October Introductory Course by John Fay
Sunday morning alongside the General docks paddle ran this month’s Introductory Course for new members. Sadly, Elizabeth and Karen were unable to attend leaving five in the hands of Alex, Aaron, Martin and John. A good thing really because Annmarie and Gill were quite nervous.
Ian, Paul and Ellen made up the rest of the group and it wasn’t long before everyone was on the water.
Two hours later they had all learnt some basic paddle strokes and had tried a variety of boats including open canoes and an inflatable double kayak belonging to Ian and Gill. At the end of the session everyone had smiles on their faces and Ellen stated that the session had been very helpful. Ian and Paul both completed the capsize drill although Ian has now become quite an expert at this after attending both Rescues Session.
Well done to everyone. See you again on the water soon.
Report by John Fay
River Dee Ponsonby to Ty Mawr by John Allerton
River Dee Ponsonby to Ty Mawr Country Park
Great paddle yesterday thanks all who attended
River was super-fast level 1.2m at Manley gauge weather held out – good to have some canoeists with us too.
Report by John Allerton
Rescues Session 2 by John Fay
Our second Rescues session started and ended in beautiful sunshine. Once again members new and old gathered together to learn or practice various rescue skills.
Alex Peacock took charge of the several young members who attended, and it wasn’t long before screams of laughter could be heard across the water as Alex engaged them in several fun kayaking games.
Others split into small groups and worked together on their skills and we could see our new members grow in confidence as each skill they attempted was successful.
It was also great to see people who had never met before forging new friendships as they warmed themselves up with hot drinks and other goodies provided by our catering team of Irene Jackson and Chris Fay.
Once again, the planned “two-hour session” concluded after some three and a half hours and a tired group reluctantly headed home.
A massive thank you to everyone (too many to name) who turned up today and we look forward to seeing you on more dock’s sessions and paddles in the near future.
Report by John Fay
Breaking News – World Premieres of two new paddling films for Thursday evenings show at the Marina
French Alps 2019 – A 15 minute pre-release from Gille studios showing all the antics of the LCC Lilo race on the International Slalom Course at L’Argentière-la-Bessée together with all the best rivers over the two weeks.
We also have presentations from the Lofoten Islands – Arctic Norway epic trip.
At the last minute Never Again productions Ltd have just finalised the preview copy of “River of Gold” Sun Khosi expedition.
This may be your only opportunity to see these once in a lifetime films and talks from our own club members. Make sure you get there early to ensure you get a seat.
Thursday 10th October Arrive 7:30pm for an 8:00pm start. We are in the Spinnaker suite of Liverpool Yacht Club / Marina L3 4BP – go past the bar and through the double doors. Free parking but remember to put your car registration into the iPad on the wall that end of the bar.
The Rescues Session at the Docks by John Fay
Over 30 members attended todays Rescues Session at the docks.
Today’s session was run by Ian Bell who grabbed everyone’s attention with his focused introduction and his on the water rescue demonstrations
With the foundation blocks laid everyone including brand new member Ian and little 9-year-old Lil were rescuing and being rescued.
9-year-old Lil showed that technique was the key as she confidently emptied and assisted John, an adult member, back into his sea kayak.
After experiencing numerous immersions, the group kept the catering team (Irene & Chris) very busy as hot drinks and other goodies were served to warm up the chilly group.
Thanks to everyone who attended to make it another successful session.
Report by John Fay
Photo of the Month
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Sarah Gille in the Alps by Martin Aldridge
25 votes (25%)
Olivia chose to go paddling for her 5th birthday and has since joined in a paddle with the kids club at the docks by Martin Eley
23 votes (23%)
Julie Brookes dry rolling by John Fay
22 votes (22%)
Poppy at the start of the West Kirby Race by Pete Thomas
12 votes (12%)
Blow Hole by Dave Gentle
10 votes (10%)
Rolling at the docks by Chris Fay
7 votes (7%)
For Sale Two Canoes (Wooden Sea Kayak and old fiberglass double)
Two canoes for sale
The hand built one £500 must be seen
The tandem £150
The smaller green one free with a purchase of either the other two
Contact Neil 07704 831805 for details
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