Newsletter No 16

Possible Return to Paddling? Pointy Boats (Marathon and sprint) & Fundraising by Shopping at Scawby Co-op.

Possible Return to Paddling?

Although we are still awaiting formal confirmation of  details from British Canoeing It looks like we will be able to start river paddling again in the near future!!!!

There are still many regulations and restrictions we must follow but things look more encouraging that a few months ago.

From 8 March, people are allowed to leave home for recreation and exercise outdoors either alone, with their household or support bubble, or with one person from outside their household.   This means that if you have your own kit, its  acceptable to now paddle with a person who is not from your household. The current lockdown guidelines in England do however still say  that  recreational paddling is a permitted form of exercise but that it should be  limited to once a day, staying local and following other distancing guidelines. Full details of these guidelines were published on 7 January 2021 by British Canoeing .

What will change on the 29 March is that  outdoor gatherings of either 6 people (the Rule of 6) or 2 households will be allowed again and  that outdoor sports facilities like our facilities will be allowed to reopen for club members  for them to be able to take part in formally organised outdoor sports.

With this date in mind and because we have arrangements in place for running  “rule of Six” paddle sessions  we are hoping to start  up again  a few limited sessions for paddlers who have some experience  and who have been in a boat previously.  These sessions are likely to take place from Thursday 8 April   when we hope to have general paddling sessions  and on  Saturday 10 April with a Marathon Session for  more experienced paddlers.

Please be aware that this all could change if  restrictions are re-introduced by HMG or BC  or  there are issues  with coach availability.

We will let you know more details on times and  booking requirements closer to the date but, keep your fingers crossed and lets hope to be back on the water soon!!!

Stay Safe

David, Safety Officer.

Pointy Boats (Marathon and sprint)

Now that the weather is improving and we have some provisional dates for returning to outdoor sports it is time to check out your gear, polish your boat and think about getting down to the river.

  • All being well we will be starting Saturday afternoon Marathon/Sprint sessions at Easter.  These will initially be for anyone who is already familiar with pointy boat paddling and will last between 1 and 2 hours depending on participants and weather.
  • British Canoeing has cancelled the Hasler marathon competition for this season which runs until the end of August but we still hope to be able to compete at a local level.  As part of the Yorkshire and Humberside region we will have a number of marathon and sprint events for you to enjoy. Some of these will be based in Brigg whilst others will take place Manvers and other sites.  Keep watching out for details.
  • Junior Racing – The racing structure has been changed to allow under 14s to compete in either mini-K1s (Lightnings) or ordinary K1s and K2s.  Previously junior racing was restricted to under 12s in Lightnings but the new structure will allow better progression between Junior racing and the normal 4 mile Hasler races.
  • Full Hasler racing will start again in September so we have the summer to hone our skills, improve our fitness and prepare to thrash the opposition.

Join us on the water as soon as the restrictions are lifted!

Graham, Disciplines Officer.

Fundraising by Shopping at Scawby Co-op.

You can now raise money for GSCC every time you shop at Scawby Co-op! The Lincolnshire Co-op, Scawby branch is having GSCC as their community champions between March-June 2021. Every time a co-op member shops in the Scawby branch then a donation will be made to GSCC, this is great for us as a club bringing in cash ready for when we can reopen fully and safely. Tell your family and friends to shop at Scawby Co-op!!

Stay safe everyone and hope to see you soon