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  • M1 of 2022
    Filming Operations - Greenwich Reach to Lower Pool
  • M50 of 2021
    M50 of 2021 - Kings Reach - Closure of No. 2 Arch Blackfriars Bridge - Blackfriars Refurbishment Project
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    M45 of 2021 - Lambeth Reach - Diving Operations
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    M43 of 2021 - Upper Pool - Police Pier Works
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    Barking Reach - Barking Riverside Pier Construction Works

Bangers! Fireworks paddle, Sunday 7 Nov 2021

There certainly were fireworks at Sundays paddle led by the fabulous Fiona! We set off with starting pistol bangs as the sky lit up behind us with a welcoming display of fireworks captured on video so well by Elsa. You can download the 14 seconds/30Mb video here – https://www.chelseakayakclub.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2021/11/IMG_0669.mov.

We arrived at the […]

White Cliffs and Sea Shanties – Dorset, September 2021

Ten paddlers huddled on Ringstead Beach for a safety briefing as the rain fell and cloud thickened; day one of CKC’s Jurassic Coast trip was underway. The weekend was designed for newer members to gain sea experience alongside seasoned kayakers, supported by Alex, our sea leader.

Dave’s route plan took us past dramatic cliffs, […]

Chichester Harbour, Aug 2021

Thanks to leader Fiona and co-leader Jan, 6 other paddlers took the opportunity to embark on a club paddle in Chichester on the weekend. Rich, Jo, Christine, Mike & Marcel used club boats, Jan took his own and Kenneth used the opportunity to try out his new Inuit-inspired, aluminum-framed kayak covered by stretched polyurethane […]

Selsey Bill, Aug 2021

A small dedicated group from CKC took the opportunity to paddle around Selsey Bill, on the south coast in August 2021. Selsey Bill is familiar from the shipping forecast (where it gets mentioned as part of the inshore waters forecast towards the end of the forecast). We had assumed that the land poking out […]

Dartmouth Trip 9-11 July 2021

The Club spent three days paddling in the Dartmouth area from 9 to 11 July.

Tudor, Richard H and Rob were the first to arrive at the campsite near Slapton in warm sunshine, and used the evening productively with a recce of the local pub. Tudor led the way across the footpaths based on […]

BC Explore Paddling Award at Folkestone, June 2021

In the last weekend of June, I road-tripped as a group of six newish CKC members to Folkestone for a two-day British Canoeing (BC) Explore Award training course led by Rob Davies from South East Kayaking.The Explore Award centres around the skills needed to control the kayak and stay safe on the water, usually […]

Three Solent Forts and Macaroons, May 2021

Six of us arrived at the Diving Museum car park, Browndown on the south coast near to Gosport on Saturday 1 May 2021. Jan had a new dry suit he was trying out on his first sea crossing:

Jan has a new dry suit to try out

After launching, we head to Gilkicker Point […]

Resources for planning Thames trips in extreme weather

Please see this pdf for more details. We hope to upload a post – where the links can be click-able.

 

COVID-19: Safe Paddling with CKC

COVID-19: Special Protocols for Safe Paddling with CKC, June 2020

Now that government restrictions have eased and our governing authority, British Canoeing, have also updated their guidance, we are able to get small groups of kayakers back on the water.

We are planning to re-start kayaking on the Thames shortly.

To do that we […]

Good Times, Bad Times: we had them all in Seaford, Dec 2019

The weather looked reasonably good over the Christmas holiday period, so it was suggested that a paddle from Newhaven to Brighton on the Sunday after Christmas might be possible. Unfortunately Newhaven beach access was closed, and the tides didn’t really work that well for that trip. Instead it was decided to go to Seaford to […]