Volume 14 Issue 1

January 2014

January Paddler
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01/01/14 Are you getting all the information on club trips and activities – club messaging system
As well as the website the club uses a number of different media to circulate details of club activities to all its members.  You can add (and remove) your own email address to a number of googlegroups in order to receive information and posts from members on events, courses and activities. (You do NOT need a Google account or  Google email) The main group can be accessed here….

 

01/01/14 December Photo of the Month Competition

 

Liverpool Canoe Club Photo Competition Winners



Congratulations to Mark Benson for his winning photo:

“Which way? – The Aberglaslyn Gorge”

 

 

Runner up John Barends :

“Last Saturday paddle of the year”

 

Runner up Keith S :

“Bradley and Harvey – Junior Rolling competition at Kingsway pool”

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


Criteria for the photo of the month competition…. 25% Quirkiness and framing of the subject, 25% Quality and sharpness of the photograph, 25% Diversity of the subject material (ie not all one discipline), 25% has LCC logo or clothing in the shot.

 

28/12/13 A Christmas Poem by Joanne Fisher

 

Christmas at the Docks

 

'twas the Sunday before Christmas, 

when down at the docks.

LCC members were gathering, 

fast in their flocks.

 

To decorate boats 

with tinsel and lights.

Or inflatable Santas, 

what a beautiful sight.

 

Then thirty five members 

paddled to the wheel. 

All wearing Santa hats, 

as that was the deal.

 

Twas here there was a break, 

we stopped for a natter.

Consuming mince pies and mulled wine, 

as our festive platter.

 

Hot vimto for kids, 

keeping warm in their shelter.

A new concoction was created, 

mmm it's a belter.

 

It's Cinnamon cookies,

 dipped in mulled wine.

Which Tastes delicious 

and makes you feel fine.

 

Then from that rest point,

we all departed.

Heading back to the marina,

where it all started.

The winter sun was shining,

and spirits were high.

So we slowed down the pace, 

to let the world go by.

 

Then back at base camp, 

we retired to the bar.

And ate Julie's mincemeat cake,

oh what a star!

 

After such a good day,

we can say with delight.

Happy Christmas to all, 

And to all a goodnight.

 

Joanne Fisher

 

 

 

 

24/12/13 The Christmas rolling challenge – Latest results. 

Congratulations to all that had a go at this years challenge, especially those that improved week by week.  We have certificates for paddlers to add to their portfolios / log books which record the number of rolls achieved.  (Bronze 1-4 rolls,  Silver   5-8 rolls,  Gold    9-11 rolls  Platinum    12-14 rolls  Diamond   15 or more)

                                                                                                                                        

Diamond Award: Mark Garrod

Platinum Awards: Matt Pegram, Sam Preston, John Mackin, Paul Harwood, John Fay, & John Walker

Gold Awards: Ben Cooke, Karl Tattum

Silver Awards: Stuart Toulson, Kathryn Wilson, Chris Murphy, John Pegram, Dave Reynolds, Ciaran Fahey, Garry Thomas, Sarah Gille, Michael O'Rourke, Simon Anders, Nick Mackin, Tony Doyle, Dave Collins, Dermot Miller, Bradley Tattum, Abby Hitchmough, Kieron Allerton & Harvey Harwood

Bronze Awards: Louise Kennedy, John Cooke & Samantha Allerton

 

More Photos…..

Red text = Latest pool Session 23/12/13

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hand rolls (360 Degrees)

 

Alternate side rolls  (180 Degrees)

Paddle rolls  (360 Degrees)

 

Pool Side rolls (360 Degrees)

 

Junior Pool Side rolls (360 Degrees)

Name

Rolls

 

Name

Rolls

 

Name

Rolls

 

Name

Rolls

 

Name

Rolls

Mark Garrod

16

 

Ciaran Fahey

8

 

John Mackin

12

 

John Walker

13

 

Harvey Harwood

7

Matt Pegram

14

 

Dave Reynolds

7

 

Paul Harwood

11

 

John Mackin

13

 

Kieron Allerton

6

Sam Preston

12

 

John Pegram

6

 

Karl Tattum

10

 

John Fay

11

 

Abby Hitchmough

6

John Mackin

12

 

Chris Murphy

6

 

Tony Doyle

8

 

Dermot Miller

7

 

Bradley Tattum

5

Ben Cooke

9

 

John Mackin

5

 

Stuart Toulson

7

 

Dominic Fahey

7

 

Samantha Allerton

4

Stuart Toulson

6

 

 

 

 

Ciaran Fahey

7

 

Dave Reynolds

6

 

 

 

Kathryn Wilson

5

 

 

 

 

John Pegram

7

 

Dave Collins

6

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nick Mackin

6

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Simon Anders

6

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

John Walker

6

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Michael O'Rourke

5

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sarah Gille

5

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Garry Thomas

5

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Louise Kennedy

3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

John Cooke

1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


23/12/13   Festive Paddle (Santa Dash) to Albert Dock and back  Sunday 22nd December

 

35 club members attended this years festive paddle to Albert Dock.  There were a variety of festive costumes and decorations with inflatable Santa’s, tinsel and fairy lights.  The flotilla made its way up to the big wheel gaining shelter from the dock walls.  The squally gusts whistled around the buildings but fortunately the sun was shining.  We landed in Dukes dock at the small slipway in front of the Wheel of Liverpool.

 

Joanne brought along hot Vimto and mulled wine and Mince pies.  Although cold these made the day.  With the last of the days sun on our backs the paddle back to the Marina was very pleasurable.  After putting all the gear away and getting changed we met in the coffee bar.

 

It was great to see so many members there on the day all of a variety of age and experience.  Many thanks to the Social committee for an inspired paddle.      More Photos…..

 

 

 

23/12/13   Christmas Meal and social at the Marina Saturday 21st December

 

This year we enjoyed the sole use of the dinning room at the Marina.  We enjoyed an excellent meal and then chatted until midnight.  Some of the group then headed into town to celebrate Christmas and Mark Garrod`s birthday.

More Photos ……….

 

 

 

22/12/13   Surfing Crosby 22nd December 2013

Today a few of us turned up at a wild and windy Crosby. It was blowing at 45mph and was truly horrendous. Karl clearly didn't listen to my advice that it was too windy and the waves would not be much fun. After coming to Crosby almost every week since October Karl thinks he learned a lot about Crosby. He was telling me its all to do with the way the moon affects the size of the waves, the wind speed overnight compared to the swell speed in the Atlantic compared to how soggy his spinach is with his tealeaves. What is he on about? He knows nothing!
 
A few weeks ago we had five c1's out at Crosby after he had guaranteed waves. It was a good thing he got it wrong then as I have never seen so much wobbliness in my life.
 
 Today, however was mental. It was so hard getting out to the surf. Travelling backwards was normal. Travelling upside down was normal wasn't it Karl, Steve, Peter, Paul, Tom, and Daz?  If it was not the wind it was the waves. Even the seagulls were flying backwards!  We all got a few rides early on and some of those waves made us airborne, but after half an hour it was a test of endurance and for me having a quick roll before the next wave blew me even nearer to the shore. I gave up after a while and took shelter on the beach behind my boat and watched the others paddle on the spot. It was a hard day today, but "the weather looks far more promising for the end of the week." said Karl.

 

Paul Harwood     More Photos……

 

22/12/13   Last Saturday paddle of the year. Nice — with Julie Brookes, Peter Stone, Richie Burgess, John Henry Smullen and Jordan Hignett.

 



21/12/13 Mystery River Day in North Wales for Volunteer River Leaders and Assistants (Sunday 15th December)

 

This was billed as a Mystery River Day in North Wales for Volunteer River Leaders and Assistants.  It was organised as a fun day for those paddlers who have given up their time to help run the introductory river days run earlier this year by Roy McHale and Richard Quinn.  The river(s) were to be chosen depending upon those attending and river levels nearer the time. The idea was to paddle unfamiliar grade 3/4s.

 

Keith Steer organised this trip (I need to get that straight from the off) as a “reward” for the people who have helped lead the recent beginners trips to the Dee and Lune.

To be fair the rivers levels have been really low over the last few months and it was with this predicted low level in mind that the River Ogwen was chosen for Sunday’s destination “a technical low level run, suitable for all” Keith announced, but Friday and Saturday saw some heavy rain come down over North Wales and when the group who consisted of Keith Steer, Sara Bergqvist, Mark Garrod, Mike & Ruth, Ian Bell, Danny Bryn, Kirk Williams, Mark Benson, John Cook, Tony Doyle, Fiona Barry, Sarah Gille, Chris Murphy and me arrived at Ogwen Bank Caravan Park which is the put in for the Ogwen the River was looking quite high and quite intimidating.

 

Only a couple of people were up for running this Grade 4 River so Keith decided the best course of action was to drive to and paddle the upper Glaslyn which runs out of Llyn Dinas a lake which is situated above the town of Beddgelert which is reputed to be the burial place of the Legendary hound Gelert who was tragically slain by his master Llewellyn (Beddgelert in English means Grave of Gelert) for those who don’t know the tale here it is.

 

Llewellyn Fawr was a Welsh king during the Welsh/ Anglo wars that took place during the 13th Century BC. Llewellyn had encamped with a few followers in a valley, and one day departed with his men on an expedition, leaving his infant son in a cradle in his tent, under the care of his hound Gelert, after giving the child its fill of goat's milk. Whilst he was absent a wolf from the neighbouring mountains, in quest of prey, found its way into the tent, and was about to devour the child, when the watchful dog interfered, and after a desperate conflict, in which the tent was torn down, succeeded in destroying the monster. Llywelyn returning at evening found the tent on the ground, and the dog, covered with blood, sitting beside it. Imagining that the blood with which Gelert was besmeared was that of his own son devoured by the animal to whose care he had confided him, Llywelyn in a paroxysm of natural indignation forthwith transfixed the faithful creature with his spear. Scarcely, however, had he done so when his ears were startled by the cry of a child from beneath the fallen tent, and hastily removing the canvas he found the child in its cradle, quite uninjured, and the body of an enormous wolf, frightfully torn and mangled, lying near. His breast was now filled with conflicting emotions, joy for the preservation of his son, and grief for the fate of his dog, to whom he forthwith hastened. The poor animal was not quite dead, but presently expired, in the act of licking his master's hand. Llywelyn mourned over him as over a brother, buried him with funeral honours in the valley, and erected a tomb over him as over a hero. From that time the valley was called Beth Gelert.

 

Anyway enough of the legend of Llewellyn and Gellert and back to the river. The River is an easy grade 1-2 as it leaves the lake and it remains like this for quite a while as it passes the outskirts of the above mentioned village.  Soon enough though the river starts to increase in difficulty and becomes the classic Aberglaslyn gorge which is well known as one of the test pieces of Welsh white water. When we reached the start of the gorge we all got out on river left and scouted the mile or so long section of grade 4 river. The section is pretty impressive with the rapids increasing in difficulty until you get to about half way down the run where the biggest rapid which is known as “The Breaker” is situated. 

After we scouted, we got back in our Kayaks and paddled down a few hundred meters to where the gorge started in earnest.  It was at this point that those who had decided not to run the river got out to watch and provide safety. This just left Keith, Mark Garrod and me.  We gave the others a few minutes to get into position before setting off.  Keith led the way, followed by me with Mark Garrod bringing up the rear. We all negotiated the first few rapids successfully. Keith eddied out after quite a difficult rapid.   I followed him down and eddied out too, although not before I had to pull off a high brace when the rapid threatened to capsize me.   I watched Mark come down the rapid and saw a similar thing happened to him but he did capsize; a neat back deck roll got him upright though but he was too far down river and missed the eddy so carried on through the next section of the river.  Keith broke out of the eddy that we were in and followed Mark. 

 

I gave Keith around a 15 meter head start before I broke out and continued on down. It was at the bottom of the next drop that it started to go wrong for me.  I capsized in the powerful churning water after the drop and couldn’t get my paddle to the surface to roll.  In the next instant I went down the next rapid upside down and I remember taking a few hits to the head from submerged rocks.  I felt my paddle being swept away before I pulled my deck and swam. Luckily the rest of the group were around on safety cover and the current Swimmer of the year, Ian Bell, threw me a line and I managed to stabilise myself on a rock midstream.  I eventually got from that rock to the bank and was reunited with my boat, paddle and shoe which I felt come off during the swim (thanks Dan).  After I’d recovered, I got back in my kayak and finished of the rest of the run with no incident. This was the first time I had run this river and I was disappointed to have swum but also glad that I got back in after the swim and finished it off. Thanks to the safety crew and kit collectors and well done to Garrod and Keith who showed solid river running skills. To the Aberglaslyn Gorge all I’m going to say is, “I’ll be back soon”.

 

Roy McHale    More Photos………..          Video Aberglaslyn+Gorge+-+Mark+Garrod by Mark Benson.wmv        The lower gorge by Tony Doyle……..

 

 

 

 

20/12/13 Last nights rolling competition update 

 

Red text = Latest pool Session 18/12/13

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hand rolls (360 Degrees)

 

Alternate side rolls  (180 Degrees)

Paddle rolls  (360 Degrees)

 

Pool Side rolls (360 Degrees)

Name

Rolls

 

Name

Rolls

 

Name

Rolls

 

Name

Rolls

Mark Garrod

16

 

Ciaran Fahey

8

 

John Mackin

12

 

John Walker

12

Matt Pegram

14

 

Dave Reynolds

7

 

Paul Harwood

11

 

John Fay

9

Sam Preston

12

 

John Pegram

6

 

John Mackin

10

 

Dermot Miller

7

John Mackin

12

 

Chris Murphy

6

 

Karl Tattum

10

 

Dominic Fahey

7

Ben Cooke

8

 

John Mackin

5

 

Tony Doyle

8

 

Abby Hitchmough

6

Stuart Toulson

6

 

 

 

 

Stuart Toulson

7

 

Dave Reynolds

6

Kathryn Wilson

5

 

 

 

 

Ciaran Fahey

7

 

Dave Collins

6

Kathryn Wilson

5

 

 

 

 

John Pegram

7

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nick Mackin

6

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Simon Anders

6

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Michael O'Rourke

5

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sarah Gille

5

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Garry Thomas

5

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Louise Kennedy

3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

John Cooke

1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

John Walker

1

 

 

 

 

 

17/12/13 Last nights rolling competition results 16.12.13 

 

Firstly, I would like to say as the instigator of this annual event I don't see this as a competition to find the fastest or strongest kayak or canoe roller in the club. It is more of a personal challenge to see where you stand within your group of contemporaries.  It is not about nailing you colour's to the mast but more about taking a post-it and posting it on the wall of life.   So lets all have a go and post our score's ... be proud  !!  and then go and better it.

  

Dave Reynolds          Only Tonight, Thursday and next Monday 23rd Dec to go!

 

Special mention needs to go to:

  • Paul Harwood who rolled his short, decked C1.
  • Ciaran Fahey who took the leader board for alternative side rolling.
  • Tony Doyle and Karl Tattum who improved on the 1st attempts.

 

Paddle Rolling

Paul Harwood (in his C1.. that's kneeling and using a single blade)  11 rolls in C1 and 6 in kayak.

Karl Tattum 9 rolls (improved on his 2nd attempt, did 6 on his 1st)

Tony Doyle 8 rolls (improved on his 2nd attempt, did 6 on his 1st)

 

Hand Rolls

Ben Cooke 8 rolls (plans to change boat to improve his total... and needs some practice having been away at uni, so watch this space)

 

Both/ Alternative sides.

Ciaran Fahey 8 rolls (takes the leader board as of today with this performance, a very good controlled effort. And considering Ciaran only been paddling since September this year!)

 

Red text = Latest pool Session 16/12/13

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hand rolls (360 Degrees)

 

Alternate side rolls  (180 Degrees)

Paddle rolls  (360 Degrees)

 

Pool Side rolls (360 Degrees)

Name

Rolls

 

Name

Rolls

 

Name

Rolls

 

Name

Rolls

Mark Garrod

16

 

Ciaran Fahey

8

 

Paul Harwood

11

 

John Mackin

10

Matt Pegram

13

 

Dave Reynolds

7

 

John Mackin

10

 

Nick Mackin

9

Ben Cooke

8

 

John Pegram

6

 

Karl Tattum

10

 

John Fay

9

Stuart Toulson

6

 

Chris Murphy

6

 

Tony Doyle

8

 

Dermot Miller

7

Kathryn Wilson

5

 

John Mackin

5

 

Stuart Toulson

7

 

Dominic Fahey

7

Kathryn Wilson

5

 

 

 

 

Ciaran Fahey

7

 

Dave Reynolds

6

 

 

 

 

 

 

John Pegram

7

 

Dave Collins

6

 

 

 

 

 

 

Michael O'Rourke

5

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nick Mackin

4

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

John Cooke

1

 

 

 

 

 

16/12/13 Major dates for Club events – for more detail check the online the calendar…….

Sat 21 December Club Christmas Meal at the Marina - open to all. Three course Christmas meal and music to midnight to dance the night away. - Saturday, December 21st, 2013 at 7:30pm. Click to book a place.........

 

Sun 22 December Christmas Paddle - Mince Pies at Albert Dock LCC Santa Dash!, Minimum is a Santa Hat or other festive decoration on boats (Juniors & Adults Any blade Any boat) - Coordinator LCC Social Committee. Click to book a place.........

 

Easter Bank Holiday 17th April to 21st April 2014 Scottish Easter Paddling holiday. Click to book a place.........

 

9 -11  May 2014 Bala Canoe Training Weekend - Traditionally our coaches help run this

 

16 -18  May 2014 2014 Anglesey Weekend No1 Tyn Rhos Campsite at Trearddur LL652AX  Coordinator Peter Massey High Tide:   1:36 PM BST  9.2m

 

22 -26 May 2014 Pembroke 2nd May Bank Holiday Weekend - Coordinator Jenny Brown

 

13 -15 June 2014 Anglesey Weekend No2 (Junior Club Camping weekend based at 4 Mile Bridge) Pen-Y-Bont Farm LL65 3EY Coordinator Keith S    High Tide: 1:00 PM BST  9.2m

 

Sun, 29 June 2014 Hilbre Island Sea Kayak Race  Coordinator Keith S  High Tide:  1:14 PM BST   8.6m

 

11-13 July 2014 Anglesey weekend No3 - Rhosnieger LL64 5XA coordinator Jenny Brown High Tide:  11:37 AM BST   9.1m

 

19 -21 September 2014 Anglesey weekend No4 Outdoor Alternative LL65 2NQ  Coordinator Frankie Annan  High Tide: 9:34 AM BST   7.8m

 

16/12/13 Crosby Surfing 15 Dec 2013 post match review

I turned up for Surf on Sunday it was dark when I arrived, I was late for the Karl Tattum set time of 7.15. (I had emailed and asked Karl if he could alter the tide times but he hadn't replied). In fact it was so dark that I could barely see his vehicle but could make out an advert for Harwoods Blinds [that's another tenner you owe an LCC member Paul!]. I'm still finding my feet with kayaking and found it rather disconcerting seeing those two outlined against the white surf fighting the waves. I got changed and slid my boat down over the bricks to the beach. I was happy to note that by that time the sky was beginning to show a bit of light.

The wind blows hard onto that Crosby shore. Today was no exception. I thought I'd get the feel of things first before doing my usual manoeuvre of getting knocked over sideways and having to pull my boat to shore. Karl and Paul were twisting onto waves and racing past me with the usual manic expressions. I hope in time to develop that look when I get onto a big wave – as opposed to one of pure fear.

“Hi Geoff. Ok?” was enough from K&P for me to know that when I headed inshore, upside down, or alongshore boat in tow, that my disappearance would be noted. The wind increased, the waves increased as more water flooded into the Mersey. And, wonder of wonders, the sun rose over the distant city showing a bit of light through the heavy clouds. [Might turn this into a novel! Lol!]. The guys were hammering down just about every wave that came thumping in. The waves were perfect for surfing and many were so big that they had to be paddled up to get over them. I was in my kayak and everything needed to happen much more slowly for me than for the smaller boats. I also needed to get onto the  waves further out, I spotted a promising wave and headed for shore, it caught me, lifted up the rear of the boat – then kept lifting up the rear of the boat – I'd got used to surfing on smaller waves but this one – the bow of the kayak kept going under until dark water lapped against the cockpit, the rear kept rising until I was vertical. This is new I thought... I realised I was going to go right over and twisted myself round – next thing was I was facing out to sea but heading rapidly to shore backwards still in a vertical position. I began to think to myself... no problem... I'll land eventually then just paddle back out – I'm already heading in the right direction. But suddenly the whole idea just exploded and I was deep underwater and doing my usual bail out. Karl later explained to me that the bow of the kayak had hit bottom.

K&P were if anything increasing the tempo as the waves increased. They were twisting, spinning, carving, slicing and a host of other verbs. The adrenaline was certainly flowing full force. And it was so nice to be able to see what was going on! People began to turn up at the car park for their Sunday morning stroll. Two chaps fishing witnessed me surfing in holding onto the sides of my kayak side on to the waves, landing in a heap on the beach, struggling on the bricks and landing flat on my back. I took the opportunity to film – how it should be done – here's the links here and here. After nearly three hours the fun ended. Unbelievable, back in the day a dip in the Mersey meant an automatic stomach pump!

As Paul said in the after-match review, “It just gets better and better here.” [Wait for his video!!]

Geoff Widders

 

Text Box:  14/12/13 Liverpool Canoe Club Calendar 2014

 

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12/12/13 Christmas rolling competition.

 

Every Christmas the club holds a rolling competition at the pool sessions leading up to New Year.  This year we have certificates and a new category of rolling on both sides.

 

You will have 30 seconds to perform as many rolls as you can.

 

Categories:  Paddle Rolls, Hand rolls, T or Eskimo rolls using the poolside, (head must be vertical for a full roll to count – eg a full 360 degree rotation) and the new category of rolling on both sides (both shoulders clear of the water).

 

Part of a good roll is keeping the boat in the same place so if you are corkscrewing around the pool and bumping into the side or ropes it will slow you down.

 

Dave Reynolds is the chief score keeper but you can make as many attempts as you like at any of the pool sessions in the run up to New Year.

 

Leader Board 12/12/13

 

Hand rolls (360 Degrees)

 

Alternate side rolls  (180 Degrees)

Paddle rolls  (360 Degrees)

 

Pool Side rolls (360 Degrees)

Name

Rolls

 

Name

Rolls

 

Name

Rolls

 

Name

Rolls

Mark Garrod

16

 

Dave Reynolds

7

 

John Mackin

10

 

John Mackin

10

Matt Pegram

13

 

John Pegram

6

 

Stuart Toulson

7

 

Nick Mackin

9

Stuart Toulson

6

 

Chris Murphy

6

 

Ciaran Fahey

7

 

John Fay

9

Kathryn Wilson

5

 

John Mackin

5

 

John Pegram

7

 

Dermot Miller

7

Kathryn Wilson

5

 

 

 

 

Michael O'Rourke

5

 

Dominic Fahey

7

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nick Mackin

4

 

Dave Reynolds

6

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tony Doyle

3

 

Dave Collins

6

 

 

 

 

 

 

John Cooke

1

 

 

 

 

 

10/12/13 Division 3 Canoe Polo – Stockport 

Our Division 3 side (Liverpool Trafalgar) played its first tournament of the winter season last Saturday.  They did really well having only trained together a few times at the Tuesday night polo sessions at Halewood Pool.  They got off to a good start by scoring early against Manchester eventually winning  2:0.  Our next game against Tees Tigers B gave us good confidence and we started to pass and move well around the pitch.  We were in  control most of the game and won again 2:0.  Kingston B was a much tougher game but we ran out eventual winners 3:0.  The final game of the night was against Trentham, who were one of the strongest on the night.  This game went back and forth with both teams scoring in the second half to end all tied 1:1. 

 

Canoe Polo is an excellent game of skill and stamina and is an ideal way to perfect your kayak handling skills.  If you want to give it a try why not book a session at Halewood pool , there are plenty of boats and equipment stored there.  Halewood pool……………………

 

 

 

09/12/13 Surfing on Sunday 8th December

 

After waiting for the email to come through from Karl to say that surfing would be on Sunday, I looked forward to getting out there again to see if I could stay upright and catch some good waves.

 

Sunday quickly came around and I headed out to Crosby and not to be disappointed, Karl, Paul and Dave were already there. Couldn’t see any signs of holes in boats (apart from the obvious one where you sit) and so I guess that experiment is now history!

Another Place, by Antony Gormley

It was definitely dry suit weather with a decent wind although a respectable 9 degrees. Given the time of day on a Sunday I thought there might be more people there but with four us on the water there wouldn’t be a problem.   Karl had his usual surf boat and Paul had what I think was a mega neutron (please correct this Paul if I am wrong) and Dave was in a plastic sea kayak.

 

To stay safe, Karl had revised the time to being a bit earlier and so we had plenty of time to warm up as we started the long march out to the sea. When we finally arrived at the sea there was plenty to go at for a gentle start.

 

The waves were big enough at the start to get the boats going but nothing spectacular. As the tide came in the waves got noticeably larger and the rides got better and longer. Dave did exceptionally well with some really good long runs and he looked great in the sea kayak as it carved through the waves. As the waves got bigger, Paul then swapped the mega neutron for his whitewater canoe.

 

As time went on, the waves just got bigger and more powerful as the tide came in and it felt like climbing a mountain to get back out in order to get the next ride in.  At one point I saw Karl being surfed backwards only to flip the boat round and catch the ride back in. We started to play in the soup (the broken surf near the shore) as it was getting nigh on impossible to get out through the breakers.

 

It was a very enjoyable if very exhausting session and I know we all had some great rides in with big smiles.

 

Hopefully see you all out there next time,  Peter Dickinson

 

09/12/13 A day on the Lune or as my sister would say “Its winter, you must be completely luney”.

 

Pete and I so enjoyed Fiona’s recent white water Lakes weekend, which included a run on the Rivers Leven and Kent, that Pete came home, sold his old Acrobat and bought a Burn II claiming they are good value at the moment as the new Burn III is now on the market. He was keen to try out his new purchase and the Lune was a tempting event on the club calendar and so we arrived at Devils Bridge with so many other eager paddlers that I couldn’t count them all.

 

Leaving 3 or 4 cars behind, we set off for the put in where we crammed at least 10 cars into the tiny lay-by near Middleton Bridge, just below the Lune’s confluence with the River Rawthey.  We headed down a muddy track to the water where Roy counted us all and sorted us into 5 manageable groups with a least a couple of leaders allocated to each group. 

 

Once on the water we headed off and got to know each other on the way. There were some very easy bits and others of varying difficulty depending on your ability. The rapids were mostly wave trains over gentle gradients but a few rocks here and there kept us all on our toes.  Among the groups, one or two people decided to enjoy a nice refreshing winter swim but we all arrived safely at Devils Bridge and chatted about our experiences while the rest of the groups arrived.

 

It was raining relentlessly while we waited for the car shuffle. There were so many similar looking boats waiting for cars to be delivered that I think I am going to have to bling my own Burn II so I can recognise it among all the other Burns in the club, the most distinguishable one being Ian’s camouflage green, never to be visible once upside down in the water, but of course, that is a rare event!

 

Roy, Chris, Andy etc were keen to get off to the Kent for a harder run after nursing us down the Lune but unfortunately, lack of daylight beat us all and we headed home through the rain. On the drive back Pete continued to enthuse about his new boat.

 

I wish I had some pictures to send in with my write-up but I am not yet sure about where to carry my camera in my PFD.  If you listen to all the warnings, it could potentially snag on something and be a hazard. I can’t yet figure out where to put stuff as there are no sealed deck hatches, as in my sea kayak, to put coffee and sandwiches, spare clothes etc. 

 

Looking forward to our next trip, many thanks to all leaders, fellow paddlers and Roy for coordinating.

 

Carole and Pete Thomas

 

 

09/12/13 A Winter’s Day Paddle : Anglesey Saturday 30th November

 

Ian Bell, Pete and I headed out to Anglesey in one car for a winter’s day paddle, meeting up with Tracy and Andy whom we had met on the Falls of Lora a few years ago and then again at the Anglesey Sea Kayak festivals over the past couple of years. We met at Trearddur Bay, where Geoff was already waiting for us.

 

We paddled out into calm seas, the previous day had been high winds and Pete was hoping for more lumpy conditions, but no sign of that now. We rock hopped our way along the coast in increasing warm sunshine and had the place pretty much to ourselves.  How can people say “What? Paddling in winter, you must be mad” it was like a summer’s day - perhaps better!

 

On reaching the Beacons at Rhoscolyn we went looking for a tide race to play in but there was nothing working so we headed in for Lunch.

 

A pleasant paddle back to Trearddur, with an increasing head wind and building waves.  Some members of the group practicing rolling and self rescues (‘fraid I wanted to keep my hair dry) before heading off the water and home. Tracy and Andy aren’t LCC members but after spending time with Ian and Geoff and hearing about all of our club activities, they’ve both decided to join.

 

Ian bell, Geoff Widders, Tracey and Andy Arnold, Pete and Carole Thomas

 

 

06/12/13 Pool closures over Christmas period


The 3 pools are closed on thee dates below so you will not be able to book a session via our online booking page.  The pool sessions will however continue as normal outside of these times.

 

Broadgreen pool (junior and adult sessions) closed on Tuesday 24th December and Tuesday 31st December 2013

Halewood pool (Canoe Polo) closed on Tuesday 24th December and Tuesday 31st December 2013

Kingsway pool closed on Monday 30th December 2013

Kingsway pool closed on Thursday 26th December 2013

 

 

 

03/12/13 Lake District White Water Weekend – The River Crake


The Crake is a just a short drive from the Leven and, in the average water levels, an ideal choice for less experienced paddlers. So after a roadside lunch off we went, paddlers to the get-in by Lake Coniston and a few kind non-paddlers to wait for us at Spark Bridge.

 

The paddle down the Lake towards the river took a while but thankfully there was no wind to contend with and there was a clear view of the surrounding hills to spur us on. Once at the river we divided into three groups.

 

The river itself was quite flat to start with but very narrow. Trees would be a problem in flood conditions but we were far from that; a particularly large tree spanned the entire river but was easily ducked (see photo). The first rapid of any note made its presence heard before it could be seen. This twisting drop had another large tree to avoid about halfway down. Marianne decided to take a closer look, which gave me a bit of a scare but she remained in control and, guided by Keith, she worked along the trunk to a safe exit and continued down the rapid.

 

And so, our trip continued as before, the three groups meeting up at occasional rapids for some ferry gliding or surfing. Finally, the main rapid of Bobbin Mill Falls came into earshot.  This starts with a slide over a smallish weir and once over, we collected in a small eddy half way down the rapid. Following Keith, Marianne led the rest of us down the final set of drops to the get out where, much to our grateful relief, our shuttles were waiting.

 

All in all a great little river to round off a good day's paddling.

 

Mark Benson and Marianne Davey

 

More photos of the Crake……..

                                                                                                                                                                                      

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