The lazy days of summer are almost over: lying on the beach, eating sandy sandwiches and drinking full-fat Coke from a glass bottle. Sadly, all that sunbathing hasn't done anything for our fitness, and with the supermarkets already stocking up with Christmas food, there's only a short window in which to get a bit fitter! Why not come down to the Club one Friday night (6pm) and come out for a session with the racing team? It's fun, friendly, open to everyone, and you don't have to be a marathon runner to get involved - there are people of all ages and abilities there, and tuition is available if you want it. No need to book - just drop in!
A couple of photos from the Tips & Tricks paddle on our SUPs last night!
Junior Paddlers, and particularly parents of junior paddlers: please remember your cards when you come to the Club. If you're not on the water supervising your child (16 or under) then you must give the card to one of our Responsible Paddlers. They will not be able to paddle with us otherwise. Please speak to our Welfare Officer, Catherine, in case of any queries.
One of the nice things about kayaking is that there's always some shiny new piece of must-have kit to buy! The downside of this is that our garages, lofts and cupboards are bulging with old-but-still-serviceable gear which we no longer use (at least, mine are!). Luckily, we have a solution! We're on the lookout for old paddles, spraydecks and BAs that we can add to our boat shed - if anyone has anything that would be useful, please speak to Richard or Brian. Thanks!
So, our Youth Rep, Reece, has dragged us kicking & screaming into 2017 by getting us on Instagram. Check it out, follow us, and tag us with #maidstonecanoeclub. (We're still on old-school social media sites Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube). Thanks Reece!
We've had some last-minute availability open up on our 1-day intensive beginner course tomorrow - please sign up here if you'd like to come and paddle with us! These are likely to be the final weekend spaces in 2017.
It's that time again! The newsletter is just around the corner (actually, it was just around the corner last week, but I'm running a little behind ...)
I know you've all been out paddling over the warmer months, and the rest of the Club would love to hear about it! Please send articles, trip reports, gear reviews, poems, comic songs and anything else to me in the next few days - the newsletter only works because of you guys!
Tomorrow is Women's Equality Day in the USA, commemorating the date in 1920 when women got the vote. In the UK, women got the vote in 1918 (*). Celebrate your female paddling heroes at the pool session tomorrow!
(*) as long as they weren't poor. Or too young. Obvs.