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31/05/12 Wednesday Evening Paddles start again on 13th June after the Whitsun holiday break (School holiday)
Wednesday Evening Local
Paddles Meet for 6:30pm for 6.45pm paddle off
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High Tide: 7:30 PM 7.4
Low Tide: 7:05 PM 1.8
High Tide: 5:29 PM 8.0
Low Tide: 7:07 PM 1.0
High Tide: 5:30 PM 7.5
Low Tide: 6:08 PM 2.0
Summer holiday break
Low Tide: 9:20 PM 2.0
High Tide: 5:41 PM 7.1
Low Tide: 8:46 PM 1.1
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31/05/12 May Photo of the month Competition
Congratulations to Steve Bond for his winning photo
from the Pembroke Bank Holiday Weekend.
“Tony Bennett checking out a blow hole in one of the small caves.”
Runner up Steve Gille: “The Kari-Tek Midwest Symposium”
Runner up Mike
Bell: Steve Bond in “the Surf at
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31/05/12 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.
12 LCC paddlers arrived at Paddlework’s play/training spot on the River Dee in Llangollen bright and early on Saturday morning. It was to complete the 2day Whitewater Safety and Rescue course. For some it was a chance to brush up on old skills and for others it was to learn new ones and as part of our 4* Whitewater Leaders program.
Day One - Saturday
The course was run by Jules Burnard from Voyageur Coaching and Chris Evans, a level 5 coach along with Kevin who was developing his coaching skills. Jules discussed with us what are paddling experiences were and what we wanted out of the course which made for a great course which was tailored to our specific needs. We went through kit issues and it seems most of us may be replacing some parts of our safety kit. (Especially Anthony, who needs to make a final decision on a new BA!!)
All too soon work with throw lines (Thanks
for the shot straight into my face
I would just had the coaching was it was time to hit the water and start swimming through the rapids. The hilarity of shouting “swimmer” soon wore thin as we got bashed and bruised through the rapids!! I was wearing my new drysuit but in the 28 degree heat I was not so sure it was a good thing!!
The course was very much about preventing bad situations occurring but obviously dealt with how best to tackle them as well. First task was to try different methods of swimming through the rapids and then how to make it to an eddy and self rescue. Let’s just say if you are unlucky enough to be swimming in a river and you hear one of us shouting “feet up, feet up” it is not to make sure that your shoes are still attached to your feet!
We looked at communication from the bank and boat before attempting to rescue swimmers from the boat. This had some of us following a little too close to the swimmer and nearly running them over in our kayaks. It was very impressive to see Mike and Ruth attempting the skills in their open boats. They did a very good job of showing us what the boats were capable of.
We did a lot of first rate and would highly recommend the company. Jules has a specific interest in Open Boating but will cater for all needs as displayed by this course.
Paddlers Andy, Fiona, Paul, Chris, Roy, Adam, Justin, Sarah, Keith, Anthony, Mike and Ruth.
Day Two - Sunday
We broke camp early on the second day and after a painfully slow breakfast at paddle works we reported for duty on the bank. Day 2 started where day had left off with more live baiting, only this time with the emphasis on "vectoring" (someone pulling on the line at right angle which increases the speed of the rescue with minimum effort). As yesterday, we dove in to the water to grab a casualty as they floated past and some rescues were more polished than others (sorry about pulling your hair Fiona!). However everyone managed to rescue their casualty and were pulled in to the eddy before they went over the drop.
The next thing we looked at was releasing ourselves from our safety harnesses on the BA's. To do this we were each attached to a line and lowered into a wave below a drop and held there. An air pocket formed thanks to the water diverting around your head and shoulders and you could stay in the wave quite comfortably for a few seconds, until you grabbed the quick release, and floated off downstream. Everyone managed to stay in the wave for a while with the exception of Andy who for some reason pulled his release after a nano second sending Jules flying backwards into the river as a result.
The third task was chasing and recovering a runaway kayak. You would think we would have been good at this, as we have had plenty of practice, and indeed most people managed to right the kayaks and push them into the eddy with ease. Unfortunately one (brand new!!) boat managed to evade the clutches of the rescuer and floated off downstream. After an exhausting bank scramble I recovered my kayak and rejoined the group ready for the next training topic. This one was all about rescuing pinned boats and was really interesting as Jules took us through different techniques using lines and karabiners to create different load ratios on the kayak/canoes. Again the idea was to maximise the pull on the boats with the minimum of effort. We all had a go at setting this system up from scratch and most people did very well with only a couple of mishaps. (Sorry about standing on your foot Fiona!).
After lunch we continued rescue techniques but this time attempting to get a stranded paddler back to the right bank and also transporting people and kit from one bank to another using slings and cow tails and lot of brute strength. To do this we set up a diagonal line across the river made up off two throw lines and saw how much easier this was compared to going across the flow at right angles. We also spent some time on techniques on retrieving paddlers who had become trapped or pinned in midflow. Finally we finished off the day taking it in turns to river lead and eddy back down to the centre.
The two days that Jules, Chris and Kevin put together were informative, fun and really, really useful. I lost count of the number of times we were shown something really simple that you just wouldn't have thought of before. Hopefully we will all be better equipped to deal with situations if they happen in the future, but the overriding theme of the training was to prevent accidents occurring in the first place.
Paddlers as above. Thanks to Jules, Chris and Kevin and Andy for organising the event.
Chris Murphy More photos……….
25/05/12 What Sailing
Boats do to Canoeists and Why – Last Mondays talk by Adrian Mould
Many of us were intrigued by the
title and wanted to hear what Ade was going to talk about. His very professional presentation
looked at sailing a big boat, how the wind restricts its movement and the rules
of the road. We later learned how
big boats raced around buoys. The
basic message was “keep out of the way”.
The next of our monthly talks is on
Monday 11th June at 8:00pm Click
for more information 'Sea kayaking in
Alaska………….' - Chris Franks
Saturday 5am. "Dad, get up. I want to get
there for Seven." At 7am we leave after
9am we arrive at the beautiful
Rhos campsite. What do I do? Where do I go? Fortunately there are 20 plus
kayaks on car roofs, and Keith is there to direct us to the perfect spot.
Sheltered from the wind, by an empty caravan. Keith laughs that I have no idea
how to pitch a tent. Once the tent is up though,
watch the life boats go out on a rescue and pick up Safety Steve from the RNLI
shop. We then head back up towards the campsite and stop at the beach shop. We
buy a crab line and the lady laughs at people who put bacon in them.
"Crabs don't eat bacon!" We pick sea urchins, sea snails and sea slugs
off the rocks.
get back to the campsite around 6.30pm as the sea kayakers are returning from
their trips. Harvey and I set up for the night. Tables, chairs, Kettle, The
tent is organised to perfection with
4:30am. I'm sure a crow is on my tent cawing and flapping its wings, sheep are bleating, birds are chirping. I just want to sleep.
7am.We are both awake and need the loo. Why are they so far away?
- Variety cereal with milk eaten out of the cardboard box with a spork.
going rock hopping. This could be a long trip so rather than pushing
Paul and Harvey Harwood
4 Mile Bridge – Saturday
After a cold, wet windy night on the campsite, we little boaters headed to 4 mile bridge for and early start on the water. Would love to name you all but I have no idea who everyone was - I’m also just assuming they were all in the LCC!
Although we got to the jet when it was a little large many enjoyed going through the tunnel again, and again and again! How many times did you eventually go through Mark? 18? Some followed this by swimming through the tunnel – not sure it was quite warm enough for that! Mat took on the tunnel backwards, and aced it and the jet - bad luck the last boil got hold and dunked you in so close to the safety of the pool. Thanks for taking the first swim - it took the pressure off the rest of us!
Dom pulled off his first roll on the move – nice
After lunch back on the much more friendly out flow, for the few dedicated 4 mile bridgers, while the others went for an alternative location, they say they paddled but I’m sure they went in search of ice cream to round off their lunch! Jenny Brown More Photos….
Arrived at the campsite Friday night to find the majority of LCC members at the bottom lower end of the site. A few had opted for the higher more sheltered ground as the forecast was not good so we also opted for this, which turned out to be a good choice as Nicky had brought her caravan (tea Wagon) and supplied us with endless cups of very welcome tea. Thanks Nicky. As the rain started, the pub, conveniently located on the campsite, called for a nightcap.
The rain hammered down all night but stopped in time to encourage people to emerge from their tents early next morning. The 4 Mile Bridger’s left first to catch the tide, followed by a more relaxed sea group heading to Trearddur. Putting in close to high water, we paddled in and out of the rocks heading for Borth Wen. A pod of Dolphins joined us briefly but when they realised we weren’t going fast enough to give them a bow wave to play in, they headed out to sea.
With the wind in the north east it was a sheltered paddle and we soon arrived to have lunch in the shelter of the dunes at Rhoscolyn where it was pleasantly warm. We were met by Brain, Bev and Chris who were just putting in and the sounds of Brian, giving Bev forward paddling advice, could be heard across the water. It must have been good tuition as Bev was out in front the following day.
Arrived back at low water to a bit of a carry, coffee and cakes, and headed back for the evening BBQ. The circle around the BBQ kept enlarging as more arrived. Pudding was a very nice 60th birthday cake for Steve, arranged by his daughter Sarah. As the temp dropped the circle shrank as some drifted to tents and some to the Pub for a warm. A fire log put on the BBQ brought the temp back up for those that stayed a while longer.
Early Sunday a little bunch lead by a keen Sara headed to
Trearddur Rock hopping - Sunday
dawned with blue skies and the early darters left to catch the wave at
The sun was out and it had warmed up so we finished the day with an ice cream and a great cup of coffee at the Red Boat.
A most enjoyable weekend, thanks Frankie for coordinating
John Young, Pete Thomas, Carole Thomas, Nicky Corbett, John Worswick, Pete McComasky, Frankie Annan, Jenny Brown, Chris Thompson, Chris Drew, Dom Buckley, Helen Bolister, Peter Massey, Paul Harwood, Harvey Hardwood, Brian Green, Bev Phillips, John Pegram, Matt Pegram, Don Brooks, Steve Gillie, Helen Partridge, Helen Partridge + 1, Martin McCoy, Keith S, Sara Bergqvist, Al Grantham, Catriona Hare, Catriona Hare +1, Rebecca Lawson, Julian Lawson, Sarah Gille, Mark Moore, Ivan Percival, Jim & Mandy Slater, Dave Groom + Shaun, Danny & Michael, Vicky Howell
Kayak Surfing at
Karl Tattum suggested surfing on
Another Place consists of 100 cast-iron, life-size figures spread out along three kilometers of the foreshore, stretching almost one kilometre out to sea. Contractors spent three weeks lifting the figures into place and driving them into the beach on the-metre-high foundation piles.
Steve Bond, Dave Blake, Steve Bond,
Mike Bell, Brian Green
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15/05/12 Wild Water Swimming and Gorge Walking - River Tryweryn 12th May.
Having a day to spare I decided to try out wild water
swimming at the Tryweryn this weekend. I hired a Kayak from LCC and organised
eight paddlers as my safety crew. Instead of entering the river from the bank I
elected to paddle into position using a kayak and launch myself at two
designated places on the river. As the first location loomed, (
I had to wait a couple of hours before I could get in
the water again, this time choosing a particularly nasty part of the river to
add to the thrill. My decent down Fingers was amazing, my only regret was that
I was pushed into an eddy before I could swim down NRA wave and
Many thanks to the safety crew who collected the swim
launch vessel from somewhere near
PS I think I inspired a couple of people from the safety crew as they got into the spirit and joined me for a swim. I will let them tell their own tales as one of them in particular has been waiting a couple of years for this opportunity! If anyone wants to see me in action, to help with their wild water swimming techniques in the future, I am only too pleased to help out. Just follow me down a river on a club paddle and wait. It wont be long!
advice to help with wild swimming
Well, after finding this email informative I was a bit disappointed that u never took the opportunity to help fellow LCC members by describing some of
So I thought I would help you out Chris by using my
experiences !! Obviously techniques used during this difficult type of swim
vary depending on which sections
I wiped the blood from my face and got back in my boat straight away (well several minutes later once my head stopped spinning) and decided to carry on. I was contemplating another swim thru Mrs. Davies Bridge but due to the concussion and searing pain developing in my left shoulder I got out after negotiating ski jump and called it a day !!! Keith Scott
Between May 5th and May 7th Kari-Tek held its second sea kayaking symposium in Tayvallich a small village with a few houses, a few B&B’s, a campsite, a pub (good beer) a shop (basic general store) and a cafe (great cakes) situated at the head of Loch Sween on the Argyll coast. The event has a real focus on providing quality coaching sessions in the right conditions for learning. With one coach to every six participants and aimed at beginners to improvers. The three days are split into six, two and a half hour sessions covering various topics such as; Boat trials, kit, trip planning, forward paddling, edging, recovery strokes, rolling, towing, rescues as well as guided trips and the obligatory opportunity to buy. You get the picture? Well that’s the end of the sales pitch.
After an uneventful journey north on pleasant Friday, Don and I arrived at the campsite and set up camp before settling down in the warm sunshine for a pre-dinner beer or two. Helen had travelled up earlier in the week to enjoy fine weather and a chance to explore the area We just had time to clear away dinner before heading to the village hall, the hub for the weekend, to register and sign up for the sessions we had decided to do prior to arriving. Seemed pretty straight forward but turned into a more taxing process, not helped by our pre-dinner drinks. But eventually after much crossing out and scurrying between lists, we were booked onto our chosen activities and retired to the pub to sample what was on offer (excellent pint) and get to know some of other paddlers before heading back to the tent for the night with stars overhead and a bright moon raising. By 5am when I ventured out of my winter bag for a constitutional, I was met by sub-zero temperatures and everything frozen solid that sent me scurrying back into my bag before I froze too.
An early start had us moving the boats from the campsite to the village playing field next to the hall. The field was full of sea kayaks when we arrived, there were around thirty or so demo boats representing most to the main manufacturers and all available to everyone to use or try and all very informal, in addition to some sixty individuals boats. By 8.45am we had all gathered for the daily informal briefing before meeting our respective coach for the morning sessions. With the weather fine, the sea calm and the wind light by 10am we were all on the water and heading off with our coaches. The morning sessions lasted till 12.30 pm when we stopped for lunch and the opportunity to chat or in my case rest on following days. The afternoon sessions lasted from 1.30pm till 4.30pm which gave everyone time to try boats talk to others about their boat or kit or get advice from coaches or others from the industry about anything to do with our sport.
Sunday and Monday followed a similar pattern although the fine weather took a day off on Monday and it rained for most of the day, the wind got up too and the sea picked up a chop. Disappointing some might think but in fact it gave us an opportunity to progress under more testing conditions.
The coaching was excellent; all the coaches really seemed to know their sport inside out and were able to improve the paddling skills of everyone who took part. Whether it was your technique, your posture, your boat, they would point out your weakness and work with you to improve. Their inputs weren’t just confined to the water, everyone was only too pleased to be of some help at any time, be it, during their lunch, in the pub, in the showers or at their tent. We certainly felt that we had improved over the weekend, although I did get progressively knackered.
The ceilidh on Saturday night provided an opportunity to let learn the finer art of Scottish country dancing followed on Sunday evening by a quiz night. As most headed for home on Monday evening, we had a celebratory meal in the pub and finished the night in the company of one of the coaches.
Although the coaching was superb, I couldn’t finish without a word on the scenery. Loch Sween is very scenic and home for a diversity of wildlife, osprey, beavers, otters and seals inhabit the lock and the water teems with life. So we couldn’t leave without a morning paddle across the loch on a pristine day to visit one of the lochs gems, the Fairy Isles. Stunning is all I can say other than “we’ll be back”.
Steve Gille More Photos……….
09/05/12 Pembrokeshire Club weekend (May Bank holiday Weekend)
5 foot surf and sunshine were promised so we all duly met up at Pencarnan farm campsite near
Steve Bond, Tony Bennett, John Worswick, Carole and Pete Thomas, Sara Bergqvist, Keith S, John and Matty Pegram, Neil Moult, Jenny Brown and Chris Thompson
Pembroke Trip Saturday 5th May – A Ford in a ford
After a five and a half hour drive to Pembroke and letting a Tom Tom do the nav for the very first time ever, one of our team, who will remain nameless for the sake of sparing him embarrassment as apparently he used to consider himself a half decent navigator, drove through a shallow ford and managed to separate a tyre from its rim when the car hit a hidden rock. To cut a long and boring tale short, paddling on Saturday was delayed by a few hours as the car had to be taken on a low loader to Haverfordwest just to get a new tyre! If you too have one of these cars with no spare wheel, no jack and just a bottle of foam to repair a puncture, this could happen to you …. especially if you’re daft enough to drive through a ford just because the satnav told you to!!!
journey to get this all sorted gave Mr X (who drives a black Ford Galaxy and
paddles a yellow
The sea boats, launching close to low water, soon found some fantastic rock scenery and fortunately the sun helped dry out Steve Bond who early on in the trip had decided to go snorkelling and test the waterproofness of his camera as a wave, possibly the only bit of surf of the whole day, hit him and flipped him over. Recovering with peals of laughter, Steve was none the worse for his dip and we all continued towards the cliffs to explore what’s been described as a gem of a coastline in a recent Ocean Paddler write-up. Despite it being close to Spring tides, the route we had chosen was largely out of the stream so at no point did we have to battle the fast currents that we had seen running through the sounds and off the headlands.
about rock hopping that appeals to the inner being. Maybe it’s the idea
that getting people to follow you through ever tighter gaps and ever darker
caves might result in the satisfying sound of someone else’s fibreglass
being scarped on the sharp rocks and barnacles or maybe it’s something
that brings out the child in us as we play around among rock pools containing
interesting creatures and marine growths. Anyway, it was a great opportunity to practice lots of different
pour-overs, gently swirling eddies and reflected waves and we just
couldn’t get enough of the fantastically contorted and colourful rock
architecture. Carole, who had only just sold her boat to someone swore blind
that she never once touched a rock or added another scratch to the hull of her
Avocet. Hopefully its new owner will be satisfied with the condition of the
hull once its delivered to them on the coming
After a few hours and a short lunch on a secluded beach we turned around and rediscovered the coastline but this time, covered by more water, more caves and arches were revealed. Both Steve and Tony kept everyone fascinated by the number of birds and seals they managed to spot with hawkeye precision and Tony even managed to keep his hat on as a blow hole forced a powerfull jet of compressed air and water directly at his head. Arriving at our launch beach close to low water, the sand we had walked across to put in was now completely covered and only a very steep pebble bund remained as a get out. Fortunately no fibreglass was lost in the effort to land here but a couple of people may have lost a bit of dignity as they attempted some acrobatics as the waves and rounded pebbles swept their feet away and dumped them unceremoniously in the water.
With all of these ideal conditions you might have thought that we could cover perhaps 25 NM or so in the afternoon but in reality we were afloat for 6 hours and only managed to paddle about 7 very detailed nautical miles. By the end of the day we each said this trip was one of the most satisfying that we had ever done. Returning to the campsite with happy glints in our eyes we sat down with the rest of the team to enjoy the first BBQ of the season in what felt like a sub-zero wind-chill.
Paddlers - Steve Bond, Tony Bennett, John Worswick, Carole and Pete Thomas More Photos……………
Sunday 6th May – Fishguard Arches and Stacks - The Long and The Short Of It
Waking up on Sunday morning to a sunny sky with very little wind was a pleasant surprise after surviving a very cold night in the tent dressed in all of my clothes. When is this summer going to get going?
As the 5ft surf still hadn’t materialised the Surf Shorties and Sea Longies decided to paddle together along the coast from Fishguard towards Dinas Head. Following a quick visit to Tesco to replenish the BBQ stocks we all put in at the quay across from the ferry terminal, a good car park right next to the beach with toilets, cafe and only £1 parking for all day.
The shorties all shot off first leaving the sea kayaks to catch up! The plan was to paddle east to explore the coastline and although there was no surf, what little wind there was blowing along the coast created a bit of a confused sea in places where it met some currents circulating under the cliffs and headlands.
Just as yesterday, although perhaps not quite so scenic, the rock features gave us lots of opportunities to practice fancy strokes to turn tight corners. Hardly a wrinkle was left unexplored and as we paddled further and further we were rewarded by some very impressive caves and arches.
We all paddled in and out of almost everything we came across under the towering cliffs, with nesting guillemots and razorbills and lots of wild flowers(the sea pinks were in full bloom). One arch was so photogenic that most of us had to paddle under it three or four times as the budding “Photo of the Month” photographers fought to keep their cameras steady in an effort to get the best shot of us in the slightly wobbly conditions.
The Lunch stop was decided by default as one member of the group landed quickly for some necessary relief.
The temperature was still a tad chilly and soon the long boats decided to warm up with a fast paddle to Dinas Head. The shorties decided to have a slightly longer break and then head back in time for a cuppa in the cafe.
5 of us, the same sea kayak palls from yesterday, set off across the bay to Dinas Head. With the sun trying to come out the cliffs were spectacular with folds in the rock forming semi circles and even the seals came out to play; one nearly jumping out of the water to get a better look at the kayaker that had nearly trapped it in a cave.
ventured around the headland until doubts about the state of the tide caused us
to eventually turn back, this time following the coast around and into to
Pwilgwaelod where it was rumoured the Old Sailor’s
A pleasant and much warmer evening than the night before followed, with Tony’s witches cauldron adding welcome heat and focus to the proceedings and Neil’s big bag of kindling kept us going until the rain started and sent us scattering to our tents.
In the dead of the night a wily badger apparently attempted to get into Neil’s car out of the torrential rain that fell throughout the night. It didn’t quite make it but managed to open the boot and create a goldfish pond!! Luckily the rain stopped by get up time, so we could pack the tents and set off in search of the elusive surf. Hopefully Neil’s steamy windows cleared by the time he started the long drive home.
Monday 7th May – Whitesands Bay surfing.
With the strong winds overnight and going round to the South
West we hoped for a swell to develop.
In the morning we could see the other end of
Although small (2-3 foot) there was a defined swell with
reasonable sets. The seven
short-boaters took to the water to grab as many waves as we could. Steve and Tony declined to join us and
went to the café with Pete, Carole and John.
There is so much to do in the area and we will certainly be back next year for the bank holiday weekend in May.
08/05/12 Photo of the month – April Competition
Congratulations to Fiona Wrigg for her winning photo from
Runner up Phil Fawcett: “Junior Club Easter Egg
Hunt during the Pyranha Go Canoeing Days”
Runner up Mark Garrod: Kathy Wilson
running “surprise ledge”, River Spean”
08/05/12 A day out with Kayak Essentials……..
When Kayak Essentials, Nick Cunliffe and Matt Giblin offered me the chance to go out paddling with them on Saturday I didn’t think twice about saying YES. This was a chance to see how a sea kayak instructional DVD is made.
So I met up with the guys at 9.30am at McDonalds in Holyhead, being a good dietician I only had a coffee before driving round to Soldiers Point to get on the water.
As we were packing the boats a group from the sea symposium arrived, at least 15 boats, Matt and Nick were quick to find out where they were heading and sure enough we were all going to be on the same bit of water. So we quickly got on the water ahead of the group and headed off to find a spot for Matt to get out and film us doing rocky landings. The great thing about going out when the guys are filming an in instructional DVD is that you get the instruction, so I got to see how the towline could be used in the precarious rocky landing situation. I am pretty sure what happened as I went in for my landing will be in the DVD, so I will let you all see what happened in Sea Kayak Essentials Vol 2 which will be on sale later this year www.kayakessentials.co.uk
After being filmed heading in and out of a bay, I had my
first experience of the overfalls / tide race at North Stack having never
before paddled round the Stacks with that much tide. What was more impressive than the tide
race was the fact that Matt got the camera set up, on the rocky shore line to
film us, all I had to do was follow the line that Nick took and not crash into
all the people that were playing in the overfalls. Easier said than done, as it
seemed like every boat wanted to sit in my way. Lunch followed in
So thanks to Nick & Matt for the invite, I am looking forward to seeing and learning from the new the DVD.
Junior Club night for our younger paddlers
Every Tuesday throughout the summer the junior club runs alongside the General club night. We always provide at least one club coach to oversee the paddling of the junior session. Most now know each other quiet well and develop their skills with an emphasis on a fun and games style of learning. Parents are welcome to wait in the coffee bar or paddle either with the youngsters or with the adults. Minimum age is about 8 with most over 13 choosing to paddle with the older paddlers and the rest of the club.
The first session was saw us paddle around into the bay to play some games and then return via the tunnel!! We have a variety of smaller paddles, kayaks and buoyancy aids for juniors
08/05/12 Parkgate paddle Saturday 5th
Short notice Sea Trip on Saturday the 5th began with all paddlers arriving in plenty of time for a relaxed start at West Kirby.
The 9.5 metre tide allowed a round trip of 20 km to Parkgate with no stops. The light winds produced some good conditions for reflection photographs.
The first part of the trip was a gentle bimble along the coast
with the Clay cliffs of Thurstaston producing picturesque new red faces while
they constantly erode as the tide washes away the base and presumably dumps the
clay as mud at
There were several bird sightings of, well, birds. The Swallows
were back and having great fun in flocks. Lots of Waders and a few Oyster
catchers, Curlews and Knotts. The
boatyard provided the photo with Shelldrakes Bistro at the bottom of
I met a couple blokes in the gutter with a jammed rowing boat at the absolute limit of rowing boat navigation near Parkgate which we jiggled about so I could pass. They seemed quite happy passing the time until the tide changed with a case of Cider in the warm sunshine. One of whom had done the back from Point of Ayr on a sit on top.
The gutter narrowed further into a wriggly shallow ditch where I had to switch to a split to get steerage (pushing from the banks). Then it widened out where it had been dredged to about 2 metres from around the Old Baths car park all the way into Parkgate. Fast progress was made with the flood showing no sign of slackening off.
The tide now floods into Parkgate for about an hour after HW as it
fills up the new anti mosquito ponds. I turned into one of the pond entrances
to make slow progress back to the open sea against the last 30 minutes of the
flood. With my split, which
left 10 km to do in 90 minutes against a chilly North Easterly to get the last
of the water at
I made it back with water to spare after a good work out, but failed in the trips main aim, because I didn't find any Samphire (resembles tiny shoots of asparagus) to collect for the Sunday roast...
Adrian Mould, Watch tapper...
PS would be prepared to put on this trip again as far as Heswall with a group if there was any interest.
Today fifteen paddlers met to take
the short trip to
I knew we were going to have problems as at 1015 I arrived ready to go at the slipway only to see Adrian Mould (who had paddled up from Thurstaston) tapping his watch in disgust as the water had all ready arrived and only three paddlers were ready to go so after ten minutes of his tutting and pacing up and down the slipway we decided that the first group of ready paddlers should begin the epic journey as some paddlers had dared to bring their play-boats.
Wayne, Charlie, John and Graham left as the next group and quickly caught the others even though it was Charlie's first trial of a sea kayak. Steve Rose and Mike were last to arrive ten minutes after the set off time and then spent a further ten minutes getting dressed but then Mike fell into the water whilst trying to get into his boat and wasted more time as we had to get back on dry land to help him empty his boat.
The water was flat and the sun broke through the clouds and with a slight tail wind we were soon at the island to catch the others and around the island we went with a few large seals following which sent Graham flying past us screaming something about the size of their teeth.
As we arrived at the beach Steve was disgusted to find Paul and Harvey had eaten all the burgers from his beach barby and had left Wayne to cook the remaining sausages, Steve vowed to get revenge and he surely did as after Paul sailed away he smashed his frying pan on the rocks into a new shape "that'll teach him "he said. Martin had joined us for lunch at the island as he had arrived late but made the journey in a record time of just fifteen minutes.
With only a little wind on the
return journey we were soon back at the slipway in time for wrestle-mania in the water as Paul,
Paddlers in order of arrival for future reference:- Adrian Mould, Mark Pawley, Peter Massey, Karl Tattum, Tony Orton, John Allerton, Graham Hudson, Paul Harwood, Harvey Harwood, Sam Godsell,
Wayne and Charlie Littler, Steve Rose and Mike and Martin McCoy More Photos……………
07/05/12 “C Team” Fun Polo
6 members and Keith S (think he
wants to be selected for the squad) of the new "just for fun" "C
team" played polo on Thursday at the
A few of the team were conspicuous
in their absence. However I will not be drawn on whether Kirk, Nathan and Sven
have fallen out with the C team management and are currently sunning themselves
on a beach in
If you fancy a friendly game get yourself to the docks on a Thursday or on any of the other polo sessions on the calendar.
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