Message from the Chairman
Now that the ground has started to dry out, and the rivers are receding back from the roads. We can now enjoy them again.
Well what has the club been up to? The usual river trips Dart, Kent, Tees, Tavy not to forget our local rivers like the Chelmer. Many of these have seen massive amounts of water, even though these rivers have been paddled many times before it's still important to place in proper skills and communication before and during a trip.
Thanks to those who have organised trips. If anyone would like to organise a trip please ask as we would always welcome the help.
Richard is planning white-water safety courses of different levels for this year to aid your paddling and rescue methods. This not only helps others but also yourself if you have unfortunate position to be swimming. Please see Richard Moore for details.
Since my last message we had a reporter down to the club to do a two page spread in the local gazette paper, he even got a go on to the water at Battlesbridge, swim and all. The last thing I said to is make sure he empties his pockets, otherwise the capsize will empty them for him.
The club also helped Longridge ex scout centre on the Thames to assist in clearing up after the floods. As the club have used their facilities for New Year's paddles we thought it was only fair. This saw 7 hardy soles doing jobs such as road mantaince, pulling boats and picnic tables out of the water and clearing the steps to the waters edge of the accumulation of silt. Oh, and that favourite game of find the shovel in the Thames. I am sure if you ask Ray he will give you an accurate account.
The pool sessions are well supported and we are due some new racking in the store to make access to boats easier, tidier and safer. Paul Duck has offered to make these. Paul also had his assistant Dave, thank you to both of you for your hard work.
Again members are up and we have introduced a new membership form asking for detail information in case of any mishaps. Once the form is finalised a copy will be sent out. If you would be kind enough to fill this out and return to Ray, myself or membership securely Tina so we can include the information to make trips safer in case of emergency.
The annual Battlesbridge Race is scheduled for 7th September starting at north Fambridge at 10am but worth arriving early to shuttle vehicles to Battlesbridge. Full details are on the website or contact myself for more details.
Trips on the horizon are:
- North Devon 2nd to 4th May
- Symonds Yat 7th to 8th June
We have a full mid week paddle programme, if you require kit please, ask and we may be able to help but we do have limited equipment. We have added BBQ nights by the river, all welcome even non paddlers. See mid-week paddles for details.
The clubs annual general meeting is on 21st June at South Woodham Ferrers scout hut doors open at 4pm and BBQ Bring some meat to cook the AGM will be at 7pm followed by a quiz but with a very different theme than usual.
Southend Canoe Club Chair