The club hasn't been around long, but we are quite busy already.
We regularly get out on the river and paddle together. Both members and non-members are welcome to join us.
We are planning to arrange a series of pre-arranged dates in 2017 to meet up and paddle together. Check our calendar to see dates.
The club does not have its own kayaks, canoes or other equipment. The club is not a coaching organisation.
When club members meet up to paddle together it is each member's own responsibility to ensure the suitability of their equipment and themselves for the activity.
Getting Together off the Water
We aren't always out paddling, we are a very social club and meet up off the water as well. We will be meeting up once a month in the at one of Wivenhoe's pubs or occasionally elsewhere.
Wivenhoe has an annual regatta, which celebrates Wivenhoe's past and current relationship with the River Colne that flows through the town. We had stands at the 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017 regattas, selling cakes and letting people know about the club.
We also organise a canoe/kayak race during the regatta, it has been hotly contested on all three occasions.
CLEANING THE OLD HARD
The club has an agreement with the sailing club for shared access to the Wivenhoe Sailing Club Old Hard for launching our canoes and kayaks. As part of that agreement you'll regularly see our members, brushes in hand, cleaning mud off of the hard. Some club members, reckon it to be "a two pint job".
The club was recently introduced by Colchester Canoe Club to Robert Martyr of RiverCare. RiverCare work with communities that live near to rivers in East Anglia to help them look after and care for their rivers.
As kayakers and canoeists we see both the good and bad on the river. There is beautiful scenery and wildlife but and also litter and pollution.
With RiverCare's help we organised a one day clean up of some sections of riverbank; some of which which could only be reached from the water. By the end of the day we had an impressive collection of black bin bags.
The club now has a nominated RiverCare coordinator, Bruce, who on 8/6/2016 participated in a river clean further upstream at The Hythe. There will be more river clean days shortly.