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Ullswater Trip 2020

Ullswater 2020 – We Got There!

When the fireworks had finished; 2020 and a new decade was upon us, all full of excitement for the coming paddling season, boy were we in for a shock!

The planning had been completed, the campsite booked, June the 19th was the date SBC Paddlers were off the Lake District for some open water paddling a new experience for some and possibly a tad daunting.  Then Covid struck!  After, Lockdown #1, June was still a possibility.  As the time drew nearer it was obvious this wasn’t possible.  So, phone calls, emails, text, whatsapp and drums, all used and a new date was agreed September 18th was the date.

Canoes, kayaks, paddles, and camping gear all packed and ready to go! The choice of campsite was great just a few minutes’ walk to the water’s edge. Those who arrived early took advantage and got on the water for a Friday evening paddle to watch the sunset, all socially distanced of course.

Saturday morning arrived, everyone up early packed ready to go.  Two groups of 6, all levels of experience in each group.  The sun shone, the breeze blew, even had a go at sailing!  Two stops, coffee on a little beach, then our packed lunches with lashing of ginger beer on a pebble beach all to ourselves.  What could be better.  A relaxing paddle down to Glenridding, what a fabulous day! But in life where there is Ying, there has to be Yang.  7 miles completed and 7 more to go!

So off we popped to paddle back up Ullswater; the lovely breeze we had on the way down had decided to increase to Storm Force 3 gusting 5, and on open water that means wave heights 2 – 3 feet, an exciting trip.  Sadly, we were all concentrating on paddling in a straight line into wind, counting the paddle stokes, and watching the waves to take any photos! No one capsized – Phew!

A couple of hours later we arrived back at the campsite, tired, hungry, happy, and smiley.  Under normal camping rules a campfire would have been lit, with some sort of outdoor cooking extravaganza, but with Covid we cooked our own (Paul enjoyed his Pizza and wished he’d ordered two!!).   After a fabulous warm sunny day, we had a clear and very cold evening, but being hearty folk, whilst enjoying a couple of beers/wines/whiskies we had a quiz, a chat then off to our relevant tents, campervans.

So, this is our lasting image of the Ullswater trip.

Let’s get the vaccinations done and move on and have fabulous 2021.

On a side note, over the summer in groups of 6 we had a total of just over 800 paddlers on the water, not bad under the circumstances.  Many thanks to all the organisers who gave up their time.

Graeme Young

End Of Season

The summer season evening sessions have now come to a close. Unfortunately, for obvious reasons we are unable to have an end of season get together.Hopefully, we will continue to run some day sessions, both during the week and the weekend. However, these will be on a more ad hoc basis and very much dependent on the changing Covid restrictions and the availability of volunteer organisers.Despite the obvious difficulties we have all experienced this year, those of us who have been with the club a number of years, believe the club has strengthened and flourished this summer. This is no doubt due to all those involved, from The Commodore, Gary Askam for supporting our efforts to get back on the water, the volunteer organisers, who have put so much time and effort into getting people paddling safely, to all members and prospective members who have attended with such enthusiasm. Our aim for the winter season will be to continue the good work. Hopefully, we will be able to welcome back our ‘shielding’ members, who we have missed during the summer.Thank you everybody.

Shane Morgan

River clean up

SBC Paddlers in Normanton on Soar have completed a river clean up this weekend to take part in the Surfers Against Sewage Autumn Beach Clean- Summit to Sea.Armed with 28 litter pickers, 17 paddler members and 11 prospective members ( in groups of 6) ranging from 10-70 years of age jumped into canoes and kayaks supported by British Canoeing and Rushcliffe Borough CouncilAfter several hours over two days, the team covered 26km of the River Soar collecting eight sacks of rubbish plus a bike frame, styling head, flipper and foot pump from Zouch to the Eleven Arches including the junction with the canal at Loughborough. SBC paddlers have worryingly noticed the progressive build up of plastic bags caught up and shredded into the trees and bushes on the riverbanks and became increasingly concerned for the impact on the river wildlife. Members put a focus on these ‘plastic trees’ and dedicated time to freeing the plastic and removing the litter to support the nesting wildlife.At the beginning of lockdown, as a Club, we noticed a big increase in the plastic and rubbish left on the river banks and in the river. One positive from this clean up is that the quantity of rubbish collected this weekend is half the amount compared to the 17 bags collected on the same stretch last year!It was a very interesting weekend, and we will be continually working on the river to make sure it stays safe, beautiful, and free of pollutants and plastics!A massive thank you to all 28 members who got involved this weekend! We couldn’t have achieved it without you! #ClearAccessClearWaters#surfersagainstsewage

Laura Brookes

Paddling at SBC (Update May 12, 2020

Dear All,
I hope you are all well.
Please find attached the new guidelines for paddling at SBC, from Wednesday 13th May. The opportunities at the moment are very limited. Any questions or observations please feel free to contact me.
There can be no organised club canoeing as it stands. Therefore those of you who do not have full individual British Canoeing Membership, would not be licensed or insured to be on the water.
For those of you with membership but no boat or kit, SBC Paddlers will allow you to identify a boat for your sole use. So please temporarily make it identifiable as being used by yourself. Please do not touch any other boats.
You may also borrow a paddle and a BA, which you may take home, until the end of restrictions.
Thank you
Shane

SBC Paddlers Guidelines for paddling at the Soar Boat Club.

You should not paddle or attend The Soar Boat Club, if you are showing coronavirus symptoms, or if you or any of your household are self-isolating.

Paddling Conditions

  • Only paddle with members of your household or with one other appropriate person.
  • Only British Canoeing members- to satisfy insurance and licence requirements.
  • Only use own kit and boats. No sharing.
  • For those who are full BC members and do not have their own kit, you will be allowed to use club kit and one club boat. Please put some form of identification on the boat, so that boat is solely used by you. You may borrow a paddle and BA for the duration of the restrictions.
  • Take evidence of BC membership
  • Maintain social distancing of 2m if fellow paddler is not a family member.
  • Paddle within your capabilities. Only competent and experienced paddlers should be on the water independently. You are responsible for your own safety.
  • Sensitivity to the environment. Nature has started to reclaim habitats. Avoid disturbing nesting birds.

    Use of SBC Conditions

  • Travel to club in separate vehicles if paddling with some body from a separate household.
  • Park vehicles at least 2m apart.
  • Do not use the clubhouse or facilities.
  • Where possible avoid skin-contact with surfaces you may come into contact with, e.g. handrails, gates. If possible wear gloves.

    General advice

    • Stagger paddling if more than one pair/household arrive at the club. 1

 

• If carrying boats stay same end, wear gloves.
• No sharing food or drink.
• When meeting up, avoid handshakes etc
• Avoid resting or congregating on busy sections of towpaths, locks etc.
• Respect and socially distance other water users, especially boat residents. • Bring cleansing gel, wipes or soap and water.

For further information:

https://www.britishcanoeing.org.uk/news/2020/a-return-to-paddling-in-england

Please act responsibly and follow the above guidelines, remember you are a member of a club affiliated to British Canoeing and a representative of SBC Paddlers and the Soar Boat Club. So responsible paddling and social distancing at all times.

Oh and enjoy it!!

Thank You

Ullswater Paddling Weekend

Ullswater Paddling Weekend 12/06/20 -14/06/20

Arrive Friday 12th. June set up camp.
Paddle Ullswater Saturday,  evening activity TBC’d. Either paddle Ullswater Sunday or look for an alternative.

Price list for camping will be posted separately, 50% upfront which is non-refundable Full payment two weeks in advance. So I would ask that all payments made in full at the time of booking. We will be camped in a field near the water.

Parkfoot Campsite, Pooley Bridge, CA10 2NA   for more details about the campsite, click on the link below.

parkfootullswater.co.uk

Graeme Young