Prince William Sound by kayak by Alison Moxley and Keith Steer

If you missed last night’s talk by Alison and Keith you can now watch it on the Club YouTube Link….

Recent talks:

21st April Turner Tours Ltd Open Boat Expedition to Canada by Keith Steer

28th April Bowron Lakes by Ian Bell  Club YouTube Link……

5th May Sea kayaking in East Greenland by Jim Krawiecki Club YouTube Link…

12th May Circumnavigation of Menorca by Pete Thomas Club YouTube Link…

19th May Hiking the Te Araroa trail in New Zealand by Hannah Bellamy Club YouTube Link…….

26th May Sun Khosi River of Gold by Jenny Brown and Chris Thompson Club YouTube Link….

2nd June Greenland revisited by Jim Krawiecki Club YouTube Link…

9th June Walking through the Tobeatic with canoes on our heads by Roger Coleman Club YouTube Link….
16th June Constrains led approach in coaching by Matt Giblin Club YouTube Link….

23rd June Prince William Sound by kayak – Alison Moxley and Keith Steer Club YouTube Link….

30th June Costa Brava Sea Kayaking Club Trip – Pete and Carol Thomas
7th July Hiking and sea kayaking on Vancouver Island by Catriona Hare

Kayaks, cars & horses

Recently there has been a facebook post from a horse rider who was not very happy with the way a car and kayak passed her (On North Parade near Hoylake RNLI station).

I am sure that this was not any of our members, driving on pavement to get round a horse on North Parade (coast road near Hoylake RNLI), and there could easily be a second persons point of view, but this is a great opportunity to to learn about horses (I don’t know much, but I do occasionally pick bits up).

Horses are very strange animals.

They are very powerful animals, that can be very brave, but they can also spook at the slightest little thing – such as a crisp packet rustling in the wind, or a blade of grass that is slightly taller than the others.

They are often used to cars, but can be very wary of a car with a kayak on the roof simply because it is different to the norm.

As such, it is best to slow down and past them as wide as you possibly can (when overtaking or coming towards the animal) or look for the signal if the rider wishes you to stop. Once past the horse, don’t just rev and shoot off as that can also spook them

Also, if it looks like the horse is having a moment, or the horse is not fully under the control of the rider, then it is probably best to stop well back because a tonne of horse can seriously ruin your day (never mind the risk to both horse and rider)

I am sure this is not one of us, but if this was anyone you know, please tell them as I believe the footage is going to the police / and it doesnt show us in a positive light.

Mike (Facebook post below)

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The **** driver of the mini who decided to beep his horn multiple times, undertake the car that was in front of him and behind us, and then mount the pavement and go speeding past; He almost made willow bolt, and he made Freddie rear (as seen in the pictures)…
All because he wanted to go canoeing in the sea 2 minutes quicker than if he’d just been patient and waited for us to be off the road or in an area with more room.

He could have killed us.
He could have killed a pedestrian.

Does anyone know this driver? Canoe and car are quite recognisable together. Tall man, old, grey goatie and short grey hair.

Taking footage to the police 👌🏻

Congratulations to Lee Doyle for his winning Photo of the month for June

Photo of the Month

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Congratulations to Lee Doyle for his winning Photo of the month for June

June 2020

1st Place

Eliza paddling on the Leeds to Liverpool Canal by Lee Doyle

2nd Place

C1 Solo on the River Mersey by Colin Smith

3rd Place

Clare Brown – Windermere Solo Paddle 5 March 2020

4th Place

Jimski on the Bridgewater Canal

5th Place

Sarah Jones at Acton Swing Bridge by Gareth Jones

6th Place

Paddle on the Dee by Mike Alter

Paddle up the Mersey, Monday 15th June by Jill Barlow

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I was one of the lucky ones who saw Keith’s email in time to snag two places on his trip up the Mersey. These days you need to get in there fast to join a paddle!

We met at 6.30 by the dock compound – Keith, Trevor, Roger, Derek, Helen and myself – and we launched our boats in the small river entrance across the road. It was a nice evening and the river looked enticing, though the wind was a little stronger than expected.

A few fishermen were on the quayside with their lines out, so we negotiated a passage alongside the wall to keep them happy and set off. I’m usually on a 34ft racing sailboat when I’m on the Mersey, so it was a little strange to be so close to the water!

We made good progress, thanks in part to the tide coming in, passing various landmarks including the Marina lock gate, the old dock warehouses and new office blocks. Further on, we passed the Britannia pub and the red bull statue in Otterspool Park.

People walking along the prom and on the beach called out or waved to us – guess they’re more used to seeing the large, impersonal tankers, not kayakers making their own way up the river!

The route we took was down the Garston channel – one of the two shipping channels which are dredged to provide enough depth for the larger boats coming in. The buoys are labelled G1-11, and those indicating the Eastham channel are E1-E7. They’re also used as racing marks by the racing fleets of the local yacht clubs.

Buoys & marks on the River Mersey (Courtesy of Royal Mersey Yacht Club)

The sky got slowly darker as we headed towards Garston docks, with the occasional threatening rumble of thunder. There were also two rainbows ahead, contrasting nicely with the dark grey clouds, but none of us could spot any pots of gold. We stayed closer to the shore for a safe haven if required but when the rain started, it was only gentle with no squalls.

We paddled beyond the docks, lined by old sandstone walls, and along the industrial estate to the start of the Speke and Garston Coastal Reserve, before turning back just ahead of the tide turning.

Cyclists and walkers on Otterspool prom called out to us again, with some taking photos – maybe it’ll result in more club members, or perhaps our photo in the Echo…

We were treated to a great sunset as we did the return trip, hardly noticing the soft rain. A very enjoyable trip, covering over 10 miles and allegedly using more than 980 calories – equivalent to 4¼ Mars bars!

Together with good company, it was a great way to spend a Monday evening.

More photos here…..

(NB the River Mersey Estuary needs ideal conditions and is subject to extremely fast tides, few landing opportunities and many commercial piers and pontoons).

A nearly summer solstice paddle round Hilbre Island 20th June 2020 by Catriona Hare

A nearly summer solstice paddle round Hilbre Island 20th June 2020 by Catriona Hare

Although there were quite a few beards around and some unruly hair styles, there were only a few people who looked like they could pass for druids, and no longest day rituals ensued. Although there was talk of the use of horsehair clippers as an emergency grooming tool, if our inner Getafix started to take hold.

There were two groups paddling round Hilbre today the official LCC trip and some other randomers from the club who just happened to be on the same stretch of water. Well until Wales opens up to those of us east of the border, Hilbre and West Kirby are going to be very popular. It started, much to Keith’s chagrin with Ian predicting the arrival of water on the slip more accurately. Despite the lack of choice of location a paddle to Hilbre is still really enjoyable. Today’s trip provided varied conditions for getting those lock down neglected kayaking muscles working again. Gentle swell and surf over the shallows on route to and from Hilbre enhanced by the south/southwest winds. The over-falls on the far side of Hilbre also provide us with plenty of opportunity to play and carry out rescue “practice”, before we stopped on the beach on the south end of the island for a snack and some socially distanced conversation.

Thank you all for the company, it is good to see some real people, well members of LCC 🙂. Hopefully I will see you all again soon.

LCC trip, Keith, Kris, Paul, Matt, Stephen, Catriona

More photographs………

Randomers, Ian, Ruth, Mike, Nikki, Martin, Danny

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Tale of Two Paddles by Trevor Strain and Jill Barlow

Tale of Two Paddles – Trevor Strain and Jill Barlow

We’ve enjoyed two paddling trips recently in contrasting locations, both with good weather. On May 27th we spent a day paddling almost 14 miles from Farndon to Sandy Lane (via Chester Weir) in an open boat on the River Dee. The other was an 8 mile trip on 1st June, organised by Ian Bell along with Sharon, Kris and Martin – up the River Mersey from New Brighton, returning with a loop round the lighthouse. The Heineken effect was experienced in both trips, affecting muscles not reached by any other form of exercise!

It’s interesting to compare the trips – one of the rivers separates Liverpool and the Wirral and the other marks the boundary between England and Wales. We were aware that the English – Welsh border runs along the Dee and there are different lockdown arrangements for each. Just after setting off, we saw a guy waiting in a kayak on the English side of the river with a radio. We wondered whether he might be from ‘Border Control’, but he just waved and smiled as we passed.
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There were no such concerns on the Mersey – just the need to avoid the ferries and tankers that regularly travel up and down, whilst appreciating the resultant wash. (NB the River Mersey Estuary needs ideal conditions and is subject to extremely fast tides, few landing opportunities and many commercial piers and pontoons).

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 On the Dee, there are some intriguing dwellings including log cabins and caravans with various outbuildings. Many had solar panels, wind turbines and a manual or electronic pulley system for river access for boats – ‘The Good Life’ on water. Also some more traditionally-built brick houses – presumably where the Margos and Jerrys live.

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We saw more wildlife on the River Dee, with lots of birds and many bright blue dragonflies flying close to the water. We saw a lot of fish jumping out of the water to catch midges and there were many holes along the banks – maybe where otters and voles live. Anyone remember “Tales of the Riverbank?” On the Mersey, there were some lesser-striped jet-skiers with their own distinctive buzz, as well as various dogs running along the promenade and jumping in the sea.

There’s no doubt that being prevented from paddling for a couple of months is a great way to remind us of how much we enjoy it and the variety of locations within easy reach.

Thanks to Kris for the Mersey pics

Paddling sessions at the Docks by Liz McCreery

Paddling sessions at the Docks by Liz McCreery

Out again at last! All safely distanced, boats & equipment cleaned afterwards. We got to see the lock at the end dock open and close (first time for me). The sun shone. First time out for our new member Jimmy in canoe.

Thanks to Marty for organising this docks paddle and to Vic, Jimmy, Allan & Ben for the company too. More please!

More photos……..

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.  Currently no more than 6 people may meet for exercise at an outdoor venue. You MUST have your own supply of hand sanitiser with you at all times to paddle with the club

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 6 – both will be asked to go home and not paddle with the rest of the group. (absolute maximum of 6 people – including children). Only people booked on should attend and only people from the same household in the same car or boat.

What if I do not have my own equipment – Some dock paddles are now being advertised as allowing members to borrow club equipment, but you CANNOT hire club equipment for trips away from the docks.  The only exception is a key holder who pre-books a kayak for themselves for a club trip and can return it the same day with their key!

Can the trip be A to B with a car shuttle – Social distancing guidelines say no car sharing for members outside a household, so these kinds of trips are unfortunately not possible at the moment.

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

The club has agreed the following protocols:

  • The changing sheds should not be used at all.
  • Only one group to use the docks / equipment from the compound at any one time. – timetabling of trips is via the club calendar (contact for advice and to ask for it to be added to the calendar)
  • Members should be encouraged to select the correct equipment without trying multiple sets and it is their own responsibility to ensure any equipment is sanitised.   (Eg wipe down any paddle shafts etc).
  • Children under 16 will only be allowed on the water with a paddling adult from the household (eg a parent)
  • The club will supply Spray for use on the padlocks and gate handles by a key holder but members borrowing paddles should clean loaned items themselves and remove all cleaning products and waste.
  • We will continue the policy of NOT allowing members to hire club equipment for paddles away from the docks.  There simply is not the capacity to allow for this.   The exception would be for key holders, who can use their own key, to collect and return club equipment used solely for them to participate in such club paddles.
  • There is absolutely no expectation that any members of the Stewardship group or keyholders group should run any sessions unless they expressly want to.  If you are still advised to shield, then please continue to do so.
  • 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
  • If you are feeling unwell or are in one of the medium or high-risk groups, you should continue to shield and stay away from club promoted paddles.

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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

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