Congrtulations to the 9 CUCC paddlers who completed their 2* award on Sunday. Training sessions have been running through out Lent term so everyone has showed lors of commitment to complete the award. 2* required all our paddlers to master both canoes and kayaks and demosntrate a range of skills to show they could manouver the boat in all directions, paddle efficiently and carry out effective rescues. If you're interested in learning to kayak CUCC will be runnning a beginners course in Easter term.
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Everybody knows that kayaking is not a warm sport, not in the UK anyway. We rely on heavy rain and a cold winter to get decent levels in this country. This weekend we were also greeted by the ferocious storm Imogen as we headed up North to Teesdale in unbelievable winds. Despite the freezing temperatures, 13 of us braved the weather and put on the Lower Tees early on Saturday morning. The Lower Tees was a perfect warm up for the weekend, some easy grade 2/3 sections with one grade 4 section called Abbey Rapids, which only claimed one victim!
The morning was mild, the Trent river levels had dropped so the course was open, the promise of white-water meant the coaches and beginners alike were raring to go….what could go wrong? A flat tyre and a temporarily broken inlet gate later proved the answer to that was ‘quite a lot’, but both failed to detract from what was still a great trip.
As we all well know, the UK is the rainiest place in the entire world. As kayakers, we are faced with the eternal problem that every time we want to go paddling, this customary rain disappears leaving just enough time for all the decent rivers to completely empty out before we arrive at our destination. Weekend after weekend we resign ourselves to paddling the few rivers that are runnable without rain (Dee, Tryweryn, Low Force, Usk, Wye…). Some pray, others dance, others sing all in an effort to secure some bloody rain so that we can paddle something interesting for a change!
5 of us went to Proteus Canoe Club's winter mini slalom last weekend. Everyone had a great time and we even managed to leave with a few prizes. Check out the video below to see us in action.