Stour Descent


Stour Descent this year has been cancelled!

With great regret we have decided to cancel this year’s Stour Descent.
We spent all day Thursday on the river between Hayward’s Bridge and the Trailway Bridge that lies up stream of Stourpaine. A section of the river that begins just downstream of Hayward’s Bridge and extends to Hanford filled me with anxiety,
even as we cleared a significant number of large tree limbs.

The water was in the trees and flowing at a rate that meant we struggled to navigate safely and required the extensive use of ropes to hold canoes in position to enable them to take down the larger limbs. There were a couple of section that we portaged and left uncleared.
Because it’s not guaranteed there would be navigable channel, that tired racers could paddle confidently and safely the decision has been made to cancel Stour Descent this year.
Even that today the river level is dropping, it is still at a level above that which we paddled two weekends ago and we found navigation difficult.

I know that many SVCC members have again this year invested much time, effort and thought into the preparation for this race and will be consequently disappointed.
I am extremely grateful for this support.
Many thanks to Ben Williams, Callum Grimes, Steve Burrows, Heather Crew, Carol Evans, Rob Mooring and Ron Walker with his chainsaw skills.

Sorry again for the disappointment.
Tony Fawler and Team SVCC


General information:

A 13.5 mile Race on the River Stour taking the form of a time trial that includes: one optional shoot, one obligatory shoot and a compulsory portage. A hard and exciting combination for an enjoyable days racing!

Date: Sunday 1stDecember 2019
Start: Sturminster Newton Mill
Finish: Bryanston School

Thanks to our sponsors: Bournemouth Canoes, South Coast Canoes, Bryanston School, Gorge Cafe.

Racing K1 & K2
Touring K1 & K2
Canadian, single & double

Age Categories:
Junior, Senior, Veteran & Mixed

The race starts at 11:00am and your attention is drawn to the fact that the course can be exacting with few access points. Hazards include sharp turns and shallows; trees are a special problem, especially after high rainfall. After the race there will be hot showers, warm changing rooms and refreshments. Entry Fee £12 per paddler (£15on the day), £5 extra for non BCU members.