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Hilbre Island Sea Kayak Event 2019

Hilbre Island Sea Kayak Event 2019

This was the ninth 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 again this year. Precisely at 2pm our event sponsor, Andy Lees 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 again this year.

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 2 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 earlier start this year meant plenty of water for the finish.

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, the Little Eye Race and West Kirby Races.

Elite Race

1st Racing Ski – Georgie Stoychev (Paddling Jacket from Go Kayaking)

1st Performance Sea Kayak – Dave Brown (Buoyancy Aid from Go Kayaking)

Hilbre Sea Kayak Race

1st Ben Beachell (Tow Line from Go Kayaking)

2nd Roger Colman (Sea Kayak Pump from Go Kayaking)

3rd Chris Wood (Sea Kayak Guidebook from Go Kayaking)

1st Female Helen Marriott (Store Voucher Go Kayaking)

Highest placed LCC member Andy Rowley (Store Voucher Go Kayaking)
1st Double Sea Kayak James Mayers & Martin Tonge

Little Eye Race

1st Mike Garnock-jones (Store voucher from Go Kayaking)

2nd Marty Sinnott (VHF waterproof case from Go Kayaking)

3rd Derek Connolly (Waterproof case from Go Kayaking)

West Kirby Race (Juniors)

1st Aleksander Ford (Phone case Go Kayaking)

2nd Poppy Clews (T shirt Go Kayaking)

3rd Ellie Gavin (YAK Toy Go Kayaking)

4th 3rd Ella Clews (Safety Whistle Toy Go Kayaking)

5th Zachary Alcock (YAK Coasters Go Kayaking)

Georgie Stoychev
1st Racing Ski – Hilbre Race

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Dave Brown
1st Performance Sea Kayak – Hilbre Race

Ben Beachell
1st Sea Kayak – Hilbre Race
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West Kirby (Junior) Race

Hilbre Sea Kayak Race


Helen Marriott
1st Female Sea Kayak

Little Eye Race
Sunday 7th July 2019
Full list of all results and times….

 Hilbre Race (13km)  Little Eye Race (9km) West Kirby Race (4km)
 1st Racing Ski Georgie Stoychev  1st Kayak Mike Garnock-jones 1st Junior Kayak Aleksander Ford
 1st Performance Race Dave Brown  2nd Kayak Marty Sinnott 2nd Junior Kayak Poppy Clews
 1st Sea Kayak Ben Beachell  3rd Kayak Derek Connolly 3rd Junior Kayak Ellie Gavin
 2nd Sea Kayak Roger Colman 4th Junior Kayak Ella Clews
 3rd Sea Kayak Chris Wood 5th Junior Kayak Zachary Alcock
 1st Double Sea Kayak James Mayers & Martin Tonge
 1st Female Sea Kayak Helen Marriott
 Highest LCC member Andy Rowley

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 and were awarded for the categories above.  All the winners also received a trophy. These were presented to the winners by Fiona Barry (Chair 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 5th July 2020

More information…

Full Race results…

More Photographs….

Kindly supported by, Go Kayaking NW, System X and Dee Sailing Club

Go Kayaking Dee Sailing Club System X


 

Anglesey weekend #3 July 2019

A patch had been coned out for us at Bodfan Farm as people arrived Friday evening. Although we did notice Rabble Canoe Club (AKA Ribble) got the area nearer the loos and water! Anyway the club flag went up as the dark fell. Saturday morning the sea kayakers set off for a day trip ending back in the bay at Rhosneigr. The little boats split into 2 groups. A few went to potter about the Menai Straights checking out Swellies rock, the rock under the cardinal marker, the fish traps round the island with a house and a new rock that emerged near the channel and required an investigation. The other group went over to four mile bridge paddling over to Stanley wave for an evening play. As the BBQ was lit a few more arrived for a Sunday paddle and we were treated to a small firework display after a sunset.

Sunday saw the sea kayakers heading to the Skerries, another group heading out from Rhosneigr and a couple heading home via JJ’s. A few were waiting for Fat Face to open at 10 before starting the days activities. Although the wind was a little more than expected those with bikes also headed out for a morning ride before heading for home after a late lunch back at an empty camp.  

Roof racks and spacing for carrying kayaks and canoes.

Image result for V shaped racing kayak K1 home madevcarrierRoof racks and spacing for carrying kayaks and canoes.

Canoes and kayaks vary in length and in general the longer the boat the longer the spacing should be between the bars. However, as the boats tend to go to a vee shape towards the ends so do not sit well on flat bars if the length between them is too large.

My bars have 95cm between them and boats sit well either flat or on their sides. This does not have to apply if you have cradles to sit them in but again 95 – 100cm is ideal for sea kayaks in cradles or river kayaks flat or on side.

Racing boats are often carried in V shaped carriers with extra length but most general-purpose kayaks sit well with 95cm spacing.

Your spacing of 65cm seems a little close but will depend on how your kayaks sits at that spacing. A 3m kayak may bounce and pitch up and down as you go over bumps. Car and roof rack spacing maybe for general luggage (eg suit cases).

The width referred to in previous emails is the width of the bars and it helps to have bars that stick out a little.

Try to avoid trendy sculptured bars (see photo below) recommended by some manufactures. The curve and plastic fittings at the end mean that kayaks do not sit well and in practice you cannot fit many kayaks on the bars!

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I recommend the Thule aero system below – with an extra 10cm on either end it is ideal for carrying several kayaks.

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A final word – roof racks are only rated for a maximum 75 or 100kg of weight on top. Crashing or breaking at speed with kayaks on can mean they tear the roof rack off, brake the straps or slip out and hurtle through the rear window of the vehicle in front like a missile. You would not want to be responsible for a major accident on a motorway or other major road. Consider strong tie downs front and rear to tow bars or towing eyes.

Let’s be safe while transporting kit.

Photo of the Month August 2019 Please vote for your favourite

Photo of the Month

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

August 2019

Click here to see the photos and to vote for your favourite.

Congratulations to Dave for July`s winning Photo of the Month

Photo of the Month

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

July 2019

# 1

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The Lower Tryweryn trip by Dave Gentle

38 votes (28%)

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Tarifa Spain May 2019 25 Kt Downwind in double surfski Stephen Marnell

25 votes (19%)

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Parliament House Cave on Anglesey – K Steer

22 votes (16%)

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Open Boat Sailing on Lake Bala – Nikki Aldridge

20 votes (15%)

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Sea kayak trip on Anglesey Dave Gentle

16 votes (12%)

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Stand Up Paddleboarding during the Open Day by Christine Fay

13 votes (10%)

Race Report from Last year’s Hilbre Island Event

Race Report from Last year’s event – we still have lots of places available to club members – paddle as a group or an individual we have you covered!

Hilbre Island Sea Kayak Race 2018

This was the eighth year that Liverpool Canoe Club has run  http://www.liverpoolcanoeclub.co.uk/hilbre/Race%20Reports/08%20Hilbre%20Island%20Race%20Report%202018_files/image007.jpg 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.

http://www.liverpoolcanoeclub.co.uk/hilbre/Race%20Reports/08%20Hilbre%20Island%20Race%20Report%202018_files/image022.jpg 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)

http://www.liverpoolcanoeclub.co.uk/hilbre/Race%20Reports/08%20Hilbre%20Island%20Race%20Report%202018_files/image024.jpg 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

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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
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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

http://www.liverpoolcanoeclub.co.uk/hilbre/Race%20Reports/08%20Hilbre%20Island%20Race%20Report%202018_files/image042.jpg 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, Go Kayaking NW, Dee Sailing Club, System X, Manchester Canoes and Cedar Boats Europe

Go Kayaking Dee Sailing Club System X Cedar Boats of Europe

New Liverpool Canoe Club Promotional Video giving an overview of all the things we do well at the club by Chris Murphy.

Sunday 7th July – Clubs annual Sea Kayak Event at Dee Sailing Club

Sunday 7th July – Clubs annual Sea Kayak Event at Dee Sailing Club

As usual the Sundays Dock Session on Sunday 7th July has been moved to coincide with the Sea Kayak race and Club BBQ at Dee Sailing Club. Go Kayaking will be there with demo boats and gear for sale. This is an ideal day out for the family with access to the beach, BBQ and club house at Dee Sailing club. We hope that all of you pop along to support the club or take part in the event.

We especially want club members to enter the events – rescue boats and safety kayaker cover all events.

West Kirby event (4km) paddles along the shore to West Kirby Sailing Club and back (2 circuits of the docks). Ideal for those new to the sport, in general purpose kayaks, SOTs, SUPs or juniors paddlers.

Little Eye event (8Km) paddles clockwise around the little eye island and back along the shore to Dee Sailing Club (4 circuits of the docks). Ideal for Fast touring boats, Doubles and racing SUPs

Hilbre Race (13Km) – for more experienced paddlers in Sea Kayaks, Ladies Sea Kayaks, Tandem Sea kayaks, Racing Surf Skis, High-performance Sea Kayaks.

Club kayaks and equipment can be loaned for this event – just book in the usual way. You do not have to race, we are happy for groups of paddlers to tour around the route in groups but it is an ideal way to paddle on the sea in relative safety. Please enter to receive a start bib.

To book a place please go to the main page on the club website or click here to enter…….

NB I still need a couple of volunteers to control access to road / parking area – please email website@liverpoolcanoeclub.co.uk to volunteer.

Junior Club Camping Weekend at Anglesey Outdoors June 2019

Junior Club Camping Weekend at Anglesey Outdoors June 2019

This year we were based at the Anglesey Outdoors center near Porth Dafarch. This is an ideal setting for the juniors as we have our own field away from the other users with plenty of space. Some families cheated this year and booked a Yurt or Cabin, one with a hot tub!! One family even opted to stay inside the center with heated rooms. The rest of us camped outdoors.

On the Friday we put up the tents and played games on the campsite. Later we got the fire going inside the Cabin before all going to bed. It rained overnight.

Saturday morning saw an early start and we arrived at 4 Mile Bridge (so called as it is four miles from Holyhead). Here we played in the surf way and went through the tunnel lots of times. The current soon slowed and everyone went through. After a short break and picnic we were off in the boats again and paddled across the inland sea and saw lots of birds and wildlife.

Back at the campsite for lunch some of us got our kites out. It was very windy and some crashed into the bushes. At 3pm it was off to the beach at Porth Dafarch. Some played on the sand, the tide was out so we soon had a surfing and swimming session. Later we had the BBQ on the campsite and more games before we all went to bed.

On the Sunday we had a go at coasteering on one of the beaches along the coast. We swam out to a small island and then round some cliffs and found a narrow cave and crack that led us back to the start.

We then headed off to 4 Mile Bridge again to meet the others. We ran the tunnel and were hit by a big rain storm. We packed up around lunchtime and returned to the campsite to pack up our stuff and head home.

More pictures………..