Arisaig 2017 by Bob Hamilton





Shortly after joining Liverpool Canoe Club the opportunity arose to paddle with the club on the Easter trip to Kinlochleven.

We were lucky to have brilliant weather and managed to get some excellent paddling in at locations that we would never have attempted on our own.

After this I really fancied a summer holiday paddling at Arisaig and soon found others similarly interested. John and Chris Fay and Phil Edwards decided that they would like to join Irene, Sue and I for a week’s break. Accomodation in two “Lodges” was duly booked. The weather was really kind and we managed to get some great days on the water.

After the success of this trip, Irene suggested that we try “The Great Glen Canoe Trail” For this we were joined by Nathan——-Phil’s son, and Julie. Another very successful trip, made possible by Chris shuttling for us, with brilliant weather.

Due to the successes of the last two, I thought it may be good to try Arisaig again and the same two “Lodges” were booked for a week in October.

Well, to say the weather was unkind is a little short of the mark. Gales were forecast and from Saturday evening until Wednesday morning it blew a “HOOLY”. We had an excellent view of the “White Horses” on the seascape from our window.

While there was some walking done, the first paddling was not accomplished until late on Wednesday afternoon. We were very lucky to get out of our exposed “Put in” at Gorten Sands with only minor scary moments and proceeded to an area of the Skerries that had good shelter.

All in all a great couple of hours on the water.

Thursday saw us back at Gorten Sands, but this time we stayed in the bay and surfed for an hour.

Friday morning was looking good, but the forecast was for strong winds again. We decided to go the short distance to Loch Nan Uamh, (don’t ask me how to pronounce it) This has great parking and launching and ample interesting features in a sheltered area.

Sure enough, the forecast was not wrong and after about an hour the wind started to pick up again, so we headed back.

We had a week of relaxation, with a few opportunities to enjoy the area from both the land and sea.

This area must be one of the best for sea paddling and well worth a visit.

The following YouTube links are all from Friday’s paddle.


Photos from the trip………



Paddler of the Year Award presentations, Talks on Alaska, Nepal and the French Alps and AGM

Paddler of the Year Award presentations, Talks on Alaska, Nepal and the French Alps and AGM

Wednesday 11th October 2017

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. 2.         Minutes of the previous AGM – Click here
    Signed as a true record by the Chair
    Matters arising.
  1. Treasurers report  Online Year End Accounts – Click here
  2. Brief reports from each discipline (2 minutes each)
  3. Members motions –  None received.          
  4. Chair to thank all the volunteers that have coordinated and guided the club over the past year.
    Special thanks going to those who are now moving on: Kingsway pool on Monday Stuart Toulson, Brian Green from Surf. Polo – Theo Gaussen, Youth Coordinator – Chris Murphy         
  1. Election of Officers – Proposed list of those willing to stand for 2017-18
    Chair – Fiona Barry; Secretary – Carole Thomas, Treasurer – Craig Ford; Membership Secretary & Volunteers – Keith Steer; Welfare Officers – John Fay, Publicity – Pete Thomas; Grants- Nicky Corbett; Junior / Youth Coordinator – Ian Colwyn; Notice boards – Peter Massey; Kingsway pool on Monday Dominic Fahey; Robin Emery; Stuart Conway; Nick Coughlin; Dave Reynolds & Keith Steer;
  2. “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 & Stuart Toulson; Freestyle – Graham Devaney; Open Boat – Mike Alter & Ruth Edwards; Kayak Safety Cover – John Worswick; Slalom – Michal Giezgala; Racing – Colin Smith; Surf – Karl Tattum, SOT – Dermot Miller   SUP – Paul Harwood

    Equipment Officers Steve Bond & Don Brookes (Docks and Broadgreen); (Kingsway) Dominic Fahey “Election of Stewardship Group members without specific responsibility”. John Pegram, Chris Fletcher & Dave Collins

8:20 to 8:45pm

  1. Paddler of the Year / Young paddler of the Year / Volunteer of the Year / Swimmer of the Year Award – Presented by the chair.

8:45 to 9:30pm – Club expeditions to France, Nepal and Alaska
(The best photos and World Premiere of – French paddling movie 2017 by “Gille Productions”

9:30pm onwards – Socialise in the bar.

Little video of the surfing at cable bay, anglesey weekend #4 by Craig Ellingham

Little video of the surfing at cable bay, anglesey weekend #4 by Craig Ellingham


UK wave forecasts

For those that like surfing or want to know the sea state for sea kayaking this might be of interest.

CEFAS have a map of UK wave buoy data (WaveNet), which also provides forecast information at some locations. See

If you select the basic map and click on the arrow in Liverpool Bay, then select the graph tab you’ll get the local 24hr wave forecast for wave height and period.

Stand up to cancer paddle – LCC support at Albert Dock by James Duffy

Congratulations to everyone who took part in the ‘Stand Up To Cancer Canoe Paddle.’ A number of celebrities have been picking up their paddles to join an heroic team powering their way through waterways of the North West arriving in the Albert Dock on Friday 29th September to a rapturous crowd. They were followed by a team of twelve kayakers from Liverpool Canoe Club, coordinated by Julie Brookes, who followed them through the iconic docks of Liverpool to the finish arch at the Albert Dock where they were met by hundreds of friends and specators as well as TV cameras from Channel 4.

Showing grit and determination, the ‘Paddlers’; Carla Bradbury, Jag Chather, David Sing and Helen Weller, who have all been affected by cancer, have been rowing five marathons in five days. The team set off from Chester on Monday 25th September and finished the challenge in the heart of Liverpool, at the Albert Docks, today. ‘Swim Safety’ provided the safety cover throughout the 120 trip in three inflatable ribs.

Some of the celebrities taking part include Hollyoaks actress Anna Passey (Sienna Blake), Made In Chelsea’s Sam Thompson, Liberty X singer Michelle Heaton, Judge Rinder star Robert Rinder, TV presenter Anthea Turner, The Only Way Is Essex star Chris Clark, Love Island’s Jess Shears and Dom Lever along with a host of other celebrities.
Each of the marathon paddlers were partnered with a celebrity each day to help them reach the finish line. To date some £15,700,222 has been raised to fund further research into cancer!. Channel 4 will be producing a documentary later in the year featuring the research and the ‘Stand up to Cancer’ campaign. Congratulations to everyone concerned!

Tyne Tour weekend 2017 – 3rd -5th November

Do you enjoy paddling white water?

Have you taken part in The largest white water event in Europe?

The Tyne Tour is based in Hexham Northumberland over the weekend of the 3rd-5th of November.  The rivers are dam released from Keilder reservoir giving miles of river fun, come and paddle through the Northumbrian countryside.  In what I think is the most stunning time of year.  Including the infamous Wardens gorge!!!

The  ticket booking for the weekend will be  individually via the main website  There are many options for booking available, depending on the number of days you wish to paddle etc.   Once you have booked a place on the weekend register you attendance on the LCC booking page and Stuart will 

Personally I plan to arrive on the Saturday morning, meet anyone who wishes to join me on a peer group paddle from Barrisford to the Hexham Tyne green. This a grade 3 paddle and anyone who joins us should be capable of paddling at this level. 

This section is non portagable, that means if you decide to run it you can not get off the river until the get out. The Saturday evening I will pitch my tent  on the Tyne green then head into Hexham to eat, drink and watch the fireworks

On Sunday I plan to head south and paddle a section of the Tees depending on levels. 

Many options for rivers are also available,  the organisers are running some grade 1/2 trips bookable via the web site. 

With well over 1500 paddlers attending the area is busy, with this in mind, could you please inform us of your attendance via  the club  calendar booking page after you have ordered your tickets. This will ensure I can contact everyone and we can all meet up. 

Thanks,  Stuart Toulson