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15 Kayaking

Paddlesports

Secretary Chairman
WO1 J Batchelor

Jervis Block
HMS NELSON
Portsmouth
Hampshire
PO1 3HH

Tel: 93825 3163
Email: James.batchelor105@mod.uk

The Royal Marines Kayaking Association (RMKA) promote all Paddlesports within the Corps including: Canoeing, Sea Kayaking, White Water Kayaking, Stand Up Paddleboarding, Sit on Top Kayaking, Kayak Fishing and Ocean Ski Racing. The RMKA also ensures Bootneck representation at Armed Forces level competitions in the following disciplines: Canoe Polo, Marathon & Sprint, Surf Kayak, White Water Racing, Slalom and Freestyle. A major event in the RMKA calendar is the gruelling and world famous Devizes to Westminster Canoe Race. The race is 125 miles non-stop with 77 portages from Devizes in Wiltshire to Westminster in London over the Easter weekend, the paddlers go through the night and usually arrive in London early on Easter Sunday. This extremely arduous race is a true test of determination and fitness and roughly a third of craft do not complete the course. The race has strong historical links to the Corps and is most suited for Royal Marines to demonstrate commando spirit and sheer grit.The RMKA are committed to training up coaches and leaders to support Paddlesports as both Adventure Training and recreational sport. It also welcomes back former Bootnecks and has a small but keen RMA contingent. In 2014, the RMKA organised and supported the 1664 Challenge cross channel paddle from Normandy to Portsmouth, helping to raise thousands of pounds for the Royal Marines Charity. Fundraising for the RMC is another aim of the RMKA, who are always thinking about the next event or challenge. 2017 is the 75th anniversary of Operation FRANKTON and there will be many commemorative events remembering Major ‘Blondie’ Hasler’s Cockleshell Heroes. The RMKA are playing a major role in Exercise FRANKTON 75 by re-enacting the infamous paddle up the Gironde River to Bordeaux. Watch this space for the latest news on the exploits of Royal Marines’ Paddlers.

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