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Poole Harbour Race

An invitation from PHCC to the “Poole Harbour Race” on Sunday  22nd  Sept starting from a sandy beach on the edge of the harbour, sunshine and food included.

Any boat K1, K2, Ski, Sea kayak (classic and racing), Wavehopper, WWR or General purpose. 

The harbour race is a set of three races of 4, 8 and 15 miles around the harbour.

The two longer courses both go round Brownsea Island. The short course runs along the shore.

All ages and ability…


Added by Brian Nicholson on August 14, 2013 at 8:24 — No Comments

Intro to moving water session @ Stratford Weir

We decided to mix up a Tuesday night by taking some of our improvers over to Stratford Weir to meet some moving water. The level on the EA gauge at Lucy's Mill was 0.53m, which is low, and almost perfect conditions for this session.

First up was a session on manual handling, as it's a good 5 minutes walk with boats from the Greenway car park to the river!

Having left the club at 7:15, we got on the water at about 8pm. Apparently Tuesday is also SOAK's night, and initially the…


Added by Matthew Booth on July 16, 2013 at 23:30 — No Comments

Throw lines at the ready @ Symonds Yat

After loading the canoes quickly on two cars and everyone remarking how speedy we had been with hardly any faffing, we set off.  Well one car set off………… we knew it was too good to be true.  Dawn decided some faffing was required and adjusted the roof rack on her car.  Naturally the other car decided to leave them to it and hopefully see them at Symonds Yat.  A couple of sensible people decided to make their own way and meet us there.

Once all kitted up, we launched on to the river…


Added by Janet Harris on June 30, 2013 at 21:59 — No Comments

A great and Sunny day at Burton Hasler

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

Canal-to-Brum paddle report

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

River clean-up

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 !

Added by Brian Nicholson on May 7, 2013 at 8:29 — 1 Comment

Leamington River Race April 2013

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


Race Results…


Added by RLSCC on April 29, 2013 at 21:30 — No Comments

River leam plastic clean up

Is anyone interested in clearing plastic from the riverside trees and bushes. The stretch between the princes road weir and the Avon is very contaminated. I am hoping to start on May 4 and 5 so any help no matter how and from what canoe an arms reach will help clear the debris.

Added by Simon Gurney on April 28, 2013 at 8:45 — No Comments

Gent Marathon 2013

Will Smithson travelled to Gent as part of the GB Development Squad over the weekend.

The race was originally meant to be 18k but the organisers extended the distance to 22k.

Conditions were very difficult with snow and hail throughout the race.

Will raced in the U18 category and came third with a time of 1 hour and 48 minutes.

Added by Andrew Smithson on March 24, 2013 at 10:28 — No Comments

The Title "Queen of the Open Boat" is up for Grabs

“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…


Added by Tessa Lukehurst on March 21, 2013 at 10:30 — No Comments

Lincoln Hasler 2012

Another succesful weekend for the club.


Lightning U12

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…


Added by Andrew Smithson on October 8, 2012 at 13:44 — No Comments

Henley Hasler 2012

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".

Div 4…


Added by Andrew Smithson on September 24, 2012 at 10:00 — No Comments

Sour Valley Under 12's

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

More success for RLSCC

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…


Added by Andrew Smithson on September 3, 2012 at 15:46 — 1 Comment

White Water Trip to Tryweran

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…


Added by Mark W on August 14, 2012 at 12:55 — No Comments

Fifty Shades of Fun on the Trent

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…


Added by Tessa Lukehurst on July 17, 2012 at 12:00 — 2 Comments

The end is nigh!

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.

Added by David Mackie on June 26, 2012 at 9:00 — 2 Comments

Going down Captain

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

Added by Brian Nicholson on June 25, 2012 at 18:58 — 2 Comments

Club Night New Experiences

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

Family Paddle to Warwick

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…


Added by Brian Nicholson on June 17, 2012 at 19:38 — No Comments

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