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26/10/14 Are you getting all the information on club trips and
activities – club messaging system
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26/10/14 Major dates for Club events – for more detail check the online Club Calendar…….
Reel Paddling Film Festival The only
Lakes Paddling Weekend Based at Thorney How Hostel in
Snowboarding trip -
Scottish Easter paddling weekend Based in the Blackwater Hostel – limited places so book early. Click to book a place.........
Pembroke Weekend (First Bank Holiday) Jenny Brown
Anglesey Weekend 1 (
Alpine Paddling Holiday Week 1
26/10/14 September “Photo of the Month” Competition
“Joe Sheppard swimming through a Siphon on the Verdon Gorge – French Alps 2014”
Runner up Don Brooks:
Bell and Keith S paddling towards the
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.
7 of us head off to Anglesey to
search out some big water – the tides were on Springs with 9.3m at
We had been surfing on the wave for about an hour when suddenly a bluish medium burn ploughed through the wave. It was Roy who had punched through the stopper which had now formed in the middle of the tunnel. Apparently, he gesticulated to the others to go around and carry over the railway (a trip of about a mile). Unfortunately he did this with his thumb raised! The others paddled through one by one thinking it was ok. First Sam who used his skill to slide down the tongue near the wall, then John who luckily ejected very quickly when caught by the stopper. I was busy rescuing John and did not see Graham as he fought for ages to stay upright, caught sidewards in the large recirculating stopper in the middle of the Tunnel. Theo and Chris watch on as they could not do anything as access is impossible inside the 30m long tunnel. Eventually Graham swam and was fortunately washed out followed shortly by his kayak.
Please do not paddle through the tunnel much after 3 hours before HW Liverpool (which is the same as 2 hours before HW Holyhead)
After collecting the pieces, the seven of us enjoyed 3 hours of playing in the extremely safe wave between the railway embankment tunnel and the A55 road bridge. The RNLI even turned up with 3 inflatable’s to undertake some flood safety training. After many flatspins, blunts and rolls we headed for Rhosneigr, apparently to check out the surf; but we were all far too exhausted really so ended up in the beach café to watch the kite boarders and chat about playboating over warm cups of coffee.
More information about Stanley Embankment from our webpages…..
26/10/14 3 star WW assessment – River
Congratulations to the 4 club members who passed their Canoe England 3 Star White Water Assessment last Weekend, Joe S, Mike N, Tom N and James H. Although the River Dee was on medium flow all the candidates performed extremely well and were well above the required standard.
New guidance this September has made the Award more accessible to the average River Paddler. You must now be able to roll up follow a capsize to both sides (eg a full 360 degree roll and a 180 degree roll)
The ability to roll is a key river skill. Paddlers need to be able to roll up following a capsize to both the left and right. A confident, consistent, and repeatable roll is required.
Successful performance at this level indicates that the paddler can consider themselves an intermediate white water kayak paddler, as they can now paddle on moving waters. They can do this in a competent manner as part of a led group and have the knowledge and ability to help the smooth running of a trip while being led down a section of a river with sections up to grade 2.
If you would like to work towards the 3 star Award a good place to start it the improver river trips offered by our White Water Reps Roy and Mark. If you would like to be assessed please contact email@example.com
Fifteen paddlers ventured out into today’s surf with various craft including kayaks, inflatable’s, sit-on-tops, body boards and one other.
Kieran sat in his kayak at the top of the rocky shore and asked whether we think he could make it to the water if he slid down the brickwork or not. "Of course you can" we all replied in anticipation of his daring entrance. With great paddle control he launched himself downwards at warp speed only to stop inches from the shoreline.
Paul brought along his new purchase which 'WAS' an International Class Surf kayak but to our horror he had 'expertly' removed the seat and converted it (stuck a bit of foam in it with duct tape) into a C1 or C none or whatever he likes to call his contraptions. True to his usual form he managed to catch most waves that passed with great technique as we saw him slide down the face of the waves 360-ing, forward looping and turning upon the wave as he tried to regain contact with his boat and paddle.
Good waves were enjoyed as for over three hours we paddled and surfed with the out tide in the afternoon sun.
Karl. More Photos……..
23/10/14 Club night at
It was great to see so many club members at the store last night. Many boats were taken off the racks and tried for fit and size, all the items of kit were scrutinised and many members took advantage of the 15% discount. Snacks and drinks were provided free of charge and several new members joined on the night.
The club also took delivery of the 3 new Wavehopper White Water Racers. I wonder who will be the first to book one for the Irwell White Water Race on the 8th November at the Burrs White Water Centre. Details via our calendar….
Brian, Colin, Dave and I met early and by 0930hrs we were sat in the Surf café at Rhosneiger overlooking the bay to the sight of the promised Surf. The morning’s session consisted of clean, green swell driven surf and we all managed to select wave after wave for over two hours before retreating to the back of Dave's van for Coffee just as the rain arrived. After our break the wind had increased giving us a more challenging time getting out to the surf zone but long rides back to shore were waiting ready to be collected.
Unfortunately Dave parted company with his GoPro4 during an upside down 360 turn of which he said he had caught some great footage. At 1630hrs we staggered back to our cars exhausted from the days adventure in the waves. Colin was the only Surfer to remain seated in his boat for the whole day and mentioned it repeatedly for over two hours on the journey home.
Liverpool Canoe Club Night at
Special opening hours 6-9pm especially for LCC. WE NEED A GOOD TURN OUT TO ENSURE FUTURE DISCOUNTS SO PLEASE POP IN IF YOU CAN
along and look around, talk to other members or coaches about equipment, the
club, future trips or anything to do with paddling. Try all the different
boats for size, discuss all the latest equipment. This is great place to
come and to speak to someone from the club. Join the club on the night or
sort out any membership issues.
15% discount on the night for anyone from the club, free refreshments.
I hope to see many of you there – Keith S
Directions - come off M6 at Junction 21 (Thelwall
Viaduct) (Mercedes Showroom on opposite side of Carriageway). If you were
heading South go under the M6. If going north on M6 Go across two roundabouts
and follow the road parallel with the M6 going North (
20/10/14 Surfing Crosby Sunday 19th Oct / C-1 or C-none ?
High winds were predicted for today’s Surf and I did not expect many paddlers to join us. However, many must have known that the days waves would be just too good to miss and over fifteen paddlers ventured down to the shoreline for the mornings workout.
Kayaks, Body Boards, sit-on tops, Inflatable’s and a canoe thing enjoyed the first hours warm up paddling out to the sand bank and its dumping wave and a surf return back to shore with paddlers surfing sideways, backwards and some even upside down. Without mentioning any names, only one paddler managed to break beyond the dumping waves - although he was sitting in the water along side his C1 proclaiming that this was real Surfing. With this new technique, Paul has created a whole new discipline called 'C-none-ing'.
After a quick coffee break as we waited for the tide to recede we managed to paddle out to the surf zone where the greatest waves of the day were found and luckily enough we even found Pauls paddle floating in the water but he didn't need it as he had chosen to try a little swimming.
Becca, Julian, John and Tom were voted paddlers of the day as for over two hours they fought against the waves, tide and strong winds upon their Sit-on tops as they enjoyed the mornings surf.
Paddling at dusk
... watching the sunset at the northern entrance to
These are the islands with raw
northern exposure. They share the same degree of latitude as southern
· Half-day guided trips from £35 and
local information from seakayakshetland.co.uk.
Flights from £89 from many regional
With its islands and sea lochs this
is the honey pot of European sea kayaking destinations. The western isles of
· Guided trips and courses, adventurousexperiences.com and Adventure Week and Sea Kayaking Symposium August 15-17. Basic accommodation and guided trips at The Venture Centre, adventure-centre.co.uk. Flights from most regional airports, from around £89 return. Ferries from Heysham & Liverpool from £74 return, steam-packet.com
The turbulent waters and tidal races in the Menai
Straits, at North Stack and Penrhyn Mawr, test the skilled and experienced. But
Anglesey's sheltered east coast with near shore islets of Ynys Dulas and
This archipelago has a warm and
sunny microclimate far removed from the rest of the
All of the drama of the
No collection of sea kayak venues
would be complete without including the Norwegian fjords and islands. The
ultimate experience is the
· Kayak hire and guided tours, from two
hours for £35 – Njord, Kayak
& Wilderness Adventures. Ferries from
A Fantastic archipelago of
sea-weathered granite sculptures and islands dominate the northeast corner
Island hopping along endless
chains of sparsely populated island coasts. The shores of
The Greek islands with their taverna culture are where sea kayaking becomes especially civilised. It is possible to paddle from one island to another, day after day and never have to "rough it". Just make sure that you land on that idyllic sunset beach overlooked by a welcoming taverna with rooms for rent.
Jim Krawiecki is the co-author of Welsh Sea Kayaking
16/10/14– AGM and Club Awards Evening
A fantastic turn out with over 60 people present at the Awards evening. Reports were presented from all of the Clubs` sections representatives, motions and elections were dealt with in very short time the Alps Movie “Big and Bouncy” was premiered. Congratulations to all the Award nominees for all their dedication and hard work. For more information and how to nominate for next year go to……
Paddler of the Year
Junior of the Year
Volunteer of the Year
Swimmer of the Year
Rhys has been a regular attendee at junior club on a Tuesday evening at both the docks and Broadgreen pool. As a junior he is now a very competent paddler and was the first to learn to roll at Broadgreen pool. This spurred many other younger paddlers to follow suit. Rhys is keen to paddle any type of boat and volunteered to paddle in the clubs West Kirby Sea Kayak Race this year.
Kieran Sinnott, Charlie Murphy & Harvey Harwood
Diver, Adrian Mould, Richie Burgess &
Swimmer of the Year Award 2014
I’ve just found out that I have been awarded the prestige swimmer of the year award. Unfortunately, due to work commitments, I wasn’t able to attend and the Award was accepted on my behalf by my embarrassed father.
I’m absolutely gutted that I was unable to attend and have the opportunity to put across the truth about the incident as it really happened and I don’t want to accept the award under false pretences. So here is a brief description as It actually happened.
Our break was just about due and it was evident the weather was taking a turn for the worse and lightening was seen over the Wirral, strong winds were also starting to build up. Earlier in the day most of the team members had been released and team leaders and assistant team leaders were sufficient in numbers to look after the remainder of the swimmers. As I said our break was due and off we paddled as a group to the swimmers finish pontoon, I stayed at the back to ensure everyone got there safely. When I got in view of the pontoon I happened to see Pete Thomas quickly paddle up the pontoon and then he just slid back down and everyone just held back wondering how they would be able get out of the dock safely. I quickly assessed the situation and decided to take charge and show everyone how to safely get out and how to self-rescue if everything goes wrong.
Being at the back I shouted at everyone to move out the way as I needed to attack the pontoon at speed so I could get to the top safely, everyone moved out the way and I successfully got to the top safely as planned, phase one was a success. The next part was to allow myself to slide backwards without anyone realising it was done on purpose. My crafty plan was working well, when I slid to the bottom the front of my boat stayed on the pontoon and the rear end was in the water which made my kayak very unstable and it started to go over, I decided not to use a support stroke as I wanted everyone to see an advanced self-rescue during severe weather conditions (don’t forget about the thunder rain and wind). I managed to capsize superbly and was just about to use my paddle to right myself when I realised that not everyone would be able to use that advanced technique so I decided to bail out and complete the full self-rescue. I quickly got myself out and managed to pull my kayak up the pontoon and emptied the water out (yes all by myself without any help from anyone else). I looked around at everyone and knew by the look on their faces that they realised that an advanced technique as I had just performed was within all of their capabilities and relief turned into laughter, in fact some had doubled over and I’m sure there were some tears of joy in their eyes. Job done I thought. Unfortunately Pete Diamond had other ideas.
Everyone got out the water safely and we walked to the Echo Arena for our break, well some of us squelched. When in there Pete told me of his crafty plan, “I’m going to nominate you for the swimmer of the year award” he said, but that’s not what happened I said, and it was then that Pete said “never let the truth get in the way of a good story” and that’s when his crafty plan was engineered.
Now one thing Pete Diamond didn’t mention was that earlier in the day he slipped off the water sports centre pier and into the water, which was witnessed by Dave Reynolds who he was talking to at the time. When we got back into the docks to look after the remainder of the swimmers Pete changed our call signs, I was ‘Wet Pete’ he was ‘Slightly Damp Pete’ and Pete Thomas was ‘Dry Pete’ You can’t imagine how many times I was called on the VHF.
As I mentioned earlier this was a demonstration on how to self-rescue in extreme conditions and in my opinion I think I pulled it off pretty well. I would now like to change the name of the award to a more suitable one that better describes the efforts needed to be nominated for this category.
I’m very proud to be the first recipient of the ‘Advanced Self-Rescue in Adverse Weather Conditions Award’ I know it’s a bit long winded but a lot of effort has gone into this.
Special thanks goes to Dad for being suitably embarrassed by having to pick the award up on my behalf, ‘Slightly Damp Pete’ (Pete Diamond) for the nomination, ‘Dry Pete’ (Pete Thomas) for the inspiration, John Worswick and everyone else who voted for me numerous of times.
If anyone is interested I can teach this technique at the docks on a Sunday morning.
Thanks for taking the time to read this and also for this special award. Peter McComasky (Swimmer of the Year)
16/10/14 River Ribble – open boat trip 12th October 2014
Fog lights on, bit chillly - yep its Ribble weather!
Open loaded I set off to the get in at Clitheroe for my first trip down the Ribble in years. I think last time there one of the scouts managed to wrap an open around a mid river obstacle, the only time I have ever had to leave a boat on a river.
Anyway, got to the put in to find that you can no longer unload beside the river. Note to self, take trolley next time. So, nicely warmed up after the carry it was time to drive to the get out, which has moved since last time i did the Ribble due to the pub closing. Anyway, Rosie new just the place; beside a Church in Ribchester. Unfortunately we got there just before mass started and all parking was taken. Luckily Rosie knew a cheap car park a few hundred metres away. Perfect.
On the river, after tea and cake, and the weather brightened up. Time to take off some layers it was so hot.
The river was a bit low but generally ok as we winded our way through the beautiful countryside, playing in the riffles as we went and commenting how few fishermen we met.
Alas we spoke too soon and we had to play fisher folk slalom, but they were all ok with us, even laughing when it was suggested they weren’t catching anything because we had caught them on the lines we were trailing!
Got to the end with no swimmers and all agreed it was a great day in great company that was finished off with more cake. Must go back.
Mike, Ray, Rosie, Francis & "the mini owners club"
14/10/14 Big and Bouncy – The club
trip to the French Alps 2014 on DVD shown at the AGM last night is now online
This is now available to view and download. Please fell free to check out my other films and comment, follow me etc. Chris Murphy https://vimeo.com/108844907
13/10/14 Swallows and Amazons forever!
one night wild camps have traditionally entice about 20 or so paddlers each
year however this year there was just 6 of us and Jake being the only child.
That said, what fantastic paddling we had. After waiting for Caroline to join
us we had a leisurely paddle up the east side of Coniston and landed on
We lit the BBQ and, due to impatience and starvation, we ate burnt food from the too-hot coals. Keith came up with a great idea of a moonlight paddle. There wasn't a breath of wind and the lake was mirror flat so 4 of us headed down the lake in the moonlight after being reassured by Keith that it was not going to fog over. 20 minutes later the fog had hidden the moon and every other feature of the lake. However you can't really lose an island on Coniston and the mist only added to a stunning paddle and experience.
Next day we were up and out early to find a calm and empty lake. Back up the west side to the bluebird cafe for coffee and cake and the short hop across the lake back to the cars, finished a great paddle. Perfect conditions and great company as usual.
Peter and Jake Massey with Pete and Caz Thomas, Keith S and Caroline James. More Photos…..
Seven of us met at
Talk of McNasty`s and other tricks just confused me a bit as the only thing I know with Mc at the front is a burger.
On arrival at the centre we were soon on the water and myself and Leanne let the others go as we were going to practice eddy hopping for the first couple of laps to break in easy.
The course seemed to be different from previous visits, more gnarly in the middle but flatter in parts.
with the main play wave being really steep with a good tow back.
Anyway with a few laps under our belt we went for some lunch and a coffee. After lunch it was more of the same with laps of the course and playing the features on the way down.
At one point myself and Leanne were on a full lap until 50 metres from the end, Leanne ended up swimming, as she came over the last drop I told her to get hold of my kayak only to watch her get pulled down by a boil, looking round frantically for where she had gone was a scary moment for me let alone what it felt like for her. It was quite a scary thing to witness as even though I knew what was happening it was totally out of my control.
Any way time was ticking on and it was soon time to leave,
although we had three play boating experts ( Sam the loop
Looking forward to the next trip to a water park which will
Watch this space!
Paddlers: John A, Kieron, Leanne, Gary, Nick, Sam the loop and myself.
Swimmers: Leanne, Gary, Kieron , John Allerton (Haha) and myself.
A video from our trip to the Gamlan, this was my first trip down this river. It was a good level and a top river. http://youtu.be/2LthJexZrok
The river passes out of Llangollen as fast flowing
grade I and continues in this fashion with occasional grade II drops. You pass
a sturdy looking wall on the right hand side after about 3 miles and a little further
on houses on the left bank of a right hand bend heralds Trevor Rocks. Thanks to
published guidebooks this is well known as the site of the first
Just below at the tail end of the rapids is
The next flat section seems longer than the ones higher upstream but then the rapids pick up again as the railway viaduct comes into view and you enter a pool with a picnic area on river left. This is Ty Mawr Country Park and a good place to haul out for a break if you intend doing the next stretch.
As we were stopping at the country park we carried on down the next set of rapids to the red life-saving buoy and carried our boats up the steps and up the hill to the car park.
We have two more improvers trips on grade 2-3
rivers this Autumn. Groups of 4
with a river leader and an assistant so if you are interested in developing
your white water skills check the booking pages…. to
see if there are any places left.
We are also starting the same with
many ways can you open in one day on Llyn Tegid (AKA
The plan was to take some of the attendees of the intro to open boats course for a nice day out on Llyn Tegid. Unfortunately that wasn’t to be, so Ruth, Rosie, Francis and myself decided to have a fun day on Llyn Tegid moving open boats in as many ways as possible.
The day started with a portage (1) of the boats from the car park to the beach, all of about 20m. This was quickly followed by a brew stop. Nice!
We launched and headed off as two solo paddlers (2) and one tandem (3) crew across the lake and up the river where we began to pole (4) the boats. This was followed by a brew stop. A bit more poling and some tracking (5)and then it was time for another brew and lunch.
Back down the river with a bit of snubbing (6) for good measure, we beached and made a raft (7) of the three opens. A little bit of rafted paddling before it was up with the massive sail (8) and we raced down the lake, even surfing (9) some waves on the way. When we finally ran out of lake it was time for a brew stop.
Unfortunately, all the fun fast sailing meant a slog back. So Ruth and I decided to go tandem and tow (10) the spare boat. Despite the wind we made good time as we headed back up the lake. The final technique was a little bit of lining (11) before a final brew stop back at the launch site.
A superb LCC open boat day with 11 different ways of moving opens! Many open boat plans were also discussed for future expeditions and overnight trips where DISCREET wild camping will have to be the norm.
Mike, Ruth, Rosie & Francis. More Photos…..
Saturday 4th October Surfing at
With high winds forecast, excitement was brewing all week for a morning of mad surfing. 8am and just Karl and I are at the car park waiting in the gloom of the morning. The wind was calm but the waves were looking large and inviting. We quickly changed to be joined by Peter in his new Sea kayak. Then we were on the water and we were three. The waves were quite steep and foamy, but the lack of wind made paddling out a doddle. Thirty minutes later, the wind picked up to its predicted 25 to 34mph madness and paddling through the white water waves was getting more difficult. We were joined by Sam, Dom and Colin who didn't get the benefit of low wind speed. Sam showed us his new play boating moves. Karl showed us how good his Pawlata roll is.
After an hour and a half, we were all knackered and decided enough was enough. Who would be back for round 2 tomorrow?
Sunday 5th October Surfing at Crosby
Karl, John and I arrived at 9am to surf the outgoing tide. With a 10 mph SE wind I wasn't expecting much. But as it had been blowing
I was not wrong. The wind was almost non existent and the waves came in sets of four and did not break until close to shore. You could paddle through them and wait and pick from the best ones. This is how it should be. The waves weren't massive, but at head height, they are still three feet tall. It was more about messing about today as it was so much more relaxed. I experimented with cart-wheeling whilst falling down the wave. Trying Pop outs and surfing backwards with a competition as to who could do the best WIPEOUT. John was the winner with his Sit on Top, but Karl demonstrated the wipe out perfectly with a rolling incident . See the pictures…… This would have been a contender for swimmer of the year as he was actually in flat water. See him trying to hide his head in shame behind his boat!
Paul Harwood More photos………
04/10/14 Sea Kayaking on the
“The lighthouse trip” Part One
a very successful trip to the West Coast of Sweden last October it seemed only sensible
to plan to the same thing in 2014 (I was attending an international conference
about children's diabetes). This year the Conference venue
After using my usual system of getting advice (ask Nick
Cunliffe!) we got some great advice
from David Johnstone and contacted the guys at White Squall to arrange boat
hire for a trip on
Sunday Liverpool to
The day started early for all of us, 4.30am for 3 of the group, even earlier for Don. After checking in at Manchester Airport and dropping the bags off and reassuring Keith that the bags were definitely checked through to Toronto we settled down to the business of international travel.
The flight was un-eventful and arrived on time after a
delayed departure. Some trip planning courtesy of Paddling and Hiking the
say no news is good news. We
enjoyed a free breakfast. Keith
managed to convince the hotel we didn't need to pay for it as we had booked via
a well known website and it indicated that breakfast was included. So we set
off towards downtown
A 3 hour drive north saw us arrive in Parry sound, sometime after 10pm. It felt much later due to 5 hour time difference we had yet to adapt to. After checking the directions we headed to the White Squall store and stuck our tents up by their lake and grabbed a few hours sleep.
Day 1 Tuesday – Dillon
Waking up knowing that today we would be getting kitted out and on the water was a great feeling. Creeping quietly out of my tent the view was stunning. The lake shrouded in mist. Once up I realised that Keith had already stealthily slipped out of his bivvi bag to start the day and get the stove on for a brew.
Shockingly, Ian not only won the award for the heaviest bag
(24kg) but was the last up and last to take his tent down. Not what we expect
of the one we christened 'Bear' in
After meeting Tim and Kathleen from White Squall we checked
out the shop for maps and looked over all our gear. After some swapping and
changing the boats Keith ended up with the only Canadian boat. This had solid glass hatch covers so was
the only raccoon proof boat. This
would be the food cache this year but risk damage should a bear happen across
the camp. We sorted out a shuttle
to Dillon harbour where we were to begin our exploration of
Another group were loading boats and leaving from Dillon as we arrived. In typical LCC fashion Keith said let's see if we can beat them onto the water. So we packed (quickly) and I half listened to the safety briefing going on at the side of me. I paid attention when they got to the bit about rattle snakes - ugh! Yes we got on the water first, they looked a little miffed as we carried our boats over theirs to get on the water.
Onto the water, in murky sunshine with not very much wind we
headed out into the bay, and spent a little while wondering just where we were
on the chart. We decided to head towards the
The tarp went up just in time before a heavy shower (one of
very few in the whole trip) disrupted cooking plans. The camp site was a hive
of insect activity and the smallest frogs I have ever seen. Fortunately there were no sightings of
rattle snakes or raccoons. It was a
great first day on the water.
Day 2 Wednesday - Lookout
The day started a little misty and damp. We rounded the point and realised where we were when we saw the Pointe au Baril lighthouse. It was so named because some voyageurs travelling by canoe discovered a barrel of whiskey in the channel mouth. After drinking the whiskey they stuck the barrel on top of a pole to mark the entrance to the treacherous channel.
This improvised beacon was modernised by local fisherman who cut a hole in the barrel and placed a lantern inside, in the late 1800s the barrel was replaced with a lighthouse. Point au Baril, once a thriving fishing community, is now a haven for the rich with multi million dollar holiday cottages, some complete with float planes.
We had the obligatory photograph in front of the lighthouse and a good look around the inlet.
Point au Baril
Leaving Pointe au Baril behind we paddled northwards and as we were passing the least scenic area of the whole trip left me wondering if I'd made the right decision about our paddling venue. We saw a single loan kayaker whilst stopping for elevenses and a lot the so called cottages (shacks and summer lodges). We were passing one of the most populated and built up areas of the sound. It rained on and off most of the day but despite this it was warm, short sleeve cagoule weather.
As we hunted for a campsite towards the end of the second day we came across an old and very rusty 1950s American automobile. We had to drag Ian and Don away from this as they speculated how it may have been left there.
With the possibility of a thunder storm that night and the probability of little wind and lots of midges we identified a suitable camp site. This was only 3* compared to the previous night but it had enough space for the 4 tents. It was definitely midges 1 LCC 0 as the sun dipped and we all had a reasonably early night after a brief exploration of our little island.
Day 3 Thursday - Bouchier Island to
After spending the night on
Soon after we had Elevenses on McNab rocks, group of low lying rocks in front of Byng inlet.
At lunch we were visited by a heron and more sunshine. There were some very large cottages on
the first of the
We decided to camp on “
We ended the day watching the sun set looking out to
Day 4 Friday - One Tree
Island to the
After a slightly
later than planned start to the day, we got on the water as the fog rolled in. Forewarned
is forearmed and the bearing taken the night before was used to set the course
across to the
After about an hour and 15 minutes paddling, the increasing numbers of dead insects floating in the water indicated land. Hitting land we stopped for elevenses and as we did the fog cleared and the sun came out. Phew, we were in the right place.
We head off to try to count the 559 islands in the
Rounding the rocks we paddled to
The glorious sunshine
saw all of us brave the cold water of the bay to freshen up, Keith actually
went for a swim, Ian amazed us all by putting shorts on and jumping in. Then he
realised how cold the water actually was! Refreshed, we had a bear safe evening
meal, a rubbish fire - no trip is complete without “one match
Day 5 Saturday –
“turn around day”,
Having decided that we should allow 6 days to return to
Parry Sound, Saturdays plan was to begin to head back and take in parts of the
bay we had
whizzed past in our journey to the
After enjoying elevenses on the island and checking the
Eastern shore for the burial site we headed due East towards
By now it was scorching and we meandered to a sunny rock to
stop for lunch and a spot of sun bathing (standard expedition activity
obviously). Setting off again we had a difficult decision to make, stop at the
first good looking camp site or paddle down the
In fact complaints that it was too hot were heard to be uttered by at least one member of the group. The answer to glorious sunshine is a swim in a cold lake, followed by more sun bathing. Sometime after eating our evening meal Keith returned from a walk looking slightly pale and reporting that he had almost stepped on a snake, after that several more snakes were spotted but none of us had quite such a close encounter. More Photos…..
Thanks to Don Brooks, Ian Bell and Keith S for an
AWESOME!!!! exploration of
And in 2015 - well the conference will be in
Frankie A Part two in next months newsletter
04/10/14 Guidelines on coordinating or running a club trip
trips and weekends run by the club should have a named coordinator. If
you have an idea for a paddle, please volunteer to coordinate it. (send an
email to firstname.lastname@example.org)
An approved "Club Paddle" will always appear on the club calendar
and will therefore be covered by the clubs third party liability insurance.
An organiser or coordinators role is:
Summer moving water club sessions – In the summer, the club regularly has an evening session (Wednesdays) at a moving water venue. There will normally be a coach in attendance, or at least a very experienced paddler. You will be operating under their (or a delegated leaders) direct supervision the whole time. These sessions provide a fantastic opportunity to learn and practice moving water skills.
water trips – Time in a boat is always time well spent and these are
a great way to build experience and confidence. If you don’t see what you
want / need, speak to other club members face to face or put out an e-mail,
and you will normally find someone who is up for a paddle.
When describing trips we use the international river grading system or Sea grading system used in many guidebooks. However, these grades can change greatly with weather conditions. Please take account of high water levels or gusty or changing weather systems.
River Grading System used to describe LCC trips
Sea and Open Water Grading System used to describe LCC trips
Fast moving water with riffles and small waves. Few
obstructions, all obvious and easily missed with little training. Risk to
swimmers is slight; self-rescue is easy.
Open to all members. No previous skills or experience
required. Closed or protected water. Usually a basic skills instruction
session or social gathering.
Grade II: Improvers
Waves, small stoppers and other minor obstructions to
avoid. Eddies and cushion waves may be strong.
For beginners with some paddling experience. Up to 15 km
per day on estuaries and lakes or other protected waters.
Grade III: Intermediate
Waves, stoppers and technical difficulties are more
severe. There may be drops and powerful constrictions. The main
distinguishing factor of Grade 3 water is that the paddler will have to
follow a recognisable route to avoid obstacles and hazards.
For improvers with some skills including assisted rescue, bracing,
towing, and entry & exit through small surf. Up to 20 km per day,
primarily on estuaries or sheltered coastlines, occasionally along less
accessible coastlines for training purposes.
Grade IV: Advanced
Severe waves, drops, stoppers and other obstructions. The
route is not easily recognisable and will usually require careful inspection
from the boat or bank. Grade 4 encompasses a wide range of rivers, from those
with pool-drop rapids to those with extended continuous rapids; so there is a
huge variation in difficulty. It is common to distinguish easier grade 4
rapids by grading them as 4- and harder rapids as 4+ (or in some cases, 3/4
For proficient paddlers, 3 or 4 Star Standard. Capable of
sustained speeds of 4-6 km/h. 25 -30 km per day - Landings may be impossible.
A good roll should be in evidence.
Grade V: Expert
Extremely difficult rapids with precise and technically demanding routes to be followed. Stoppers, currents and waves will be powerful and inspection is essential.
The River Moriston in
For advanced paddlers. 5 Star standard. Ability to self
rescue in all situations. Very reliable rolling, surfing and rescue skills in
severe conditions. Up to 40 km per day at speeds above 6 km/h with long open
crossing or unlandable stretches. Paddlers know their limits
Grade VI Extreme and Exploratory Rapids
All of the above carried to extremes. Grade 6 usually
means unrunnable rapids, which may just be possible in certain conditions.
For expeditionary paddlers. Extreme voyages in potentially
severe conditions. Invitation only.
Members are reminded that when they joined the club they would have read and accepted the warning that "canoeing is an assummed risk activity." In particular, attention is drawn to paragraph 14.2 from our constitution.
14.2. In participating in activities related to outdoor pursuits, members and prospective Members are responsible for their own safety and well-being. The club as a body, the officers of the Club and the members and prospective Members will not be held responsible in law should accident, injury or death befall Members or prospective Members voluntarily enjoining in such activities. Before becoming a Prospective Member a waiver of any claim against the club must be signed by applicants who must also agreeto abide by the club constitution and guide lines. Individuals are advised to seek advice related to insuring themselves against mishap.
in doubt about the suitability of the trip, please ask the coordinator /
organiser or a club member you trust. If you don’t see what you want
– organise it!
If you are not sure where to go for a venue, look on the venues page of the website or look at past trips in the newsletters. Alternatively ask other club members for advice.
you don’t feel like a full trip, small venues like Llangollen /
I designed the RotoBat in 1984 with the help of leading paddlers at the time, including Dave Reynolds.
We knew the RotoBat’s
toughness would make it popular for pool training, and thought it could be fun
for paddling whitewater, but we never expected it to be so successful!
Many people started paddling it on rivers in the
In 1986, there was an
expedition back to
I do not recall when production of the RotoBat ceased, but it must have been around 1998 after we had some corrosion on the mould.
Great memories of a great kayak.
Original article from Pyranha http://www.teampyranha.com/?p=17057
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