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28/06/11 Kayak Safety Cover at the
Many thanks to the 40+ club members who helped out at
the Liverpool Triathlon on Sunday (and the 3 practises in the weeks
before) We raised over £1360
for the club with a donation from the organisers for our help. If you would like to help in future with
safety kayaking please consider a Swim Event Safety Award (SESA course). There are still some places on the Club
course on 3rd July at the Marina…..
More information on kayak teams etc……
28/06/11 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.
Informal trips arranged by club members are circulated by the club`s Googlegroups email system.
28/06/11 Monday Night Talks
We have just finalised speakers for the summer season. We have Nick Cunliffe, Ray Goodwin and Allan McDonald giving talks at the club for free this summer. Click the links below to reserve your seat(s) now before they are all gone…….
19th September 2011 (3rd Monday)
Sea Kayaking - Nick Cunliffe (www.kayakessentials.co.uk) Local Wirral man now working in North Wales
8th August 2011
Open Canoeing - Ray Goodwin Ray will have copies of his new book on Open Canoeing available for sale after the presentation. If requested he will gladly sign them for you.
11th July 2011
Merseyside Mountaineers & Explorers - Talk from the author Allan McDonald (This lovely book tells the story of Merseyside greats - Bill Tilman,
Menlove Edwards, Alan Rouse etc)
28/06/11 Upper and
Eight of us met at the Tryweryn on a hot sunny Sunday morning expecting to be jostling among a throng of enthusiastic kayakers. Instead we found we had the river pretty much to ourselves. I'm sure that rafts outnumbered kayaks at one point.
and Ruth A had already run the upper T and joined the rest of us below
and Ruth left for home, then after a quick shuttle and a bite to eat, five of
us set off from the Chipper to run the upper section. The Upper Graveyard is
always a nice place to play in the eddies and we ran it twice for good luck
before dropping down into the main Graveyard section. We stuck close together
and grouped before each section to check we were ready (and for me to learn
which line to take). A great time was had by all as we flew under
Unfortunately, that's where my luck ran out and not far below the cafe I went for a swim and a free back massage courtesy of the notorious fingers section. Thanks to the quick reactions of the rest of the group, my kit was rescued and we all got off the water - Thanks for your efforts folks - very much appreciated!
Thanks also to Helen for organising what was a very enjoyable day for all! John Maddock More Photos………
It was a little windy in the afternoon but had died down a little for 6:30pm. We started off on lee of the prom but Darren still had a few problems as the surf broke around the breakwater and onto the beach. A couple of empties later and we were off against the tide to get a feel for conditions.
After about 20 minutes we turned and went against the wind to the lighthouse and braking surf. This time, against a strong back eddie, we eventually rounded the post that marks Perch Rock and into the Bay on the North Side. As the wind eased further a few large swells gave some interesting (and at times exciting) rides into the beach.
The water was incredibly warm but salty and the conditions proved ideal to develop our skills.
Next Wednesday we are paddling the River Alt from Maghull to Formby…….
21/06/11 The Merseyside Polo tournament
team got off to a great start winning their first game against
Unfortunately the rest of our 9 games did not go to plan and we lost the remaining games. Sometimes this was due to the oppositions speed and quality but sometimes we pushed too hard and simply gave away the ball to easily. We ultimately came 1oth out of 10 in Division 1.
The tournament enjoyed some excellent weather and it was good to see lots of club members drop in to see what polo was all about. The game is similar to basket ball with 5 players on each side with up to 3 subs. The idea is to pass the ball down the pitch and score in the oppositions net which is 2m above the water. If you are interested in playing the game email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or just join in on a Thursday night at the docks – any boat or helmet will do to start with.
There may have been a little more water going down the Dee today than in previous weeks and we spent the evening paddling over the steps, put the nose of our boats into the weir slot to launch ourselves skywards or just practising braking in and out in the tail below. We were joined by groups from Mould and Peninsular but there was still plenty of room on the steps and weir below.
Wednesday we venture across to
21/06/11 The Great North Swim – Windermere Kayak Safety cover
A number of our members helped with the safety
cover last weekend of the biggest swimming event ever to be staged in the
The three-day British Gas Great North
Swim at Windermere in the Lake District, showcased an array of world-class
elite talent with the best of British taking on the might of
The open water swimming extravaganza got underway on Friday 17 June and continued right across Saturday and Sunday – with the one-mile elite races taking place on Saturday at noon (women) and 12.30pm (men).
You can see the rafts of comments about just how great the kayakers were on Facebook here: http://www.facebook.com/greatswim
20/06/11 The River Tryweryn Festival 18-19th June
Three members of LCC made the trip to Bala on Friday evening
and pitched their tents in a field adjacent to
As we tucked in to the BBQ laid on by the organisers we got chatting to our fellow kayakers, some of which had made much longer trips than ours. There were a couple of members from Surrey Canoe Club, another four from Southampton Canoe club and a guy called Tim from Birmingham who, as far as we could tell, was the only open boater on the water at the weekend. After a few beers and a very poor joke telling session we retired to our tents in readiness for the mornings paddle.
After breakfast we drove up the centre have a look at the manufacturers stands. Pyranha, Big Dog, Wave Sport, Robson and Bliss stick all had boats to demo and Palm and Nookie were selling their stock as well.
After a quick walk of the upper section (Sam hadn’t
paddled this before) we headed back to the campsite to get changed. We put on
below Bala Mill falls and paddled the short section to the get out. We were met
here by the minibus and shuttled back up to the centre. We put on above the
chipper in the Top Hole and practised our eddying and ferry gliding. After
The first run down the upper section was excellent and
pretty uneventful except for a couple of rolls each from Sam and Roy. With
Needless to say the second running did not go as smooth as the first with three more swims, and a few must make rolls.(Amazingly, none involved me for a change, a fact made all the more remarkable as I somehow managed to run Bala Mill Falls backwards second time around.) Sam had also collected a nasty bump on his head, we had lost a paddle and we had to affect a pretty difficult boat rescue at one point. Plenty to talk about in the pub later!
We all made it back to the campsite in one piece and got ready for the evening meal. This took place in the Old School Restaurant and was followed by a photo slide show and prize giving for the various events run on the river that day. These included a photo competition, a three man relay run, a duo rolling comp and a bizarre event called eight ball, where four kayakers attempt to run from above the Café Wave to below the NRA wave whilst trying to avoid being blocked by the centre staff in huge black dinghies! As if running the river isn’t tricky enough!
Next, the seventy or so people in attendance were treated to
an awesome film of an expedition undertaken to
The next day we went back up to the centre to take some pictures of the competitions in full flow and to haggle for Nookie merchandise before we left for home. The Festival is really well run and well worth the £25 ticket as it includes two nights camping, two evening meals, as many shuttles as you need and free entry to all the competitions. The three of us had a brilliant weekend and met some really friendly people and aim to return next year in bigger numbers.
Chris M, Roy Mc, and Sam G More photos………
15/06/11 SUNDAY –
Chris has just posted some awesome photos of the day back in May. Click for photos……….
15/06/11 LCC Raffle at the Jim Krawiecki talk raised over £100.00
The raffle for a guide book, and several P&H caps
raised £100.00 which was handed over to Sue Webster (Chairman RNLI Port
Of Liverpool Branch)
It was a lovely evening and the pictures were amazing.
I have attached a flyer for our event at Liverpool Football Club if you could let your members know. The events are always a sell out and raises a good few thousand on the night.
Many thanks once again Brian for inviting me and please arrange a Sunday when you can get a group of people together for a visit to Hoylake Station.
14/06/11 Sea Kayaking in Northern England &
started paddling in any old kayak he could muster during the school holidays.
He has since paddled (and swum) many of the exciting white water rivers of
A passion for sea kayaking combined with an
interest in writing and photography, brought about the first comprehensive
Guidebook to the Welsh coast, for sea kayakers. His first publication (
Jim lives in
Other Guides by Jim
A group of us met up on the river for around midday. The river was on 10 cumecs (that extra cubic metre of water made some of the waves that little bit heavier than usual”.
Most of us managed three runs, with many practising numerous techniques on the graveyard section. Many thanks to Anthony K for his encouragement and coaching on the day. We had lots of practise at breaking in and out.
Justin C, Neil M, Anthony K, Michal G, Sara B, Keith S, Chris M, Keith Scott, Roy M More Photos……..
As members of
of us met in front of the Mersey hotel under the Widnes side of the
tide running against the wind a number of standing waves were visible under the
bridge. Most of us took advantage
of this and surfed for an hour or so.
As the tide eased we made our way up towards
It was a most enjoyable evenings paddle. Next Wednesday we are at Chester weir.
For more accurate tide times go to http://news.bbc.co.uk/weather/coast_and_sea/tide_tables/5/456/
Canoe and Kayak UK magazine is running a feature on Liverpool Canoe Club in its next issue (July No. 124) which is on sale from June 9th.
LCC members doing their thing on the water will also feature. Could you be one
of them? This issue will also ship
with a FREE sea kayaking DVD from Cackle TV. I have just ordered my copy via the Magazines
Reading about the club from this perspective makes one realise just how successful it has been since a small group of us first muted the idea of a a new and different kind of canoe club back on that wet and windy night in October 2008.
Well done to everyone, old members and new, that have given so freely of their time, enthusiasm and commitment to get the club to where we now are.
I for one am certainly proud to be member of Liverpool Canoe Club.
paddlers turned up for the
The Conway Estuary is an easy river to explore, with great sights along the way and an interesting get out point for lunch (I can only leave the photos to tell that story for themselves). We were lucky to have blue sky's throughout the day. Those of us that didn't get covered in mud or stuck in the sandbanks certainly had a good laugh at those who did. (you know who you are!)
The last part of the trip does get a little draining, but the thought of that cold pint waiting for you at the end certainly motivated me.
I hope to see every one again on the next trip out, and for anyone that did not come, there always next year. Enjoy the photos..... Darren Hale
Mark Moore has posted his photo record of the trip on YouTube – Click the link below to view the movie
Day 1: Loch Beag to
Day 2: Lussa bay to Craighouse – 26.1km
Day 3: Craighouse 0km
Day 4: Craighouse to
Day 6: Luing to
Some photographs have been posted on the site. Click to view them…….
Saturday 28th May / Sunday 29th – A wild weekend in Oban
Oban – Gallanachmore campsite
Saturday morning its’ raining and the wind forecast isn’t looking too favourable, but hey I am on holiday! Meeting up at Brian’s talk turned to paddling options and the weather forecast over bacon butties provided by Brian. (sadly Brian couldn’t join us but made sure we set off fully fuelled for the long journey)
After padding and faffing the trailer was loaded with boats and Simon’s van filled with bags and people and the convoy to Oban began, only 2 hours behind schedule.
silver Clio that literally stopped on the bends on the way past
Sunday morning arrived wet and windy and waking to hear Keith calling a meeting under the tarp to discuss the days plans did raise some of us from our snug comfy tents so with little prospect of paddling, after meeting under the tarp preparations for the day began .An hour back asleep was great prep for contributing to the Oban economy, but first a visit to view the Falls of Lora in the wind and rain. Following this a party of us intrepidly explored Tesco and the outdoor shops of Oban and lunched in a cafe for shelter. Back at camp the discovery of the campers’ kitchen made for a pleasant evening cooking and eating with a little planning thrown in. This was now the Jura trip. The weather forecast and late start meant this was a better option. As I sit doing this write up on a campsite by the Jura distillery - good plan is the thought that springs to mind. Frankie
Monday 30th May – Is there any tide in the Sound of Jura?
Craignish Point to Lussa Point
Armed with an AA road map we waded through what smelt like the devil’s excrement with copious amounts of rotten fish thrown in (putrefying kelp), and after much balking at the smell we were finally on the water with the Paps of Jura in our sights.
We crept down the west side of the Craignish peninsula with the tide pushing against our bows and the stiff breeze wafting against our salt matted hair and gleaming pates.
Our progress over to Jura was brought to an abrupt halt by a feisty little tide race that was steaming past the tip of the peninsula. At this point we took an extended lunch stop for three hours and waited for the tide to slacken off. Much mooching, munching and boat spotting ensued.
clock came and we were finally in business. The tidal stream had slackened and
it was all hands on paddles. The
views across the sound of Jura were stunning with the spectacular Paps of Jura
in the distance. It took us roughly
two hours to cross the sound in breezy yet pleasantly bouncy conditions. From
near the top, north end of Jura we paddled down the calm and sheltered east
side of the island towards the tranquil
After all the initial stops and starts we were finally on our way and cooking with gas, so to speak.
Tuesday 31st May – The Distillery
Lussa Point to Craighouse
Light was just dawning over the Sound of Jura as I awoke at 0520 so as to catch the early morning shipping forecast. Oh well, the report sounded favourable, and as I couldn’t hear any rain on the fly, it was promising to be a lovely start.
A quick breakfast, and then just as I started to take my nice dry tent down, along came a shower. Darn! The rain soon passed, boats were loaded and we set off for the second day of paddling, with a rainbow leading us on to journeys end. I wondered if there would be a pot of gold at the end?
The group zoomed along the coast, staying close in to try and catch sight of any wildlife. We were soon rewarded, a group of deer were foraging close to the sea shore, however, they were hard to spot as their colouring provided excellent camouflage.
Elevenses, which is more a state of mind than an actual time, was taken in a delightful old harbour. The sea wall steps providing a perfect sun trap of a pit stop, but all too soon it was away with the munchies and back on to the sea. From this point on, the scenery changed as we began to get sight of the Paps of Jura for the first time, and a change in the geology meant the coast line frequently was devoid of anywhere to land. Also we were now no longer in the lee of a headland, and the sea had changed slightly in character.
We reached a beach, perfect for lunch, but were advised that an even more perfect spot was only a short paddle further. This second beach was full of golden sands, protected from the increasing wind and had guaranteed perfectness. We paddled hard and soon arrived, to find a windy stinky, gloopy, knee deep landing through rank kelp. Nice! But we stopped anyway, we had paddled far enough!
Fully revitalised, we headed on. However someone decided that they needed to put reins on Helen just to stop here form running off. Her race was a picture!
With uncertainty over the next days paddling prospects, the group split. Some went to the shop, whilst others looked for a campsite. We touched lucky, very lucky! The small shop had an amazing stock, whilst the local hotel allowed us to camp on their front lawn. No charge, but donations gratefully received at the bar. NB, they also had showers and washing facilities that we could use.
That night I found my pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, a delicious venison pie in the pub. Fantastic! Mike A
Wednesday 1st June – Any Port in a Storm
Woke up Wednesday morning to strong winds and rough seas meaning no paddling today and a forced stay at our campsite below the Jura hotel within the shelter of Craighouse bay.
Not a lot to do around hear other than a tour of the distillery or feed the midges some took the opportunity to dine in the Jura hotel we all had a drink or two in the bar, although not all alcoholic (in content I mean). Thursday’s weather report promised to be good so to bed early for a 7am on the water start. Although Glad of a safe haven I think we all will be keen to get paddling in the morning – Anthony Vaccaro
Jura is famous for raised beaches
Jura is famed for its spectacular
raised beaches. Abandoned shoreline caused by dramatic sea level drops,
some of these beach lines can be seen some 30 metres above the present sea
level. This island (and all of
Thursday 2nd June – the Sound of Islay and the west Coast
Craighouse to Rubh an
t-Sailein - Edge of
It was with rested arms (storm bound in Craighouse for 24 hours - thank goodness!) and full bellies (venison pies, sticky toffee puddings, apple pies and 16 year old malts) that we broke camp from our delightful spot, bathed in the gentle spice/honey/ peaty aromas of the Jura Distillery. We were all keen to get back on the water and following our master and commanders' (Keith and Ian - poetic licence only, don't let it go to your heads…) instruction we were on the water by 7am.
My boat considerably lighter now for having offloaded several tins of gin and tonic; the sun shining and the wind at our backs, we enjoyed a glorious paddle round the bottom of Jura into the Sound of Islay. Scenery to die for; seals playing alongside the boats, deer watching from the shore, cormorants drying their wings on the rocks, the conditions perfect as the tide turned to push us along to elevenses (flushing toilets and running water!) at the Feolin Ferry. It doesn't get much more idyllic than this, I thought to myself. …..that was until Helen broke the magical poetry of the moment with her delightful pirate talk (this is on a need to know basis, suffice to say, the magic was gone, replaced with much laughter and hilarity…….).
We surfed out of the Sound of Islay on the Cal-Mac ferry's wake under the shadow of The Paps. Briefly exposed to the winds and big swell as we crossed the mouth of Loch Tarbet it was noticeable that Helen's usual position (20 feet out to sea from the rest of the pack) was wavering, her powerful strokes were no longer forging her certain path through the waves…..John M went to her rescue, only to find that her skeg had disappeared…. Thankfully, we soon reached the lea of Colonsay and everyone was back on a straight line through to our next idyllic wild camp at Rubh an t-Sailean. Nearly 35 km under our belts, we set up tents and then spent an afternoon relaxing in the sun/exploring the headland.
John M set off as team photographer (thanks John) to capture more of the island's beauty and soon found a magical storm beech of flotsam and jetsam. Tony chose a pair of shorts to explore in, only to return covered in ticks, thankfully, he avoided the adders. The rest of us had the weighty decision to wrestle with…..when to cook dinner to avoid the midges vs lying around in the sun. I think we all timed it to perfection (other than my falling backwards off my cooking rock) and after washing up in the harbour with a seal for company, we all retired for an early night and well deserved rest, to be back on the water again at 7am. Another perfect day. Kathy M
Friday 3rd June
Rubh an t-Sailein to
My day started a bit damp getting the dew wet tent stowed and getting under way a little too slow (sorry guys). The seal, that had checked us into the little harbour we camped next to was breakfasting somewhere else, so off we went.
With pleasant following Atlantic swells we made excellent progress up the west coast. There were seals and deer right at the shore to enliven a morning that already had sunshine and blue skies. What would be next? I kept looking out to deeper sea to the west hoping for a square silhouette on the waves. This, I understand, is the shape the basking sharks fins make when they are on the surface.
No sharks though. Then, John calls from the back of our group “I think there’s a dolphin here”. Between us and the shore we are gifted with a pair taking a breath or two. A big one and a little one, maybe mother and calf. Thanks John, I’d paddle round the island just for that moment.
A sprint to catch the group up had me doing the cooked lobster in my drysuit, salopettes are the way forward. A bit later, Keith and Ian lead us into a lovely sheltered bay for a nice long lunch in the sun with a couple of nice yatchs and the opportunity to see what Corrievreckan looks like in flow.
Yes, big impressive standing wave. Then we see the high powered tourist boats ferry gliding in front of the wave. Their motors sounded big and yet still being challenged by the flow. Glad we waited for the slack water.
Mind you, an elderly gentleman, who had escorted us into the bay in his aluminium dinghy and tiny outboard tells us that it’s possible to make passage using the little refuges and a locals knowledge of the eddies and currents. He wasn’t crossing, but he did leave well ahead of us. Motoring close to the shore and puttering away round the headland.
Much preferred our leaders plan and later cautious departure, up the south side of the strait to the east end and then after a good look, across we went. Big eddies some more than fifty feet wide pushed and pulled us in a weaving path. Good that these were just the ghosts of the forces when the tide was in flow.
Then we were across.
The bothy camp site on Scarba was a bit too exposed and small, so we made a second little crossing with an oblique following sea to the next island, Luing. This wave pattern was a new challenge, Helen had fun without her Capella’s skeg. I certainly learned improved technique with my Thatcherite (as in, not for turning) Icefloe. Stable and sea kindly the boat looked after me, really well. Might not use a wing paddle next trip though, ahem.
Wild camping again, we were visited by some locals. Seems John had pitched next to a favourite scratching post for the Angus herd sharing our accommodations and we were between them and their evening drink. They were gentle, though, and left the tents alone.
Last night,the two pleasant nights in the haven at the Jura hotel meant a lovely big dinner as the sun went down beautifully, we even drank some of the wine I’d hauled round all week!
Amazing day, great sights, the best company. Lifetime memory.
Thanks everyone. Paul Hanley
The Corryvreckan is the
third largest whirlpool in the world, and is on the northern side of the gulf,
surrounding a pyramid-shaped basalt pinnacle that
rises from depths of 70 m to 29 m at its rounded top. Flood tides and
inflow from the Firth of Lorne
to the west can drive the waters of Corryvreckan to waves of over 30 feet
(9 m), and the roar of the resulting maelstrom can be heard ten miles
(16 km) away.
Saturday 4th June – a short hop home
Having run the 'tongue of the Corryvreckan tide race; breaking out into the Sound of Lung we were left with a 45minute ferry glide across to Lung Island. That evening it was time to reflect on a week of paddling and enjoy the setting sun surrounded by water and amazing panoramic mountain views. We were also joined by the resident Angus herd who seemed to know the tide times as much as us as they munched their way through the camp and cross a small inlet exposed by the low water - the bull being most impressive. John`s tent narrowly missed being mistook for an expectant heffer!
As we sat around our stoves cooking our evening meal (to the
sound of I've got some broccoli left does any one want some) I carried on
stirring my pre packed soup and pasta with an inward chuckle. The weather
again transformed the view as a blanket of cotton wool cloud enveloped the
landscape blotting out the whole of the isles of Scarba and
We all zipped up our tents encouraged by the chilly wind and incoming rain ready for a 7am start. We woke up to a clear sky and the stillness of an early morning slack water, 7am had been an significant number as it corresponded to high or low water, the crossing took no more than an hour or so with relatively flat water for most of the way; for most of the time we were immersed in our own thoughts reminiscing on the weeks events and experiences. Eventually I began to recognise some familiar features, namely the stone boat house and slipway the point of our departure some 6 days ago. Thankfully the tide was still high so we could paddle over the kelp field that we had to negotiate on the first morning we had reached Craignish Point and the end of a great sea trip - thanks guys for making this happen and being part of a great group of people.… John P
Ian Bell, Keith S, Frankie Annan, Mike Alter, Paul Hanley, Simon Howlett, John Pegram, Kathy Morton, John Maddock, Helen Siertsema, and Anthony Vaccaro Click for more Photos….
05/06/11 SEA KAYAKING FOR
SOFTIES – Sea Kayaking in
seadogs from Liverpool Canoe Club set sail from
Just 24 hours later and in very pleasant conditions, we sailed onto a vacant mooring in Fornells half way along the north coast of the island. This was to be our base for a couple of days while we hired some sea kayaks from a beach-side shop. The rates were reasonable and included boats, paddles, buoyancy aids and spray decks. Even though this was early in the season, some of the boats, entry level Easkey and Dagger sea kayaks, were already showing signs of salt corrosion on the seat and foot peg adjustments and would have benefitted from some fresh water TLC. I guess this is part of the risk when hiring gear. I took my own 4-piece Lendal paddle but the others in our little team got on just fine with the basic fixed feather blades included in the hire price.
in the Balearic chain of islands and has Majorca and
sailed in the Med for many years, our experience is that in general it’s
a mostly benign place in the summer and even though storms do occur, the air
and sea temperatures are so pleasant and the
water so clear, coping with rough conditions is made much easier and it’s
a good place to develop and improve sea kayaking skills, although don’t
go there if all you want to do is paddle in tideraces. Comfortable night
temperatures also make light-weight camping a pleasure and part of your
“must have” kit should be a mask and snorkel and perhaps a small
pair of fins. I know it’s a long way from the kind of rough-tough sea
kayaking that many LCC members seek out but for us,
Our sea kayaking was over far too soon but while sailing around the island, we saw many enticing areas that made us want to go back and we discovered a number of places where kayak gear could be hired:
Click HERE for a trip report written by a team who circumnavigated the whole island in 2006.
Pete and Carole Thomas, Steve Gille, Don Brooks More Photos from our trip………….
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