This week sees not only the biggestâ”¬Ã¡social ofâ”¬Ã¡the canoe club year, but also the best night of the year in the union.
On Thursday we'll be going to see Dr Buskerâ”¬Ã¡â”¬Ã¡at the Real Ale festival in the union. For those of you who haven't heard such Busker greats as Drunk and Disorderly, any drink will do and panda wanker, here's an example of what's to come http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xalUyAcCzVo
don't worry if you're not a beer drinker, as well as over 100 ales, they also have ciders, mead and fruit wines.
The event starts at 6pm and will cost â”¬Ãº3, sadly tickets are only available on the door.
There is also a 9 pint cask for the best pirate costume, so find those eye patches and longjohns and prepare for a brilliant night of drunken debauchery.
See you Thursday
Einstein, Alice and Cloughy
Now this may not be as exciting as Tour, but it's the last chance to get some white water practice in!
What? A trip to Dartmoor (makes a change, we normally go to Wales)
When? 11th-13th March (End week 9)
Who? Anyone :)
How much? Price to be confimed but about â”¬Ãº25
Why? Because Canoe trips a frickin' awesome
How do I get on this trip? Sign up goes live at 12pm Thursday (tomorrow), or bribe exec members with sexual favours, your choice.
Sign up or miss out!
We are putting in THREE teams (A, B and a ladies teams) for the annual tournament in Cardiff. It's an awesome weekend and a perfect warm up if you're hoping to be on the BUCS team. It's played on pitches outside (the same as BUCS) so it's ideal traning. You will also be playing teams at a similar level to BUCS so it's perfect to get an idea of what you're up against!
So when is this occuring I hear you ask? It's the weekend of week 7 (i think) which is the 26th and 27th of February. Exact details will go out nearer the time but we will be leaving on the friday afternoon/evening I expect.
There is also a social on the saturday evening so you'll be getting a lot out of your weekend in Wales!â”¬Ã¡
But that is not all!â”¬Ã¡There is also a tournament in Bristol on theâ”¬Ã¡12th of Februaryâ”¬Ã¡which is an evening do. This is the day before the Spring tournament and also the same day as the ladies league in Cheltenham. There are already 6 people signed up be we are in desperate need of a driver, either a car with roof racks or a university van/minibus driver
Sign up for both tournaments are open now!
WeÃ”Ã‡Ã–ve decided to keep our Ã”Ã‡Â£Who dares swimsÃ”Ã‡Ã˜ logo for this yearÃ”Ã‡Ã–s hoodies. â”¬Ã¡â”¬Ã¡If youÃ”Ã‡Ã–re not sure what this looks like, take a look at the back of previous years hoodies!
You get the choice of 2 types of hoodies.â”¬Ã¡ There is the Zoodie http://www.justhoods.co.uk/cs_jh050.htm (As you may have seen canoe polo players wearing recently).
Or the Varsity Hoody http://www.justhoods.co.uk/cs_jh003.htm
They will cost â”¬Ãº21.20 each, and you have a choice of any of the colours.
To sign up for one, fill out this form https://spreadsheets.google.com/viewform?formkey=dG1jY2VHLXQ4ZnFIY255WXBnNkx4c0E6MQ
I need your orders in by FRIDAY evening, and you need to get your money (cheques to WSU) to Harriet by next MONDAY (31st January)!
This Wednesday will be the first Pop/Score of the New Year for canoeists and canoe poloists!
The theme is going to be Ã”Ã‡Ã¿you wouldnÃ”Ã‡Ã–t start a night like this...Ã”Ã‡Ã–
But we will.
For anyone that hasnÃ”Ã‡Ã–t seen the adds:
(Reminiscent of last night anyone?)
This theme couldnÃ”Ã‡Ã–t be easier; torn clothes, smeared make-up, matted hair, fake blood, carrying traffic cones and eating kebabs...no one would start a night eating Viallis...
Remember to book tickets in advance,
Looking forward to it already
Alice, Einstein and Cloughy
Empty all boats thoroughly before passing them up to the balcony, the best way is by turning it upside down and tipping the boat back and forth so water leaves the cockpit. For plastic boats having water inside is just annoying, but for polo boatsâ”¬Ã¡the weight of the waterâ”¬Ã¡squashes the bumpers, meaning they have to be replaced.
For efficiency, top-and-tail each boat, resting them cockpit to cockpit, with the nose of one kayak upright and the stern of the other upright. This means we can fit far more boats on the balcony then we could if we just chucked them up.
All boats should stay up and rest against their barrier on their own. We tie them up as a precaution against accident, not to secure them.
There are three levels:
Short boats go here. Any that are too long will be pretty obvious by how far they stick out over the barrier (more then half is too much). Make sure each boat rests on the balcony railing and tie one large rope around all the playboats and against the railing. Some of the playboats are a little fat, so stop them squishing the (fragile) polo boats by putting them at a slight angle.
Polo boats here. Rest them against the wall and middle bar. Using the rope attached to the bar, tie them up every 4th boat.
Larger canoe club boats go here. Exactly the same as the polo boats, except tie them up every 3rd boat rather then every 4th.
On particularly short boats, pull the rope through the grab handle to give extra security
When tying up boats, simply pull a loop of rope over the bar and tie it round and through twice. This should hold the boats if some tool comes and knocks them all over.
Canoe polo paddles go in the cupboard (along with all other canoe polo kit), but canoe paddles go inside the bucket and get chained together using the chain attached to the bar. Place them on the top step.
(I know the photo shows them on the middle step but that was before the polo club started splashing the cash on boats)
Lastly a red rope goes across from the wall to the balcony railing around all the boats. This is just a symbol to make the plebs go away, because it's important to get rid of those pesky peasants.
You may leave stuff on the balcony over a short period of timeâ”¬Ã¡however; any item found to just be laying around there for terms at a time can and will be moved to the garage, sports centre lost property or the bin without warning. It is for putting stuff there that you will use, not your personal dumping ground. Consider yourself warned.
It's so neat and tidy PGL just let out a little wee.
Any questions ask one of the exec, they should know something.
P.S Losing a bung is punishable by death.
â”¬Ã¡If you are:
Good Afternoon One and All,
There are various courses coming up, so make sure you take full advantage of them!
All these courses cost money. Some of the courses qualify for a subsidy from the university and some of the courses we are hoping to use some sponsorship money to reduce the price. I have not included any prices because they will depend on how many people want to do the courses. Block bookings usually reduce the price. Please reply to this email with which course and when you want to do. I will then talk to LBC and come back to you with the prices.
BCU 2 Star Assessment
The club is hoping to run a 2 star assessment in Term 3, at much lower cost (though this relies on myself or Yellow successfully passing our L2 assessment in April)
Foundation Safety and Rescue Training
When?â”¬Ã¡February 5th or May 14th
Where?â”¬Ã¡Leam Boat Centre
What?â”¬Ã¡This is a one day training course, to equip you with the essential safety and rescue skills appropriate for flat water paddling. The course is a pre-requisite for coach training courses.
Open Canoe 3 Star Assessment
Who?â”¬Ã¡You know who you are.
UKCC Level 1 Coach Training and Assessment
When?â”¬Ã¡February 19th, 20th, 26th and 27th and another course at the start of the next academic year- October 1st, 2nd, 15th and 16th
What?â”¬Ã¡This 4 dayâ”¬Ã¡course encompasses both trainingâ”¬Ã¡and assessment, so you will be a fully fledged level 1 coach upon successful completion of the course. TheLevel 1â”¬Ã¡award is suitable for coaches who wish to work with paddlers from any of the competitive and non-competitive paddlesport disciplines. The Level 1 Coach can plan, deliver, and review short coaching sessions, with the support of a more qualified coach. They can work with paddlers at any stage of development; receiving specific training to coach paddlers in their first year of activity and to run taster sessions.
Who?â”¬Ã¡Generally speaking, you know who you are.
Ask me via the forum/pool/pub/email if you have any questions.