Aug 26
It has been confirmed that we have won the Yorkshire Region Hasler Marathon series! We will be awarded the Trophy at the Calder Pennine Marathon on 10th September (2018 season). We will have photos of the presentation in a future email.

Details of this, and other marathon and slalom events in the next two months, can be found below. If you are interested in participating in any of these event, please contact Neil Marley for more details. The 2018 Hasler marathon series starts at the Calder marathon and new racers are always welcome. Don’t forget that throughout September we have racing training on a Tuesday evening after the main session. (approx 7:00pm start)

We are of course attending the Hasler final in London on September 23rd, but only paddlers who have raced in enough qualifying events can race in the final.

Details of future club events, including the end of river season fancy dress paddle, will be announced later..

Aug 16

Club Kit

If you have ordered kit recently, a new delivery has arrived and Vicky will be distributing it this Thursday evening (17th) at our boathouse.

Fancy Dress Paddle BBQ

Tickets are now on sale for our end of season BBQ after the Fancy Dress Paddle on Thursday 5th October at £3 per person.

More details of the family dress paddle will be announced nearer the time, but there is no harm in planning your boat decoration and costume now!  Don’t forget our very own publicity officer Martin has won best adult two years running  (with a little help from his canoe partners Nicole, Maddie and Izzy, and totally un-biased judges fromthe leisure centre staff!) so he needs some competition this year!

Martin (Best adult 2015 winner!) and Nicole.
Martin (Best adult 2016 winner!) and Maddie & Izzy.

Aug 12

Hasler Yorkshire and National Finals

We are pleased to announce that our marathon paddlers have finished top of the table in the Yorkshire Region Hasler Series and so will be racing at the Hasler finals on the Thames at Richmond Canoe Club in September!

Some of our marathon paddlers at the Derwent Marathon earlier this year.

The Hasler Series.

The Hasler Trophy is the National Team League Championships for marathon canoeing. Clubs compete within their regional clubs throughout the season to win the right to race at the Hasler Final, held in September each year.

The Hasler Series is named after Herbert “Blondie” Hasler, who led Operation Frankton, a WW2 commando raid in double kayaks on the port of Bordeaux. The story of this raid was made into a 1955 film, The Cockleshell Heroes.

In the Hasler series you are awarded points for your finishing place for the division you are entered in, and the club with the most points at the end of the season wins the right to race in the finals. Most of our paddlers are in division 9, or if under 12, in the Lightning class. Marathon racing distances are:

Division 1,2,3 20.4 km,
Division 4,5,6 13.2 km,
Division 7,8,9 7.2 km,
Lightning U10, U12 3.5 km

Our Qualifiers

Individuals can only represent the club if they have competed in three qualifying events. These can be in any region.  Our paddlers who have three qualifying events are:
Neil and Caitlin Marley, Jim McCague,  Julian and Rebecca Selby, Fred Pattinson, Tom Shoulder, Alison Cooksey, Ellie Beedham, Nicole Allison, Hannah Senior, and Annabel Taylor.

Club Vests

All competing teams at the finals must where club vests, so we are now offering for sale vests in navy and white with your name and our logo on the front and GSCC in red on the back. Cost is £12 for all sizes (XS to XXXL. As a guide, Annabel is XS, Caitlin is Medium, Neil is Large). Any club member can buy a vest, you don’t have to be in the finals squad. Please order through Vicky. The vests are worn OVER your buoyancy aid, so bear that in mind when ordering yours.
This is the front of the vest. The folded shirt is to illustrate what the logo and name will look like on the vest.
and this is the rear of the vest. The folded hoody is to illustrate what the club’s initials will look like on the vest.

The Final Venue

The final is on the 24th September at Richmond Canoe Club on the River Thames. Race Venue:Ham Riverside, Ham Street, Richmond upon Thames, TW10 7RS

More details can be found here:

If you want to come and support your club, please come along. We are currently investigating accommodation options, so please contact either Neil Marley, Donna Allison or Gail Shoulder for the latest.

Here’s some images from a previous Hasler final at Richmond: