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Resipole

Well the alternative to Arisaig provided excellent!

The Friday was lovely and sunny and we had a short paddle that afternoon eastwards along the loch.

Saturday’s paddle was westwards initially in sunny calm then a stiff breeze in our faces a bit, which died out just as we stopped for lunch which meant the midgies were around for the break!  The way back developed into flat calm and sunny the highlight being a pod of 4 porpoises being seen heading towards us.  There was also a bit of viewing of starfish of various sizes and colours prior to that.  Saturday evening saw the midgies very much in evidence which along with some rain curtailed the social activity somewhat.

Sunday morning was a bit wet but as we did not actually get things together till about 11am for a drive up the coast past Glenborrodale.  We paddled over to Orinsay for lunch and had a wander round the old crofts in the bay as well which meant when we returned to the boats the tide was quite a bit further out.  Cue a very sinking feeling for everybody as we sank into ankle deep clinging mud trying to get launched, lots of hilarity as we eventually got afloat!  Leaving the shelter of Carna we headed directly into a stiff northerly wind crossing to the mainland shore to paddle up it in more shelter and sunshine back to the cars.

A thoroughly pleasant weekend despite the midgies.

There was also a bit of cycling done by the peleton burning rubber to the their coffee / ice cream stop.

Pinkston Capers

Sunday saw our first visit to the white water course at Pinkston this year.  It was great to see so many members out on the water having fun – including some very new paddlers!  Talk about getting thrown in at the deep end.  Glad to say everyone seemed to have a blast!  Back again next month!

A Sunny Tay Trip

May’s SSOTM saw 6 paddlers taking to the water in Aberfeldy, with a Sprint Triathlon taking place as the road was closed at our usual put-in at the monument. With the river level being extremely low we enjoyed the beautiful scenery and sunny conditions making slow progress. Further down river we stopped for lunch where Joan exiting her boat almost got the pleasure of writing the trip report but managed to stabilise just in time ! After a pleasant lunch stop we were on the move again well almost as the river got so shallow we had to push ourselves along, I think Joan having been marooned decided that exiting her boat to pull it to deeper water was the better option. Further down river we enjoyed a few water features with Billy surfing on a wave for a short spell and that was about it.

Well until we arrived at Grandtully, having had a look Billy took the lead with Andy, John and myself following on behind, with the others making the first drop I managed to find myself getting flipped and pinned, thinking I could push myself upright again, I soon found myself upside down, two failed roll attempts soon saw me bailout and swim, Joan providing protection from the river bank with a well aimed throw line soon saw me to safety and with thanks to Andy and the others my boat was rescued too !

Sunny Tay

Another fun day on the water with EEKCC and great craic too : ) !!

Gannets and Ice Cream

Last Sunday saw nine paddlers set off from Seacliffe Beach to make the short crossing to the Bass Rock in glorious sunshine.  Although it was quite early in the season a good number of gannets had arrived and were busy squabbling over premium nesting spots.  But I’m guessing maybe only 1/3rd to 1/2 of the ultimate total!  A circumnavigation of the rock was followed by lunch back on the mainland and a leisurely paddle to North Berwick, where certain of our number abandoned their boats to go in search of ice cream!

Paddlers: Billy, Jean, Celia, Paul, Neil, Brian, Stuart, Tim, Sue.

Thanks to Billy, Neil and Paul for the photos.

EEKCC Intermediate paddle Saturday 25th March 2017

Why Saturday?  Because the Sunday had been reserved for Mother’s Day!

Despite the water level being a tad low at approx. 0.5m on the SEPA Drumlanrig gauge we stuck to the original river, The Nith.  The word was that the section from Mennock Bridge to our usual put-in at the picnic area might be suitable for beginners so we decided to start there.  Tony, Cameron’s dad had agreed to do the shuttle so we were on the water in glorious sunshine by just after 11:30 am.

The level wasn’t scrapy, but lines through the rapids were well defined and pushy.  The trip might have been fairly uneventful but thoroughly enjoyable.  After lunch, the gorge beckoned with more fun to be had in the sun.  We reached the get out at Drumlanrig about 2:30 pm and after changing, loading and blethering we were on our way back through the stunning Southern Uplands.

Paddlers: Billy, Andy, Robin, Cameron, Mark, Stuart, Dougie.

Photos: Andy

Shuttle Bus: Tony

Upside doon on the Doon!

Yes me again with the trip report becoming a regular feature perhaps I should consider a career as a columnist for Kayak Weekly!

11 keen paddlers set off on our trip doon the Doon. A gentle start with some practice on feather gliding across the river and then off we headed down a few bumps and rapids, “great we’ve got this far with no one swimming someone announced! “Talk about auto suggestion!

So where did it all go wrong ! Well it felt like a game of the Hokey Cokey

Right foot in left foot out ! In out in out until Dougie pulled me out !
I done the Hokey Cokey and I turned around (backwards down the weir)
Another wee swim and there was no doubt
pulled off the deck to hear everyone shout
swim to the side we’ll get you out !
So that’s what it’s all about !

Soon revived with a Fredo and a medicinal jelly baby we headed under the Brig o Doon to the sea safe and well and ready for many other trip reports

Thanks everyone really enjoyed the day x

First Club Sea Paddle of the year!

On Sunday 5th March eleven sea kayaks headed out from Largs Yacht Haven bound for Millport.  We had been following the forecast for days and conditions were always going to be benign. With a low pressure centred on Scotland the winds would be light but cloud cover and a few spots of rain were forecast.

As it turned out, we had sunshine all day and the light breeze as we took to the water soon vanished.  Ice creams were had after lunch in Millport and a wee break at Bell’s Bay on the western shore of Cumbrae to bask in the sun was all we needed before rounding the North end on our way back to Largs.

Eastwood and East Kilbride Canoe Club Annual Dinner

On Saturday 18th February Eastwood and East Kilbride Canoe Club held its Annual Dinner at the Strathaven Hotel.

Good food in lovely surroundings thanks to Joan and Tracey quickly overcoming the challenge of their first choice being sold from under them!

The Annual Club Awards were presented over coffee and congratulations go to the following stars:

Junior Paddler of the Year – David Granger Jnr.

Senior Paddler of the Year – Andy Dean

Newcomer of the Year – Celia Gray

Blogger of the Year – Neil Bennett

Chair’s Award for outstanding service – Len Rooney

It was a most enjoyable evening which lasted well into the wee small hours and left us all looking forward to the next one!

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Taster Night at HWP – 24th February

Whether you see yourself as a future Olympic Champion or someone looking for a fantastic new leisure pastime, local kayak club, EEKCC, is running a Taster Night at Hamilton Water Palace on Friday 24th February.

Along with the FREE-of-CHARGE coaching with our UKCC qualified coaches, the club will provide club boats and paddles for all ages (from 8 years old) and for all sizes.

Taster Nights we run at the pool (autumn & winter) and at Strathclyde Park Water Sports Centre (spring & summer), are very popular and the perfect way for people to get a first taste, or a refresher, in the great sport of paddling.

All you have to do is come along to HWP on Friday 24th at 20.10 and bring a swimming costume and towel; £1 for a locker plus £8 for the pool fee” Stuart explained.

So, . . . .  WATER you waiting for?

 

SSOTM February 12th 2017

5 hardy paddlers : Stuart, Andy, Joan, Celia and (myself) Paul meet up in Callander for the Grade 2 paddle on the River Teith for the SSOTM beginners paddle, just a few pics as my hands stopped working !