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

Agenda AGM 17th October 2018
Please book a seat if wanting to attend – helps with number of chairs to provide. – Thanks

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. 

Welfare Officer – John Fay        Kingsway pool on Monday – Robin Emery;  SUP – Paul Harwood

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; Welfare Officer – Karl Tattum, 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 – Dave Rider assisted by Jim Duff; Slalom – Michal Giezgala; Racing – Colin Smith; Surf – Karl Tattum, SOT – Dermot Miller   SUP – Jayne Rigby

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

8.         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 2018)

9:30pm onwards – Socialise in the bar.


Club Expedition to Alaska “Day 4”

Club Expedition to Alaska “Day 4”
19th August (Sunday) – Olsen Island Storm Bound

With a storm due in, we were given a day off! So, some of us had a bit of a lie in and a slow start to the day. Tarp (x3) city was erected in the trees in anticipation of the rain!!

Over late breakfast in the city, the group discussed the merits of equipment that had been brought on the trip and the interesting food choices of the group. Main topics included the variety of electronic devices that people had with them, camp chairs, jars/tins and fresh veg! There was even a dual language gold leaf hardback book!

Whilst most were passing the time of day with food sorting, reading, or snoozing, the rain began to fall about lunch time. Nikki became the Chief Acquisition Technician for Collection of H2O (C.A.T.C.H.) This job entailed sourcing the rain water that was falling by using the tarps and strategically placed pans!!

Shortly before the rain had started half of the group (Keith S, Keith P, Roger, Ian, Mark & Andy) decided to stretch their legs and headed off for a ‘short’ walk. This walk turned into a circumnavigation of the island (more details in separate report!!). 5 hours later the intrepid team returned with tales of coasteering, cliffs of no return, crossing of ravines using vine tight ropes, battling through the jungle and triffids!

Each time the epic journey was recounted it became more and more extreme, oh and also a lot longer! And by bedtime the journey time was 12 hours! The only casualty in this extreme epic (other than a lot of wet clothing!!) was the sad loss of the “bear bell” which will be missed by all (especially Keith P).

And finally, the statistic that this was the start of the rain that failed to stop for the next 56 hours!!!

Ruth Edwards    
More Photos……….       Audio Report……..      Walk Around the island Audio Report…….


Canoe Polo at Halewood Pool. (All welcome) Starts Tuesday, 2 October, 2018   8pm – 9pm

Canoe Polo at Halewood Pool. (All welcome)

Starts Tuesday, 2 October, 2018   8pm – 9pm

Halewood Leisure Centre, Baileys Lane, Halewood, Knowsley, Merseyside, L26 0TY

Click here to book a place……..


Canoe Polo Session at Halewood Pool. The first 10 minutes will be skills training and warm up followed by 6 x 7 minute games.

Open to all who are interested in playing polo. Ideal for skills or general fitness.

We have a number of polo boats and all equipment at the pool or you can bring your own. We access the pool via the door onto the pool side to the right of the main building (Next to the green containers and mini roundabout.)

The session runs from 8:00 pm to 9:00pm but you are advised to arrive for 7:45pm.


River Wye Trip September 2018 by Neil Jones

Despite the weather forecast and warning Neil, Wayne and Martin were brave enough to turn up for this weekend it turns out the weather was not really that bad.   We had rain on Saturday but with the high level of the river, the flow was fast to see all of us paddling From Hereford to Hoarwithy a distance of 15 miles without much effort.  Sunday morning we had some continuous heavy rain but it was clear with some sunshine myself, Neil and Wayne decided to Paddle from Hoarwithy to Ross on Wye a distance of 11 miles and a very enjoyable afternoon we finish the Weekend with a visit to Symon Yat rapid. Thanks again


Club Expedition to Alaska “Day 3” by Mike Alter

Club Expedition to Alaska “Day 3”
(Whittier to Perry Island, Meares Glacier and Unakwik Inlet and return via Esther Island) “A Temperate Rainforest?”

18th August (Saturday) – Perry Island to Olsen Island


Despite the long length of the first full day, the team was up and ready to go by the normal 9am start.

After ensuring that each team had restocked with water, it was time for team brief. Under grey skies the plan was outlined, a 7km crossing to the Dutch Group of Islands for lunch and then via some abandoned oil tanks to Axel Lind island (13km) where we would scout for a campsite. But we might head on a little further if appropriate. Everyone was ok with the plan, but there were a few requests for a repeat viewing of the whale – let’s see what we could do.

Heading off as a tight group it was great to hear that everyone chatting that they had recovered from the day before. Just as we were settling into paddling rhythm there was an excited cry of “Whale!”. We eagerly looked in the direction pointed, and lo and behold there was the distinctive spout, and noise, of a whale. Alas it was too far away in the wrong direction to make paddling over worthwhile, but at least it was a request met and another tick in the wildlife box.

With spirits high, and the weather conducive to paddling, we headed on towards the Dutch Group. Despite the solitude of the location, at all times we could hear these barks and howls travelling across the sea. The only answer could be sea lions, and it appeared as if the noise was coming from a group of skerries just off our planned route. In my opinion a sea lion colony outweighs historic ruins of oil tanks, so we decided to have 11’s on the Dutch Group and then head to skerries instead.

With the prospect of a wildlife encounter the group sped up as we headed towards the ever-increasing noise of the colony. A distinctive smell was also ever increasing – Sea lions stink! Regrouping just before the colony, it was obvious that we were massively outnumbered. Cameras at the ready, we quietly paddled in – some more bravely than others. As we neared, but still some distance out, the sea lions decided that they wanted to us to stay away, and the slumbering group became a seething mass of muscle, teeth and barks as they raced into the sea. Recognising that this was their environment we paddled back out – some with rather more vigour than others! Did I mention their big teeth?

Giving the skerries a wide birth so as to give the sea lions some space, you could see the alpha bulls like the generals of old, commanding the troops from their high spots. Given their physical size, and size of their teeth, I was glad that the bulls were still simply observing and ordering from on high.

With the weather closing in we had a quick lunch on Axel Lind island. The plan had been to possibly stay here for the night, however the weather report suggested a storm was coming in, and it was decided to paddle on into the less exposed Olsen Island in Unakwik Inlet.

The miles passed easily as we crossed over to Olsen Island, marvelling at the varied fauna and epiphytic mosses that were draped over the tree branches. All too soon we arrived at Olsen Island where it was time to play the daily game – How high is tonight’s tide???But nothing to worry about, this was a great spot that provided a brilliant spot to stay.

Another fabulous day on the sea. With good friends and good times.

Mike Alter    
More Photos……….       Audio Report……..


North West and Central Canoe Polo Division 2

North West and Central Canoe Polo Division 2


Saturday 22nd  was the first tournament of North West and Central Division 2 for LCC Brunswick (youth team) having won Division 3 last season and joining fellow LCC team Coburg (old people).

With both teams beating Manchester Wildcats B and Red Rose A and both losing against FOA D and Viking Y during the day , before lining up against each other in their final game, with the old people winning a tight game 3-2.

A big well done to both teams for a great day.

PS see you  on 23 February  in Cheadle  at 19;10 for the rematch !

Norman Cook
Coburg team coach (after Richie was sent off for dissent).


Club Expedition to Alaska “Getting there and Day 1”

Club Expedition to Alaska “Getting there and Day 1”
(Whittier to Perry Island, Meares Glacier and Unakwik Inlet and return via Esther Island) “A Temperate Rainforest?”

This clubs` expedition to Prince William Sound is now well established with trips in 2008, 2010, 2013, 2016 and again in 2018. This time we headed out to Perry Island in search of whales and then to Unakwik Inlet to find Meares Glacier. This involved some fairly-long, open crossings; including several in the thick fog. We were stormbound for several days with strong gusty winds and heavy rain.

Every day we encountered something interesting including; humpback whales, black bears, Orca, Steller Sea lions and common harbour seals, deer, sea otters, bald headed eagles and many other sea birds; they seemed to be everywhere. We also paddled up to enormous tide-water glaciers.

Our friend Levi Hogan (below) shuttled us to and from Whittier along with supplying his fleet of high quality UK Sea kayaks.

Keith Peek. Mark Pawley Ruth Edwards Ian Bell
Mike Alter Andy Garland, Martin Aldridge
Roger Morgan, Chris Preston Frankie Annan, Nikki Aldridge

The flight out and getting to Whittier

Levi Hogan from Turnagain Kayaks This year, not only did we find a new outfitter, Levi Hogan and Turnagain kayaks but we also found cheaper and more direct flights via Iceland. Consequently, we had a much larger group than normal with 13 of us making the journey out to Anchorage. The flights cost around £800 with short stop over (2hrs) in the new North Atlantic hub of Reykjavik. On the way-out we were all kicking ourselves as we should have booked a couple of days in Iceland instead of flying straight through. We had to endure numerous advertising videos and TV programmes teasing us with the best that Iceland had to offer.

After our midmorning departure from Manchester we arrived in Alaska 12 hours later at 5pm local time and still in daylight. A quick free shuttle to our hotel and we were unpacking in 3 large and spacious rooms. That evening we discovered Gwennie’s Old Alaska Restaurant, just opposite our hotel. Great home cooking. More Photos……….

cid:8e078b4d-355c-49fd-a129-998d2ec2015916th August (Thursday) – Whittier to Decision Point

After rising early and helping ourselves to the buffet breakfast of Waffles, toast, tea or coffee, cereal, muffins, fruit and yogurt we returned to our rooms to pack and get ready.

Levi Hogan from Turnagain Kayaks turned-up exactly on time at 9:00am. We put our bags into the enormous sea kayak trailer (and old car transporter trailer) and headed to Fred Mayers to buy our food. 60 mins later and we had all purchased what we thought would be enough food to keep us nourished for two weeks. We were cooking in groups of two with a petrol stove between us.

Image result for white Beluga whales Driving along Turnagain Arm on Highway One we saw a group of white beluga whales. We turned up towards Portage Glacier and the old converted railway tunnel which is the only way into Whittier. We only just made it with 2 minutes to spare. We unloaded the boats, gear and food at Lazy Otters slipway and beach which is right next to the ferry terminal. Within 30 minutes Levi was ready to leave taking our airport bags with him in the trailer. We topped up with water and were ready to paddle out into Passage Canal some 45 mins later.

Our first stop was Kittiwake Falls, two tall cascades over steep rock which fall directly into the sound. Nikki tried to go behind the falls, but it was low tide and there were too many rocks in the way. Group photo over we headed out along the north shore marvelling at the scenery and wildlife. Bald Headed eagles peered down at us from nearly every lone pine. Two red sails were spotted in the distance. As we came nearer the turned out to be pedalos / kayaks / sailing Trimaran combinations that are hired out for the day from Whittier. Near Billings Creek we spotted our first bear, it was fishing for Salmon near one of the fresh water streams where they come to breed.

We crossed over to Squirrel Point and checked out the campsite there. Nobody was using it, so it was a possibility if Decision Point was too crowded. We rounded the headland and could see in three directions. The Marine Park campsite at Decision Point was ideal. 4 camp platforms, a shingle beach with access on both sides and excellent views, a steel bear-proof food cache and an outhouse (composting toilet). We cooked on the beach and set up camp on the point and settled down to our first night out in the sound.

Keith S    
More Photos……….       Audio Report……..


Short video of Leven by John Cooke

Short video of Leven. (just trying new go- pro really

Short video of Leven. (just trying new go- pro really)

Posted by John Cooke on Monday, 17 September 2018


River Rothay by John Allerton

Great day yesterday on the River Rothay I will do it again for sure. Level was 0.7m this was a bit low perhaps 1.0 would of been better the trip was suited for a small number as there were many low hanging trees. Some amazing scenery.

The rivers winds narrowly through grasmere then through grasmere like on to Rothay again then across Rydal water.
Then on to Windermere, one river however wasn’t enough we did a quick run of Leven perhaps not best idea as it was late and we were tired. Neil came a cropper on the racecourse section and incurred a paddle snap. Bit of a downer but a great day in total
Thanks all

Lovely little article about Paul and his C1 conversion kits. Well done Paul.

Lovely little article about Paul and his C1 conversion kits. Well done Paul.

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