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Scottish Road Trip Adventures
31 October 2021

Dear WKC,

The tables were ready, the cakes baked and the marshalled refreshed after an extra hours sleep, but the weather conditions meant that todays' Dash Hounds and Hare & Hounds has had to be postponed.  Safety is our number one priority and with the changing weather conditions now is a great time to (re)familiarise yourself with the WKC Paddler Safety code.  It is also vital to be signed up to the WKC Team App for last minute notices, latest news and sign ups.

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

Paddling beyond Wey continues, read about the exploits of a small group of intrepid explorers who ventured up to Scotland, for the Hooley 5k Championships. It sounds like a club road trip is in order next year! Now is also the time to think about k2 partners for the upcoming Thames 10k Winter k2 Series kicking off next weekend at Elmbridge.

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. 

Enjoy the water!

In this edition...


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

Scottish Road Trip

Intrepid explorers Jordan M. Andra K, Pete G and Dave M jumped in their car and made a weekend adventure of in sunny Scotland, combining not only the 5k National Championships, but also the Monster the Loch race.  Food for thought for next year?

Race 1 Monster the Loch 18/9/21
A 21 mile race downwind on Loch Ness, the organisers decide the night before the race which way it is running dependent on the wind. Jordan and Andras were there in a double surf ski, along with 88 other boats ranging from rowing eights to paddle boards, in 2019 there were also 2 pedalos.
After a long sit on the start line, the race was on. They quickly settled onto the wash of a rowing 8 and stayed there until a few kilometres from the finish. The other surf skis were ready for rolling waves not wash hanging and this gave our crew the advantage and a clear run down the loch.
Having come second they then had a trip in someone’s minibus back to the start – a much quicker trip but much more nauseating.
A big event to do, something significantly different to our normal races. Jordan/Andras took 2hours 33 mins.
Row Loch Ness | Monster the Loch | Scotland

Race 2  5km National Championships, Strathclyde 23/10/21
This was run by Jon Schofield (Liam’s K2 partner for the 2012 200m gold medal) who is now coaching in Scotland. 
The day was set up with  K1, K2 and K4 races spaced throughout the day so everyone could do as many races as they wanted to. 
The K1’s kicked off with Andras coming 2nd and Jordan 3rd in the U23’s. A quick change over and Peter was out in one of the boys boats to achieve a 3rd place in the over Over 64s.
In K2 Andras and Jordan were second to a very strong crew of Lusty and Johnson. David found a Scottish paddler who had never raced K2 before but proved to be very good (having previously completed Monster the Loch!!) and we spent the race preparing to jump into a K4 next, at times it even looked as though our boat was floating.
K4 time arrived and we were all on the same start line. A Senior boat of Jordan, Andras, Dave and Ross Urquardt and a boat with Pete taking 3 other Scots for a ride.
After setting up both boats and thinking we had checked the rudders both boats got off to a good start. However, it soon become apparent that the senior boat really didn’t have a working rudder and so some inventive steering techniques came into play! Having to drop off the wash (something you never do at this level) to avoid causing too many collisions the boat finally came in 2nd in the open race.

A big thanks to the boys for taking me round a race at this level – racing open senior classes is something I haven’t done in a long time. Pete and his motley crew finished 1st in their class having taken a much shorter route round the course.
The day was rounded off with Liam Heath, our multiple Olympic medallist, presenting prizes before us all adjourning to a nearby hotel for a buffet dinner and evening inside.

Report: Dave Martyn

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: 6th 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.

6th November
Junior Development Squad Skills Day - K4/C4 and coaching CPD at Nottingham
7th November
Thames 10k winter k2 series @ Elmbridge 
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 to follow
28th November
Thames 10k winter k2 series @ Royal
5th December
Hare & Hounds (WKC) - the third of the 5 race series on home water
11th December
Wey Kayak Club Christmas Party - details to follow

Chance to paddle K4 and/or C4 as well as CPD opportunity for coaches wishing to develop their crew boat skills or support a discipline committee organised event.
Further details and sign-up here.

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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