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26/07/11 River Mersey Paddle
We had a very memorable day out on the river
All the more memorable for the sighting of three Porpoise off the beach near
I have been kayaking on the sea locally for many years and have never seen them before, the water quality must be good!!
26/07/11 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.
22nd July to 7th
August Club Alpine paddling holiday 2011
More than forty (41) of us were due to meet up in L’Argentiere
La Bessee and were booked onto the campsite at the Whitewater course. The Minibus and trailer headed out
We had all spent over an hour loading our gear which all had to be weighed first. (Last year the trailer was far too heavy and only just made it over the Col du Laurent). Some had perfected the technique of “supporting” aka lifting their boats and bags while on the scales, others had sneakily given some of their bags to those coming out in cars or vans!
Ian came up with all sorts of excuses for being late but we all know that it was to avoid the weigh in, those that loaded his gear estimate the weight to be 63Kg,
Anyway, the trailer was far lighter that last year and we
made good time on our way down through
Keith and Emma`s group headed for
Our problems started the day before though on the approach to
Eurotunnel. Engine warning light appeared and after quick assessment
realised a split water hose. So the decision was made to do temporary repair to
make our train and to sort once in
How I had a woody when I went to see Micky Mouse and his crew at EuroDisney
Luckily the guys forgot to bring my reigns and so I was able to reap havoc at Eurodisney !!! I spent most of my time in the gift shops and the rest of the day stalking Woody and pushing all the young children away so I made sure I could get my time with the characters. I was so happy after getting my picture with my best pal (see picture to the right) and that’s how I got my Woody !!! Myself and the rest of the group thoroughly enjoyed the Light Parade and the fireworks at the end of the day. After a few beers and last minute shopping, we helped a group of French people jump start their car, communicating on hand gestures and pointing then bravely continued are journey back to the hotel. The detour was well worth it and gave us a chance to stay clean and forget about car mechanics.
Mark Garrod More Photos…..
24/07/11 Middle Durance
The first day kayaking, a Sunday, on the Durance, was brilliant! While some of us tested our steele on the slalom course the rest of us prepared to leave. We started from the campsite at L’Argentiere La Bessee at a leisurely 11OClock.
Although it was still the Durance, it had evidently changed since last year and several eddies were washed over, their defending rocks moved and submerged by this year’s floods. The water level was lower and once we had to pick between two channels divided by a gravel bank, whereas last year on this same section it was possible to ferry glide all the way across!
The gravel banks with their various channels caused some confusion, when John (spelling??) found himself going down a different channel to the rest of his group, while those he was stranded away from found themselves facing a tree across the flow. Thankfully Iain navigated his group successfully around the tree.
Mark and Jim took swims in the early stages of the paddle, no doubt to cool off in the hot July sun. Surprisingly these swims gave them some contentment and helped get them back in the swing of things.
Reaching St Clement provided more opportunities in the form of a slalom course. John capsized below the first wave, and that night enthusiastically relayed his story of falling headfirst side on into a ten foot (query?? two foot, I might have misheard, but this sounds better) stopper he hadn’t previously noticed; that must have been a nasty surprise!
Anthony also managed a sneaky swim, sneaky only in that no one else other than himself seemed to know about it! Anthony, that could have been today’s best kept secret!
All in all a good day’s paddling to reintroduce us to
the speed and volume of Alpine kayaking, providing a good warm up and an
opportunity to practice our skills, including rescues! Anthony (Dad) even got
to use his throw rope!
Michael Brockway More Photos…..
25/07/11 Upper Durance
After yesterdays swim I was a little nervous about
today’s adventure but with my safety crew of Team Brockway. I set off
shaky but determined to enjoy it. The Upper Durance was a different type of
paddle than yesterday’s, being shallower, faster and rocky with lots of
obstacles to try to avoid. Jim S took a nasty tumble on a tight bend resulting
in a bouncy swim, safely recovered from his team mates of that day. I was
taking lots of helpful advice from Anthony and practiced my ferry gliding,
eddying in and out as my confidence grew I started to really enjoy this section
of the river. Billy from Team
Mark Moore More Photos…..
25/07/11 The Gyronde
Second river of the day and a more serious challenge at Grade 3 plus, 21 paddlers met at the put in, Les Vaudois Camp site, We split into 5 groups, each group lining up on the bank, in turn, to launch together into this fast flowing, narrow, boulder strewn river. Keith`s group went first followed by Helens, mine, Marks then Ian`s as the rearguard.
My group consisted of Jim, Billy and Steve, we lined up, launched and picked the best route through the numerous rock hazards making the occasion eddy that was just big enough for the group to fit in. We had the occasional boat broached on a rock but all credit to Jim and Billy, they sorted themselves out and slid gracefully back into the flow. In what seemed no time we were ushered into to an eddy at the top of the dangerous weir. Once all groups had portaged the weir it was off again, navigating the boulders and twist and turns of the river. As the river eased we entered the River Durance and eventually arrived at the Slalom section adjacent to the camp site. This was the time to play, making eddies or not, rolling or the odd swim and those that wanted repeating the experience for further practice with most of the others watching on with cameras and throw lines should there be something embarrassing to capture, alas there was nothing worth reporting.
Over our evening meal it did come to light that Helen had
popped her deck above the weir and paddled with most of the river in her boat,
their was a dispute as to whether this was a swim but I will leave it up to the
reader and you can quiz Helen.
Anthony Brockway More Photos…..
26/07/11 The Lower Guil
This was my first time on this river in
Around 26 of us turned up to try out the
Have a look at the photos for today, and seriously think about coming out next year just for this river alone.
Daz Hale More Photos…..
26/07/11 The Lower Durance
After a mixed session of great ferry gliding, wave playing and a few capsizes we got out for a midday break and rest at the café at St Clement. Seeing the same 2 dogs stalking the few fish in the swimming pool brought back memories of the year before. Following a pair of paddle boarders (a first sight for many of the kayakers on the bank) we set off on the second part of our journey down the Lower Durance in four groups. Travelling down, the river soon became more rapid flowing and the waves began to grow as we got closer to the highlight of this section……. The Rab wave. Although not as high as last year, the wave trains provided great fun to bounce over whilst meandering through the mountains.
As we approached the “Rab Wave”, apprehension of those in our group new to this section grew and we eddie’d in a few hundred meters upstream of the first group. Watching Keith S go over first, paddlers were glued to watching his line and waiting for his signal. A second paddler successfully conquered the wave before a few took a swim, which along with jostling with the rafts who occupied our line caused a backlog upstream. The extra wait just increased nerves as paddlers thought more and more about their route rather just getting on with it. Setting off, keeping far left was advised and a gentle float to the crest before powering through enabled success. With everybody finally over the wave, we meandered down to our get out point in Embrun.
Neil Moult More Photos…..
Steer, Steve Bond, Dominic Buckley, Michal Giezgala, Jim Slater, Mark Moore,
Helen Siertsema, Anthony Vacarro, John Pegram, Anthony Brockway, Michael
Brockway, David Brockway, Ian Bell,
session of moving water course – River
Wednesday 20th July saw the third and final
evening of ‘intro to white water course’ taking place at
Llangollen, River Dee. If the first evening of the course on
We set off from Chainbridge Hotel and watched the club paddlers launching down a steep wooded bank to bounce off a rock into the flow. This was the first of many surprising things to come. Stuart H was the instructor for the course, assisted by Fred. His patience in explaining to me what an eddy was and how to break in/out, had to be admired. My other course participants where Sarah, Grant and Phil. All I felt, showed much more confidence and flair at dealing with this moving water stuff.
We paddled downstream and soon got out, to view the Serpent’s Tail. At this point I thought a portage was in order and was gathering strength for it. However, the section was on offer and Sarah quickly piped up that she wanted to be first. Somehow I heard my voice saying that I wanted to be second. We all took the opportunity with varying outcomes. Courage instilled by Stuart’s unwavering confidence and the tapping of his helmet, saying ‘touch wood’. I wrestled the Serpent’s Tail until I bounced out of the final fall, rapidly in the direction of the rock, so decided my coping strategy was a swim. Big thanks to the owner of the voice that shouted, ‘Swim, Swim HARDER!’ as I was quite disorientated by my first white water dunk. Seriously though, I wouldn’t have entertained this water if it hadn’t been for the support of the other club paddlers ready with throw lines and waiting downstream ready to help swimmers and retrieve boats. Your efforts and skill are much appreciated.
learning how to swim over a fall, and what it feels like to bounce your
backside off a rock, with and without kayak, we were thoroughly prepared for
The evening was rounded off with a return paddle along the feeder canal, which took us back to the Chain bridge Hotel. Even this had a surreal feel, as the dark descended and the flitting bats scooted overhead. This paddle has to be one of the best and I’m sure the other course members would agree. After hearing that the sections are grade 3 and 4 respectively, we were even more proud of ourselves. Hopefully, Stuart is leading more instructed trips in the future and I’m sure to book on. Jude Jones More Photos….
We were staying at the Anglesey Outdoors campsite / centre near the Valley of the Rocks Campsite just outside Holyhead. We arrived to find that a Wedding party was booked in along with a school group. This was very much to Helen’s liking, especially with the Karaoke kicking off at around 10.00pm More information…..
Saturday Surfing at Rhosneigr
On the way to
After a bit of confusion in reception about bookings it was off to see who else had arrived. The sea kayakers were out in force, all sitting by their tents tinkering with their kit just like a pit crew at a F1 race. I think we have brought the wrong boats I said to Ivan just as Jenny and Chris came over and said they were off to Rhosneigr for the surf. So off we went.
After sitting by the lifeboat station for 15 minutes wondering where they were it dawned on me we were sitting in Trearddur and not Rhosneigr. So foot down again and off to the right beach this time.
In Rhosneigr Jenny and Chris decided to do some windsurfing while me an Ivan headed for the rolling waves. Now if there is one thing I love its being in the surf ,being smashed in the face by a wall of water, being carried on top of a wave racing towards the beach. I even love being thrown out of my kayak and struggling back to the beach, Fantastic.
After 3 hours of fighting the waves and watching Jenny and Chris whizzing past on their boards we decided to make our way back to the car. Just as we got to the exit point we bumped into Keith, Tony and a couple of others who had waited for the sea to calm down before they decided to get their boats wet. We left them to struggle with the 1 foot swell and got ready for our next challenge of the day - 4 MILE BRIDGE.
Fantastic weekend thanks to everyone for their company
After travelling through some bad weather on our way to Anglesey Keith, Brian and me were surprised at how good the weather was on Anglesey
So off to Rhosneiger for me and Keith to catch up with Sally, James and Friend, Mark and Ivan who where already on the water along with Chris and Jenny (sail boarding). This was my first go at surfing so lots of roll practise and a few swims to start with. After a while I managed to get the hang of it and realised what i`d been missing out on . Surfing is great. Anthony
Saturday - The Straits
follow……John W More
James was lounging on the grassy verge, but joined us after a short while. I got to go under the bridge first, I remembered it being a bit like a fair ground ride the year before, all anticipation and then – it’s over! Dan came second and James followed bringing us all onto the moving water. Danny was clearly pleased with himself as he came through and as the boat turned to me he had an enormous grin on his face. He was quite safe, but hadn’t realized he was now travelling at quite a pace backwards away from the group! He soon paddled back to us. James and Dan then played around breaking in and generally getting the feel of the water.
An excellent paddle that could have been longer but hunger got the better of us, went for ice cream, before the BBQ, well we were on holiday! …… Sally O More Photos…….
Sunday Surfing at Porth Dafarch
A windy start on Sunday saw the Liverpool CC surfing to burn off the previous nights BBQ indulgences. Although Porth Dafarch was a little tight for space - especially for sea kayaker Brian, who was spotted trying to take out some of the smaller boats - the waves were promising.
The sheltered spot made for a gentle mornings paddle, while John and T-Rex prowled the cliff tops. There was a perfect set for everyone, providing radical rides followed by the inevitable dunking. Keith and John were pulling off wave wheels with Keith putting on a brave face about the length of his......boat!
Typical British endless summer left the club huddled in the entrance to the gents trying to avoid the torrential rain before heading for home. Jenny More Photos…….
John W, Sally O, James O, Anthony V, John Y, Brian G, Keith S, Jenny B, Chris, John M, Dominic B, Helen S, Judith, Ivan, Mark M, Pete T, Carole T, Kirk W, and Frankie
18/07/11 LCC Gets “BLOWN AWAY”. Positive feedback from the two authors on Simon`s latest podcast.
Listen to Simon Willis and Jim Krawiecki describe how they were both “BLOWN AWAY” by how well we treated them at our Monday night talks.
Listen to it here…. Or via Simons homepage http://web.mac.com/simon.willis/SeaKayakRoutes/Podcasts/Podcasts.html
18/07/11 Wednesday night paddling - Moving water course
– The Burrs 13th
A whole gang of us met at the Burrs centre to find the mighty Irwell was not so mighty. We were going to paddle up to the top of the site via the canal but as this was overgrown we chose to carry our kayaks instead. The 10 foot weir was expertly navigated by us all (those on the course and the two groups of paddlers who attended as part of the Wednesday night sessions. We then played at each of the three or four drops / rapids and practised breaking in and out.
On the last drop by the centre Stuart had us sitting sideways in the small stopper.
With a little more water this section of the river is excellent fun…. Many thanks to Fred and Stu for coaching…
18/7/11 Monday Night
Talks We have Nick Cunliffe and Ray Goodwin giving talks at
the club for free this summer. Click the links below to reserve your
seat(s) now before they are all gone…….
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)
19th September 2011 (3rd Monday)
Sea Kayaking - Nick Cunliffe (www.kayakessentials.co.uk) Local Wirral man now working in
18/07/11 Neree –
This is a
Nérée Kayak De Mer En Provence (English translation of French site - Friend of Dave Lynch)
Original site in French...... (in French with videos)
14/07/11 Second Coastguard Consultation – Closure of some Coastguard Stations
Ministers have today announced revised proposals. The main changes are:
• We are retaining more Coordination Centres and operating all of them 24/7. This will help overcome the perceived risks of diluting local knowledge, maintain 24-hour connectivity with other local rescue providers and our own Coastguard volunteers, reduce the need for incident handovers, and allow us to upgrade IT systems at a more measured pace and provide more opportunities for robust and rigorous user testing.
MOC will be supported by one 24-hour sub-centre at
• The stations now proposed for closure are
This consultation will last for 12 weeks (closing on 6 October, 2011) and will be subject to the Code of Practice on Consultation. You can find the consultation document on the front page of our website www.dft.gov.uk/mca. As with last time there is a response form for you to fill in with a return address, and we look forward to hearing from you.
14/07/11 Wednesday night paddling - Moving water course – Chester Weir 6th July 2011
First of all, many thanks to Stu H and Fred H for running some whitewater coaching on a warm and wet Wednesday evening for those people in need. I couldn't list everyone that was there if I tried so apologies for the lack of attendees list.
After Stu H left his spraydeck at home Justin and I were late having picked up a spare, but Keith S kindly allowed Stu onto the water with his kit to start coaching and waited for us to arrive. By the time Justin and I were on the water we landed in the middle of a couple of groups under coaching on the steps at Chester Weir with a good flow of water allowing those of us that wanted to to have a bit of a play, just enough water to cause some problems it seems... Stu H's group had a few swims in the top pool and plenty of people took a few rolls after getting caught out with surfing practice. Justin, John and I took it upon ourselves to move half way down the weir where there are a few rocks and run the river centre line for a bit of added excitement. Less technical, more hilarious!
We rejoined the action as most of the group headed off the water and Fred's class took one last run of all of the drops. We collated at the bottom of the last drop and spent a while teaching Grant to catch the front of his boat in the flow and stand it upright in the water. Fred H naturally spent a while demonstrating some playing techniques for us and got a bit cocky (his own words...) resulting in a swim...! Luckily the water was fairly warm but we decided to call an end to the session and headed into the pub for some excellent burgers! Did I mention thought that Fred swam?
All in all a successful trip, with some good banter and fantastic food and drink at the pub before we headed home. Fred dried off alright and his ordeal doesn’t seem to have put him off kayaking yet!
Anthony K More Photos…….
12/07/11 Whitewater Rescue and Safety Day – River Tryweryn 10th July 2011
A dozen of us stayed at the Tryweryn for day two of the weekend - The whitewater safety day. We met at the top car park and got on with the session straight away, starting with basic throwline practice. It was good to be using my shiny new Palm Bullet throwline for the first time. I was paired up with Dom, who threw his line in textbook style straight into my arms. I took aim and launched my Bullet - bang on target, but Dom ducked out of the way as 15m of line, still in its bag, flew past him. Durr! Next time I'll remember to hold onto the other end!
Then it was time to practice the proper technique of "swimming" in whitewater and how to get into an eddy using various methods including corkscrew swimming. After this, we used our throwline skills to rescue others who were swimming or being swept down the rapid. This was easier said than done. Timing was everything as it was so easy to throw the line either too soon or too late. Through lots of practice we started to improve.
After a quick bite to eat, we moved on to rescuing paddles lodged in rocks and then rescuing boats floating downstream. Keith fed empty boats into the main current so that those of us in boats could bump them into the eddy before they reached the Chipper. During the session, some made easy work of it. I couldn't get the hang of it, but thanks to the session I know how I can improve.
Midges had been with us all day, only vanishing during the occasional heavy downpour of rain. By the time we'd finished rescuing boats, the midges had come out in big numbers and swarmed around us. In spite of this, we all stayed focussed on the session, learning about rescuing a victim trapped underwater using two lines joined together and held by rescuers on either side of a river.
While a TV crew was filming an episode of Hollyoaks further downstream, the real drama played out above the Chipper, where, in the final scenario of the day, we had to rescue Keith, who played a swimmer trapped underwater in the middle of the river. We quickly split into two teams and got either side of the river. The adrenaline kicked in and the team on the opposite bank threw their throwlines towards us with great urgency. A starburst of lines came from the bank - some going upstream, some downstream and even one vertically into the trees above. The seconds ticked by, but eventually we had a line across the river and we were in business. The throwlines were connected and we were then able to drag them under the casualty and rescue him.
Everybody had a great time and thanks to Keith's knowledge and ability to explain so clearly and patiently, we were able to learn and practice in an enjoyable and safe environment. Many thanks to Keith for running the session and to Helen for coordinating the weekend. John Maddocks More Photos…..
12/07/11 Kirks Weekend - River Tryweryn 9th July 2011
The midgies were sharpening their biting apparatus and eyeing up the two legged snacks that were arriving in the lower car park on Saturday morning. The warm sunshine and the sight of white bare legs and semi- covered buttocks sent the little blighters into a frenzy so it was a quick a change, car shuttle and onto the water as speedily as possible. There were quite a few of us so we split into two groups and headed on down.
The sun was bouncing off the rapids but gangs of belligerent
midgies were waiting for us in the eddies, and lurking in vast numbers under
the foliage. Insect life aside, everyone had a very enjoyable paddle down to
After lunch we all headed up to do the top section and another debut for Fiona. Everyone had loads of fun practising breaking in and out and Fiona was paddling well. Ski Jump, Fedw Goch Fall (Miss Davies’ Bridge) were blasted through and John M finally banished his Fingers bogey, though it did claim a couple more bods over the weekend.
We headed on back down the lower section and onto Bala Mill
for the second visit of the day where Andy and Helen took the reverse paddle
line over the drop. Sara, Keith,
Mark, Mikhal pulled some freestyle moves on the way back to the get out, and
Helen and John attempted to. Helen’s attempts were particularly woeful.
That evening most stayed at Kirks house in Llandderfel, a few miles from
Bala. That evening we ate out at
the Bryntirion Inn and restaurant.
Paddlers were Keith S, Sara B, Mark G, Danny B, Kirk W, Dom B, John M, Anthony V, Andy W, Fiona W, Sarah G, Roy Mc, Chris M, Helen S
Helen Siertsema More
12/07/11 £5 off your food bill at the
July, when you spend £20 or over on Food at the
11/07/11 Come and Try it session last Friday 8th
21 young people from Dunlop Junior Football Club" under 14s came down to do a follow-up come and try it canoeing session. The youngsters made a donation of £36 and had a great time.
Most played polo on our pitch and paddled a variety of craft. Many thanks to John and Dan Smith, Peter Diamond and others from our club for helping out.
08/07/11 Christmas Meal and Club Social – early notice Wednesday 21st December 2011
Following last years very successful Christmas social at the Marina we have booked the main function room for the last Wednesday before Christmas (21st December 2011). Places are limited but we have negotiated an even cheaper price of £17.95 each for the 3 course meal which includes a glass of wine provided you book early before September. Click here for more information and to reserve your place now…..
06/07/11 River Tryweryn paddle Sunday 3rd July 2011
On Sunday 3rd July 6 Liverpool CC paddlers headed for
That was until we all decided to get into an eddy that was
far too small to hold us all.
After some frantic searching Mark happened to spy a bright
yellow beam glowing under the water.
A good day was had by all in the sunshine!
Fiona, Andy, Roy, Mark, Helen and Michal
Saturday 2nd July 21 paddlers in 20 boats took the short journey to
As soon as the water arrived we were away. 21 paddlers including a mix of Sea Kayaks , Tourers, GP kayaks and a K2 with Paul Harwood and his 6 year old son Harvey , although I am not too sure if we should count Paul as a paddler because with his feet up and arms behind his head he made young Harvey do all the work.
group of seals began to follow us and got quite close to some of our boats. As
we got closer to the island we met Len Hartley who was anchored just off Hilbre
in his yacht out fishing for the weekend. Then the group split into two as some
went around the island and others to the beach to start cooking our lunch which
consisted of 50 sausages and 4 bread rolls. (Thanks to
Len Hartley arrived to join us for lunch in his tender which has a weight restriction of ONE can of beer per trip apparently and then told us of his forthcoming Pirate day at
The return journey saw a couple of paddlers practising their 'being towed techniques' and we all arrived back with just enough water to step onto the hard slipway.
Another great LCC trip. Thanks to the 21 paddlers and the good team work to ensure a successful paddle.
Karl T More Photos……….
6 LCC members met by the side of the
road in Maghull (
Most of the trip saw the boys paddling in Fiona’s wake as she powered downstream. The trip was a mix of nice gentle paddling and trudging through thick weeds due to the low water levels!! We saw lots of interesting wild life, a couple of north face “scallies” and quite a few golf/shopping trolleys! The river seemed to go on endlessly (Phil reckoned about 7.5 miles after searching on Google maps later) and just as the light started to fade Fiona laid eyes on our get out from her position of chief scout. (9.37PM!!)
Good company and great weather made it a nice Wednesday evening trip.
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