As always a big thank you to everyone supporting this year’s event on and off the water. Apologies to those who were not able to take part due to the restrictions, and a special acknowledgement to paddlers who have donated their entry despite not racing.
Final course assessment is yet to take place, however, this is forewarning that a number of additional measures will be in place; restricted entry, compulsory buoyancy aids, mobile phone to be carried.
Restricted Entry / Course Assessment Thameside 1 is a challenging 12 mile course with 12 portages. Although we take every possible action to minimise risk to paddlers, it is critical that paddlers, coaches and parents assess whether they are able to complete the course safely.
We are continually assessing the course on four key measures; flow, temperature, visibility and wind speed.
Paddlers need to assess their own competence against experience, paddling ability, equipment and support. Competence Form
We are currently scoring the course for Thameside 1 (23-Feb) as 16, paddler competence needs to be equal or higher than 16. For those who don’t meet the criteria, will have the option to transfer entry to Thameside 2 or refund.
All boats should be fit for purpose and fitted with sufficient buoyancy, there will be checks of paddler kit and boats prior to the start.
We are currently monitoring the conditions in the lower sections of Kennet-on-Avon canal. We will need to apply a degree of special measures (e.g. compulsory buoyancy aids, restricted entry) or cancel the race depending on how the river level drops over the next couple of days.
A big thank you to
Brian for turning 70, agreeing to a party and making us all wear
fancy dress! There were some great costumes along the ‘B G’
theme, some members totally unrecognisable. We had a rash of Bad
Guys, a glut of Bunny Girls, Green & Black, a buxom schoolgirl …
named Brian, Batmen, Barbies and Ken, burglars, a British Gladiator,
even a Hot Dog (great work, Jean) … so much imagination.
Just over 80 turned up to celebrate seven decades of Brian. It was
great to see some former crew paddlers of Brian’s and former
members of the club – Lucy Perrett – the Club’s first Olympic
finalist, Rod Kinch, Heather Brough (a former K2 partner of Brian’s).
There was lovely food by Sabine and Jo, an amazing array of puddings from us all and a magnificent chocolate and Guinness cake, courtesy of Georgia and Imogen. Then music and dancing. Oh what a night!
Pleased to announce that entries for Thameside 2020 are now open, check out the race details. Please note both events have been over subscribed in recent years, therefore entries have been closed earlier than advertised.
76 paddlers took to the water on Saturday 14th December in the Christmas Mix and Match event, all dressed in festive garb – that was 32 K2s split over four starts, plus three K4s. What a spectacle for passers-by on the prom – Christmas come early! This was no gentle paddle, however, but a hard-fought race to the finish – 8km up, down, up and down again, in a couple of loops to accommodate the high flow.
A slap-up, big-fry breakfast followed for 86. A great fun morning all round, with brilliant organisation from Alex and Nigel on the pairings and the boats, and a slick production of breakfast from the catering team.
Thank you all – so good, please can it be an annual event?
More Christmas this week, with a leisurely paddle in Canadians up to the Oracle, singing all the way.