Volume 13 Issue 3

March 2013

March Paddler
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28/02/13 Monday Night talks – Dave Rider “Safety Kayaking and the Olympics”

Dave Rider spent most of the summer down in London helping out with the Olympics. Although only two disciplines were represented at this Olympic venue (Slalom and Sprint Racing) kayaks were used to help safety many of the outdoor swims and Triathlons. Dave gave a fascinating talk about the venue, the atmosphere and his role at the games.  It was amazing to see the collection of photographs and hear his story.  If you are interested in further talks at the Marina (every second Monday of the Month) click here,,,,,,





28/02/13 Manchester Canoes opens on Saturday 2nd March

Grand Opening Saturday 2nd March 2013

We are pleased to announce Manchester Canoes’ grand opening event on Saturday 2nd March 2013 with guests of honour Not and Not Not Again opening the shop for more information about Not and Not Not again click here…..

Free Prize Draw!!!

To celebrate the opening of the shop there will be a free prize draw on Saturday 2nd March 2013. To enter simply fill in an entry card at the shop between 25 February 2013 and March 2nd 2013 for your chance to win one of these fantastic prizes*.

Free Prize Draw - Grand Opening Of Manchester Canoes

To enter simply visit Manchester Canoes, Rufford Court, Hardwick Grange, Warrington from 25th February to 2nd March. Complete your draw card with name, telephone number and email address and pop your entry in the box.


Dagger Mamba 8.1 ADJ seat worth £849.95!

Ocean Kayak Trident 13 Angler worth £799.99!

Venture Islay 14 touring kayak worth £699.00!


Perception Scooter Comfort worth £399!

Aquabound Manta Ray Carbon Touring paddle worth £149.95!

Aquabound Shred Carbon white water paddle worth £174.95!

Yak Xipe Buoyancy Aid worth £89.99!

Shred Ready Half Cut Helmet worth £54.95!


01925 818437



Manchester Canoes
Unit 14-15
Rufford Court

Hardwick Grange


28/02/13 February Photo of the Month Competition


Liverpool Canoe Club February Photo Competition Winners

Congratulations to Paul Harwood for his winning photo:

“River Lune Open Boat Trip.”



Runner up Mike Alter :

“John Allerton at the Burrs ”


Runner up Keith S :

“Dom, Fiona, Ian and Andy – Les Deux Alps Ski trip“

Not found your photograph ? – see all the entries for this month………..

28/02/13 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 website@liverpoolcanoeclub.co.uk 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.

25/02/13 Liverpool Canoe Club Ski trip to “Les Deux Alps

This years skiing trip was a great success, perfect weather with blue skies every day and a good “dump” of snow in the week before we left.  Fiona had found us an excellent chalet within two minutes walk from the Diablo lift which whisked us up the hill each morning.


Some of us were in ski school in the morning but we all met up each lunch time and skied together in the afternoon.  On Wednesday we heading over to the “sunny side” in the morning to test out Les Deux Alps 2nd hill.  Although much smaller and lower it had some interesting runs.


On Wednesday we had all booked on an away day excursion to Alpe d'Huez which was included on our ski pass.  This is a massive area with many runs down to the resort.  Here our final run of the day took us through the “snow park”.  We had found the jumps and bumps good fun.


Thursday and Friday saw a drop in temperature but with crystal clear skies we made good use of the skiing high up on the glacier.  Here we found excellent snow on the paper smooth blue and reds which seemed to run on and on.

The Chalet hosts, Will and Ant produced excellent food and were great.  They were probably the best hosts I have ever been with and worked extremely hard all week.  The Chalet had a Jacuzzi which proved popular with us and was used every day.  It was just outside the front door and had a small fence around it.  Of course we had a few snowballs lobbed over the fence as jealous skiers from other chalets returned from the slopes each day.  This all added to the fun of a great week.


Fiona W, Andy W, Ian B, Dom B, Keith S, Dom B (Jrn)

More Photos…………

24/02/13 York Divison 4 Canoe Polo Tournament Cartoon of Canoe Polo. Copyright of this image is owned by WHCC Inc. Reproduction or use of this image is prohibited without the prior written permission of WHCC Inc.

The 'C team' smashed it tonight... After a dodgy start and just scraping through the first game with a 3-2 win over FOA we managed to improve on it and win 3 overall (one being against white rose who beat our LCC B team, sorry for putting this) and lose 2 (one being against our LCC B team, which we had to let win to give them a stronger chance at getting promoted J).
So overall a very pleasing night for both 'LCC B' & 'LCC C'

B team won their first 3 matches 7-0, 6-1 and 5-1, then drew 1-1 and lost the last match 3-2.

A thanks to Andrew Leach for his 800 mile round trip to make the tournament and not let the B team down. Great dedication!


Liam Wong


15/02/13 Friday Slackkers Sea trip report


From West Kirby 15.5km begun in a Westerly 5 and finished in bright calm sunshine.

There was a pleasant chop with a tail wind and moderate side sea for the first 2km or so.  Some small surf enlivened the trip with a baby overfall at the get on the Thurstaston causeway, there was one haystack to shoulder height, but mostly the waves were about elbow height, brown and cheerfully sun dappled.


Once the corner was turned the trip took on a more tranquil air up the creek to Heswall.  A turn for home before the tide turned brought a lively wind against tide chop, but nothing that washed further than the fore hatch. A search for decent swells was undertaken, but nothing that wet the toggle was found in the slackening conditions.


The sun beamed down, the water then flattened off to glass. I even met a bare chested SUP boarder enjoying the sunshine near little eye. All in all a good slackkers day out.  


Adrian Mould



11/02/13 9 Go to Hilbre – 10th Feb 2013


Given the initial weather reports, I was quite surprised when 9 LCC members turned up at a quite breezy West Kirby to paddle out to Hilbre. I am not sure if it was due to the cold and rain, but there was no faff as all members quickly got organised and onto the water for the 9.30 start time.


With a strong wind at our backs, we peered into the mists to just make out the Point of Ayr lighthouse that was our initial target and set off. Moving away from the slip, the strong wind against a weakening incoming tide meant that we were soon zooming along in the following sea at a good pace of knots.  Staying away from Middle Eye, we didn’t want to disturb any resting birds, we headed to the beach for a quick cuppa and fuel-up before heading around the Island to the tide race that normally forms there – alas with the strong off shore breeze and weak tide, there was no race in which to play when we got there.


Rounding the Island we turned back towards West Kirby, and the wind that had blown us towards the Island was now hitting us full in the face. Time to paddle!


Stoke after stroke we paddled against the wind and tide, and it was at that point that I wished I had been attending the Sea Kayaking Distance training that Ade has been organising on Saturdays. Good, efficient forward paddling (plus being paddle fit) is key in all paddling environments, but especially so for punching through these testing conditions!*


Back at the slip and all agreed it had been another great LCC day on the Sea – thanks to Tony for organising.


  • If your paddling is on the rough rivers, you may wish to join Ade’s training days as efficient paddling really helps get those must make moves on the river! Remember, train backwards paddling as well to avoid muscle imbalance and to help to reduce risk of shoulder dislocations.


Mike A  More photos…..


11/02/13 Canoe Polo National League Division 3


This was the 4th tournament in this seasons league.  It was played at Stockport 50m swimming pool on Saturday evening.  We drew our first game against White Rose B 1:1, we narrowly lost 2:1 against FOA and won our third against Tees Tigers C. 




Our final game against Manchester B team – Lots of opportunities to win the game but ended up with a draw.




If anyone would like to play polo for fun you can book a session at Halewood pool on Monday evenings or contact the polo coordinator for more informatio.





11/02/13 Canoe the Lune – 9th Feb 2013


Paul, our open canoe representative is really keen to get paddlers out in the open boats and experience proper paddling! So it was great to see 10 LCC paddlers, with half the blade but twice the skill, meet up at Devils Bridge to paddle the River Lune in canoes on what was quite a chilly February day. I am not sure how he had done it, but Paul had even tempted Brian Green off the salty stuff for a day of tandem paddling with Bev.


Fuelled on bacon baps from the butty van, it was agreed that we would do the longer run of 15km from 750m below the confluence with the river Rawthey (the put in here is off a public Bridleway, not across private land) and head down through Rigmaden Bridge to the get out at Devils Bridge, Kirkby Lonsdale. Then, without faff, it was a case of get changed, do the shuttle and get on the river – I believe the first swim off the day happened at that point, but alas I never saw anyone slip into the river whilst moving the boats, so can’t comment.


It was cold, but all the boats were zooming along, enjoying the company and countryside – open boats are a great way to travel. Each riffle or rapid provided great opportunities to practice selecting the line and nailing the eddy. I think it was Bev’s first river trip in a canoe, and by the size of her smile I think she was enjoying it.


A quick stop at Rigmaden Bridge for lunch gave opportunities for the real men to get out their stoves, I think I’ll just stick to the flask, and then it was back on to the harder rapids before we got too cold.

After Rigmaden, the rapids get a little bit more technical, but this is a great river on which to practice the core river skills, or simply getting used to paddle in your own groups once basic river skills are understood, as it is not continuous. After each rapid there is a pool to collect all the pieces if it has gone wrong – luckily!


An overhanging branch led to a swamping of one boat, but Nic managed to paddle his swamped boat down the rapid superbly. Brr, it must have been cold sitting in all that water!

More fun rapids and surfing followed all the way to the rivers end at Devils Bridge where we had our final swimmer of the day – and Karl, before you ask, it wasn’t Paul!


A great river trip, thanks to Paul and Harvey for organising. When is the next one?


NB, for those who haven’t tried opens, they are superb craft and paddling opens definitely improves your kayak paddling!

Mike A   More Photos……

08/02/13 Super Surfin at the Burrs – 2nd Feb 2013

Four LCC members met on a bright and sunny day at the Burrs, where it was quickly agreed that rather than run the whole river from Ramsbottom down to Bury, we would simply have a skills day at the Burrs site itself.

We paddled up the canal, had a look at the main weir and decided that we would all seal launch into the river and then run the weir. It’s such a big drop that it always give the collywobbles just before going over the lip, but John kindly agreed to go first and take photos.

All down, it is easy unless the river is massive, we slipped into play mode. Break ins and outs were practiced, S turns, surfing waves and 360’s were all enjoyed before it was time to get off for lunch in the really cheap on site cafe. It also had nice warm radiators!

Fully fed, it was back onto the river for more surfin on the bottom wave!

Cheers for John for suggesting this great venue – if you haven’t been it is a brilliant place to practice foundation skills like break ins and break outs, and the bottom wave is perfect for practicing surfin – although you will probably have to fight with Jenny and Chris to get on it as they were having so much fun they never seemed to want to get off the wave! Tip for me, leave the hand surfin for a warmer day – Brrrr!

A great vid from John


Mike   More photos…….


08/02/13 Conwy Estuary - 2nd February 2013

Three paddlers, Ade, Mark and Mick met at The Beacons car park in Conwy on Saturday morning.

The notice sent out for the trip read:

Fed up with flat water training and no salt? Need some waves to dig that new found paddle strength into? Maybe some little swirly bits for the early season? Possibly a bit of wind over tide to wash the deck free of river water?

Well what we did encounter was a beautiful day with a northerly wind though it was quite warm in the sun.

Having never met Ade and Mark before it was suggested that we launch and have a warm up opposite the launch point. This was soon followed by a quick trip up to the bridges and a session playing in the flow around the bridge supports. All was going well, or so I thought, until a miss timed break out too close to the structure saw me take the only swim of the day (Mark, falling into six inches of water doesn't count). Thanks to Ade a swift rescue was accomplished and we soon carried on up river.

The views of the mountains, covered with a dusting of snow, were quite stunning as we made our way up stream. Further practice of ferry gliding and breaking in and out of eddies took place before we stopped for lunch. Although there appears to be plenty of opportunity for a get out on the river, finding one that does not involve being up to your knees in mud is fairly rare, well done Ade on finding that one two foot wide piece of firm shallow ground.

The paddle upstream was completed after lunch ending at the Dalgarrog pipe bridge.

The return journey back then began on high water into a fairly stiff breeze, lesson to be learnt - don't go paddling with these two guys if you are not paddle fit, they take some keeping up with. Thankfully we stopped to explore the creek at Bodnant Gardens on the way back and I welcomed the break. We then returned to the Beacons and arrived just as it was starting to go dark and rather cold and to a much welcomed hot drink.

It just goes to show what a friendly sport this can be, I had a really great day with a couple of gents I had not met until saturday, thanks for your company guys and to Ade for organising the paddle and passing on some of your knowledge.

Mick Ripley



01/02/13 Club member Ray McCarthy passed away yesterday.

Club member Ray McCarthy died yesterday after a long illness. Ray was also a member of Deva Canoe Club, and North West Sea Kayakers.


He was a lovely bloke, with a great sense of humour and full of tales of trips and the sea as well as the builder of the Wirral Wand Greenland paddle.


Those of us who knew Ray will miss him.


Funeral arrangements:


Thursday 7th February 2013 – service at 12 noon – followed by cremation at Landican Crematorium @ 1 pm.

St John the Baptist C of E Church

142 Birkenhead Road





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