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

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:


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.


Graeme Young

The River Wye 2019 By Graeme Young

September has always been a good month for the SBC Paddlers to go to the River Wye, the river is quieter, normally the water levels are good and the weather is cool but kind. The section between Hay-on Wye and Hereford (30 Miles) has been paddled in previous years, so now it was the turn for Hereford to Ross-on-Wye another 30+ mile section.Friday was camp set up at Tresseck Campsite at Hoarwithy with some stunning weather. so it was decided to kick of the weekend with a meal at the local pub, after a long hike of 3 minutes we arrived hot and thirsty to sample the local hooch and food, that turned out to be most agreeable


As is normal the logistics of getting the team, canoes and kit to the stat point takes some organising,  but we arrived at Hereford, unloaded and got on the water.  For a late September Saturday it was warm and “dress of the day” was sunscreen, and lots of it with temperatures reaching 25 degrees….it was a hot one!

So we started our 18 mile paddle from Hereford to Hoarwithy, in high spirits , lots of sandwiches and lashings of ginger beer! As is our tradition at the end of a hard days paddling, some bottom scrapping and kit sorting/cleaning:  the rest and recuperation starts with High Tea, which surprisingly led on to the BBQ and a superb freshly cooked Saag Paneer (Indian cheese and spinach) curry cooked by Dave Barsby.

As the sun set on a great days paddling, chatting, eating and drinking it was time to kick back and relax,warm the toes and recharge the batteries.  However we all know where there is Ying there is Yang too. So Sunday we woke up to continuous rain and drizzle, but being a hardy bunch of folk we were not put off.


Sunday was a shorter paddle with only 12 miles, and a slightly faster flow following the overnight rain with fewer stops, apart the one where Dave Morris had a slight soaking. He slipped slowly but elegantly off some rocks into the river! But was able to nip to has caravan to dry and change as we had stopped to say ‘Hi ‘to his wife Kate – very cool Dave!! (Sadly no photo is available of this event!)

Another section of the River Wye completed…. Bring on the next one!