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 We sea kayak.

 We race.

 We are Maidstone Canoe Club.

 We mess about in boats.

 We run rivers.

Pool fun!

A huge thanks to everyone who came to the pool session this evening, it was a lot of fun!  It was really good to see everyone playing and training together, particularly in the warm, clean water!  If you didn't make it tonight, keep your eyes peeled: we're hoping to start running these more regularly.

Happy New Year!

Wishing all Maidstone Canoe Club members a happy and healthy New Year!  Hoping you make all your paddling-adventure dreams come true in 2022!

New Pool Session - Fully Booked

The pool session at our new pool has filled up in record time!  Don't panic if you missed out - once we've got the trial session out of the way, we hope to be running these regularly again.  Details to follow ...

The Return of the Pool Session!

Pool sessions are back!  We're running a trial pool session at a new pool - perfect for practicing capsizes with spraydecks, or learning how to roll.  Warm water guaranteed!

Please sign up using the calendar as usual.

Breakfast Paddle

The Breakfast paddle will now be an out door bacon roll paddle with tea, coffee and hot mulled fruit juice.

We will be at the side of the club house serving from about 11.15.

Please come along after your paddle.

Let us know if you are coming so we have enough supplies.

See you Sunday 19th.

Catherine and Keith

New Build Design Update

Greetings Maidstone Canoe Club Members. Many of you may have heard of the 'new boat store' referencing the former dive club building directly behind our club house. The MCC has recently acquired this property for expansion and have been busy putting together plans for its future to make our club larger and more accessible. I am proud to share with you today the proposed design of that building and the MCC Committee's vision of its use. 

There are two places to currently view the drawings. First is on the peg board next to the kitchen in the Club House, but the second and more accessible will be on the website under the news story “New Build Design Update.”

The last time the membership was briefed about the project was during our AGM in March of 2021. Since then we have been hard at work making sure all details, use cases and modern club needs have been added. We have hired an architect to help use get it right and assembled a new build committee to get it done. This design is the culmination of many months of discussion amongst the committee, informal conversations with the membership and feedback from our professionals who are helping deliver it.

Some of the feature include in the design are:

  • New boat storage space (roughly equivalent to the both the current Club Boat Store and the Back Boat shed combined!)

  • More and purpose-built space for paddles, BA's and other kit 

  • An accessible shower and toilet for members who require more assistance

  • A new changing facility with space for 20 members including modern cubical showers, one quick access for safety shower and a toilet for convenience

  • A multi-functional space for courses, kit, other other uses as needed

I hope you are as excited as I am and we looking forward to hearing your thoughts. For the next 21 days we are collecting any feedback you might have. At the end of that period we will liaise with the architect to finalise the drawing and move to building control. 

Thank you all for your patience and feedback over 2021 and look forward to more progress in 2022. Please feel free to contact either myself or the committee at secretary@maidstonecanoeclub.net

Jacob Baisley

MCC Vice-Chairperson

Winter 2021 - The Newsletter

The Winter 2021 Newsletter is here, filled with - you guessed it - news!  There should be a copy in your email inbox already, but if not you can read it here!

Racing at Cambridge

6 racers that train at Maidstone Canoe Club entered and participated in the Essex Winter Series race at Cambridge this Sunday, 5th Dec. We had a great day racing on the river cam where the distances varied from just over 5 miles to just over 7 miles depending on which 'class' of race we were entered into. This is a series of races which keeps racing going over the winter and is often enjoyed by Maidstone racing paddlers. The first in the series was on 7th Nov in Bishop Stortford. Catherine is paddling with a lady from Bishop Stortford and so far they have come 11th/21 and 12th/24 however they are in the lead for the Ladies K2 crew having been the first ladies crew in eah race. Tom and Steve are doing a great job in their K2 race too having only just started to race together - this was their 2nd Race. Leanne is winning her category, K1 ladies and Aaron has placed in the top 4 on both of his so far. Bryn has had a couple of mishaps and we are routing for him for the next race which will be in January and the great thing about Bryn is that he is always so keen and takes everything in his stride. He is racing in the mens K1 Vets.

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