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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.

New members - welcome!

The sun is shining, occasionally, and that means we've got lots of new people coming to the Club!  As you know, we're a pretty friendly bunch, but it can still be intimidating for people turning up for the first time.  Whether they've just finished their beginner course, or whether they're already competent paddlers, it's nice for someone to be waiting for them to say "hi".

We'd like to have a rota, so that each Sunday there's someone who has volunteered to welcome new faces, show them around and make sure they don't get lost!  If you know where the coffee is kept, how to get into the boatshed and can find your way to the Malta two times out of three, you're definitely the person we're looking for!

Please sign yourself up for a Sunday or two using the online Doodle here:

https://doodle.com/poll/eheipiaiwwchaweh

Thanks - our new members really appreciate it!

Marathon Entries

Entry forms for this year's Maidstone Marathon Hasler are now up here - please get them to us in advance if you can!

Wey Hasler Results

Nine MCC racers took part in the Wey Hasler on Sunday 6th May in Guildford. There were 3 K1s - Paul Curtis, Bryn Price, Roy Rayner - and 3 K2s (Chris Ashcroft with Steve Rowe and Catherine Ayling with Ian Dann and Paul Newman and Keith Derham)

Paul Curtis in  K1 Div 4 was the fastest MCC boat over the 8 mile course completing this in 1 hour 9 mins 27 seconds. Catherine Ayling and Ian Dann completed their first Div 6 race so covering the new longer distance of 8 miles and completed this in a respectable 1 hour 12 mins 58 secs - only 6 secs slower than the boat before them. Paul and Keith won their race in Div 8_8, picking up 40 points for MCC. Everyone paddled well in what was a very choppy and challenging course. To see the full results click on this link:- http://www.weykayak.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/wey-marathon-results-2019.html

New Beginner Course Spaces!

Competition is fierce this year for our beginner course spaces, but we've added a couple more dates - get them while you still can!  There's nothing better than being out on the water, on a kayak in the summer - and with our boats, coaches and Club you can!

Currently we've got availability for courses on May 27th (Bank Holiday), June 9th (Sunday), and July 27th (Saturday)

Volunteers, Helpers and Henchmen

... are all needed for our Maidstone Marathon on May 12th.  This is the race team's big event for the year and we're expecting competitors from all over the country.  Please contact Bryn, Brian or Lee if you can help with any of the following - turn marshalls, time keepers, barbecue, coffee & tea making, check-in, race marshalls, lots more!  No experience needed, full training provided ...

New Explore Award!

The new Explore Award is here!  British Canoeing has replaced the old 2* course with this new Explore Award, emphasising independence and exploration, giving you the skills you need to be a confident paddler.  This is the next step from the Beginner Courses, and is suitable for anyone who's done their 1*, Discover Award, or Beginner Course.  The course runs over 2 days, on June 2nd and June 23rd, and is free to members - sign up here!

Private Paddle

Paddles that are on the top rack are private - please don't use them unless they're yours!

Thank you

Double, double toil and trouble

Shakespeare’s Macbeth was first performed on this day in 1611.  Surprisingly, he was a keen kayaker, as a close reading of the text illustrates:

Is this a Dagger I see before me / It’s handle towards my hand? 

It was a Pyrahna, actually, but all boats are welcome at the pool session!

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