Conwy Estuary by Philippa Leddra

Conwy Estuary 12th of June

This trip was a transition sea paddle down the Conwy Estuary to introduce some of us to the tides, currents, winds and waves that come with sea kayaking. It was my first time on such a trip and the more experienced paddlers that took us were just wonderful. Roger met Beccy and I at the compound to grab boats and then we drove down to the Conwy marina.

We started on the beach and the weather was warm but a little cloudy. We headed up the estuary inland towards the castle and there were a few tricky currents to navigate. I honestly thought I would end up upside down at various points, but all was well, and I was just being a wimp. We paddled under the castle, which was a magnificent view in the sunshine. In the woods just past the castle there were so many Heron and Egrets in the trees above us.

We continued inland where the views were spectacular. I practiced my edging at varying rates of success and with the patient help of Ian, and just about the time I thought my arms might fall off we stopped for lunch. We pulled up on the bank of the river and where we could see the mountains ahead of us and ate lunch in she cloudy sunshine. We watched the water and got back in at about 2:10pm as the tide turned, which was coordinated by Roger who had done the same trip the day before and had made note of the time – the whole way there I thought the time of 2:10 was so wonderfully specific there must be a very clever way of working it out, so this seemed like cheating when I found out he had been there the day before.

On the way back there were a few speed boats and so we had to navigate the waves they caused. This was a little unnerving to begin with but after some encouragement to put power into my forward paddle and to cut straight through them from the more experienced paddlers this became really fun.

Just as we paddled under the castle again the winds picked up and paddling back to the beach became a slog – not to be dramatic or anything, but I thought I might end up living in the kayak under the bridge. I begged the others to leave me behind, to go on without me, to save themselves, and before I knew it, we were back on the beach.

We paddled 12 miles I was told, and it was a fantastic introduction to sea kayaking. I can’t recommend it enough or thank my fellow paddlers for taking such good care of us enough.

Llyn Padarn 5th June by Kirsty McAvoy


We had a wonderful day at Llyn Padarn, under the gaze of Mount Snowdon with mild weather, a light breeze and a few clouds overhead. 11 of us were on the water in our sea kayaks at 10.45am (someone forgot to book their kayak (me), same someone couldn’t find the carpark – thankfully Vic, Dave and Clare saved the day finding parking spaces for everyone). We took a paddle the length of the lake and back before heading upriver where Roger spotted some wild yellow irises and we enjoyed the peacefulness of the surroundings. The smooth water gave a clear view of the brown and pale stones on the river bed whilst birds flew overhead and a small weir provided a gentle introduction to moving water for a few of us.


We then paddled under a narrow, low bridge to our picnic spot. There was some confusion as to how to get a paddle through the narrow gap and more than one person had a close shave/prang.


Lunch was much needed at this point and we found a spot on shore to enjoy Vic’s flapjack provision. Fed and watered we made our way back to open water where Phil led some skills exercises focusing on wind direction, how this impacts the movement of the kayak and how to correct for this. The highlight, however, was a magnificent game of catch showcasing Marty’s paddle interceptions, Vic’s chants to intimidate the opposition, Cath and Clare’s on target and ambitious throws and my facial expressions on almost capsizing in the excitement. I think Roger’s Renegades just about won. Alison and Ian were an oasis of calm, imparting advice and sharing stories of Alaska to inspire us to improve our fitness and skills. The clouds came down over the surrounding hills as we made it back to shore and practiced wet exits, rolling and rescuing according to ability and a short swim for some before having a cuppa at the cars and making our way home, tired and happy. Naomi wins the length-of—journey-home competition after needing to call the AA and being delayed by 4 hours… despite this she is up for future adventures!

It’s the first time Naomi and I had been out of the docks and we had a fabulous time. The more experienced paddlers were gracious in helping us to get organised; Dave and Roger transported kayaks and showed me how to get mine on the roof and strap it down safely. On the water, advice and stories were shared and we felt safe, relaxed and benefitted from coaching from more experienced paddlers. If anyone is considering joining an outing for the first time – you’ll love it.


Circumnavigation of the Llyn Peninsula by Catriona Hare

Circumnavigation of the Llyn Peninsula by Catriona Hare

Circumnavigation of the Llyn Peninsula, with a bonus trip to Bardsey Island, an awful lot of really bad puns, and our own talking guidebook.

There were five young folk from LCC

Who went to the Llyn for the sea

Kayaking was fun

Despite the odd pun

And tough, wrong route out to Bardsey

I doubt that the Limerick will get a of approval. 😉

Saturday 29th May 2021 Trefor to Porth Oer

We all arrived at Trefor on the north coast of the Llyn by 9:30, organised our kit and while four of us sorted out the complicated car shuttles (which Keith had designed) Keith drank coffee and relaxed with the boats. After lunch, car shuttles are hard work, we set off. We now had the nearly spring tide with us for the next six hours. This made for a relatively easy paddle, with sightings of seals and guillemots (or razor bills maybe) to reach Porth Oer 30km away. Not far from Trefor, Jimi played chicken with a blow hole….. I think the blow hole may have won, but it was a hot day, and he soon dried off.

Near to Trefor, distinctive volcanoes are visible, and further west many of the cliffs are formed from boulder clay, and there were quite a few landslips. Something to think about for campsite selection.

We landed on the north side of Porth Oer, the last campsite before Bardsey sound and found a lovely little sheltered campsite just off the beach (our talking book was proving useful). It was low tide at this point, which meant a long carry up the beach. We managed this safely with 4 people carrying each boat. Although a bit busy early evening, the beach soon quietened down, and we had a stunning sunset to ourselves, surrounded by primroses and thrift.

More photos of Day 1……… 

Sunday 30th May 2021 Porth Oer to Aberdaron Bay

Next day we had a late start so we could make the most of the tide again. Our relaxed morning meant we had time to watch a couple of gannets fishing, and Phil could carry out the first of his urban foraging trips. This was frowned on a bit (it’s not a proper something if you buy anything on a kayak trip). However, I understand breakfast at the Porth Oer café is very good.

We set off about 11, the cliffs getting more rugged as we initially headed south against the tide. I had been convinced that the next stage of the journey would be easier if we went via Bardsey Island rather than through Bardsey sound. It probably was (would have been) if we had got the tides right and reached northwest tip of the peninsula at the start of slack water to make the crossing easier. As you can see from the trip trace there was a bit of a hiccup, we set off an hour early, and the current took us much further west than planned. It was also a really hard paddle against the tide with some occasional sections of confused water. It was a relief when the tide changed, and we headed south, and the island started to get closer. We finally neared Bardsey, close to Porth Solfach, and then headed south to round the tip of the island. We had the tide with us briefly. On the other side there were big swells, a following sea and a back eddy, followed by a head wind as we headed towards the jetty in the harbour, and longed for land. We finally had lunch (the best cheese and pickle sandwiches I have had for a long time) and a well-earned rest at about 2 o’clock. On the crossing out we travelled at 4km/hr sideways I think and when we had the tide with us, we hit 10km/hr.

We couldn’t relax for too long as you can’t camp on Bardsey, so we still needed to get back to the mainland. We paddle to the northeast tip of Bardsey against some quite strong back eddies in places. We then had a bit of a discussion about what line to take, but it was decided that we would paddle at 30 degrees. This worked, and we ferry glided across the sound towards the east of Pen y cil avoiding a strong back eddy at the east end of Bardsey Sound. We paddled into another offshore head wind to the quiet eastern end of Aberdaron Bay where two more challenges awaited us.

The first, which part of the beach looked like the best place to land on and avoid a long boat carry. I learnt from this that you can’t really pick landing places from the sea. The second the dumping surf on the steep beach. Phil landed effortlessly, I am not sure what happened to Keith and Ian, I was too busy picking myself out the water to notice, but I like to think they got at least a little wet. I was a little concerned that the beach would not be good enough to camp on, and I might need to mutiny at the prospect of paddling round the next headland. Ian was awake enough to point out that if we walked about 5m from the camping site we had “spotted” from the sea, we would have a perfectly comfortable night. My relief set in. I discovered later that there was no chance of a paddle extension, 26Km in relatively challenging conditions meant I wasn’t the only really tired paddler.

Phil headed off for some more urban foraging, this time to the pub. I wondered up and down the beach a bit, in the hope that with different exercise my legs would forgive me and work tomorrow. Another lovely sunset, a well manged fire, and an early night. Our sleep was disturbed by people night fishing on the beach with bright lights and the increasingly loud sound of the surf.

More photos of Day 2……… 

Monday 31st May 2021 Aberdaron Bay to Borth Fawr

We got up early next the day as apparently there was no tide to bother us on the last leg of our trip, and we were able to launch from a relatively flat part of the beach with less surf. The first leg of the journey took us past some impressive cliffs and gave us some varied paddling conditions on route to a small, sheltered inlet on the west side of Hells Mouth for “tenses”. Luckily, I had quite a lot of “tenses”.

We then paddled the 5k across Hells Mouth in gentle side on swell. Plenty of time to daydream before reaching the headland on the other side. From here on in the cliffs were spectacular, 100m high slate cliff with twisted bedding planes and numerous nesting birds.

The wind tide and swell made for relatively chaotic seas around the headland before Porth Ceirad. Here we hit lots of people for the first time on the trip and numerous motorboats and jet skis. We had hoped to stop here for lunch but there was more dumping surf, so we had a snack on the water, before heading round the last headland where the sea confusion was added to by motorboat wakes. One friendly skipper waved at us as he sped close by while we were near the base of the cliffs. We didn’t wave back!

We paddle the last noisy 0.5km into the south end of Borth Fawr, landing at high water. Only 23km today but all against the tide. We had now covered according to out talking book the best parts of the Llyn coast.

A decision was made to carry the boats full up a small steep narrow flight of steps to the car park. Keith, Phil, Ian and Jim, thank you for accepting that I would struggle to carry fully loaded boats with just one other person. It meant we got into the car park quicker. Ian, Phil and Jim went up the hill to collect the cars for the return journey to Trefor and this time I got to sit on the beach with Keith.

Thank you to everyone for the good company, the nearly perfect planning and keeping an eye out for me when the conditions got rough. I had a thoroughly enjoyable if pretty exhausting weekend.

More photos of Day 3……… 

Dove Point Weekend by Roger Colman and Andy Smith

Dove Point Weekend.

Over Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th of May two groups paddled out from Dove Point to Leasowe on Sea Transition paddles.

SAT 29th – By Roger Colman

Dave and I paddled with, Cornelia; Mike; Jim; John and Sharon. It was the first sea paddle for three of the group and we all arrived at Dove Point in good time, which was fortunate. The place was a hive of activity as it was the Hoylake Regatta and the specialised ‘Hoylake Opera’ boats were being launched.

The ‘Hoylake Opera’ is a gaff rigged 16 foot clinker boat, designed by Captain Winchester, built by Alex Latta, well over 100 years ago, as the river and channel were silting and it became necessary to design a flat bottomed boat. Approximately 26 were built (all named after characters in operas and musical comedies) and the first ‘Opera’ Class Race commenced in 1902. 14 boats of the ‘Opera’ class remain today in Hoylake with another, ‘La Poupee’, on display in the Merseyside Maritime Museum.

So, having managed to squeeze, one by one, between the wall and an ‘Opera’ being launched, we were away. The sea was nice and calm and although warm the sky was a little foggy/hazy producing a wonderful light upon which many of us commented.

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Waiting for the sea. And they’re Off. Pic’s John Groom.

En route to Leasowe, against a small tidal push, we stopped to play around a couple of masts under the watchful eye of Dave. Just getting the feel of the sea. Then onto Leasowe with plenty of edging practice and cheerful banter. There was no real swell of any description to take us to the beach which was a little unfortunate as it would have been a good experience for the newer members of the trip. That said, better too little than too much!

A pleasant stop on the sandy beach for a bit of lunch, more cheerful banter and then off to beat the ebbing tide. Timings are important here and the responsibility fell to Sharon to ensure we got back before the slipway dried out. However, we still managed to have another little play to feel how the sea behaved around a rock groyne on the return and arrive in good time. Good job Sharon.

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Figure of eights around masts. Cheerful Banter. Pic’s Sharon Walters.

SUN 30th – By Andy Smith

The disappointment of the initial sea transition paddle being cancelled due to weather quickly evaporated when I woke to a warm sunny day. The weather couldn’t have been any better for my first trip onto the great blue (brownish) yonder, it was almost as if Roger had requested it especially. I arrived at Dove Point just before 1pm to find a vast amount of sand and not a lot to paddle on, had we called it wrong??

Sure enough, and as promised, the water made an appearance 15 minutes later and it was time for Roger, Marty, Jim, Liz, Joe, Derek, Laura and I to set off.

As it was the first time that Laura and I had been on the sea Derek and Marty got onto the water first to ensure that there was someone with a bit of skill and knowledge able to help us out if we experienced any issues. We slid off the jetty into the incoming water and got a feel for the current without any issue.

Once the full group were afloat we paddled out approx 200 metres and headed in the direction of Leasowe.

On the way we stopped and had a play around 2 posts buried into the ground beneath the water. We did some “figure of 8” practice which was a little trickier thanks to the tidal push from the incoming tide and the distant wake from a guy dragging his family behind his speed boat. Cautious of the time and the reluctance to take part in the walk of shame we paddled on to Leasowe.

Upon approach to Leasowe it was clear that everyone was making the most of the warm weather and the beaches & the water appeared to be pretty busy. We paddled parallel to the waterfront and then directly towards the beach rather than risk approaching it diagonally and hitting a swimmer, by this time it was approaching 3pm and high tide.

We opted to hop out of the boats and stop for a bite to eat on the beach. I’d convinced myself that I would be going for a swim at some point so had decided to wear my dry suit, this drew some funny looks from the people on the beach that were in and out of the water in nothing more than bathing suits. Had it not been for a nice breeze blowing off the beach I think I would have been “boiled in the bag” so to speak!

After a brief stop it was time to get back in the water. We set off back in the direction of Dove Point just as the tide was starting to turn.

We were about half way back and the water had cleared nicely, nicely enough to see that there was only about 3-4ft of water below us. This might make Martys rolling a little problematic, it also meant that I had an excuse not to try too!

On the way back to Dove Point we carried out a little bit of edging practice around the aforementioned posts before heading back to the slipway, arriving just in time to prevent the walk of shame.

For Sale Kayak – Alaw Bach – £1400 ovno

For Sale Kayak – Alaw Bach – £1400 ovno

£1400 ovno. This is under half price for this beautiful lightweight glass and carbon hybrid lay-up.


Alaw Bach:- Deck Cords and Elastics re-strung to suit me. Could easily be taken back to the clean lines of the orginal Alaw Bach. Behind cockpit deck area modified with Marine Grade A4 316 Stainless Steel fittings and fixtures for ‘rescue’ system/tow. Seat modified with anti-slip material for better paddler connection. I don’t believe there is a more comfortable and fully adjustable footrest system out there. Knee/Hip closed-cell foam modules fitted. Decking protection incorporating Rockpool logo. Elastics improved to receive spare paddle equipment. All hatch covers in good condition and tightly fitting. Hull has minimal scratches. Always clean water washed after paddle. Alternative Seat Unit – available. (as below see photo). Loads of reviews on the web for this boat – great for beginners and experts alike.

Hull repair by Rockpool themselves before my purchase from them. Adjacent to 20p piece.

Alternative High Back Seat Unit for the Alaw Bach with adjustable closed cell foam hip padding. £30.

For Sale – Pyranha Jeds for sale – £400 for large and £480 for small.

For Sale – Pyranha Jeds for sale – £400 for large and £480 for small.

Two Jeds For Sale

Quite unique coloured Pyranha Jeds for sale – £400 for large and £480 for small.

Both well looked after and not used much. Neither look like they’ve been dragged down a motorway.

OK, the large ran Town Falls the right way up.

Selling as we could do with the room. Will sell separately.

If interested, phone Dave 07976 963560

For Sale – Kayaking Van Iveco Daily, manual transmission, 134,000miles £4,500 ovno.

For Sale – Kayaking Van Iveco Daily, manual transmission, 134,000miles £4,500 ovno.

Hi all.

I am selling my van – ideal for kayaking and camping 😓

Iveco Daily, manual transmission, 134,000miles

Due to the fact I now own a caravan and she sits waiting for adventure.

She is a stealthy beast, has great space in the back and is fab at tackling big hills despite her size.

First lock down – completely tore out her inside as it was dark and dingy, replaced all insulation, ply, electrics and smaller kitchen area to leave the space bright and open which worked well.

The van didn’t get completely finished i.e. couches re-covered and bathroom completely finished but only has things like that to tart up.

She has just passed her Mot with advisory of two wheel arches needing some welding a small hole on the side of van but reported completely solid chaise quoted 800£ for welding.

Give me a shout with any further questions.



Crossing the Little Minch – by Tim Haines

Crossing the Little Minch – by Tim Haines

Setting off from West Kirby after work on Friday, I arrived at Camas Mor (About 5km north of Uig, Skye) at around 0300 on Saturday morning. After a few hours sleep I set out for Fladaigh Chuain. The crossing is about 10km, and takes you past some amazing nesting seabirds on the cliffs of the islands of Sgeir nan Ruideag – a little foretaste of the amazing birdlife yet to come.

The rock architecture of ‘lord Macdonald’s Table’ is truly impressive, and a sea eagle passing overhead added to the overall effect of wilderness and grandeur. The landing on Fladaigh Chuain was straight forward, and there is plenty of flat ground of a tent. The low-lying land on the island is thick with plastic detritus which has been blown ashore, but on the plus side, there is also plenty of driftwood. A large number of black rabbits live on the island, along with a fair number of seals and assorted birdlife.

I had a leisurely start to the morning, as the NE flowing tide commenced at around 1030, and I hoped to reach the Shiants at slack water, if possible. The weather was perfect – not a breath of wind – and the crossing (approx. 20km) was over all too quickly.

After unloading the boat and having a bite to eat, I set off to paddle through the Rock Arch at Toll a’ Roimh, and then around the island of Eilean Mhuire. There is a seal colony in a sheltered cove on the sheltered western side of the island, and I was able to get ashore and climb up to a position where I could observe the seals from above, without disturbing them. Continuing up to the top of the island, it’s amazing to see the undulating ‘run-rigs’ which indicate that this somewhat remote and distinctively inaccessible island was once heavily cultivated.

After a pleasant paddle around the island, I landed back on the isthmus and headed up to the bothy, and signed the visitors book. The previous signatures were from a TV crew from BBC Alba, who are making a documentary on the Minch – worth looking out for, I think.

The forecast for the following day was not good, with a strong easterly wind due to pick up around 0900 and last for a few days. I gave some thought to sitting it out on the Island – I could happily have spent a few more days exploring the islands – but came to the conclusion that I’d be better off getting on the water early the next day, to make best use of the both the tide and the remaining good weather.

Rising at 0400, I was on the water and paddling for 0430. Night paddling solo, heading to the blinking light of Gob Rubha Uisinis felt quite adventurous, but before long the sun rose over the sea to starboard, forming a rainbow that I took as a good omen for day ahead.

The crossing is a little under 10km, and was soon over, but the wind was picking up as forecast. I cursed my stupidity for having broken my skeg on the landing on Fladaigh Chuain, as it would have been very useful with the steadily building wind, and 20km further to go on to Tarbert. Thankfully, the Caolas Sgalpaigh and Loch an Tairbeairt were largely out of the wind. ‘Door-to-door’ from the Shiants to Tarbert slipway took almost exactly five hours.

Having wheeled my kayak onto the ferry, the captain warned over the tannoy to expect a rough crossing as it was blowing force 7 or 8. It was difficult to stand unsupported on the observation deck, as I got some final photos of the islands, and I was glad that I had set off when I did.

Covid 19 Guidance (paddling and equipment) From 17th May 2021

Hi All,

We have made a few minor tweaks to our paddling, following the easing of guidance today. Details can be found on the link on our website or outlined below:

Key Points:

  • Everyone still needs to pre-book the paddle to control numbers.
  • Face coverings around the car park and compound are now optional.
  • Social distancing should be observed by all.   2m (one paddle length) is a long way!!!! and if you approach closer you should mitigate against the risks.
  • We will continue with the named on the water leader for each and every group concept, as this is believed to have greatly developed paddling within the club over the past 12 months.
  • Rule of six goes to be replaced by normal British Canoeing group sizes and ratios.  These are absolute maximums and if conditions / paddlers and leaders experience demand, groups sizes could and should be smaller than this.
    • Maximum for the docks (Sheltered water) is 1:8 (1:12 for tandem / crewed boats). 
    • Maximum for moderate water is 1:6
    • Maximum for advanced water is 1:4
  • Two groups can paddle near or next to one another on the water but social distancing should still be observed by all.

Every paddler needs to be pre-booked with the coordinator or through our booking site.

Paddles are notified through the club`s Google Group and also placed on the clubs calendar. All paddling takes place in separate, small groups with a nominated leader.

We follow all National and Local guidance and adhere to the British Canoeing guidelines for paddlesports.

Latest Guidance:

  • Please stay away if you have any symptoms or are self-isolating.
  • Maintain social distancing at all times (2m or a paddle length). Please leave the site asap after the paddle to reduce congestion.
  • Please use hand sanitiser before and after paddling.
  • If more than one group is at the compound please quickly select your equipment and move it to your group number or away from the front of the compound.

The club is currently in Stage 4, where most paddles at the docks are using club equipment.

Liverpool Canoe Club Advice on Covid 19
Stage 4
 –”Docks Sessions” are allowed and may have several distinct and separate groups paddling at the same time. This contrasts with A “Docks Paddle” which consists of a single group. In both cases all paddlers will be pre-booked. A full Covid-19 risk assessment will need to be consulted. LCC Covid-19 Risk Assessment

British Canoeing Structured and Organised Paddling Activity Plan 29th March 202 (Updated 14th May)
British Canoeing Guidance for Team Sports – Canoe Polo Plan 29th March 2021 (Teams of 6 can play against each other)

The club has agreed the following protocols from 17th May 2021:

  • If you have any symptoms of Coronavirus, please stay at home and self-isolate.
  • All paddling will be in pre-booked groups following current BC guidelines on group size and ratios.  The absolute maximum for the docks is 1:8 (1:12 for tandem / crewed boats). Absolute maximum for moderate water is 1:6 and for advanced water is 1:4. Canoe Polo sessions will run under British Canoeing guidance notes and risk assessments with full social distancing.
  • All Club Paddles should be on the calendar and advertised to all in the club.  Please avoid forming clique groups during this time to ensure fair access for all.
  • Each group will have a named leader who will be responsible for organising the paddlers both on and off the water. Sheltered Water Leaders and Coaches
  • A Docks supervisor (key holder) can organise a Docks Session and ask for it to be put on the calendar. (Please email details to )  This is where they will open the compound at the start and end of the session and allow sheltered water leaders and their pre-booked groups to access the boats. Each leader is responsible for coordinating and supervising their group including asking if the docks supervisor has room for their paddle.  When advertising a paddle please give details of specific craft or purpose (eg Stand Up Paddle Board paddle for 6, Open Boats paddling or “General purpose easy paddle” etc)
  • All paddlers should use their own hand sanitiser before, during and after each paddle.
  • The changing sheds should not be used – They will remain locked.
  • Members should be encouraged to select the correct equipment without trying multiple sets.
  • The club will supply antibacterial spray for use on the padlocks etc
  • People can help carry longer kayaks and still main 2 metres, but they should be encouraged to always use the same pairs carrying the same ends when getting off the water.
  • Paddlers should not pass anything to others eg a camera etc

Sheltered Water Leaders and coaches

Guidelines for club Paddles and Trips

Template for google group email advertising a club trip……

If you have an idea for a paddle, would like help or advice to organise it, please email

All paddlers MUST be pre-booked with a leader and these details kept for a minimum of 21 days to aid track and trace.

FAQ – Club promoted trips.

What are the current guidelines:  Social distancing must take place at all times along with frequent hand washing or hand sanitising.

How do I organise a club paddle:  Contact to add the trip to the calendar.   Brief details are then sent around by google group email – Members are then free to reply confirming they would like to take part and give brief details of experience etc if not known to organiser. Coordinator then confirms place (or not) on the trip and time / meeting place etc

What if someone brings a friend without confirming with the organiser meaning the group is now larger than the maximum recommended by British Canoeing for the qualification and environment – both will be asked to go home and not paddle with the rest of the group.

What if I do not have my own equipment – Most dock paddles are advertised as allowing members to borrow club equipment.

Can the trip be A to B with a car shuttle – Social distancing guidelines say car sharing is allowed with mitigation from 17th May 2021
The government has issued advice if you need to car share……

What if a paddler drops out – this may result in others being turned away and should not happen – only reply to an email about a trip if you are 100% certain you can make the paddle

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Sea Transition Paddles by Roger Colman

The weather has, unfortunately, played a bigger part in the clubs ability to get as many Sea Transition Paddles arranged as we would have liked. That said we have had three groups out with two more groups, involving 5 Leaders/Volunteers and 10 transition paddlers, arranged for this weekend.

Additionally, this also gave the Leaders/Volunteers a chance to paddle together in some lumpy water.

A group of nine Leaders/Volunteers had a paddle around the Great Orme on Sunday 2nd May, in some moderate conditions, where we had an opportunity to practise some deep water rescues and do some towing.

We had two groups out at Dove Point, Leasowe, and a small group out on Sunday (9th) in some windy conditions upon Lyn Padarn, Llanberis. There they had the chance of paddling into, across and down, some big wind waves for short periods of time and all the while enjoying the wonderful scenery this location has on offer.

Interestingly on this trip not only did we introduce some paddlers to bigger waves we had the opportunity to introduce a newly designed kayak to bigger waves too! I am very pleased to say both the paddlers, ‘Joey & Liz’, and the Kayak, ‘Ocean Glide’, behaved well and performed brilliantly.

Club member Dave Brown, owner of DBXcellence, who normally make hand crafted polo and surf kayaks, brought along his new Sea Kayak ‘Ocean Glide’. And boy, does she. His newly designed kayak, with a planning V hull fully customised in Carbon and Carbon Kevlar, will be made locally in Chester. This 16’ kayak is light, manoeuvrable and glides beautifully giving a fast, dry ride. At lunch David Allanson and I had a quick try. David found her easy to roll and performed a graceful side sculling balance brace with ease. I found her quick to accelerate and easy to maintain speed. Having never paddled a ski or racing type kayak before she was a little lively for me but I felt this kayak would quickly improve my skills. For those better paddlers who race kayaks this could be the quick weekend/week tourer they have been missing. Anyone wanting to give the ‘Ocean Glide’ a try should get in touch with Dave Brown as he would welcome your feedback on his new design.

DBXclusive ‘OCEAN GLIDE’ Sea Kayak.

GLIDE DBXcellence

The ‘OCEAN GLIDE’ on her first ever outing – Weaver Navigation Canal.

Paddled by designer Dave Brown.

Glide DBXcellence 1

(DBXclusive was established by Dave Brown in 1990. Dave started playing Polo in 1976 and is still playing now! His achievements include: National Champions Winner 6 times, National League Winner 7 times, he achieved the triple with Bere Forest Canoe Polo Club ,he came 3rd in the 1st World Championships in 1994 and won Gold Medals in the World Masters, Australia 2009 & Italy 2013. Dave also set up and coached the first Womans GB canoe polo squad and played in the GB Mens National A team for 8 years. )

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