Nomad Newsletter 06/05/16

Hello Nomads!
This week we have polo news, information about the Rickmansworth Festival and a new feature on the Nomad webiste.

As always, feedback is most welcome 🙂


Polo Update
This year’s national canoe polo league is drawing to a close and two of the Nomad teams have come second in their leagues, putting the, through to the playoffs on the 22nd May.

If the A team play well at the playoffs they will be promoted to the top league in the country – a great achievement! The B team are fighting for promotion to the second division.

Rickmansworth Festival
Over the weekend of 21st/22nd May, The Rickmansworth Festival takes place at the Aquadrome and your club needs your help to promote the club and let festival goers know who we are and what we do. This means we can recruit more members and remain a healthy and active club.

To promote the club, we will have an information stand at the clubhouse and we will be running ‘Come and Try’ sessions on Saturday 21st at 12:00, 14:00 & 16:00 and Sunday 22nd at 11:30, 13:30 & 15:30. There will also be Canoe Polo Demonstrations on both days, times tbc. Help is required from 10am on both days. Over the weekend there will be no formal recreational or polo sessions but there will be plenty of opportunity for all members to kayak at some stage during the weekend.

How can you help? These are just some of the areas where help is required over the weekend:

  • Getting things ready – setting up the information stand, moving boats/equipment to the water
  • Help on the information stand – handing out flyers and talking to passers by
  • ‘Come & Try’ Sessions administration – Taking payment and making sure non-member consent & feedback forms are completed
  • ‘Come & Try’ Sessions – Running the sessions, assisting with sessions, talking to participants
  • Polo Demonstrations – On the water and pitchside to explain the game
  • Catering – Running the BBQ at the club house for helpers

If you are able to spare some time and help with any of the above, whether it be for the whole weekend or a few hours on either Saturday or Sunday, let us know by emailing our Festival coordinators Mike, Chris & Kerry at The more members helping means less work for everyone, giving all members a chance to explore the festival themselves.

Session Signups
A new feature has been added to the website that will allow members to sign up for padding sessions.

This was an idea suggested at the club AGM a few weeks ago and allows other paddlers to see who is already going to a session.

The more people who use this feature the more useful it will become! Please visit and take a look.

Upcoming Trip
The next Nomad trip is in two weeks time – Sunday 15th May – Thames and St Patrick’s stream, Wargrave.

Matt will lead a round trip of 4-5 miles taking about 3 hours (plus lunch stop) on the Thames and St. Patrick’s stream, a lovely backwater with a good flow. Suitable for 2*+ level paddlers comfortable with some upstream paddling. Contact Matt at if you want to go.

We will be meeting at 10am at the little park by the river on the right of the A321 from Henley (RG10 8HZ) after Val Wyatt Marine and before the first house just as you enter Wargrave. Bring a packed lunch.