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2 days ago

Basingstoke Canal Canoe Club

Worcester Ring Challenge yesterday. Two club members went to Worcestershire for a 21 mile circular loop on the River Severn and the local canals. Plenty of portages, some tunnels, narrowboats, 2 food and drink stops en route and some cows. Picture shows Mike Rees Clark and Edd Dobson at the final portage. Also racing, Liz M with Janet Gillespie. ... See MoreSee Less

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Photos from our latest British Canoeing 1 star course. If you want to learn to paddle, the next course will be running Mon 23- Fri 27 July starting at 9:30 every morning. Details here www.b3c.org.uk/club-activities/training-courses/beginner-courses/ ... See MoreSee Less

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Symonds Yat Fun/Intro/Refresher Day trip this Sunday 15 July. A day trip to the Yat suitable for youngsters and adults wanting an intro to white water (must be confident capsizing kayak with a deck), also for experienced paddlers wanting a chance to refresh their skills. We promise you will get wet, you will have fun. Facilities for non paddlers too. For more information, contact Paul Glyn Jeffs Please let Paul know by Thursday evening latest if you want to paddle or help on this one! ... See MoreSee Less

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BBC Countryfile Live at Blenheim Palace from the 2nd - 5th August 2018.
British Canoeing are looking for volunteers. Jobs will include:
• Manning Kayak Ergo machines for the public to have a go on
• Supporting registration for the 'on the water' activity
• Helping to get participants kitted up in Buoyancy Aids and with the correct equipment.
• Supporting activities in the waterzone
• On the water safety cover (providing you are experienced).
You will get lunch and snacks throughout the day, free show ticket and Tshirt to wear. (travel & accommodation not included) If you are interested contact Liz on b3cmembership@hotmail.co.uk for more info.
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1 week ago

Basingstoke Canal Canoe Club

Check, clean and dry! Another non-native invasive species .Keep your eyes peeled! We have had unconfirmed reports of jellyfish in Mytchett Lake!

These are suspected to be Freshwater Jellyfish (Craspedacusta sowerbii). They are an introduced species having been introduced from South America in the early 19th century, and are thought to be widespread but usually go undetected in the UK. They usually live their lives entirely in the polyp form, a bit like a miniature slimy mushroom rooted to plants and rocks, feeding on micro-organisms and rarely turn into the medusa (the classic jellyfish form). The jellyfish are no more than 2cm across, and are likely to be smaller. They particularly like still waters, and canals appear to be ideal habitat for them.

There are no harmful effects to humans or animals, although non-native they have been here for a long time and don’t appear to have a harmful effect on the ecosystem – the EA are treating this as an unusual and interesting scientific event possibly triggered by the recent high temperatures.

Photo: OpenCage/Wikimedia Commons
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2 weeks ago

Basingstoke Canal Canoe Club

Canal closure for Farnborough Airshow.Canal and towpath CLOSURE - Farnborough Airshow - 9th - 22nd July (12.30 to c.17.30 pm daily.) Eelmoor to Norris bridges
Farnborough International have again asked that a small portion of the Canal between Eelmoor and Norris Bridges be closed during flying hours at this year's Farnborough Airshow.
You will remember that this is as a result of safety regulations introduced following the Shoreham Airshow crash a few years ago.
The canal and towpath will be closed from a point just east of Eelmoor Bridge to a point just west of Norris Bridge as part of the Airshow perimeter during the hours of flying on 9th – 22nd July (12.30pm to approx. 5.30pm daily)
The A323 Fleet Road and Aldershot Road will also be closed - more information on the Rushmoor Borough Council web site. www.rushmoor.gov.uk/airshowtraffic
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2 weeks ago

Basingstoke Canal Canoe Club

Congratulations to our team in Croatia, including Sam Rees Clark from BCCCMedals in Croatia and Great Britain has a new European Champion!!

The championships got off to a great start with Emma Russell from Chelmsford taking Gold In the junior ladies K1 class. Freya Peters (Richmond) had a strong race crossing the line in 7th. Sam Rees-Clark (Basingstoke) settled into the front group of the race quickly, looking comfortable in the familiar front group for her. The strong Hungarians broke clear together leaving Sam in a group racing for 3rd. Sam was able to draw on her speed and racing experience to dominate the race for third and eventually broke clear on her own to secure the final position on the podium. Arthur Leech was up next in C1 and after a strong two opening laps he eventually crossed the line in 5th having sustained some damage to the back of his boat making the last few laps of a tough race even harder. Will Scammell (Longridge) & Luke Shaw (Norwich) completed the races for the day in the junior boys K1 class, they finished in 7th (Will) and 9th (Luke), this was a great finish to an impressive day of racing by the team.

Friday racing in Croatia….

After an excellent opening day for the GB team we have 5 members of the team racing on Friday. First up for the day will be the Junior boys K2 race. Will Scammell & James Bell will be looking forward to this one after winning both of the domestic K2 races at Nottingham and Maidstone. This is the first major international for James, having developed through the strong racing structure at Longridge Canoe Club, this all Longridge K2 will be well drilled in racing tactics. Tim Gannicott-Porter & Alex McIntyre from Chelmsford will look to make the most of their fitness in this race, they are a well drilled crew and have raced well in all the assessment races this year so far.
Friday evening will see Matt Johnson (Chelmsford) race in the U23 Mens class. This will be the first European Championships for Matt, after finishing 3rd K1, and 1st U23 at the domestic assessment race. Matt has also recently raced very well agaist a strong senior mens field at the World Cup in Portugal. Matt is picking up his race speed and experience at a great pace.
Good luck to all the guys racing!
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