Autumn 2012


Commodore's Bit

Annual Dinner

Annual General Meeting

Banging on Again

Bewl Autumn 2012

Cheats Christmas Lunch

Dave Jennings



Kempton Park Fireworks

New Members

Newsletter Printing

Old Time Music Hall

RN SC Bosun Regatta

Sailing Beyond End

Social Calendar

Spring Flotilla Invite

Susannah's Light



Throwbags - An Essential Safety Item - Nigel Knowles

Throw bags have been standard safety items in the whitewater canoeing and rafting world for many years and most emergency authorities have adopted them too. As a Club we seem to have been slow to recognise their benefits - but we now have them aboard both patrol boats and have one permanently located beneath the Start Hut. (This should be left in place ready for instant emergency use at any time and NOT removed at the end of Sunday racing)

Basically throwbags are intended as a means of accurately and reliably throwing a rope. It is quicker and usually far more reliable to use a throw bag than to coil and throw a rope.

Where speed is of the essence, - such as when someone is in the water and needing help - it is usually far better to use the throw bag than to attempt to manoeuvre a boat alongside them.

The old fashioned lifebelts that are positioned by Thames Water at various points along the bank are not recommended. They are heavy and awkward to throw and can hurt the casualty if it hits them. Note that with most throw bags, if the first attempt is not successful, then the bag can be quickly retrieved and re-thrown with the water inside acting as a weight. For those not familiar with their use I will be happy to demonstrate.