A new and improved super-size race team went off to Burton on Trent for the day on Sunday with the club managing to field 10 paddlers in the divisional races and 2 paddlers in the lightnings - that's the first time we've been in double figures for a long time. The weather at Burton was wonderful and a good day was had by all.
In doubles Adam and Philip raced up in Division 8 with both of them looking very smooth and notched up a very fast time and comfortable win (promoted to…
Added by jo niblett on June 13, 2013 at 16:24 — No Comments
Six of us went on the C2B event, on a beautiful summers day. Brian (kayak), David (kayak), Rog&Jodi (Canoe) and PK/Dawn (Canoe). Points for next year are a) there's no real rush to get to the centre by the posted meet-up time b) we averaged 2.5 miles per hour c) the handmade burgers are fantastic - do bother bringing a lunch. I hope everyone enjoyed the day. Brian
Added by Brian Nicholson on June 10, 2013 at 8:29 — No Comments
Many thanks to everyone who helped clean-up the river. Thanks to a massive effort, the river is now pretty clean all the way to the Leam/Avon junction, and I believe thanks to Leam Boat Centre, all the way to Warwick.
On Saturday myself, Simon and three of his friends pulled out a tent, and around 15 bags more rubbish, mainly plastic bags.
Other stretches of the river re the DoggyPaddle are still a little grim in places, but on the whole the river is OK !
The club hosted yet another excellent canoeing event with 138 entries from clubs all over the region, with many of RLSCC members doing very well. Images of the race day can be found here
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“Hand on heart, we’ve never had such an eventful Dove Tour!” Janet said, as we walked towards the pub, afterwards. I haven’t been on one before so I really couldn’t judge it for myself. I did have a lot of fun, though, and I got to know the river much better than I’d been expecting to.
We have been to the Dove tour before. I haven’t been able to go, if only I’d known what I was missing!
The tour is terribly well organised. We weren’t. We met, as usual at the…Continue
Added by Tessa Lukehurst on March 21, 2013 at 10:30 — No Comments
Another succesful weekend for the club.
A strong performance from the whole team with Tim, Philip and Alex coming in 1st, 2nd and 3rd respectively and Adam finishing in 5th.
Div 9 K1
The performance of the day saw Jo in her first divisional race. It was a wake up call for all prents to get their fingers out and get on the water - well…Continue
Added by Andrew Smithson on October 8, 2012 at 13:44 — No Comments
On a wet and windy day on the Thames the club was represented by Ben, James and William.
Entry into two races and two first places.
Div 9 K2
Ben and James entered their first Div 9 race as a pair and were pitched against a combined field of Div 9 and Div 8 boats - 13 in total.
The boys paddled strongly and won the combined race. As two Div 8 ladies crossed the line they were heard saying " we were beaten by those little boys".
Added by Andrew Smithson on September 24, 2012 at 10:00 — No Comments
Well done to our under 12 lightening team. Phillip, Ben and Adam 1st. 2nd and 3rd in the Sour Valley U12 race today.
Added by jo niblett on September 16, 2012 at 14:26 — No Comments
The weekend of the 1st and 2nd of September saw the focus for the racing team move from marathon to sprint racing at the National Watersports Centre in Nottingham.
A relatively large team assembled for the end of year National Championships with Kayak and Canoe racing over 200m, 500m and 1000m.
There were some notable individual results (see below) but arguably the biggest success belonged to the lightning paddlers who won the mini-sprint series for the first time. The series…Continue
8 of us left in 3 cars shortly(ish) after 7.30 for the long drive to Tryweran to paddle the lower section of the river, mainly grade 2 with a short grade 4 near the end.
During the long drive it was decided that a greedy few of us would take advantage of the car shuttle delay to paddle the upper Tryweran, and on the short walk up were introduced amongst others to such features as the 'Ski Jump', and the 'Graveyard'. 4 of us Paddled the Upper with limited playing along the way, with a…Continue
Added by Mark W on August 14, 2012 at 12:55 — No Comments
I scowl in frustration at my canoe in the racks. Damn my wayward paddle. It’s fallen down the back and I’m going to have to wriggle in the gap to get it out. I must put it away properly. I must put it away properly. We load our cars onto our roof racks, pulling the straps deliciously tight, and set off for Burton on Trent. This is the first time I’ve not known in advance where the put in is for the trip. I have relinquished control reluctantly and there is a new thrill in not knowing…Continue
The Club lawnmower has now dried out after being used as a handy rack for wet kit! It has coughed and spluttered through another lawn mowing session. I fear that this is only a temporary remission and that it won't last out the season. Please look at the Wanted Classified and ask your friends.
The Bala trip may be my kayaks Waterloo; a sad day if it is. It appears that only a near religious experience with a mighty soldering iron can save my boat from its holey death... Operation is scheduled for tomorrow... Please think of my boat in it's time of need, Brian
Just thought I should say how great tonight was. For those of you who have been around the last few weeks you will have heard my little scream as I go down the seal launch and usually go over. Well tonight Brian convinced me to go down Princess Weir. It was truly amazing and I loved the thrill of it and I even remembered the low braces and stayed upright. Thanks all this is really helping me feel better and I am loving all the new experiences.
Added by jo niblett on June 19, 2012 at 21:17 — No Comments
Many thanks to Ed for organising the family trip to Warwick, enjoyed by Ed and family, Jo and Adam, Tess, PK and Brian. Mixed weather didn't dampen our enjoyment of the paddle, wildlife spotting, chatting with fishermen, enjoying (mostly) the cafe in Warwick. The trip finished off with Adam and Brian 'deck walking' or in my case swimming.
On a side note, PK and I took a detour to Rock Mill weir, and it was brilliant in quite high water levels, the new fallen in center section…Continue
Added by Brian Nicholson on June 17, 2012 at 19:38 — No Comments
David Mackie and Brian Nicholson paddled the P2H event, along the canals from the Drawbridge pub (Shirley outskirts) to the center of Brum (Brindley place, Gas Street Basin, etc), taking in the surprisingly scenic delights of the Stratford and Birmingham canals. We finally meet up with around 30 other paddlers who had also paddled various canals to the center, had a quick natter, and then paddled to the car. We can well recommend this trip, as the canal is very green for most the way, and…Continue
Added by Brian Nicholson on June 9, 2012 at 18:53 — No Comments
Our Juniors continue their run of successes.
Timothy Dowden represented the Club at last Sunday's Hasler qualifying event at Worcester. Four Clubs participated in the 2 mile Lightning race. Timothy came 1st with a winning time of 14m 23s which was 1m 23s ahead of his nearest rival.
Harry Price entered the Youth Freestyle Series at the…Continue
Added by David Mackie on June 5, 2012 at 21:01 — No Comments
I've noticed, over the years, that kayakers are often associated with other 'pit yourself against nature' sports, such as rock climbing and mountain biking (MTBing). So it was a joy to introduce Johnny B (limited off-road experience) and Janet H (haven't ridden a bike in years) not only to MTBing, but inspiring to see how they were tearing up the difficult trails by the end of the day. Janet squeezed three bikes, three sets of kit, and us three into her…Continue