Feb 24

Ed Retires

He Inspired us all Bradford on Avon paddler, Ed McKeever crosses the finish line completing a golden paddling career

Ed McKeever MBE, the fastest man on water at the London 2012 Olympic Games announced his retirement from the sport of canoe sprint today, after an impressive career spanning a 17 year period that saw him regularly on the podium at World and European Championships and in the World Cup Series.

For a summary of his paddling career  and an excellent video  visit 


Feb 24

Go Paddling Courses for 2017 Timetable announced

Bradford on Avon Canoe Club ‘Go Paddling Courses’ for 2017

Course 1: 20th April, 27th April, 4th May and 11th May.

Course 2: 25th May, 1st June, 8th June and 15th June.

Course 3: 29th June, 6th July, 13th July and 20th July.

Course 4: September dates to be confirmed.

Duration all Courses: 4 weeks, held on Thursday evenings.

Time: 6pm start to finish by 8pm

Cost £40 (cheques made payable to Bradford on Avon Rowing Club).

Course Details and  Consent Form (must be completed) – click on links below.


For booking contact Mike Purchas [email protected]

We held 4 learn to canoe courses in 2015 and in 2016 and our current members include paddlers from these courses.

The club has some very stable Dagger kayaks that are suitable for absolute novices and we also have variety of other kayaks available for use by novice paddlers.


Course Details                                Consent Form



Jul 24

First Aid Course

6-hour adult First Aid Course by EFA Training

For Rowing and Canoeing members.

Date: Saturday 19th November 2016

Time: 9.00 am to 3.30 pm

Venue: Girl Guides Headquarters – Church Street, BOA, (To be confirmed)

Max No: 12 places.

Approx. cost: £25 per person. (To be confirmed)


Adult resuscitation, choking, unconscious patient, bleeding and scene management / awareness, chest pains, bleeds and burns, fainting, bites and stings, sprains and strains, heat and cold, hypothermia and drowning.

* This course is essential for all adult members of the club and for those members requiring to update their First Aid requirements.

* Please note the club is subsidising the cost of this course, the true cost would be approx. £60 per person.

* To be able to run this course we require a minimum of 10 members. Please sign up and let Mike Purchas know by the 15th Oct. [email protected], or tel: 01225 760632.

First Aid course BOARC    <see Mike’s form

Jul 11

Bradford Race Weekend 2016

The Bradford racing weekend took place on 23/24th July under cloudy sky’s and the occasional down pours that sent everyone running for cover.

Saturday saw just short of 50 paddlers race from Bathampton, towards Bath before turning and racing back upstream to Bradford on Avon.
The Bath to Bradford race has been run almost continuously since the late 50’s and is considered one of the early establishment races that originally started  Long Distance Kayak racing, now known as Marathon racing a sport that is world wide, but particularly strong in UK, Europe, Australia and South Africa.
It is a difficult course of around 10 miles upstream with portages that require considerable skill and some climbing of weir faces!  Five in total;  the last is the sign you are only 1 mile from the finish and a well deserved rest!   The complications on the course also extend to swans, summer swimmers, reeds that have a tendency to catch hold of your paddle and result in a swim for the unwary and you paddle against the flow!
However despite some downpours just prior to briefing on Saturday afternoon, the mass start saw some close and competitive racing.  Results are elsewhere on the website but needless to say Bradford paddlers featured in the medals.  Everyone enjoyed themselves and appreciated the ‘old style’ racing that this event dishes out in spades!   This is a course that tests even the best and will catch you out!
With around 30 overnight campers on the Boathouse lawn Sundays race; the Bradford Circuit, part of the south west and national Hasler series, saw approaching 180 paddlers aged from 10 to 80 plus!
The circuit courses of 4, 8 and 12 miles were fought over in both K1 and K2 and again there was a high standard of racing with many bunched together jockeying for position in the final sprint to the line.  Results are on the website of the Marathon Racing Committee. Teams came from across the South West from as far as Truro and it was pleasing to see a good contingent from the London area.
The weather was kinder to us on Sunday although there was considerable rain overnight and this together with Saturdays rain made the increase in river depth welcome for some,  but also unwelcome for other reasons….the portage up Greenland Weir face ( nice and short but a little tricky ) had to be replaced by the longer run of 200mtrs round to re enter the river……and that’s twice!!
The weekend produced a healthy income for the club which will go towards new equipment and maintenance of existing fleet of kayaks.
Jul 06

Winter Tuesday Night Gym Sessions

Make a note in your diaries: Winter Training starts in November.

Keep Fit, Get Fit, Join In, Canoeing and Rowing Land based Circuit Training.

Date: First session starts 1th November 2016 until

21th March 2017.

When: Tuesday Nights 6 p.m to 7 p.m

Where: St Laurence School Gymnasium.

Cost: Just £2 per session


For details   see Keep Fit 2016-2017

Mar 08

Captains report for February

Hello Everyone
With the end of our winter fast approaching and with it the last few events of the head season upon us, its certainly about time for another rowing bulletin.
Firstly, a big thank you to everyone that helped look out for the club when the Avon was in spate – luckily the river didn’t quite come up onto the lawn but we were well prepared in any case, with shells lashed down and ergos reclining in the inverted position. 
Training wise, we only had a week where the river was really not rowable. Overall it feels like all sections of the club have managed to make the most of what has been quite a mild season so far with some really nice training conditions, albeit with little racing to speak of until the last few weeks. 
On the racing front, the club was gearing up for a bash at the Bristol head but unfortunately the organisers made the decision to call off the event the evening before, leaving a becalmed Mike Smith raging with indignation the next day while rigging the Moonraker in obviously calm conditions.
The club wasn’t to have any such impediments for Avon Spring however, with the Manson and Short eights duking it out on the Saltford reach, only seven second separating them – the Manson Mas G crew narrowly missing out on the fastest masters handicap time by 2 seconds to a Minerva Bath Mas D crew. 
Luckily we wont have long to wait for a rematch, with both crews and the MBRC boat (in slightly different formats and lineups) racing in the Vets Head on the tideway, coming up on the 20th
Whether they have the form to beat the mixed mas B LRC/ Bradford composite is another matter entirely…
With this head being the last gasp of the long distance winter season, its time to look forward to the warm summery regattas – the women’s squad is already lining up for some local regatta racing and it would be great if we could get the whole club out to one event – suggestions to me and ill get us organized. 
Before we get around to racing in skins and keeping well hydrated however, there is the small matter of the boatrace. Louise T has very nicely had a word with the canal tavern and they have agreed to show the race on the 27th – perfect for post training hydration of a slightly different nature. 
The times are Women’s Boat Race – 3.10 pm, Osiris v Blondie – 3.25 pm, Isis v. Goldie – 3.40 pm, The Boat Race – 4.10 pm.

so come down whenever. 

On the subject of social events, again our womens squad are trailblazing with their beach activities – feel free to join in the regular breakfasts at the lock inn after a weekend sesh. VC Ching should be able to let you know when they are happening. 
That’s all for now apart from good luck to all those racing and don’t forget that we have the Bradford enclosure at HRR again (just downstream of the Bucks corporate hostility enclosures) so don’t forget there are camping opportunities coming up. Put the dates in your diaries. 
Sep 13

Annual General Meeting

Dear BOARC members,

The Bradford on Avon Rowing Club Annual General Meeting 2015 will take place at 7.30pm on Monday 9th November, at the Bradford on Avon Rugby Club (Winsley).
At this meeting, annual reports will be provided by the Chairman, Treasurer, Captain of Boats and Commodore of Canoes.
This is also the occasion when next year’s committee members are voted in.
Club members over the age of 18 may stand for positions on the committee. I will shortly send out a list of the committee positions together with a brief explanation  of what each role entails. This will also be posted on the notice board at the club. Please check thiscarefully if you feel that you would like to stand for a Committee post, to ensure that you are able to fulfil the requirements. One important criterion for all positions is that you are able to attend monthly Committee meetings.
The nomination process 
Twenty one days before the AGM, a notice will be placed on the club notice board inviting the nominations of candidates as Officers of the Club or members of the committee. It will remain there for 14 days.
Anyone wishing to stand for a position should enter their name, together with the names of proposing and seconding members, seven clear days before the date of the AGM.
If any posts remain vacant on the nomination sheet, they may be filled by members in attendance at the AGM.
Raising issues at the AGM
If any club member wishes to raise an issue at the AGM, they must inform me in writing either by e-mail at [email protected], or by leaving a letter addressed to me pinned to the club notice board, no less than three weeks before the date of the AGM.
In summary the dates are as follows:
19/10/ 2015 Final date for giving notice to Secretary of issues to be raised at AGM
List for nominations goes up on club notice board

2/11/ 2015 Closing date for nominations for committee

9/11/2015 AGM
Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you would like any further information.
With kind regards,
Anne-Marie Leflaive
Club Secretary