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NACC Bash in a Field - 30th Anniversary

Saturday 30th August, overnight camping in Clutton to celebrate NACC's 30th anniversary. Arrive from 2pm to pitch tents. Leave by 11am Sunday 31 August. Disco, supper, kayak slide, gladiators and bouncy castle. Tickets available from Fran, Will, Emma and Judy - Adults £20, U14's £10 and U5's free.

 
Whitewater Training Weekend 7-9 Nov 2014

Booking forms are now available for the Whitewater Weekend.

With just 34 places available it is strictly first come first served.

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"The Bush" residential centre

Brian Walker, previously a club coach, writes asking for our support with an issue that affects his son, Liam.

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Sea Kayaking Training

David Brain has some dates for those who want a gentle introduction to sea kayaking. Details at http://www.northavoncanoeclub.org.uk/Training/Training-Weekends/Sea-Kayaking-Training - contact David directly if you're interested.

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13/7/2014 Severn Estuary PDF Print E-mail
Trip Reports - Sea Kayaking Trips
Written by Ralph Childs   

Why waste time on a summers morning in July. Why not get up and go paddling. After meeting by the SARA slipway at Beachley we set off at 0720 heading upstream with the flow. Without much effort we are cruising at about 10mph. We pass Oldbury power station at about the same time as a sailing dingy from the local club there. As we pass the cardinal marker you can get a real feel for the speed of the current. Between Oldbury and Berkeley we can see a ship coming up towards Sharpness.

                                                 

Last Updated on Friday, 18 July 2014 10:16
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Pembrokeshire Sea Kayaking Whitsun Bank Holiday 2014 PDF Print E-mail
Trip Reports - Sea Kayaking Trips
Written by Ralph Childs   

With a change of weekend away from August, it worked out well with reasonable weather although the sea temperature had not really warmed up yet. With some new faces coming I decided that people should enjoy the trip and experience three different aspects of sea kayaking.

Day 1 - Sat 24/5 - Island and Currents

Solva was the starting point for this trip. One of the snags with sea kayaking is that at times it can be a walk to the sea, this was one of those days. Thankfully a small stream runs through Solva and into the estuary. The kayaks were floated to a point where it became deep enough to paddle. Here the intrepid group gathered looking out to a bright sky and calm sea, from here we headed west, enjoying the scenery as we hopped from headland to headland until we reached Ramsey sound. At this time it was around 'slack' water. I pointed out a gap called 'suicide gap' by the locals as it has an unusual flow pattern renowned for catching people out, this was the point to head for. Once we reached that destination, through we go to see a small section of the western side of Ramsey. Chance to go through a cave, see a few seals and then find a secluded beach for lunch.

Last Updated on Friday, 18 July 2014 10:21
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River Dart Trip Report, 8th March 2014 PDF Print E-mail
Trip Reports - Whitewater Kayaking Trips
Written by Holly M-W   

We couldn’t have asked for a better day, we had beautiful blue skies and low water levels which was ideal for my first time round the loop. We started, as usual, at Newbridge which was packed with other kayakers gearing up for the day ahead. There was time for a few jelly babies and plenty of excited talk about new kit before we set off down the gentle grade two rapids.

Last Updated on Friday, 02 May 2014 08:36
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River Lugg 11th May 2014 PDF Print E-mail
Trip Reports - Flatwater and Touring Trips
Written by Margarita and Paul   

River Lugg 11th May 2014

Paddlers: Nigel + Jack, Stew + Judy, Mark, Margarita + Paul, Richard + Bee, Sarah, Holly, Tom, Ken, Phil

Route: River Lugg from Upper Lye to Lugg Green, 6 miles

The river Lugg is a small, scenic, very windy river with several weirs and quite a lot of trees. This provided plenty of entertainment on this trip.

Last Updated on Monday, 26 May 2014 06:55
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Sunday 2nd March – Avon Gorge PDF Print E-mail
Trip Reports - Flatwater and Touring Trips
Written by Léonie   

Sunday 2nd March – River Avon.

This is one of my favourite trips. Is it because of the scenery? The fabulous natural gorge, followed by the rare opportunity to see the industrial heritage of Bristol from a different perspective? Or is it the fun of being whooshed along as the tide goes out?  Or perhaps seeing the black-headed gulls, grey wagtails and redshanks close-up. It is all of these. Plus the fact that the drive from home to the put-in takes me all of two minutes! 

We met at Sea Mills on Sunday at silly o'clock in the morning. Wayne is getting as bad as Ralph for early starts. Two in sea kayaks and two in an open. We had a leisurely trip into town, almost able to paddle through the railings onto the Portway and Avon Crescent, which was closed due to the high tide (14.5m). Another few centimetres and we could have made it through to the floating harbour without portage! After a brief stop for coffee (during which time the tide must have fallen a metre or more) we got back on and took full advantage of the flow to speed us back home. 

Paddlers: Wayne, Margarita, Adam and Léonie.  Distance of 9 miles, overall average speed 3.2mph and a maximum speed of 11.9mph.

Léonie

Last Updated on Monday, 24 March 2014 11:37
 
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