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Slalom Updates

The last couple of weeks have seen several of our  members competing in slalom events, firstly we had our own slalom at West Tanfield and last week was Oughtibridge Slalom.

Results below:

Slenningford Saturday:

Beth Walker 2nd place officials, 1st place C1W Div 3                                    Tabitha Percy 1st K1W Div 2 and promoted to Div 1                                    Josh Brown 2nd K1M Div 3                                                                                            Dowi Burkinshaw 6th K1M Div 3                                                                                Andrew Currell 14th K1M Div 3                                                                                  Olivia Currell 4th K1W Div 3                                                                                        Jack Pearl 1st K1M Div 4                                                                                                  Louis Audain 4th K1M Div 4


Tabitha Percy 2nd Official                                                                                                Beth/Tabitha 3rd C2 Div 2/3                                                                                          Josh Brown 2nd K1M Div 3                                                                                            Dowi Burkinshaw 3rd K1M Div  3                                                                              Andrew Currell 10th K1M Div 3                                                                                  Olivia Currell 5th K1W Div 3

Oughtibridge Saturday:

Russell Haigh 3rd K1M Div 4 and promoted to Div 3                                      Fraser Haigh 4th K1M Div 4                                                                                          Andrew Currell 13th K1M Div 3                                                                                  Olivia Currell 6th K1W Div 3


Andrew Currell 22nd K1M Div 3                                                                                Olivia Currell 4th   K1W Div 3                                                                                      Emma Percy 9th K1W Div 3

Upcoming slalom events:

Sat/Sun  7/8th October Darley Abbey Div3/4

Fantastic results from our paddlers, this is the most entries we have had in competitions in the last few years and hopefully we will have a few more before the end of the year.

Yorkshire Slalom winter training calendar will be out shortly, any paddlers are free to come along to training sessions and boats etc.  will be available if required. We will publish the calendar shortly on our website but in the meantime if any other paddlers are interested in slalom please contact:


We now have only 2 weeks before the last ever WYCC West Tanfield Slalom at Slenningford Watermill.

Ensure YOU are a part of this fantastic event – get your entries in now to avoid disappointment.

This is a div 2/3/4 event so suitable for most paddlers.

We will have our legendary on site cafe serving fantastic hot food all weekend.

Camping is available on site from Friday afternoon – please book in advance if you require electric hook up.

The event is normally one of the largest slaloms in the Yorkshire Regional Calendar and is also a great social get together.


Friday Night Paddle

We are looking at a paddle this Friday night 18th August.

Probably a paddle down the Calder from Ossett to Navigation Pub.

Anyone interested in joining please contact me latest Thursday evening to let me know you are attending. If anyone requires a boat or kit again please let me know so I can look at organising this.

DO NOT reply to this email but contact me here:

Please note the paddle is only open to fully paid members and final participation will be at the discretion of the organiser.

On a separate note it looks like we may be able to paddle on Pugneys this Saturday so  please keep a look out on the website and Facebook etc.


Saturday 22nd July

This Saturday Andy Walker is looking to organise a bit of a paddling session at Sowerby Bridge.

For those of you who don’t know this section of river it is a great place for most paddling abilities. There are a series of small waterfalls all with a nice safe pool after them, Beginners can safely run down the whole section and seasoned playboaters will love playing in the drops.

Looking to get there late morning and then people can stay as long as they like.

If anyone would like to join us please contact: and we will get in touch later in the week.

We may be able to pick up some boats and equipment  but PLEASE contact before Friday if you require any boats or kit.



For those of you not aware this will be the last slalom to be held at Slenningford Watermill.

The  owners of the campsite have decided they no  longer believe the campsite can host this type of event and as a result have declined to host any more slalom events after this years event.

West Yorkshire Canoe Club would like to express its gratitude towards the current and past owners of the campsite for allowing the event to take place over many previous years.

The club have applied to host a slalom in 2018 and we are actively looking for suitable sites to host the event.

Below you can see the 2017 slalom poster and it can also be downloaded here: Slalom Poster

Saturday 15th July Calder Paddle

Good evening,

This Saturday afternoon Andy and Olivia Currell are planning a gentle paddle on the Calder from Ossett.

If anyone would like to join them please contact Andy at: and he will pass on details etc.

The trip should be suitable for almost all members but please contact Andy if you wish to join in.

It is not possible to transport any boats this week however Andy has a spare boat he could take with him and I will be at Batley tomorrow night if anyone wishes to borrow a boat from there, I also have a couple of decks, BA’s and helmets available but if you require any equipment PLEASE contact me: before tomorrow evening as I am away early Saturday morning and will not be available to supply any kit.


We will also look to organise another trip next Saturday 22nd July but I will send out a mail early next week about this.

Saturday 8th July

Due to the fact Pugney’s is still closed to all water sports we will look to put on some Saturday paddles on local rivers.

If anyone has any particular river they would like to try please contact club secretary or any   committee member with suggestions.

See below for this weekend:

Hi Everyone

This Sat if there is enough interest we are looking to go to Sowerby Bridge for a play around on the slalom course there.

This is suitable for almost everyone but will not be a coached session but there will be suitably competent paddlers in attendance.

If you would be interested in coming along please let me know and if there is enough interest / competent paddlers I will send out exact details and times

If you can contact me on if you would like to come along

Chairman WYCC


Last weekend saw our annual Washburn rafting weekend which was attended by several clubs and individuals as well as many members from WYCC.

The Saturday didn’t get off to a great start with grey sky’s and torrential rain which continued throughout the day, despite  this it was quite a busy day with several raft runs and many kayakers on the river.

Sunday however was a different story, once the sun broke through the clouds the temperature soared and eager rafters and kayakers descended upon the Washburn and the car park was soon full and the event was buzzing as we struggled to keep up with the groups of rafters.

At the end of the weekend the event was a great success and we hope all guests and WYCC members who came along enjoyed the event as much as we did.

Lastly a massive Thank You to all WYCC members who came along to help out over the weekend – without You we could not run the event. A big shout out also to Heath who came along to guide the raft all weekend and also Esther who brought along Greenstar’s minibus on the Sunday for the shuttle.


If anyone has any photo’s or video from the weekend please feel free to email to: and we will put a gallery on the website.