Volume 14 Issue 12

December 2014

December Paddler
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Christmas Paddle and Lunch at St Georges Hotel, Llanduno.  Click to book a place.........

Christmas Paddle and Santa Dash around Liverpool docks.  Click to book a place.........

Skiing and Snowboarding trip - France.  Contact Fiona Barry for more information  07730613310

Scottish Easter paddling weekend Based in the Blackwater Hostel – limited places so book early.  Click to book a place.........

Costa Brava paddling trip Sea Kayaking trip on Spain’s Mediterranean Coast.  Contact Peter Thomas

Pembroke Weekend (First Bank Holiday)    Jenny Brown

Anglesey Weekend 1 (Tyn Rhos Trearddur Bay)    Peter Massey

Anglesey Weekend 2 (Pen-y-Bont Farm, 4 Mile Bridge)    Keith S

Hilbre Island Sea Kayak Race & Club BBQ Clubs major annual Sea Kayaking Event.  Click for more.........

Anglesey Weekend 3 (Bodfan Farm, Rhosneigr)    Jenny Brown

Alpine Paddling Holiday Week 1 Bovec, Slovenia, Week 2 Briancon, France.  Contact Keith S for more information  07719459942

Anglesey Weekend 4 (Outdoor Alternative Rhoscolyn)    Peter Massey



28/11/14 September “Photo of the Month” Competition


Liverpool Canoe Club Photo Competition Winners

Congratulations to Pete Thomas for his winning photo:

“Lee Doyle packing his open boat on the River Severn Trip”


Runner up John Fay:

“Christine with Border Terrier on Llangollen Canal

Runner up Carole Thomas:

“Julian paddling through Puffin Sound on the recent improvers trip”

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.

28/11/14 Lakes weekend – River Kent – 16th November 2014


A great trip, almost always reliable when other rivers are dry! We put in at Natland Bridge.  This is very tight and the road was even more congested when Deva Canoe Club also turned up to unload. 


After a little confusion over the shuttle (Many thanks Kirk – was it 8 or 9 in your car?) we put in above the bridge.  Here the Kent Gorge begins with a small fall. Beware of heavily undercut banks on this and all following sections.  The gorge leads on to a long Grade 4 rapid which has some big stoppers lurking around in high water but some dubious scrap metal stuck in the riverbed in low water. This rapid has some nice surf waves and a cartwheelly play hole but we were pressed for time and paddle on.


Next A weir that you really don't want to run except in VERY low water.  It is shown by a footbridge and a nice house on river left.


'The weir itself, while dangerous in that it has a closed ended stopper, is runnable in high water as long as you get a lot of speed up and make a good boof hard right (I haven't paddled left so I'm not sure if that goes). The crux of the weir is to NOT run the middle line, which looks like a nice chute but is in fact a very nasty fish step. If in doubt inspect it - it's not difficult from the right bank.' )  Portage if in doubt on the right bank.


Next was A fall just above Sedgewick Bridge which pushes you towards the undercut river left bank. Below Sedgewick Bridge, the Kent thunders over an L-shaped natural weir. It can develop a huge tow-back, be warned.    'The L shaped drop is actually very easy and safe if you know how to do it, all you have to do is paddle hard left to avoid the corner of the L (which you definitely don't want to drop into) and paddle as far as you can along the side until the water gets too shallow; then you shoot the drop. (if you have gone far enough there will not be any stopper at all).


The river divides either side of an island with small drops to negotiate.  The real fun is the fall on river left, a superb 3 metre plunge. I've run this innumerable times and know that the stopper at the bottom never gives anyone problems...so why do I always get that bottom-clenching feeling?


Take out directly downstream of the dual carriage-way bridge, on river right and carry up to the road.  NB there is an alternative car park on the downstream side of the bridge and is worth considering with a large group.


More Photos……


Sophie on one of the gorges

Ian, Andy and Chris on the middle Kent

Chris at the bottom of the Kent Falls


28/11/14 Liverpool film to mark “Pride of Merseyside awards” catches some of our paddlers in Salthouse Dock….


Liverpool film to mark “Pride of Merseyside awards” catches some of our paddlers in Albert Dock….



28/11/14 Lakes weekend – River Greta – 16th November 2014


The Greta is followed along its length by a disused railway track, which makes a convenient portage path, viewing gallery or even shuttle run/ cycle route if you have any fitness nuts in your group.   We launched on the downstream side of the bridge via a short path down to the river. (Confluence of Glenderamackin Beck and St John's Beck)


Flat water begins the trip, taking you under the first of many disused railway bridges. Although Keswick and the A66 are close to hand, you wouldn`t know it as the valley is shrouded in gorgeous woodland, with the peaks of Blencathra and then Skiddaw towering above.  The Greta eases up to Grade 2 in the first kilometre, until the Magnetic Rock rapid is reached, the first of many Grade 3 rapids. This is simple enough, follow the chute down on the right towards an awkwardly placed rock and try to conjure up a way around it.


The next notable rapid is more challenging, a long series of little drops where rocks channel the current from side to side with numerous eddies to catch. Just below this rapid you will not fail to spot “The Wall”.   The Greta bends sharp right, forming a cushion wave on the bend.


The next two harder sections are old weirs which have collapsed into rocky rapids. Watch out for metal debris from the weirs in the riverbed. The first weir produces quite a big rapid in spate. The second gives a choice of heading left of an island and dropping over the steep weir sill, or right down a more enjoyable rocky rapid.   A steep bouncy series of waves leads you down beneath the A66 bridge high above and with the river high, you really could be in Austria. You next pass under Forge Bridge where the Greta`s best playspot lurks   A stopper with convenient eddy service becomes a hard-to-catch surf wave in spate.


You are now sinking into the outskirts of Keswick. Rock reefs around a small island form a final Grade 3 rapid and then you float under innumerable bridges through the centre of town. There is a small but seemingly harmless ledge weir to negotiate, but the river is spent. We decided to paddle a further kilometre to the confluence with the River Derwent and then take out at the Portinscale bridge (GR 254237) to egress to the road on the right bank.  This has good parking, important given the size of the group. 


More Photos……


Ian paddling on the Greta

Kathy on one of the grade 3 rapids

Mike paddling through Forge Bridge


28/11/14 North West Regional Canoe Polo League Divison 2 – 22nd November 2014

We have two teams playing in this competition; Liverpool ATC and Liverpool Coburg.   The ATC team is made up from club members who also have connections with local ATC units while the Coburg team is a development side with paddlers who attend Tuesday night polo sessions at Halewood Pool.


In the main game of the night between the two sides the scoring alternated with Coburg eventually winning with 4 goals to 3.


If you would like to try canoe polo contact Scott Gibson or book on to the polo session at Halewood Swimming pool.  More information……

28/11/14 Lakes weekend – River Leven – 15th November 2014


This is the river that flows out of Windermere. It’s short, exciting and often paddled.   It does keep its level very well, being fed by the longest and biggest lake in the Lake District.  If the overflow channel on the left below Newby Bridge is flowing, then the paddling will be good.


You very quickly come to the brick chute weir – watch out here as the main current when in flood quickly pushes novices towards the left-hand side of Mill Force, a 2m drop just below. The fall is quite straightforward but is easier on the right. A few playful stoppers follow the flat section and lead into four rocky drops interspersed with shoots and stoppers. From here the difficulty increases with a large sloping weir then fast water into the fall underneath Backbarrow bridge (Gd 4). The drop is always powerful, with a large pool below to collect the pieces. Most sensible paddlers will take out here, because below lies a nasty weir (Gd 6).


30m downstream is another well worthwhile fall. However it is difficult to access.   Inspect the drop, because once on the water it is hard to see the line. Standing waves then lead to a

a small weir down into some huge waves then a small rocky fall lying in wait under the A590 road bridge. Below lies yet another large weir then easy water leads to an island. Ensure you take the right-hand channel as the left has lots of trees across. More islands lie below and the river eases down to the egress on river left below the bridge.


This is a very important fishing river, please so please always park with care and do not disrespect landowners.        More Photos……


Sarah at the brick chute weir

Roy rolls up at the bottom of  Backbarrow bridge

Below Backbarrow Weir




25/11/14 Puffin Island from Lleiniog Beach Sunday 23rd November


The Sunday trip to Puffin Island was to begin from Lleiniog Beach. Just after 9am there was much activity by the small pebbly launching spot. Most cars could get into the car park with the rather low overhead barrier, no vans could manage it and some cars just needed minor adjustments to get in – like Steve Bond taking his uprights off his roof rack. You did save yourself a 50 yard walk though Steve……


The masses were split into groups of 6 and each group’s head honcho gave their talk in their own style. I was in Keith laid back Steer’s group and his pep talks are the best – ‘Lets wait until everyone else is on the water, then we will get on and go that way. Everyone ok?’.

The weather was better than expected, the briefest of showers drizzled us when we were just on the water, but there wasn’t much wind and the sun was to come out later on.

Off we went, nice and gently, chatting away on route to Puffin Island. I don’t know if there were 4 or 5 groups – but there were a lot of paddlers!! In no time at all, we reached the sound of Puffin Island and things got rather interesting. The tide was strong and the swell was rather large, mixed with quite a bit of wind and everyone suddenly stopped the chatter and started concentrating! One group was off to go around Puffin Island clockwise, the other groups, like ours, were heading to go around it anti-clockwise. Upon reaching the island, a large group of fat seals were lounging around on the shingle beach, probably wondering what all the fuss was about. A couple of the groups gathered together in the shelter of the South East of the island and there were seals everywhere, playing, stirring at us and also engaging in some other activity……. On a Sunday I know – shocking!!


We waited for the brave group who had gone around the island, as it was decided we were not going to be so stupid, sorry I meant brave. Once they arrived we set off again to go and land when we could by Penmon to have lunch. We stayed out of the sound and the over falls in it by taking a wide berth. Landing on the steep pebbly beach was a task in itself, but with everyone up, the brews and butties came out and Julie’s biscuits of course. A few of the hard core paddlers decided to go and mess about in the messy stuff, while everyone got back on the water ready to paddle the last stretch back to the start point. With calmness returning the chatting and laughing could begin again.


All packed up, the masses decided to descend on the ice cream parlour (not shop!!) in Beaumaris. Total madness - eating ice cream and sitting outside on the 23rd November must be a first for a few people, but they coped, as they all coped with the challenging conditions of the trip.  


by Nicky Corbett   More Photos………


YouTube video by Bob Hamilton…..

Fernando playing in the tide race in Puffin Strait

Lunch spot on a quiet pebble beach

25/11/14 Beeline Britain's Film wins “Best of Kendal`s people choice Award”


I thought I would just let you all know that Beeline Britain's Film has just WON Best of Kendal`s people choice Award !


 'As the Crow Flies' the Best Adventure Film of 2014, voted by the people who attended the biggest Mountain Film Festival in the World. Livpool Canoeclub was part of a section of this journey and you are all in the film too. Thank You.


Beeline Britain – Trailer….

Scene from the Kendal Film Festival


25/11/14 Lakes weekend – River Crake – 15th November 2014

Once on the lake you paddle south until you find your way to the gap in the reeds. From the end of the Lake, the river drifts through reeds and then widens again into a large pool. After it narrows again, the water begins to pick up speed, and you just shoot down the gap between the trees. Most of the river is like this. It is flat for about a mile until small rapids appear.  The first significant rapid (easy grade 3 minus) appears when the river enters an s-bend near trees and drops away steeply. There are a few rocks to avoid (Sarah G!) but this long rapid eases through it's course.

After this, it's mostly fast grade 2, with a bits of 3- minus in higher water levels. The biggest problem is trees.  Now and again there are natural weirs (more like small steps).

The second harder rapid is near the village of Spark Bridge. Bimble down until you get to a man made diagonal weir (may be hidden at high levels), where the river turns left. The river then steepens and goes under a metal bridge around a long right hand bend. At high levels you may need to duck under the metal bridge. Directly below is a steep grade 3 rapid with a choice of routes...left, right or straight down the middle in high water! You are then at Spark Bridge. Get out river right after the bridge if you want to finish here.

Alternatively, continue downstream on progressively easier rapids until the river becomes tidal just above Greenodd and the main Barrow road. Some old guidebooks describe a grabby tidal weir here, but I've never seen it. Get out on river right at the Petrol Station.   More Photos……

Mike Alter boofs a tree trunk

John Cooke on the on the surf wave

Will Surfing on the lower Crake



D:\Pictures\2014_11\IMG_0031.JPG25/11/14 Six Do Dulas !! Saturday 22nd November

After Sunday’s excitement around Puffin, this report of the previous day may seem a little tame, but I’ll do my best to do it justice J


I set off from Chorley at 7am and enjoyed a traffic free journey down the motorways and on to the A55,  I knew I was making good time as I caught up with Pete and Carole, not quite as good as Julian though who passed us couple of minutes later,  the tarmac smouldering as the blur of his pickup disappeared in to the distance!


And so we arrived at the meeting place in the picturesque village of Benllech, Anglesey.  This was also to be our departure point for the journey up the east coast to the formidable north eastern point of Anglesey known as Point Lynas.  After a quick shuttle to drop the cars off we were ready for the water.


The weather was a healthy mix of sunshine with a few squalls and a decreasing westerly wind.  We passed the lifeboat station at Moelfre and could see D:\Pictures\2014_11\IMG_0036.JPGrenovation work still being done, they now have a shiny new housing for the boat but they were still working on the slip.  We then passed through the channel between Ynys Moelfre (Known locally as Rat Island) and had a look at the stack on northern tip of the headland,  Brian was sizing up the gap  and watching D:\Pictures\2014_11\IMG_0050.JPGthe swells coming through,  he decided against running it on account that he might dirty his boat and he’d only polished it the night before.  I didn’t want to embarrass him in front of the others by running it myself so we moved on J


We hugged the cliffs marvelling at the impressive slabs of rock that lay horizontal along this stretch and passed the site of the well known wreck of the Royal Charter.  It’s said that there is still gold to be found on the sea bed here.  We then came to a little private beach at the side of Lligwy and stopped for lunch.  Brian knew this place well, being the place where suffered years of abuse (I mean had fun) as a scout.


Back in the boats and a after a quick play in the huge 6 inch surf on Lligwy beach we headed offshore to Ynys Dulas. (Dulas Island;  have you figured out that  ”Ynys” means island yet?  For years I thought “Traeth” was the name of a beach in Wales before realising that it actually meant “beach” in welsh!)  This for me was the highlight of the trip, as a diver I’ve been out to this place in a power boat many times, and been in awe at the swirling pools and confused water around its southern tip, but this was my first time in a kayak there and I was a little apprehensive, I didn’t let on though, much..   It wasn’t as bad as I D:\Pictures\2014_11\IMG_0065.JPGthought and the playful seals soon made me completely forget about it as they all came to investigate.  There’s nothing like the smell of seal breath, except maybe dolphin breath, whale breath… anyway the tide swept us past the island and we turned in to the wind which had now picked up a bit to return to shore.


D:\Pictures\2014_11\IMG_0077.JPGThe crossing was a bit of a slog but I’d rather paddle in to the waves any time than have a following sea!   The geography had changed considerably now turning to much harder and steeper rock faces punctuated by majestic caves and boulder gardens, there wasn’t much in the way of swell which made it very easy to pick routes through the gullies formed by the rocks there.


As we approached Point Lynas I began to get twitchy again ,  having watched porpoises from the safety of land playing in the huge overfalls that can develop here I know just how rough it gets.  But once again we rounded the point to find barely a ripple.


Alas the journey was all too soon at an end, but what a glorious day it had been. 


A fantastic paddle in great company, thanks to Nicky, Brian, Julian, Pete and Carole.  More photos…..



20/11/14 Surfing Anglesey Sat 15th Nov - Aberffraw

Brian, Colin, Julian, Dave, Chris and I met early at Rhosneiger Surf Café for bacon butties and the chance to devise the days plan. The surf was rolling up the beach at low tide and we knew a great day was to be had because high tide was miles away at 1700hrs. Brian had had a curry the night before and after a few visits of contemplation and reflection he emerged with a great idea to re-pack and head for Aberffraw as he had just spotted a bus load of Stand-up-Paddle Boarders heading out to the surf and about to hog our waves.


The challenge at Aberffraw is to get to the beach at low tide. Brian had clearly explained that a five to ten minute walk was needed along a small outlet river to meet the beach but as soon as we saw the slightest inch of water we jumped into our boats and tried a paddle/shuffle thing along the dribble of a stream as Brian walked ahead. He advised of the shallow water and rocky river bed but by this time we were only intent of catching him up to 'do him over' for bringing us this way on such a shallow paddle. Looking smug whilst walking and dragging his boat behind him in the inch of water he shouted for the fifth time "its just around the corner". Well I've never seen such a fast monkey knuckle-shuffle as we tried to catch him but as we rounded the rocky headland the sight of the most beautiful sandy beach met us accompanied by the bluest sunniest sky with the sight of the biggest rolling waves we had seen this year.


Shaking with excitement we paddled out to the waves and the start of the best days surfing this year. Dave and Julian were first out to the surf zone and first out to biggest waves and then first out of their boats with a swim back to shore. Brian was darting between waves jumping from one to the next screaming on his way past. Chris Drew materialised upon a wave explaining his technique as he  surfed on by. I would like to tell you about my first real surf tube ride but I'm afraid my eyes were closed all the way through until I was spat out the other side.


These were the best waves we've seen for a while with clean green faces with plenty of power to launch us back to shore but don't get caught at the top of these waves as a vertical ten foot drop was waiting to eat us alive.


As usual Steve Rose arrived ten minutes before the days end to enjoy the best of the surf and also a few swims along the way.


Luckily for Brian the incoming tide had filled the outlet for our return paddle back to the car park and as we paddled we discussed the days adventure which was expertly organised.  Colin stated again that he was the only paddler who hadn't fell out of his boat during the day.  I explained to him that he could easily fall out of my car if he mentioned it again; as last time we had to listen to him for the whole two hour journey home.


We all agreed never to tell anyone about our new secret surf spot of Aberffraw or share its location just at the mouth of the river Ffraw.


Karl Tattum                           More Photos…..

17/11/14 Lakes weekend – Opens on the Greta – 16 November 2014

“Can you pin that, I want to use my pin kit.” Was Lloyd’s helpful and encouraging comment as got onto the Greta with the water halfway up the first stone of the bridge – a great level.

Some nice easy paddling saw us gliding gracefully through the fantastic scenery that is the Greta. We had positioned ourselves halfway between two groups so we could help out or be helped (delete as necessary). Magnetic rock passed without problems as we moved into the harder, tighter rapids.

Coming to the first weir, some of the turns are tighter for the 15ft opens, Keith passed by and kindly offered to take photos as we pinned. LOL, love the supportive nature of kayakers! Luckily one of his group decided to swim so that by the time I ran it, bouncing off rocks but not pinning, there was no-one there to take the pictures.

Eventually I did pin, it’s amazing how quickly the boats swamp, but a nifty bit of pulling and teamwork with Ian led to the boat being released without problem. I had only pinned for Lloyd, at least that is my story, but where was Lloyd with his pin kit? 

Down to the get out without further ado, we glided to the end.

A superb day! A fantastic river!

17/11/14 Open Boat River Trip - Grade 2 River Dee Carrog Bridge to Horse shoe falls (JJs / Mile End Mill)

Arriving at Horseshoe after a really great run from Carrog, we landed where the kayakers had congregated and were standing about chatting / eating / faffing. The river was flowing well so we decided to split the group with 3 going onto the canal and 3 carrying on.

A very brief, take care, great paddle, must do it again, and it was back on. With the level being up running the main weir was out, so we had a quick look and ran the side shoot of Horseshoe. We all managed to not ship any water whilst doing so. 

Regrouped, we followed the flow down to Chain Bridge rapid. Never having paddled it this big in open I foolishly decided to run straight down the middle and promptly shipped a LOT of water. This wasn’t a problem in the rapid, but when breaking out the boat was bit, err, lethargic. Ruth wisely followed a different line and glided down with ease.

Down to serpents and with the water flowing over the ledge we stopped to inspect. A good call! The main run was too big for running without fully air bagged boats, so we snook a line down the edge and just ran the last drop.

Carrying on the rapids zoomed past with no problems until we arrived at JJ’s. Over tombstones and down to the get out.
A fantastic big water open day!

Mike, Ruth & Ian (half the paddles, twice the paddlers!)


11/11/14  Improvers River Trip - Grade 2 River Dee Carrog Bridge to Horse shoe falls (Roy McHale & Mark Young)

""Sunday 9th November 2014 – River Dee Carrog Bridge to Horse shoe falls"" where people can get off if they want and the more confident paddlers can continue down from Horse Shoe Falls to the get out in Llangollen.  The next trip will be on the River Lune Becks Foot to Killington Bridge (grade 3) on December 7th.
Youtube video from Sarah Gille…..

More photos……





08/11/14  Warrington Dolphins Swimming Club donation for Safety Kayak help during their swimming championship at the Albert Dock earlier this summer.




06/11/14  Llangollen Canal (Pontcysyllte Aqueduct to Chain Bridge Hotel and return)


Four LCC members (John, Chris, Phil & Nathan) met at Gate Road, Pontcysyllte at 9.30am and set off over the Aqueduct 126ft over the River Dee heading for Llangollen. 


We arrived at the Llangollen Wharf at 12.30pm just in time for a spot of lunch and a quick look at the river then off we went again towards the Chain Bridge Hotel and the source of the canal. The weather was great and the flow of the canal on the return journey was welcomed by all. 


Just under 7hrs later and just before the light faded we arrived back at our start point.  Pontcysyllte Aqueduct             

   More Photos….

04/11/14  Holme Pierrpont White Water Course

Four of us met at Kingsway pool (3 on time and 1 late) to head off to the centre at Nottingham.  All the story's of how bad this place is were going through my mind on the way.

When we arrived we walked the course and then paid and got changed.  The course itself is probably easier to run than the Tees barrage but the eddy's are unbelievable, a couple of them actually push you back into the feature's. The top wave is where the play boaters collect and a couple of them where doing some pretty clever tricks.


We paddled a couple of laps and then I got out to watch the play boaters, on this lap Graham took a dip and Chris chased his boat down which took a while, on their return we stopped for lunch and then it was back on.


Another couple of laps and then it was time to get out, 50 metres from the end Chris switched off and took an unexpected dip. All together a good day out and will definitely go again next year. No one has reported any illness so that all bodes well after all the rumours of the poor water quality.


Paddlers, Sam, Graham, Chris and John.  Facebook video……..


04/11/14 Surfing Sunday 2nd November 2014


The plan was to meet at 1530 hours at the Coastguard Station at Crosby. A full three and a half hours before high tide. Karl, the surf expert said there would be no chance of surf but he would be down so he could take the “Micky” out of me. I was full of confidence, and knew there would be nice slow breaking waves, rather than the Crosby Wall that we are used to seeing. I dragged Harvey, my 9 year old son away from his Xbox, and forced him down to the beach with me, where we found to my displeasure, I had forgotten most of my kit. Dressed in a wrestling costume in November is not fun!
Karl, Steve, Leanne, and Julian were joined on the water by Harvey and me. Harvey asked why Karl was walking back to the beach next to his boat in SIX INCH WAVES thirty seconds after launching. He wondered why a grown man with a specialist composite surf craft was chasing his paddle across the beach. He also asked later on when the waves started to grow, why a nine year old kid can paddle through all this when an adult who does this all the time falls in for no reason.
Karl later responded to this by saying he did not actually swim, but was stepping out from his kayak in deep water to see how long it would take to walk back to the beach if he did actually need to take a swim. Karl later had the last laugh when he realised I had also forgotten my rash vest, shoes, cag, helmet, towel, underpants, and socks.
The waves were good and some good rides were had by all. Harvey had a great time and surfed lots of waves and generally had a ball. My new IC surf C1 conversion is now fully outfitted and works well if not a little tight. I have really learned what sharp edges mean to my off side on my last two trips to the sea and just need to figure out how to carve to my off side with out falling in.
We got off the water at 1700 hours just as the sun was setting and were pleasantly surprised how early you can start your session. Three and a half hours before high tide is the new time to launch.

Paul Harwood       More photos…….


03/11/14 Surfing Crosby Sun 26th Oct


Five paddlers met again at Crosby to brave the high westerly winds and try to get out into the surf zone. Bob Giles cycled from the city centre with trailer and began to unpack his Advanced Elements inflatable kayak as Tom raced behind with his Perception sit on top.


Taking the out tide we met the infamous Crosby wall of water which rears its head as it meets the sandbank. After a few attempts, and swims, Dave was the first to penetrate the monster wave and reach the surf zone beyond followed by Steve and myself. Paddling out against the wind proved to be an adventure in itself as we were bombarded by wave after wave from each direction but eventually we reached the shipping channel and lined up ready to take the waves and the return journey back to shore. The south westerly wind meant we were drifting towards Hightown but we rectified this by zig Zagging our way  upon the waves back to the Crosby shore but then stopping short to avoid the Great Water Wall of Crosby.


A great day Surfing at Crosby was had by all and afterwards we gathered and discussed our exploits upon the waves over an afternoon coffee.




03/11/14 Liverpool Ladies Canoe Polo Team

The ladies team won 3 and only lost1 game in their first ever Canoe Polo tournament in Cheadle last Saturday Evening.  They lost against last years division 2 winners, the Scarlet ladies so things are looking good for the season.



Liverpool vs SHU 8-0

Liverpool vs Sheffield 10-0

Liverpool vs Scarlet 2-8

Liverpool vs Lancaster 3-0


The next competition is January. Olivia Rowe was injured so couldn't attend so with a little more training and the full team we will may stand a chance against them but overall a really good performance by all! Everyone was scoring and winning balls! There was one game where Sophie scored 5! Sarah was scaring people off the ball, Leanne was binning people good style, Olivia was blocking everything and Laura scored some decent goals!

So we've started of well.  More information on playing canoe polo…..

The Team: Laura Watkin, Sarah Gille, Olivia Rowe, Leanne Murray, Sophie Steventon, Olivia Darwin-Welsby, Kate Mather, Linda Jones


3/11/14 Nine on the Severn


The source of the River Severn is on Plynlimon, the highest hill in the Cambrian Mountains of Mid-Wales. The Severn is the second longest river in the British Isles, beaten only by the River Shannon in Ireland.


The trip that Andy Garland had planned for us was a simple but picturesque paddle down a grade 1 section between our put-in at Royal Hill Inn (map) with an overnight campsite at Montford just 8 miles downstream. The second day was another grade 1 cruise for 12 miles to our egress in the centre of Shrewsbury.


All of us turned up at the put-in well before Andy’s suggested 1030 rendezvous, I guess we were all keen to get going and to enjoy the predicted dry and mild weather. Heavy rain in the hills a couple of days earlier meant that the river was at medium flow but high winds that we thought would be against us most of the time, were actually eddying around between the deep cut banks, frequently giving us an extra boost in the right direction. In a mixture of solo and tandem boats, we were flying downstream and arrived at our campsite much earlier than anticipated but not before seeing a pair of otters playing among the branches of a tree that was awash at the side of the river. We were accompanied by Terry a local paddler who had done the trip many times and he told us it was very rare to see otters on this stretch of the river.  


Once our tents were up and brews were made, we all sat round and enjoyed the usual good quality LCC banter. Many of us hadn’t met each other before so it was a good opportunity to make new friends and, thankfully, we all got on like a house on fire. Andy’s good planning gave us access to a decent pub just a short walk away from where we were camping. A very short, sharp shower gave us the excuse to head for the pub and enjoy more banter with many bad jokes being dragged from the depths.


After the pub most of us stayed up for hours and continued the theme around a roaring open fire that was lit in a fire pit. A good night’s sleep induced by the local brew was interrupted only slightly by huge gusts of wind roaring in the branches overhead. The clocks changed to GMT overnight and we took advantage of a late start while a car shuttle was sorted.


The trip down to Shrewsbury was also very picturesque but the gusting wind caused a few issues and one of the solo canoes ended up being buffeted  by the strong winds to such an extent that another solo paddler joined in and paddled as a tandem with the spare boat being towed close by. On the way downstream there was much river wildlife to see and the odd kingfisher was spotted as well as the usual herons, swans and ducks. The relatively high water levels meant that it was difficult to find places to stop, get out and have a brew but when we eventually found somewhere, most of us welcomed the chance to quench our thirst and have a snack.  All too soon we were at the get-out and had to sort out the usual car dance.


It’s an indication of the growing interest in open boating that there are quite a few opportunities on the club calendar at the moment. With Mike and Ruth planning many more open boat trips in the not too distant future, both white water and multi-day trips, I can see quite a healthy following beginning to take off.


Paddlers: Andy Garland, Lee Doyle, Karl Leung, Roy Smith, Matty?, Don Brooks, Pete & Carole Thomas, Terry ?   More Photos…..

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