Christmas paddle - 15 December 2009

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In the end, we had 44 people on the Christmas paddle. Mince pies were eaten, mullen wine was drunk and carols were sung.

There are photos from Dan and from Ian. Also from Emma

It is a club tradition that on a Tuesday in December as many THCC members as possible take a paddle to the beach just past Tower Bridge for mulled wine, mince pies and perhaps a song or two. The date for this year is Tuesday 15 December.

How this works

  • 1 star paddlers - you are taken out by Level Three coaches, the number we can take depends on how many coaches want to come. We run a first come waiting list and will confirm numbers closer to the date.
  • 2 star paddlers - you guys are welcome and need to be buddied with a three star paddler. You will get matched up and numbers will be restricted by the number of 3 star buddies we have.
  • 3 star and above paddlers - you guys can look after yourself, but we wouldd love you to offer to be buddies to our 2 stars, so that they get to come as well. Please confirm that you are happy to buddy if you are.
  • L2 coaches, 4 star sea paddlers & other experienced paddlers - we would love to use you guys to lead groups and support the L3 coaches. Please let us know if you are willing to do that.


Will there be any other coaching happening on the 15th?
No, there will not be any coaches or any planned L2 cover on the basin.
Can I book a boat?
Boats are first come first served as on any Tuesday night. You will only get annoyed on the evening if you try to book one.
How do we get the mulled wine there?
People will be asked to bring their flasks in the week before so we can have them ready.
Do I need a head torch and other lights?
Everyone will need a head-torch for the paddle - if you attend without one you may not be allowed on the water as we need to make ourselves seen on the Thames. All round white light will also need to be distributed amongst the groups. Please bring one if you have one.

So what happens next?

  • Sign up using the on-line form. Access to the form is via the forum. Note that you do need to be logged in to the forum.
  • If you have a 3 star (or more) and are happy to buddy please indicate on the form.
  • If you are a coach, buddying may mean leading or assisting with a group.