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Sun & Surf!
7 November 2021

Dear WKC,

What a busy week we have had at the club! Despite the postponed Hare & Hounds last weekend due to water conditions, some of our members were enjoying the sunshine while taking part in the Eurochallenge Surfski Competition in Spain. A write-up including a few pictures and videos are below. 

On top of that, this weekend has been exceptionally busy. Some of our junior members and coaches ventured up to Nottingham yesterday for the Junior Development Squad training day where they had the opportunity to paddle in K4's with different juniors for other clubs. Crew-boats are a theme this weekend as several members took part in the 10k K2 series in Elmbridge today. We look forward to hearing all about both in next weeks newsletter. 

We are please to announced that the rescheduled H&H date is Sunday 21st November (not the 14th previously advised). Please email club chairman Jim, to see how you could Get Involved helping one of our flagship events run smoothly and safely. Another chance to get involved is the Club River & Clean Up on 20th November, where we turn our attention to the River and our Compound just in time for H&H!   

Winter circuits have restarted on Tuesday and Thursday Night at 6pm in the gym. Speak to Paul Dimmock for more information and to get involved. Likewise, paddle machines are moving out of storage for more regular use. A reminder to please look after them and wipe them down after use. This also applies to gym equipment. Please use the sprays and towels provided.
As we are spending more time training indoors, we would like to request that ALL members are regularly taking a lateral flow test to ensure the safety of all users of the Waterside Centre. These are easily available, for free, and delivered to your home, click here

As always continue to pass anything onto us, no matter how small, to as early as possible so it does not miss the newsletter going out. We have set up a club wide Instagram account this week, please see the link to it below.

Enjoy the water!
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In this edition...


Eurochallenge 2021
WKC Paddler Safety Code
Hare & Hounds
Sign Up! to TeamApp for news, photos and chat
What’s on? - Club Events and Calendar

Eurochallenge startline video (click the image to view)
Eurochallenge 2021 - Sun and surf seeking!

Last weekend, a small group of our members (and freinds!) travelled to Spain to take part in the Eurochallenge Surfski race 2021. The race contained a 22k ocean race for all competitors. Above is a video showing the start of the race, provided by Epic Kayaks UK.

Our members produced some great results. Fay L finished 8th overall in the female category and 4th in the Senior Ladies category. Chris C finished 17th overall in the male category and 6th in the U23 Men's category. Roy F finished 2nd in the Veteran 1957-1966 category (podium image below!), continuing his consistent success in the ocean racing veteran category. Jonathan W finished 1st in the paracanoe category. 

Well done to all who took part.

Reminder: WKC Paddler Safety Code

Safety of our members and of others is paramount.  Accordingly, the club has developed the Wey Paddler Safety Code to clearly articulate the restrictions that are be placed on members paddling in different conditions and at different times of the day.

It is important to note that every member must make their own dynamic assessment before each paddle considering elements such as the conditions, buoyancy requirements, planned route, paddling competency, safety equipment and appropriate clothing.  When necessary consult someone else.  Every individual will be paddling at their own risk and responsible for themselves.  

Though the Wey Navigation is normally a calm and safe waterway, conditions can change rapidly and the Guildford area is subject to flooding.  

When the river is in flood the National Trust indicates that the navigation is closed by placing a RED BOARD in the frame on the Clubhouse wall. The RED BOARD is controlled by the National Trust and no Club member may remove it or ignore it. Under most conditions this indicates that no crews are allowed to paddle.   

However, there are times when the river is in flood and the RED BOARD is displayed, but conditions are not bad enough to pose an unacceptable level of risk to experienced paddlers. The YELLOW BOARD procedures have been developed with the National Trust to allow paddling to take place under careful control of Club Coaches. The Club controls the YELLOW BOARDS. 

A river flow gauge is situated in the rear hallway, if flow is greater than 30 m/s, there must be NO PADDLING.  You can check before you travel to the club here 

If the system is abused the Club may lose this concession from the National Trust and, if we damage a boat whilst paddling in flood conditions, it is unlikely the Club insurance company will pay. 



& DASH HOUNDS for U14s

Race 1: 21st November* 
Race 2: 5th December* 
Race 3: 9th January* 
Race 4: 23rd January*
Race 5: 6th February*

Time trial format with slowest setting off first and group finish
Any type of kayak or canoe can enter
Hare & Hounds 10km, 2 portages
Dash Hounds (U14), 5km, no portages 

*Spare dates will be announced if we are unable to run event due to adverse weather or COVID

For more information and pre race registration click here

Get Involved!

Club night, or Saturday bacon butties would not be possible without our amazing volunteers.  We desperately need volunteers for Saturday kitchen, if you could help out, get in contact with
It is a great way to contribute back to the club, whilst getting to know more members (in a dry and warm setting!)

Massive shout out to some of volunteers from this week as well as those who regularly get involved by completing the washing up at the end of club night. 

You can volunteer to help with Thursday club night via Teamapp. Go to the event's section, find a Thursday Club Night event and click on the duty roster to see if the roles have been filled yet. Even if you can only do one club night a year, it still helps!

Keep up to date with the latest news, photos, events and chat!

TeamApp is for ALL members, adults and juniors and parents/carers of junior members



Step by Step - how to get TeamApp

  1. Download the free TeamApp on to your phone via If you don’t want to use a phone app, you can access it using a browser, but you won’t get the notifications when there are new messages
  2. Open the app and choose Log in or Sign Up, enter an email address and complete your registration.
  3. It's a good idea to set up a password. In Team App, from Settings (normally a cog in the top right corner in the main Memberships screen)
  4. "Find your Team / Club" choosing WeyKayakClub, and then go to Settings and Access Groups and choose Junior Beginners/Rovers etc etc.

You will now be able to see information under Galleries, Chat and News. Please join in the Chat groups so that you can get the latest updates on what's happening.

There is also a website version which updates dynamically with the app:

We hope you enjoy your TeamApp experience!

What's On....

As always lots going in and around the club in the next month or so - for all events visit our TeamApp Events section.

20th November
Club Litter-Pick and Tidy-Up - more details below
21st November
Hare & Hounds (WKC) - the first of the 5 race series on home water
27th November
Pennywort Action Day 2 - more details below and sign-up link on image
28th November
Thames 10k winter k2 series @ Royal
5th December
Hare & Hounds (WKC) - the second of the 5 race series on home water
11th December
Wey Kayak Club Christmas Party - details to follow
2nd January
Frank Luzmore K2 race - details to follow
9th January
Hare & Hounds (WKC) - the third of the 5 race series on home water


Thames 10k Winter k2 Series
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WKC River and Club Clean-Up

Saturday 20th November

Well it’s time for a clean up :

Join us for a club clean up on  20th November 
10 am - 12 noon

We will do :
🌟River litter pick in club Canadians, Bell boat , your boats , paddle boards from home etc

🌟Spruce up the compound by weeding and clearing up all the broken bits of boats and debris 

🌟Clean out your old paddling kit / spray decks /Pogies etc you don’t use or have grown out of 😃 and please donate it to us and we can have a sale on the day to raise money for charity 

🌟Looking forward to seeing litter pickers on the bank too 

🌟Please dress for the weather 🌧☀️☔️and bring gardening gloves and and spare tools or bin bags 

🌟We have a limited amount of litter pickers to share round on the day 

🌟See you then we can get so much done if we all club together 

🌟Any pre loved kit donations please bring into club and give to Cat or Pip in advance or on the day

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