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1/06/16 Major dates for Club Events – for more detail check the online Club Calendar…….
Scottish Sea Kayaking Trip coordinator Frankie Annan Trip now full
Alpine Summer Holiday Click for more…… Coordinator Keith Steer
LCC Ski and Snowboarding Trip Coordinator Fiona Barry
Scottish Easter Paddling
1/06/16 June “Photo of the Month” Competition
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With the wind blowing strong from the SW, it was time to
head to the NE coastline of
With extreme efficiency, and no faff at all, the team
First luncheon / 11's was had on Dulas, but all too soon it was time to carry on. With the wind funnelling through a gap in the hills, the crossing was exposed and had a beam sea. The team did great and we soon reached Moelfre.
Down to Bellech for lunch, passing kestrels on the way, before continuing to our get out.
A great 21km LCC day on the sea
Mike, Ian, Dave R, Tony V, Don B, Mick R & Catriona
27/06/16 Ten New Coaches for LCC
Way back in the depths of winter when we all embarked on gaining our level one coaching qualification, I doubt that any of us realised just how much work would be involved. That said, all of the effort we put in was great fun and it was also beneficial to our general paddling skills as it made us sharpen our techniques and address any weak areas. Now that all of the training and assessments are over, Liverpool Canoe Club has 10 new coaches to add to the army of existing volunteers that quietly get on with the job of helping people get on the water and improve their paddling skills.
Although we had already undergone hours of training to get us ready, the final training and assessments took place over two weekends this June and these 4 days were run by Nick Cunliffe and Matt Giblin of Kayak Essentials http://www.kayakessentials.co.uk/ both of whom have been good friends of the club for many years. The 4 days were spent at Liverpool Marina, both on the water and in the classroom, and everyone of us came away knowing that we had been part of a quality experience; Nick and Matt really know their stuff as they’ve been coaching for decades.
Coaches come into the club from all sorts of different directions http://www.liverpoolcanoeclub.co.uk/members/full_member/members/coaches.php but we’re the first wave of coaches to have gone through the system while being supported by Liverpool Canoe Club. From the outset, each of us stated that we wanted to give something back to the club after benefitting from being coached through our early days on the water.
Being the kind of people we are in LCC, all of our training and assessment sessions were great fun with lots of banter and high jinx ; even though some of the topics were pretty serious, requiring concentration and a good deal of effort.
So, now that – Leanne Murray / Sarah Gille / Carole Thomas / Graham Devaney / Kieran Sinnott / Gareth Jones / Alan Peachment / Chris Wood / Colin Muse / Pete Thomas .. are level 1 coaches, they each would like to give a huge thanks to everyone in LCC who contributed and gave up their time to make it happen.
Notable among these are: Keith Steer / Ian Bell / Dave Reynolds / Rosie Diver / Mark Garrod / John Fay / Zoe Maynard / Robbie Smith / Tom Clifford / Peter Thomson / Vicky Palmer / Colin Smith and many more who helped. Great effort one and all. More Photos…….
25/06/16 Arisaig trip - June 2016.
Having previously sampled the delights of Arisaig during one of the club’s Easter trips, when the weather was a little less than perfect, I really felt that there was a lot more to offer if the conditions were right. We three tend to do our own thing, and paddle places that are suitable for any level of paddler.
I approached John and Chris Fay around Christmas time 2015 to see if they could be talked into a Scottish vacation and found that no “Talking” was required. They too were full of enthusiasm. I managed to locate and book some ideal accommodation in a reasonably central location. This had room to spare, so Phil Edwards joined our group. We now had six paddlers of varying degrees of competence, but all with sufficient skill to cope with less than sheltered conditions.
As the time drew near, I planned some potential routes and marked them onto laminated maps. My laptop has Memory map installed and I was able to load the routes onto our various GPS devices as we decided each day’s journey.
We went from Gortenachullish on the first day, through the Arisaig Skerries and down to Luinga Mhor, the largest of the group of rocks that make up the Skerries. The next day saw us heading North from the same location in a reasonably straight course, and after rounding An Glas-eilean a rest on the beach close to Traigh golf course was required. We returned at a leisurely pace exploring all of the bays and “Rock Hopping” possibilities en route.
This day we also went for a short paddle in a Southerly direction, as the first day. John had been using Chris’s boat up to now, but she joined us this time and Irene stayed “Shoreside” with the seventh member of our group, Penny. This is John and Chris’s “Sea Dog”. John used Irene’s Capella this time. After this, Penny joined us, sat on either John or Chris’s legs on a number of occasions; she was no trouble at all.
The next day saw us on Loch Ailort. A pretty stiff breeze
The return trip was really hard work and wherever we sought
shelter it was short lived as the
The next day was used to rest and visit Mallaig - no paddling was done.
Thursday saw us on Loch NAN UAMH where we found a great put in just to the East of the Prince’s Cairn. This was another trip that found us sheltering from the wind, but it was really a great paddle.
We stopped for a cuppa and a leg stretch and got the boats onto a rocky shore. The tide was “making” really quickly and this had us constantly moving them up to higher ground.
Friday found us on Loch Moidart with a trip to Castle Tioram
Everywhere we went was surrounded by really beautiful scenery and the water was crystal clear.
All in all it was a very successful trip with a great group of people and one that I would recommend. I hope we can do it all again------maybe next year.
Perhaps others not wanting too demanding paddling may care to join us.
25/06/16 Swim Event Safety and BCU Lifeguards
Kayakers are often used to escort and oversee the safety of swimming
events. Liverpool Canoe Club has
many members who are very active at events up and down the country. We also oversee several events in our
home waters of the
Revalidation Course for those with a SESA qualification that has expired. (Lasts for 3 years) 6:30-9:00pm - Tutor Ian Bell Click here to register......
First Aid Course 8 hr Suitable
for SESA and Coaching Awards up to level 2 This needs renewing every
First Aid Course 4hr Monday
Evening 25th July 2016 (Suitable for SESA – Swim
Event Safety) This needs renewing every 3 years
BCU Swim Event Safety Course (SESA) You need to be competent in a kayak and have 2 star paddling skills - Tutor Ian Bell Click here to register......
14th August 2016 (held in
25/06/16 First Weekend of the Level 1 coach course run by Kayak Essentials for
This is Caz demonstrating how to paddle forward with good connectivity, body rotation and length of paddle stroke. A shame this was during one of the rain showers on day 2, the weather was hot and sunny on day 1
25/06/16 First Aid Courses (heavily discounted to club members and needed to go with coaching qualifications or Swim Event Safety Awards)
Please reply to Ian Bell to show interest – please state either 4 or 8 hour course. If there are enough responses we will send out further details of how to book. Email: ianandalisonbell AT yahoo.co.uk
Saturday 23rd July 2016 - 8hr Award Suitable for Coaching
Awards up to level 2 This needs renewing every 3 years
[eg BCU (UKCC) Level 1 Coach (working independently) ‘Old’ BCU Level 1 Coach ‘Old’ BCU Level 2 Coach BCU (UKCC) Level 2 Coach]
Monday Evening 25th July 2016 - 4hr Award (Suitable for SESA – Swim Event Safety) This needs renewing every 3 years
21/06/16 “The Salty Dog’s”
Short video from
the weekend where some river paddlers where taken for their first outing on
19/06/16 Sea Kayak Trip from Porth Dafarch 18th June
With a slight breeze and good weather planned, we met at Porth Dafarch and launched onto an inviting sea.
Riding the ebb we zoomed past
At Rhoscolyn we took time to play in the races between the islands, all the time under the bemused gaze of lazing seals and squawking sea birds, before heading to lunch in Borthwen.
Fully fed, we launched whilst the ebb was still flowing, so it was back to the beacon for more play in the races and to see who could fit in the narrowest gap. Games exhausted, it was time to head back to Porth Dafarch via the white arch, the black arch and numerous points of rockhopping.
Another great LCC day on the sea.
Paddlers :Mike Alter, Andy Garland, Ian & Catriona
19/06/16 Kayak Safety Cover at the Great North Swim
Just finished three days of swim support at the Great North Swim. There has been great support from members of the LCC over the years with this one being no different. I've included a few pictures from the kayakers perspective which I hope you like. The most interesting ones are from when we were moving zones as I came across Karl with a young family of ducks on the back of his kayak. Hope you like the pictures.
Peter McComasky More Photos…….
After seven hours of driving we arrived at the Ach na skia
croft where we had booked a cottage and a lodge for our week long stay on the
western coast of
Sunday:- Gorten Sands
After settling in and a good nights sleep we all met for a short trip down the road to the Gorten Sands caravan site where just before the entrance was a small cove with space for a couple of vehicles to park. The tide was coming in so it was only a short walk to the water where we launched and headed left towards Arisaig. We hugged the coastline weaving in and out of the many rock islands peering at the sea bed through the crystal clear water.
Passing Arisaig we could see the masts of the yachts in the marina to our left. To our right we could see seals lying on the rocks. Some were on their backs and seemingly waving their flippers as we passed by in close proximity. Other kayakers in the bay were also enjoying the spectacle as well as the glorious weather we were being treated too. After lunch we headed back taking in more of the breathtaking scenery. What an amazing day 1.
Monday:- Gorten Sands - Golf Club
On day 2 of our paddling week we decided to return to cove we had visited the previous day but this time we would paddle right and head towards Mallaig. Out we headed towards the small group of islands in the distance which on arrival provided some rock hopping opportunities.
Irene spotted a white sandy beach to our right which proved to be an ideal location for lunch. Across the water was the southern tip of Skye which looked inviting. From Mallaig it would only be a short 4.7 mile across. Maybe something for a future date?
On return to our small cove we were amazed to see a herd of cattle lying on the beach. We were told that the farmer kept them on a small island but each day they actually swim around the headland back to the beach. If only we could have witnessed that!
Tuesday:- Lochailort - Towards Glenuig.
Today we travelled to hamlet of Lochailort which lies at the head of Loch Ailort. We found a good launch site at a slip near a fish farm and paddled towards Genuig. The wind was blowing pushing us in our desired direction. We knew that the return leg of the journey was going to be hard.
We paddled through lots of small rock islands and once again marvelled at the clarity of the water. Our group today consisted of the usual Bob, Sue, Irene, Phil and John but today also included Chris Fay who would normally only paddle at the docks and on inland waters. Today the conditions were quite different. Her Axis crossover was bobbing on the waves and surfing as it was being pushed along by the wind. Both Chris and Phil in crossover kayaks coped extremely well in these conditions.
We did intend to have lunch on a beach visible on one of the rock islands ahead but Irene once again spotted a lovely white sandy beach which gave excellent shelter from the wind. Here the group relaxed and explored their surroundings. Shells were collected and the small life forms in the rock pools were watched intently by the interested group.
Re-energised the group prepared for the return trip. We knew it would be tough going and our speed was slow in comparison to the outbound leg. This meant a few hours of hard paddling. Moments rest were taken by shielding ourselves from the prevailing wind in small inlets along the shore. Here our kayaks rested steadily on the bed of seaweed floating on the surface which held us firmly in place.
Some hours later we had completed another journey and even though it was not as sheltered as we had thought it might have been it was very enjoyable. We would certainly all sleep well tonight.
Thursday:- Druimindarrock - Arisaig
We had a lazy day on Wednesday so our next trip was on
Thursday. This started with a short drive along the A830 towards Druimindarrock
which lies on the
After a nice paddle and lunch it was time to turn around. However, the previous evening there had been talk of perhaps continuing this paddle all along the coast, around the headland and through the Sound of Arisaig and concluding the trip in Arisaig itself. This trip would be just over 12 miles and against the 20mph winds forecast for today. Myself and Phil decided we would attempt the trip and the others would head back and meet the pair a few hours later in Arisaig.
So off we went hand railing the coastline as progressed.
This side of the
Soon we reached the group of islands at the end of Loch Nan Uamh and across the bay in the distance to our left was Glenuig. We now turned right up the coast and as predicted the wind now hit us head on. The sea was rough and was crashing over the rocks. It was decided to land in the small cove to our right and walk up the hill to way up our route. The little cove was beautiful with white sand and turquoise water. Looking out we planned our route into the next bay and then repeated the process. About 10miles further out was the Isle of Eigg and behind it Rum.
Eventually we rounded the headland and headed into the waters that would lead us past Rhumach and eventually to the entrance to Loch Nan Ceall. The wind was still strong but we paddled hard past the Arisaig Skerries where we were welcomed by a group of seals who swam towards us before disappearing beneath the surface. To our right two small fishing trawlers where heading in the same direction and soon turned into the Bay marked with the port and starboard perches.
Taking the slight shortcut through the two islands in the
mouth of the loch we continued until eventually we could see the masts of the
yachts in the sheltered bay. Arisaig actually meaning "a safe place."
At this point we received a call from Bob "Grumpy"
The plan had been for the others to head back to the accommodation and await a phone call for us to be picked up. Bob however had other plans. He wasn't leaving Arisaig until we were back safe and he sat in the van until he spotted us. Even though we were in sight it was all on another hour until we were hauled out onto the marina slip and climbed out onto dry land. What another great day.
Tioram (pronounced cheerum) on the tidal island Eilean Tioram in
The weather today was windy again so we really wanted a sheltered paddle. Bob had done some research before our holiday and really wanted to paddle around the ruined Castle Tioram at some point so off we went minus Chris who wanted to walk into Arisaig on a shopping spree. Phil and myself arrived first and was greeted by the sight of the vast bay heading out to the sea in the distance through a narrow gap at which could be seen the small Isles. To our right on a small tidal island the Castle Tioram towered and dominated the bay, and yet, it itself, seemed to be dominated by the grandeur of the surrounding hills.
It was about 40 minutes until Bob, Irene and Sue arrived due to a "unplanned detour" which translated meant they had taken a wrong turn on route. This gave Phil and myself the opportunity to walk over to explore the castle. Access to the inside was denied due to its unsafe structural state but we could walk around its outer walls and enjoy the magnificent views over the bay. We could also now spot Bob's van arriving so we headed back over the sand which was quickly being covered by the incoming tide.
The view of the Castle from dry land was now substituted by the view from the water as five kayaks paddled beneath the impressive structure rising above us and crossed the stretch of water that separated it from a larger island. After a couple of hours we had paddled around the island and were pushed back towards the beach. Here Bob demonstrated a roll which was recorded on the GoPro attached to the mount on his deck. What a way to end a great week. Great location, fantastic company and amazing experiences.
Bob and Sue Hamilton, Phil Edwards, Irene Jackson and Chris and John Fay + Penny the Jug.
Reports by John Fay More photos…..
The Junior Club enjoyed a “munchies on the water” evening when they paddle up to “seal launch city” (A landing area in front of the Echo Arena) and devoured food and drink that they took with them. Plenty of high calorie food was observed to balance the arduous journey up to the Wapping Dock. More photos…..
Come along to
In the summer of 2014, Justine Curgenven and Sarah Outen traversed the
Alone for 101 days in one of the windiest, roughest places on earth, these two women are swept away from land by unknown currents, pounded by rough seas and approached by bears. Experiencing an edge-of-your-seat journey, they gain a rare insight into themselves, the rich wildlife and the lives of the few people who live in this harsh yet beautiful landscape.
Just a quick follow up to last weeks email, we now have an Eventbrite page to accompany the Facebook event page for you to register your interest in the event. It would really help us with the planning if we knew the expected numbers. There is plenty of parking and it’s not restricted to club members so the more the merrier.
If you have any questions please feel free to email me email@example.com or give me a call on 0151 353 4444 Ext 6542.
Following a request from Greg Brookes (Canal and
River Trust) to Liverpool Canal Club; John
Fay and myself were asked to act as co-ordinators for the Eldonian Village Festival
incorporating the 200 year anniversary of the opening of the Leeds/Liverpool
Canal. Unfortunately John Fay was unavailable as, on the Saturday, he was
starting his holidays in
This event is part of the Canal
and River Trust 2016 National Campaign Festival and
organisers aim to increase leisure activities on a relatively under used part
of the Leeds/Liverpool Canal as well as promote the event in celebration of the
bi-centenary of the canal. The
section of the canal had been recently improved as part of The Desmond Family
Canoe Trail. The trail, the longest
of its kind in the
Parking was provided by Safe
kayaks to the canal where, to our surprise, we found a decorated gazebo where orange drinks in fluted glasses were being handed out!
Our instructions were to take part in a flotilla of kayaks, canoes and barges following the 'Pride of Sefton 2', the community barge which offers free trips to under-privileged and disabled people as well as educational trips for the local community. These trips are financed through a combination of donations, grants and commercial trips made available to the general public.
To add to the festive spirit brightly coloured punch bag balloons were attached to some of the kayaks and following a toot on my Miss Kitty hooter the 'Pride' followed suit with a couple of base tone blasts.
for the 'Pride' and the 'Beatty' to pass and then continued to paddle behind
into unknown waters. The canal is lined on either side by grassy verges
and a tow path above which were unfamiliar buildings, factories, car breaker
yards etc. As we neared our destination we discovered that the canal veers right
to a series of locks which link the
on for another 100 yards, the canal bank by this time being occupied
by hundreds of visitors all enjoying the festival atmosphere. On either
side of us were decorated barges, covered with coloured bunting, either
waiting to or coming from the
Once out of the kayaks (being safely racked up) our group stretched their legs, explored the festivities and the 'trade' stand tents, and mentioning no names were clearly visible by the food stands!!! Just by our exit point was the Inland Waterway Authority's 'stand' and Greg Brookes (no relation).
By now it was time to leave and we left to toots from all the barges and lots of shouts, cheers and waves from the general public.
It was lovely taking part in the festival, paddling through unknown waters, and we arrived back at our exit point with smiles from ear to ear and, believe it or not, dry. Weren't we lucky with the weather!
We'd been at
Whilst we waited for the tide to change, so we could get a
free ride back, me and the other kids did sand diving, jumping into the river
and had water races whilst the adults took photos and laughed at us. It turned
out that by the time we could go back, none of us wanted to get out, so most of
us had the 'genius' idea of pushing the boats and each other, whilst walking in
the shallow water. When we got back to the
(by Nieve Mannion Aged 12) More Photos…..
13/06/16 Great Orme 12/6/2016
A short notice paddle saw Mike, Andy and Kris meet at Llandudno for a quick sea paddle around the Orme and back. It had to be quick because I only had enough change for 4 hours worth of on street parking!
We set off an hour before low water not knowing what the weather was going to do. Reports had the wind coming from N, E, S and W, but luckily it wasn't strong.
Paddling with the last of the ebb saw us all catch a few waves as we rounded the first headland and left the many sights of Llandudno (Zimmer frames, walking sticks and little old ladies spitting on to handkerchiefs to clean non existent dirt of a child’s cheek) behind.
Under the majestic cliffs we made excellent progress and
were accompanied by many sea birds and young seals. All too soon we reached
Do it again soon
Friday - Sunday, 10-12 Jun 2016
is specifically for our junior members and we will only be paddling on the
If you want to join us please let us know by reserving a place. (Please pay me when you arrive) Click here to reserve a place……
Pitch with Electric Hook Up £18
One Tent,one adult, one child ,car £10 (extra child £2 )
Tent, two adults,up to two children, car £15 Electric £3
We only have 35 places on this campsite which is 30m from the water at 4 Mile Bridge. More information....
You MUST be a full member of the club to paddle with us
08/06/16 Pembroke Bank Holiday Weekend
We stayed at Whitesands
Campsite, Tan-y-Bryn SA62 6PS Camping Right Next to the Beach.
Situated on the most Westerly tip of
The area produces excellent surf,
good mountain biking, coastal walks, climbing and some rock pools. It is easier
to get to than Woolacombe. There is the Bitches (advanced whitewater playspot)
and excellent Sea Kayaking around
08/06/16 Short boating in Pembroke…..
After a thundery drive on Friday
everyone pitched up to a brilliant sea view in
With only ankle biter surf and calm seas on Saturday the short boaters headed off in two groups, either cycling or paddling the coast around Strumble Head. Hopping from cave to cave, under aches and through slots between rocks heading west from Aber Mawr beach we found ourselves in a whopping cave that grumbled with the rise and fall of the sea. After exploring in the hot sun Trevor and Val lead the group to a Jelly Bean stop at Pwllcrochan before returning to camp for the traditional LCC BBQ.
Sunday was again another sunny day with a split in the short boat group. Some staying on the beach to play in the small clean surf while others ventured out to the Bitches in the safety of neap tides and calm weather. After a morning of playing on the surging waves we returned via St David’s for an ice cream. Bakewell tart and Mascarpone with Fig were new on the menu for this year!
In the afternoon a few played in the diminishing surf while others walked up Carn Llidi, the rock outcrop beside the camp for panoramic views before sunset.
Cheers, Jenny B More Photos……
Bank Holiday Weekend - Whitesands to Abereiddy
On Saturday the long boaters explored "every rock and cave" for a few kilometres north of Whitesands, before heading out to sea a few hundred metres to watch porpoises and begin an hour of continuous paddling to reach Abereiddy. Lunch was eaten on the beach at Abereiddy.
Refreshed, they spent time in the
Blue Lagoon watching the coasteerers jumping off the old quarry buildings and
checked-out the waterfall on the south side of the bay, accompanied by a
seal. The rocks and caves that were missed on the journey north were
explored on the return journey. The absence of surf at Whitesands made
made the final landing uneventful. It was an enjoyable trip in near
Andy Hains More Photos……
After a pre-trip brief from Andy Garland near the slipway, it was only a short walk down to the shoreline. We soon reached the tip of St Davids Head which - thanks to careful planning - was very easy to get around with the tide to assist. Not long after starting, we were briefly joined by Emma on her surf-ski who soon breezed off into the distance at great speed.
With a party of 9 sea-kayaks, progress was not particularly rapid; there were too many interesting places to explore. After an hour or so, we decided to leave the shore and head directly towards a distant headland which would hopefully provide a good place for lunch. While making this crossing in a loose formation, we were rewarded by seeing several dolphins - or maybe they were porpoises.
While taking our lunch on the beach at Abereiddy, Emma was seen to be rapidly paddling back towards base but no direct contact was made. One of our party did try to catch up with her but to no avail. Just beyond the beach is the Blue Lagoon, a deep quarry left over from mining days. It is now open to the sea, and very picturesque. Several rubber-clad youngsters were hurling themselves into the water from great heights. This same location is apparently used for a Red Bull event where people jump down from the top of the cliff. Peering up from our vantage point at sea-level, that feat looked beyond belief.
With the ebb tide to assist, our return journey was very straightforward. St David's Head was easily rounded, and seemed no big deal. A couple of days later, with the tide aginst me, I was to find that the conditions there could be a lot more challenging.
Thanks to all who planned this trip and made it happen
08/06/16 Sunday 29 May – Ramsey Island: fake birds, real paddling.
The trip around
Nine of us set off from Porthclais harbour by noon. Many people
had the same excellent idea, so we were not alone and the toughest part of the
day may well have been to find car park! We were a mixed bunch of paddlers,
ranging from experienced to “improvers” and Kathy who is more into
rivers but felt like having a try in a sea kayak – certainly not bad for
a first trip! Steve with his local knowledge soon became the unofficial group
leader and briefed us all before setting off. The start of the trip was chilled and
consisted of a short paddle, maybe 30 minutes, West along the coast. After
rounding a small headland,
Anyway, we happily avoided the Bitches only to find Midland Gap
which was impressive enough for some of us (including Yours Truly). It is a gap
Now, some interesting conversations took place on that Western
After lunch and having reached the Northern tip of the island, we found ourselves, as planned, in slack water at around 3pm. We wisely avoided Horse Rock – it wasn’t really visible but we decided not to take chances. Horse rocks lies in the middle of the sound, usually submerged and close to the lifeboat station (maybe not a coincidence) and apparently can create whirlpools that capsize yachts. We lazily floated past the Bitches from a safe distance, enjoying the increasing flow and the smooth ride. (Interestingly, the reliable flow here has led to a test project on submerged tidal energy generation: http://www.tidalenergyltd.com/?page_id=650
We made it back to Porthclais which treated us to a long’ish portage in mud, but it was all very much worth it. And the ice cream stall was still open :-). We’ll be back, and a little voice says we might explore these Bitches just a bit closer, like our friends in the little boats had done that very same day...
Paddlers: Steve Chisholm, Andy Garland, Andy Hains, Katrhyn Wilson, Mark Steward, Vicky Steward, Robin Emley, Mieke De Lathouwers, Kris D’Août
Kris D’Août More Photos…..
08/06/16 Monday 30 May
Emma went for her early morning training run in her racing surf ski heading off around the headland. There was no surf but the sun rose and so did the temperatures.
After a Lazy start many people took the advantage of a quick go in Emma’s surf ski when she returned mid-morning. They either pottered around the beach or had a last cycle before the drive home.
The "real" sea kayakers had a gentle paddle between Porthclais and Solva, rockhopping, exploring caves and watching climbers coasteering or "deep water soloing" on almost smooth rock faces (climbing wthout ropes - if they fall off they just get wet!).
07/06/16 SIX SOLUTIONS FOR STAYING ON COURSE IN POOR VISABILITY
This article originally appeared in Adventure Kayak, Spring 2012 by C. Mihell
It’s only when we pull out a chart and compare it to reality that my friend Craig and I realize the magnitude of the endeavour we’re about to attempt. Our destination, tiny Caribou Island, a mop-topped sandbank in the heart of Lake Superior, lies 22 nautical miles from our gravel beach on the south shore of Michipicoten Island. Today, the yawning gulf of open water depicted on the chart is represented in real life by a swirling mass of gauzy fog.
A quick compass bearing taken on the chart reveals the truth: To stray merely 2.5 degrees on either side of our intended bearing would see us paddling over 100 kilometres until we hit the nearest land. Even the best-made plans would have us playing a dangerous game of dice. We’re fogbound.
Don Brookes paddling in <30m visibility, Georgia Bay, Canada. Click for more on LCC Trip….
Before setting off in the fog, measure the distance of your intended route using a map or chart. Then estimate your time of passage by dividing the distance by your average paddling speed. Keep tabs of your progress on the water with a wristwatch, and have a backup plan just in case your target doesn’t appear on time. This usually means a direct bearing to the nearest sizeable point of land.
Always err on the side of caution when planning a low-visibility crossing. Intentionally follow a compass bearing toward a prominent landmass or ‘backstop’ adjacent to your destination. Aiming off is especially important in currents and windy conditions, or on long crossings, where the risks of messing up are considerably higher.
Trust your compass
While GPS units are handy for gauging your speed, the distance from your destination, and adjusting to the vagaries of wind and current, a deck-mounted compass is your best ally in navigating low-visibility conditions because of its simple, hands-free operation. So long as you’ve remembered to pack the cooking pots and canned beans in the back hatch, a compass is also extremely accurate. Deploy your rudder or skeg while following a compass course to keep on track.
Clearly defined lead and tail-end-Charlie roles help while navigating in the fog. The leader follows a compass course while the paddler at the rear of the pack confirms the group's progress on the bearing. In dense fog, visibility can be just a few feet so sticking close together to maintain visual contact is essential.
Rules of the Road
If you must cross shipping lanes in foggy conditions, use your VHF radio to inform mariners of your intended route and time of passage. Rumour has it that placing a wad of tinfoil beneath your hat works as a radar deflector, but don’t count on its effectiveness.
It’s always more interesting, safer and less stressful to paddle a few extra miles and follow the coastline rather than striking off in the fog across open water when the option exists.
Congratulations to the 6 LCC sea kayakers who, despite having their brains boiled recently in an extremely hot classroom at the marina, all passed their marine band VHF Short Range course and exam.
All being well we'll be running another one of these in the autumn when it’s likely to be a lot cooler.
Robin Emley - Pass
Neil Lee-Gallon - Pass
Julian Todd - Pass
Graham Hudson - Pass
Anneliese Trigg - Pass
Peter Thompson - Pass
Andrew Garland - Pass
06/06/16 Dove Point to
Earlier in the week we had received a "heads
up" email from Mike Alter about a possible sea trip on Saturday. This was
either to Hilbre or from Dove Point to
"Can we do Dove Point?" Julie asked. "Please say yes" she wrote in the Friday email. Well, what can you say to that!
So at 8.30am on Saturday morning we met at Meols next to the slipway and gazed across the vast expanse of sand. No water! Well not yet. In about half an hour it would steadily creep up and cover that sand. And that was our signal to launch.
Following the deeper channel we made steady progress out and headed along the coast. We hadn't gone a couple of hundred yards before the cags had to come off. It was so warm.
We had both chosen to paddle our cross over kayaks so not as fast as we could have gone but nevertheless after an hour we reached the small beach at Moreton. In the distance we could make out two small craft heading towards us. This turned out to be two sit-on-top paddlers. One was on their first trip out this year and the young girl on her very first kayak trip ever. After a brief chat we went our opposite ways certain we would meet again on the return leg of our journeys.
Another hour and we reached our destination. The lighthouse at Perch Rock looked grand as the sea swirled around it. Behind it the large ships and the Stena line ferry were making their way out to sea. After a few photos we paddled around the fort to the small beach and then conscious of the time headed back to Meols.
As predicted we once again met the two paddlers and we were eager to find out if the new kayaker had liked her experience. Of course she had. How could you not? Drifting on a calm sea with lovely weather thrown in. The tide had turned now and our thoughts turned to consider the long and muddy walk if we didn't make it back to the slipway in time.
Past Moreton beach we went. We could see the cardinals ahead but were surprised at how far past them the slipway was. The surface of the water was now turning a light sandy colour as the sandbanks were being uncovered by the outgoing tide. This was going to be a close thing!
Paddling hard we headed towards the slipway winding from side to side to find the deeper stretches of water to paddle in. The bottoms of our kayaks were now scraping the sandy bed. We were going to end up walking. We were sure of it. But no! Despite our fears we managed to land on a nice solid piece of slipway.
It was a hard last half hours paddling and probably one we could have avoided if we hadn't stopped chin wagging for so long.
Well we did it. Julie's desire to paddle Dove Point to
04/06/16 Paddle on Leeds Liverpool canal
Saturday, 11 Jun 2016 12pm - 2pm
This is part of the Inland Waterway Association National
Festival at Eldonian village and we have been asked to take part as part of a
flotilla of kayaks, canoes and barges. It is about 4 miles there and back and
starts from the Little Merton Pub in
If you would like to go please book a place so that we can send you final details, post code to meeting place etc https://v1.bookwhen.com/t4us5/201606111200/eeb
More details to follow.....
This is a club run event with safety cover with Ribs and Kayaks. There are 3 courses so there is something for all abilities and we hope it will be a fun event for general club members as well as the more serious racers. I would encourage everyone to consider entering – club boats are available on a first come basis (Some are already booked out). You do not need a sea kayak for the Little Eye and West Kirby Races. We have a BBQ afterwards using the Dee Sailing Club House and facilities. It would be great to see more of you supporting the event.
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information and to enter…..
Hilbre Island is the largest of a group of three islands at the mouth of the estuary of the River Dee, and lies about 1.6 km from Red Rocks, the nearest part of the mainland on the
The Start is at Dee Sailing club (CH61 0HN) START TIME 10:00 am with a beach (
Prize giving and
BBQ will be in the club house after the event. (BBQ items and drinks can be purchased from
the club house) The main Hilbre Island Race goes clockwise
around all three islands (13km) while a shorter race for General Purpose and
touring boats goes clockwise around the first island (Little Eye). We also have
a short junior and novice race along the shore to
Conditions can be very rough on the northern end of Hilbre and anyone entering the
If conditions are too rough then modified courses may be used. We have a number of safety craft covering the race. Several kayak rescue teams will also be positioned on the end of
Places are limited to the first 50 entrants.
Hilbre Race (13Km) - Sea Kayaks,
Little Eye Race (9Km) - First Kayak, Ladies Race, Doubles (any design)
West Kirby Race (4Km) - First Kayak (under 4m), First Junior (under 16), First Open Canoe.
You will need to pre-enter online and bring with you on the day a completed registration form.
01/06/16 June Photo of the Month Competition – Click here to vote for your favourite.
Sophie on a Pembrokeshire wave
Aleksander paddling stand up
01/06/16 Emma Broberg
Some of you
may have met Emma Broberg, our visiting Danish paddler with the very long
Racing Ski. Emma was in the Danish Olympic
K1 racing kayak squad before moving over to surfski paddling. She is currently
a Nordic Kayak sponsored paddler and is over in
Emma has thrown herself at everything to do with paddle sport while in Liverpool, including a trip to
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