Looe Fun Race

posted 10 Aug 2017, 10:19 by Emma Riley

Thank you to everyone who attended the Looe Fun Race on Tuesday Night.
Despite the forecasts the sun came out and Looe river was at its best for the annual Fun Canoe Race sponsored by the Purely Cornish Farmshop & Deli.
With the biggest ever entry over 30 competitors competed in a range of craft from ultra fast racing kayaks, double canoes, Stand up Paddle boards and even two Surf Life Saving rescue boards!
The junior class was particularly well attended and all did extremely well to complete a longer course than previous years that took them down under Looe bridge then all the way up to Watergate a distance of over 4Km.
Many thanks to the Safety boats and local Looe businesses (Harveys Fish & Chips, Old Guys rule, Co-op, Black Dog Marine, Jack Bray & Sons).
Lightning Class - 1st Gabriel Taylor 2nd Tom Wilkes 3rd Eithan Hunt
Juniors - 1st Andre Hinves 2nd Annabelle Cabrera
General class - 1st Lawrence Watkins 2nd Gavin Court
Fun Class - 1st Sally Crabb
K1 Senior - 1st Mathew Hinves 2nd Micheal Southey 3rd James Hinves
K2 Senior – Ben and Matt Collinge

Devizes to Westminster 2017

posted 18 Apr 2017, 05:42 by Fowey RiverCC   [ updated 18 Apr 2017, 06:03 ]

So proud of team Fowey this year what great performances from both paddlers and support crews to give Fowey their best overall results this year. With 5 boats entered we achieved a 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th. We also managed to get two senior crews in the top 5, something that is not often achieved especially not by a club as small as ours, this is something that should be rewarded in its self.

Devizes to Westminster International Canoe Race (DW) is a 125 mile long race with 77 portages held annually over the Easter weekend. There is two ways of the completing this ultra-marathon; straight through or in stages. Senior crews in K2’s (doubles) have to complete the challenge in one go paddling straight through the night. Whereas senior K1 boats (singles) complete the race in stages over the 4 days of the Easter bank holiday weekend. Junior K2’s also have to complete the in stages but have an extra challenge of having to camp overnight after each days racing. The DW is a real challenge which requires much preparation and support throughout.

Fowey River Canoe Club entered five boats into this year’s race; 2 senior K2 boats, 2 junior K2 boats, and a senior K1.

Dan Palmer and Ryan Pearce were one of our senior crew boats this year who completed the race straight through with a fantastic time of 18 hours 17 minutes and 8 seconds, taking 3rd place. This was Dan’s first ever straight through race (despite a fantastic history of results in the junior event) so an amazing achievement for such a young paddler. An extra congratulations is needed for Ryan who this year completed his 8th DW race, allowing him to join the 1000 mile club, a fantastic achievement which requires lots of dedication and motivation.

Michael Southey and Harry Gilbert were our other senior crew boat who completed the race in 18 hours 54 minutes and 8 seconds, placing 5th. Well done boys! This was both Mike’s and Harry’s second straight through race and they managed to beat Harrys previous time by over an hour and a half despite the poor conditions this year.

Matthew Collinge and Tom Steer were our youngest paddlers to enter the race and completed the Junior 4 day stages race in a time of 17 hours 42 minutes and 24 seconds, taking 4th in this junior men event. An amazing result for an inexperienced crew. This was Matt’s first DW race and Tom’s second who beat his previous time by nearly 2 hours.

Alice Bray and Wey paddler Jemima Young were our other Junior K2, who completed the stages race in a time of 19 hours 36 minutes and 4 seconds, taking 1st place in the junior ladies race by nearly 2 hours. Such a fantastic result for a crew who have only paddled together a couple of times previously.

Our final boat this year was Lena Kraus who entered into the senior ladies K1 race and completed the stages event with a time of 20 hours 15 minutes and 37 seconds, placing 2nd in this event. Well done Lena for improving your previous time by 1 and a half hours, fantastic work.

Not only did our Fowey paddlers receive some fantastic individual results, we also entered into the trans-class team trophy where the results for the clubs fastest senior double are, junior double and senior single are combined. Fowey won this trophy with by 8 hours a fantastic achievement by Matt, Tom, Ryan, Dan and Lena whose times were combined. Well done everyone.

Once again this would not be possible without the dedication of the whole club in supporting these paddlers throughout the races. Or without the support, dedication or guidance from our coach Brian Greenaway who we would all like to thank. Well done team Fowey!


Above - Fowey Paddlers at Westmister Bridge (from left to right; Lena Kraus, Alice Bray, Jemima Young, Dan Palmer, Ryan Pearce, Harry Gilbert, Tom Steer and Matt Collinge)
Below - Team Fowey 2017 at Westminster Bridge

Senior Crews finish (from left to right; Harry Gilbert, Michael Southey, Dan Palmer and Ryan Pearce)

Waterside C and D 2017

posted 18 Apr 2017, 05:25 by Fowey RiverCC

Amazing results seen once again at both races from team Fowey, despite the very little flow on the canal.

 Waterside C

Fantastic results seen from our senior crews with Dan Palmer and Ryan Pearce placing second and Harry Gilbert and Michael Southey took 4th place. Well done boys! Our junior boys crew also showed an improvement this race and took 3rd place, with Matt gaining his first ever Waterside mug. Our junior ladies, Alice Bray and Zoe Hurrel, had a great event and came first.

We also saw great results from our K1 boats as well. Lena Kraus placed 3rd in the senior ladies, Chloe Dobbs placed 2nd in the junior ladies and Ally Parritt had a good race with no swimming this time.

 Waterside D

Outstanding results from all Fowey paddlers once again, with the sun shining for once as well.

Ryan and Dan left their best race until last, winning the senior mens race comfortably and being only 2 minutes of a club PB, despite the lack of flow. Dan and Ryan also took the win for the series. Great work boys! Michael and Harry took 4th place in Waterside D and placed 3rd overall in the series, a great result and allowed harry to improve his previous Waterside D time by over 30 minutes. Matt and Tom placed 2nd in the junior mens waterside D race, and managed to take 1st place for the series by 30mins. Great effort from these two, they should be proud. The Combined times of these three crews gave Fowey the win for the team trophy with a lead of over 2 hours on the next team. This is a fantastic achievement for the club seeming how small our club is compared to others.

Its not just all about the boys though. Alice Bray took on the race with new partner Jemima Young from Wey Canoe club. Despite only paddling together once before and with stability problems from early on in the race, they achieved 1st place in the junior ladies K2 event by 25 minutes. Great work girls!

Lena and Chloe also raced for us this year in K1. Lena places as the 2nd lady in waterside D and for the series, despite suffering with an injury from the previous race. Chloe also placed 2nd in the junior ladies race and series, a fantastic result for such a young and dedicated paddler.


Well done to all of the support crews who rose to the occasion to achieve such fantastic results to make all of this success possible. Also a big thank you to Brian Greenaway without whom this would not be possible.


Waterside A and B 2017

posted 6 Mar 2017, 04:35 by Fowey RiverCC

It's that time of year again! 

Many of our paddlers at Fowey River Canoe Club have been taking part in the first two (of four) races in the Waterside series. After the first two races the club has seen some great overall series results. 

We have two crews in the senior men K2 category, the first of which is Dan Palmer and Ryan Pearce who are currently coming third in the series with a time of 04:11:42. Our other senior crew is Michael Southey and Harry Gilbert who are currently placed sixth with a time of 04:16:09. Well done all. In the junior men K2 race we only have one crew this year, Matthew Collinge and Thomas Steer, who are doing extremely well and are currently placed first for the series with a time of 04:33:50. Great Work!

It's not just all about the boys this year, we also have a few of the ladies from the club who have entered the races. This year we have a junior ladies crew of Alice Bray and Zoe Hurrell (a paddler from Addlestone canoe club) who are currently first in the series, with the next junior ladies crew 40 minutes behind them. Alice and Zoe have a current series time of 04:55:30, great work girls. Chloe Dobbs has entered the series in K1 this year and is doing well with a current time of 06:09:35, she is currently coming third in the junior ladies race. That's not it for the girls as we also have Lena Kraus who has entered the series in K1 and is currently placed second in the senior ladies race, with a time of 05:21:56. Well done all and good luck for the next two races in the series.

Some of our club members have not entered the series but have also had some great results for the club. 

John Edyvean has had some partner changes but came seventh in the mixed K2 race with Emma Riley at Waterside A. John also came fourteenth in the senior mens K2 race with Steve Riley at Waterside B. Which was a good result seeing as this is the first time the have paddled together. Benji Cabrera is our youngest paddler to enter the race this year, only 12 on the day of the race, he had a good result with a time of 02:29:26 at Waterside A. Well done Benji a great result for your first ever Waterside race. Last but not least, well done to Ally Parritt who despite swimming four times also completed her first ever Waterside race yesterday at Waterside B. Well done Ally!

Congratulations to all the paddlers who entered the first two races and good luck to all of the paddlers and support crews entering Waterside C and D.

From left to right:
Top - Lena Kraus, Alice Bray and Zoe Hurrell, Chloe Dobbs
Middle - Matthew Collinge and Tom Steer, Ryan Pearce and Dan Palmer, Michael Southey and Harry Gilbert
Bottom - Ally Parritt, John Edyvean and Emma Riley, Benji Cabrera 

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