Paddler of the Year Awards – the nominees.

Please give your consideration to the nominations for the club Awards below and vote by email to website@liverpoolcanoeclub.co.uk.

Every membership email address has one vote for each of the categories (paddler of the year / Junior Paddler of the Year and Volunteer of the Year). Family memberships have two votes (Parents x 2 or Parent and a junior family member)

Please click here to view this year’s nominations and details……….

Each year the club asks for nominations for our four Club Awards.

Members can NOW vote for each category by sending an email to website@liverpoolcanoeclub.co.uk with their vote for each Category.

Awards are then presented at the club’s AGM on Monday 18th October 2021

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“My alarm went off at 6, which I duly ignored, again. Thankfully it was another day of gorgeous sunshine, marred only by the squadrons of midges flying in tight aerial formation outside the almost fully zipped flysheet; whilst they were waiting for me for breakfast, I munched whatever cereal bar I could find, to make me more nutritious and give me (and them?) energy.

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Description automatically generated with medium confidence latter being a continual theme, where do they all come from, and get so much energy (ah!). Promptly on the water by 8, timed so that we could safely pass underneath Kylesku Bridge, where if you get it wrong your battling against 3knots of tide. Leaving our campsite at the small Loch na Mola we all started the gentle paddle eastwards up Loch a` Chairn Bhain. There was hardly any wind, it was a beautiful day to be out on the water. We gently paddled up the loch, passing under the impressive Kylesku bridge and the old slipways where the ferry used to land until the bridges opening in 1984 apparently. We landed on the n slipway where Keith thankfully boiled water for anyone that needed it, and we had elevenses, at about 9.30. (Note to self, STOP packing your cooker away where you can’t find it, duh!)

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Description automatically generated Our objectives were to paddle to the head of Loch Glendhu, then Loch Glencoul both had bothies run by the Mountain bothies association (see their website for more info) remote huts or houses which offered (usually) a decent roof and sleeping area where you can spend the night sheltered from the elements. With Covid, there was uncertainty whether they would be open. Passing the low-lying buoys holding the fish farm nets in place we noticed at first what we thought was a boisterous dolphin or porpoise jumping out of the water, upon closer inspection it turned out to be a seal, practising it high jump, to get into the fish farms for its ready meal of corralled fish. Never seen this before, wise seal.

Glendhu bothy was open, it had two main downstairs rooms, and two upstairs, it would have been a comfortable albeit basic place to stay, but you would have out of the elements. Nearby was another house, locked with a lot of bunkbeds in, and two ponies in a field behind, for A picture containing mountain, outdoor, grass, sky

Description automatically generated carrying felled deer from hunting parties from the nearby estate. After second elevenses, a baste in the sun, or maybe it was dinner, we moved on to paddle around to loch Glencoul, and again another bothy. Easy paddling, minimal winds and tide, mountainous scenery all around, good company, both human and midge like (on the shore), what more could you ask for.

Moving down loch Glencoul in the far distance you could see the Eas a`Chual Aluinn waterfall, Britain’s highest, with a drop of 200metres, that would be tomorrows highlight, in the meantime we landed at Glencoul bothy, again open, with one hiker staying. He however quickly packed and went up the mountain once he saw that we were planning to stay the night, albeit camping on the foreshore around the old walls and farm buildings. Most of us started cooking by our tents, providing food for ourselves and our guests (yep, midges!!), but quickly reconvened in turn (to avoid breaking MBA bothy use rules ((Covid 19!!), in the bothy to make our food, making our way back to the tents and sleeping bags following, or watching the sunset.

This whole area is fascinating from a geological point of view (Scotland’s first Geopark, an area of significant geological interest) an area of early settlement at the dawn of man (and midge) kind, and more recently in WW2 a site where the midget submariners trained before going to do their thing in Norway or wherever.”

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To see more pages from the whole trip go to the Major trips and Expedition reports tab on the club website or click here…….

One-way trip from Soldier’s Point to Porth Dafarch with Liverpool Canoe Club By Julian Trigg

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Soldier’s point access improved since my last visit, the Skerries visible in the background.

Enroute to North Stack, deceptively calm

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North Stack tide race ahead; it was quite confused inshore

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Parliament Cave, staying well away due to Seal Pupping time of year

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The final cave, well hardly a cave, more a narrow fissure in the rock. They went in one by one, paddles on decks, hand propulsion against the sides and disappeared. I’d already had one altercation with a rock and decided to stay outside ‘on duty’ having done enough damage for one day. Eventually they all came out backwards, obviously no room to turn around inside.

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An excellent paddle with LCC members – thanks for the company, arrangements and car shuttle !

2021 Scottish Sea Kayaking Trip to the Summer Isles Day 05

2021 Scottish Sea Kayaking Trip to the Summer Isles

Day 05 Thursday Oldany Island camp at Cnoc a Mhoil Bhain to loch na mols (small bay) by Mark Benson

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Overnight winds had lessened when we awoke to a calmer day. However, the light breeze was still enough to keep the midges at bay (hurrah!).

Catriona led us off, heading east along the south coast of Eddrachillis Bay. Initially we threaded between and around a number of small islands, meeting several seals along the way. We continued along the coast, passing in and out of the small A picture containing sky, grass, outdoor, cloudy

Description automatically generated lochs. Loch Nedd and Loch Ardbhair gave sheltered diversions and a chance for a rest. We entered Loch Ardbhair against a mild tidal flow of the outgoing tide. Some ferry glided to the far side and worked the eddies in the narrows.

Finally, we continued around the last section of coast to reach Keith’s “5 star” target beach in Loch na Mola. We weren’t disappointed, though the picturesque hinterland of Lochan na Dubh Leithi threatened mosquitoes to add to the inevitable midges.

The grassy camping area was not sufficient for all of us, and some camped on the shingle beach, the guy lines of their geodesic tents secured with rocks. The continuing breeze gave us time to relax and enjoy dinner but as it dropped away, so the midges emerged and some of us retreated to our tents.

Frankie observed that the setting sun would make for some good photos; alerted by this, I enjoyed watching the sun set into the sea. As evening drew on the wind began to build up again. We were in for a very noisy night, wondering if our tents would hold. However, it was mainly “sound and fury”, everyone’s tent was still in place by morning and the wind doubtless lessened the presence of our winged tormentors.

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To see more pages from the whole trip go to the Major trips and Expedition reports tab on the club website or click here…….

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Description automatically generatedDay 04 Wednesday Port Allan na Bradhan to Oldany Island camp at Cnoc a Mhoil Bhain via the point of Stoer and old man by Debbie Hughes

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Description automatically generated Setting off from Port Allan na Bradhan it was quite overcast but good paddling conditions again. As we left Achmelvich Bay we could see Stoer Head Lighthouse in the distance. It had been visible for several days, far, far away but today was the day we would actually reach it. The tidal planning committee had to be spot on today with tidal direction and timing to get us round Stoer Head and Point of Stoer, the crux of today’s paddle.

The first point of interest was the split rock near Clachtoll…A’Chlach Thuill in Gaelic, created by the slippage of a massive section of rock down the Torridonian sandstone base – spectacular seen from the sea.

We continued on across small Clachtoll Bay’s sandy beaches where we think we saw the black rib belonging to the guy we met at Lochinver pie shop who had directed us to the previous night’s excellent tucked away campsite. Next across the bigger Bay of Stoer and then about four and a half kilometres further on to Geodh Gainmhich, and a tiny beach where we stopped to refuel before tackling the committing part of our day’s paddle. Keith shouting “don’t get swept round the point” made us all A picture containing outdoor, sky, water, nature

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Back on the water after second breakfast we were out and round the point with the lighthouse high above us in no time. The water was gently bouncy for the next section up towards the Old Man of Stoer, with dramatic cliffs all the way along until the spectacular 60m high sea stack appeared…no one climbing there today but a popular challenge with climbers. Keith organised a group photo right in front of it which took some manoeuvring to get us all in position.

There were lots of rock hopping opportunities for those who dared, and we soon reached Point of Stoer and started heading south easterly towards our lunch spot at the jetty at Culkein where it was rush hour for the local cattle who took priority wandering along the only road holding up the traffic, such as it was.

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Description automatically generatedWe set off again to cross to Eilian Chrona, and next to Oldany Island where we were camping that night. I was really looking forward to this as I had camped here once before a long time back and it was definitely one of my all-time favourite camping spots.

We rounded the northern point of Oldany then played “find the beach” amongst all the rocky outcrops exposed at low tide. Even at low tide the white sand of the tombolo beach (Sand either side of an isthmus) did not disappoint – just as I remembered. Plenty of flat grass for camping and the big plus – a midge free night.

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What a way to celebrate my birthday, the third I have spent on a LCC paddling trip. Great company, amazing coastal scenery on a piece of coast I have long wanted to paddle. The blondies I had made to bring as a birthday treat had survived long enough to be still edible and were shared round. (One thing less to stuff in my hatches tomorrow morning – and a wee dram (or several) of whisky to finish the day off. What more could you want from a birthday…..

I had chosen to keep my phone turned off throughout the trip except from taking the odd photo. BUT, seeing as it was my birthday, I turned it on to get birthday messages from my friends and family. Several pinged their way through including one from my daughter Anna. Happy Birthday Mommy – I’ve been trying to call you – I’m in hospital. News you never want to hear. Poor Anna was in Edinburgh Royal Infirmary and had emergency surgery on her lower back. As updates on her recovery came through it became apparent that she would be unable to look after herself for some time when she was discharged so I made the decision to abandon my plans to paddle a second week and leave the group on Sunday after returning to the campsite near Ullapool to go and look after her in Musselburgh…The Gairloch section would be another stretch of coastline to look forward to another time.

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To see more pages from the whole trip go to the Major trips and Expedition reports tab on the club website or click here…….

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Description automatically generatedDay 03 Tuesday Garvie Bay to Port Allan na Bradhan via Lochinver by Andy Garland

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Description automatically generated I awoke, peered out of my tent, and started counting the midges. When I got to twenty million gadzillion I decided that an ample dosing of Deet and a midge net was a good way to start the day. The tent was un-erected (is that a word?) and gear packed in the boat before all my new midgy mates had had a chance to fully introduce themselves. I sought solace on the water and watched bemused as Roger of Wales assembled his 3-piece kayak (does the pointy section go in the middle or at the end?).

Once all the group were in their boats we paddled north – the sun shone, the scent of heather drifted over the water and the towering monoliths of the Sutherland mountains provided a stunning backdrop. What more could anyone want? Well, the answer to that question is simple…we wanted pies, lots of pies. By an amazing coincidence the best pie shop in the known universe lay only a few kilometres away – The Lochinver Larder (AKA Lochinver Pie Shop). We landed right outside the Pie Shop (I mean right outside – within 4 meters of the entrance) and availed ourselves of their delicious pastry wrapped offerings.

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After around 5km we entered the narrow entrance of Loch Roe – the seal watching location that had been recommended. It was a very tranquil spot. The numerous seals seemed only mildly interested in our presence and lazed idly under the warm September sun. After a while we continued north to find the hidden gem of a campsite (Port Allan na Bradhan). Well, it certainly was hidden! It took a while for us to find the narrow entrance that was almost invisible from the sea.

However, once ashore we soon pitched camp and some of the more deranged members of the party went for a swim (without drysuits!) in the frigid and terribly wet water. Frankie and I were much more sensible and sat beside the tents shaking our heads at their childish exploits. It had been a fantastic day, but I must admit to having a gnawing sense of unease about what we had planned for tomorrow.

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To see more pages from the whole trip go to the Major trips and Expedition reports tab on the club website or click here…….

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Day 02 Monday Tanera More Island to Garvie Bay via Isle Ristol and Rubha Na Coigeach (headland) by Ian Bell

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With the weather looking good, the majority of us were ready around the target time of 9:00am. One or two were a little slower than this, as they faced the challenges of getting everything back into the boat after the first night’s camp. After the usual cursing and swearing, we were all eventually packed and ready on the water. In reality, it did not really matter this day, as there were no tide windows that needed to be met. We all set off from Anchorage Bay on Tanera More, heading on a course north, that would take us A person in a boat on the water

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We then continued North around the Rubha Na Coigeach headland, exploring as we went and keeping an eye on the open sea to our left for any possible sightings of wildlife. Although there were a couple of possibilities, we did not have any confirmed sightings of any big mammals. We did see seals and plenty of seagulls.

Once around Ruba Na Coigean, we stated to think about a camping option for the evening. We knew of the commercial caravan site at Achnahaird and that the beach here would be a very long carry, landing and lunching at low water. Being on spring tides we would need to camp high on the beach that night.

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No sooner had we landed, people started to look for and claim their tent pitch. Andy used his paddle to mark his territory, but this was reallocated by someone, who shall remain nameless. Alan was just as quick and found a space on the grass that was flat but was currently being used by a couple, who were sunbathing there. Apparently, he did ask but started to set up next to them. They left shorty after.

Others found spots but soon started to find midges in the grass. Some of us had experience from previous trips in Canada where we camped on rock platforms, so chose this as our preferred option. Once the tents were set up and with some of the weight of our kit out of the boats, they were carried up to top of rocks, so they would be safe for the night. By now, most of the day trippers had left, so we began to cook the evening meal.

As evening closed in, some retreated to their tents. Catriona and I when a short wark to explore the river and view the loch that feed them. It was about 1km of muddy path that took us up from beach, around the small loch to the road, where we got a view across a much larger loch which fed the river. We tried to get to see the waterfalls which we could hear in the distance but as the path tended to go away from river, we could not get very close to get any good pictures only glimpsing them from a distance. Arriving back as dark fell, we retreated to are tent for the night and to see what the next day would bring.

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To see more pages from the whole trip go to the Major trips and Expedition reports tab on the club website or click here…….

Hilbre Island Event Results

Many thanks for taking part in this year’s Event.
Next Event – Sunday 17th July 2022

Full results / photos and details of next year`s event are now on our website – just click the appropriate links.  If you have any feedback or comments to make next years event even better, please email them in.

https://www.liverpoolcanoeclub.co.uk/hilbre/

Sunday 12th September 2021
Full list of all results and times….

 Hilbre Race (13km) 8.7m Tide  Little Eye Race (9km) West Kirby Race (4km)
 1st Racing Ski Nigel jones  1st Kayak Simon Witcher 1st Junior Kayak Poppy Clews (12)
 1st Performance Race Ian Makkison  2nd Kayak Derek Connolly 2nd Junior Kayak Oliver Groom (9)
 1st Sea Kayak James Shrimpton  3rd Kayak Brian Green 3rd Junior Kayak Ella Clews (15)
 2nd Sea Kayak Max Pipe
 3rd Sea Kayak Mark Martindale
 1st Double Sea Kayak Isaac and Al Pipe
 1st Female Sea Kayak Helen Marriott
 Highest LCC member Andy Rowley

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This year’s trip was organised as two separate weeks but both starting from the same campsite at Ardmair Point. This would enable people to paddle for either or both of the weeks and allowed for greater flexibility. Week 1 headed North around the Point of Stoer to Kylesku Bridge. Week 2 saw us head South around Rua Reidh to Gairloch and Charlestown. We enjoyed fantastic summer conditions again. On both occasions we were self-sufficient and camped out of our boats.

The Paddlers

Alan P, Andy G, Catriona H, Debbie H, Frankie A, Ian B, Mark B, Keith S, Roger M, David G

Ardmair Point Holiday Park

Ardmair Point is one of Scotland’s most beautifully situated holiday centres. Located 3 miles North of the fishing village of Ullapool, Ardmair offers both self-catering holiday accommodation and a caravan or camping park with excellent facilities.

On one side of the peninsular is the location of the self-catering holiday accommodation including lodges, chalets and a holiday home. All are situated just above the beach and command stunning views over the sea to the mountains beyond. On the other side of the peninsular separated from the self-catering holiday accommodation is the touring caravan or camping park with most of the pitches having spectacular views. The Park has excellent facilities and including an on-site café serving a range of meals and cakes. https://www.ardmair.com/

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Day 01 Sunday Ardmair point to Tanera More (island) via Horse Island & Tanera Beg island by Frankie Annan

Or alternately the day of car shuttles and Canoes on a rocky beach

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Waking to a midgy misty morning we quickly loaded (threw) gear into the cars to transfer boats and all the paraphernalia involved in a week’s sea paddling to the beach right by the campsite to get packed and sorted. It has been suggested I refused to move on the beach until I had coffee. Moi?

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We headed out onto the water and set out for somewhere, the sun came out and we paddled towards the summer isles, at some point Keith said he wanted to go round the outside of an island, that is a song said Andy G – so the Buffalo Girls became the phrase for any circumnavigation of anything for the rest of the week.

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On landing at Some local knowledge was provided to Keith and we settled into our first campsite on Tanmera Mor to eat and watch the sunset.

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To see more pages from the whole trip go to the Major trips and Expedition reports tab on the club website or click here…….

Hilbre Island Race on Sunday Afternoon. Dee Sailing Club CH61 0HN

Why not take part with a last minute entry or come along to watch and meet other club members.

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As you may all know we have the three events on this Sunday – Many club members are taking part or helping with safety and organisation. The weather is looking extremely promising with very light winds so if you would like to paddle you can still enter up until midday on Saturday. 4km West Kirby paddle can be done in any craft or paddleboard. If you want more of a challenge why not try going around Little Eye (8km). Any craft. https://www.liverpoolcanoeclub.co.uk/hilbre/payment.php

Club boats can be loaned for the day. The compound is open at 5pm on Saturday to collect boats and will be open on Sunday after the event and BBQ.

Loan of Club boats. https://www.liverpoolcanoeclub.co.uk/members/Equipment/equipment.htm

go Kayaking

We have out sponsors from Go Kayaking (Runcorn) over to give out prizes and they will have a selection of gear on show or for sale. If you would like them to bring part of the shop across, ( a demo boat / range of sizes in a particular  item of clothing) Give them a ring or email to discuss. 01928 710770.

Even if you do want to take part, why not come along to watch from the sunny beach / club house. The race starts at 2:30pm but you are advised to get there early as we have closed the road except for competitors. You may need to park in the public car park by the café. Dee sailing club BBQ and Bar are available to spectators and participants. Hot Dogs and Beef Burgers £3.Dee Sailing Club

Dee Sailing Club
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Liverpool Canoe Club is open to all and aims "to provide the maximum canoeing and kayaking opportunities for all its members"