Trip Report – Lewes town centre (Harveys Brewery) to Hamsey and back

Trip Report by Ian Essex
Sunday 29th April, River Ouse, Lewes town centre (Harveys Brewery) to Hamsey and back.
There was a full turnout for this outing, and despite a chilly NE wind, the forecast rain didn’t arrive! Thanks to our able coaches Cathe and Nick, we had easy launches and landings – although some of us still managed to get muddy! – and got the tides just right, i.e. upstream with incoming and downstream with outgoing. The juniors did very well, including a really good paddle upstream. Someone wise enough to know better did exploration of any waterbound trees (I think it was intentional?). We managed a welcome, if chilly ‘picnic’, including jelly babies (courtesy of Leader) at a very convenient put in at Hamsey. A great outing and thanks again to the organisers.

AGM Motion to amend ACC Constitution

The ACC Constitution is in need of an update to correct some changes in wording e.g. British Canoe Union is now known as British Canoeing.   I have attached an updated version that I propose we adopt, it is a Word document with ‘tracked changes’ to show the amends.  One change to note is the referral to additional Committee posts by name, the capping of Committee membership at fifteen and the requirement for Committee members to be paid-up club members.

If you have any queries on the amends please get in touch with me.  If someone seconds the motion it will  go to a vote at the AGM.    ACC Constitution – amended draft 2018

Ouse Cruise Trip report

A dozen of us had been lucky enough to get a place on ‘Cath’s Ouse Cruise’ with numbers being limited because it was Cath’s first outing as a trip leader and because it was a six mile, canoe only trip that would require an amount of relevant paddling hours.  Cath’s superb trip planning meant that even though she had a puncture – to be accurate it was her van, not her – all paddlers, boats and kit still arrived at the rendezvous point (Barcombe Mills’s car park) pretty much at the agreed time.

By 10.45 we were kitted up, briefed, moved from the car park to the get-in about 250 meters away, and on the water for the outer, against the flow and wind, leg of our journey.  The low – but adequate – water level kept us out of the chill wind and the mostly bright sunshine offered some warmth,  but wind-over-water made it an active paddle with plenty of correction strokes required – or maybe that was just me?

Our initial journey was along open river with occasional bridges as we progressed north.  Some of them were proper regular bridges and some of them just about scrapeunderable things. One of the easily passed under bridges seemed to us casual observers like a dilapidated old railway bridge but on google maps it is named as Elsie’s Bridge and gets a single five star review where KG describes it as the ‘Greatest bridge of my life <3’.    There has to be a story there!

As we progressed north the river took on its narrower form and in time there was lots of work to be done to manoeuvre around trees that were partially, or in one case totally, blocking the river.   It wasn’t quite ‘Apocalypse Now’ territory but it certainly wasn’t Cuckoo Corner-like and the tree blockage saw some inventive and unconventional techniques used to good effect.

We carried on past Isfield Church and arrived at Isfield Weir – our intended stopping and lunch point.  Having argued about whether to stand in shelter (out of both the wind & sun) or in the open, (in both the wind and sun) we concluded that neither were particularly warm and we ought not to hang about!

Our journey South was aided by a not inconsiderable flow and making our way through the trees was great turning/steering/manoeuvring canoe experience.  We made great speed back and the major hazard this time was the bright, bright low sun that gave zero visibility at times.  This must have been why we passed the pub on our return leg without stopping L

We were back at the car park in what seemed like no time and all told we were probably on the water for about four and a half hours.  Great teamwork got all of the boats back to the carpark and loaded on cars in pretty short order.

At the end there was a unanimous view that it had been a super duper paddle and that Cath had done a great job in arranging and leading it.  Roll on the next one J

If you fancy joining the ‘secret’ canoe club trips then get yourself out on an open/canoe – start with green tides – and discover the joys of kneeling in a boat with a single blade paddle!

Lee Valley Trip Report

Our good friends and neighbours at Cuckmere Valley Canoe Club invited us to join in with their exclusive booking of the Lee Valley Legacy Course in September.  We had a fantastic evening on the water with paddlers relishing the opportunity to try the grade 2- 3 features course without having had to pass their assessment beforehand – one of the advantages of an exclusive booking.


Nicola Hern from CVCC wrote this trip report.  “If asked, I would say that for someone who began kayaking in April, heading up to the Olympic white water course in September was a little ambitious, but hey no-one said I couldn’t go. On arrival at the impressive Lee Valley White Water Centre, Steve Douch walked us around the course and reassuringly pointed out that we would be using the non-Olympic course, and that one really didn’t look too scary.(I decided to ignore Amy’s comment of “It’s much worse than it looks once you are in.”) David Marchant very clearly explained and demonstrated, to those of us new to white water, how to be rescued: “Lie back with your feet out in front of you and raise your hands above your head ready to catch the throwline.” The vital bit of information that was missing was: do all this while you are in a human sized washing machine in its final, kitchen shaking spin cycle.


A generous number of coaches gave up lots of their time on the water to line the course and be ready to rescue those in the water. And it was carnage but fun carnage. I successfully made it all the way down the course, once, but it would be fair to say that the only skill I exhibited was to grab a place in a canoe with expert paddlers at the front and the back, so all I did was scream a bit and pretend I was being an effective team member. The other times when I failed to get past the second step, I still learnt a valuable skill, that of being rescued, which is not as easy as it sounds- see the earlier washing machine reference.


So even for a novice, this trip was excellent fun. It gave me a chance to experience white water with no rocks and lots of help, and to witness the skill of those mastering the rapids. Members from Bewl Water and Adur joined the trip, making it possible for us to have the course to ourselves for hours for only £15 per head.  Definitely one for the 2018 calendar.”

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