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CANAL CLEAN UP- SATURDAY 15TH MAY

Recently one of our members, Angie Whitmore has been appointed Young Peoples Project Coordinator at the Peter Le Marchant Trust in Loughborough.One of her first projects is to involve young volunteers to collect rubbish on the canal. This will be part of the Surfers Against Sewage, ‘Million Mile Beach Clean’.The clean up will involve volunteers from Loughborough University, Sea Cadets and Peter Le Marchant Trust amongst others. It would be good if some our younger members and families could also be involved. SBC Paddlers will supply our own boat and kit and some of our older members will offer support and organise the logistical side.Apart the obvious benefits of helping the environment, the event will provide the opportunity:

  • to meet other young people interested in the water
  • practice paddle skills
  • paddle in a different environment
  • will add something to you CVs 
  • tick off miles for Surfers Against Sewage

If you are interested please contact myself through the usual channels.PS We need to send a team considerably younger than the one in the photo!

Shane Morgan

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Summer Season 2021

Following tonights government announcement, we can confirm club sessions will restart on the week commencing, Monday April 12th. These will be coordinated by Graeme and details will follow. As we ease back, the sessions will members only (including those who have recently applied and been accepted).British Canoeing Guidelines allow for groups greater than six paddlers. The total number of paddlers in our groups will be determined by the group organiser and what they feel safe with. So you may see groups of varying sizes going out. In any case, all sessions will have to remain Covid secure, with social distancing and each paddler responsible for cleaning their own boat and kit. So its not all rules and regulations here is a taster of some early day events to look forward to:

  • Loughborough Loop
  • Shardlow Loop via Weston on Trent
  • River Clean Up Normanton

Shane Morgan

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