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See p8 for details Volume 38

Issue 1 January 2014

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

In this issue CALENDAR: details

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Calendar in brief River Frome trip River Exe Trip Sunday morning paddles Club Social Kayak Machine Challenge Tryweryn Weekend Pool Sessions

REPORTS

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Club History: kayak in the Mendips Waiting for Rain by Rich Carter The Loop by Kate Johnson The Lower Dart `

SPECIALS

Committee Members Arthur Belbin Rich Carter Jonathan Howell Stuart Miles Sally Smiles Kit Officers Tim and Sally Smiles

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Cartoon Time New Years Quiz Copper Noseclip Points Other events Bits and Pieces Spot the Difference

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Calendar 2014 Date

Event

Standard

Contact

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NO POOL SESSION

All

Pam D

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Kayak-machine Challenge

All

Pam D

10

POOL SESSIONS START

All

Pam D

10

Polo at the pool - non contact game

All

Jack S

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River Exe

One Star +

tba

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Kayak-machine Challenge

All

Pam D

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Polo at the pool - experienced

Experienced

Jack S

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Kayak-machine Challenge

All

Pam D

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Sunday morning at Market Yard

All

Rich C

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Kayak-machine Challenge

All

Pam D

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Polo at the pool - non contact game

All

Jack S

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River Frome Trip

One Star/Passport Rich C

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Polo at the pool - experienced

All

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Level One Coach course

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Sunday morning at Market Yard

All

Rich C

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Annual General Meeting

All

Pam D

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NO POOL SESSION

All

Pam D

15/16

Tryweryn weekend

Two Star +

cttee

January

February

Jack S Pam D

March

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Calendar in detail River Exe 12th January

River Frome 9th February

Meet 8am at the Clubhouse Cost £12 Organiser tba

Meet 9am at the Clubhouse Cost £3 Organiser - Rich Carter This trip will be a good trip for you if you are at Passport or One Star standard (or above) But you will need to remember that at this time of the year the water will be cold and the weather will be cold, so you will need to come prepared with warm clothes and energy food.

The River Exe is the one we paddled at the Tiverton weekend. Generally a Grade 2 but the weirs make it more interesting. Bolham is the first and when water levels are right, it makes a good play spot.

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.

Then Salmon Ponds Weir with hole below and onto the Town Weir where, if you are not careful the wall grabs you! Not far till Walronds - good for surfing.

The section we will paddle will be decided on the day and will of course depend on water levels. We did the stretch from Creamery to Langham Farm last time but there are many other sections we could do. We could for example explore the new fish/ canoe pass constructed at Iford Weir or take in the Zoom Flume like we did last September.

We leave the town and paddle out into the country for two or three miles to Broken Weir and finally Bickleigh Weir. A beautiful river with its stunning wild life, but it can be freezing in January so bring plenty of food, thermals and warm drinks.

Be prepared for whatever we choose on the day.

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Calendar in detail 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!

26th January and 23rd February

Andy can’t help himself! Pandora’s Box every time! RT DA d U r Be e Riv

Ed if you have alternatives to the caption or speech bubbles, send them in and we’ll print them next month! 5


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Non paddling things

We haven't forgotten our Grand Social event! Normally it is in January, but the upstairs room won’t be ready by then! So the date will slip from January to February. Look out on the website and next newsletter for more news!

Every Wednesday At the Clubhouse, 7-8pm How fast can you go over a 200m stretch? Rich C is at the top of the leader board, currently, at 43 seconds.

YOUNG PEOPLE - come and take part. Come for just 6 Sessions in January and February. And you will help the club raise money for kit! Easy, or what? GO ON. HELP US RAISE MONEY AND GET FIT TOO 6


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Calendar in detail TRYWERYN WEEKEND - 15/16th MARCH 2014 We’re going to North Wales for a weekend to paddle that wonderful river, the Tryweryn. We leave on Friday as early as possible after work and travel to the bunkhouse in the heart of North Wales, Bala Bunk House, LL23 7HD. The bunkhouse is booked for two nights, Friday and Saturday. It has beds (but you need to bring a sleeping bag), central heating and self catering facilities. Not sure about drying facilities, so two sets of thermal are advised. The bunkhouse is a 10 minute drive from the CT. The river we paddle has got a hard upper section (big volume and continuous grade 3) and a very pretty lower section (grade 2+) which ends in a grade 4 drop at Bala Mill Falls. (This drop is easily avoided for those who are a bit wary by paddling your boat down a narrow and mysterious mill leat which is a very enjoyable experience in itself!) Alun is organising this weekend and is planning to have the flexibility for people to be able to paddle the section(s) they want. Catering will be yours to arrange. We know there are lots of good (cheap) places in Bala and there are pubs local to the bunkhouse. Or you can cook for yourself in the bunkhouse kitchen. We usually go to one of the pubs in a big group but you can do your own thing! Transport will also be yours to arrange. But we expect people to share cars and nearer the time we will get lists of drivers and help match people up. Accommodation: sign up and pay a deposit of £30 to guarantee your place in the bunkhouse.

Staying Friday night 14th March and Saturday night 15th March at the bunkhouse Paddling on the Tryweryn, Sat and Sun (water permitting) The sign-up list is in a folder, which is available every session. Standard needed: 2 Star + for the lower section, 3 Star + for the top site. 7


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POOL SESSIONS START JANUARY 10th

Having fun!

Paddling about

Learning to roll

Practising capsizes

Playing canoe polo

Meeting other club members

You will need to bring swimming costume and towel. (T-shirt is optional.) We provide the boats, paddles and spraydecks. There are pool boats, playboats and a Sit-on-Top for you to use. And when you are not paddling you can mess about in the small pool.

Frome Leisure Centre Fridays, 8-9pm Cost £2.80 (young people), £3.30 (adults) 8


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New Year Quiz THE RULES: Each correct answer earns you one point. That’s it! Send answers to pam@dixon.org.uk 1) If a river gets narrower what will happen? a) Nothing b) The water will speed up c) The water will slow down 2) Which of the following is true? a) Weirs are more dangerous than rapids b) Rapids are more dangerous than weirs c) Weirs are man made d) Rapids are man made

c) They stop your boat filling with water 7) Are rapids in gorges more dangerous than rapids not in gorges? a) They’re not b) Gorges tend to have steep sides making scouting and resue harder c) You find bigger rapids in gorges d) You get more rocks in gorges 8) When someone says “Follow my line”

to you, what do they mean? a) They are going to say something and they want you to back them up b) They want you to watch where they go, then take a different route c) They want you to follow directly behind them so the front of your boat is touching the back of theirs d) They want you to watch the line they take and follow at a safe distance

4) Which of the following can be found on a river? a) Siphon b) Siren c) Undercut d) Uppercut e) Left hook 5) If you are told to ‘break-in’, what does someone expect you to do? a) Enter a stopper b) Re-enter the flow c) Rob a house d) Enter an eddy 6) You have airbags in your boat because? a) They make good pillows b) They hold your kit in

9) What is a strainer? a) A hazard caused by a rock in the river b) Something to catch tea leaves c) A hazard caused by an tree or bush in the river d) An injury caused by stretching And the last question is on p 17. 9


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A Bit of Club History This from Graham, who said “After reading Kath’s story about caving, I just had to dig out a piece of Club history for the Newsletter. Been there. Done that, so they say!” An article from December 1982. Transcribed below. An Epic – a world record? asks Bob Hinton as Frome Canoe Club and Frome Caving Club had transported and paddled a kayak 400ft under the Mendip Hills.

loop proved to be tedious, but not too difficult, having already found that the ladder practice has done the canoe a world of good for the 20ft pitch. The canoeists now appeared to have joined the motorway, and down to the first sump where the passage was flooded to the roof for 5ft.

Under the guidance of Bob and Mark Joyce, nine members of the two Clubs started off from Priddy Green, with the objective of transporting their kayak to the second sump in Swildons Hole.

“Would we have to excavate the sump – it is now half the depth since I first negotiated it many years ago? No – yet again a perfect fit, and after emptying our flooded boat, we almost ran the 900ft to the second sump.” Bob Hinton went on.

Bob takes up the story, “It was with some trepidation and a mixture of pessimistic optimism (or is it the other way round?), that we started down the cave. Which feature of Swildons Hole would become the bête noir of our task? Would it be Jacobs Ladder, the lavatory pan, the narrow entrance, would a flooded canoe negotiate sump one? Which obstacles would prove most difficult to pass?

“Quickly, before the fog of human breath became too thick, we readied our camera and took our photographs to record the event. We had achieved our objective by paddling our kayak 400ft below ground. Kevin then decided to ‘do’ sump two, 25ft of underwater passage requiring confidence and courage, together with lead weights around the waist.

The first obstacle was thought to be Binney’s link, but the canoe slid through as though it was designed to fit, and Jacob’s Ladder was also designed to fit the canoe! The corner at the entrance to the 40ft pot was almost too much – in fact, the unbendable boat bent just a tiny bit! The inclined rift below Barnes

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A Bit of Club History continued made our way back to the blockhouse at the entrance, but had just missed the pub for refreshments! Four hundred feet below the Mendip Hills together with almost 3,000 ft of sometimes tortuous cave passage negotiated by a kayak is a fantastic achievement by both clubs. Ed: Thank you Graham - you certainly pushed the boundaries in the good old days!

Back from left: Graham Warnecke, Kevin Rogers, Mark Knapton, Martin Harvey, Malcolm Arnald. Front : Mark Joyce in the kayak (a MK 1 Bat). 11


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The Dart We did three sections today and with 22 paddlers altogether, it was a brilliant day!

By Rich Carter

So after a will it-won’t it week, it was at a perfect level.

After 4 weeks of the no rain, the questions came thick and fast “Would the Dart trip be on?”

I am not going to say too much about the day’s paddle, but I need to inform people about the two great swims at Lovers Leap, or in other words: find the stopper, but not in a let’s stay up right way of finding it.

Waiting For Rain

All I was thinking was “I do not know”, but I replied every time “The weather forecast looks good for us and rain is coming”. However that is not really what I was thinking! I didn’t think we would have enough rain to let it go ahead, but was I proved wrong!

Triple falls was flowing well today and after the fun on Lovers Leap, I was expecting there to be some dunking! We had a great day. Also a very well done to Summer for getting Andy down safely in the Topo Duo. Ed: I was really hoping you’d give us the full details of Kate and Jonathan’s boxers! Anyone interested can see a brief version of this in Kate’s article next page!

The rain did come and it picked up the levels. The Dart gauge went up by 400mm, which meant it was running at the top of the ledge at the get-in point.

Paddlers and Points (all sections) Girls: Chloe C and Summer V Boys: George M (2), Keiran C (1), Kieran F (3) and Tierney O Ladies: Kate J (6), Pam D ad Su F Men: Alun J, Andy V, Ben T (6), Bob B, Dave P(3), Gareth M, Jack S (2), John K, Jonathan H, Mark B, Rich C, Terry O, and Yousaf M.

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The Dart continued mitted to going forward but with insufficient speed and so stopped on the eddy line and gracefully fell over! I considered attempting my first white water roll but lost confidence (something to do with cold water and rocks!) and swam! About 5 seconds later I felt a cold trickle down my legs and I realised that the lower zip on my dry suit wasn't quite done up. After a bit of shouting at Mark who was rescuing me to emphasize the urgency of the situation I was safely removed from the water and reunited with my boat.

The Loop by Kate Johnson We had spent all week wondering whether there would be enough water for a paddle, and then when the time came we were wondering if the water would be too high. The wonders of the British weather! When we arrived at the car park the water had dropped to a reasonable level making for the prospect of a good day on the water. We all set off together down a very busy river, and made it under the bridge safely, although Summer's face as she went through the first wave was a picture! Some played on the first wave while the rest tried to keep out of the way of far superior paddlers who had completed the upper and were trying to get off the river.

We all got through Washing Machine unscathed and moved onto Lovers Leap. Ben T not wanting me to be the only one with points, decided to go for a little swim after successfully completing the hard parts of the rapid, and capsized near the end! I was determined to have more points than him and took the right hand line past the rock, which turned out not to be the best idea and swam down the rapid. Hooray I was in the lead with points again!

We all made it safely through the first few break-ins, break-outs and wobbly bits and the first excitement came as I attempted what should have been a straight forward break in through a sharp eddy line. I'd just watched Andy and Summer, in the Topo duo, breaking in with impressive speed and power, however at the last minute I changed my mind but it was too late. I was com-

Triple Falls was fairly uneventful, although Ben had a substantial wobble going over Triple 3 but managed to hold his own and we all made it down in one piece. Spin dryer was equally uneventful although Summer got quite wet! She seemed to be thoroughly enjoying being in the front of the Duo, so by this 13


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The Dart continued point Andy had stopped avoiding the big waves! Keiran C managed a really good roll when he went over in the white water at Triple, and came up impressively quickly.

middle" and dropped straight into the stopper and went for a swim.

At the bottom of Triple the group from the Upper caught up with us and we then headed for the finish, but suddenly realised Rich and Ben were missing. Apparently Ben had decided he didn't want a girl finishing in the lead and so had been for a quick swim when no-one was looking!

All things considered it wasn't the best of days paddling for me (or Ben) but I learnt a lot about zips and we all had a good day.

After that we managed the flat bit to the end with no further problems and got out at the Country Park.

PS: The rumours about me having to borrow dry underwear are true, and as I was the only woman on the trip I had to explain the random mens pants in the washing basket to Mike. Thanks Jonathan, they're clean now so you can have them back!!!

We dropped over Holne weir with no problems, and the Anvil was looking good until Kieran F decided that "tight right" meant "somewhere right of the

The Lower Section John’s target every time he leads the paddlers on the Lower is: have a good paddle and get to the end with ‘nil points’. How would we fare? It was a small group today, all kayakers and no canoes for a change. Su joined us on the Lower section because she was trying out a different boat, and preferred the idea of getting to know the boat without the fear of the dreaded swim, especially 14


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The Dart continued since she had let Chloe borrow her dry top too! All she could say for the first half hour was how high she was in the water, how tippy she felt. (Su is of course an ex-Div 2 paddler and slalom boats sit you very low in comparison to ww boats!). But she coped. Then there was Dave (seen below), his first time on moving water since he was a lad. And he has some stories to tell about those early days. We’ll get them from him another time! A wobbly start indeed with John and Pam holding their breaths as they watched the first few hesitant break-ins. But Dave’s confidence grew quickly and the wobbles subsided. Then, to our surprise, at the first rapid he decided to go fish spotting! To be fair he was trying out some ferry gliding over a vicious eddy line. Chloe (top picture) and Tierney (on p14) fared much better Well done you two! The boulder garden was washed out today, but the other rapids were exciting and at the end of the paddle - guess what? Su decided that her new boat was just fine!

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Copper noseclip points

The top 10 are missing - you’ll have to wait till the Social to find out! Ben Nicol Bex Tanti Jack Smiles Keiran Clark Mary Harbeth Arthur Belbin Bill Fryer Ian Jones Magor Juhasz Ben Miles Jane Thomas Rich Norman Alex Hulin Carl Gilder Kieran Fewell Kath Norton Alun Jones James Bennett Ashli Heal Jamie Easton

Summer Vowell Zoe Boyle Rich Heal Hazel Cottle Ellie Howell Jonathan Howell Chris Bartlett Alex Nicol Bob Barr Ivor Bennett Chris Churchouse Pam Dixon Will Jones Philippa Thomas Harry Beer Jude Garrett Dave Pilbeam Gine MBL John Kent Linz Kimber

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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 16

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Non-Club events/courses From John Wheeler Aquatic Leisure has places available on the following courses in January 2014 Aquatic First Aid level 1 One Day 8-hour First Aid Course - Sat 18th January. Cost £50. In the Bournemouth Area It is recommended that level 1 Coaches hold a first aid certificate and a requirement for level 2 coaches to hold a one day first aid certificate. 3 Star White Water Kayak Training - Mon 20th & Tue 21st January, Cost £120. Southwest Dartmoor Area. Please message me for details or email aquatic.leisure@gmail.com Wishing you all a Prosperous New Year

Weymouth Outdoor Education Centre Spring 2014 BCU / UKCC Awards 2 Star Training & Assessment Foundation Rescue & Safety Training 3 Star Training Sea UKCC Level 1 Coach Award UKCC Level 2 Coach Award UKCC Level 2 Transfer Coaching the mind foundation module First Aid (2 Day)

3 & 4 April 28 April 27 April 29 April to 2 May 22 April to 25 April 12 Feb Jan 13 or 12 Mar 13 & 14 Feb

£134 £69 £69 £242 £242 £120 £30 £115

Recreational events River Dart loop trip Kayak Skills Coaching Canoe Skills Coaching Sea Kayak Skills Coaching

24 Jan 3 April 4 April 27 April

£55 £67 £67 £69

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

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Bits and Pieces

Canoe Focus is the magazine produced by the BCU for paddlers throughout the UK. December's issue contained the article we wrote about our Women and Girls event - the one we put on for the SW Region way back in May 2013. John planned the day and we started with a DVD showing an extract from the 2012 K1 Women’s Slalom. Then onto some training where Su headed up the coaching side of things - perfect to have a female coach for a W and G event! Several other club members helped out too. We ended it all with a Team event. It was a successful day with paddlers coming from Devon and Cornwall to take part. Ed: Any sharp eyed reader should spot that the photo printed with the article was not actually from the event! Pam chose a nice one of three of our young female paddlers. Well Why not?

Get all your canoeing things from the Family Adventure Store at Hilperton. BA14 7PJ

QUIZ continued from p9 10) You end up swimming, what should you do? a) The front crawl b) Nothing c) Lie on your back, feet facing downstream d) Aim for the nearest bank 18


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Bits and Pieces Hi All, from Andy My 2014 European Alpine trips are now advertised. Corsica 5th - 13th April Italy Val sesia 24th - 31st May French Alps Classics 21st - 29th June (grade 3/4+) French Alps Improver 13th - 20th July (grade 2/3+) Austria 26th July - 3rd Aug and the 9th - 17th Aug All trips include FREE Travel over from the UK in minibus and trailer so you can take your own boat. Excellent chalet self catering accommodation and all guiding and coaching. See website or contact me for more details and a b booking form. www.escapetoadventure.com

Claim to fame Campbell Walsh, seen here with Neil, was recently guest speaker at the D of E presentation at Neil’s school. Campbell Walsh achieved the silver medal (K1 Mens Slalom) in the Athens Olympic Games. His talk was inspirational according to Neil and included details of just how hard it was for him to achieve success. He described for example how sick and ill he felt after bouts of hard training - so sick he just couldn’t get out of his boat. Something for us all to think about when we train perhaps? Our new remote terminal makes payments easy! And you can now pay for sessions in advance using the new Up-front Payments Card. Ask at a club session for details.

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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

www.frome-canoeclub.org.uk

Follow us on facebook Check out the photos of club events on the website. And refer to the calendar for all the club activities.

WIN A FREE POOL SESSION!

Find and mark the 8 differences. Hand in or send to Pam Dixon. Entries will go in a hat and winner will be drawn on January 9th.

Canoeing and kayaking are “Assumed risk” – “Water contact sports” that may carry attendant risks. Participants should be aware of and accept these risks, and be responsible for their own action and involvement. 20


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