Record numbers at Boxing Day paddle
Wey Kayak had a record number of paddlers out on the river this Boxing Day, with a very impressive 74 hardy souls braving the winter weather in a variety of boats and a variety of hats! The faster paddlers completed the full 10k run up to St Catherine’s Lock and back, while others were more sensible and turned back towards the bar long before then! One or two even made a last ditch attempt to claim the club’s annual Fish Award by going for a pre-lunch swim. Yes, we’re looking at you Nick Carvell and Kaye Smith!
On New Year’s Eve, the club made an expedition to the River Arun in Sussex to try out some different water. Ably marshaled by Pete Gorman, a mixed group of junior, senior and veteran paddlers headed out from the Black Rabbit pub near Arundel and went swiftly with the tide to Littlehampton, 15km downstream. Despite fighting a strong headwind, driving rain, and various boat issues, everyone made good time down the river to the waiting support crew and a very welcome cup of tea in the cafe. A good day was had by all, even if the most commonly heard comment was “why on earth don’t we do these things in the summer?!”
Click here to see some more pictures from the day, taken by Graham Francis.
Wey Kayak Club is one of the top kayak clubs in the country and caters for the needs of over 400 participants of all levels: from beginners to international level canoeists representing Great Britain at European Championships, World Championships, and Olympic Games. All our members paddle in flat-water conditions – “Placid Water” – using a wide range of canoes and kayaks built specifically for flat-water racing and suited perfectly for the conditions of the river Wey.
We specialise in flat water canoeing from our clubhouse on the River Wey. Members compete at all levels around the country at marathon and sprint races.
Our 30+ British Canoeing qualified coaches run training sessions for all levels of paddlers. We run introductory courses to teach technique and give confidence in the boat.