On most Thursday evenings through the summer we arrange a coastal paddle on Southampton Water, The Solent or nearby, though we do avoid evenings when we would be getting on or off the water at low tide when the mud can be rather fierce. Typically we try to meet at the start car park at around 7pm which means leaving Basingstoke at 6pm. These paddles are weather dependant so please phone the organiser on Monday evening between 7 and 9pm to check the forecast and confirm the paddling venue.
Organiser's names will be added to the list of planned paddles below. However, if none are shown please contact Peter Mansell on a Wednesday evening for further information or on 01256 780334 to check the weather.
For the current weather at the Bramble Bank (where Southampton Water meets the Solent) click here. Typically force 4 (16 knots) is a reasonable limit for comfortable paddling.
These trips are intended for long (4 metres +) kayaks and not for modern river or play boats. However the Club does have a selection of sea kayaks that can be borrowed, for more information click here. Please note that as an early departure from Basingstoke is needed to reach the coast by 7pm you will need to arrange transport if you borrow a club kayak.
The planned paddles for 2016 can be found on the Club calendar on the right of any page of the website or see below:
- 5th May - Cracknore, paddle towards Eling
- 19th May - Portchester
- 26th May - Lepe towards Bucklers Hard
- 2nd June - Lepe to Gurnard (dinner at the Woodvale)
- 9th June - Lepe towards Bucklers Hard
- 16th June - Lepe to Gurnard (dinner at the Woodvale) - or Portchester
- 30th June - Lepe to Gurnard (dinner at the Woodvale) - or Hamble
- 28th July - Hamble
- 11th August - Weston
- 25th August - Weston