For Sale – Palm Sidewinder Trousers

Palm Sidewinder dry trousers.

Bought from Ebay (used) in haste before our last trip to the Alps.

They are size small (which I am not!) so I did not take them.

Black and Grey.

07776 308671

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Sunday 13th August: River Stour Paddle (Bures to Nayland)

A river paddle from Bures to Nayland.
(All members welcome)

Trip Organiser: Mike Dalby (

Meeting & Briefing Time: 10.00hrs
Meeting Point : Bures recreational ground, 4 Nayland Road, Bures, Suffolk CO8 ‎Approx. 150m walk to launch point. Limited parking.
Car ferries to Nayland to be arranged on the day
Paddle distance: Approx. 9.5 km (6 miles) one way
Paddle Time: Approx. 2-3 hours.
Finish Point: The Anchor Inn, 26 Court Street, Nayland, Colchester CO6 4JL.

If you are planning to join us then please can you email the Trip Organiser, Mike Dalby direct.

The Paddle

An easy introduction to river paddling suitable for all BCC members. A very scenic and historic river made famous by the Constable paintings.

There are several 4 portages including 3 weirs on route. All 3 weirs can be shot by those confident to do so. All 3 can also be portaged easily for those not wishing to shoot them.

There is a very slight current and occasional shallow spot, occasionally narrowing through some reed beds, but still easily navigable. We’ll arrange suitable drop off and pick up transportation – parking is available at both ends, but Bures recreational ground is known on occasions to be busy early on.

On arriving at Nayland, the landing place is about 50m from where you can park your car.

And finally… on completing the paddle, no doubt there will be a few paddlers that will choose to stay on for a drink or two in the Anchor Inn.

Kit List (other than the obvious kayak, and paddle)

Buoyancy aid – you will not be allowed to paddle without one
Spray deck (optional, but recommended)
Dry cag / trousers (something to keep out the wind/rain)
Footwear (wetsuit boots or old trainers)
Food (e.g. sandwiches/snacks/cereal bars – remember it has to fit in your kayak)
Drink (e.g. water, energy drink, thermos / hot refreshments)
Anti-bacterial hand gel (to use before you eat your sandwiches)
Sun cream (hopefully)
River Fees: Possibly.

Safety note:

Any children (under 18 years) will need to be accompanied by an adult (who is also paddling) and a Parental Responsibility form will need to be signed and handed to the event organiser before or on the day of the event.

Can I borrow equipment?

Yes. If you are interested in borrowing some equipment, then please stating the ‘Bures to Nayland River Paddle’ in the subject box.

If you’re coming along then please email Mike Dalby ( or leave a comment below.


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Wavesport Diesel 80 – NOW SOLD

One nearly new (bought new November 2016) Wavesport Diesel 80 in excellent condition in 2017 specification and  “Black Ice”  colour with the Blackout fitting.

Has been used on only three occasions:

  • November trip to the Lune
  • Tryweryn this spring
  • safety boating on Gosfield lake a couple of weeks back

Wavesport’s description –


They’ve called it the 4×4 of kayaks. Runs rapids like a fast creekboat with a hull that will also spin on green waves. It is indeed, all that and more. Peaked deck for resurfacing – check. A honed combination of planing hull and continuous rocker for ultimate agility – check. Our trusty BlackOut Outfitting – check. Meet the SUV of river running.

BlackOut Outfitting utilises our standard lightweight seat system and our popular textured black pads.”

Full specs – here

Selling because I now have a Habitat 80 for w/w use and am not likely to use this much – if at all.

A bargain at £400!

Kevin – 07901 741838 or

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Blackwater Estuary Paddle

Setting Off

Osea Island

No Wind

Four paddlers turned out on Sunday for a paddle from West Mersea to Osea Island. We paddled into a light westerly but with a good tide running. Conditions were overcast with some sunny breaks but this made it an atmospheric paddle. We landed on the best beach in the Blackwater which is on the end of Osea Island for a snack break and then set off to paddle round the Island. It was at this moment that Pete announced that the car park we were in would close at 8pm so we set a steady pace on the return journey, this was also when the wind that had been in our faces on the way down and would have helped us back dropped to nothing. We arrived back with just enough time to load and get out of the car park. A great paddle at a faster pace than normal.
Hope to be out again shortly but I’ll make it a shorter paddle at an easier pace!

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Blackwater Estuary Paddle tomorrow 16th July

Late advice but I am going for a paddle on the Blackwater estuary tomorrow meeting in the grass car park on Victoria Esplanade, West Mersea at 2pm. The club has 2 sea boats and it would be great to see these in use. High tide is approx 6pm so paddle will extend into early evening. General forecast is for light westerlies and cloudy. I will definitely be paddling but it would be great to have company.

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