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!








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 !

Just another Friday night…

…messing around in boats










(Thanks to Andy F for the photos)

Senior mid-week paddle

On Wednesday 1st February three of us retired gentlemen (Billy, Neil and myself) took to the water on Loch Lomond as part of a regular commitment to get out for a paddle in the long boats at least every couple of weeks.

The decision to abandon plans to paddle in the area of the Cumbraes was taken due to the unfavourable and worsening forecast so we headed up to Millarochy.  Not the longest of paddles at just under 16k but we got our workout with a brisk paddle into a stiff breeze on the way back.

As we headed back after a leisurely lunch just North of Ross Point the clouds broke up and we were bathed in surprisingly warm sunshine.  A thoroughly enjoyable day in good company and I for one am looking forward to the next outing on Wednesday 15th!

Route: Millarochy to Ross Point


Indoor Paddling

Our winter pool sessions have restarted following the festive break.

They are on every Friday between now and April at the Water Palace in Hamilton – 20:30 – 22:00. Hope to see lots of members there and there is always a warm welcome for friends old and new!