Archive for March, 2011

Q2 Programme now available

The latest programme is now available. Click Here (This is Version 2 as there has been a few minor updates) for a pdf version. It has been emailed out, so if you are a WKCC Club member and have not received it then please let us know as we may have your email address incorrect.

If you have any for the programme, such as an activity or river to paddle the either complete this ONLINE FORM, or contact a member of the programme committee.

Severn Bore – Sunday 20th March

Next Sunday there is a 4star Severn Bore, 0849 at Over Bridge, Gloucester. Does anyone fancy going to surf it. This is an advanced trip for people that want to surf. If you just want to come and watch then it’s one of natures’ amazing sites, well worth the early start to go and see it.

If you would like to go but aren’t sure if you are at the right stage, then ask one of the senior members of the club for their opinion.

We would need to meet at the Over Bridge at 0730ish, be on the water for 0745 and paddle down to a straight bit in the river where we should get the best chance to ride the wave for as long as possible. Timing is everything, and the wave waits for nobody. The wave could be 20mins early or 30mins late.

Directions.

At Junction 11 M5, head for Gloucester on the A40.

At the first round about turn right, still on the A40.

Over the next round about.

Next round about turn right for Maisemore/ Hartpury, A417.

On left there should be a lay by or grass verge to park on.

Please let Ben know Saturday afternoon/ evening what you are doing. There is hopefully a car full going from Worcester at the moment, but depending on who’s coming, that may change.
Contact details sent via text and email.

Wye, from Newbridge to Builth

Had a really nice paddle today, from Newbridge to Builth Wells. There were 14 of us, Rita, Wendy & her brother in law, Matt M, John H, Richards W, Graham T, Richard B, Paul C, Tim, Meg, Claire, Nick D & myself. We met at Builth at 10am, sorted ourselves out, did the shuttle and headed off in 5 open boats and 9 kayaks.

We had a really nice day, it was a bit low in places but non the less interesting, and as the Wye always is, fantastic scenery and wildlife. We saw a few Red Kits and a few Buzzards.

There were some very nice sections that with a bit more water would be great. I was an ideal level for this mixed ability group with a bit of something for everyone. Including some poling for those open boaters, we need the practice.

The end rapid on this section was interesting, even through low it was fun, and the drop itself was good, a rescue was required but this was another group that went through.

We had a great day and I would love to do this section again with more water on it. If anyone has any photo can you let me have them and I will post them here.

4 Star Part 2

So breakfast was had at 7am and it was off to Totnes. I arrived in good time and got changed and my boat and kit sorted.

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Club Emails

Our Club emailing lists have been getting a bit out of hand recently so we have decided to tidy up the lists. Over the next few days those who send out club emails will be updating the mailing lists so that only paid up club members will be receiving updates and notifications. The website is of course open to anyone who wishes to keep updated with the Club’s programme, trip reports and much more.

4 Star Canoe – Part 1

Apart from my Canoe 3 Star course in October 2010 on the River Dee in North Wales it has been a while since I have done any serious canoe or kayak courses and I thought I would share my experiences with the club.

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Books

After tonight’s brief session on rescues etc., I mentioned a few books worth reading.

William Nealy this link is to Amazon, Kayak – A Manual of Technique is a good book, Kayak – The New frontier is a new book I have not read yet, but it is bound to be good.

For a bit more advanced stuff have a read of White Water Safety & Rescue

I will be posting a link so we can log the books people have to create a mini library, expect this in a few weeks.