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Basingstoke Canal Canoe Club

BCCC would like to invite members of Wey Kayak Club, Reading Canoe Club, Royal Canoe, Banbury & District Canoe Club, UWE Canoe, Richmond Hill Canoe Club Page, Richmond Canoe Club, Richmond Canoe Club, Wokingham Canoe Club to take up the 9th Charles Hicks Challenge. A beautiful, picturesque course between 13-14 miles with 10 portages on the Basingstoke canal. Ideal winter endurance training and perfect for people doing the Thamesides, Watersides and DW. Details and entry @https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/myevent/52945580657/reports/reports-survey_questions/?s=1&date=all&attendee_status=attending&column_groups=n7P1k6M5J4NOGK23XAajy9&questions=21266745&answers=all&ordering=last_name#report-summary-popup

Take up your paddles, take up the challenge!
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Are you ready? Go!

It’s just over two weeks to go before the Charles Hicks Challenge. A Challenging, picturesque course between 13-14 miles with 10 portages.

This stunning shot was taken somewhere on the course. Can you guess where?

26th January at the Canal Centre Mytchett.

Take up your paddles; take up The Challenge.
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Saturday 5 January - Barle River – Your chance to work off the mince pies and wash the cobwebs off your whitewater kit - This is the first planned trip for the new year. Grade 2 whitewater day trip down the Barle. This is an ideal follow-on trip for paddlers after the Yat or Shepperton, or for anyone wanting to refresh skills Contact Paul Glyn Jeffs to book your place or for more information. Levels are looking good... ... See MoreSee Less

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From our chairman and committee we wish you the compliments of the season and a very happy new year. This will be the club's 40th year since it's inception and the committee would like to celebrate this anniversary with some special events. Ideas? Let us know.

And don't forget the first one: The Charles Hicks challenge.

Also don't forget the trips and events...

Sat 5 Jan - Barle River – Washing off the cobwebs – whitewater day trip @ River Barle
Our first planned trip for the new year. Grade 2 whitewater day trip down the Barle. This is an ideal follow-on trip for paddlers after the Yat or Shepperton, for anyone wanting to refresh skills, blow the cobwebs away or enjoy a day on the river in fab scenery.
Contact Paul Jeffs for more information.

Tues 8th Jan. Kelly kettle paddle at the club.
Tuesday morning paddles are not complete without a coffee. The café will be closed and although there is a kitchen in the new Portakabin, tradition dictates that we get the toys out and brew up on the canal somewhere. Meet at Mytchett at 0930. Bring your own mug. If you have a Kelly Kettle or camping stove bring that too. If you got a fancy outdoor coffee press for Christmas you will have to bring your own ground coffee, and if you want the full fry please bring your own frying pan, bacon and eggs!
Contact Liz Murnaghan for more details.

Sat 12 Jan - Dartmoor River Day Trip @ Dartmoor
Day river trip, choosing the best of Dartmoor on the day. Grades 2-3, Walkham, Teign, Dart. We will choose the river and section depending on paddler abilities and water levels. May switch to South Wales depending on levels.
Contact Paul Jeffs for more details.

Wed 23rd Jan at Eyot Boat Club, Henley.
For coaches and leaders, Find out about the new Paddle awards . Tickets are free but need to be booked. Contact Liz Murnaghan for more details.
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7 paddlers (Rick, Chris B, Chris W, Helen Skinner, Alay, Karen & myself (Zoe)) ventured out on the Thames to paddle off those mince pie calories and enjoy a great stretch of river with some amazing Grand Design-esque properties (think fitting in our whole boathouse into one of their personal boathouses!)
Despite rain during both shuttles, the sun glared down from a cloudless sky for the whole time we were on the water. We had the Thames to ourselves, apart from 2 groups of sailing dinghies and a few rowing boats. Oh yes and whilst having lunch, Alay was the first to spot 2 paddle boarding Santa’s, along with a Fairy & Elf. Paddling upstream on a yellow board, they were badly missing some water reindeer to assist. We, however were going downstream, which was so much easier going. At one stage, Chris W was keeping up with a runner on the towpath....and he wasn’t even paddling at the time. Zoe was nominated Associate Lock Keeper, meaning that she had fun pressing lots of electronic buttons (high-technology on the Thames!) and no-one else had to do a portage. Just as well, given the weight of our average sea kayak....
Fantastic day out, inspired choice & planning by Rick, brilliant comraderie -who could wish for more?
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