Volume 10 Issue 7

   July 2010

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28/06/10 Liverpool Triathlon Kayak Safety Team 27th June 2010


Last Sunday saw the biggest Liverpool Triathlon yet.  Liverpool Canoe Club again provided safety cover for the swimmers with 34 Safety Kayakers and Lifeguard cover at the Swim exit (Martin and Peter).  We were allocated to one of six teams identified with a coloured tee shirt and each rotated around the courses watching for swimmers requiring assistance by raising their hand.   Relatively few swimmers needed help or a rest by holding onto the front of a supporting kayak.  There was only one extraction (swimmer unable to finish).  It was pleasing to see at least 4 four of our members taking part in the swim (Stephanie L, Mike Buckley, John and Matthew Pegram, there may be others?)


In addition to a morning floating and paddling around the docks in glorious sunshine it is expected that we have raised over £850 for the club and should go a long way to paying back the individuals that loaned the club money to purchase the two open boats for club sessions.



Gp1 Black

Canoe lifeguard 1

Drew, Christian

English Simon

Sollars Martin

Mould Ade

Grantham Alistair

Gp2 Red

Canoe lifeguard 2            
Hale, Darren
Clarke, Colin

Sollars, Gareth

Sollars, Peter

Slater, Jim

Gp3 White

Canoe lifeguard 3

Buckley, Dom

McComasky, Peter

Mellor Anthony

Reynolds, David
Wilkinson, Darren

Gp4 Green

Green, Brian
Stephenson, John

Bond Steve

Henderson Phil

Warren Clare

Mckearney, Phil

Gp5 Yellow

Worswick, John
Gaussen, Theo

Cooke, John

Moore, Mark

Young, John

Williams Dominic

Gp6 Blue
Steer, Keith

Hunt Dave

Bergqvist Sara

Groom David
Moult Neil
Yoxall Sam

Peter Diamond / Martin Hurley lifeguards on the swim exit.


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26/05/10 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.



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



Wednesday Evening Local Paddle - Chester Weir and River Dee flatwater section above CH1 1SD Click for maps.



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


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.



Introductory Course for New Members (3 week introduction to paddlesport) - coordinator Keith S



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)


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 S


Introductory Course for New Members (3 week introduction to paddlesport) - coordinator Keith S



Every second Monday of every month we hold a mini-lecture or talk at the Liverpool Marina 8.00pm start - All those interested in paddlesport are most welcome (you do not need to be a member of the club). Click for details How to take a good canoe or kayaking photograph - John Maddock and Nick Coughlin



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)



Alternative Anglesey - The endless summer weekend - Coordinator Mike Alter



Introductory Course for New Members (3 week introduction to paddlesport) - coordinator Keith S


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.


NW Region Coach Update 25 july 2010 - Chester - Coordinator Ian Bell



Cross Mersey Swim - Competent Paddlers of 3 star standard and above are required to act as safety cover for the swim - Coordinator Frank Vaughan



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 John Worswick


Swimmer safety cover for Warrington Dolphins Swimming Club Event in Albert Dock - Meet at the slipway in Coburg dock - Coordinator Frank Vaughan


The London Triathlon 2010 - Kayak Safety Cover Team – A team of six will be travelling down.  Coordinator John Worswick


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


Introductory Course for New Members (4 week introduction to paddlesport) - coordinator Keith S


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


Introductory Course for New Members (4 week introduction to paddlesport) - coordinator Keith S.


Introductory Course for New Members (4 week introduction to paddlesport) - coordinator Keith S.



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


Click here for the 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.


24/06/10 Wednesday night paddle on the River Jordon – Sefton Park Lake 23rd June 2010

Six members met at the car park next to the lake in Sefton Park on a clear warm sunny evening. After waiting for (and helping) Jim and Mark finish their admirable portions of chips, we launched into a foot or so of water beneath which lay a considerable layer of mud and weed..... seriously worth avoiding coming out in. Paddling gently across the lake, visiting walkers brought out their camera’s to take a shot, whilst we we’re able to admire a large group of runners doing some army training. Approaching the first island we came across an upturned radio controlled powerboat, which proved to be of great interest to the knowledgeable few, before a playful session under the first of two foundations which were on route. Portaging into the next pool required an elegant haul over a metal fence and doing so again allowed us to reach the end of our outward trip in a thin cul-de-sac of water. We headed back, via a more exciting 1-2foot drop, followed by a series of 4 steps with little water running over them, thus requiring a serious use of paddle and hands to get onto them.


At the site of the last portage spot a few handle grabs were carried out riding the trunk of a partly submerged tree, before noticing numerous twirls of different coloured kayak plastic embedded in the shoreline launching rocks...... ouch!! Highlight of the evening............  exiting my kayak precariously balancing on the back to try and stand up, a sudden humorous “Don’t let go of your kayak Neil, Don’t let go of your Kayak Neil” appeared whilst a devious nudge of the back end occurred from our one and only LCC founder!!. Result: me going arse over tip into a shallow pool laden with thick anoxic mud and weed, and coming up to numerous onlookers laughing their heads off!  Watch out co-members this could happen to you!! :-0


After returning to base, a coffee at the lakes cafe whilst watching the sunset finished the evening off nicely.

On writing this the next day, I still have black feet!! Lol. Neil M     (Neil M, Keith S, Jim S, Mark G, Chris F, Paul H)  More Photos……

17/06/10 Wednesday night paddle on the River Weaver 

We met at the Runcorn Rowing club site and paddled the few miles along the Navigation to the cut and where the river broke away to pour over Frodsham Weir.  This is a small weir with a pour over and very small stopper during low flow.  On high flow all weirs can be very dangerous.  After playing for half an hour or so we were just about to carry around the weir when Jon Strange`s cows wandered across to see what was all the commotion was about.  Paul suggested using his open boat as a step to carry over the old iron sluice gate.  This was seen as the safest option given the size of the herd.  However, climbing up the middle stanchion and stepping down onto the river right sluice gate would be easier in future.  We arrived back to see a fantastic sun set over the ICI Chemical works at Runcorn. A great evenings paddle.


Simon E, Martyn H, Will H, Paul H, Jim S, Keith S, Phil and John C


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17/06/10 Pyranha Demo Boat Evening at the Marina Tuesday 15th June 

 Dave Cusick from North West Kayaks brought a van load of demo down to the docks for our club night.  We had over 50 people on the water, many of whom took the opportunity to try the many different types of kayaks available.  As Club members we enjoy 15% discount on all items in the shop at Pyranha (except ex demo boats, sale items and glass P&H Kayaks) 


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Kayaks North West Discount Scheme.
Marina Village
Preston Brook
Runcorn WA7 3DW
Phone: 01928710770
Email: mattbostock@pyranha.com

15% off for members of Liverpool Canoe Club.

Where are the nearest kayak shops???


17/06/10 Monday nights talk on Freestyle and playboating (the moves and skills involved) 

This talk was relatively well attended and had slides, video and definitions of some of the moves involved.  These were split into flatwater, hole or stopper, wave and river running moves.  If your not sure what the difference is between a roundhouse and a blunt or what an ender is you really needed to be there.  Fortunately some of the moves and short video extracts are linked into our canoe and kayaking handbook which is available online.


Click here to go to the freestyle section of the handbook………

17/06/10 Lundy Island and back

During the Whit week Dinny headed down to the South West to paddle out to Lundy Island.  The surf was large and dumping so he started from Ilfracoombe and paddled out the 22 nautical miles in a very fast 3 hours 26mins. Dinny rested a while before returning on the next tide taking 4hours 28mins.   Although high pressure gave a stable weather pattern there was a large swell.  Full story to follow………  Dinny Davies

15/06/10 Merseyside International Polo Competition
This weekend saw our Division three polo side in action at the tournament at Merseysports.  Many thanks to all those who came down to watch and offer their support, especially to Katie who was there for all of our matches.


We were entered in Class 2 and were up against the likes of Manchester A, GB Ladies `B` & `C`.  The squad had two new players for the coming season, Theo and Mark both of whom played very well.  The team achieved a creditable 8th in Class 2 but it is clear we need to train more to prepare for the London International in August. The club has a number of plastic polo boats and if you are keen to play please come down on a Thursday to play informal games or talk to any of the team.  Click for more Photos…………

Dinny D, Dave C, Chris W, Phil H, Keith S, Mark G & Theo G

14/06/10 Dove Point to New Brighton and Back
 Saturday morning saw Brian G, Chris D and I, meet up at Dove point for a short paddle to New Brighton and back. After contemplating the waves breaking across the sand bank we got on the water and paddled along for a closer inspection of the effect of the wind and tide on our planned route. Approaching the breaking waves I decided a visit to Hoylake RNLI station would be much more pleasant than the waves, so we headed in the opposite direction. After a brief look round the life station and a bite to eat, we raced back onto the rapidly retreating water to return to the slipway and the cars. Frankie A

14/06/10 Last Wednesday Evening paddle – New Brighton
A group of us arrived at New Brighton to see the tide flooding in and an unusual easterly breeze picking up.  This gave bumpy conditions at the end of the New Brighton Lighthouse and made for an exciting evening.  It must have been rough as Brian and Steve decided to do the sensible thing and drive round rather than paddle across!  It was great surfing for nearly an hour but remaining in the same spot.


Brian G, Steve B, Keith S, Dave R, Mark M, Mark G, David M, Karl T, Theo G


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14/06/10 Wednesday Evening paddle – Leeds to Liverpool Canal 2nd June
Several members met at the Scarisbrick Arms to paddle a section of the Leeds & Liverpool Canal. 

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06/06/10 Sea Kayaking expedition to the Small Isles and Skye 29th May to 5th June

Saturday 29th May
The plan was to get an early start all meeting at Brians to load the trailer and gear.  Bacon butties delayed this process but we were eventually on our way.  Heavy bank holiday traffic slowed our progress and the M74 was closed necessitating a detour through Paisley. At Fort William tiredness began to set in and we needed help after filling Simons Diesel Renault with petrol (we were also filling up sigg bottles for our petrol stoves!)  Silver Sands campsite was to be our start and finish point and an ideal location for day paddles with fantastic back drops towards Eigg, Rhum and Skye. 

Sunday 30th May
- Day 1 Arisaig to Eigg
This was the start of our Expedition.  9 of us set out from our base at Silver Sands beach heading west to Eigg`s northern tip then turning south to paddle around the island.  We had our lunch stop in the bay adjacent to the harbour, then on around to our campsite by the beach in the bay of Laig looking out to the island of Rhum and the end of our first days paddle.  Anthony Vacarro

Monday 31st May  - Day 2 Eigg to Rhum (
Guirdil Bay)
After a comfortable nights camp on the grassy bank above the shoreline on the northwest coast of the island of Eigg we carried the boats down to the sea. This was a lot less trouble than the afternoon before, as we only had about thirty or so metres to do, luckily Adrian and Anthony had brought straps, all boats were heavy and needed four souls per boat to do the job comfortably.


It was a lovely sunny day, with a generally flat sea, though there were gentle rolling waves crashing into the beach, which made for a great start to the day. I was drenched by a couple of them, not doing my collar up properly all added to the experience. Helen unfortunately lost a quality water bottle that she had recently purchased, not realising until a good while later.


We paddled in a WNW direction heading towards the island of Rhum reaching close by the southwest tip of the island after about ninety minutes, visible to the south was the small island of Muck, and a lone sea kayaker who had paddled down from the west coast of Rhum. The seas were still gentle and the sun shone, it was pleasant steady paddling round the southern tip of the island.


Heading up the south west coast of the island and moving further in to the coast, it was rock hopping for a while, the swell was quite big close in and it was clear to see that there was nowhere to land if required. Towering above us were the steep rocky slopes of the island, and after a short while several dark brown long horned goats were spotted. Shortly after that deer were seen. Making good progress we reached the western tip of the island and decided we needed to stop for a while, eventually we decided to put in at a rocky cove. The shoreline boulders were big, and stepping between then there was about a metre drop, not all of us landed here because of this. It was at this cove that we met three other sea kayakers who had had the same idea, one of them had not landed either.


We were now in the Sound of Canna (a much smaller island a couple of km. to the NW) paddling up the NW coast of Rhum and after a while decided that we needed to put into the island to make camp. This is where we observed a pair of white tailed sea eagles circling above us from the cliffs. The coastline however had not changed at all, it was huge boulders on every inlet and cove. We passed several headlands expecting each time to discover something different, but were foiled each time...it was an energy sapping end to the day, and then eventually, in a small bay called Guirdil a bothy was spotted and a small section of the bay the boulders were a lot smaller and a landing was possible. We camped that evening at this location, five of the party opting to stay in the bothy, the others camped. There was freshwater and astonishingly several stags and deer grazing nearby unfazed by our presence. A comfortable evening was had by us all in the bothy. A great day. Christian Drew

Tuesday 1st June
Day 3 Guirdil Bay waiting for better weather

Having found the bothy on Monday and with the weather forecast running at force 5/6 we had concluded that Tuesday would more than likely be a day off the water. Some stayed in bothy, some decided that they would camp to avoid being kept awake by others snoring (they where the snorers) as when I woke at about 5 am to sound of wind and rain no one inside was snoring. Not to worry, I went back to sleep and like most, took the opportunity of a lie in. By 9 most people where up and about and ready if we decided to go, but having looked at the condition it was decided that we should stay put and review the situation later in the day. This we did and although very sheltered in the bay, conditions out in the sound and across at Canna where somewhat different. 


Most people spent the morning exploring the beach or just chilling in the hut. As the morning went, the wind did increase but the weather remained bright and dry. We reviewed the lunchtime forecast and felt that the conditions would not change sufficiently to make even the short crossing to Canna a sensible trip with loaded boats. We would then to have to then set up camp in cold and less shelter place.  We decided to stay put and then either cross the next day or use shelter of the cost and continue around Rum to the harbour where we would have more options, should we need it.


Around lunch time we where surprised to see 3 other people appear on the beach apparently from no where as no boats had come in.  It turned out they had spent about 3 to 4 hours walking over from the hostel at the harbour and where looking for blood stones as they where geologists and bird watching. Apparently one of the hills at the side of the bay was the only place you find the green blood stone that is unique to Rhum. We offered them a cup of tea which they politely refused but they did look at the bothy for future visits


The afternoon was spent either exploring, asleep or sorting kit washing in the stream. Simon returned about 4:30pm from a walk and discovered a sheep tick on this forearm. This gave us all a chance to try out Adrian’s new tick pliers which successfully removed the offending tick.


As the day went on a fire was lit in the fire place inside the bothy and the quality and content of various people’s jokes continued to get even worse. Tea was cooked with everyone taking great interest in each other choices of menu and how many variations of Uncle Ben’s rice you can find.


Adrian tried sculpting some seaweed into a piece of modern art which was admired in the usual polite way you do even if it doesn't quite work for you. Then Brian produced an excellent sculpture that we christened the Guirdi Gog after the bothy.  After some fine adjustment a hanger was made so it could be pace on the bothy wall for ever.


The rest of the evening was spent chatting, drinking and socializing around fire, we made an entry in the visitors log for the bothy the jokes got worse as the evening went on.


Ian Bell 

Wednesday 2nd June Day 4 Guirdil Bay to Kinloch, Isle of Rhum

Wednesday morning was still as windy as the previous day and Canna was still lurking in the dreich, and so it was that we would have to give up on the prospect of paddling over there. A good, sturdy swell was hitting the beach at Guirdil and when we set off conditions remained lumpy for most of that day's paddle. We pulled into a lovely beach at Kilmory for a brew and some lunch and met four other sea paddlers who had made the crossing over from Canna. The sun came out as we passed the northern- most tip of Rhum and paddled down the north east coast in more sheltered conditions. We turned into a strong head wind as we slogged our way into Loch Scresort and towards Kinloch, the main settlement on Rhum.
We pitched our tents on the waterfront at Kinloch which had a view over to the point of Sleat on Skye. The sun was now blazing and the wind dropping, however this meant only one thing - MIDGE HELL!  The little critters were out in force and munched their way through those who were unprepared for them, er... me. The midges got even worse as the evening progressed, some of us escaped to the "pub" and some just stayed holed up in our tents. Rhum is a very magical place but we were up early the next morning to leg it from the midge - fest.

Helen Siertsema

Thursday 3rd June - Day 7 Kinloch to Rhuba Raoanuill

I write this log in the tent at 11:15 pm largely by the twilight of the simmer dim and the firelight of the naughty boys club. No doubt the strong smoke will have a plastonarcotic effect on my recollections of the highlights of today, but here goes.

Should I look out of the tent, beyond the fire and the naughty sea boys, Loch Nevis is still and reflecting the hills of Knoydart. The tent is dancing to the glow of the fire and from the door is revealed a fire and twilit vista of soaring hills and distant dreams. Accompanied by the sounds of crackling fire, contented snoring and a cuckoo which seems to have has broken free of its clock.

However, the main reason for putting pen to paper beneath Plastic Mary is to bring the good citizens of LCC up to date with our adventures of Thursday 3rd June 2010.


Dawn on Rum came to the day as the twilight grew steadily and its light and heat began to steal through the tents. We resolutely ignored it. We continued to ignore the broken Cuckoos, the Ravens, the Buzzards and the Eagles. However, a larger relative of the Stonechat got our attention. The Stonechat http://www.virtualheb.co.uk/stonechats-hebridean-birds-western-isles-birdlife.html emits a call that sounds like two stones being clicked together, A sort of ‘clack-clack’ which must be familiar to most sea kayakers. The ‘Canchat’ is a fantastic bird, slightly larger than the Stonechat, their diet consisting of  metal encased vegetables, the call of the Canchats, ‘CLACK-CLACK, CLACK-CLACK’ as she crushes these now redundant husks at 7 am awakens the entire Island, apart from the scientist away at Askival.


We departed Kinloch in a fanfare of midges, no doubt awakened and enraged by the Canchats antics, and missed Cowboy Breakfast for a day which would bring Manx Shearwaters, Guillemots’ by the Helluvalots, a Minkie which could be counted on a pinkie, Seals, Porpoises, Dolphins, sunburn and Tornadoes. A days paddle which began at  08:30 and probably broke the Geneva Convention on sitting down.  As we headed due east out of Kinloch, a lead paddler would be selected by Keith and given a secret bearing to paddle to keep the keenest from being the meanest. In actual fact, the Point of Sleat on the Isle of Skye is pretty difficult to keep secret. However, even if most of us guessed it to be our intended destination we colluded in a similar way that allows the tooth fairy to operate a market rigged pricing system and to keep Keith Happy.


On our 3.5 hour journey to lunch, we stopped occasionally to take photos of empty sea, recently vacated by various Cetaceans with a sense of humour.  Dear reader, do not bemoan the lack of whale and dolphin photos unless you are prepared to sit through the full 3.5 hour video on you tube. 


The Small Isles really ought to be made smaller and more convenient as there seemed to be rather a lot of sea between us and lunch. Although we enjoyed our glimpses of a Minkie Whale, several groups of porpoise, and a school of dolphins jumping about in the distance. We enjoyed the sounds of Trawling which came from over an hour away on calm sea. Just as the sunburn was setting in, we saw a Tornado, in fact we saw two. I think the love struck Lotharios of the RAF were zeroed in on the delightfully co-ordinated Frankie and orange boated Helen with the twin pigtails.

Its just a pity the groups focus was mostly on rear of the first jet as the second one made its turn to port up the Sound of Sleat directly over us, the whole plane vertically sideways, and the two occupants grinning down at us and probably wolf whistling the ladies from behind dark visors.


I guessed they must have been pulling too much G to wave back, but I waved anyway. Which is a very good point in the story to have lunch. The Plastics were made to land first in warm and dry conditions at Point of Sleat with just the merest hint of dumping surf on barnacled bowling balls. It was suggested that those of us travelling composite class wait another 5 minutes for the golden sand to uncover.


Lighthouses come in all sorts, soaring majestic edifices, mute monuments to the Stevenson’s genius. Some resolutely squat and strong, their stone facades like a challenge to all nature.  Some slender and beautiful. Some like Everton mints, some like South Stack, remote, stand offish. All, however, dominant in the landscape, the stamp of man upon wild nature. Point of Sleat light falls into the Paris Hiltons dog category of lighthouses. It is neither big, nor beautiful, it can be reached and breached in moments but does a worthwhile job, and like the bag pooch, Point of Sleat would not be the same without it.   

The afternoon session saw us fixated on another man made structure, Plastic Mary, as the locals call her, stands on of the promontory of Rhubha Raonvill. The figure of The Madonna with arms outstretched was commissioned by Lady Crosthwaite-Eyre, wife of the then owner of the Knoydart Estate. She was reportedly a very religious person and perhaps wished a blessing on Loch Nevis and on all who came and went. She arrived in Mallaig on a low loader to the amusement of the locals. Mary that is, not Lady Crosthwiaite-Eyre who presumably came under her own steam.

We drew slowly to the Madonna’s feet on a crossing blessed by calm from Point of Sleat which took us past Mallaig, safely across the ferry route to Skye and into Loch Nevis after another 3.5 hours paddling which brought our days tally in at 34km.


We got landed on more golden sand, had tea, chilled out, and the naughty boys club began their whiskey fuelled pyromania. I for one remain glad the naughty boys did not know she wasn’t stone when they began their wombling orgy of hydrocarbon polymeric beach cleaning. I remain glad the sleepers survived the smoke.


Hady Slobote, rides (pen) again.


Friday 4th June - Day 6

C:\Documents and Settings\Francesca Annan\My Documents\My Pictures\climbing\small isles 2010\P6030077.JPGFriday morning saw us pack our boats for the last leg of the week’s trip. Breakfast was taken at a more leisurely pace as we were aiming for a 10am start. Keith wasn’t as comfortable as he could have been as the bench he had fashioned the night before C:\Documents and Settings\Francesca Annan\My Documents\My Pictures\climbing\small isles 2010\P6040079.JPGhad been burnt on the fire. Just as he was taking Brian and Simon to task Chris piped up with the confession that he had thrown the “bench” on the fire

We paddled away from a wonderful camp site towards Mallaig heading towards the coastline for shelter from the wind, which had picked up as forecast. With Helen taking the lead we C:\Documents and Settings\Francesca Annan\My Documents\My Pictures\climbing\small isles 2010\P6040094.JPGmade steady progress and headed around the corner into Mallaig harbour. With the boats in the public slipway various refreshments were consumed, and Brain, Ade and Simon headed into town for a cooked breakfast at the Seaman’s mission. 


With everyone suitably refreshed the final short leg of the paddle back to Silver sands began without any ferry dodging in the harbour.  Checking for traffic on the water as the lead paddler was happily a straight forward affair. We paddled down along the coast past Morar and gorgeous sandy beaches, where Tony took over leading us along the shoreline back to camp, all too quickly despite a head wind getting closer to the end of a great weeks paddle.  As the camp site came into view a few stopped for a rolling clinic, before landing for the last time.  Well almost the last time as Brain, Keith and Ian decided that a beautiful day needed a little more paddling so they popped round to Arasaig whilst everyone else emptied boats, sorted gear and reflected on a wonderful week.


C:\Documents and Settings\Francesca Annan\My Documents\My Pictures\climbing\small isles 2010\P6040108.JPGDinner that evening was taken in the Arasaig Hotel (which Brian had booked on the earlier paddle – amazingly they weren’t put off by his rubber wear!) with wonderful traditional Gaelic music provided by a local trio of musicians. Driving back replete we watched the most spectacular sunset before diving into tents to escape the midges.

Saturday 5th June
An early start with a short drive down to Morrison’s and a full Scottish breakfast to send us on our way.  The run home was clear and relatively speedy.  This years trip was a little later in the year and enjoyed a much better weather pattern which enabled us to get off-shore to the Islands.  Summers only downfall is midges, which can be prolific when the breeze eases off but this can be dealt with by careful selection of campsites, head nets and returning to tents during dusk.  Alternatively, Brian`s solution is a large smokey beach fire!

Frankie A, Christian D, Ian B, Keith S, Simon H, Brian G, Adrian M, Anthony V, Helen S
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29/05/10 Chester Weir
Chris, Mark, Emily and I popped down to Chester weir last Wednesday to play on the steps while 3 groups from Chester Scouts ran the weir. Although there was little water we still managed several vertical manoeuvres.  The tail at the bottom was ideal for practising breaking in and out.  The venue is ideal for a first time on moving water.  More in formation…….

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