Canoeing

Minima Yacht Club introduced a canoeing section in 2009 as a complementary activity to sailing and to attract a wider diversity of members.   In contrast to sailing, canoeing is a purely recreational and no competitive activities are organized.

 BCU Level 1 training is provided free for all members.

 The Club owns a number of kayaks and canoes including four new Venture Flexes which were bought in 2016. Members are not allowed to take club-owned kayaks out on their own and must go out in a group of a minimum of three people (one of whom must have a BCU Two-star qualification).

 The normal padding area for informal outings is the non-tidal Thames from Molesey Lock to Teddington Lock. These mostly take place at the same time as the regular sailing competitions, but suitably qualified members also get together for informal outings at other times.

 Monthly ‘Canoe Adventures’ are organized outside the normal paddling area. In recent years, groups have paddled on the tidal Thames as far as Barnes and have loaded kayaks on the club trailer to travel to other parts of the Thames such as Shepperton, Chertsey, Marlow and the head of the navigable Thames at Lechlade. Members have also paddled the entire length of the River Wey (in three separate Adventures). A risk assessment is carried out for each Adventure and the group is always led by a member with BCU Two-star qualification.

 The Canoe Adventures listed below are planned for 2017, but all trips are subject to change in light of  forecasts of weather and stream. Please check the events calendar on the Club Website for the most up-to-date version of the programme.

Sat 29 April

River Thames – Reading to Henley

Sat 20 May

River Medway – based around Cuckmere Haven

Tues 20 – Wed 21 June

River Thames – Lechlade to Oxford, staying overnight at the ‘Rose Revived’ in New Bridge

Sat 1 July

Chichester Harbour – Hayling Island YC to Bosham and return with the tide

Sat 26 Aug

Tidal Thames – Club to Richmond and return with the tide

Sat 16 Sept

River Arun – Pulborough to Arundel

Sat 14 Oct

Grand Union Canal Safari – Hanger Lane to Regents Park Zoo and return

Sat 18 Nov

River Wey – Send to Weybridge