Volume 10 Issue 4

   April 2010

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29/03/10 Many thanks to Mary Hancock and to Halifax Canoe Club for 3 competition slalom boats given to the club

To make space for new boats slalom boats Halifax Canoe Club offered to donate some of their old fleet to clubs and coaches.  We decided to take them up on the offer and reserved three craft, 2 old style 4m slalom K1s (new regulations allow for 3.5m boats) and a C2.  Several members offered to go across and pick up the boats but Mary Hancock was visiting in the area and kindly volunteered to bring them back, many thanks Mary as it was not an easy task. 


The boats will be stored at the Marina club and can be used during club sessions by members (Risk assessment and British Waterways guidelines must be followed for times outside of club nights).


We intend to move the majority of the pool boats down to the docks on 1st of May ready for the summer season when the pool sessions end until next October.  We are currently constructing a steel rack to store all our boats behind the kitchen at the Liverpool Marina.  This area can only be accessed by an electronic swipe card which can be obtained through the club.  There is a one-off fee to cover the cost of producing this individual card.  Click here to find out more……. (Full members only)

29/03/10 Dave Cook Coaching
My aims, are to deliver `High Quality Coaching in Paddlesports` and my objectives, are to help you learn and to inspire you, on how to enjoy your time on the water in a safe and fun way from beginners to improvers.

With over 18 years of experience working for Local Authority and Outdoor Centres in Kayak, Open Canoe and Sea Kayak Coaching, you will be assured of individual attention in the delivery of some of the `Highest Quality Coaching` in Merseyside and the surrounding areas. All provided by a BCU Level 3 Coach who is fully qualified in each of the three disciplines.
If you want one to one tuition or a private course of lesson for groups or individuals please visit davecookcoaching.co.uk

29/03/10 Club Paddles
If you fancy paddling on any of the proposed trips this year then please consider offering to act as a coordinator. You won’t be in charge of the trip; you just select the date(s) and act as a contact point to give information / gather prospective numbers etc. Contact Keith Steer with offers of help or suggested trips.  All coordinators will take a list of names and contact numbers before paddlers get on the water - please contact the coordinator before the trip.


13.03.2010 -

Nepal Trip - Dinny Davies and Phil Holland head out to Nepal to paddle the rivers Trisuli, Modi Khola, Kali Gandaki, Marysandi, Balephi Khola, Bhote Kosi


VHF Short Range Radio Course - RYA Certified Coures at West Kirkby Sailing Club - Coordinator Mark Steward - Click for more information


Weekly pool session at the Kingsway Leisure Centre - Widnes. 20+ boats and paddles available. Click for more information. Pool time 9 to 10 pm. Arrive for 8:30pm to get ready. Coaching for beginners, improvers and more advanced.

02.04.2010 -

River Wye Descent - Paddle from Rhayader down. Open boat trip but kayaks welcome coordinator Keith S


River Trip in the Lakes - probably the Rothay - Coordinator Mark Garrod


Weekly pool session at the Kingsway Leisure Centre - Widnes. 20+ boats and paddles available. Click for more information. Pool time 9 to 10 pm. Arrive for 8:30pm to get ready. Coaching for beginners, improvers and more advanced.


Discover Touring - Demo Day and Guided Beginners sessions - you need your own bouyancy aids - Rudyard Reservoir Nr Leek Staffordshire Organisers Kayaks North West (Pyranha) Click for more information


Weekly pool session at the Kingsway Leisure Centre - Widnes. 20+ boats and paddles available. Click for more information. Pool time 9 to 10 pm. Arrive for 8:30pm to get ready. Coaching for beginners, improvers and more advanced.


The 4th Ravenglass Seaquest - Saturday 17th April 2010 - Coordinator Mike Bell



Conway Estuary Paddle - Take the tide upstream past the Castle and the river valley beyond, have lunch and return - Coordinator Daz Wilkinson


River Trip - Probably in the Lakes but contact me more more details - Coordinator Darren Bohanna


Following on from the Ravenglass Event on Saturday a Social paddle Sunday, possible St Bees trip - Coordinator Mike Bell


Liverpool CC Talk and Slide Evening (8-9:30pm) - Norway White Water presented by Phil Holland. Photos and video of his trip last year - Rivers Sjoa, Driva, Ula, Jordanslevi, Strondelvi, Tysselva


Weekly pool session at the Kingsway Leisure Centre - Widnes. 20+ boats and paddles available. Click for more information. Pool time 9 to 10 pm. Arrive for 8:30pm to get ready. Coaching for beginners, improvers and more advanced.


Last weekly pool session until next winter at the Kingsway Leisure Centre - Widnes. 20+ boats and paddles available. Click for more information. Pool time 9 to 10 pm. Arrive for 8:30pm to get ready. Coaching for beginners, improvers and more advanced.

30.04.2010 -

3rd annual Pembrokeshire Weekend - Surf, Sea trips, mountain biking, coast walks, climbing and BBQ - Coordinator Keith Steer



Come and Try it Session - Anyone who would like to give paddling a try can drop in at our base by the harbour club for a free taster session - click here for more details (Dom Buckley)



First General Club Night - Liverpool Marina Harbour Club Car Park - 6:30 for 7pm on the water start to 8:30 (or Dusk)



General Club Night - Liverpool Marina Harbour Club Car Park 6:30 for 7pm on the water start to 8:30 (or Dusk)

07.05.2010 -

34th Annual Scout & Guide Training Weekend at Bala - Some BCU courses available to members with pre-requisites - BCU Coaches from LCC usually offer to help with the courses and assessments - Coordinator Alison Bell Click for more information



Conwy Ascent Canoe Race and Tour - Starts from the Beacons Car park next to Conway Marina and paddle up the beautify tidal estuary of the River Conway to Dolgarrog Bridge - approximately 2hrs

21.05.2010 -

Anglesey Weekend 1 - Sea kayak, Surf and playwave - Coordinator Kirk Williams

29.05.2010 -

NW Scotland - Skye - 7 day extended expedition led by Keith S and Ian Bell. Coordinator Frankie Annan



Come and Try it Session - Anyone who would like to give paddling a try can drop in at our base by the harbour club for a free taster session - click here for more details (Dom Buckley)

12.06.2010 -

Merseyside Canoe Polo Tournament - Contact Dinny Davies if you would like to play for one of our sides


19.06.2010 -

North West Region Coaching Weekend - Coaching for everyone - contact Ian Bell


Kayak Safety Cover for Liverpool Triathlon - As many club paddlers as possible are needed to help our 4 kayak Safety teams to provide cover for the Liverpool Triathlon - coordinator Brian Green

02.07.2010 -

North Wales Weekend Staying at Kirks House near Bala or camp in the back garden. Paddle the Tryweryn on Saturday & LCC run White Water Rescue skills day on Sunday using either the Tryweryn (if running) or River Dee. Contact Helen Seirtsema for a place. Places on White Water Rescues Skills Day are limited.

10.07.2010 -

Capel Curig Weekend (1 and 2 Star Training and Assessments together with an easy river trip for those that want to paddle the LLugwy) Possible 3 star white water assessment as well - Coordinator Keith Steer

16.07.2010 -

Alternative Anglesey - The endless summer weekend - Coordinator Mike Alter


23.07.2010 -

2010 - 7th Annual Club Holiday in the French Alps (Briancon) - ideal for playboaters, opens, families and those wishing an introduction to moving water - Contact Keith S if you would like to join us.


Ironman UK 2010 - Kayak Safety Cover Team to cover this event in Leigh (Pennington flash Country Park) - We need 30 club members to help out - Coordinator Brian Green

07.08.2010 -

The London Triathlon 2010 - Kayak Safety Cover Team - Coordinator Brian Green

13.08.2010 -

London International Polo Tournament - Come and join our team in London for the weekend, a fun event with access to a safe Lake - Contact Keith S for more information

16.08.2010 -

2010 Trans Alaskan Sea Kayak Expedition. Following our 2008 successful expedition to Prince William Sound we hope to cross the sound from Whittier to Valdez. (200 miles approx 12 days kayaking) Anyone interested in joining us should speak to Keith S


Seaquest and Seatour Races on the River Wyre Estuary - Click for more information


Halloween Paddle - Evening paddle in the dark along the Leeds & Liverpool Canal in Maghull. Please bring a torch, Costume or Halloween Mask, any spare day glow lightsticks or similar. Coordinators Jim Slater and Justin Cooper


See main Calendar for weekly trips to white water play spots. Informal trips arranged by club members are circulated by the club`s Googlegroups email system.


29/03/10 kayarchy.co.uk

Kayarchy is a free online handbook of sea kayaking recommended by Anthony Vaccaro. It's very big. As a large-format book it would be over 400 pages. To find your way around, scroll down the section summaries below, use the Index or browse the Full Contents.

Kayarchy is evolving all the time, and we want to hear your comments, criticisms and suggestions. A big thank you to everybody who has helped so far. Further contributions are always welcome.



20/03/10 River Tryweryn – A cracking days paddle

Three of us met on Saturday morning in Bala to paddle the Tryweryn. Peter Sollars and I managed to make it to the car park on time however Gareth, a friend of mine, managed to be late (he used the age old student excuse that his alarm clock had not gone off).  After leaving one car at the get out we drove up to the white water centre and put on to paddle the Lower Tryweryn. The river is graded at 2+ (with grade 4 Bala Mill Falls at the end) and as we had all admitted to not river paddling recently, it was an excellent opportunity to brush up on our skills.

Whilst paddling down this section we spent time practicing eddy hopping and ferry gliding, as well as discussing how we would run a group trip. There are a few sections which are slightly more technical with boulders and trees to contend with but we all found our “river feet” and soon found ourselves at the get out for Bala Mill Falls. Gareth and I jumped out of our boats to inspect this section, leaving Peter to guard the boats, as he had run it several times before. After both of us had had a quick look we decided to run it and jumped back on the water and set off down river. The falls has a section of rapid leading into a sharp drop. Peter went first showing us how it should be done and running a good line. I went next and though I ran slightly too far river left my boat remained the right way up and I made it down unscathed. Finally Gareth came down. He too went too far left and then tripped over his paddle and capsized. After failing to roll mid falls and loosing his paddle we thought he was going to swim.  However, his boat suddenly self-righted itself and came down the rest of the falls facing forward and the right way up with his paddle following him. He then calmly picked up his paddle and started grinning whilst Peter and I looked at him slightly bewildered and wondered how he had got out of what we thought was a guaranteed swim! Watch the action from outside the cafe

After driving back to the white water centre and grabbing a quick bite of lunch we drove up to the put in of the upper section (Graded 3+). The first technical section is called the Graveyard, which is described as a long steep boulder garden. It provided a great opportunity to practice our eddie hopping again.  We ended up running it three times. I think I fared worst with 2 rolls needed during one of the runs; much to the amusement of the other two and the spectators on the bank. We then ran the rest of the river talking about each section and the best line to run before paddling it. The last roll of the day was provided by Peter after coming though Fedw’r Gog Falls which, he had already admitted, is his nemesis. We then paddled down to the raft get out and decided to call it a day.

I think I can say a great day was had by all and thanks to Peter and Gareth for a great paddle. There was no official club photographer present and so unfortunately there are no photos.

NB – Gareth is willing to sell his secret of a self righting boat for £1000

19/03/10 Leeds-Liverpool 127 miles of paddling for Cystic Fibrosis 20th to 25th March 2010

Ian Wilson and Mark Garrod are setting off on Saturday to paddle from Leeds back to Liverpool.  The Leeds and Liverpool canal is the longest canal in northern England at 127 miles, crossing the Pennines climbing to 487 feet. There are 91 locks. The Kayaks will have to be carried round each one. There are 2 tunnels as well (Foulridge which is 1600yrds long and Gannow).  Again the kayak will have to carried round as kayaks are not allowed in either.  To donate or find out more Click Here……


18/03/10 Sankey Brook, a first Descent??? Saturday 13th March

We started off at the ferry tavern cark park getting all the boats on top of my car and ready for the shuttle to a yet to be decided getting in point. A short meeting followed (roughly 30 seconds long) we discussed the getting in point---yet to be confirmed, the getting out point---yet to be confirmed, the length of the river--- yet to be confirmed and the height of low bridges--- yet to be confirmed. So after the well planned meeting we were off up to Burtonwood’s Fiddler I’th Bag pub. For Keith getting in my car was where it all went wrong. Moaning about everything from my car being too small, how his toast was burnt and the well planned trip ahead. (Normal Keith I think).


From the car park we could see the fiddlers ferry power station (close to our get out) this was an indication that we had a long trip ahead of us. With that we headed to the brook edge. Keith, Jim and Justin all went on the far side of the river bank I kept to the near side. No sooner than five minutes later Jim was ankle deep in mud, guess I had chosen the best side slipping straight into the water with little effort and little mud.


With everyone on the water we headed off downstream, at this point we knew why it had the slang name sticky brook; well it did!!!! The river itself posed not much of a challenge to paddle with Keith proclaiming a level 1 river had been found. The first section of paddling was easy, only having to dodge the odd tyre, bike or shopping trolley. Not many low bridges too which was a good sign.

The river went through Gemini Retail Park, Sankey Valley and the Sankey Bridges area. This was where our one and only “too low bridge” was.  At low water it would be ok to pass but 2 or 3 ft higher and it would be impassable. But we got under safely today. After dropping down a few rapids we were on level water for the rest of the trip this provided us with a hard slog to the finish line. Down through the mud flats, and on to the Mersey River, where we battled with the incoming wind for a while, the tide was turning which helped us through the last half mile or so, where we could see a number of get out points. The yacht club looked best but after a short exploration we found the gates locked to get out, back into the river we looked for another get out point, this was to be at the lock gates a small ladder up the side wall. Jim enjoyed flexing his muscles pulling all the boats up, while Justin showed he had none by struggling to pull himself out of his boat, this was blamed on me not stopping his boat from floating away. Keith as always was on hand to take the photos.


The short walk to car park was only 500m or so, yet Keith was not happy saying he did not walk. After we all got changed Jim and Justin settled in the ferry tavern pub, while Keith and me went to get my car. Sadly, me leaving my coat and much needed phone in Jim’s car I had to travel back down to get them. I left Keith Jim and Justin in the pub to discuss the great, well planned trip that they had just been on.

Thanks guys for turning up, I’m sure my next trip will be just as action packed.  

Keith, Jim, Justin and Jonathon S    Click for more photos…….


16/03/10 Liverpool Canoe Club and Liverpool Marina tie the knot?

The club has now secured Liverpool Marina as its permanent base.  We will still use the Kingsway pool from October to the end of April each year but now we will have yearlong, full access to the showers and changing rooms at the marina, secure storage for club boats with a 30 metre walk to the access ramp and pontoons for launching.   Members can apply for their own electronic swipe card which will give them access to the secure areas of the marina, a parking permit for the car park and 10% off all purchases at the bar, coffee shop and restaurant.  The card requires a one-off fee of £11 (no refunds or free replacements if lost).


Apply for your card now – click here…… (you will need to know your username and password as the form is only available to full members)


You may ask why are we being given all of this for free?  The club is the largest on Merseyside and is seen to be the natural complement to Liverpool Yacht club who also use the club as a base.  We will need to continue to use the meeting rooms for courses and lectures and hope to promote major events (eg the Simon Willis premiere back in November) to bring in users. We will also continue to hold our annual Christmas meal in the restaurant. Club members are encouraged to use the coffee shop, bar and restaurant after paddling and for family meals, business meetings etc.  In fact the more you spend with your swipe card the more you save.

16/03/10 Stolen, two whitewater kayaks from Chester.
I'm contacting you in the hope that you might be able to circulate an email to your members, regarding two boats that were stolen from the roof of my car in Chester on Sunday night (14th march). The boats are:
1 x Pyranha Burn L yellow / jaffa
1 x Pyranha Molan M Pink/grey
Both are very distinctive and I have the serial numbers for both. Should anyone have any info on the boats could they please contact either the police (crime number cc10072631) or myself (07974245708).
Thanks for your help
Matt Bostock, Pyranha

15/03/10 Upper Mersey Estuary Report....Liverpool Sailing Club to Fiddlers Ferry Sailing Club

Having thought about it and discussed it for at least three months, it was decided that another trip up the Mersey was a good idea - but not the usual one from Crosby down to the pier head and back.  This time, we thought, we'll go upriver from the Liverpool Sailing Club in Speke, and under the Runcorn Bridge and back, since nobody has ever been there before - perhaps for a good reason - but we wouldn't know unless we went....  

Many hours were spent working out the tides (working from home, some call it), and Sunday was considered the better day, mostly as it didn't involve a 0700 start.  The tidal regime of Runcorn is far from standard, as the flood all takes place in 2-3 hours, followed by a 9-10 hour ebb, and the times are far different to those of Liverpool, but starting at 0800 on Sunday didn't seem too bad, so we went for it.  Having eventually procured
the LSC key, and borrowed a fine sleek racing shell of a sea kayak for Theo (comments ranged between 'plastic pig', and 'tugboat', we set off.  With a forecast of gusts up to 27 knots from the NW, we changed the plan to a one way trip finishing at Runcorn, as one or two people wimped out of the six mile paddle back into the strong headwind...

 The tide steamed us all the way past the Oglet Shore, across a two-foot deep section of overfalls, and past the marshes and nature reserve at Pickerings Pastures; a nice paddle with the wind and tide on the tail.  Under the Runcorn Bridge with a quick play in the eddies, and our get out point was a small sandstone slipway; originally an end point for the old transporter bridge.  We were on schedule, but the tide had not yet turned, so we kept on going to Fiddlers Ferry, pausing to inspect a steel tree (or an aluminium plant even..!..) on route.  We were greeted by racing dinghy’s at the Fiddlers Ferry Sailing Club, and were kindly welcomed into their club house.  We had lunch there whilst waiting for the tide to turn.  We then paddled back downriver against a strong headwind to our get out point under the bridge; a very good access point for playing in the eddies and overfalls under the bridge, and one which we will certainly go back to on a later date.  Steve Bond, John Maddock, Chris Drew, Adrian Mould, Theo Gaussen, Keith S, John Young and myself were there.   Thanks to all for being there!  Chris Franks.   Click for more photos…….

Club Alpine Holiday to Briancon, Ecrin Mountains 2009 (Part 3)


03/08/09 Briancon Gorge and middle Durance Photos……

9 of us paddled the Briancon Gorge.  From the start it was eyes peeled for boulders and finding a line down the narrow gorge.  Some tight lines and rapids had one or two of us hitting the high and near vertical sides of the gorge as we passed through.  Some of us even turned over and had to empty out.  We paddled underneath the great arched roman bridge which marks the middle of the gorge.  Eventually we paddled passed the high level ropes course and onto more open and wider water.  As we left the gorge most breathed a sigh of relief only to happen across a nasty looking weir in the middle of the town.  We portaged this on river right and paddled down to waiting group and minibus.   Anthony Vaccaro


Middle Durance  Keith and Mike had invited me for a short trip down river.  The water was bouncy and I had a good time and nobody swam or got too wet.  The rapid at the end was the best of the trip but the smell of sewage marked the end of the trip by the bridge.  Keith had left a bike at the finish and cycled back up the hill to retrieve the minibus and trailer.  This would be good training for the Tour de France next year.  John Young


04/08/09 Ubaye Photos……

After Keith`s swim yesterday and a meal out for many of the team, everyone was in high spirits as we set off to the Ubaye for a second time.  On the way we stopped to look at a strange rock formation while listening to a selection of Mikes “Power Balads” contemplating “whos gonna drive us home?”  Will it be Keith, Mike or Driver 3 – Young? As we entered the Ubaye valley to the “final countdown” I wondered if this was an ominous omen?

The Morning paddle was 16 km trip from Jausiers which turned out to be a good grade 2 with some grade 3 sections thrown in.  On the way Driver 3 demonstrated his eco-friendly side when he hit a branch which he promptly embraced.  He was so intent on keeping a firm hold that he forgot about his paddle which floated away!  Unfortunately the river eventually won and he ended his eco-warrior phase with a swim as the swift flow tipped him in.  David B fared a little better when he managed a roll after he capsized playing on a wave, even banging his head in the process.  Now that’s determination for you.  We stopped at Les Thuiles for lunch before a smaller part of the group continued the 5 km down to La Fresciere.  This section of the Ubaye was a grade 3(4) with some technical paddling.  The river soon showed us what grade 4 is all about, with Anthony (Dad) going for a swim early on.  Even Graham, who is fearless and makes grade 5 look easy, had some trouble when he got stuck on a rock.  Despite these mishaps the trip was enjoyed by all.  The paddle exceeded expectations (based on the guide books description) and deserves 2 or 3 stars for white water.  Still in high spirits the team headed home eagerly anticipating a good meal and perhaps a drink; with a “Nelson Mandela” for John.  That’s a Stella for those of you who don’t know!  Michael Brockway

05/08/09 Gorge du Verdon Photos……
On Wednesday of week two, with energy levels dropping a tad we decided to go swimming and canyoning in the Gorge du Verdon.  An early start and a long drive saw us descending into the gorge at about midday.  At the car park at the top of the gorge it was blazingly hot but down at the bottom it was lovely and cool.  After a quick safety brief we broke into small groups and floated down the gorge – still green pools alternating with short rapids between.  Some bottoms were reshaped by the rocks in the rapids (head back and bottom up).  Above us the walls of the gorge soared to massive heights and several vultures were endlessly turning in the thermals above us.  After several cool jumps and swims through narrows in the gorge we hiked up the steep paths to the sunshine above.  We returned to the start point via a series of old survey tunnels (torch required).  We then drove along the Rim of the gorge along the Rue de Cretes stopping several times to watch the group of Vultures soar and later to see several climbers finishing the final pitch 100s of metres above the ground.  A massive meal in a quiet French village on the way home rounded off a brilliant day. Dom Buckley


06/08/09 Middle and lower Guil Photos……

Middle Guil Me, Keith, Tony, Mike, Andy and Sarah put in at the alternative put in just below triple steps.  An easy grade 3 for about 2.5km.  Tony made a strategic exit at this point lifting his boat up to the road above to sit in the sun.  The rest carried on to the `letterbox` with most portaging `the staircase`.  Everyone scouted at the `letterbox` (tunnel) and then myself, Keith and Andy paddled over the letterbox and around the nasty looking boulder and bend below (the river had changed in recent floods making the letterbox [grade 5] easier and the bend below now the crux of the rapid).  The last few km down to the barrage were very enjoyable, beautiful scenery and unspoilt whitewater .  A favourite run for many and definitely one of mine!  Graham Devaney


Lower Guil

Following a brief, (read long!) stop for tea and sandwiches as it took those paddling the Middle Guil a lot longer than expected to paddle the section.  9 of us paddled the Lower Guil.  On the drive up to the put in we noticed a new waterfall that none had seen previously – obviously someone had left the tap on.  Putting on in blazing sunshine we cruised downstream, catching every wave for pop outs and surfing master class.  Andy finished the river by paddling with his feet on the front deck (Slalomists!)    Mike Alter

07/08/09 Campsite to Embrun (Middle and Lower Durance) Photos……

The last white water trip of the Alps was down the Durance on grade 2+ water with a stop at St Clements.  It was a long 36km paddle with more challenging sections on the way down river.  For example, the playful slalom course at St Clements and the infamous Rabioux wave.  It was John and  Dom`s first trip with us all the way from the campsite down to the Lake at Embrun.  Below is a short interview with John and Dom about how they tackled the infamous `Rab wave`.  

John  “I went down the Chicken Shoot but I was held and then tipped over so I bailed out.  Then when I was out of my boat Keith quickly rescued me and I
was safe”.

Dom “As I went over the wave I was caught by a smaller one in front which tipped me in but I managed to do my first successful roll in whitewater”.  Well done to John and Dom for conquering the infamous wave. 

Nearing the end of the paddle we were ushered to the bank by two men in a raft and two police officers (Gendarmes).  We asked if we could pass because our get out was 400m down river on the left but they would not let us carry on.  As we carried our boats down the river bank we realised what all the fuss was about.  It was a spider like digger in midstream, helping to remove a concrete block with nasty looking steel rods protruding from it. This would be a paddlers worst nightmare if swimming after a bale.  This trip ended an exhilarating two weeks of kayaking in the beautiful scenery of the Alps.   David Brockway, John young and Dominic Buckley


Other trips and activities

The group often made the trip up the valley to Briancon to look around the town and shop in the 16th centenary streets , catch the gondola to the mountain restaurant or to look around the church or eat out in the many picturesque street restaurants.

Slalom Course (several afternoons and evenings) Myself and David (who had borrowed Keith S8) played on the French National Slalom course right next to the campsite.  We managed to pull off some radical bow and stern spins.  Most of the group ran the slalom course several times, playing on the many stoppers, waves and eddy lines. Graham Devaney

Italy (Tuesday 28th) Billy drove Karen, Gerry and John over the border to Italy for the day.  We walked around the town taking many photos, enjoying a meal and a pint.  Gerry and Karen were on top form until on our way back Billy and I took a rather long time looking in the KTM bike shop.  We did not buy one but had a good look.  John Young
Horse Riding (Emily and Holy) We were very enthusiastic about going horse riding in the French Alps again this year as it was two years before we were last there.  We had five lessons booked at the riding school in Eygliers.  However, when we got there the instructor gave out the horses and I (Holly) wasn`t very happy as I got stuck with the dodgy horse called Dai.  Holly Benson


 08-09/08/09 The drive home The group packed up the camp on the Saturday morning and said our goodbyes.  We made good progress having time to stop in at Reims to look around the cathedral and friendly street bistros.  The channel tunnel sped us on our way and we arrived back in Liverpool early on Sunday morning.

More Photographs………….     More Video……………
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Links and more information

More information……

White water course: L'argentière…… 

Webcam of L` Argentiere Slalom Course….

If you are interested in joining us for this years trip click here for more information……….

09/03/10 Tides and the Canoeist

With the Monday evening gatherings being a great success so far, many LCC members gathered at the Liverpool Marina Bar for the next instalment - "Tides and the Canoeist", an overview presentation by Pete Thomas followed by a practical session led by Keith S.


Despite the Marina Bar commencing building work without informing LCC, members gathered in the reduced size meeting room, somehow managing to fit all the chairs around

Surfing on tidal features – The Bitches (Pembroke)

the builders ladders, tools and half empty mugs of tea. Unfazed by the disturbance, Pete wowed the audience with his presentation, introducing tides to the novice and adding extra information for the experienced. It was great to see how the two week moon cycle affects the tides and how rough rules of thumb are of most use to paddlers - really useful were 1) seeing examples of how different tides are readable by looking at the sea / buoyage on the open water, 2) explaining phenomenon mentioned in the Alaska trip report, ie odd tidal movements that led to evening tides being far larger than lunch tides, and 3) finding out about the sources of information that are out there.


After the talk, it was time to put it all in to practice. So, with tide tables, tidal atlas and OS map it was time to plan a trip to the Anglesey Skerries for a specific group that wanted to land on the island at slack water. After much scratching of heads we all managed to get the best route for the group, all that’s left now is to put it into practice!


Thanks to Pete and Keith, another great success!  Mike Alter


Roll on the next talk about the Byron Lakes canoe trip (at the Marina) and the upcoming This Is Canoeing film premiere at John Drivers Lets Go Outdoors centre in Ellesmere Port.


As a follow-up Dave Cook recommends the RNLI Sea Safety Guide. It has some games as well!!


Hope people find it useful.    Dave Cook.

09/03/10 Stolen
 3 sea kayaks from Halewood, Liverpool…...Click for More.....    

09/03/10 For Sale a four year old NDK Explorer HV (carbon layup) …...Click for More.....    

06/03/10 River Mersey Paddle

After a brief paddle across the marine lake at Crosby and then a quick portage to the shore, Brian Green and I were on the water before eight heading south on a flooding River Mersey. It was another great paddle, taking us down just past The Britannia Inn and then across to the south of Bromborough Dock, taking lunch on the small shore to the north of the dock. There was very little swell all day and the weather was mainly sunny and very little wind.  It was then back up to New Brighton and then we crossed back over to Crosby.  This was the hardest bit, against the ebbing tide. Another memorable club paddle...Thanks Brian.

02/03/10 Alaska talk – Prince William Sound expedition 2008

Ian Bell presented his talk on the clubs` expedition to Prince William Sound in 2008.  This was an extended version of talk given at the NW Coaching panel AGM last year and contained new slides and video footage from the two week trip by four of our members in August 2008.  (Expedition members: Ian Bell, Kirk Williams, Alison Bell and Keith S)

We were given a blow by blow account which included the practicalities of trip management, beauty and dangers of tidewater glaciers, wild camping on tiny shingle beaches and black bear precautions.  A selection of photos from the talk……..

The full 9 page expedition report  can be found in our Major Trip Reports section…..

 See the short videos from Kirk of the trip…….


Nine LCC club members are travelling back to Alaska later this summer for this years club expedition.  They are trying to cross from Whittier to Valdez along the “marine superhighway”.  Hopefully they will benefit from the advice from the 2008 trip.

Advice for future trips:

1/  Food available from Fred Mayers from 6:30am / Seyers Mall 24hrs.

2/  Car hire makes getting around easy and is relatively cheap for a group.

3/  UK styled sea kayak hire from Tom Pogson (alaskakayakschool.com)

4/  Need bug head nets in worst areas.  (Although late August is the best time to go rather than July.

5/  Large lightweight tarp is very useful to cook under and for shelter from the rain.

6/  All stoves should be of the same fuel in case one has a mechanical problem.  Such a long expedition means that you take only enough fuel for yourselves.

7/  Tents should be capable of pitching on rounded pebbles on beach immediately above the tide line.  Do not expect to use peg in the conventional way but they can be buried sideways with the guy clove-hitched onto the middle.

8/  Paul Twardock`s book “Kayaking and Camping in Prince William Sound” A Kayaker's Paradise is an excellent referernce. National Geographic publish a topographical, waterproof map of the west of the sound (Sheet 761)

9/  Keep bear safe.  All food needs to be sealed x 3 (2 zip-locked bags + 1 dry bag) and stored overnight away from the sleeping area (50m).  Tooth paste and wash kits kept with foods – not in tents.  Hand flares are probably better than pepper spray as defence against marauding bears.

10/  Neoprene boots with over trousers are ideal for keeping your feet dry and launching boats on the gravel beaches. (Wellington Boots would do a similar job but may not be as comfortable)

11/  $12 toll on tunnel to Whittier / Honey Charters for fishing boat drop-off or to pay for parking by the small beach under passenger ferry ramp.

01/03/10 Paddling trip to Nepal this March


Dinny Davies and Phil Holland of LCC are planning to travel to the Pokhara region of central Nepal with two friends, Andrew Menzies and Dave Ottewell later this month.  It will depend on water levels this year but they hope to paddle a selection of rivers which may include the rivers: Trisuli, Modi Khola, Kali Gandaki, Marysandi, Balephi Khola, Bhote Kosi.  They head off on March 13th and we look forward to hearing of their exploits and fun and games.  Hopefully Phil will include a bit of the trip when he gives his talk on Norway White water on 19th April at the Harbour Club.




01/03/10 River Goyt 28th Feb '10


The "Greener" members of the team met at the Widnes pool to do our bit for the environment by car sharing to Stockport. This was lucky because group leader Dom also turned out to be an excellent quartermaster supplying spray decks, helmets and buoyancy aids to the more forgetful members of the group. We then made our way to the Romiley sports centre car park to meet the rest of the group.

After the obligatory car shuffle, thirteen paddlers set off on the Peak Forest Canal, which incidentally was built in 1800 to transport coal. Dom set off at a furious pace leaving the rest of us in his wake on a pleasant trip on the first part of the canal. Nobody was doing rolling practice but there did seem to be a film of oil on parts of the canal, possibly residue from a spillage last year when it was closed from March to April. All thirteen paddlers made it through the tunnel and over the aqueduct without mishap but there were some moans when certain paddlers realised we had to go back over it again to get to the river.

Splitting into three groups we now had to deal with the trickiest bit of the trip, climbing down to the River Goyt. After several ministrations from Keith to be caref ul I decided to ignore him and slide down on my backside with a kayak over my head. We seal launched into the river and spent 10 minutes getting used to it with a few forward and reverse ferry glides. We set off down the river with Keith leading on an uneventful but enjoyable trip down the first part of the river. A few of us managed to find some nice submerged rocks but nobody had to swim. We stopped to play on a few waves on the way and bounced down a few little drops.


We stopped for a break at the MCC slalom site to use some of their facilities. On getting back on the water, it was decided we would have a "boat-a-cross" race down to the last white slalom gate, with the winners from all three heats being the ones to remember to actually go through the gate! 


The only two nasty things we encountered were two trees blocking the river which we managed to get through or round and a broken weir which we all portaged.  All in all it was a very enjoyable way to spend a Sunday morning, so thanks to Dom for organising it.   Jenny B, John C, Ben C, Dom B, Mark G, Theo G, Richard L, Jonathan M, Jim S, Keith S, Phil M & Nick C   More photos…….

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