Volume 17 Issue 1

January 2017

January Paddler
The monthly newsletter of Liverpool Canoe Club

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30/12/16 Major dates for Club Events – for more detail check the online Club Calendar…….

13 – 17th April 2017

Scottish Easter Paddling Holiday based at Kinlochleven - coordinator Roy McHale. Click to book a place…

12 - 14th May 2017

Anglesey Weekend #1  based at Tyn Rhos Trearddur Bay Padlock - coordinator Peter Massey. Click to book a place…

26 - 29th May 2017

Pembroke Bank Holiday Weekend #1  coordinator Jenny Brown. Click to book a place…

9 - 11th June 2017

Anglesey Junior Club Weekend #2 based at Pen-y-Bont Farm, 4 Mile Bridge Padlock coordinator Keith Steer. Click to book a place…

25th June 2017

Hilbre Island Race – Club event for all  More information……..

7 - 9th July 2017

Anglesey Weekend #3 based at Bodfan Farm, Rhosneigr Padlock - coordinator Jenny Brown. Click to book a place…

21st July  - 6th Aug 2017

Alpine Holiday Alpine Rivers - Swiss Alps Padlock  Alpine Rivers Briancon France Padlock Contact Keith Steer for more information…

22 - 24th Septmber 2017

Anglesey Weekend #4 based at Outdoor Alternative Rhoscolyn Padlock - coordinator Peter Massey. Click to book a place…

 

29/12/16 December Open Boating on the Dee – Carrog to Mile End Mill (27/12/16)

 

Image may contain: sky, outdoor, water and natureThe external temperature gauge on my car briefly flickered to as high as zero before resuming its steady reading of -2 degrees centigrade.  I was on my way to meet Mike Alter, John White and Ian Bell for a spot of open boating on the Dee, and it was going to be cold.  Very cold.

We met at Mile End Mill and immediately commenced some highly intricate faffing (signing-in faff, deciding what to do faff, drinking tea faff, car shuttle faff, kit sorting, faff, plus copious amounts of general common-all-garden faffing).   After we had faffed ourselves senseless we launched from Carrog Bridge and made our way quietly downstream past a couple of fishermen, who appeared to pay us no attention whatsoever.

The stretch of the river between Carrog to Horseshoe Weir includes several Grade 1 sections, a brief stretch of Grade Image may contain: sky, outdoor, water and nature2, a couple of little play spots and ample opportunity for chatting and watching the world go by.  Salmon jumped, steam trains puffed their way past and it felt as if everything was good with the world.

 

Everyone was paddling just hard enough to keep the blood flowing to their fingers, and so we were soon at Horseshoe Weir and the start of a slightly more difficult stretch of water.  We elected to run this section as far as Nomads/Mile End Mill, rather than paddle the conveniently located nearby canal that runs parallel to the river.

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One by one we shot the small drop at the river-left side of the weir (shooting the weir itself is decidedly dangerous and a definite no-no), and eddy hopped towards the Serpents Tail.  We got out of our boats at the top of ‘Serpents’ and inspected the line.  It was way out of my league in an open boat, and I was relieved that there was a consensus to wimp out.  We therefore bravely and courageously portaged and lined our boats past ‘Serpents’, and carried on past several small drops to Mile End Mill, where our cars were waiting.

 

The very last ‘small drop’, right next to the car park, required a dog-leg manoeuvre to avoid a ‘hole’.  However, I decided to take a direct approach and paddle straight through this ‘hole’.  Everything went exactly according to plan, apart from a minor mishap at the beginning when my boat filled with water.  And the bit in the middle when I capsized.  And the bit at the end when I swam to the bank.  Other than that, I executed everything perfectly!

A great day.  Thanks to Ian, Mike and John for their company and guidance, and hopefully there will be more open boat trips on the calendar soon.

 

Andrew Garland

 

 

23/12/16 December Rolling competition – The results?

 

Congratulations to the winners of this year’s Christmas rolling competition.

 

 

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Best Attempts 2016

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Dave Gentle

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4

 

 

Maya-ray Cross

Ladies

 

 

12

 

Vicky Birch 

Ladies

12

 

 

 

Jack Smee

Open

11

 

 

 

Ewan Roberts

Junior

10

 

10

 

Geoff Birch  

Open

 

 

15

 

Colin Moss

Open

 

 

 

8

 

 

20/12/16 Christmas paddle around the Great Orme and Christmas Meal

 

Good paddle round the Great Orme and back today, then a nice meal, thanks to Brian for organising.  John Cooke

 

Sea kayaks on the Llandudno beach

Hungary Herring Gull

Heading off under Llandudno Pier

 

 

19/12/16 The Festive Paddle at the Docks

Hi Everyone - just sending the photos from today.  Thank you all for coming and I hope you all enjoyed the day as much as I did.  Weren't we colourful! 

Best wishes.  Julie  More photos……

 

Yes, it was a good turnout today, a very enjoyable occasion.  Thanks to all who provided the welcome sustenance.  

 

It was great to see how the new storage project has ended up.   Such attention to detail is a joy to behold.  I'm sure this new facility will be a great asset to the club.  A few of us went to the Marina Bar afterwards and received their usual friendly welcome.  I very much hope that this tradition will continue so that good relations with the marina can be maintained.

 

Merry Christmas to all,

Robin

 

Just some photos of the Docks Christmas paddle. The recently completed storage facility allows easy access to the water for Canoes and Kayaks owned by the club.  Bob Hamilton

 

 

 

17/12/16 The first club paddle from our brand new storage compound for all our canoes and kayaks – Today, Saturday at 10:00am

 

Why not come down and celebrate the first official paddle from the new compound, it is only 3m from the water’s edge featuring the new jetty and launching area.

 

It is the Christmas paddle – please bring a festive dress (A Santa hat or similar) or why not go the whole hog and pimp up your craft.  You can use any of the club boats at the docks or bring your own – weather forecast is looking very good with very light winds, and possible sun shine with no rain.  We paddle the 1km up to the Albert dock and enjoy cake and mince pies.

 

No need to book just turn up and why not bring the family!  Non paddlers can meet us at Albert Dock.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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17/12/16 December Rolling competition has started - how many can you do in 30 seconds.

 

 

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Thursday 1st Dec

 

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Mayo

Ladies

 

 

12

 

Vicky Birch 

Ladies

8

 

10

 

Paul Smee

Open

 

 

10

 

Joe Sheppard

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10

 

14

 

Robin Emley

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9

 

9

 

Tom Birch

Junior

 

 

9

 

Dave Reynolds

Open

 

 

13

 

 

 

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Monday 5th Dec

 

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Geoff Birch  

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15

 

Vicky Birch 

Ladies

12

 

 

 

Colin Moss

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8

Ewan Roberts

Junior

10

 

9

 

Tom Birch

Junior

9

 

 

 

 

 

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Thursday  8th Dec

 

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Scott Gibson

Open

8

 

 

 

Ewan Roberts

Junior

 

 

10

 

Mathew Pegram

Open

6

 

10

 

David Gentle

Open

 

 

4

 

Dom Fahey

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6

 

Geoff Birch  

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14

 

 

 

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Thursday  22nd Dec

 

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Dave Gentle

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4

7

 

Dom Cork

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8

 

Vicki Birch

Open

13

 

 

 

Jack Smee

Open

11

 

 

 

 

 

December Rolling competition has started - how many can you do in 30 seconds.  Why not come to a pool session and give it a go.

 

Book a place online now by clicking the link below (all boats and equipment is stored at the pools)

 

http://www.liverpoolcanoeclub.co.uk/members/full_member/Bookings/

 

Remaining pool sessions over the Christmas

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kingsway

Monday nights 12th & 19th December

Broadgreen Tuesday nights 13th & 20th December

Halewood polo Tuesday nights 13th December

Kingsway Thursday nights 15th & 22nd December

Christmas break with sessions starting back from 5th January 2017

 

 

2/12/16 "Talk the Walk" A presentation by Alan Creedon (with Michael Alexander)

 

Last evening Alan and Michael gave a very well received talk about their incredible journey across the Irish Sea.   Alan had walked all the way from his home in Manchester to the Dingle in County Cork.  Michael and friends facilitated by along the way and provided the relatively novice paddler, Alan with the support to make the 22 hour crossing of the Irish MapSea by double kayak.

 

Alan did this walk in memory of his sister who had severe cerebral palsy.  It outlined what drove him to do the walk, Kayakincluding a bit about his childhood, the idea for the walk, fundraising, preparation (or lack of), the Irish sea problem.  The walk, kayaking, walking in Ireland and then the insights and other things he learned from the whole experience.

 

and Michael kayaked for 22 hours over the Irish Sea despite only having been in a sea kayak just twice before.  The incredible 410-mile challenge was in memory of his sister, Aoife, who had severe cerebral palsy. She could not walk or talk, and spent most of her life in care. She sadly passed away in 2011.

 

Alan felt the need to commemorate her life in a meaningful way and the trek was his ‘pilgrimage’ - from his adopted home of Manchester, to Dingle, where he grew up.

 

Alan`s chosen Cerebral Palsy Charity.  If you wish you can donate here….     http://walkforaoife.com/

 

If you would like to hear more about my journey, I can be booked for talks on the following subjects:

·        Spending 22 hours kayaking across the Irish sea (at least the feet got a rest!)

·        What it took for me to make the decision to undertake the walk, through to its conclusion

·        How I managed to successfully complete the whole journey with little previous experience (I had hardly any as a walker and none as a kayaker)

·        Understanding the willpower it took to keep going through the pain of blisters, torn ligaments and a stress fracture

·        How I raised over £20,000 for charity, mostly using social media

·        How I came to deal with the life and death of my sister and the important role my walk played in that

·        How I relied on the kindness of strangers and how it all worked out in the end, despite no solid plan.

·        A combination of the above

 

2 day / 16 hour First Aid course

 

Anybody interested in doing a 16hr REC first aid course? Spaces available next week Monday & Tuesday or Wednesday & Thursday. Based in Hugh Baird £35!!!! Bargain! Valid for all coaching and leadership awards.  Mark Young

 

 

2/12/16 Introduction to Free Diving

 

Warning the contents of this write up may distress some readers!!

So the lakes weekend had moved a little further north to give a fresh taste on proceedings and everyone was exited to get going for a weekend trip away.

Roy had again arranged a belter of accommodation with exclusive use of a YHA hostel at a very affordable price.

 

On the Friday after work we loaded the kayaks and set off for our new adventure. On arrival, the log burner was roaring and discussions where made on the plan for the weekend ahead. Soon it was next morning and still bitterly cold but we set off to do a grade 3 section of the Tee’s. Everyone had a good time and not too many soggy bottoms made it back to the cars at the end. I even saw an otter on route!!

 

It was a little too late to do a second river so we went off into the town where we made a beeline for the chocolate shop. After stocking up and wandering around the local area we hopped back in the car to have a nose at high force before the sun set.  We manage to convince Leanne for a few minutes that we would be paddling it the next day!!

 

Back at the hostel we re-grouped and headed to the local pub for tea in preparation to attack low force on the Sunday.    Now low force was visited by myself last year in December. We had an amazing day in the snow but the perfect day was snatched away when my shoulder came out at the bottom of the drop.  So, I was determined to tackle it this time.

 

We set of on the short section and watched the group do an impressive navigation of dog leg- I think that’s what it’s called.

Then we arrived at the mighty low force.   On last year, there was a bit more volume but I was determined to face my nemesis.  We had unfinished business and I was out to win.

On reflection, maybe I should have listened to the river after my first 2 failed attempts and subsequent swims. (one of which caught on john’s video). But oh, no just give it one more go.

 

So, I shimmied into my boat, pushed off the side and turned to face the fall. I approached the lip and held my stroke in an attempt to boof off the edge. Next thing my nose is in the air and I’m all over the place like a bucking bronco and over I go. I hold to see if the water clears to make a roll but the thought and doubt enters your mind, while I wait will I be drifting under the fall?. So, I bail and pop up to the surface. I manage to grab a small breath and kick away my boat but before I know it I’m pulled underneath by the undercurrent. I kick and fight for the surface but seem to go deeper. The brown orange tinge of the water fades to a black as I sink deeper. My foot brushed the bottom but by then I’m on the edge of my breath my fighting for the surface is futile so I relax for a split second. Before I know it, I pop to the surface and take the biggest breath.  Graham is right on me and paddles me to the side. My head pounding from the cold or the water pressure, I don’t know what. I made it, I went to Narnia but I still never got down the fall. My boat was later released about 10 mins later. I’ll wait to fight you another day.

 

Sarah Gille                                                            More Photos…..

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