Volume 10 Issue 10

October 2010

October Paddler
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30/09/10 Pool Sessions start at our pool next Thursday (7th October 2010)
To save unnecessary journeys it is now possible to pre-book a half-hour slot at the pool anytime from 7 days before the session.

It is anticipated that our pool session will be very popular again this year and we are therefore dividing the hour into two half-hour slots. You can either share the hour (1 boat) with a friend or partner or pre-book the first or second half-hour. If there is space on the night you can extend your slot to the full hour when you arrive. It is still possible to book when you arrive (subject to space on the night) 

 

 Click for more information……..

 

30/09/10 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.

 

 

02.10.2010

LUCC trip and session at the docks - as one of our affiliated club they would welcome any of our members to join them or help out - coordinator Fionnán Mainstone

 

03.10.2010

Tryweryn or Dee from Chain Bridge - coordinator Helen Siertsema

 

03.10.2010

Mersey Descent Race and Tour - LCC Coordinator Paul Hardwood

 

05.10.2010

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

 

07.10.2010

Assistance needed to transport the kayaks and paddles to the pool - Meet at the Marina at 7:00pm to help and then take the boats directly to pool

 

07.10.2010

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. Click here for more information....

 

09.10.2010

Walney Island Half-circumnavigation with camp on Piel Island - ideal for those relatively new to overnight trips in sea kayaks, navigation and skill - Coordinator Keith S

 

11.10.2010

Club AGM and slide show - Prince William Sound (Alaska) Sea Kayak Expedition 2010 - Liverpool Marina Club (L3 4BP) -7:30 for 8:00pm Start

 

12.10.2010

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

 

14.10.2010

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. Click here for more information....

 

14.10.2010

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.

 

16.10.2010

Introductory course for new members (1 of 5 sessions) Click for more information........

 

16.10.2010
17.10.2010

Pyranhafest - Bala - the annual Pyranha weekend for fun, coaches, staff and team boaters - All Welcome

 

23.10.2010

Introductory course for new members (2 of 5 sessions) Click for more information........

 

26.10.2010

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

 

28.10.2010

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. Click here for more information....

 

30.10.2010

Introductory course for new members (3 of 5 sessions) Click for more information........

 

30.10.2010

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

 

04.11.2010

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. Click here for more information....

 

06.11.2010

Introductory course for new members (4 of 5 sessions) Click for more information........

 

08.11.2010

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...... Open boating film - K Steer

 

12.11.2010
14.11.2010

Cumbrian Paddling Weekend - Based at Hawes End near Keswick - Click for more information......

 

13.11.2010

Introductory course for new members (5 of 5 sessions) Click for more information........

 

13.11.2010
14.11.2010

Bivi style camp on Peel Island. Lake Coniston suitable for all craft; opens, sea kayaks or gp boats - coordinator Keith S

 

12.12.2010

Sea Paddle and Christmas Nibbles Llandudno Beach Cafe - Contact Brian Green

 

13.12.2010

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...... Paddling Gear, the good, the bad and the ugly - Ian Bell / Keith S

 

22.12.2010

Liverpool CC Christmas Dinner and Social - Liverpool Marina Club - Coordinator Theo Gaussen Click for more details.............

 

10.01.2011

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...... Sea Kayaking film - Keith S

 

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.


30/09/10 Club Awards for 2010

Please vote, even if you do not know the paddlers as every vote counts and it is going to be close this year.  Send your votes to website@liverpoolcanoeclub.co.uk The winners will be announced at the AGM on Monday 11th October. All members welcome at the AGM – 7:30 for free buffet food.  Click for more information…..

  

2010 Paddler of the year (Please vote)

Please send your nomination / vote by email to website@liverpoolcanoeclub.co.uk

 

James Orritt

Brian Green

Frankie Annan

Carl Leungsangnam

Mark Moore

 

From beginner to paddling Alpine rivers in less than a year. James (age 13) has been on numerous club trips, Conway and Angelsey Weekends as well as two weeks in the French Alps with the club.

Brian has been a keen organiser of sea trips within the club.  He paddles most weekends and is keen to help those new to sea kayaking.  He has also made excellent links with other paddlers and organisations (NWSK, Canoe lifeguards and the Marina)

Frankie has developed her paddling skills over the past few years and coordinated the club trip to Rhum at Whit this year.  She was a member of the Prince William Sound expedition and delivered her Monday evening Talk on food for the paddler earlier in the year.

Carl has been to nearly every coaching session at the docks and the pool and has introduced most of our beginners to paddling.  Without Carl`s reliablity and time many of our sessions just would not run.  Thank you Carl

Mark started paddling a year and half ago.  He is extremely enthusiastic and always greets you with a smile.  He painted the racks and trailer at the dock. He has paddled regularly and is on most club trips, Anglesey, Pembroke and the Alps

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2010 Swimmer of the year (Please vote)

Please send your nomination / vote by email to website@liverpoolcanoeclub.co.uk

Kirk Williams

Neil Moult

David Brockway

Jim Slater

Justin Cooper

Mark Moore

For managing to get wet - even inside a drysuit!
Story - Whilst sea paddling, Kirk decides he needs a wee. He lands on an desolate beach, pulls his boat out of the water, goes to corner and undoes his relief zip. Fully relieved, he turns only to see his boat floating off into the blue. Not to worry, I've got a dry suit on, he wades in only to suddenly notice that he is getting rather wet. He had forgotten to redo his relief zip.
Kirk was later spotted doing feet elevated press-ups in order to help the water run out.

Swimming in Sefton park after a gentle nudge on back of kayak by a paddling companion.  The most innocent of small nudges resulted in Neil standing knee deep in smelly lake water - sorry.

Despite ripping up nearly every wave in the Alps and displaying excellent kayaking skills David got caught by the smallest little weir encountered by the group and instead of rolling up bailed as soon as he hit the water.  He quickly got himself back in his boat hoping nobody noticed, but we did.

Fell out of his boat while getting out at the pontoons at the Marina.  Someone then shouted "quick get a camera".  Jim tried desperately to get out before evidence could be gathered but this only slowed his progress

I would like to nominate Justin for the award of Swimmer of the Year.  When taking a number of beginners he was demonstrating sculling, while trying to work out what one person was doing he forgot to scull and ended upside down.  In his surprise he then let go of his paddle, with no one around able to T rescue him he continued his showing off to the beginners by demonstrating his swimming ability

Whilst surfing at Rhosnieger he came out of his boat after being hit by a  monster wave, screaming "help, help I'm in a rip tide", but then found he could stand up with the water at chest height only to be rolled over again by another monster wave. I couldn't help for laughing.

 

30/09/10 Salford swim, a big thank you to all the Safety Kayakers
P
lease will you pass on my thanks to all the canoeists on Sunday...I thought I saw you there and then wasn't sure if it was you! It probably was! It was very morale boosting to have you all there and it must have been a very long day for you all and rather chilly. It made a huge difference to the day and I hope you were rewarded not just in heaven (as you will be). The day was superbly well organised and you all played a big part in making it a success.  Best wishes, Avril


LCC Paddlers -
Kathy, Claire, Justin, Antony, David, John, Pete, Al, Michal, Leanne, Kaylia, Keith, plus anyone else I missed. Dave R   More Photos……..

28/09/10 Stacks, Anglesey, Sunday 26th September 2010

 
Brian Green, Ian Bell and I set off from Porth Dafarch in flat calm conditions. This was a trip I knew was for experienced paddlers only, so with a bit of nervousness on my part, we headed out of the bay. The tide soon began to push us towards the stacks. At first, the pace was barely noticeable. On the horizon I could see white breakers just beyond a small island - we were approaching the tide race at Penryn Mawr. An RNLI RIB was playing in the eddyline - bouncing off waves and pointing its bow skywards. Gulp! As we approached, things were getting faster and faster, then we were beyond the point of no return. The tide race was like a big lumpy conveyor belt leading out to sea for a distance of maybe a mile, made of fast moving waves generally pushing seaward, but with plenty of erratic ones that seemed to move sideways, disappearing as quickly as they appeared. We shot past the small island, Ian cutting straight into the eddy immediately behind it. I didn't want to risk the eddyline at that point as it was fairly severe, so I bounced along in the main flow for a while before cutting into what was left of the eddy. The indistinct line was made up of boils and whirlpools that appeared out of nowhere. These weren't your average bath plughole whirlpools. These were a couple of feet wide and about a foot deep - and right next to my boat! Not wanting an early swim, I made for a calm spot, while Ian and Brian played on the wave train. Beyond Penryn Mawr, we kept well clear of the shore and allowed the tide to push us to South Stack. Here, the water was calm so I could take some photos of the lighthouse. We saw a couple of dolphins / porpoises (not sure which), and watched the Holyhead lifeboat cruise past us.

Before long, we reached another tide race at North Stack. This was smaller, less powerful and more manageable, although it was still choppy and "confused". Then about a mile from Holyhead breakwater, we were in what was for me, very difficult conditions. We were surrounded by waves, maybe three feet tall, capped with white tops. They were appearing from behind and to our sides without warning, causing my kayak to turn off course as one would hit the bow and another hit the stern. I was paddling forwards and bracing to stay upright but I was getting nowhere. I shouted to Ian that I was on the limits of my ability. He indicated to head towards the cliffs, out of the main current. Amazingly, the sea state dropped to being calm again. Phew! Soldiers Point was still a way off, so we changed plan and headed back, under the footbridge separating South Stack from Holyhead Island. We couldn't land at Parliament House Cave because it was occupied by seals. We kept well away to avoid disturbing them before moving on to where climbers were scaling Gogarth Cliffs. Beyond that were huge sea caves and opportunities for rockhopping that suited all abilities.

We decided to stop for lunch at a stony beach. Being in a plastic Capella, I volunteered to land first so that I could do my best to protect Brian and Ian's composite boats from the bigger rocks and occasional wave. I chose the right time to touch the beach and leapt out of my cockpit ready to assist - but slipped on wet seaweed at the same time as my numb legs gave way.  I fought valiantly to stay upright and save my dignity. I spun round and somehow staggered over the bow of my boat before falling backwards onto the rocks. Physically uninjured, I consoled myself with the fact that this did not officially constitute a swim, even though Ian may say otherwise!

 

The rest of the afternoon was spent rockhopping and exploring the huge sea caves and arches, some of which could be paddled through.  Paddling around the Stacks is an unforgettable experience. It has such a variety of sea conditions, breathtaking scenery and sea life. I can't recommend it enough for any confident paddler. Thanks to Brian and Ian for looking after me. It's great to be in such good company, but particularly on a trip like this.  Jonathon Maddock  More photos……

27/09/10 Pool sessions start again on Thursday 7th October

 
We intend to move 20 of the clubs kayaks to the pool on Thursday 7th October.  If you are available and would like to help with the move please meet at Marina at 7pm.  (Especially if you have a van or trailer available)

 

To cope with the anticipated numbers this year we intend to split the session into two half-hour slots which can be pre-booked (either at the previous session or online).  Members can use their own boats, which must be clean and are brought in via the fire doors at the front car park.

 

Pre-book your first session………

 

Maps and location details………….

 


26/09/10 Anglesey Surfing - Wild geese, sunburn, surf and sea.
 
Chris T, Roy Mc, Steve, T, Chris T, Michal G and Paul H arrived at Rhosneigr for an 11 o'clock start of surfing on the local beach. Chris had great pleasure winding Roy up, having forgotten his boots. Roy took even greater pleasure when Chris had to go to Tesco later on, instead of the pub, for the sleeping bag he had forgotten.
 
We looked to the sea, anticipating the huge waves that had been promised, only to find that it was flatter than the docks.
 
Roy and Chris decided that we were going to Lligwi Bay. It had to be better than here. They pretended they knew where it was, so we all set off.  Four short GP kayaks and Steve and Slightly older Chris in Sea kayaks, all following each other.
 
"Twenty minutes"
 
After 45 minutes, we found a couple of horse riders who gave us correct instructions. After 15 more minutes we found the same 2 horse riders who laughed and wondered how we had only driven a mile.  Finally, at 12 .15pm we arrived. Bright sun, lots of waves, a little wind and all to ourselves. We quickly changed and bombed in.
 
Slightly older Steve was in his sea Kayak and his "spray deck came undone" on the 1st wave, Then it was Roy, then Paul, then Chris and Michel and we were loving it.  There were a few boat swaps, the sea kayakers were much happier in Paul’s and Roy’s little boats. Paul even tried out his inflatable and it surfed great.
 
Paul was in a shorty wetsuit, and would you believe it, even after scraping ice off the cars in the morning, he had red raw arms and head with sunburn, only big white lines due to the helmet and gloves.
 
Three of us are on the Foundation Safety and Rescue Course and we used our new found skills with ease, which was a good job because we were in the water a lot!  Except Chris T who somehow managed to stay in his boat all day. But he did forget his sleeping bag!  Paul Harwood   More photos……..

 

26/09/10 Club AGM on Monday 11th October
The Club AGM and slide show – 2010 Club Trip to Prince William Sound, Alaska is on Monday 11th October 8:00pm at our usual venue, The Liverpool Marina Club. (7:30 for 8:00pm Start). We are in the main conference room downstairs (Just past the bar).

 

                        • Any motions from members (Proposer and Second) should be forwarded to website@liverpoolcanoeclub.co.uk before Monday 04/10/10. Click for current motions and agenda…..

                        • We need everyone to vote for the paddler of the year 2010 (and swimmer of the year 2010). Click here for a list of nominees……..  Please email your vote to: website@liverpoolcanoeclub.co.uk

                        • The current, Chair, Secretary and Treasurer are due for election each year and we are looking for active members to volunteer for these roles. If you would like more information or wish to discuss the role then again please email. website@liverpoolcanoeclub.co.uk

                        Minutes from 26/09/10

Programme

7:30 – 8:00pm – Buffet food (please help yourself) and automated slide-show of club photographs and activities over the year.

8:00 – 8:20pm - AGM (Election of Club Officials, Paddler of the Year, Members Motions)

8:20 – 9:30pm - Club expedition to Prince William Sound – Alaska (Presentation by the expedition members)

9:30pm - End of meeting and socialise.

Click for map and directions........

Liverpool Marina Bar & Grill Harbourside Marina Plc Coburg Wharf, Sefton Street, Liverpool L3 4BP


21/09/10 Coniston Family Weekend

Report to follow……..   More Photographs………..

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



21/09/10 Your digital version of Ocean Paddler Magazine

 

As a member of Liverpool Canoe Club you will receive a copy of the glossy, sea kayaking magazine.  Please click the image or link below (You do need flash player 8 or above installed)

 

Click here…….

 

16/09/10 Surfing at Crosby – Wednesday night paddle 15th September

Ok I’m either a bad scal or a dude, but OMG yesterday was awesome!!! Living in Crosby James and I drove down to check out the waves as it was very windy, to be honest I didn’t think we would have a chance of staying upright for a second. As we approached the beach, our concerns were consolidated; the waves were, in my experience, massive! Had a quick word with Keith as I knew for sure we would be requiring guidance on this water, but before we knew it we were in! Getting onto the River Mersey was really difficult as every wave pushed us back. James (13) didn’t quite have the weight to keep his nose down and was almost vertical when he flipped and swam (his first swim, despite 2 weeks in the Alps, about time!!!)

 

Back on the water we both fought to get through the waves, amazing feeling, fabulous fun! Then I remembered I was supposed to be trying to surf.  Theo gave me a few pointers and WOW that was fast. Squealing like a teenager I raced, on the crest of a wave, literally onto the beach. Not quite the stylish finish on bay watch, but hey. We both played on, James too caught some waves and flew across my field of vision, with a beaming grin. We had to stop, when we both realised how totally exhausted we were.  Thanks to Keith and Theo for the towing in!!! Can we go again?  Sally and James Orritt


14/09/10 Four Week Introductory Course

During the summer we run an introductory course each month for our new members who have little or no experience in canoeing or kayaking.  This month was again oversubscribed with 33 on the course and 17 reserves.  Both Monday evenings so far have been extremely windy but with the help of 5 of our coaches we have managed to get some paddling in.  The relative shelter of the docks has meant that we have been able to use our two training areas to good effect. Just as a reminder, if you are attending any club session during the Autumn please make sure that you are dressed appropriately and as the evenings draw in please bring a head torch or similar (if you have one).  

13/09/10 Sun Seals and Surf – Hilbre Island Sunday 12th September


Conditions were a little breezy as we set off for Hilbre Island on Sunday. Ian had originally planned it as a Wirral scout and guide trip but only Alex was brave enough to face the wind. As someone fairly new to sea kayaking and only on my second Hilbre trip I think ignorance was bliss until we started hitting some big waves.

With a lot of patient encouragement and advice from Brian and Ian to stop me heading off in the wrong direction, and quite a bit of paddling on the spot into a headwind, we eventually got close to the islands. Then came the breakers! Alex and I took a few deep breaths as we landed for lunch in the sun.

 

There were plenty of opportunities to show off surfing skills on the way back. Danny, Brian, Chris, John Maddock and Mike Alter and Karl went to play while Ian gave Alex some advice and then Karl kindly volunteered to keep an eye out for me going swimming. John was enjoying the waves so much he went for a swim in them. Then Alex decided to join in and take a swim as a wave hit the side of her boat. A quick boat swap was done with Danny and we all carried on enjoying the seals and surf. The final swimmer of the day was Mike, hit side on by a wave – I missed this as I was distracted by seals.

 

Although a little scary at times, it was a great trip. Ian said it was one of his best. I would like to say a huge thank you to Ian for organising it and getting kit there for me, and to everyone else for making a really supportive group.

Thanks guys. Ian B, Alex S, Danny B, Mike A. Chris F, Brian G, Karl T, John M  Emma Kearney

 

Attached are some photos from Sunday's trip. It was a bit choppy, so I didn't take many.……. Jonathon Maddock   More Photos……

11/09/10 Seaquest and Seatour 2010 - LCC Seatour 2010 Winner!
 
I arrived at the start and looked out over the murky, muddy waters of the Wyre, signed in and got ready for the race. I was in my Master TG and didn't fancy doing 15km so opted for a shorter 5km race. A good choice as it was quite windy and 15km would have killed me.
 
There were over 30 entrants for the Seaquest 15km race and all in sea kayaks.  There were 8 for the Seatour 5km, mostly all in short kayaks but one sea kayak and one K2.
 
The race was a orienteering style challenge and I had to get out of my boat a couple of times to punch my card. as well as looking for floating markers in the water. The tide was with me on the outward leg and was against me as I returned.
 
I was behind all the way, seeing the leader leave every marker just as I got there. I just paddled hard and eventually I was able to catch up and overtake as I came to the end of the race. The last marker was just by the finish line. I jumped out of my boat and my dead, jelly legs were under me. I couldn't even stand up properly and 2nd place was just behind me. I managed to keep him behind, wobble/run to the finish and win the race by a mere 5 seconds.
 
I won a small trophy and some Brookbank vouchers (not enough).
 
I will defend next year!!
 
Paul Harwood  More Photos….


08/09/10 Chester Weir
Following the previous days rain the river was higher than normal and looked a little brown from silt washed down in the current.  We all played on the fish steps and in the tail below. This is an excellent little spot for playboating and general White Water practise.

 

Sally O, James O, John C, Keith S, Justin C, John S, Anthony B More Photos…..



05/09/10
Verdon Gorge Thursday 5th August – Club trip to the Alps
Verdon Gorge, an early start for a long journey. This gave James and I a good long wake up time on the bus, much needed as we had only made it back to the campsite at 11pm the night before due to a delayed rail journey. En-route we saw beautiful fields of Sunflowers and Lavender. At one point we followed a tractor with a Lavender harvest, it was quite overpowering, with a distinctly antiseptic sting to the eyes!

We arrived at the gorge at about 11am. We still had a stunning journey through it to get to our proposed ‘swimming’ spot. The roads twisted, as you might expect, clinging to the steep cliffs of the gorge. At about noon we abandoned the bus in the best ‘parking’ spot we could find, strolled down the lane, and ate lunch, surrounded by serious geology!

As we munched, we watched, rafts and water levels, fearing the worst… the water was too high and our ‘swim’ was not to be! A part of me was relieved, having had a rather long ‘swim’ under my kayak a few days before, but most of me was disappointed as the water looked amazing, and this time the plan was to get wet!

Our alternative was an excellent short walk, through tunnels cut into the gorge, a real adventure, and delightfully cool J. On the way back James and I explored the rocks and steam under the foot bridge, rinsing away the mud from the tunnels and the dust from the path, in fresh pools under the trees, perfect.

Back at the bus we found a parking ticket, couldn’t be avoided really, but a bit annoying. Next I thought we were heading home, but we hadn’t really seen the best of the gorge yet, as we travelled, it kept on getting better with views that stretched and stretched, further than my eye could see. We enjoyed the fact that the thunder clouds were so far away, we’d miss them, and we did!

We stopped to eat on the way back, but were on British time and had trouble finding any-where, luckily we stumbled upon an Irish pub, every town has one. I thought I’d ordered steak, but got a burger, hey hum. All fed, we embarked on the last leg of the journey, back to the camp site – very well done and many thanks to Keith and Tony for loads of tricky driving and a really memorable day.……. Sally Orritt   More Photos……


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