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    Default Carting a load of wood around- Canoefest- Part 2 Beale Park

    The Beale Park show is a traditional wooden boat show held around a lagoon off the River Thames at Lower Basildon near Pangbourne. Its lovely relaxed event where you meet likeminded folks to talk wooden craft, meet old friends and make new. It was the ideal home for the next stage of OCA Canoefest to teach more style paddling in a quiet, non moving water environment. For me I swapped hats completely and with help from other members spent 3 days promoting the WCHA. I managed to get some sailing and paddling in too. For the main show days there is a bar and food vendors on site.





    We got to re-launch Felix's Canoe. This is an 1890's Thomas Gordon which was given to me as head of the WCHA and which I passed on to Alick to restore and get back on the water. he did a fabulous job and the canoe is stunning.















    Frank too was up at 6am. Looking at the faces I think we can tell that the dog had nicked Franks breakfast!



    Frank had this lovely Tiger Maple paddle which was his pride and joy and which unfortunately snapped during a display paddle; anyone else would have been looking at the fish but Frank held his poise. Shame about the paddle; it broke because he was using a far larger canoe than normal.





    Charles was up too putting a Lake Constance Felicity through her paces





    I managed to get a sail up on my 1900 Peterborough and let Greg have a sail too but it was slightly more relaxed that what he is used to.





    Ian Purkiss had three of his own canoes on site too











    You can pay to glamp at Beale Park if you wish



    I had all of Downcreeks demo paddles on display and available for use.



    It was a very relaxed weekend





    John Wilkinson of Valkyrie Craft had come over from Northern Island and had some wonderful craft on show; Alan is tempted!



    Frank has been wanting to paddle my Chestnut for a few years now so he got the opportunity. Charles too was a t home in a craft from his homeland. Their paddling skills gave me the opportunity to assess the condition of the underside of the hull!















    It's nice to see such a beautiful canoe being paddled properly without my bulk forcing the bow skywards.






    So that's it. We had a great time. The gear is now all stowed; the washing machine is working overtime and I have caught the sun.

    I hope that all our overseas guests got home safely and would like to thank them for coming over to share their skills and knowledge.

    Thanks to all who did and helped with the organisation and for those who came with wooden canoes. A special thanks to Alan Mellor who let a group of guys armed with saw, spanner and hammer loose on his canoe. We managed to reduce the beam from 42" by about 3" and created a far nicer looking canoe that will now fit easier through a gate!!

    More next year but wait a minute...there is the English Canoe Symposium later in the year on Windermere.; see you there!!
    Get Paddling!

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    Lovely to see the result from the Felix canoe gift.
    Sort of elderly canoe porn overall.

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    You have a decent camera and an eye for a picture Nick, I enjoyed that .
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    I enjoyed that a great deal - especially the whole Felix story.
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    A great weekend. Some serious paddling by some . . . .

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    and some serious boat envy . . . .

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    Great reportage. Good to hear it all went well. Must come along one of these years.
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    Canoefest 2017 @ Beale Park



    ***** In Words - as penned elsewhere ****

    Years ago, Mark-Jan Dielemans​ was instrumental in popularising quietwater "style" canoeing within Europe. He ran International Symposia and attracted enthusiasts from far and wide. These had quite an impact, and many look back fondly on (for example) tandem Freestyle demonstrations from European enthusiasts Wouter​ and Annemieke Kieboom​.

    Here in the UK, Colin Broadway​ and others ensured these same traditions gained exposure and in recent years, Freestyle and "Canadian" style have become staples at our annual Canoe Symposia. In addition, Brits have travelled across the channel for more, including to Kringelfieber. In 2015 a few of us built on this by hosting our inaugural Quietwater Plus conclave with Mark Maier​ and Lennart Bal​.

    This week, we have been at it again. Mark-Jan arranged for Paddle Canada guru Charles Burchill​ and ACA Freestyle gurus Jörg Wagner​ and Sebastian Stetter​ to be the main draw at Canoefest 2017... and by the final weekend, home grown talents were running short workshops in both traditions of quietwater "style" canoeing.

    The thanks of all concerned go to Mark-Jan for making all of this possible, and to the visiting specialists (including Frank Münker​). All contributed to a truly wonderful Canoefest, and to one which will hopefully kick-start the growth of our home-grown "quietwater plus" community

    ***** In Pictures ****

    We'd got my mentor, Jörg Wagner...



    ...and his protégé, Sebastian Stetter of Lake Constance Canoes:



    ...and after years of correspondence from across the pond, we finally got Charles Burchill onto British waters:



    Before long, the Style enthusiasts were on the water in workshops with our visiting gurus...



    These included SoTP Stalwart Bootstrap Bob...



    ...and Andy Oughton, of Bliss Trail fame, looking rather dashing:



    Lude was over from the Netherlands...



    Which helped with conversations with our mutual friend Frank...



    In a development I'd not anticipated, dearest daughter decided the Assistant Instructor course appealed to her... so completed the whole lot...



    During the days we were mostly on the water, but did gather briefly ashore at one point...



    In truth, most discussions took place after dinner, around the campfire. No photos of that... so here's one of us doing the same thing in the middle of the day



    At the end, Charles, Jörg and Sebastian presented "Assistant Instructor" certificates to those who'd worked through the training...


    Thanks one and all for a great few days

    ***** In Pictures ****

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    Now for a few asides... starting with one fine evening, when I found Nick enjoying the last of the sunshine...



    ...and one from another evening:



    I'd only wandered down to take a photo, but couldn't resist an invitation to float around...



    Didn't really go anywhere as we didn't even have a light breeze... but enjoyed going no-where



    Once the training was complete, Frank also also got to grips with canoe sailing...



    He used my Dumoine: basically a shorter version of the Temegami that Colin and Davis are using for their Canoe-Around-Britain expedition...



    Last but not least, a shot from just before we loaded up to head home....


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    Held this one back from the blog - caption competition time?


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    Looks like another good meet, I'd have popped in had I not been significantly further south.

    My only concern is that this thread does nothing to debunk the theory about open canoeists, hats, and beards.....
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mal Grey View Post
    Looks like another good meet, I'd have popped in had I not been significantly further south.

    My only concern is that this thread does nothing to debunk the theory about open canoeists, hats, and beards.....
    Brilliant observation Mr Grey. I think I'd have looked right at home among them. Must go some time.

    MarkL is right too, a form of aged canoe Porn in those superbly taken photos.
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    That looks lovely - wish I'd stayed for the Beale Park bit now. Great pictures Nick & Greg! Was great meeting you both at Hay!

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    Some great photos there from Nick and Greg that captured the spirit nicely. I thoroughly enjoyed my time at Beale Park doing the training even though I forgot my sunscreen. Charles, Jörg and Sebastian were great teachers and hopefully I picked up some of their traits.
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    Some beautiful wood on show, in both canoes and paddles. thanks Nick and Greg for the nice pics.

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    Right here we go, a few photos of mine:


    Its all your fault


    Now in case you don't know these are the Gentlemen of the WCHA. Seen here breaking Alan's canoe, possibly because he is not wear a hat? The Taste and Judgement Panel of the WCHA had decided that Alan's canoe was too wide, so the panel had removed and cut down the thwarts, then, with the aid of some straps, had squeezed the canoe in a bit!


    It went from having a beam this wide to....this.



    But luckily for all there was no sound of snapping wood and the canoe looked a lot better after the bodgers, I mean craftsmen, had been at work ...Ruby the cyclops dog seemed to like it!


    Laughing boy Andy found it funny



    Charles shows how to smile whilst portaging





    The WCHA sales team had no luck in selling Sam's beautiful 1920's 18ft Old Town. See here being paddled by Jorg.


    More selling by Alick.


    Canoe restoration by Alick


    and again...



    He was sooo happy.


    John glides one of his beautiful skin on frame Valkyrie canoes.


    Sam contemplates...


    Andy planes!!


    But like all the best films we will finish by paddling off into the sun set.


    Ta for looking
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    Lovely pictures Andy and more lovely canoes than you can shake a paddle at...

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    Thanks Peter, the light in the evening was fantastic so more of a case of 'f8 and be there' than my ability.
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    You should think about taking up photography as a living Andy; some reasonable composition there

    Quote Originally Posted by flat cap Andy View Post
    Thanks Peter, the light in the evening was fantastic so more of a case of 'f8 and be there' than my ability.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Blott View Post
    You should think about taking up photography as a living Andy; some reasonable composition there
    Making a living out of photography? That would be nice!
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    Lovely pictures guys and those wooden boats were all fabulous. Looks like the second half was even more chilled than Hay. Can't wait for the next one.
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