjoy ourselves.

The sun shone, the water was warm and everyone had lots of fun. We mixed up the boats, tried to keep together, but the children’s boat, despite their excitement, fell a little behind. So Timea hopped in and single-handedly paddled the 5 of them down the river.

A leisurely paddle became a bit competitive for some and we reached Mapledurham lock in record time, ready to descend the lock. Once we convinced the children they didn’t need to hold onto the side, we sank down and paddled out.

Next we arrived at the beach where we stopped to eat our picnics. Luckily the cows that had been there earlier had wandered off. We were joined by Erika and Dominic at this point too for a little added excitement. Food was followed by 2 hours of fun in the water, with children and adults alike enjoying Brian’s makeshift slide and trying desperately to sink the boats and each other. Almost everyone had a go in Dominic’s Nelo, some with more success than others and giving all juniors something to aspire to.

Soon it was time to head back to the Club so off we went, enjoying the scenery and wildlife, spotting kingfishers en route, whilst admiring Dominic’s skill at surfing the wash of any powered boat which passed us.

We all arrived safely back at the Club and ended the adventure in true junior style with a synchronised jump in! Another successful RCC outing.

The Annual Club Fun Day

What is it about the Annual Club Fun Day that makes it so special? Is it all those crazy games that Brian devises? Is it because children of every age, and most certainly the adult ones, become so enormously competitive? Is it that you have to do such silly things?

It’s all that and more, of course. And 2018’s was no different. We had a good turn out – 30 participants – across all ages. Plus, the wind … that was no help at all.

First up was the ‘Death Race’ – each team in a Canadian canoe, trying to pop all other teams’ string of balloons with a plastic fork. Next was the relay race – one paddler getting the rest of their team from one side of the river to the other, one by one. Saw some pretty nifty paddle work and dastardly moves too. There was a water polo game, with each team trying to get the ball and throw it into Brian’s boat – Brian was just too good at it. No scoring at all.

Then tug of war, paddle the black cross float around a course with all the team on it, human fishing and a nappy swim from hardy Annabel and Toby. The rest were too cold by then.

After all that exertion, a bbq was in order.

Big thanks as ever to Brian for putting it all on. Such fun!

READING CC take 5th at the MacGregor Inter Clubs Regatta

During yet another glorious weekend of weather (unheard of in past years), 39 Reading Club members and their supporters trekked up to Nottingham to take part in the MacGregor Inter Clubs Challenge Regatta.

We had seven paddlers new to sprints competing – Stuart, Marc and Craig in Masters D, Timi in Women’s Masters B, Joseph in Boys D, Georgia in Girls D and Bruno in Lightnings. All didn’t bat an eyelid and just got on with the business of racing.

It was great to see so many RCC boats steaming down the course throughout the two days, often two boats in a race … quite something to field in the K4 races. And there were wins galore as well – from Masters, to Seniors, to Juniors … right across the board.

There are so many great wins to mention (13 1sts and 31 podium places in total) – in K4, RCC took four 1st places (in Masters C/D 200m and 500m, in Boys D 500 and Boys A 500). So exciting to watch. In the K2 races, there were many 1st, 2nd and 3rds. Special mention to Joseph and Thomas for their hat trick of K2 wins, Stefan and Tom for a 1st and 2nd, Nik and Lee for their 3rd, Annie and Toby for a very convincing 1st in LTA. In WMasters B 1000m, Bethan and Rachel took 2nd and Vicky and Timi 3rd and Masters C/D 500m Marc and Brian took 3rd. Dan and Fred in Boys A 500m were 2nd, an aggravating 8 hundredths of a second off 1st.

Among the K1 wins, there was 1st and 2nd places in Boys A 200m (Dan and Fred); in Masters D, Tom won 1st in 200m and 500m, Stefan took 2nd in Masters C 1000m, Nik 3rd in Masters C 200m, Toby 3rd in U12 Boys, Joseph 2nd in Boys D 200m and Rory 3rd in Boys C 200m.

Over the weekend, we wavered between 4th and 5th place for total points, eventually ending up 5th overall (out of a whopping 53 clubs), and 37 points ahead of Richmond in 6th.

Not only that, three of our paddlers were promoted: Tom Hollins to Masters C, Joseph Beeney to Boys C and Rory Tietema to Boys B. Well done to all those who took part. Apologies to any great wins omitted! So many to keep up with!

One more chance to sprint at Nottingham this year – 1st/2nd September with the Junior and Senior National Marathon Championships.