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Lake Bala October 2019

A beautiful sunny day on Lake Bala for the touring paddlers. We did try canoe sailing but there wasn't enough wind.
Lake Bala 2019 

October 2019 Banbury Hasler

October 2019 Banbury Hasler
Team Solihull had an eventful day at Banbury today: 
1st in Div 1 for Thomas Lusty
4th in Div 4 for for Mark Wevill
2nd in Div 6 and promotion to Div 5 for Harry Allen
1st in Div 9 and promotion straight to Div 6 (oops) for Tom Moseley!
Creditable mid Div 9 finish for Isabella.

And oh no! Julia & Conrad (pictured wet,cold & not very happy) broke their rudder and fell into the canal before the first corner. As they discovered that: 
The Oxford Canal is very cold in October, the silt is an interesting olive green colour and K2 kayaks cannot be controlled without a rudder.
Mooring a narrowboat in the middle of the race start for a well publicised race is very stupid. Yes, they  rammed it as did others including Mark.

But well done team especially the terrific Tom's. And that's it for Hasler races before the winter's over.

2019 Hasler marathon finals in Southampton

2019 Hasler Finals
Team Solihull were invited to compete in the Hasler finals yet again as one of the top Midlands clubs in 2019. And despite a much smaller team than many we came 3rd! The wind conditions were incredible - kudos to Mark, Conrad and Melissa for staying in their boats in 40mph wind and water that resembled the ocean! And well done to Tom Lusty for his 4th place in Division 1 despite having spent the last year training in the GB squad for 1000m sprint races, not 18000m marathon races!

Tom on top again at the Open Sprint Regatta September 2019

Open regatta
GB paddler Tom Lusty won a fist full of medals at the Open Regatta at Holme Pierrpoint on the weekend. He claimed both the K1 500 &1000m gold medals and finished second in the men’s open K1 200m final. He was also in the K4 that won the 1000m gold and finished 3rd in the K2 500m with clubmate Nacho. Well done team!

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