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Frome Canoe Club

Volume 37

Issue 11 November 2013

Boat and paddler part company on Salmon Steps. P10 has more about this weekend

Frome Canoe Club is affiliated to the British Canoe Union and is a Registered Charity (Number 1104728) 1


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THE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE President Graham Warnecke Vice Presidents Richard and Jane Arney Jim and Catharine Croft Chairman Alun Jones Vice Chairman Gareth McGiveron Treasurer John Kent Secretary Pam Dixon 16 Blagdon Walk, Frome, BA11 2YH Committee Members Arthur Belbin Rich Carter Jonathan Howell Stuart Miles Sally Smiles Kit Officers Tim and Sally Smiles

In this issue CALENDAR: details

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Calendar in brief River Frome trip Cardiff White Water Centre River Usk trip River Dart trip Pool Sessions Monthly Sundays

REPORTS

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Tiverton report by Kate Johnson Barle report by Ben Miles Halloween paddle

SLALOM

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Slalom news October’s results

SPECIALS

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High Jinks at the pool Copper Noseclip Points Bits and Pieces

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Calendar 2013/4 Date

Event

Standard

Contact

November 1

Polo at the pool - inexperienced Beginners

2/3

Dart weekend

Passport/One Star Pam D

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Polo at the pool - experienced

Experienced

Jack S

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Work Party at the Clubhouse

All

Rich C

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River Frome

Passport /One Star Pam D

17

CIWW

Two Star adults

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Sunday morning at Market Yard All

Rich C

1

River Usk

Pam D

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Polo at the pool - inexperienced Beginners

Jack S

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Polo at the pool - experienced

Experienced

Jack S

15

River Dart

One Star +

tba

20

NO POOL SESSION

All

Pam D

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NO POOL SESSION

All

Pam D

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Sunday morning at Market Yard All

Rich C

Jack S

Meg J

December Two Star

January 1

New Years Day paddle

One Star/Passport tba

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NO POOL SESSION

All

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Polo at the pool - inexperienced Beginners

Jack S

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Polo at the pool - experienced

Jack S

Experienced

Pam D

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Calendar in detail - two trips on the same day! River Frome 17th November

Cardiff: CIWW 17th November

Meet 9am at the Clubhouse Cost £3 Organiser - Rich Carter

Organiser: Megan Jones Meet: to be arranged Costs

This trip will be a good trip for you if you have got your Passport or One Star qualification this year. But you will need to remember that at this time of the year the water will be cold and the weather may be cool, so you will need to come prepared with warm clothes and energy food.

£15 transport £6 entry fee

This is a white water facility in Cardiff and you can have a great day with all the adrenaline of a white water river trip ... again and again, because the ramp takes you to the top each time. Meet times will be sorted nearer the time and will depend on whether people are taking advantage of the 4cumec flow (early morning). Ideally you should be able to roll, and should be comfortable on fast moving water. The eddy lines are sharp and catch even the most competent paddlers out. But if you don’t mind swimming ....

Our local trips are always good fun as we get to do the weirs and play in some stoppers, all on our very own door step. The section we will paddle will be decided on the day and will of course depend on water levels. We like the stretch from Creamery to Langham Farm but there are many other sections we could do. We could for example explore the new fish/canoe pass constructed recently at Iford Weir or take in the Zoom Flume like we did on September’s trip.

Megan is arranging this trip for adults, but if you are a young person and are competent on moving water, please contact her: myfriendmegan@hotmail.co .uk

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Calendar in detail River Usk 1st December

River Dart 15th December

Meet 8am at the Clubhouse Cost £15 Organiser tba

Meet 8am at the Clubhouse Cost £15 Organiser - tba

The River Usk is in South Wales. There are two stretches that we can do: from Talybont to Giffaes or from Sennybridge to Aberbran. We choose on the day, depending on water levels.

There are three sections we can do. It is of course all water dependent. Lower - There are numerous small rapids, a lovely boulder garden for eddying in and out and some other gentle play spots for surfing. Good for One Star paddlers and canoeists

Talybont to Giffaes: after a flat start we encounter two grade 3 rapids at Mill Fall and Spuhler's Folley, although in normal water conditions there are clear routes down the left side of the river. In between are rapids above and below Llangynidr Bridge.

Loop - Full of play spots and rapids, it makes a really good paddle. You need to be at Two Star standard and have moving water experience for this one. Upper - Dartmeet to Newbridge, a grade 4 river, and ideal for those with plenty of white water experience who want a challenge.

Sennybridge to Aberbran: we do this if the water is high, and you will need your wits about you (as you do for all high water trips). The rapids are straight forward and are a reasonably continuous grade 2. The hardest sections are encountered early in the trip: with three successive rock ledges, the last being the highest but can be portaged.

Check with Rich, John or Arthur if have any doubt about the stretch you should do. You need to bring a packed lunch and all your canoeing gear. Of course you can borrow any club kit on the morning.

Both stretches are around 6 miles in length. Remember to wear warm clothes and to bring food and a warm drink.

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POOL STUFF Frome Leisure Centre Fridays, 8-9pm Cost £2.80 young people, £3.30 Adults Ways to help us help you have a good session Adults: help us put the boats away at the end. Young people return your paddles to the pile by the store door, ready for putting away at the end. Spray decks – put them by the changing room door so they can be rinsed at the end of the session. Flooded boats. - by all means mess about in the boats. You will be shown by the supervisor how to empty your boat and then it’s up to you! People with flooded boats will be whistled 5 minutes before the end of your session so you can empty the boat to be ready for the next person. Emergency Evacuation Plan: we have been given details of the EAP from the Pool and all we need to remember is: in the event of an emergency, we leave by the fire exit doors and collect in the College carpark. We do not go back into the changing rooms. Pool staff will supply blankets to keep us warm. We divide the session into smaller paddling slots so that everyone gets a go. We issue you a wrist band when you pay to let you know what session to paddle in. Orange bands 8-8.20pm Blue bands 8.20-8.40pm Green bands 8.40-9pm Bring a swimming costume, towel and money. We provide the boats, paddles and spray decks. We don’t wear helmets and buoyancy aids in pool sessions. It’s easy. Pool sessions are for polo training, practising capsizes, rolling and for play boating if you stay in the deep end. Or you can just paddle about and be sociable. When you are not paddling, you can mess about in the small pool or stand and chat on poolside. If you want to bring your own boat it has to be very clean and you should bring it through the fire exit door. Deliberate sinking of boats is not encouraged. It puts people’s backs at risk when they empty them. Normal pool rules apply and so we do what the lifeguards say. Pool sessions are for everyone 6


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High Jinks at the pool The Things We Get Up To! As you might expect, it was George up the ladder! It’s not an everyday occurrence you understand, for us to put up ladders at pool sessions and wave at the camera! There is a reason. One of the ropes hanging the goals at the pool needed replacing and with the help of Jonathan’s longest ladder, George’s head for heights and rope tying abilities, stage direction from Gareth and assistance in the form of brute strength from Andy V, Jack and Jonathan, the deed was done. Both goal ropes are replaced now, thank you, you five. We should be safe for another year now.

POLO We’ve had two sessions of polo at the pool. The first was for less experienced paddlers and it started off with some training from Jack, Rich N and George, before heading into an energetic game. The adult group, however, just got stuck in. Since we don’t know the rules about what constitutes a foul, it was an absolutely evil game with pushing left right and centre. Ed: that’s not strictly true - they didn’t sink every one! Incidentally, polo sessions are programmed every month, beginners on the first Friday of the month and experienced paddlers on the second Friday. 7


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Slalom news No flow, no water...

A update from Shepperton, 19th October from Jack Overhill We all raced hard today except Su who looked like she was doing a stroll in the park! No capsizes by anyone (because it was flat). Andrew and I are in Div 2 and we raced hard. I began to see there is not much between us now... Altogether there were 6 of us today: Andrew L, Keiran C, Kieran Fewell, Su Fewell and myself. But good fun even though no water... Ed: and I gather that Su got more points than she wanted which has messed up her plans to stay in Div 3!

Another Division 1 paddler in the club...

Report from Llandysul division 1/2 slalom,5/6th October from Ben Nicol Congratulations to Chris Bartlett on achieving sufficient points for promotion to division 1! Chris battled successfully with some strong competition to achieve the necessary points over both days. Will Jones and I both had disappointing results on the Saturday, with Will struggling with a technical final section while I struggled with a shoulder strain. On Sunday Will conquered his Llandysul demons and achieved a good result for his first division 1/2 event, after some magical remedies from mum my shoulder had improved over night allowing me to achieve my best div 1 result. Frome Canoe Club now has two div 1 paddlers for the 2014 season!! We are all grateful for the support and encouragement this season. Ed: Thanks for this report Ben. Overall a really good year I’d say. Well done to you all.

And from Mark Hemmens Shepperton was a good day out! I see Su came third. She hoped that her score wasn’t going to be good enough to get promoted, but that didn’t work. My first run was very bad, a score of 445.5. My second run was better. I thought I did a clear run but I got told afterwards that when I went through gate 9, I did it the wrong way! We all had a good day. 8


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October’s slalom summary from John 5th October Llandysul K1M Div 1 Ben Nicol 68th K1M Div 2 Chris Bartlett 6th, Will Jones 42nd 6th October Llandysul K1M Div 1 Ben Nicol 48th K1M Div 2 Chris Bartlett 5th, Will Jones 32nd 19th October Shepperton K1M Div 2 Andrew Lyall 14th, Jack Overhill 27th K1W Div 3 Su Fewell 3rd K1M Div 3 Ben Shattock 3rd, Kieran Fewell 10th, Kieran Clark 15th, Mark Hemmens 22nd 20th October Shepperton K1M Div 3 Ben Shattock 2nd Congratulations to Chris Bartlett on gaining promotion to Div 1 and to Su Fewell and Ben Shattock on gaining promotion to Div 2.

MONTHLY SUNDAY MORNING PADDLES On the last Sunday of each month through the winter Market Yard, 10am till noon, Cost £2 All through the winter we meet on the last Sunday of the month and paddle at Market Yard. Sessions are more relaxed that the normal club nights and so you get to paddle around and do your own thing. Or come for a chat and catch up on the club news!

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Tiverton weekend - by Kate Johnson When I sat down to write this article I realised that I’m probably not the best person to do it because our group was, by far, the lowest scoring of all the proper groups paddling i.e. if you don’t count open boats and, let face it, who does? Anyway, here goes! We met up at the clubhouse on the last Saturday of the summer, packed up a couple of mini buses, Gareth’s van and the trailer, and set off for the Youth Club at Tiverton. Our car with the ladies and Stuart decided to go via Shepton Mallet and Nunney to pick up a cake so we weren’t first to arrive but we all got there safely this year, all wheels stayed on the trailer and no boats left their moorings! The river level was high enough to be able to paddle, but not as high as the Saturday last year. Our group got on and we had our first challenge - communication skills. Mark told them to head upstream, meaning just up from where everyA helping hand at Bolham weir one else was, but didn’t quantify this so I paddled off upstream after them to bring them back again! Once we had re-established the group we set off downstream for the weir. Everyone shot it all right, and then there was the usual playing in the stopper. It was quite powerful making it hard to escape once you were in. Mark, Stu, Rich and George did a good job of keeping everyone safe! The rapids saw the first casualties of the weekend, but not too many and everyone survived. Our group used the white water at the bottom of the weir to practice breaking in and out, and ferry gliding across the river and

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Tiverton continued then decided to shoot the rapids again. We all walked back up to the top and saw Carl and Ertha demonstrate which route not to take and how to free the Duo from the rocks at the top and then shoot the rapids backwards. Top marks for elegance! Carrying on down the river we managed to paddle all the Bolham rapid - we’re under control! features including Salmon steps which saw a few more casualties including Jacob who was paddling without a spray deck and so his boat progressively filled until it sank! Mark was very taken with my description of Salmon Steps: “They’re steps…for the Salmon”! Our group carried on pointlessly until the wave on the rock ledge near to Morrisons where Richard H was playing and didn’t quite manage to lift his upstream knee in time. Some would say that points when playing don’t count, but Rich was too honest and owned up to them anyway. Once back at the centre, thoughts turned to food. As usual it was poor quality and never enough. In fact this year the quality was so bad most people went back for seconds and there was still some left over!! I always opt for the veggie option as it’s probably the nicest veggie bolognaise going I reckon! In the evening, after a remarkable display of martial arts from Kath proving that wooden floors and socks don’t mix, most of the adults decided to boost the economy of 11

Salmon Steps “I just have to stay upright”


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Tiverton continued Tiverton with a quick trip into town, returning to a very quiet youth club a short while later. The following morning those of us who were up were just discussing how we should get the others up when Rich decided to cremate the toast immediately under the smoke alarm. A highly effective means getting people out of bed that may well be repeated in future years! The river level had dropped slightly overnight meaning the weir was slightly kinder and easier to play in. Our group went down the rapids first and played at the bottom, and then went down the river ahead of most of the other groups so we could play while they spent time emptying their boats! We had a lovely time playing on the last waves just before the get out, with entertainment provided by John and Jonathan’s group! Jonathan and I were playing “chicken” on a wave by seeing how long I would stay on it while he paddled downstream into it. John was “too busy” watching us to notice a very large rock which he then got pinned on. While we all rushed (or not) to see if he would have a swim he eventually righted himself with a little help and made his excuses. A particular mention is due to:  Isi for paddling the Ocoee all the way down the river on both days with precision and without any swimming. A feat few club members could manage I feel.  Chloe C who “wasn’t a good enough paddler for the trip” who had no swims and enjoyed it all, especially the rapids,  Kath, for paddling with such bruises on the Sunday,  Jacob for swimming quite so much and still smiling, and  Bee, for putting up with Stu all weekend.

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Tiverton - the last words! PS: Did anyone work out how Gareth actually managed to swim whilst sitting in an eddy doing nothing?!? It was a thoroughly enjoyable weekend and I had a brilliant time coaching on moving water for the first time. Thanks go to all those who helped organise the trip and especially Pam, India and Chloe who did most of the kitchen work, Gareth who cooked breakfast, Rich for organising us all and all the coaches and participants who made it such a fun weekend. Ed: Thank you Kate, for this record of Tiverton 2013. Yes, it was a good weekend. Rich commented as he was driving home that it was one of the best. I wonder how many he has done? Fewer than Graham, whose brainchild it was years ago. And finally - this from Mary, her first time on moving water. (Hopefully not the last!) I did feel like I ’d been in a washing machine after my weekend at Tiverton. I would

like to thank the many people who saved me, my boat, my paddle even my shoe and thanks to the many more who advised me, encouraged me, consoled me and cajoled me on the second day. It was great to be in a club where the people really do look after you! Now that the aches and pains have subsided I really can say “ It was an awesome weekend for me. ” From Mary ( trainee paddler, experienced riverbed surfer) PS I really learnt loads at the weekend but mainly: Avoid solid things ( like walls and bridges )  Keep paddling.

Paddlers and points Girls Bee T, Chloe C, Ertha, Gine MBL, Isi M, Philippa T, Summer V Boys Alex H, Ben L, George Mc, Jacob S (18), Keiran C (2), Rich N Ladies Ashli H, Bex T, Jane T (6), Julia Mc, Kate J, Kath N, Mary H (12) Men Andy V, Ben T (12), Carl G, Gareth Mc (3), Graham W, Harry B (3), Ian J, Jack S, Jim R (12), John K (2), Jonathan H, Mark B, Rich H, Rich C, Richard T, Stuart M The non-paddlers were Alex N - photographer, Chloe McG, India T and Pam D in the kitchen. 13


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The River Barle

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River Barle continued

Paddlers and Points Girls: Ellie H, Gine MBL (2), Isi M, Philippa T (3), Summer V (5) Boys: Alex H (8), Ben B, Ben M (9), Ben N, George Mc (9), Jamie E, Keiran C (1), Kieran F, Matt N, Rich N, Will J Ladies: Ashli H (6), Flick H, Jane T (3), Julia Mc, Megan J Men: Alun, Andy V, Arthur B, Chris H, Chris W, Gareth Mc, Graham W, Jim R, Jonathan H, Mike B, Rich C, Richard H, Richard T, Ryan C, Stuart M (4), Tim C Shuttle duty Pam, Photographer Su. And Little Jack, Linz and Linz’s mum came to spectate. The canoeists today were Isi, Ben M + Philippa + George, Arthur, Stu and Ben N .

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Points - a clear winner this month! Gareth McGiveron Dan Carey Stuart Miles Jim Read Rich Carter Kate Johnson Jacob Simons George McGiveron Ben Nicol Bex Tanti Jack Overhill Keiran Clark Mary Harbeth Ben Trippick Arthur Belbin Bill Fryer Ian Jones Magor Juhasz Ben Miles Jane Thomas Rich Norman Alex Hulin Carl Gilder Kath Norton Scott Hunter Alun Jones Jack Smiles James Bennett Ashli Heal Summer Vowell

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Zoe Boyle Kieran Fewell Rich Heal Hazel Cottle Ellie Howell Jonathan Howell Chris Bartlett Alex Nicol Bob Barr Ivor Bennett Chris Churchouse Pam Dixon Jamie Easton Will Jones Jamie Millard Philippa Thomas Harry Beer Kurt Doel Gine MBL John Kent Linz Kimber

4 4 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 2 2 2 1

Points are gained on club trips when things don’t go quite according to plan. 1 point for a roll 2 points for a technical rescue 3 points for a swim But it means you are trying!

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Bits and Pieces

Velux roof lights are going in! OUR UPSTAIRS ROOM - WHAT ELSE IS GOING ON? Gareth, Rich and George continue to make progress in the upstairs conversion and we now have recognisable walls, floors and doors. The fire alarm system is part done, the lighting on the stairs has been sorted and apart from all the mess, it’s beginning to look like a good room!

Soon we will need your help with more sanding to the walls and then painting. Set aside 13th November, a Wednesday evening and come dressed to work!

THANK YOU Andy for welding up the big trailer for us. And in time for us to use on the Barle trip! It hasn’t broken yet.

MESSAGE FROM JACK: Kit amnesty. Anyone with club kit lurking in sheds, kitbags and cars, please return as soon as possible - we need to do a kit check!

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Bits and Pieces UKCC Level 1 coach training in 2014 15/16 February and 22/23 March £120 to Club Members.

Frome Canoe Club is providing a Level 1 Coaching course for aspirant coaches. This is the first step on the coaching ladder. The course is a four day course, and we have put it over two weekends. The third day is a ‘swimming day’ so we chose a weekend in March for that one. Let’s hope we have slightly warmer weather. Pre-requisites  Be 16 or over  Hold 2 Star or Discover  Hold FSRT  Register with the BCU (and pay a small fee) Course directors are Richie Watson and Neil Dixon. Cost £120 ( for FCC members) Anyone interested, please talk to Rich Carter or Pam Dixon. Coaches - get subsidies towards costs of courses! There are grants available from several sources. John is finding out about funding from the Regional Development Team and Megan has details about funding from WASP & Wiltshire Council. SASP will have similar offers of help.

VOLUNTEERS! Are either of these dates good for you? A Sports UKCC course: Safeguarding and Protecting children. 69pm. The club pays the fee. Contact Pam if interested

Wednesday 23rd January 2014 Monday 4th March 2014

Bridgwater TBC Yeovil TBC 18

Look out for Megan’s article about the spooky Halloween event. Little Jack here, ready for action!


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Bits and Pieces A donation from the well Lions for the Wells Moat Race safety cover. Su, Kieran and Cameron did the honours for us back in August. THANK YOU! PS: They didn’t look like this on the day, though!

RIVER TRIP INFO -

DAY TRIPS

As the winter season of paddling approaches, here are some guidelines:

Meet times at the clubhouse: Distant trips 8am Local trips 9am

Local trips cost £3 Exe and Barle costs £12 All other day trips cost £15

Weymouth Outdoor Education Centre & Paddlesport Academy Adult Paddlesport Programme Autumn 2013 BCU / UKCC Awards UKCC Level 1 Coach Award, 12 to 15 Nov UKCC Level 2 Coach Award, 25 to 28 Nov UKCC Level 2 Transfer, 10 Dec Coaching the mind’ Foundation Module, 13 Jan ‘Coaching young paddlers’ Foundation Module, 15 Jan

£239 £239 £120 £30 £30

For full details of these courses and a booking form please contact the centre. Address WOEC, Knightsdale Rd, Weymouth, Dorset DT4 0HS Tel 01305 784927 Email p.hurrell@dorsetcc.gov.uk Web www.dorsetforyou.com/woec 19


CONTACTS Chairman Alun Jones 01373 823513 Vice Chair: Gareth McGiveron Treasurer: John Kent 01225 765168 jfkent@blueyonder.co.uk Secretary: Pam Dixon 07740 472982 pam@dixon.org.uk Head Coach: Rich Carter 01373 864623 Youth Rep: Stu Miles Volunteer Reps: Jonathan Howell and Sally Smiles Kit Officers: Sally and Tim Smiles

Graham above. Is he allowed to have so much fun? And Keiran below - does he swim? P14 for more about this trip

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