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 We are Maidstone Canoe Club

 We sea kayak.

 We race.

 We are Maidstone Canoe Club.

 We mess about in boats.

 We run rivers.

Pool session tomorrow!

King Aethelbert of Kent died this day in 616AD.  To mark this solemn occasion, we'll be having a pool session tomorrow.

Marathon Help Please

The Club's biggest racing event of the year, the Maidstone Marathon, is coming up fast!  There's a new date this year - April 30th - and we need your help to make it a success for the many paddlers who converge on the Club from all around the south east and beyond.  Specifically we need:

- 4 people to help book racers in (you can race also if you do this)

- Safety Paddler

- 2 time keepers at start / finish

- 4+ turn marshalls at Tovil, East Farleigh, Wateringbury, and Teston

- refreshments team

- bakers for as many delicious home-made cakes as possible!

Please contact Geoff, Bryn or Brian if you can help out with this.  Thanks!

Who's in charge here anyway?

Yes, it's that time of year again, when YOU get to decide the future of the Club for another year.  Nominations for the posts of Chairman, Vice-Chair, Secretary, Treasurer, Membership Secretary and Committee Dogsbody (multiple spaces available!) are now being taken by Michaela, our lovely secretary.  The AGM is in our calendar - put it in yours!  

That yawning emptiness ...

There is a yawning emptiness at the heart of my inbox, waiting to be filled by you - or at least your article for this Spring's newsletter!  Deadline is TWO WEEKS away - please do put something together for me, I can't do it without your fabulous stories.  Poems, pictures gear reviews, rants and paddling tales all welcome - newsletter@maidstonecanoeclub.net 

Free canoe?

We've had an extremely generous offer from Colin Ash, who has a wood-and-canvas canoe and tent that he is willing to donate to a good home.  If anyone would like to take him up on this, please contact me and I'll put you in touch.

Kayaking in France - Summer 2017

Bill and I are heading out to France again this summer, if anyone would like to join us. We will be having a family and friends fortnight. Our daughter and her boys will be flying out to join us. This is a holiday and, while we will be very happy for you to join us on the water, we won’t be coaching (though we can’t help giving tips and advice.)

On the water

There is a grade 3 section of river just a short walk from the campsite, so it is always easy to have a quick paddle, even if the rest of the day is spent doing something else. We will be paddling sections of rivers such as the Gyronde, the Ubaye, the Guil, the Durance, the Guisanne and maybe others, depending on water levels. Grades paddled will vary from 1 to 4. We took the boys in the duo last year on some bouncy grade 2/3 and they both loved it! The duo is a great way of giving the non-paddler in your life a taste of paddling.

Off the water

There are loads of different activities to do off the water. We may go cycling, do a via ferata climb (not me, obviously!), go walking or sight-seeing or even just sit around relaxing (not really!). We will visit the market at Vallouise and maybe visit Gap and Briancon. We will definitely go swimming and play with our inflatables and stand-up paddleboard on the lake, which is also a short walk from the campsite. You will be welcome to try the SUP but you’ll have to fight the boys for the inflatables (bring you own inflatables!)  There is also an outdoor swimming pool in the town, about a ten to fifteen minute walk. You could get a cable car up the mountain to go walking. The boys may persuade us to take them rafting again - this was surprisingly good fun last year. There is also a silver mine tour in the town which looks interesting for a rainy day (http://www.aditnow.co.uk/Mines/Largentire-La-Besse-Silver-Mine_15363/) We’ve not had a rainy enough day yet…

Campsite

We will be staying in L'Argentière la Bessée at this campsite: http://www.camping-les-ecrins.com/en/  We have stayed here many times before. It is clean and conveniently situated.

Dates

Saturday 29th July to Friday 11th August 2017

Let me know if you are interested or have any questions.

Niki

Pool session cancelled - power cut

Unfortunately the pool session has had to be cancelled tonight after all, due a power failure at Larkfield.  Apologies to all.

SNOWMEGGADON!!!!!!

Despite the centimetres of snow currently engulfing the South East, the pool session should be going ahead as planned tomorrow.  If you can tear yourself away from panic-buying groceries, that is ;-)

On a slightly-more-serious note, if the session does need to be cancelled for any reason then we'll put it here on the website.

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