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River Dee – Llangollen by Paul Harwood

An early start saw 12 club members arrive at River Active in Llangollen. We split into 3 groups. The open boaters went poling upstream and skills. Another group went to Horseshoe Falls to run the river.  Steve Alcock , Steven RoseHarvey Harwood and myself set up on the bottom wave by the centre.  3 hours and 4000 rolls later we were knackered and ready for home. We never saw the horseshoe lot.  So hopefully they are off the water by now.

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10th Anniversary Cake at the AGM by Pete Thomas

A well-attended AGM at Liverpool Marina last night heard some excellent news from the marina management about improving relations with LCC.

The club also celebrated the occasion of its 10th successful year by sharing a 10th anniversary cake with everyone in the room. Plans were also made for many more club trips and expeditions that will mean 2019 will be yet another active and successful year in the club’s history.

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Shower and food / drinks discount card for the Marina

After the AGM on Wednesday Liverpool Marina would like to offer members a shower and food / drinks discount card.

  • Annual cost is £10 – buy your bespoke swipe card from the Craig at the front office.
  • Use the showers and changing rooms when you like.
  • Show the card at the bar when ordering food or drinks for discount (25% during the week/10% at weekend)
  • 3 hours free parking when entering your car reg on the screen at the bar.

We feel this is well worth the money so drop by and get yours now if you feel it will be of use.

Liverpool Canoe Club

Chloe has sent over the following proposal:

– Gain access to the shower/changing facilities once again. We will ask for a nominal contribution to the cleaning costs of £10 per year which will give you a bespoke LCC Yacht Club access card. This card will grant you access to the changing facilities when required. If your members could visit Craig in the office Monday – Friday 9am-5pm or 9am-1pm Sat Sunday to pay and receive a card that would be great.

– The same card will also be used at the bar, which when showed to the staff, will prompt them to create an ‘account’ for each member. The staff will ask for their name and an automatic discount of 25% will be applied to food and drink Monday – Friday and 10% Saturday – Sunday. It is important that  they show this card whenever they go to the bar for confirmation of the discount group you belong to as we have a few (berth holders, LYC etc)

Re the parking, we offer three hours free parking if you are using our facilities. You simply need to input your reg details at the bar by the screen. If you have any issues with this just let me know sometimes it can be a bit of a pain!

On a personal note, thank you ever so  much for your support. I have been meaning to reach out to you for a while and I very much look forward to rebuilding the relationship between the yacht club bar & restaurant/marina and LCC.

Thanks,

Chloe

Chloe Baker – MBII 

Operations Director 

The Yacht Club Bar & Restaurant, Liverpool 

0151 707 6888 / 07711959222

Chloe@yachtclubliverpool.com

www.yachtclubliverpool.com

 

Club meeting 17th October 2018 from 7:30pm including talks / DVD of the club 3 major trips this year (Alps, Nepal and Alaska) and paddler of the year

Club meeting 17th October 2018 from 7:30pm including talks / DVD of the club 3 major trips this year (Alps, Nepal and Alaska) and paddler of the year

Lots of short film clips, information about the club and 3 great talks. Please try to come a ling and support your club. This will be the best information evening about your club and well worth it. See you all there from 7:30pm

At Liverpool Marina L3 4EB – Free parking – just enter your car registration number in the iPad at the bar.

Agenda AGM 17th October 2018 including talks / DVD of the club 3 major trips this year (Alps, Nepal and Alaska) and paddler of the year

Hi all,

Congratulations to this years winners of the paddlers of the Year Awards (see below). More details will be given when the Awards are presented tomorrow (Wednesday) at the Marina. We also have talks and DVDs from this year’s major trips abroad. Nepal, French Alps and Alaska. Don’t miss this event, it is a great evening and a good way to meet others in the club. Please indicate if coming so we can put out enough seats by clicking here……..

2018 Paddler of the Year 2018 Junior of the Year 2018 Volunteer of the Year 2018 Swimmer of the Year
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Aaron Jackson Harvey Harwood Colin Muse Graham Devaney
Aaron as helped lead the U18 polo team to great success this year and is always willing to help, often putting others before himself. He is developing his coaching and helps run dock sessions. Nothing is ever too much trouble. Stanley Embankment has become a firm favourite of his and his paddling confidence has come on leaps and bounds over the season. He is an inspiration to all.

 

Harvey has had a tough time this year. He was unable to paddle until June but has made the most of his trips to Stanley Embankment, Tees Barrage, Llangollen and numerous surf sessions to Crosby and Anglesey. He hasn’t swum once so far this year, which is amazing seeing how much time he spends upside down. Colin has consistently helped at pool sessions throughout the year and has been the “main driver” of the beginners’ courses at the docks. He is always the first to greet both new and existing members. Whilst paddling on the club trip to the French Alps Graham broke out into a strong eddie on the Middle Durance (Grade 1-2). He capsized and struggled to roll and bailed almost immediately. Some of us ran as fast as we could upstream, not to help with any impending pin, but rather to take photo and video evidence which will be released at the AGM

 

Club meeting and Celebration 2018 including talks / DVD of the club 3 major trips this year (Alps, Nepal and Alaska) and paddler of the year

Agenda – Club meeting and Celebration 17th October 2018 including talks / DVD of the club 3 major trips this year (Alps, Nepal and Alaska) and paddler of the year

Hi all,

Congratulations to this years winners of the paddlers of the Year Awards (see below). More details will be given when the Awards are presented next Wednesday at the Marina. We also have talks and DVDs from this years major trips abroad. Nepal, French Alps and Alaska. Don’t miss this event, it is a great evening and a good way to meet others in the club. Please indicate if coming so we can put out enough seats by clicking here……..

We have filled all but one position on the Stewardship Group so the admin part will be very, very swift. However, if anyone would like to give a little something back to the club and help out we are still looking for someone to take over from Karl Tattum as Lead Safeguarding Officer. This is an important role. If you are able to help or would like to discuss the role please contact:

2018 Paddler of the Year 2018 Junior of the Year 2018 Volunteer of the Year 2018 Swimmer of the Year
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Aaron Jackson Harvey Harwood Colin Muse Graham Devaney
Aaron as helped lead the U18 polo team to great success this year and is always willing to help, often putting others before himself. He is developing his coaching and helps run dock sessions. Nothing is ever too much trouble. Stanley Embankment has become a firm favourite of his and his paddling confidence has come on leaps and bounds over the season. He is an inspiration to all.

 

Harvey has had a tough time this year. He was unable to paddle until June but has made the most of his trips to Stanley Embankment, Tees Barrage, Llangollen and numerous surf sessions to Crosby and Anglesey. He hasn’t swum once so far this year, which is amazing seeing how much time he spends upside down. Colin has consistently helped at pool sessions throughout the year and has been the “main driver” of the beginners’ courses at the docks. He is always the first to greet both new and existing members. Whilst paddling on the club trip to the French Alps Graham broke out into a strong eddie on the Middle Durance (Grade 1-2). He capsized and struggled to roll and bailed almost immediately. Some of us ran as fast as we could upstream, not to help with any impending pin, but rather to take photo and video evidence which will be released at the AGM

Agenda – Club meeting and Celebration 17th October 2018

7:30 – 8:00pm – Arrival Liverpool Marina, Spinnaker Suite. Slide-show of club photographs and activities over the year.

8:00 – 8:20pm – AGM (Election of Club Officials, Paddler of the Year, Members Motions)

Welcome from the chair & review of the year

1.         Apologies for Absence.

2.         Minutes of the previous AGM – Click here

  • Signed as a true record by the Chair
  • Matters arising.

3.         Treasurers report  Online Year End Accounts – Click here

4.         Brief reports from each discipline (2 minutes each)

5.         Members motions – None received to date.          

6.         Chair to thank all the volunteers that have coordinated and guided the club over the past year. 

Kingsway pool on Monday Robin Emery;  SUP – Paul Harwood; Equipment Officers Steve Bond & Don Brookes (Docks and Broadgreen); Welfare Officer – Karl Tattum; Stewardship Group Fletcher. Kayak Safety and Lifeguards – Dave Rider

7.         Election of Officers – Proposed list of those willing to stand for 2018-19

Chair – Fiona Barry; Secretary – Carole Thomas, Treasurer & Grants – Craig Ford; Membership Secretary & Volunteers – Keith Steer; Lead Safeguarding Officer – Vacant, Assistant Safeguarding Officer John Fay; Publicity – Pete Thomas; Junior / Youth Coordinator – Ian Colwyn; Notice boards – Peter Massey; Kingsway pool on Monday Dominic Fahey; Stuart Conway; Nick Coughlin; Dave Reynolds & Keith Steer;

“Discipline Representatives” to advise members / act as a point of contact: Coaching Coordinator – Dave Reynolds, Technical Coaching Advisor – Ian Bell; Polo – Josh Cook, Sea – Gareth Jones; White Water – John Allerton and Stuart Toulson; Freestyle – Graham Devaney; Open Boat – Mike Alter & Ruth Edwards; Kayak Safety Cover –Jim Duffy; Slalom – Michal Giezgala; Racing – Colin Smith; Surf – Karl Tattum, SOT – Dermot Miller   SUP – Jayne Rigby

Equipment Officers: Craig Ellingham & Alex Peacock Maintenance Coordinator (Docks), Steve Alcock (Docks and Broadgreen); (Kingsway) Dominic Fahey
“Election of Stewardship Group members without specific responsibility” John Pegram, Julie Brookes & Dave Collins

8:20 to 8:45pm

8.         Paddler of the Year Awards presented by the chair. This year saw a limited number of nominations, so a vote was not required. Congratulations to:

2018 Paddler of the Year 2018 Junior of the Year 2018 Volunteer of the Year 2018 Swimmer of the Year
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Aaron Jackson Harvey Harwood Colin Muse Graham Devaney
Aaron as helped lead the U18 polo team to great success this year and is always willing to help, often putting others before himself. He is developing his coaching and helps run dock sessions. Nothing is ever too much trouble. Stanley Embankment has become a firm favourite of his and his paddling confidence has come on leaps and bounds over the season. He is an inspiration to all.

 

Harvey has had a tough time this year. He was unable to paddle until June but has made the most of his trips to Stanley Embankment, Tees Barrage, Llangollen and numerous surf sessions to Crosby and Anglesey. He hasn’t swum once so far this year, which is amazing seeing how much time he spends upside down. Colin has consistently helped at pool sessions throughout the year and has been the “main driver” of the beginners’ courses at the docks. He is always the first to greet both new and existing members. Whilst paddling on the club trip to the French Alps Graham broke out into a strong eddie on the Middle Durance (Grade 1-2). He capsized and struggled to roll and baled almost immediately. Some of us ran as fast as we could upstream, not to help with any impending pin, but rather to take photo and video evidence which will be released at the AGM

8:45 to 9:30pm – Club expeditions to France, Nepal and Alaska
(The best photos and World Premiere of – French paddling movie 2018)

9:30pm onwards – Socialise in the bar.

 

Club Expedition to Alaska “Day 5”

Club Expedition to Alaska “Day 5”
20th August (Monday) – Olsen Island to Island Halfway up Unakwik Inlet

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After a very wet day of not doing much (well for those who opted out of the excursion), everybody was camp crazy, so we decided to move on. The day started really as it meant to go on – grey, overcast and wet. The tents were wet, the kit was wet, it was wet – many of us considering what we’ll be changing for the next trip. Nevertheless, we were on the water for the now routine time of 9am. So, all afloat, we made for our one and only crossing for the day.

Getting to the end of island took significantly less time than the excursion the day before – just saying. There was thick fog and visibility was low, so compass bearing decided, we grouped up in a fat diamond and started the crossing, keeping an eye out for any boats taking a route avoiding the main conditions. Land came into view, and all was good.

As we continued up the shoreline, the landscape always takes on a spooky theme with such conditions, with low lying cloud, fog and the mountains being dark silhouettes that take on a sinister hue.

Weaving around some islands and small inlets, the map clearly indicated that there was a way to pass through, so off we headed between the islands towards our passage way. Low and behold, the map lied (well, maybe a white lie), and we were presented with some shallows. Now to a Sea Kayaker, this was an epic problem. The decision to get out of one’s boat for a “portage” is just not something one should consider, fortunately to those canoeists in the group, this wasn’t so much a portage as a wade, and that’s over dramatising it. So out we got and quickly floated the boats over the shallows and hopped back in. Unfortunately, this was still too much for Andy and Chris, so they took the 1km detour and paddled around, joining us a “few minutes” later.

And then came wildlife central. Noticing a cabin, we decided to paddle over and investigate. Approaching, somebody noticed a bear (I believe this was bear number 2) and then all bets were off, and the group went bear chasing, completely missing the fact that every sea predator in the sound was staring at us for invading their space. Sea otters, seals, sea lions, bears, birds, the lot. They most definitely weren’t happy that we might be there to steal their salmon, although most likely they were just annoyed that we’d upset the damn sea lions – who started to grow in number and make it very clear we weren’t welcome. So a good laugh :-).

Through the mudflats and then we continued up to come across our camp site for the night, we named Misery Cove. A small island just about high enough to camp above the tide (albeit it was close) with a convenient area to eat, and a grass area should we have to retreat to higher ground.

Martin Aldridge     More Photos……….       Audio Report……..

 

Club Expedition to Alaska “Day 6”

Club Expedition to Alaska “Day 6”
21st August (Tuesday) – Island Halfway up Unakwik Inlet to Meares Bay and return “Return to Misery Cove”

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We woke up to find it was still raining. We took down our tents and loaded up our kayaks in the rain and then set off for Mears Glacier.

It was a cold and wet paddle with plenty of waterfalls to be seen, including one particularly big one which a few people wanted to play in. Personally, I was so cold and wet, I was sure that any swim would be certain death!

We were not disappointed by the sea otters, who were still floating around all over the place, despite the rain and the cold. As we got closer to the glacier, grey seals were also becoming more common (at least they have blubber to deal with the cold!).

We also encountered our first icebergs… or were they bergy bits?

When we stopped for elevenses, we were all cold, wet through and, to be honest, miserable. Keith recommended that it may not be a good idea for us to continue to the glacier today because it was only going to get colder as we got closer to the glacier. We all agreed to turn back and return to our previous night’s camp.

As we came around the island back to our beach, we were greeted by a deer on the beach.

As we reinforced our man-made camp platforms against the anticipated higher tide and re-pitched our wet tents in the rain, we decided to name this cove ‘Misery Cove’.

Finally, around 4pm that afternoon, and after 50 hours of non-stop rain, the rain stopped, and the clouds cleared just enough for us to glimpse the surrounding snow-capped mountain tops. We went to bed that night hoping it would stay dry into the next day.


Nikki Aldridge    
More Photos……….       Audio Report……..

 

Junior beginners Canoe Polo Day

Junior beginners Canoe Polo Day

Sunday, 14 October, 2018   11am – 5pm

Liverpool Canoe Club, Coburg Wharf, Liverpool, L3 4EB

Open to all junior club members, both boys and girls teams involved. Juniors aged 8-18

Ideal for any juniors who have never played or only played a little. We will have several teams playing against each other in Dukes Dock by the big wheel. Free parking next to the compound.

The session is totally free for members.

Bring a change of warm clothes, lunch. Parents can watch from next to the pitch.
Sign up below if interested.

Click here for more information and to put your name down…….