May Sprint Regatta

Well done to all RCC paddlers at this weekend’s regatta – a great set of results. Saturday was windy, a tail wind in fact, but those waves, particularly from 200m to the finish line, were not helpful! Still, our paddlers took all that in their stride and there were some great performances from Juniors and Masters alike.

Great to see our two Juniors promoted last regatta – Dan Atkins and Fran Boonham – racing really well in Boys B and Girls C respectively and getting into Finals every race. Our two Boys D paddlers, Sam Betts and Alex Tonkin, also did a brilliant job, getting into a final every race, and really pushing hard and accelerating into the finish. It was Finlay’s first regatta in Boys D and he raced well in both his 200m and 500m distances. Fred in Boys A put in good performances, particularly in his 200m K2 which was Mens A/Boys A combined. They came a 3rd.

Brian and Tom – O34 K2

We had a good show of Masters at this National Championships regatta, also getting into every final. A Bronze and a Silver each for Brian Hammond and Tom Hollins in their O34 K2 races. Well done to all our Masters – Nigel, Nik Topham, Tony Machin, Lee Atkins, Brian and Tom.

And it was a Birthday regatta for Lee too – hence two birthday cakes and a special Birthday swim … perfectly time for past the finish line!

The team
Lee with his cake

Devizes to Westminster 2017

Congratulations to all our Reading Canoe Club paddlers who competed at this year’s DW. The race boasted some of the best conditions seen for many years, but, whatever, it’s a grueling 125 mile race.

We had two star performers among the K1s – Ro Battison taking 1st Place in the Senior Ladies, with time 19:33:15. Radek, just back from cycling halfway round Australia, got into his boat and came an amazing 2nd in 16:17:02.

Radek
Ro

Special mention, too, to Conor Macnab (strictly speaking Pangbourne Club, but who also trains at RCC). At 17, he was the youngest K1 on the course and, competing against the Seniors, came a tremendous 27th (out of 75) in 20:21:25.

Conor Macnab

Out of 119 K2 Senior crews, Des Hayes with partner Ollie Shaw came an excellent 47th  in time 24:05:39. Rachel Spanton and RAF’s Sarah Richter weren’t far behind in 57th completing the race in 24:40:15.

Rachel and Sarah reach Westminster

Brian Hammond, paddling with former RCC paddler Alison Galloway, was forced to retire after 17:12:40 because of his shoulder injury. That’s a hard call.

Gail Battison gives you the lowdown of Ro’s race and the grueling task of being the support crew. If you are thinking of participating as crew or competitor, it’s a must read. Thanks Gail.

DW from a supporter’s perspective

When Rohan first suggested she may do the DW race I thought she was a bit over optimistic. She last did any real long distance paddling more than 15 years previous, and had spent the previous year recovering from a bad leg break after a skiing accident. I didn’t really give it much more thought until she went out and bought a K1 and entered the Waterside Series.

Her motivation was strong, she was paddling for a cause close to her heart, ‘Macmillan Cancer Support’ She started putting the miles in over the winter months, paddling from Gailey Canoe Club, with the occasional weekend down at Reading.

Continue reading DW from a supporter’s perspective

Thameside 2 – Update 2

As with T1 we have had unprecedented demand for Thameside 2. Due to the concerns of the impact this will have on facilities at the start and end of the course, we have closed entries for Thameside 2.

It is fantastic that we have such high interest (almost double some previous years with over 350 seats!) but need to manage congestion in order to avoid any potential negative impact on permission to run the event in the future.

You are still able to log in to the site to check details and complete payment.

We currently have 93 on the slow K2 start, therefore currently considering options

Start

  • If your payment has been received you will now be able to access your race number
  • Parking: Please use the Rivermead Leisure Centre car park and take the short walk across the field to check-in
  • Competitor food will be given out when you check-in

Finish

  • Parking is tight, so please can share as much as possible
  • Regrettably there will be no hot food on sale at the finish, only teas and coffees.
  • Results will be updated regularly
Course Assessment

Thameside 2 is challenging 18 mile course with 8 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 assess the course on four key measures; flow, temperature, visibility and wind speed.

We then ask paddlers to assess their own competence against experience, paddling ability, equipment and support.

The competencies source needs to be higher than the course score.

Assessment on 9-March

The forecast is currently good, with no additional rain expected. However, the river is on a mix of yellow boards rising / yellow board decreasing. Therefore the expected course score is 6.

At this point no additional safety measures will be applied. However, all boats should be fit for purpose and fitted with sufficient buoyancy. Buoyancy aids are recommended for all paddlers and compulsory for anyone under 16.

Final course inspection is scheduled for Saturday 11-March.

Thameside 2 – Update 1

As with previous years entry is online, however this year entry is only online. You will NOT be able to enter or pay on the day!

You can enter online & pay* until 14:00 the day before the race

Thameside 2 – Reading to Marlow 12 Mar-2017
Early bird entry close Friday 10-Mar 12:00 (Junior £11 per seat, Adult £13 per seat)
Last entry Saturday 11-Mar 14:00 (Junior £15 per seat, Adult £17 per seat)

* Only online payment can be received on Saturday before the race. If you are posting a cheque it needs to arrive at the latest Friday 10th.

Thameside 1 – Final Results

Well Thameside 1 (final results) done and dusted for another year! A big THANK YOU to everyone who helped out, it was a complete team event which was great given the crazy number of entries.

At the start of the week there were 110 seats entered, almost bang on average. At the point we closed entries we had 307 seats, with a couple of groups and a few disappointed individuals who missed the cut off..

Whatever the size of an event RCC strive to make it the best so that paddlers want to do it again and our neighbours are happy for us to share their space each year.  For this to continue we need the following…

  • Enough resource to run things smoothly – thanks to all
  • People to park sensibly and legally – most got it right, the rest need to try harder.  
    • It is disappointing that we had to assign half our staff to marshall parking!
    • Remember – you are the public face of our sport.
  • Flexibility in the schedule to accommodate higher volumes – hence the extended start window to spread out paddlers
  • Paddlers to finish within the designated window – 22 boats finished too early today, the first by 22 minutes.  We were kind and only gave you a time penalty not DSQ
  • Continual process improvements
    • Southern region number boards
    • The new check in approach – less queues, easier for all

Looking forward to seeing you all at Thameside 2 on 12 Mar.  As always feedback welcomed

Entries for T2 will open on Tuesday (28-Feb).