Brighton Canoe Club

My treasured canoe
From the personal collection of Peter Wood

Discovered my canoe

I was a member of this club in the sixties. It all started when I became fascinated with canoeing whilst still at school. I discovered a folding canoe manufactured by a company in Cambridge called Granta. This canoe consisted of a folding wooden frame which fitted inside a rubberised fabric and canvas skin and the whole kit fitted into 2 portable bags. I think it cost around £12 pounds and was sold through the Gamages store in London. I only had a paper round for income but saved hard, and the day soon came with the delivery of my new toy.

Joining the club

I started by taking it on the 26 bus to The Steine and then to the beach where the swimming club was located. I used to paddle around the Palace Pier which was where I came to the attention of other canoeists who were members of the club. They persuaded me to join the club which was located in the arches just to the west of the East Street groyne.

My participation in a race

I remember two names from those days, Alan Duncan, the club president and Robert Goldsmith. Robert was an accomplished canoeist and I remember the day he encouraged me to participate in a race. I thought I stood a reasonable chance of coming second and I did. There were only 2 of us, Rob and I. I managed to win a transistor radio by coming last.

I also used to take the canoe by bus up to the Adur where the old road bridge is located and paddle back out to sea and along the coast to the Palace Pier.

They were happy days, does anyone remember the canoe club or maybe me? If you do, please post a comment below.

Comments about this page

  • I was Junior Treasurer of the Papercourt Canoe Club which became the Brighton Canoe Club. My double kayak was called “Jason” and had a sharks mouth on its bows. Our Commodore owned Streamlight Mouldings of Shoreham by Sea which made some of the first fiberglass canoes in GB, we used to test them on the river Adur. I remember Bob and Gay Goldsmith and “Mac” the Brighton Corporation youth worker who showed us how to make a K1 kayak which he kindly loaned to me to enable me to win the singles race and become “Brighton Youth Canoe Championships 1964 Kayak Class ‘B’ Winner”. I was known by my given name John and Chalkey and Shonke!
    I’d love to hear from you Peter and anyone else who remembers those golden years.

    By Joe Stoner (30/04/2019)
  • I’m sorry that I don’t remember you Peter, what years were you at the club?

    By Joe Stoner (24/10/2019)

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