BDCC’s Amy Turner, along with Debora Kerr, Emily Lewis and Hannah Brown had a very successful weekend at the ICF Sprint World Cup 1 in Szeged, finishing 7th in the A final – a great result this early in their season.

Elsewhere, club members were racing at Basingstoke, in the first Southern Region Hasler of 2018.  BDCC came third overall in their first outing in the Southern Region Hasler season for 2018 at Basingstoke Canal Canoe Club near Farnborough. The top performance came from Rob Jefferies in Division 3 K1 with a commanding performance, sprinting from an unfavourable position at the start, to lead the race in a breakaway of two boats. At the finish he used his international wild water skills to convincingly out sprint his opponent to claim victory. Robin Flack led the chasing pack to see his hard work evaporate when he had difficulty emptying his boat at the portage. He then fought back to claim third place. Will Pepper turned his hard training over the winter into second place in Division 5 K1 paddling for much of the race on his own and gaining promotion to Division 4. Noah Moxon put in a gritty performance to cling on behind Pepper to get third place, also gaining promotion to Division 4.
In K2 Max Davison and Andy Flack won an uncompetitive Division 4 race, while Debbie Hunt and Shirley Waterhouse came second in Division 8 in their first race together. They were followed by Kim Davison and Tamsen Flack also in their first race together. Chris and Simon Petersen continued their string of strong performances from last year to come third in Division 7. In Division 3 Robin Avery and Jerry Haycock came third in a very competitive race even though their combined age was greater than the combined age of all the rest of the competitors in their race proving the benefits of kayaking!

As ever with canal racing, the starts proved very influential, with Josh, Paul and Malcolm all finding themselves in rather than on the water, through no fault of their own!