Volume 11 Issue 02

February 2011

February Paddler
The monthly newsletter of Liverpool Canoe Club

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31/01/11 River Lune – 3 gorges and a portage

 

Full report to follow……  Helen Siertsema

 

Paddlers: Roy M, Dom B, Helen S, Michal G, Anthony V, Keith S    More photos………

 


31/01/11
Club Paddles - Click on the main club calendar for an updated list of paddles and events.
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.

 

 

Date

Event

03.02.2011

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

05.02.2011

Div 3 Polo tournament at Stockport pool - Why not come and support our team coordinator Dinny Davies

 

06.02.2011

Grade 3/4 paddling trip - North Wales - Coordinator Helen Siertsema

 

10.02.2011

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

 

13.02.2011

Sunday Morning Session at the Docks - coordinator Dom Buckley

14.02.2011

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...... 6 short kayaking films for Valentines - Keith S

 

18.02.2011

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

24.02.2011

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

25.02.2011
27.02.2011

Scottish camping trip on Loch Lomond (Open boats, Sea Kayaks and Touring kayaks Welcome) - Coordinator Chris Fletcher Click for more information

 

27.02.2011

Sunday Morning Session at the Docks - coordinator Dom Buckley

27.02.2011

BCU North West Coach Update day - Borwick Hall - Click for more details - Contact Ian Bell

05.03.2011

Div 3 Polo tournament at Stockport pool - Why not come and support our team coordinator Dinny Davies

12.03.2011

BCU two Star Assessment Course - Click the link for details and to book - Limited Places

 

13.03.2011

Sunday Morning Session at the Docks - coordinator Dom Buckley

14.03.2011

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...... Kayaking in Norway - Alastair Randall

02.04.2011
03.04.2011

UKCC Coaching course L1 or L2 Click for more information.......

 

21.04.2011
25.04.2011

Easter Scottish White Water (Open Boats and Sea Kayak) - Club trip to Fort William - Coordinator Theo Gaussen

29.04.2011
02.05.2011

Bank Holiday Pembroke Weekend - Whitesands Bay St Davids - Coordinator Keith S

30.04.2011
02.05.2011

Kari-Tek's Mid West Sea Symposium, Argyll, Scotland

13.05.2011
15.05.2011

35th Annual Scout & Guide Training Weekend at Bala - Some BCU courses available to members with pre-requisites - BCU Coaches from LCC usually offer to help - Coordinator Alison Bell

20.05.2011
22.05.2011

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

21.05.2011

Canoe Polo Tournament at Roundhay Lake - White Rose CC

28.05.2011
04.06.2011

Whitsun Half-term week Scottish Sea Kayak Expedition - Led by Ian Bell Coordinator Frankie Annan

 

04.06.2011

Conway Estuary Paddle - Take the tide upstream past the Castle and the river valley beyond, have lunch and return- Suitable for all types of kayak or canoe - Coordinator Daz Hale

26.06.2011

Kayak Safety Cover - Liverpool Triathlon - Why not help provide safety cover as one of our 6 kayak Safety teams at the Liverpool Triathlon - coordinator John Worswick

15.07.2011
17.07.2011

Alternative Anglesey - The endless summer weekend - Coordinator Anthony Vaccaro

22.07.2011
07.08.2011

2011 - 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.

30.07.2011
31.07.2011

The London Triathlon 2011 - Kayak Safety Cover Team - Coordinator John Worswick

 

12.02.2012
19.02.2012

LCC Ski Trip to French Alps - Limited places so please contact the Coordinator Andy Wrigg if interested in receiving more details

20.08.2012
03.09.2012

2012 Club Expedition to Alaska - coordinator 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.


28/01/11 Liverpool Coastguard Station may close under Government proposals

LIVERPOOL Coastguard station could be shut down or downgraded under the latest Government cost-saving proposals.

The station currently covers an area from Queensferry to the Mull of Galloway, operating 24 hours a day.

Under proposals outlined by Shipping Minister Mike Penning, Liverpool is competing against Belfast to become one of five regional sub-centres which would operate during daylight hours only.

There will be just three 24-hour operational centres - at Aberdeen, in the Southampton/Portsmouth area and at Dover.

Read More…….

Have your say – check out the feedback form HM Coastguard Proposals for Modernisation Consultation 2010……

 

25/01/11 Sunday 23rd Paddle River Dee (Llangollen to Ty Mawr country park)

A group of us have used this section of the Dee previously as its a good introduction to 'white water'

Six of us from LCC(myself, Mark Garrod, Chris Murphy, Roy McHale, Andy Wrigg and Michal Giezgala) met at the car park at the Ponsonby Arms in Llangollen and put on below Town Falls.

The water here is fast running and it had Andy looking a little worried (it was his first paddle on moving water). We started off at 1300hrs and spent some time, early doors, practicing ferry glides and breaking in and out.  Once happy with the water we continued downstream at a leisurely pace. The river is mainly Grade I with several small sections of Grade II and towards the end is 'Trevor Rocks' which is classed as Grade III; but generously so at lower water levels. We navigated several sections of Grade II and Andy and Michal quickly became more confident as we continued downstream. At approx 1430 we arrived at Trevor Rocks. After a quick look, it was decided to run river left, down through the central channel under the bridge.  All ran without any trouble..

Just below the bridge we found a small play wave, so a few of us (all except Roy actually to think of it !!! ) spent 10 mins having a bit of fun before continuing downstream over a few more small Grade II sections to the get out.
At a large pool at the 'get out' the group decided to enjoy the icy cold water and took the opportunity to practice their rolling technique and loved the brain freeze !!! Michal even performed a hand roll...

To the groups astonishment though, Andy wasn't content with only that amount of Brain freeze and whilst getting out of his boat at the river bank he decided that it was still tooooo warm so took to falling out of his boat and enjoyed the only swim of the day !!!! Thanks for the laugh Andy.

In all, we spent a quite leisurely 2hrs 15mins on the water and is a well recommended route for club paddlers just starting out on white water.

 
Keith Scott   More photos……….


25/01/11 Liverpool Canoe Club at Canoe Polo Tournament 3; Division 3 North Saturday 15th January 2011

The Team attended its second Division 3 tournament of the season.  We faced some difficulty as we were playing the 4 leading teams at this tournament but all the games were relatively close. 

 

Dinny, Cat, Phil, Dave, Theo, Joe and Keith.   More photos from Katie………

 

 

 

24/01/11 River Dee Paddle (Farndon to Chester) Sunday 23rd January 2011

A dozen of us took to the water to paddle the 20 km from Farndon to Chester.  We left at 10.00am on a crisp, dry, wintry morning .We had sea kayaks, open canoes, a sit on top and river kayaks in the group .Halfway we met two more club members who had paddled up from sandy lane to meet us. It was a trip of two halves; the first to the lunch stop by the metal bridge on the Eaton Hall estate was dead easy.  The current just carried us along with little effort on our part.

 

Lunch over and the slog began. A high tide ensured we had to paddle against the current for the final bit as the flood tide flowed upstream over the weir at Chester. Some of us found this character forming (i.e. it was hard work).  Without incident we arrived at Sandy Lane for 3.30pm.  I was tired and a little stiff but glad that we had completed our little trip.  Thanks to all the participants, especially the coaches; Ian B, Steve B, Karl L, Kevin D and Keith Jackson who helped make the day a safe and enjoyable excursion.  Dom B

 

23/01/11 Hilbre Island Paddle Saturday 22nd January 2011

 

I arrived at West Kirby and was surprised to find about 40 boats on the slipway, I didn't realise Karl was so popular.
 
He wasn't. MAD Canoe Club and Chester Canoe Club were there as well.
 
18 of us were there for the paddle. 16 sea boats, one sit on top and an original 1962 folding wood and canvas sea kayak that had travelled up from Cambridge with Ian. The weather was cold and a mist was over the water, but visibility was OK. the sea was calm. I could see Hilbre Island but not Point of Ayr.
 
We travelled as one group and nobody was allowed to overtake Keith so that we didn't string out too far. "Slow down Steve Bond!" So the pace was a steady paddle up to the Island. When asking Chris why he chose a different route to everybody else he gave the answer of a molecular physicist. "The displacement of the shallow water over a sand bank creates more drag and friction when an object travels across the surface, than on the deep water channels that have been carved out of the sea bed......"
 
What?
 
 On arrival at Hilbre Island, we landed on the beach for lunch. I was first to land and was so hungry that I decided to jump in the water, much to the delight the few who saw. (See Karl, I said I would put that in.) After lunch, 9 of us went round the Island to play in the waves and overfalls by the slipway. There were a few waves there, but nothing too choppy for a sea novice like myself. Karl was a little too scared to go round the Island so stayed on the beach.
 
I was enjoying the trip but I just wanted to see a seal. I was later told, "They have been travelling with us all the way, one followed Brian round the Island, there were two by the slipway. etc., etc." Great! Didn't see any.
 
We arrived back at the slipway around 2pm, got changed and went to the Ring O Bells for a warm drink.
 
Thanks Karl for a great day out. Another 74 mile trip for my paddling log!
 
Paul Harwood
 
Paddlers:D.Hale, Mark M, Karl T, Steve G, Carole T, Pete T, Bob G, Brian G, Paul H, Keith S, I Richards, Steve B, Ian C, Tony B, Chris F, Cloe R, Declan R, Mike B
 

 

More photos………….

You tube slide show from Mark Moore…..

 

19/01/11 VHF Radio Course for LCC members at the Marina Saturday 15th January 2011

 

9 of us attended the RYA VHF radio course run by SeaVoice Training.

 

Saturday saw 9 budding “Radar O’Reilly’s” attend an intensive VHF radio training course.  Colin our trainer (a part time coastguard at Crosby) started by asking us to introduce ourselves  using  the phonetic alphabet, good job it was written down in front of us.  He brought numerous portable and fixed radios for us to practice with.  We asked for help, Mayday’d and Pan Pan’d all day long, there were plenty of “Overing”, “Outing” and plenty of “Rogering”.  Although “Roger” is not an official “Proword” (official language of the airwaves) he assured us that coastguards were known to “Roger” now and then.  The day culminated in a practical assessment and written test, all passed with flying colours

 

Thanks to Colin from Seavoice Training who has promised us a tour of Crosby Coastguard Station (before it closes)

 

  John Worswick

 

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11/01/11 Free digital copy of Ocean Paddler Magazine for LCC members 

 

Ocean Paddler – the sea kayaking magazine
An exciting concept in paddle sports publications

Aimed solely at the ocean paddler and published 6 times a year by Masik Publishing, Ocean Paddler’s pages includes trip and expedition reports, technique articles, reviews, guides, interviews and much, much more. All the articles will inform, enthuse and excite today’s sea paddler

Please click the link below to receive free access to our online / digital version of Ocean Paddler Issue #23.

 

 

http://www.oceanpaddlermagazine.com/3D-Issues/OP23-3D

 

 

You can print from the internal menus but at 68 pages is may be cheaper to purchase a copy.

 

 

 

 

09/01/11 How far do you paddle in a year?

 
Ever wondered how many strokes or km you paddle each year. Some members of the club have started to keep a record of the distanced paddled using a paddling log. You can use a map, google earth or GPS to measure accurately or just estimate the distance. You can use one of the paddling logs below or use your own design. The paddler(s) who paddle the furthest each year will be awarded a prize at our AGM.

If you need advice or more information please contact Adrian Mould Click for contact information........

 

LCC Paddling Log.pdf   Paper version of the log
LCC Paddling Log.xls    Excel spreadsheet which tally’s distance automatically

 
07/01/11 Cable Bay to Llanddwyn Island and Return - 3rd Jan 2011

 Although the weather was warmer and the sea was calmer than recently, the right conditions for photography were not with us on this trip. Nonetheless it was a great day out with Ian B, Brian G and Ade.

 

 

A highlight was coming across the metal bow of a wrecked boat - emerging about a metre above the surface of the sea. There was no buoy immediately near it, but there was a green starboard marker maybe a quarter or half a mile out to sea from it. I tried to find out about the wreck on the internet later, but no luck I'm afraid.

 

Jonathan Maddock        More photos……

04/01/11 Halloween and Christmas paddle photos added

 

Even more photos of the Halloween and Christmas paddles have been added to the website.

Click for Halloween photos…….

Click for Halloween video…..

Click for Christmas paddle photos…….


03/01/11 River Weaver paddle from Runcorn Rowing Club to Dutton Locks 11.5 miles

 

 We met at Runcorn Rowing Club car park at 8:30 on Sunday morning, the weather was overcast and the temperature was showing as -1 degree on my cars thermometer.  The four paddlers were all in sea boats and had agreed to go for a fat-burning paddle, and to see were the river would take us.  The members of the Runcorn Rowing Club extended a warm welcome and we launched from their site.

 

We set off at an easy pace enjoying being out with good company at a nice venue, taking care to avoid ice-bergs and polar bears.  We were careful to avoid getting in the way of the Runcorn teams who were flying along, the crews acknowledged our consideration and many "happy new-year's" were exchanged.

 

The during the trip we did a few sprints to get the tickers going, and the temperature did not bother us at all.  We went all the way to Dutton Locks and had a brew and a butty before heading back.  The trip took approximately 4 hours 30 mins, and the estimated distance was 12 miles (via Helens GPS).  Whilst this pace will not get us a Guiness record, it was a very enjoyable trip and helped us to shed a few mince pies worth.

 

Get in touch if you would like to join us next time for a good aerobic paddle. Simon English

 

Paddlers: Helen Partridge, Ron Burke, Paul Harwood and Simon English.

 

More Photos……..

 

03/01/11 Christmas Rolling Competition 30th December 2010
The pool sessions over Christmas saw some frantic rolling as members try to better the times set last week.  You have 30 seconds to complete as many rolls as you can.  Boat choice, smooth clothing, paddle type and choice of partner for the Eskimo rescue all seem crucial.  Many thanks to Dave Reynolds who devised and ran the competition.  Congratulations to Danny who managed the most rolls.  Information on the pool…….

 

 

Hand rolls

 

 

 

Paddle rolls

 

 

 

Eskimo Rescues

 

Boat

Name

Rolls

 

Boat

Name

Rolls

 

Boat

Name

Rolls

Necky Jive

Chris Franks

8

 

Sea Kayak

Brian Green

7

 

RS300

Theo Gaussen

5

Rotobat

Dan Byrne

17

 

S6

Ian Bell

8

 

Pyranha Creek  

Keith Scott

5

Pyranha Creek

Mark Garrod

14

 

S6

Dan Byrne

13

 

 

 

 

Rotobat

John Maddocks Jun

13

 

Creek Boat

Roy McHale

7

 

 

 

 

S6

Ian Bell

10

 

Playboat

John Maddocks Snr

11

 

 

 

 

Rotobat

Little John Maddocks

11

 

Necky Jive

Chris Franks

13

 

 

 

 

polo bat

Mark Garrod

14

 

RS300

Theo Gaussen

10

 

 

 

 

Rotobat

Danny Byrne

17

 

Pyranha Creek

Mark Garrod

12

 

 

 

 

Rotobat

Mark Garrod

16

 

creek Bt

Roy McHale

9

 

 

 

 

Rotobat

Dave Reynolds

8

 

creek Bt

Chris Murphy

9

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

creek Bt

John Maddocks Sn

6

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

daggger RPMI

Keith Scott

6

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

creek Bt

John Maddocks Sn

12

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

creek Bt

Roy McHale

9

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rotobat

Danny Byrne

15

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rotobat

Dave Reynolds

12

 

 

 

 

 



03/01/11 Rhoscolyn to Trearddur & back - 28th Dec 2010.

Five of us set out from Rhoscolyn bay along a grey murky, misty coastline. Although visibility was very poor, at least it wasn't cold anymore and the Force 3 - 4 wind was set to gradually increase only slightly through the day. The bay itself was calm and peaceful, but we knew things would get more interesting around the corner. Sure enough, the sea was being channelled through the gap between Rhoscolyn Beacon and the mainland. The wind was with the tide and it quickly pushed us through the gap, where waves crashed into the cliffs and bounced back at us. It was very lumpy but manageable - we surfed our way to Trearddur Bay incredibly quickly, with the tide in our direction and a following wind.

 

Brian and Danny played in the surf by the rocks in the middle of the Bay, before we went to the slipway for lunch.

On the way back, the swell had increased and we were paddling against the wind in what remained of the flood tide. Everything was OK until Rhoscolyn Beacon loomed out of the mist. As we approached, the swell became steeper and occasionally white crests appeared on the tops. Waves were exploding onto the cliffs - not exactly the right time for taking photos! We kept close together as a group and thought about how to navigate the Beacon area.

Option 1 was to go towards the Beacon, then surf back landward before reaching it, tucking into the calmer water behind it. This would be tricky for me, but do-able.

 

Option 2 was to go between the two major rocks that make up the Beacon Skerries, then turn towards land in their lee. Between the two rocks was what looked to me like a wall of white waves and churning foam. This was a no-go as far as I was concerned.

Option 3 was to go around the Beacon on the seaward side. This was just a bigger  version of Option 2!

While the others carefully considered our options (!), the waves seemed to be lumping up higher. I had one of those moments where I wondered what I was doing out there (yet I wouldn't have missed being there for anything!). I threw my pride overboard and shouted "Let's take the easiest route". After more careful consideration, we all took the easiest route. Phew!

 

 

We were soon surfing the last of the waves into Rhoscolyn Bay, where Brian couldn't resist a roll or two before we landed on the sandy beach.

That trip was a great learning experience for me. The sea conditions were challenging, but because of who I was with, it was safe and reassuring.

Thanks again to Ian for coordinating the trip and thanks to all for looking after me.

 

Paddlers: Ian B; Helen S; Danny B; Brain G; & me (John Maddock)  More photos………….

 

 

03/01/11 Boxing Day paddle 26th December 2010

Seven of us headed off into the cold wind for a Boxing Day paddle from New Brighton to the Egremont Ferry.

 

The wind made the temperature feel much colder than the minus 3 degrees that my car registered. It was too cold to play for long in the smallish waves off Perch Rock, but it was an enjoyable paddle in great company.

 

Cheers,

 

John 

 

Click for more photos……….

 

 

03/01/11 January’s Newsletter Published
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