For Sale: L/XL Delta Ranger Buoyancy Aid – £25

For Sale: L/XL Delta Ranger Buoyancy Aid – £25  Now Sold – Thanks

120cm/47″ 100kg/220lb 55N
Hardly used – really excellent clean condition.
Description below from website (check prices!):

Bar-tacked Cordura shell, Nylon lining
2 bellow front pockets
Zipped mesh ID/permit pocket
Large back pocket (takes hydration system)
Adjustable shoulder straps(with hydration pouch straw locating loop)
40mm waist cinch for security
Lash tab, D-rings & key points
Retro-reflective piping
CE EN393 Certification

Keith: 07544 726 045 or


River Dee by John Allerton

Was very very cold on hands today on the River Dee Level 0.86m –

Neil superb well done such improvement and also Aaron, John excellent.
Ian looked confident – not best weather but hey beats sitting on the couch.

Thanks all – the suns coming out in May finally Im sure! Thanks All.

Posted by Neil Jones on Sunday, 1 April 2018

Weaver Navigation 31/03/18 by John Fay

Saturday morning at 10:30am a small group of six LCC members met at the Runcorn Rowing Club to paddle the stretch of the Weaver Navigation up to the Dutton Locks. It was a hive of activity at the rowing club as boats were loaded onto trailers for an away meeting.

We weaved our way through the group carrying our kayaks to the launching pontoon with greetings being exchanged.  It was a leisurely two hour trip to the locks so with a stop for lunch we were looking at returning at around 4pm. With everyone safely on the water we were off.  Three sea kayaks, and three crossover kayaks made the two hour trip in decent weather. We had no rain and little wind. Arriving at the little landing point Phil tied all the boats together and we left them floating in a colourful little group on the water whilst we all headed to the picnic tables up ahead.The table was soon covered with sandwiches, biscuits, chocolate fudge cake and jam and “dirty custard  donuts.” It was a welcome break.

The weather had turned quite chilly now and so the group headed back. We usually make a trip around to the sluice gates before heading back but today we gave them a miss.  The return trip was done at the same leisurely pace although we did encounter some strong wind in places which made it a little longer than the two hours.  Despite our little group being a bit out of practice having not padded much distance over the winter months we managed the 10 mile trip quite comfortably.

Irene Jackson, Jim Duffy, Phil Edwards, Bob & Sue Hamilton and John Fay

For Sale Thule Kayak & Canoe Roof Bars £20

Thule Kayak & Canoe Roof Bars

Roof bars are for Opel / Vauxhall cars & vans with fixpoint mounting. (Corsa D Hatchback 2006 onwards, Combo Van 2002 onwards, Combo Tour 2002 onwards, Meriva MPV 2003 onwards, Sigma Estate 2003 onwards or Vectra Sedan & GTS 2002 onwards)

I have changed my car from Vauxhall to Ford and, therefore, the roof bars do not fit my new car. Roof bars are in good condition and are sold with fitting instructions, allen key and keys for locks, to lock onto the fixpoint mounting and also 2 canoe / kayak straps.

Price :
If you are interested in buying them, please call me on 01704 573 147.

Many thanks,

First two days in Scotland with low water on the middle Orchy and Spean Gorge by Clark Lawless

First two days in Scotland with low water on the middle orchy and spean gorge

Posted by Clark Lawless on Sunday, 1 April 2018

River Mersey Estuary Paddle by Robin Emley

I wasn’t able to join Kris’s Mersey trip last month so decided to do my own on Easter Day. Having checked with Mersey VTS before starting to cross the channel, an incoming vessel bound for Gladston Dock raised an objection so I had to return to the East side.  With a Spring Tide in full flow, staying put wasn’t going to be easy but there was a convenient eddy just by the big red cranes.  Eventually I made it across to the Wirral side but it was a frustating 15 minutes with all that free energy being wasted.
My target was the cafe at Eastham Ferry but there was no easy exit there so I continued to Eastham Lock where the Ship Canal starts.  The entrance lock is huge, I’ve never seen anything like it.  Lunch was taken on some stepped banking nearby.
With the tide having turned, it was a quick ride home.  I followed the Eastham markers first then crossed to the Garston side for a different perpective on our familiar stamping ground.  Drifting along with the tide is a great way to see Liverpool seafront close up.
Mersey VTS was working well; it was reassuring to hear my presence being announced to any relevant traffic. On returning to Blundellsands, the shoreline had turned to gooey silt. Fine for the birds but it was a messy process for me to gain firm ground.  Crosby Lifeguards were patrolling nearby so I called them for guidance as to the best route up the beach.
As Kris said, this estuary needs to be paddled more 🙂

270km down the “river of gold” to the Indian border

The Sun Koshi is the longest trip in river miles offered in Nepal and is rated as one of the top ten river expeditions in the world.

Starting near the Tibetan border and draining off the Eastern Himalayas all the way to the sacred Ganges River in India, this river offers big volume whitewater.

Full report to follow but 9  club members paddled some of the biggest water that they  had seen.  It was a great trip and Paddle Nepal were superb.

Sheltered Water Coach Training

I would like to get the coach CPD training we talked about off the ground. What I am proposing is three evening sessions and a weekend of practical application on the 14/15April.

I will open it up to 10/12 current coaches in the club from any discipline and at any coaching level all I ask is that they are open to new ideas and will get involved. The evening sessions will last around 2 hrs and will cover theory on decision making, leadership and coaching behaviours. I will try and secure a room at College for this with dates to be arranged.
On the weekend we will look at applying these theories (so the evening sessions will need to come before) in a sheltered water environment, this would be discipline specific with 6-8 places per session. 3- 3.5 hrs each in length.
The course is free to club members.
A proposed programme for the weekend could be:
9-12:30 Sheltered water kayak
13:00 – 16:30 Sheltered water canoe
10-13:00 sea kayak sheltered water.
Kind regards
Matthew Giblin
If interested please contact Matt Giblin asap

VHF Radio Course – What type of radio to buy?

Hi everyone – can I thank the club for organising the VHF radio course a few weeks back, we spent a very enjoyable Sunday learning together. Paul and Scott from Sea Voice were great teachers, and…. we all passed!

I am now thinking about a VHF radio and have a few questions please. The course providers recommend the iCom models and I know some of my colleagues own these. Do you have recommendations for other makes or models? The Cobra ones seem to be the best value. And – if you were buying from new would you spend the extra for DSC?

Thanks everyone, and look forward to seeing you up in Scotland over Easter.

My own choice would be the icom M71, waterproof, very durable, easy to operate and the battery lasts for ages.  If you buy from icom direct they can price match and will programme channel 0 open for rx only, meaning you can listen to the rescue services but not transmit on that channel.  Often quite entertaining when on a long paddle.   DSC generally shortens battery life considerably as it continuously does all sorts of other stuff in the background too, most of which isn’t really necessary.

I’d rather have a radio that I know will still have power when I need it even on a multiday trip and have a totally independent means of signalling help should I REALLY need it..  My understanding of DSC (although someone may correct me) is that as it’s a VHF signal it still requires line of sight and for the signal being strong enough to be picked up.  If you think about the places we paddle, close to high cliffs, narrow bays etc. you can see that line of site can often be a problem.

If things really hit the fan I would prefer to rely on a Personal Locater Beacon (PLB) which uses the 406 MHz distress frequency which is monitored by the Cospas-Sarsat satellite system and gives your GPS position should you need URGENT help.

As the PLB is not doing any other job I know that it will not have a flat battery when I most need it (it’s guaranteed to last for at least three years), and I can also use my radio as much as I need to without worrying about the battery running out.Having a PLB as well as VHF radio may seem over the top, and depending on the type of trips you intend to do you may feel you’ll never need it, however that is a personal choice.

A good compromise could be a basic hand held VHF that’s cheaper than the icom and a PLB as belt and braces.

I hope this helps.

Kind regards Brian

My two pennies worth on VHF and DSC.
I can only back up the thoughts of Brian Green on hand held VHF radio units that have combined DSC.
Many years ago I regularly used VHF during scuba diving adventures, all be it without an official licence. A club visit to the Crosby Coastguard station confirmed the preference of an unlicensed radio user to a casualty due to a lack of a radio.  Mobile ‘phones where not even thought of then.

When I started kayaking, I very soon realised just how vulnerable I was and Irene and I did the course with Paul at Seavoice.  As Brian has said, the VHF signal is  line of sight, and the majority of my Kayaking is likely to be done very close to shore and cliffs. With this in mind, I decided that the better option for me would be a VHF and a PLB.

Neither have yet been needed, but both are very comforting to have.  A mobile phone is certainly something that is very handy. There are blank VHF locations of which I believe The River Conway has some.  A 6 watt VHF without an additional long aerial,(unlikely to have on a kayak) has limited range, but the Coastguard have (I think) repeater beacons around the coast that give considerably better range.

Whatever you get, keep it handy and accessible

My personal preference is non dsc vhf with a separate PLB.   PLB lasts 8 years and will get message out if help is needed. They are small and reasonably priced.   Dsc on handheld devices appear to just eat battery, normally appear too bulky for pocket, and just don’t have the range.I have an icon which is great. Think ruth has a standard horizon which is equally good  Mike

I agree wholeheartedly with Brian.

On the recent course, Paul was no doubt extolling the virtues of DSC and I know some LCC members have such short range hand-held VHF radios, but I think DSC is more suited to bigger vessels that have the luxury of large battery capacity. For sea kayakers undertaking multi-day trips, it’s better to keep things simple to ensure your battery lasts. Exactly as Brian says, a Personal Locator Beacon (PLB), separate to your radio, covers a lot of safety requirements. My radio has been programmed for CH Zero and also for the American weather (WX) channels, useful if you’re going on one of the future club trips to Alaska or anything else on that side of the pond.
Best of luck,    Pete Thomas

Hi all,
All good stuff what Brian and Bob have contributed to hand held VHF radios and total agree that the addition of a PLB is a great combo for safety and rescue.
After using a few like for like brands and models of radios suitable for sea kayaking, such as Standard Horizon HX300E, we found the ICOM range by far the best quality and durability for sea kayaking.  With the ICOM M25 been the best choice for our activities.  We have also had Handheld VHF’s with DSC facility, but found these radios to be much larger in size, more easily damaged during deep water rescues and take up a lot of space in your buoyancy aid.
Another feature of the ICOM range is the ‘AquaQuake drainage function’, very useful when the audio speaker is damped out with sea water.
Anyways all good fun.  Mark


Liverpool CC Under 18s are NWC Div 3 Canoe Polo League Champions

Liverpool CC Under 18s are NWC Div 3 Canoe Polo League Champions.  Congratulations to the team.  Why not come a long and give canoe polo a go on Tuesdays – see calendar for venue details.

All the equipment is provided – all welcome.