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Arisaig Sea Kayaking May 2019

Chris Fay contacted us in December to see if we were up for another trip there, this time in different accommodation.  It was a house owned by the farm / campsite owner and was very close to the beach.  We agreed that it would be a great location and the house was booked.

John Fay posted the proposed trip on the club site and we ended up with seven intrepid paddlers, three chef’s / French maid (Chris) and a sea dog (Penny).  Our paddling numbers where Roger Colman, Anthony Vaccaro, Martin Sinnott, Irene Jackson, John Fay, Sue and Bob Hamilton. Speaking for myself, I was very happy to have the experience of Roger and Anthony on board.  The entire area is just an amazing place for paddling and to single anywhere out would be wrong.   Suffice to say there is more than enough to satisfy anyone’s needs, regardless of experience.

We did the Skerries close to and in front of the campsite. The same trip but right into Arisaig on Loch nan Ceall. Loch nan Uamh where we located a brilliant cave and a Bothy that required mountaineering skills to access. (I stayed out)

Loch Ailort right back to our campsite where I have to give Martin full marks as it was quite rough half way round and it was only his second time on the sea.

The last day was to Castle Tioram on Loch Moidart.   We had fair conditions and great company. Couple that with a great location and it’s hard to fail.

Here is a link to just one of the videos  https://youtu.be/Nc-Iy3HPjnE

Bob Hamilton

Hilbre Island Sea Kayak Race. Sunday 7th July from Dee Sailing club.  Mass start 2:00pm

Hilbre Island Sea Kayak Race. Sunday 7th July from Dee Sailing club.  Mass start 2:00pm – you will need to be there at 1pm if paddling.
Hilbre Race start

Click here for more information on the event…….

Hilbre 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 2:00 pm  The start and 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 (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 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
 The Race
 How to Enter
 List of Entrants
 Information
 Safety
 Map of the Start
 Registration  doc
 Registration  pdf
 The Course (s)
 Results
 Poster pdf
 Photos… 
 Movie of Start  
 Race Report
 Feedback
Next Race – Sunday 7th July 2019

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 14:00  The start and 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.

go Kayaking Andy Lees from “Go Kayaking”  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/

Telephone     01928 710770

Email             info@go-kayaking.com

Club weekends and major events for the Club 2019

Club weekends and major events for the Club 2019 – for more detail check the online Club Calendar…….

You need to be a current member of the club to paddle with us (Insurance and emergency contact details etc)

17th – 19th May 2019 Anglesey Weekend #1 Click for more
Padlock and to book a place – based at Tyn Rhos Trearddur Bay – coordinator Peter Massey.
19th May 2019 Sea Kayak Leaders Training as part of Anglesey Weekend

To book a place
Padlock
– coordinator Ian Bell.

19th May 2019 Foundation Safety and Rescue Course

To book a place
Padlock
– coordinator Anthony Brockway.

24th – 27th May 2019 Pembroke Bank Holiday Weekend Click for more information
Padlock and to book a place – based at Newgale Campsite
Padlock
– coordinator Jenny Brown.
26 th May 2019 Liverpool Marathon – Sunday Docks paddle cancelled as no access to the Marina due to road closures

Please arrange your own paddling

8 – 9th June 2019 River Trywern and camping Weekend – coordinator John Cook
Padlock
14 – 16th June 2019 Anglesey Junior Club Weekend #2 Click for more
Padlock and to book a place – based at Anglesey Outdoors LL65 2LP 
Padlock coordinator Keith Steer.
15th June 2019 Different Strokes Course for Beginners (must have completed introductory Course or be paddling at the docks)

To book a place
Padlock

7th July 2019 Hilbre Island Race – Club event for all More information…….. Why not give one of the courses a go.
12th – 14th July 2019 Anglesey Weekend #3 Click for more
Padlock and to book a place – based at Bodfan Farm, Rhosneigr  – coordinator Jenny Brown.
19th July to 4th August 2019 Alpine Holiday Alpine Rivers Holiday – Briancon France 
Padlock
Coordinator Keith Steer
8th to 18th August 2019 Lofoten Islands Sea Kayaking Click for more information
Padlock
– coordinator Andy Garland
27th to 29th September 2019 Anglesey Weekend #4 Click for more
Padlock and to book a place based at Tyn Rhos Trearddur Bay – coordinator Peter Massey.
6th – 13th June 2020 Shetland Island Sea Kayak Trip

Contact the coordinator Catriona Hare
Padlock if interested
Coach Ian Bell

Monday Pool Session

 Kingsway

All year round  9:00 to  10:00pm Pool Session at the Kingsway Leisure Centre. Click for maps and more information….

 Click to see current bookings and places left…. Padlock
Tuesday Canoe Polo & Club Session Liverpool Marina First Tuesday in April until end of September  6:30 to  8:30pm Canoe Polo Session at the Liverpool Docks. Non-polo players are welcome provided they paddle as a group. Click for details….
Tuesday Junior Club at the docks First Tuesday in May until end of September  6:30 to  8:30pm Junior Club – Age 8 upwards at the Docks. We provide club coaches to support this session. Parents can paddle with their children and help run the session (so wait at the compound or paddle in own group) Click for details….
Tuesday Club Session

 Liverpool Marina

First Tuesday in May until end of September  6.30 to  8:30pm Club night at the docks for improvers and above. Click for details….
Thursday Club Session

 Liverpool Marina

All year round  6.30 to  8:30pm Club night at the docks for improvers and above. Click for details….

No rules canoe polo in any kayak and longer distance paddling (in groups)
Thursday SUP Session

 Liverpool Marina

First Thursday in May until end of September 6:30 to  8:30pm SUP Session at Liverpool Docks for competent SUP paddlers. Click for details….

To reserve one of the clubs SUPs use the club booking system……

 Sunday Club Session
Liverpool Marina
All year round  9.45 to  12:30pm Check the calendar regularly for updates. For all club members provided you are capable of paddling in a group. Juniors must be with parents or coach / junior leader.
 Sunday Novice / Introductory Session Liverpool Marina 2nd Sunday of every Month  9.45 to  12:30pm For more information and to book a place go to the club booking page. For any new club member that would like an orientation sessions or basic introduction to the club and its equipment at the Docks. YOU MUST PREBOOK YOUR SESSION AS PLACES ARE LIMITED.

Congratulations to Colin Smith for winning May Photo of the Month Competition

Photo of the Month

Please send any photos to website@liverpoolcanoeclub.co.uk

May 2019

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Taken just before I started my early morning session on the Mersey at Rock Ferry Colin Smith

28 votes (25%)

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Steve Alcock running serpents by Allan Potts

24 votes (22%)

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Our very own ‘Nick of Arabia’ at our LCC coach’s 1st aid by Craig Ellingham

17 votes (15%)

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Greetings from Sunny Wales by Martin Eley

16 votes (14%)

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I have met this young lass a few times now, she rests on the dredging pipe just off shore from Bromborough Colin Smith

14 votes (13%)

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River Mersey Paddle 2019 Kristiaan D Aout

12 votes (11%)

Bring and Buy sale for anything canoe related – Tomorrow at the club open day – Sunday 28th April 10:00-13:00

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LIVERPOOL CANOE CLUB OPEN DAY Sunday 28th April 2019 from 10:00 to 13:00 At Our Club Compound at Coburg Dock L3 4EB

Scotland Bank holiday Easter Club Trip Day 2 Sea Kayak Arisaig by Frankie Annan

Easter Saturday – Arisaig Sea Paddle

Saturday saw the sea kayakers head to Arisaig for the day. After taking over the car park and launching we proceeded to follow the coast and explore all the dead end channels for a couple of hours. Along the way porpoise (or was that Friday?) and a sea eagle were spotted, along with heron and seals. It is quite likely that some gel coat was left behind on a few rocks as a few people with brave enough to follow Nikki A into some narrow/shallow gaps. Lunch was a short break that coincided with the sun hiding behind a cloud and the last of the ebb, so a longer carry to the water after lunch – who planned that? Some exploration of the main channel into Arisaig led us to the unusual sight of seals behaving more like dolphins – they were leaping out of the water and they definitely were seals – very entertaining. The paddle back to the get in saw the cloud gather and Eigg disappeared into the mist. The longer drive back to the hostel was the perfect excuse for a visit to the fish & chip shop in Kinlochleven for some.

Scotland Bank holiday Easter Club Trip Day 1 Sea Kayak Appin by Frankie Annan

Easter weekend – Good Friday sea paddle

 After a planning session on Thursday evening when maps were perused and tide timetables checked, a decision to paddle from a layby on the A828 to Appin was made. A 9am sea kayakers huddle took place with instructions and trip plans before the convoy set off to find the get in. The day promised sunshine, calm water and light winds, and our trip actually included paddling with the tide each way. Due to the large size of the group, our sea leader (Ian Bell) encouraged a buddy system to make it easier to keep tabs on 12 people with a range of experience on the water.

Will there be wildlife was a question at the beginning of the day – the answer was yes as porpoise, seals and sea birds were spotted on the leisurely paddle to Appin. The water was flat calm and the beach at Appin was soon reached. We enjoyed a leisurely lunch stop with some of the group contributing to local economy by frequenting the café/restaurant before a gentle paddle back to the cars via Castle Stalker.

Scotland Bank holiday Easter Club Trip Day 3 Falls of Lora by Sarah Gille

Scotland Bank holiday Easter Club Trip Day 3 Falls of Lora by Sarah Gille

It was Easter Sunday and the hostel woke to decision making and weather watching.

River boaters split into 2 groups today. One of which set off to paddle the Spean gorge led by Ian bell. (In his river boat – not his sea kayak (lol)) while our group set off to have a bash at Falls of Lora.

His is a kind of tide race passing under a bridge which forms large play waves.

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When we arrived, it was clear that it would be an epic day as all the names and faces of the playboating world started to arrive. Don’t ask me who- but one had long curly hair, there was expensive carbon playboats and a Pyranha van. As we waited for the waves to build, we saw 3 seals playing just upstream. Is it up steam because it’s the sea?

Roy and David could not contain their excitement so hopped on early to get familiar with the water and show the professionals how it’s done. Next with Craig on bank watch myself, rich, Liz and Aleksander made the seal launch into the sea. Does this count as sea kayaking, I wondered? I was defiantly cracking it.

We all bounced down the massive waves safely and for me with absolutely no skill or grace and regrouped in the eddy under the bridge partition and watched the pros at work surfing the first wave. They even cued in a neat and orderly line.

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As the featured developed people started to climb out around the bridge partition and get in again as more waves formed slightly up stream/sea??

One of them looked amazing – apparently called the eternity wave.

The waves where far too big and scary for me to try and surf but running the feature like a river was fun and my first experience of big water. After a few runs and learning from rich how to manoeuvre through whirlpool infested water Aleksander and I took bank watch and Craig slid in for a run. He made it with skill through the first 3 huge waves but came a cropper on the huge eddy line. It took some guts to even try to roll in the confused and boily water. With great teamwork we regrouped back at bankside.

Later we left the lads to play and had a short paddle up stream/river in the flat stuff and saw a bird perched on top of a buoy. This was unfortunately not a penguin. (Sad face). After a short stop on an island to watch the multiple paddlers playing on the waves, we made it back to shore and safely home.

A great day was had by all.

Thanx Rich and Roy for the guidance.

Sarah, rich, Liz, Roy, David, Aleksander, and Craig