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28/7/14 Are you getting all the information on club trips and
activities – club messaging system
As well as the website the club uses a number of different media to circulate details of club activities to all its members. You can add (and remove) your own email address to a number of Google groups in order to receive information and posts from members on events, courses and activities. (You do NOT need a Google account or Google email) More information here….
28/7/14 Major dates for Club events – for more detail check the online the calendar…….
Alpine paddling holiday
River Thames Expedition (Lechlade to
Club run Safety
Sea Kayak Trip -
Club AGM and Awards Evening Includes a presentation of the Clubs Alps trip 2014.
Reel Paddling Film
Festival The only
28/7/14 July Photo of the Month Competition
“Jack and Sarah Gille finishing the Little Eye Sea Kayak Race”
Runner up Nick Coughlin:
Parker and David Kay rounding
Runner up Keith S:
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.
24/07/2014 Commonwealth Games Triathlon in
Combining three unique and challenging disciplines – swimming, cycling and running – Triathlon demonstrates the overall fitness, skill and endurance of some of the world’s most talented athletes.. Athletes start with a 1,500-metre open-water swim before switching to a 40-kilometre road cycle, finishing with a challenging 10-kilometre run. Depending on an athlete’s individual strength, strategy plays a major role in trying to stay ahead of the pack.
Glasgow 2014 sees the inclusion of a Mixed Relay event for the very first
time at the Commonwealth Games. This innovative format consists of two men and
two women. Each athlete completes a ‘super-sprint’ triathlon of
swimming, biking and running, before tagging off to their next team mate. Triathlon
action will take place in and around the
Country Park [Satellite]
Watch out for club member Peter McComasky who is part of the Safety Kayaking team looking after the long distance swimming at the games. Peter started canoeing with the club and has helped out on many of the clubs Safety Cover for local events. He has since covered many of the major open water swims across the country along with this prestigious event starting today.
Following the great rains of
Saturday, I joined members of Liverpool Canoe Club
on a trip out to The Skerries off the
As we left the bay we noticed the The Skerries were missing! We paddled into mist and dense fog patches. These weather conditions kept us guessing and focused on our navigation skills. However, past training and practice paid off as the islands loomed out of the gloom with around a kilometre to go…..
Read the rest of the story on Jimski`s Blog…..
21/07/2014 Ladies only paddling
I was impressed that, given the weather this morning, 3 ladies showed up. We had a great time. They all wanted forward paddling, just time with bum in boat in a relaxed environment, which is what they got. Lots of repetition; a bit of tweaking where necessary: a bit of a challenge to push them a little: an understanding of what they needed mixed in with what they wanted. The time flew by. The paddlers wanted more sessions so we are running the the following courses below. Rosie
Ladies only paddling skills course Saturday Mornings 10.00am-12:30pm followed by lunch and a social chat
Beginners Open Boat Course 2.00pm - 4:30pm open boat beginners course / sessions followed by coffee afterwards
30 August 10.00am-12:30pm
30 August 2.00pm - 4:30pm
27 September 10.00am-12:30pm
27 September 2.00pm - 4:30pm
25 October 10.00am-12:30pm
25 October 2.00pm - 4:30pm
22 November 10.00am-12:30pm
22 November 2.00pm - 4:30pm
Just a note to say how brilliant Rosie's women's only skill developing session was at the docks today. I really enjoyed it & got so much from it. It was a lovely relaxing session with a great laid back and friendly atmosphere and absolutely no rushing at all ;) Met Rosie again who is just brill & 2 other lovely ladies who I'd care to see again. Cheers everyone :) x Elle C
A wonderfully relaxed and fun coaching session, during which I was able to
revisit basic paddling skills. A great opportunity for a relative Newbie to
boost confidence, revise technique and gain technical information. An
impromptu lunch rounded off a lovely, if rainy, Saturday with 3 new
friends. I'll be keeping my eyes peeled in the hope there will be another
Thank you again Rosie for giving up your Saturday. Jo Mc
17/07/2014 Wednesday evening
paddle at Soutiers Lane,
It was a great summers
evening and a few of us turned up to paddle on the weir. We were soon inundated with other
The Mark Twain Cruise boat at Chester
How close can you get to the weir
Playing at the foot of the 6m sloping weir
of Menorca: Talk at the
In April 8 members of the
canoe club flew off to Majorca and then the short hop to Menorca to meet our
If you missed the talk we include a link to the slides here……
A full account of the trip can be found in the June newsletter……
16/07/2014 Anglesey Weekend
No. 3 Y Felinheli to
After only a little faffing, a safety talk and buddying up we set off promptly at 10:30. Ade had told me he would wait for no woman (not sure if this meant he would only leave me behind or …..). We kept close to the shore to keep out of the main current and make the most of any back eddies. Easy so far, I was wondering why Ade had insisted we left on time, then we got to the base of Pont Britannia. If we had been any later even if I had managed to put all the advice I had been given into practice perfectly I would have been going backwards.
Survived the bridge and
headed for the next challenge ferry gliding across the fastest part of the flow
and up to
Next, more ferry gliding to downstream of the Swelly rock marker. The plan was to paddle back to the marker in the slower flow and making use of whirl pools, a bit more practice in reading water required by some of us. We then played in the standing wave off Gored Goch, my turn to get wet. Thanks for the rescue Ian. However, it was fascinating to watch Marcin sit on the wave without paddling. We then had rolling and rescue practice before getting off the water; should this be a must at the end of every trip? Hopefully Geoff didn't get too cold with his slow rescue, however, with a later reference to Katrina and the Waves my concern decreased considerably.
Thank you to everyone for
making it a great day and providing a safe environment for practicing a range
of skills. I learnt loads about flow, crossing eddylines and tides in the Straights and had really
good fun despite the unplanned swim.
Catriona Hare More Photos…….
16/07/2014 Leeds and
There are many places to get on to the canal as it winds its way north out of
15/07/2014 Pay and Display
Parking at the
You will probably be aware Liverpool Marina are introducing car park fees from Monday 21st July. We have been trying to get accurate details to pass on to our members.
1/ Parking is free from 7:00pm to 12:00 midnight. For 2 hours it is £1 but this is refundable at the marina bar if you make a purchase. You will get two tickets, one for the screen and 1 for the refund. Parking over 2 hours is £5 and currently this is not refundable but we are still working on this.
2/ There is a small amount of roadside parking near the Marina on single yellow lines but plenty a little further away if you take the time to look for it (Unloading any boats first) Restrictions apply Monday to Friday between 9am-5pm. You can park on these at weekends and evenings but please check the signs carefully (Especially during events when the police have been known to put alternative yellow signs over the top of the current ones!).
3/ I have been told that any
4/ Currently there is no facility to buy a
year car parking pass but again we are trying to negotiate on this.
Additionally we are receiving complaints about excessive water on the floor in the men`s changing rooms. Please do not take any canoeing clothing into the showers and try to keep the curtain inside the basin at all times. Any split water should be mopped up. It would be a shame to lose the changing facilities at the club.
Also when getting on the water please do so quickly and do not block any pontoon or leave any boats on the pontoons.
15/07/2014 Good luck to LCC
members Paul and Ian paddling across the
Ian are attempting a Cross Channel Sea Kayak Challenge. They
have been training along the North Wales Coast and it’s
certainly a different experience from sailing. Powering a boat under your own
steam requires great stamina and I’ve been building up my strength for
the 26 mile crossing which will require a period of calm weather so the
exact date is not confirmed but hopefully will be within the next 7 days.
I’m trying to raise awareness and money for Crohns & Colitis UK so if
you’d like to sponsor this challenge, please visit JUST GIVING.com/Paul-Hardaker
15/07/2014 Anglesey Weekend No. 3
Over the weekend it was suggested that we paddle at
All changed and off across the inland sea I arrived at the tunnel first and after a look down thought no problem and reversed in so as to catch the wave on the way out.
The others arrived and we played for a while and crossed the river back and to just getting used to the wave.
The wave builds at an unbelievable pace and was soon starting to look pretty hairy, the jet leads down into a boily, horrible mess that pushes you over to the A55 road bridge. After a few practice rolls in the side channel it was time to get in and on the wave. After sliding down the side and pushing on to wave it was okay until I came off and then it got me. After an attempted roll it was time to swim.
By the time I was back up to the wave Keith was out of his boat taking pictures and suggested we jump in through the wave, oh well in he went and I followed and then Chris joined in as well.
Time was moving on and it was time for one last go on the wave, I was on it for what seemed like an age, by far my best go and well worth the effort.
We paddled back across to the get out and one thing is for sure, I will definitely be going back for another go.
Paddlers - Keith, Sara, Jenny, Chris and me. (John Cooke) More photos….
15/07/2014 Anglesey Weekend
A message from Ade Mould to confirm the
meeting point was Beaumaris and the trip plan was a visit to
A briefing at 9.50am became a briefing at 10.15am and after
introductions and safety briefing we launched onto the Menai Straits at about
11am. The wind which was forecast F4-5 for the day wasn’t too noticeable
and neither was the tide we were paddling into. A few people possibly
didn’t realise that the timing of our short trip meant paddling into tide
there and back, but more of that later. We ambled along the Anglesey side of
the straits chatting and catching up, before landing for lunch on the pebble
beach at Trwyn Du or heading across to
Just over half the group elected to pop around
We paddled around the island and opted to cross back to join the others for lunch through the biggest waves we could find. After joining the rest of the group and grabbing lunch and drinks we got back on the water and anyone who hadn’t yet realised that the return journey involved paddling into wind and tide soon did. The sensible plan involved hugging the shoreline and keeping out of as much wind and tide as possible. So we set off and after Ade reinforced the definition of ‘hugging’ the shoreline we got close enough to get some shelter. Then it happened someone suggested that a straight line would be quicker and paddling into the wind (and tide – as it hadn’t turned) would be faster. So some of us got closer to the shoreline and some of us got further away. One group definitely expended far more energy than the other and didn’t get too far! Maybe it was because I had mentioned cake and they needed to use up extra calories!
After landing as close as possible to where the cars were parked, Kirk and I discovered our footwear wasn’t much good to walk up sloping concrete, so we needed a lift from the guys with grippier footwear to see us and boats back to the cars, where we quickly packed up before the rain started. A few of us popped round to the Red Boat for ice cream and coffee to round off the day. (Brian Green where were you??) It is reported that the ice cream was so good someone (who shall not be named) phoned home to tell his wife all about it!
A lovely trip in excellent company, thanks to Ade for organising, shepherding and leading us.
Frankie A More Photos….
The winds were up and we were all keen to paddle
the perfect wave. Tonight’s paddle
along the coast to the river Alt was postponed and the plan was to surf the
wind swell on the incoming tide. As
the water reached the triangular marker just off the coast guard stations the
waves began to build. We entered
the water and battled against the strong NW`ly.
Colin Smith grabbed the best waves in his Gaybo Olymp IV, an elderly but light weight glass fibre kayak. His pop out (a vertical ejection of the kayak through a breaking wave) cleared the water by several feet. You had to be positioned just right on the large breaking wave to get incredible acceleration down the face. Those brave enough tried and managed some bottom turn, others just held on for dear life. As the sun began to set the wind eased off to give us an easier paddle out and some great paddling. Brian tried to keep up with his surf ski and seemed to zoom around all over the place to find a wave.
10/07/2014 Ladies Canoe Polo Development League.
It looks like we're finally getting somewhere. Niall Evans
the BCU polo chairman, is trying to promote more ladies polo and has made it
cheaper/ more accessible for teams to get started. There's support from our
polo rep and membership secretary to get this started too. Some of you may have
been nagged/ stalked by me over the last few months but its starting to prove
worthwhile, here's the latest for the new team.
Laura Watkin - played for FOA ladies many years ago and was very influential as she was involved with the National polo committee, played National Open Div 3 and Ladies Div 1 but has been out of action for about 7 years and is looking to get back involved;
Olivia Rowe - played for FOA ladies last year in Div 1 and has played National Open Div 4 for Liverpool CC, goes under ground for months at a time but is back on the RADAR and is currently keen to play in this team;
Ailsa Williamson - Solid National Div 4 player for Liverpool CC, NW Div 2 for Liverpool University, and former youth player at Kingston not yet had confirmation but should be keen when she sees the mixed calibre of players that we have;
Chantel Louise Threlfall - Played National Div 4 for FOA last year and Manchester Wildcats the year before, trying to recruit her quickly before Manchester get their hands on her;
Celina Hernandez - recruited through the ATC and has played in a number of local league tournaments both for Maghull ATC and FOA girls;
Sophie Steventon and Leanne Murray both recruited on Easter Scotland whitewater trip and have been regular attendees at the Tuesday polo sessions at Liverpool Marina Bar & Grill venue, both novice but making progress each week;
Sarah Gille - attended regular polo sessions at Halewood pool throughout the winter and played 1 comp for the Liverpool Mersey team in National Open Div 4;
Olivia Darwin-Welsby - recruited through the ATC - novice standard, has played in local league comps for Prescot ATC and has attended a few Tuesday sessions recently, regular attendee at
Meg Hardman-singleton - recruited through the ATC, novice standard, has played in local level comps for Hoylake ATC.
Laragh Harvey Kelly, similar to previous, played for Northwich ATC.
Ladies Development League is in Cheadle and has been subsidised by 50%. It looks like we will have at least one team so again if you are interested in playing get down to the docks to practise. If you want to play in the three tournaments, you have to pay upfront (£20) Click here to pay….. Entries close on 6th September.
If you want advice on what team to play in or anything to do with Canoe Polo please speak to either Darren Bohanna or Scott Gibson.
More information from our Canoe Polo page……
10/07/2014 Safety Kayakers Needed -
event is being run with similar arrangements to last year. Cover is needed from
8:30am until 12 noon. We will have about 50 swimmers and I need to provide safety
cover over the length of the course from Salthouse dock through Wapping dock to
All helpers are invited to join us for a buffet lunch at the Blue Bar held immediately after the event. I should also be able to arrange a donation to your club on a similar basis to last year. If you have any questions please let me know.
If you are available to help please Click here to register..... Club boats should be available from 8:00am - paddle down in a group for the briefing at 8:30am
This was our second trip to Skye. Last time we were beaten by the weather. This time was much better. Our first paddle had been intended to be to Spar cave from Kilmarie, but we ended up taking a safer option and staying around the bay at Kilmarie. The "put in" here proved a bit of a "Faff" due to soft sand and a fast Ebbing tide, but the paddle was really nice.
We did get to Spar cave from Elgol a few days later
Bob, Sue and Irene.
10/07/2014 Trip Report:
We were greeted by our first puffin at about three quarters of the way across the Sound. A fluttering bundle of colourful beak and dangling webbed feet circled us just overhead before heading away towards clear water. Within a few more minutes we began to see shearwater, guillemot and divers all around us and, as the lighthouse at Pen Diban came into view and the steep flanks of Mynydd Enlli, the island's 167m hill, rose higher and higher above the water we approached the north east shore of Ynys Enlli.
The plan to visit the island, at the western extreme of the LLyn Penninsula had been hatched a few weeks previously with several potential weekends identified should a suitable weather window and tide coincide to make the trip possible and, on Sunday morning, Keith, Brian, Adrian, Dave and myself launched from the beach at Aberdaron aiming to catch the last hour of the ebb to make the crossing from Pen Y Cil to Cafn Enlli on the Bardsey shore.
A crossing to Bardesy is a serious and committing undertaking in any conditions due to the strong tidal streams and the effects of wind within Bardsey Sound and we had chosen therefore to plan our trip around HW slack on a neap tide in order to limit the chances of running into difficulty in this notorious stretch of water. As it turned out we were able to enjoy a swift crossing on a calm sea, accompanied by ever increasing numbers of sea birds as we neared the island shore. Rather than making straight for the landing on reaching the foot of the steep sides of Mynydd Enlli we headed north and followed the shoreline in a circumnavigation of the island exploring the changing shoreline of steep cliffs, rocky foreshores, inlets and bays until the lighthouse again came into view, this time from the western approaches.
Our landing was at the main slipway at Cafn Enlli where we pulled the boats up the shingle and settled down to leisurely lunch in the sunshine and a chat with the island's farmer, just back from his bus-man's holiday on Mull, and a local fisherman who'd been spending the morning lifting lobster pots just off shore, our conversations punctuated by the serenades of the seal colony wallowing in the warm shallow waters of the bay below.
Leaving Brian to watch the boats and equipment (ie. have a nap) the rest of us set out to explore and climb Mynydd Enlli for the panoramic views and to see how the Sound was looking at this stage in the flood. Despite the fair conditions, from our lofty vantage point, it was clear that the tide was running fairly swiftly and, with a light but strengthening south westerly wind, we decided to sit it out for an hour or two longer before making the crossing back, taking advantage of the time to visit the lighthouse and the seals at Henllwyn bay.
The return trip was certainly to be more lively than on our outward journey and we were seen off by hoards of razorbills and guillemots as we headed out across the Sound. The south westerly wind was steady and produced a following sea with enough swell to make things enjoyable. The tide was also tending to push us north west and through the channel and so, rather than battle the elements we crossed and took a brief refuge under the cliffs at Parwyd, a sheltered bay on the mainland just west of Pen y Cil, before sneaking in close and round the headland into the calm waters of Aberdaron Bay and back to the beach .
In his book, 'The Wild Places' Robert McFarlane explains that Bardsey has been a place of pilgrimage and retreat for centuries that started with the C6th Celtic Christian 'peregrini' who first reached the island in coracles which were designed to, 'slide over the currents and tide-rips, to slip up and over the waves, possessing a kind of maritime guile'. It is still a wonderful and wild place to visit, particularly if, as they did, you have to choose your time and take great care in crossing. As the poet and once Parish priest of Aberdaron R.S. Thomas wrote of Ynys Enlli;
'There is an island there is no going to / but in a small boat'
Dave (Curly) Blake
07/07/2014 – Sunday trip to the Tryweryn
of us turned up bright and early(ish) at the White Water Centre to have fun on
this classic Welsh run. The trip’s organiser was noticeable by his
absence, as apparently he was feeling under the weather after some extreme DIY
the day before. However, Ruth kindly stepped in to lead the trip, ably
assisted by ‘Captain’
on the river we were immediately running some moderately bouncy water, followed
by some fairly technical rock-dodging, followed by some modest drops and more
bouncy bits. At this point the three of us who were new to the Tryweryn
realised that there were no easy, flat, boring bits – it was all go-go-go
(or perhaps go-go-goch. We were in
We carried on in this fashion down the river, diligently following our wise seer Ruth through each individual section. However, I suddenly had an impromptu bit of on-sight river running thrust upon me when I found myself spinning out of a tiny eddy and heading downstream at a rate of knots, with Ruth yelling instructions as I disappeared round a bend. I fortunately managed to miss most of the rocks/trees/sheep and found myself a secure eddy to wait for the others.
The next bit was a section called ‘Pinball’. Yes, it had lots of rocks in it. Ruth and Kathy wove an elegant line between the various obstacles, while Kieran and I followed Kirk down an ‘alternative’ line. This involved squeezing through a gap between two boulders that was narrow enough to hinder the passage of an undernourished eel. Kirk managed to get through in his beefy river running boat. I managed to pass through in my fat and fulsome creek boat. Then it was Kieran’s turn in his itsy-bitsy lickle play boat – needless to say, he got stuck. His extraction caused no great drama, but it did involve Kirk getting wet (tee-he).
next obstacle was
Attendees: Ruth Edwards, Kirk Williams, Kathy Wilson, Kieran Sinnot, Andy Garland.
This was the forth
year that Liverpool Canoe Club has run the Hilbre Island Sea Kayak Race and
this year saw the biggest turn out yet with 57 competitors. This
year we introduced a short junior race to West Kirkby (4km) and returning to
our host Dee Sailing Club at
Most competitors arrived for 10:30am and were directed to car parking
spaces above the slipway and in the dinghy
With the competitors lined up on the start line, Fiona Barry our Chair of the club, started the race with a loud blast from an air horn at noon midday. Some of the faster competitors ran to the waters edge carrying their boats and entered the water, fixing spraydecks and speeding off in the direction of the mouth of the estuary. Other took more care launching while some of the heavier boats received help from spectators to be carried to the water. Click here for a movie of the mass start…….
All three races followed the same course around the corner heading
offshore of the first island, Little Eye. After about 2km the two juniors
headed closer inshore towards their blue turn buoy stationed just before the
After another couple of kilometres the first of the Little Eye competitors
were checked by John Worswick, one of our safety kayakers before turning back
towards Thurstaton point and the finish line.
The increasing wind had slowed paddlers on the outward journey but now with the wind behind them the route back was far easier. We did have Dave Bradburn & Brian McNulty, GBR C2 team entered this year. The high rear flared wing of their whitewater racing C2 certainly gave them a few taxing problems on the return.
High Water at Hilbre was 45 mins after the start so later paddlers would
have to punch the tide in both directions. Certainly the stiff breeze and
difficult conditions led to slightly slower times this year. As the three
island were all in a line it was not until they passed the
The elite boats with rudders surfed and sped their way towards the
finish. Isaac and Rhys (junior race) were the first to finish just under the
hour. Julia Kay, the little eye winner nearly missed the finish line as she
had taken a line a little offshore and was heading for Parkgate. She should
have known better as she won the Little Eye race last year so had some
experience of the finish line. Jane Parker arrived minutes later. Ian
Tordoff, paddling a
competitors were able to use the showers provided by Dee Sailing club and enjoy
a cold drink and food from the BBQ while we recovered the rescue craft and
the safety kayakers followed the final few finishers in. Prizes had
been kindly donated by Yamba
Many thanks to all that took part and helped to make such a great day.
We hope to see you all again next year, this time in the summer. Sunday ??? June/July 2015
05/07/2014 Wednesday evening
paddle at Soutiers Lane,
All in a line on the bottom step
Sam in his new play boat
Sam and Sam on the bottom step
05/7/14 Canoe and Kayak Paddle Challenge Ladder
Well the first race has happened. Cunning Dave Reynolds challenged me to a race in Whitewater racing boats.
I had the wobbly wavehopper, Dave had a carbon fibre, extremely long whitewater racer. I did not even get my bum in the boat before I was upside down by the pontoon.
We both wobbled to the start line and we were off. Dave beat me by 20 yards. I think he was playing me. I was sure he could have battered me if he wanted to.
So who's going to have the next race? Paul Harwood
We have a new, easier canoe and kayak paddle ladder. It is now live on the website.
We have tried several online versions and they just do not seem to respond to all signing up so we are going with our own version.
Anyone new can just challenge a paddler near the bottom, race and email result to email@example.com
From the events drop down menu or /ladder/
30/6/14 Open Canoe 4 star training with Ray Goodwin
Day 1 saw us all meet up in the cafe in Bala town center to say hello, complete paperwork and outline the plan for the day. The course had been organised specifically for Ruth and I, and at the last minute two other paddlers decided to join - I think i sold the club to them and hopefully they will be joining us.
We also had an opportunity to discuss what this award actually is, what the difference is between leading and giving tips to paddlers, and coaching down the river.
Paperwork completed it was off to Llangower car park, where the Wirral Scouts run their excellent Bala canoeing weekends. A quick discussion on safe lifting techniques and safe carrying techniques, and the it was off with the boats down to the lake. I really liked the two person carry that involved resting the boats seats across your shoulders.
On the lake, and we had to show our stuff! Alas I completely messed up and literally forgot how to paddle, doh! But was soon put right.
We then looked at moving a group into wind through various techniques, from pushing to tandem and rafting. After that it was time to go downwind with a huge big sail making best use of the breeze. It saves paddling! A quick bite for lunch and a discussion on alternative masts before it was time to get the tarps out and up - apparently if you want to be a canoeist you have to be a tarpist as well.
Fully fuelled, it was time for smaller sails and to see how they worked. Not as much fun, and definitely slower.
A quick bit of practice leadership before it was away with the paddles again and out with the poles to pole up and down the river that fills Lyn Tegid.
More leadership practice was followed by walking the boat along the shore using ropes, and then finally full on towing using a highwayman’s hitch to secure the following boat.
Day 2 saw us meet at Nomads. A shuttle up to
At serpents, we decided not to run it, but instead to line the boats down the rapid. This literally involves lowering your boat down the rapid on a rope, but it can be quite tricky.
Back in the boats and time for more leadership practice, more lining down rapids and generally playing. Ray gave us the top tip that there has been a change to the little weir rapid in this section (r right underneath house) and that it is not kind to boats at the moment.
Eventually, at about 2.30 we reached Nomads and lunch.
A quick lunch and it was time for other leading styles and boat rescues before off.
Day 3 saw us finessing stokes on Lyn Tegid before heading up to the Tryweryn - which sneakily had opened early. We all agreed to run chapel, to Rays delight, and all managed to stay dry.
This was a more relaxed day with general leading, line selection and a few top tips to make the Tryweryn easier in opens. We worked quite a bit on checking and setting and a little bit on manually handling (ie grabbing) other boats to assist them into eddies. We also managed to show Ray a line that he hadn’t seen before. He said it was "interesting", not sure if it was a compliment or not, but i think it was!
Down to Bala and that was it, three great days paddling with
a top notch coach. If you want a good course, I can heartily recommend Ray. Oh,
and he is running a wilderness trip down the Bloodvine in
Mike and Ruth More Photos…
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