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29/02/12 New Button Polo Shirt in
We have increased our range of club clothing again and you
can purchase the new buttoned polo shirt in a range of colours with the club
logo embroidered on the front. The
clothing is excellent quality and very good value. The small profit we make on each purchase
goes into the clubs funds.
Click here to see the full range at the clubs shop……
29/02/12 Next months talk is about the circumnavigation of
Jura last summer – Club Trip.
As part of our monthly series of presentations, Frankie and the expedition team will be giving a talk on last summers trip to the West Coast of Scotland Monday 12th March – 8pm at the
29/02/12 River Lune Trip (River Rawthey confluence to
About 24 of us met up at
Once on the river we split up into four groups of 6, each
with a leader and second. This
large and relatively easy river gave us plenty of opportunity to hone our river
skills. The occasional grade
2 with large eddies meant that we could break in and out easily. We stopped just after the old iron
The final stretch down to the ledges was interesting enough
and passed very smoothly. It was
here that it all went horribly wrong (for some!). Ben, a student from
While this was all happening
29/02/12 Canoe Polo
(Division 3 and 4)
Last Saturday both our canoe polo teams were playing in their respective leagues. Our A team struggled a little at
Dinny D, Theo G, Phil H , Joe B, Keith S, Dave C and Chris B. Many thanks to Katie for running the table and supporting us this season.
Our B team was playing in Division 4 in
They won two, 2-0 & 5-1, drew one,3-3, and lost one 7-0.
“It was a good tournament with a big warm up pool that was used as a mini murder ball pitch. Pushing each other and rugby tackling. I don't know what the other teams thought”.
Paul, Daz, Pete, Tom, Will, and Josh.
If you are interested in playing canoe polo we have a fleet of boats stored at the docks and would welcome new players. Please contact any of us or click on the link for polo emails.
29/02/12 On The Bonny Bonny Banks ...
are bursting in Scotland and even the daffodils are blossoming, it’s time
to admit that the winter has past and, even at the end of February, just using
cold, wet and dark as an excuse not to go paddling no longer rubs. That’s
the theory anyway but when eight LCC members poked their heads out of their
tents on Saturday morning, in the Ardlui Campsite at the head of
By the time
we got on the water in the shelter of the
pitched our tents and were off paddling once more with a bit of lunch inside
us. Steve Bond, AKA, Mr Motivator, soon had us circumnavigating every island in
sight and fortunately, the mist rolled in from time to time, obscuring the more
distant reaches of the loch. After about 10 klicks, some of them pushing
against white horses in the f5 winds, we headed back to our island paradise for
a couple of hours comparing gear and kayak packing technique. In much the same
way that Coniston’s
of the hi-tech stoves that were dragged from the depths of the various kayaks,
it was a roaring fire that gave us warmth well into the night and the baked spuds
and baked bramleys with demerara were a treat that helped soak up the wee drams
that were handed around. Everyone tried to outdo the next person by taking low
light pictures of the distant loom of the
The next morning dawned grey once again but the wind had dropped a notch and was now in the South West. After a quick breakfast and a big clean up of the camping area we headed off upwind to claim even more islands. Some of the waves we paddled through would not have looked out of place on the sea and after a while we turned a headland and began to surf again down the other side of yet another island. Steve took us so far downwind, chasing island after island, that we all knew we had to pay for the free ride somehow. Sure enough, when it was time to turn for home and paddle back to Luss and our cars, we had a fairly exposed paddle to deal with across a few kilometres of waves breaking occasionally on our beam. All great fun which gave us all confidence about handling laden boats in these sort of conditions.
Stopping for fuel on the way home, I could see the garage attendant sniffing the air and looking slightly alarmed. There was a smell of something burning – I think it was us. Next time I will try to remember not to stand downwind of the campfire!
A fun paddle with great company in early Scottish Spring weather.
Steve Bond, Chris Fletcher, Tony Benett, Nicolas Erickson, Phil Fawcet, Pete Thomas, Carole Thomas, John Pegram
29/02/12 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.
Liverpool Canoe Club Ski Trip to
Dear Andy, Fiona, Dom, Dom, Don, Keith, Sara, Helen, Mike
It dawned on me as I travelled down the M20, in the Audi A6 executive estate, that I wouldn't have chance to say a proper goodbye to you all!! I also realised that the car was particularly more comfortable than 3 big blokes in the back of a Corsa with 30 tonnes worth of ski gear, and also better than nearly losing both feet to frost bite on the mini bus! However, I just wanted to say a heartfelt thank you for a lovely weeks skiing and that I felt lucky to have met such a great bunch of people.
Some of the highlights of the week for me:
- the dome of death (mike - hope there is no damage done?)
- when playing the reverse word game "wrong screwdriver" from Dom Jr (ans. Wright-Phillips!!)
- Off-piste Andy Wrigg - classic fall of the week
- Salmon to the spinach (browned)
- the sperm whale and other snoring
- Helen’s drunk friend on the first night
- King of the Mountain dominos (me off course!!)
- Mike, Dom jr, Andy and me as the off pistey boys!
- the Wrigg's offering to fight everyone in
Love to see you all again sometime, and since I've come home with Helen's skis and not mine, it might be sooner than I first thought!!!
Best wishes to you all, and sorry I missed the goodbye!
Just to say thanks to you all for a fantastic holiday, great laughs and adventures!;-) Big thanks to the mighty drivers who powered through got us home safe and sound you did amazingly.
Lots of great memories both on and off piste! - similar to Steve's - but a few to add on
no rush on the skis- i don't think i will be skiing until next year now;-( Definitely investing in some dominoes
See you all soon hopefully, Take Care Love Hel.xxx More Photos…….
Full report to follow………..
Mark produced a receipt for car repairs upon
arrival to prove his absence from the previous days
Pete as usual questioned our timing and the late arrival of the tide but its delay was planned so as to have plenty of time for our morning pre-brief and discuss paddling skills within the fog. The discussion was cut short the moment water touched the slipway as Steve Bond ran and insisted Kathy Morton help carry his boat ankle deep into the muddy shore so he could be first on the water. "i'm always first on the water" he insisted to Kathy who called him "an evil little s***".
We decided to stay close to shore and take a short cut across Tanskey rocks to keep land in sight due to the approaching mist and the water was totally flat calm with a lack of wind. In less than one hour we arrived at the main island and most paddlers went around the far side to play in the rolling waves. It was asked why do we always go round the island clockwise and not the other way of which Steve had the answer that "the phase of the moon and the tidal directions..........blah, blah, blah................and its because that's where we start from !" came the reply.
A few seals watched as we ate our lunch on the island and were shocked to see a lack of cakes to share or chocolate within the group. Dave had us all enthralled with his paddling stories and predictions of how many races he would win again this year as Peter and Mark explored the area like SAS soldiers climbing up the rock face only to pose at the top for photo's.
On the return journey the clouds parted and blue skies followed us all the way back to the slipway and all paddlers stepped foot onto hard ground and the only mud to be seen was on Kathy's boots.
Another great LCC group paddle with great company. Please let Dave Lynch know that there was NO MUD on this trip. More Photos….
Paddlers were :- Nick Erickson, Dave Blake, Peter Massey, Pete & Carole Thomas. Steve Gille, Kathy Morton, Kathy W, Steve Bond, Helen Partridge, Martin H, Rob P, Karl T & Mark Moore.
Well it all started at the River Goyt loop when 49 paddlers managed to slip around in the mud to enjoy the days kayaking and it was there that a few members insisted that the next paddle should be mud free. I knew tides would permit a journey to Hilbre island the weekend of 11th & 12th so I suggested that this may be the next trip but after calling the local coastguard mud rescue unit last time I couldn't guarantee no mud. Not only did i have mud to contend with at the Goyt but i also had Mark Moore and Dave Lynch whinging and moaning all the way through the journey.
"OK Ok" i said "lets do Hilbre on the 12th" but Dave wanted to go to Conway and Mark moaned about his work shifts so to please them both we organised a Conway trip on Saturday 11th and Hilbre Island on Sunday 12th.
Dave attracted 21 paddlers to the
Straight into the action through the moored boats which seem like they are being driven at speed towards you and under the bridge past Conway castle and the start of a seventeen and a half mile journey began although a bit chilly. Techniques were exchanged and future journeys planned on route. At high tide we stopped for lunch after a climb up a mud less bank to find a grass verge...................... covered in s**t. Well at least it’s not mud I thought.
The return journey with the tide saw us back in
record time although Nick moaned all the way home "are we there yet"
"are we there yet". "Yes just around the next corner" i
replied every other mile. Once we were under the
This is one of the best journeys to take in a kayak or Canoe whether winter or summer but today was extra special as we were led by Dave Lynch who timed the journey and tides to perfection to complete a great day. Cheers Dave.
Karl Tattum. paddlers were :- Nick Erickson, Carole Thomas, Pete Thomas, Steve Gille, Chris Fletcher, Tony Bennet, Dermot Miller, Dave Lynch, Andy Trowler, Steve Bond, John worswick , Karl Tattum plus nine from Salfords Oakdene youth club.
p.s. Guaranteed 'NO MUD' for Sundays paddle to
Division 4 polo –
On Saturday, the B team was joined by new player Josh Cook. The team consisted of Paul, Pete, Darren, Tom, Will and Josh. We had all been to Decathlon earlier to buy new red lycra tops so we would all look extra smart all in red, instead of the usual multi-coloured ensemble of previous tournaments. All except Josh, who refused point blank to wear red. We even had to change the colours of our buoyancy aids to suit him to blue.
As veterans (over 25!), we didn't warm up for our first match and never really got into our stride. We only drew this game but should have hammered the opposition. The second game was against promotion favourites, the Welsh Warriors. Although our passing and defending was getting better we got battered! The third game we won comfortably. Our passing was good switching from side to side, but when teams counter attack we just react far too late. The forth game should have been easy for us but the counter attack foiled us again. and we lost. We only had 4 games this week, but we found that as a team we are definitely improving. I need to work on my fitness amongst other things. Who would have thought 10 minutes polo was so knackering?
Played 4. Won 1. Drew 1. Lost 2.
The next Tournament is in a months time, and hopefully with a bit more training we will win a few more.
Paul, Daz, Pete, Tom, Will, and Josh. More Photos……..
01/02/12 “Fast Waters, Still Moments”: A multimedia lecture by Deb Pinniger (Twice World Freestyle Champion) 30th January 2012
Thank you to all the members who turned up to hear Debs speak on Monday night. It was a great turn-out and our club is getting great feedback around the country with all its activities.
Debbie had driven up from
A short film was then shown
detailing the two trips through some enormous water and a variety of landscapes. After taking a series of questions from
the floor we persuaded her to show pictures of two other trips to central
The second expedition looked a
desperate affair on the Ogooué (or Ogowe) river which drains most of the
Although quiet speaking it was clear the Debbie is highly knowledgeable and a very accomplished paddler. She was happy to chat to us in the bar afterwards and offered to give anyone advice or information on any of the many rivers she has paddled.
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