Hilbre Island Sea Kayak Race 2018

Hilbre Island Sea Kayak Race 2018

This was the eighth year that Liverpool Canoe Club has run the Hilbre Island Sea Kayak Race based at Dee Sailing Club in Thurstaston.

With the tide rolling in at a fast rate of knots it was decided to go for an on-the-water start this year. Precisely at 1pm our secretary, Carole Thomas blasted the hooter and the flotilla was off. With almost perfect conditions and a later start time it was sure to be a fast race this year as the leaders would be rounding the islands at high water.

Paddlers had been advised to head inshore of the racing dinghy’s at West Kirby and then to head out to the shallows around the Little Eye. The hot weather brought its own problems, paddlers needed to stay hydrated. It was great to see the numerous safety kayakers this year marked with yellow High Visibility Vests. The little eye racers rounded and returned inshore while those heading for Hilbre set off to the outside of Middle Eye and small overfalls on the end of Hilbre.

When all kayaks were heading for home the 4 rescue boats (Ridged Hull Inflatables) practised rescuing paddlers with some of the safety kayakers and then shadowed the paddlers back past West Kirby and on to Thurstaston. The tide had changed so the remaining paddlers had to fight hard against the ever-quickening ebb tide.

https://www.go-kayaking.com/layout/GoKayakingLogo.png Back at the sailing club we tidied up, showered and enjoyed the BBQ and drinks provided by our hosts Dee Sailing Club. This year Go Kayaking provided a number of demo sea kayaks and items from the shop. Andy Lees, shop manager also presented the prizes for the Hilbre Island Races while System X and Manchester Canoes donated prizes for the Little Eye and West Kirby Races.

Before the main prize giving, Ian Bell received two awards from British Canoeing for services to coaching and Peter Thomas and Kirk Williams were recognised for Cancer Charity Fundraising.

Elite Race

1st Racing Ski – Nigel Jones (Pair of Carbon Splits from Go Kayaking)

1st Performance Sea Kayak – Dave Brown (Peak Paddling Jacket from Go Kayaking)

Hilbre Sea Kayak Race

1st Ben Beachell (Sea Kayak Towline from Go Kayaking)

2nd Peta Willingale (Paddle Float from Go Kayaking)

3rd Adrian Fisher (Sea Kayak Pump from Go Kayaking)

1st Female Jenny Wong (Sea Kayak map case from System X)

Highest placed LCC member Alastair Pipe (Kokatat T-shirt from System X)
1st Double Sea Kayak Alex Peacock & Aaron Jackson

Little Eye Race

1st Helen Marriott (Split Paddles from Manchester Canoes)

2nd Jane Parker (Sea Kayak map case from System X)

3rd Alan Peachment (Feel Free Notebook from Manchester Canoes)

West Kirby Race (Juniors)

1st Max Pipe (Paddle Leash)

2nd Aleksander Ford & Zachary Alcock (Sigg Water Bottle from Manchester Canoes)

3rd Poppy Clews

Nigel Jones
1st Racing Ski – Hilbre Race
Dave Brown
1st Performance Sea Kayak – Hilbre Race
Ben Beachell
1st Sea Kayak – Hilbre Race
Max Pipe
1st West Kirby (Junior) Race
Alex Peacock & Aaron Jackson
 1st Double Sea Kayak
Jenny Wong
1st Female Sea Kayak
Helen Marriott
1st Little Eye Race
Aleksander Ford & Zachary Alcock
2nd West Kirby (Junior) Race

Sunday 15th July 2018
Full list of all results and times……

 Hilbre Race (13km)  Little Eye Race (9km) West Kirby Race (4km)
 1st Racing Ski  Nigel Jones  1st Kayak  Helen Marriott 1st Kayak Max Pipe
 1st Performance Race  Dave Brown  2nd Kayak  Jane Parker 2nd Kayak Aleksander Ford & Zachary Alcock
 1st Sea Kayak  Ben Beachell  3rd Kayak  Alan Peachment 3rd Kayak Poppy Clews
 2nd Sea Kayak  Peta Willingale
 3rd Sea Kayak  Adrian Fisher
 1st Double Sea Kayak  Alex Peacock & Aaron Jackson
 1st Female Sea Kayak  Jenny Wong
 Highest LCC member  Alastair Pipe

The 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 Go Kayaking North West, System X and Manchester Canoes were awarded for the categories above.  All the winners also received a trophy engraved by Mike Bell of Cedar Boat Europe.  These were presented to the winners by Carole Thomas (Secretary of LCC) and Andy Lees (Manager of Go Kayaking North West).

Many thanks to all that took part and helped to make such a great day.

We hope to see you all again next year,  Sunday 7th July 2019

More information…….

Full Race results……….

More Photographs…….

Supported by Yamba UK, Dee Sailing Club, System X, Go Kayaking NW and Cedar Boats Europe


Safety Kayaking at the Iron Man – Bolton by James Duffy

A team of nine kayakers from Liverpool Canoe Club were part of the safety support for the Bolton Ironman at Pennington Flash, Lowton on Sunday 15th July starting at 5.00am! Some 2,600 competitors took part in this gruelling event which was won by Britain’s Joe Skipper. Lucy Gossage won the women’s event. Her domination of this event continued and a fifth IRONMAN UK title brings her M-Dot full distance victory total to ten and career iron-distance wins now up to 11 from 20 starts.

Where it all started! What a glorious morning at Pennington Flash for our swim this morning.

Posted by IRONMAN England on Sunday, 15 July 2018


Capsize and Rescue Practice on Saturday 14th July by Bob Hamilton

Thanks to Carl, Richie and Colin for the time and expertise given.

I doubt that many would willingly capsize, but the experience is invaluable and having others to assist is a big bonus. Practice is essential.

I feel that the small whitewater type kayaks and their use come into quite a different category to the seaboats and it will have been obvious to any that watched, just how  slick a rescue can be in those.

Saturday was a lovely warm and Balmy day. Things would be very different when conditions get colder. Just the amount of clothing and maybe heavier gloves makes things that much more difficult.

I came across a video that may be worth watching. Here is the link :-

Good luck to all


Photo of the Month winners for June 2018

Photo of the Month
Please send any photos to website@liverpoolcanoeclub.co.uk
July 2018 Click here to see the photos and to vote for your favourite.

June 2018
# 1

Stanley Embankment by Keith Steer
15 votes (31%)

# 2

Ladies Polo team win Div 2 by Hannah Bellamy
10 votes (21%)

# 3

Jack Hopper Playboating on Stanley Wave by Keith Steer
7 votes (15%)

# 4

Craig Ellingham rolling at the Docks by Neil Jones
6 votes (13%)

# 5

Sea Arch near Rhoscolyn by Kirk Williams
5 votes (10%)

# 6

North Coast of Anglesey by Kirk Williams
5 votes (10%)

Liverpool U18s Canoe Polo team win Division 4 at Hull international

Last weekend on the  7th -8th July the LCC  youth polo team went to  the Joy Davis Hull International Polo tournament playing in Division  4 .

With  8am  start on the Saturday the lads won all four  of their games (as well as fitting in the England game in the pub  between games  ) scoring 14 goals without conceding and finishing the day with another tight game against Kingston Youth and finishing top of their mini league .

Another early start on the Sunday saw all  the winners of Saturdays mini leagues play against each other and they started the day badly with their first defeat of the weekend against Pennine B losing 3-2 . Their next game  and for a place in the final up for grabs (and potential  revenge  against Pennine) was against  Manchester Wildcats ( who were also defeated by Pennine  3-2  )  who were quickly swept aside with five nil  .

Then onto the Final and despite  going 2-0 down  and with some unsporting behaviour from Pennine fought back to get a 2-2 draw with 30 seconds left on clock .After  a short break we were  into extra time and  golden goals .With both teams lined up Luke won the sprint ( yet again ) and after a couple of passes the ball was received by Dean under the goal who fired it home to win the final and a great victory  .

A big well done to Aaron , Callum , John , Luke , Dean and Myles .

Norman Cook ( U18 team coach )

More Photos………


Hilbre Island Sea Kayak Race. Sunday 15th July from Dee Sailing club.

Hilbre Island Sea Kayak Race. Sunday 15th July from Dee Sailing club. Mass start 1:00pm – you will need to be there at 12 midday if paddling.

As the Sunday Morning Paddle at the docks has been replaced by this event why not borrow a club boat and come and paddle the shorter 4km course. We already have several juniors paddling. If you really do not want to enter just wear a hi-visibility yellow vest and paddle behind the main fleet. The forecast is the best it has been for many years – do not miss this opportunity to paddle. The compound will be open from 10:00 to 10:30am for people picking up boats but please ensure you book them…..

Andy Lees from “Go Kayaking / Pyranha” will be there with the van, lots of demo boats and small items from the shop. If you would like to try a particular kayak contact them and they will bring it to try. If you are interested at looking at an item let them know and they will put it on the van. https://www.go-kayaking.com/  go KayakingTelephone 01928 710770
Email info@go-kayaking.com

We would welcome more club members to take part so please click the links to find out more and enter; before all the remaining places are gone. Click here for more information…….

Little Eye Race (All Kayaks) 9km
Paddle from the beach (causeway), clockwise around the Little Eye and back to the finish line.

West Kirby Race (All Kayaks, under 16s and Open Canoes) 4km (Approximately twice round the docks)
Paddle from the beach (causeway), along the shore to West Kirby and around the turn buoy by the slipway and return.

Hilbre Island Sea Kayak Race & BBQ
Post Code CH61 0HN


Plastic Fantastic – Plastic clean-up at the Docks – Sunday 8 July 2018

Plastic Fantastic – Plastic clean-up at the Docks – Sunday 8 July 2018

Just sending you a few photos from this morning showing the noble efforts of some of the Sunday Morning Paddlers.


Craig Ford & Ian Bibby


Dom Fahy, Craig Ford & Keiron & Luca


Martin Page & Ian Bibby

Best wishes.



Hilbre Island Sea Kayak Race & BBQ Sunday 15th July at Dee Sailing club – More club members wanted

The club`s major event of the year is on Sunday 15th July at Dee Sailing club. We organise the Hilbre Island Sea Kayak Race. It is great to watch so please come across and support the event, but it is even better to take part. If you do not feel confident going around Hilbre Island, then we have two shorter distances. These are ideal for all and we have support boats and safety kayaks following all events. Club kayaks are available, and the compound will be open Sunday morning and later in the afternoon to collect and return boats. We would welcome more club members to take part so please click the links to find out more and enter; before all the remaining places are gone. Click here for more information…….

Little Eye Race (All Kayaks) 9km
Paddle from the beach (causeway), clockwise around the Little Eye and back to the finish line.

West Kirby Race (All Kayaks, under 16s and Open Canoes) 4km (Approximately twice round the docks)
Paddle from the beach (causeway), along the shore to West Kirby and around the turn buoy by the slipway and return.

 The Race
 How to Enter
 List of Entrants
 Map of the Start
 Registration  doc
 Registration  pdf
 The Course (s)
 Poster pdf
 Movie of Start  
 Race Report




















  Next Race – Sunday 15th July 2018

Race Start 2015Hilbre 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 Wirral Peninsula.

The Start is at Dee Sailing club (CH61 0HN) START TIME 13:00 pm with a beach (Le Mans style) mass start (Seeded start line). The finish will be a buoy on the water in line with the causeway.

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 West Kirby and return.

Conditions can be very rough on the northern end of Hilbre and anyone entering the Hilbre Island Race needs to be sure that they can cope with the conditions on the day.

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 Hilbre Island, Little Eye and along the route.

Places are limited to the first 50 entrants.
Hilbre Race (13Km) – Sea Kayaks, Ladies Sea Kayaks, Tandem Sea kayaks, Racing Surf Skis, High-performance 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.

































Liverpool Canoe Club is open to all and aims "to provide the maximum canoeing and kayaking opportunities for all its members"