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Thameside 1 – Update 22-Feb

Prerequisites for Thameside 1 tomorrow

  1. Restricted entry
  • Your crew must score 16 or above on the competency check (form attached)
  • Please ensure you bring your completed competencies forms to check-in
  1. Compulsory buoyancy aids for ALL paddlers
  2. Mobile phone to be carried by all crews (working, charged, water proof)
  3. Your kit and boat will be checked
  4. If you caught by the course sweeper you will be asked to leave the course. Please bear this in mind.

Refund or Transfer to T2
If do not meet the criteria please let me know if you want the entry transfer to T2, or refunded.

Thameside 1 – Update 21-Feb

Thameside 1 is on! We are still scoring the course at 16, your paddler assessment needs to be equal or higher than 16.

All additional measures previously stated will be place; restricted entry, compulsory buoyancy aids, mobile phone to be carried.

If you caught by the course sweeper you will be asked to leave the course. Please bear this in mind.

We are also continuing to monitor the course, if something changes beyond our control that we are not able to mitigate we might still need to cancel the event.

Please check the website regular for updates.

Thameside 1 – Update 20-Feb

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.

Next update will be Friday 16:00

Thameside 1 – Update

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.

Next update will be Friday 16:00

Brian’s 70th Party

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!

Christmas Mix and Match K2 with breakfast

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.