We are Maidstone Canoe Club

 We sea kayak.

 We race.

 We are Maidstone Canoe Club.

 We mess about in boats.

 We run rivers.

Thames Trip

Mike Lambourne has organised a trip down the picturesque upper section of the Thames, from Rushey Lock to Reading, next month.  Riverside campsites, beautiful British countryside, and guaranteed(*) sunshine!  In truth, this is a genuinely lovely trip whatever the weather - contact Mike for details.  Suitable for sea boats, open canoes, touring boats, etc.  Speak to Richard if you need to borrow a Club craft.

* not actually guaranteed

Norfolk touring trip

I'm looking at running the Norfolk Broads touring paddle again this year 18th-20th August.This is a really gentle easy touring paddle - no features. We will do a longer paddle in the Saturday and a breakfast paddle on Sunday.

Staying at Salhouse Broad campsite. We will have a BBQ on Friday and go to the pub on Saturday. There are no showers at the campsite.

Let me know if you would like to come. michaelac.wragg@gmail.com

Leeds Castle Triathlon 24th/25th June 2017

The Leeds Castle Triathlon is on the weekend of 24th and 25th June. The club has provided safety for the past three years and we have been asked to do so again. I have had replies from a few people, but still need more people to volunteer. All you have to do is paddle onto the moat and watch the swimmers. You may need to let a tired swimmer hold onto your kayak while the safety boat comes over to you and takes the swimmer. It is an enjoyable way to spend a morning. We have been offered Leeds Castle tickets which will be distributed to those who support the triathlon. 

 
Please let me know if you can help on either day or both. If you have already said that you can help, it would be good if you could confirm that you will still be available.
 
Thank you.
 
Niki
niki@maidstonecanoeclub.net

Big Trip Big Up

A quick shout out to all of those going on the Club's Big Trips this weekend, to the Wilds of Scotland (sea kayaking) and the Wilds of Slovenia (whitewater).  To those of you not going: there's always next year!  And in the meantime, the Club's got plenty of smaller adventures to keep you paddling - see the Calendar for what's coming up!

Nene Trip Postponed

Due to a lack of support, this trip is postponed until September. This should better suit the paddlers who currently have revision to do. Good luck in all your exams!

Work less, paddle more!

May is the only month with two bank holidays!  Pool session tomorrow!

Newsletter: call for content

Despite the rain, the summer newsletter is approaching!  The newsletter only works because of your amazing input - don't leave it to someone else!  Tell us about your amazing new kit, about the trip you went on, the book you read, or about any other paddle-related things that the rest of us would love to know!  As always, please send items to newsletter@maidstonecanoeclub.net 

Open Afternoon Saturday 20th May from 1pm to 4pm

OPEN AFTERNOON

Just a reminder that our Open Afternoon will be next Saturday 20th May from 1pm until 4pm. Thank you to everyone who has already offered to help.We still need people to bake cakes, to help to sell refreshments, to help fit boats and buoyancy aids and to do the paperwork and generally promote the club. 

If you are able to help, I plan to get to the club around 11am on Saturday morning to set up. Helpers will be welcome at any point, whether you can stay for the whole event, or just give an hour or two. It's all appreciated.

Finally, please tell your friends and family about the event. If you are able to, please print off a poster and put it up somewhere where people can see it. Point out that it's free and it's fun!

See you there.

Niki

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