For Sale Valley Etain Sea Kayak 1100 ono.

Now Sold

Hi all. As you may know I have had to hang up my paddle! as a result I have all my kit for sale.

Valley Etain 17-7 British racing green in very good condition usual scuffs and scrapes but not excessive. Stored undercover in garage.

All hatches in perfect condition ie soft and flexible and no cracking. I have just repaired and serviced the seat pan, Complete with Reed spray deck and cockpit cover and  allen key for skeg slider in small aquapak. £1100 ono.

Andy 07786026091

Club weekends and major events for the Club 2017

Club weekends and major events for the Club 2017 – for more detail check the online Club Calendar…….

10 – 12th March 2017 Scottish Sea Paddle Arisaig/Mallaig area – Coordinator Simon Howarth
10th March 2017 Improvers River Trip (Grade 2-3) – Coordinator John Allerton and Keith Steer Click to book a place…
13 – 17th March 2017 River Wye Paddle from Hereford to Hoarwithy (Grade 1 flat water) – Coordinator Carl Yung Leungsangnam Click to book a place…
1st, 8th April and 7th and 8th May 2017 Open Boat (Canadian Canoe) Introductory / Improvers Course – Coordinator Mike Alter and Ruth Edwards 3 x half day and 1 day local trip Click to book a place…
13 – 17th April 2017 Scottish Easter Paddling Holiday based at Kinlochleven – coordinator Roy McHale. Click to book a place…
22nd April 2017 Introductory Course for new members / Novice Paddlers 1 x six hour session Click to book a place…
12 – 14th May 2017 Anglesey Weekend #1  Click for more and to book a place – based at Tyn Rhos Trearddur Bay  – coordinator Peter Massey.
26 – 29th May 2017 Pembroke Bank Holiday Weekend Click for more and to book a place – based at Whitesands Camping coordinator Jenny Brown.
9 – 11th June 2017 Anglesey Junior Club Weekend #2 Click for more and to book a place – based at Pen-y-Bont Farm, 4 Mile Bridge  coordinator Keith Steer.
25th June 2017 Hilbre Island Race – Club event for all  More information……..
7 – 9th July 2017 Anglesey Weekend #3 Click for more and to book a place – based at Bodfan Farm, Rhosneigr  – coordinator Jenny Brown.
21st July  – 6th Aug 2017 Alpine Holiday Alpine Rivers Holiday – Briancon France  Coordinator Keith Steer
22 – 24th Septmber 2017 Anglesey Weekend #4 Click for more and to book a place – based at Outdoor Alternative Rhoscolyn  – coordinator Peter Massey.

March Photo of the Month Competition – Click here to vote for your favourite

Photo of the Month CompetitionClick here to vote for your favourite

Elf on a Shed – Photo by Sarah Gille

LCC Ladies Canoe Polo Team  – Photo by Emma Kirk

Matthew Dunn on the Tees Weekend – Photo by Keith Steer
Richard Reeves on the Tees Weekend – Photo by Keith Steer
Craig Ford on the River Dee Improvers Trip – Photo by Keith Steer

Craig and Steve on the Burrs – Photo by Dave Gentle

Photo of the Month CompetitionClick here to vote for your favourite

Sea Kayak Improver Trip, 26th February 2017 by Hannah Bellamy

To put our skills into practice, our 3 session sea kayak improver course cumulated on Sunday with an open water trip on the Dee estuary. In the wake of storm Doris, the original plan to paddle to Hilbre was changed to a more sheltered paddle, up the estuary, from the Dee Sailing Club towards Parkgate.

We met at the Dee Sailing Club bright and early, donned our thermals and dry suits, and carried our boats down to the beach to launch. Keith Steer described where we were headed and off we went, at first paddling at about 45 degrees to the north westerly to get clear of the beach.

In the strong wind and great waves, we kept in a large group, 16 altogether, with Keith at the head and our coaches Gareth Jones, Alan Peachment and Mark


Pawley (unfortunately John Fay had hurt his back and was unable to join us) supporting and watching out for us from all sides. This was
my first trip on open water (aside from a tame potter on the Devonshire coast in the glorious sunshine of the height of summer!), but I got use to the motion of the sea quickly and using mark’s very smart paddle (thank you again!) I surprised myself by making good headway with my improved paddle stroke described by a fellow paddler as ‘steady and efficient’! Once clear of the shore, we paddled into the wind, choppy waves coming from the side, but I trusted in my sturdy club Scorpio (and my improving support strokes!) and thoroughly enjoyed either ploughing through the waves or floating over them to fall down the trough on the other side.

We paddled for a couple of hours, with the little white houses of Parkgate ahead, before turning into the marshes to fuel up on bananas and homemade treats. We didn’t stay too long as the tide was receding and the marshes were becoming muddy, so we continued up the channel through the marshes.

Compared with the waves of the open water, the little ripples in the channel were deceiving because even though the water looked calmer, we were paddling right into a wind tunnel and we all had a tremendous workout (I’m still feeling it a little now!). Determination was needed to keep on course and I found it was helpful to keep looking ahead, as looking sideways or behind gave you the illusion that you were either staying still, or worse, going backwards…!

We powered on and after another couple of kilometres we all came together to form an ad hoc raft and had a breather. We then headed back downstream where we really had an opportunity to put our ‘keeping on course’ techniques into practice, edging all the way to keep from drifting onto the bank!

Due to an increasing wind the decision was made that we should dock back where we had stopped for elevenses, and shuttle the kayaks back to the Dee sailing club, rather than paddling with the wind behind us. All 12 drivers cleaned the marshes mud from their boots and packed impressively into Mark’s van whilst those of us who were left watched the boats and enjoyed the


sunshine that was appearing.

Once back at the sailing club, warm and dry, we rounded off our trip with a drink and chatter in the sailing club bar.

The trip was a wonderful introduction to open water, perfect for the weather that we had as it was challenging, but not excessively so; it gave us the opportunity to practice the skills we had learned and built on during the course and I felt very safe in the group as everyone was watching out for and encouraging each other. I hope we can paddle together again!


A huge thanks to Gareth, Alan, John and Mark for running this course, and to Keith for heading the trip. I can’t wait to get back on the water!

More Photos of the Dee Estuary Sea Trip…..
More Photos of the Sea Kayak Training in the docks……

Scottish Easter Paddling Holiday based at Kinlochleven – coordinator Roy McHale Thursday, 13th April  to Monday 16th April 2017 (4 days)

Click here for more information and to book………

See  below from last year’s newsletter to see what the weekend is all aboutIdeal location for everyone in the club – non paddlers welcome.  Something for everyone!

39  is the maximum number on this trip to ensure there is enough cover for all the trips.   We will contact you with more details – list of who is going so you can share transport nearer the time.  The area is ideal for Sea Kayaking, loch paddling, grade 2 rivers, grade 3-4 rivers, Open Boat trips, walking, Skiing and mountain Biking. There is something for everyone.

Cost is £17.50 per night but you need to pay for all 4 nights. We have booked the whole hostel for all of the Easter so that is £70 for a place on the trip. 1 x 2, 3 x 3, 5 x 4 and 1 x 8 bedded rooms available and will be allocated by Roy once you have booked.

There is a camping / Camping van option which is the same cost as the hostel (£70) and must be pre-booked using the bookwhen form below as it is a very busy Easter and most of the tent spaces have been reserved for walkers on the West Highland Way. We would prefer it if you stayed in the hostel rather than camped.Roy McHale email: Roy.McHale AT

We are in the Blackwater hostel again this year. Lab road Kinlochleven PH504SG Telephone 01855831253

30/03/16 Liverpool Canoe Club -Scotland 2016  31/3/16  2 Fresh. 1 Salty and a Snowy

Good Friday Fresh Water

For Carole and I, the annual Scottish Easter Holiday kicked off on Friday morning with a paddle down the middle Orchy (grade 3 – 4) . It was our first white water trip since the club paddle down the Dee from Carrog Bridge at the end of January so we were looking forward to getting on a river again. A big group left the Blackwater Hostel and drove up the stunningly beautiful Glen Coe and over Rannoch More to our put-in at Bridge Of Orchy. After the usual shuttle dance with the cars, we split into manageable groups and got on the water.

Each river leader had slightly different ideas and, while some spent some time coaching on the decent, others “smashed it” and got down much quicker.

With high pressure dominating our weather for over a week, the level was a bit low so some of the features contained more rocks to bounce off than was ideal. Everyone seemed to cope and the result was only a handful of swims. Despite the chilly water temperature and wind, it was a really great return to white water paddling.

The group I was in was very ably led by Keith Steer and Ian Bell but other notables also kept everyone in our group in check. The incident that sticks out most in my memory is when Dom Fahey took a dip and his boat got pinned on a rock. What followed was a great display of white water safety and rescue skills. Ian live baited out to the boat on a back line but couldn’t quite get near enough. From the opposite side of the river, Keith was without bank support so made a leap of faith for a nearby boulder. His aim was good and he climbed over it to budge Dom’s boat back into play. The FSRT training we did recently enabled me to play a part helping to collect the paddling debris and boat from below the feature.

The Orchy is almost a park and play river with a good road running very close to most of the features. This also means that it’s a relatively easy portage around some of the stuff that looks nasty while also giving a great view of the brave souls having a go at running the grade 5 monsters.

A fantastic trip, quite long for Scotland, and I went back to the hostel tired but buzzin’

Paddlers – lots of us

 Salty Saturday

Because a number of us had driven up with an armoury of toys, six of us headed off to do a sea trip. The forecast was decidedly mixed up but it was clear that wild conditions weren’t too far away. The local forecast was for rain and variable winds so we opted for a nearby trip that Carole and I have done quite a few times.

We got on the water close to Polanach on the Oban road and padded off on a windless sea towards Shuna. Low cloud and drizzle was hanging in the shallow corries and it was obvious that it wasn’t going to be the greatest day from a “scenic views” perspective.

Trevor Strain was with us and, although he’s paddled quite a bit in the past, he’s only recently joined the club and got back into it. This was his first ever sea trip so we all watched him carefully to make sure someone was at hand to fish him out quickly should he take a dip. As it happened he did very well ….. but more of that later.

Leaving Shuna close by to our left, we paddled through some small skerries where there are normally plenty of birds and seals and even some porpoise to be seen. With Easter being so early this year, the birds were in short supply but we did spy a few seals. By the time we reached a beach on the north eastern end of Lismore, Trevor was showing signs of tiring so we had a decent lunch break to help him recover. He had hired a Delphin from the club racks and, even with a variety of skeg positions, found it difficult to keep it in a straight line even in the almost none-existent zephyr of a breeze. We suggested altering the trim of the boat by packing it differently but the wind had piped up to f3 by the time we had finished our lunch so the game had changed.

Back on the water again, we headed off towards Port Appin with small waves hitting us beam on. Again, we all watched Trevor anticipating a swim but he kept upright all the time and did very well in the “tippy” conditions. I knew there was a pub on the beach in Appin so mentioned this to Trevor and it became obvious that he wanted to head in for a warm and a rest while the rest of us completed the trip. After lifting his boat way up above the tide and seeing him safely into the pub, the remaining 5 of us headed up in very little tide and crossed out of the harbour and out in the rain towards the southern tip of Shuna and then back up the sound to our cars. For those with sharp eyes, a whacking big otter was spotted scurrying across the pebble beach and into the water.

Returning to the pub to collect Trevor we were grateful for the round he bought and it was evident that the rest (and the whiskey) had revived him.

Paddlers – Carole Thomas / David Rider / Anthony Vaccaro / Don Brooks / Trevor Strain / Pete Thomas

Lower Etive Sunday

This section is often overlooked by the middle section where most paddlers head.  However, the lower Etive is well worth a paddle.  It`s where things happen at a much more leisurely pace. Fun surf waves and small holes frequent the first couple of miles of this section before you arrive quite unexpectedly at a short grade 4 section. However, as it is the only part of this section where the river disappears from view it should be easy to spot. Access to the fall is easy for protection and a swim should be short and reasonably safe. We didn’t read the guidebook properly and found the G4 (or maybe its 4+ or 5- at the level) when we observed the people in dancers ahead of us backlooping and swimming!

Several sticky holes precede this rapid across the river before the river disappears around a corner where the water is funnelled down a channel on river left. The main fall consists of two short drops in quick succession, which can be run through the guts in relative ease depending upon experience and length of boat.

Once past this section the river eases up and the rapids become more infrequent while the flat stretches grow longer and more frequent. It is worth noting that there is a lengthy paddle out on this section and adverse weather conditions should be taken into account eg. snow, hail etc.

This is an excellent beginner/ intermediate section although there is a hidden bonus for experienced paddlers…

Let me recommend the River Etive as arguably the best river for swimming in the UK. The pools are simply delicious. Dark, deep, plenty bombing and diving to be had. The waterfalls just add to the experience. If you catch a good spell of weather in April / May, the water should just heat up enough. One downside – midges. June to August, make sure you have your repellent at the ready. The scenery surrounding you as you take a look is simply stunning. –

Snowy Ski Sunday

Not only had many of us brought sea and white water boats but quite a few had also brought ski gear or had planned on hiring stuff up on the slopes.  We woke on Sunday morning to look out of the hostel window to see that a decent dusting of new snow had fallen during the night.

It had been 20 years since I wore my old ski mountaineering boots and touring skis but I had spent some time refurbishing them recently and was hopeful that they would last me for just one last piste bashing session. Unfortunately I was wrong and the boots were agony to wear and by the end of the day, I had bruised protuberances – painful!

Despite all that, the conditions were surprisingly good and even the sun came out quite frequently to help us. We were a mixed group of abilities and some had skis while some had snowboards. Glen Coe White Corries is a pretty small ski area so it’s very easy to meet up with everyone even though we were skiing different runs throughout the day.

By mid-afternoon most of us headed for the cafe and it was warm enough to sit outside and gaze up at the slopes. Being Easter Sunday, a lot of kids were there digging in the snow for hidden Easter eggs and, somehow or other, I’m sure I saw Sarah pop one in her mouth and feast on the illicit chocolate – maybe not, perhaps it was just my imagination.

A well worthwhile day on the piste which finished in a pleasant round of drinks and a meal in the well known Clachaig Inn

Skiers – Carole Thomas, Kirk Williams, Chris Murphy, Sarah Gille, Leanne Murray, Ciaran Fahey, Trevor Strain, Adam Carey, Pete Thomas

Fresh Water Monday (with a pinch of salt)

Most people were heading home on Monday morning and I confess that both Carole and I were inclined to do the same …… until Jenny Brown worked her magic and persuaded us to paddle the Awe, a friendly grade 1 – 3 (depending on levels) that’s more or less on the way home.

Putting in up at the Brander Barrage we paddled down in the spring sunshine. Any weariness that was felt back at the hostel was soon dispelled as we soaked up the pleasures of this delightful little river and Keith devised all sorts of fun and games which helped Carole and me get into the swing of things. He had us flaring of rocks, boofing and bashing about and even twirling paddles in one hand around our heads. Needless to say there were one or two spills when some of the more energetic moves were attempted but it was all great fun.

There are plenty of play features and friendly holes so it took us almost 3 hours to pick our way down the 6km.

Our get out was on the sea Loch Etive and, spitting distance from being home and dry, both Carole and I were heading for the same gap in nothing more than a tiny ripple of water. I had watched Ian being deflected by something underwater so knew that an obstruction was there. I’m not certain Carole had seen this but instead of paddling through, she hesitated for a moment and, even though I tried to back paddle, I hit what looked like a sharp rock (turned out to be part of a tree). My line wasn’t great and it flipped me and pinned me side on. Even though the water by this point was moving slowly, it held me fast and I couldn’t get myself free. By now my paddle was also pinned by something underwater so I couldn’t even try to lever myself out of the problem. Eventually Chris Thompson paddled back to me and swung my bow round so the boat was back in business. I was now underwater and banging my head on the bottom. I pulled my deck and swam to the nearby bank with my boat but minus my paddle. A search party set about trying to find it stuck to the bottom and sure enough it was eventually returned to me (pity really as I’ve been wanting an excuse to buy a nice new one).

Thanks to everyone for the fun and games and for freeing me from what might have been a long night out under the stars. Paddlers – Keith Steer, Sara Bergqvist, Ian Bell, Carole Thomas, David Rider, Jenny Brown, Chris Thompson, Pete Thomas

Thanks a bunch to Roy McHale for arranging this again. It’s a fantastic venue whenever Easter falls so make sure you book on next year and bring lots of toys.

 More Photos……


Introductory Sea Kayaking course – Local Sea Trip by Sarah Horton


In which brave Sarah goes out into the more than choppy waters of the Dee Estuary and the boundaries of her comfort zone are well and truly pushed.



December 2016. The Shining Shore, Dee sailing club slipway visible in the distance.

One of my favourite places in the whole world is ‘The Shining Shore’ – the shining waters and mudflats of the Dee Estuary. Me and Ronnie have walked all along this shore, from Parkgate to West Kirby, and have a default walk which starts at Thurstaston, goes inland  through lanes and woodland, and emerges on the beach and the cliffs at Thurstaston for the last stretch. We’ve done it so many times in the last six years I feel I could probably do it blindfold. We also walk further up the shore, further inland where the marsh is gradually encroaching, and we call that part ‘The Marshlands’. And yet each time we walk here there is always something to see – wildflowers, the change in the light, the birds in the estuary…. Here’s a selection of photographs of this part of the world from the last five years.

Over the years we’ve observed the cliffs erode, the marsh becoming larger. And the tidal flow in and out of the cut through the marsh. During our years of walking I didn’t imagine that I would enter the marsh through this cut. But this weekend I did.

My latest kayaking adventure starts at the Dee sailing club slipway, nearing high tide on Sunday 26 February 2017.


My Romany kayak. Ready to launch as high tide approaches, the waves are coming in.


Looking like an OK sea state.


I am one of a group of 16 paddlers on this trip today. Most of us have spent three Saturday mornings this year together at the dock in Liverpool doing an ‘Improvers sea kayaking’ course. Our coaches are Gareth Jones, Alan Peachment and John Fay. John can’t join us this weekend due to a back injury, so Gareth and Alan are joined by some other club members to take the ‘improvers’ on a sea trip. We had hoped we could paddle to Hilbre Island today – further up in this estuary, but it’s been too windy and there is swell in the tide so we’re turning left and making our way towards Parkgate.

So, I’m looking forward to viewing a favourite part of the shore, but from the water. I was hoping to show you photographs I’d take from the water of the cliffs we’ve observed over the last few years walking here.


December 2016


But, dear reader, the sea state I showed you as we entered the water became much more serious. Here’s a photo taken by Sarah Jones who has been the ‘official photographer’ of our course. (Thanks Sarah).


Photo: Sarah Jones

There was a lot of swell and confused waters. It was a bit overwhelming for me… but part of my kayaking adventure is that it is exactly that, an adventure. And I am pushing the boundary of my comfort zone. It was, to be fair, pushed a bit more than I would have liked. So, no photos, as I grip the paddle and concentrate on keeping my bow into the incoming waves. (Hitting a wave from the side increases chance of capsize, so a sea kayak performs well if it can push through oncoming waves.)

As the seemingly endless waves continue, one of my coaches Alan has very kindly stayed right with me and tells me that ‘soon’ the sea state will change as we will be in the channel. I know there is a channel here, as I have seen it many times during our walking, at various states of tide. Here is is:


October 2013


November 2012

So I am quite relieved (that’s an understatement) when we do finally get into the channel, the sea is much easier. Soon after we then arrive at Heswall boat yard, also home to Sheldrakes bar, and we are going to stop on the shore here for our elevenses.


It feels strange to approach this familiar bit of shore from the sea.


And to paddle ‘in the marsh’. It is very shallow.


I am more used to this stretch of shore looking like this:


December 2016

After our break we head back into the cut. The tide has turned now and the ebbing tide is hard to paddle against, and we are also paddling into the wind.


We don’t make it as far as Parkgate, but raft up briefly here, by the blue railings. The seaside town that is now a marsh.


This strange bit of shoreline where the railings sit like a ghost resort.


October 2013

We turn back and head back to the boat yard.


As the tide is quickly ebbing out we have an easy paddle back, the wind pushing us easily back, and then a very muddy landing in the marsh.



As usual friendly paddling banter is observed.


A fellow paddler, Mark, has returned by sea and has a van, and we are waiting for him to pick us up. We then go by van to the Dee sailing club, get our cars and return here. And we pack up our boats.



Time to leave here, with a very muddy boat. And back at the Dee sailing club we have a drink and a chat. As I leave the club house the estuary is now looking very different at 3pm, so five hours since we set off, it doesn’t look like it could have been such a hostile environment.


Looking down towards Parkgate – the white buildings just visible in the distance.


Memories of so many happy times on this shore, now seen from a different perspective.


December 2016


December 2016

Thank you to my new friends at the Liverpool Canoe Club for a great day on the water. Thanks to coaches Gareth, Alan, John with support from Mark, Ian and Keith.


Photo: Sarah Jones

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P&H Capella for sale £420 ono

The good P&H (round hatch) corelite version not the Venture canoes version.
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Boat – Capella 166  Weight range is 65-120KG (Photo above shows someone lighter with a seat pad to reduce volume)
Usual wear and tear but good condition, Hatches all in good condition.  I haven’t used it for a while hence being sold.

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