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28/6/14 Major dates for Club events – for more detail check the online the calendar…….
Alpine paddling holiday
Thames Expedition (Lechlade to
Club run Safety
Sea Kayak Trip -
Reel Paddling Film
Festival The only
28/6/14 June Photo of the Month Competition
playing in the tail at
Runner up Paul Harwood:
Runner up Jonathan Maddock:
“Helen on the big weir at the Burrs”
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.
27/6/14 4 Star Open boat training with Ray Goodwin
27/6/14 The Burrs – Wednesday evening paddles
Destination Burrs, date 25.6,14, traffic was heavy for all travelling up to bury but the weather was good. The anticipation at least for three of us on our first mid-week paddle was growing with every mile (time to christen our new shiny boats!) Eight members turned up which was a nice cosy group size which also meant the three newbies would be well catered for ; ( We hold our hands up - all the gear and pretty much no idea describes at least two of us! )
Following the short 200mtr walk to the weir (according to Keith!), we launched by the weir for a quick warm up and a short game of throw ball with the clubs newly acquired football that we found floating alone and in need of adoption.
Water levels were low but as we set up for the 20ft weir drop, our own personal camera man was ready to capture our decent. All descents landed with the normal cheesy grins and some cries of joy for newbies accompanied by the odd face of pure concentration at the top. (It is I that has a face like a melted welly when I’m concentrating, I can either keep my boat straight or smile but not both :).
We set off down the river stopping off to play at the various Points to learn test and develop skills being shown on route. Some areas of the river were a tad on the shallow side resulting in a comical show of head and body rocking in an attempt to try to get our boats to move in little or no water at all, but all succeeded without any rolls or swims, well so far anyway.
The final section provided a little bit of a stronger rolling ledge than any previously encountered up stream. This resulted in one roll and one very lame swim, pushing luck = soggy body; enough said I think! Mamba’s rule (their owners do not)! Anyhow - a great evenings paddling that successfully washed away work and helped to focus on what life’s about, in very pleasant surrounding’s .
Thank you to all for taking care and looking after us newbies – much appreciated - Helen, Neil & Ben. More photos…..
25/6/14 Introduction day with
John Cook and I have participated in the
Having recently swept the first place at the Slalom Kayak competition at Wagon Line, Bradford and being promoted to Division 3 I decided to improve my skills further at the Stone event. Along with John Cook, we took an introduction course to familiarise ourselves with the track where expert coaching is provided along with suitable kayaks to try. The course was very helpful in improving our technique. I also went on to participate in the Sunday race while John decided to cure his Saturday hangover at home (Bless him!).
The event consisted of novices as well as advanced kayakers. The youngest kayaker was 3 years old! Have a look at the pictures attached.
Stafford and Stone has good club facilities, is a short distance from
Michal Giezgala More Photos…….
24/6/14 Open Canoe 4 star
training with Ray Goodwin
Day 1 Well day one of out our three day 4 star open canoe training with Ray Goodwin has been completed on Bala lake. Met at 9 and not off the water until 5pm, what a great day in the sunshine with a superb coach. Day started with bank set up ideas and safe boat movement. Then onto the water for a bit of assessment of our personal paddling. Oo errrr!
After that, various methods of
assisting other boats to paddle into the wind, followed by multiple methods of
sailing. Lunch involved much
tarpage, before back onto the water for more sailing, rafting, and the leg
killer - polling! Then rope work
and towing before off the water - what a great day! Roll on day 2!
Day 2 Another glorious day saw us retiring from the lake to look at moving water personal and leadership skills. Launching at horseshoe falls on the Dee about 10, we ran down towards serpents tail showing different leadership styles and positions - whilst Ruth and I also practices some nifty back paddling into eddies.
Down at serpents it was time to line the boats down - lower them down the rapid rather than paddle or carry the darn things! All good, in this technical approach aside from my buddy deciding that rather than wait on the bank to collect my boat as i lowered it down the river, he would jump in - well it was hot. More leadership and personal paddling saw us getting to Nomads / JJ's / mile end mill at 2.30! Wow, that was a long section and I was very hot and quite hungry. Here we met some fellow lcc members for a nice chat.
Back on, more leadership and personal paddling followed by rescues - superb and a cheeky bit of polling. After that, home. Tomorrow its a quick morning on Bala lake followed by a nice gentle run down the lower Tryweryn. I believe that we are being honoured as Dillie the dog is joining us. Another great day!
Day 3 Well the day started with a nice leisurely paddle on Bala because Tryweryn was not opening until 12. A bit of work on finesse and then off to Tryweryn - to find that it had opened early! The smile on Rays face when we said we were happy to run Chapel falls was a picture, so it was quickly on and off we popped. The lower T is fantastic in opens, and there was much setting and checking as we paddled along. We also managed to throw in some more polling and a bit of snubbing as well. A top quality coach. Well worth a day with him. Oh, and I think he has a few spaces left on his expedition to the bloodvine! But book quickly, they go in a few weeks!
Mike and Ruth
16/6/14 Junior Club Anglesey Weekend – Pen Y Bont Farm
This year we booked the fantastic campsite of Pen Y Bont farm which is on the banks of the Inland Sea and less than 200m from the infamous 4 Mile Bridge tunnel. The campsite was excellent with some of the cleanest and super modern toilets and showers you could imagine. Olwen and her husband that run the site were extremely welcoming and could not have been better hosts. Well worth considering if you are looking for a quiet campsite when on
Saturday morning June 14th – 4 Mile Bridge
On Saturday we went down
to the river next to the camp site. We paddled to
Oliver Murphy More Photos……..
On Saturday we got the boats off the cars and paddled to Four Mile bridge and started to practice going in and out of the rapids. A few people tipped in to the water including my Dad. Eventually we were allowed to go through the tunnel from the other side. I nearly fell in but I did a brace and managed to stay up and I did an 360 in about half a second. Next we swam through the tunnel and once was enough for me! Finally people jumped of the bridge before we headed back to the campsite for lunch. Charlie Murphy More Photos……..
Saturday afternoon June 14th – Coasteering at Porth Dafarch
This weekend was Liverpool Canoe Club`s second Anglesey weekend, as a result we turned out to have a one & half hour Coasteering session at Trearrdur Bay on the Saturday. After lunch anyone who wished to participate simply drove down and strapped on a helmet and BA, and had a quick count of heads to make sure of the number. We followed Keith down on to the sand and over to the west side of the bay to start our rock clambering adventure.
For most it was our first
time Coasteering, jumping off four or five metre rocks in to the ocean. As such
a wide range of ages were doing this with us, it was well planned out and not to
difficult. This was by far one of the most enjoyable experiences of my life and
I hope to do repeat this on the next Anglesey Weekend.
Jake Massey More Photos……..
Saturday afternoon June 14th – Football Match
When we went to Anglesey some genius (me)
came up with an idea that we could play a Liverpool Canoe Club
I organised the teams, which was quite a
challenge as people kept on nagging me, but in the end it was sorted. All
except Keith who kept on insisting that he would play for
So throw away the rule book because we just gone on with it! Everyone was having a ball scoring goals, falling over, running around. I was particularly impressed by the football skills from Charlie! At the end with a traditional blow of the whistle the 60 minute club game was over -And it was time for A FEAST!
Jack Gille More Photos……..
Sunday morning June 15th – 4 Mile Bridge Bedtime Paddlers
Whilst having breakfast on
Sunday morning Paul Harwood challenged us to paddle his inflatable double bed
through the tunnel at
After a few runs through we decided to see how many paddlers we could fit on it. After a couple of epic fails we managed to get seven of us to stay on till the end. Then Paul and my Dad got on and it sank.
Bradley Tattum.Brandon and Keenan Tattum More Photos……..
Sunday afternoon June 15th – Rock hoping at Porth Dafarch
On Sunday we went to Porth Dafarch to paddle around the cliffs and rocks. We carried down onto the sandy beach and launched at high tide. The waves were breaking on some of the rocks and we paddle through some very narrow gaps. All too soon it was time to return to the beach.
Sophie and Keith paddled on around the corner towards Penrhyn Mawr taking the last of the flood. At Penrhyn Mawr two large sea lions were sunning themselves in the warm afternoon sun. One slid cautiously into the water while the second just looked at us and yawned and stretch before going back to sleep.
We worked our way along the coast going in every inlet and cave along the way. The folded metamorphic rock formations were incredible. One cave went in for ages and was enormous. Watching out for the many fishermen, we paddled back round the corner to Porth Dafarch and the cars. More Photos……..
Sam Godsell, Jenny Godsell, Sam Strachan , MARIE YOUNG, Sarah & Jack Gille, Chris Murphy, Claire Murphy, Ollie, Murphy, Charlie, Murphy, Peter Massey, Jake Massey, John & Keiron Allerton, Frankie Annan, Sam Presto, dom buckley, Keith S, Paul, Harwood, Harvey, Harwood, Rhys legge, TONY BENNETT, karl Tattum, Keenan Tattum, Bradley Tattum, Stephen Bond, Jeannette Bond, Regan Bond, Will Rickards, Elle Rickards
The Liverpool Canoe Club Mersey team had a different kind of success at the Merseyside canoe polo international this weekend. We entered into class 2 which was a very high standard. In terms of results we only managed 1 win and 1 draw with a few narrow defeats and a couple of hammerings. The positives were that Peter Stone, Scott Gibson, and Cheshire Landscaper (Tom) were able to experience playing at that level for the first time and Jay Hennessey was able to get a few more games under his belt after only playing in only 1 competition in the last 8 years. The other players were me, Stephen Hennessy, and Mark Mayfield who played for different teams in the same competition last year.
We won National Division 4 at a canter
this year but this was more realistic preparation for this coming National Division
3 season as the league consisted of National Division 2 and Division 3 teams.
It was the first time some of the players had played together and the new
players put in a good shift while adapting to the quicker pace, tactics, and
the physicality of the opposition. Hopefully this wake up call will result in
seeing faces down at Tuesday training, working on tactics and skills as we now
know that we can't just wing it at this level. It was a good weekend for
getting to know each other, learning our strengths and limitations, enjoying
the sunshine, and seeing our other teams pick up trophies in classes 3 and 4.
Congratulations to Liverpool Canoe Club Trafalgar for winning the Division 3 competition. Liverpool Canoe Club ATC came 3rd in Division 4.
Darren Bohanna More Photos……
Josh Cook tackling a player for the ball
10/6/14 Icy East Greenland
talk by Jim Krawiecki last night at the
the group headed off to Greenland Jim started off looking at a warm up trip in
“As our flight from
Jim was helping Martin Rickard`s of Sea Kayak Adventures… run his annual trip from Ammassalik. Martin runs trips every summer with the cost of approximately £2000 flying from
Considered by many as the birthplace of the Inuit qajaq,
Read more about the trip around
10/6/14 ATC Canoe Polo
tournament held at Liverpool
On Sunday 8th June 12 local ATC groups took part in the annual canoe polo tournament at Liverpool Marina. The weather turned out to be very sunny and the groups all enjoyed watching the teams play. Prescot put up a small marquee and Liverpool Canoe Club provided much of the equipment and boats. Many thanks to all those that helped to referee, organise teams or to generally help out.
The Final was held between Prescot A and Ormskirk with Prescot A the eventual winners by 4 goals to 3.Canoe Polo
Prescot A 4 v 0 Maghull
Ormskirk 1 v 2 Neston
Prescot B 2 v 0
Wavertree 0 v 1 Maghull B
Hoylake 1 v 1 Northwich
Ladies 4 v 0 Scratch
Prescot A 3 v 1 Ormskirk
Neston 1 v 1 Maghull A
Prescot B 1 v 0 Wavertree
Hoylake 2 v 0 Scratch
Ladies 3 v 0 Northwich
Prescot A 1 v 1 Neston
Ormskirk 3 v 0 Maghull A
Prescot B 0 v 3 Maghull B
Hoylake 1 v 1 Ladies
Scratch 1 v 1 Northwich
Maghull A 2 v 2 Maghull B.
(Maghull B win 2-1 on penalties)
Ormskirk 3 v 1 Ladies
Prescot A 4 v 0 Maghull B
Ormskirk 3 v 0 Neston
3rd Neston 2 v 0 Maghull B
Prescot A 4 v 3 Ormskirk
6/6/14 Wednesday evening
6 paddlers met at “the
At the bottom of the weir are some access steps up to a red lifebelt. It was a short carry from here back to the top of the weir and across to cars. A great evening paddle.
Next week we are at
4/6/14 Paddle kit car boot sale at Go Kayaking NW
We are opening our shop for one Sunday only on the 6th
July 2014 for a 'Kit-Car-Boot'
You get to bring down your old unwanted kit and sell it to those who DO want it!
This is a free event and anyone one can attend but if you are wanting to sell any items on the day we will need you to register in advance by following the link below as we only have a limited amount of space! REMEMBER this is a FREE Event!
BOOK NOW – CLICK HERE
The Event is
located at Go Kayaking North West and will run from 10am to 4pm on Sunday the 6th July 2014.
(Go Kayaking NW,
4/6/14 Junior Paddle (Tuesday evenings) by jack Gille
This session was an excellent experience and it will be remembered for a long time. We were all splashing about and having a time of our lives. When Chris took us all round the corner and shouted "come round here we have a surprise!" And many of us junior experienced paddlers suggested 'cake' but it wasn't Cake that we found it was some inflatable animals. Which was a good surprise as we all jumped out of our Kayaks and went CRAZY! It was GREAT. Then we splashed about and soaked each other. When we heard Steve Bond asked us to get back in our boats. We all groaned and then someone else suggested that we could Swim back to the pontoon. So that's what we all did, however I had a cramp which somehow everyone thought was comical. Anyway as a summary of the Night it was an splendid time and I would HIGHLY RECOMMEND this Wonderful Session to all of you wannabe kayakers out there.
15 paddlers met at Kingsway pool for what promised to be a nice day, after swapping a few boats onto different cars we were off on the two hour journey. When we approached the centre the water level looked really low and not moving in the channel and for a minute my heart sank. Everything was okay though as they were just late switching the pumps on that feed the white water course.
Jenny and Chris joined us at the centre bringing the total to 17.
We were changed and on the warm up lake and on our way by 1030am. Straight on to the course for a quick sighting lap and a go on the “lazyboy” conveyer back to the top.
Smaller groups formed and some just ran the course, others eddy hopped and some played on all the features, some swam !!!
Just before we were going to have lunch the short course was opened for an hour, so lunch had to wait. This is only 95 metres long but 14 cubic metres a second are directed down the chute and the bottom slide is pretty meaty to say the least.
We had a break for lunch on the grass in the sunshine but all too soon it was time to get back on. Again some ran the course, most played on different features and took time to appreciate what the course has to offer. The last task was the race around the course and this should have been an easy job for Michal or “the Shark” as he is now known. However the eventual winner was Lee Doyle, so congrats to Lee.
All in all it was a great day out, paddling in the sunshine with great facilities, great company and thanks to everyone for turning out.
Jenny and Chris, Adam, Gary, Sarah, Richard, Pete, John A, Paul pugwash Harwood in a daft boat, Kieran, Michal, Joe, Keith, Sara, Nick, Lee and myself John Cooke
29/5/14 Division 4 Slalom at
Last weekend saw a slalom competition at Bradford and Bingley Canoe Club,
Why not have a go yourselves at the next event, more information on the Canoe Slalom website http://www.canoeslalom.co.uk/
River Aire, Bingley,
An easy grade 2 river, the course is ideal for beginners and Division 3 paddlers who will find enough challenge and interest to test their skills. The course offers opportunities to try all the standard moves and to demonstrate sprinting prowess on the deeper, slower, sections.
A natural river in an area prone to rapid rises in water level, the water can vary by as much as four feet within a period of days and change from a rocky, boulder- strewn river to a full-on surfers' paradise.
The course begins with a flat, shallow 20m wide clear water
stretch before dropping down shallow rapids to the Nibbler - a smaller version
of the infamous Muncher at
The annual slalom in May is always well attended and attracts a
loyal band who appreciate camping by the river, a good social weekend and the
chance to visit some of the attractions in the Aire valley and
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