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 !

Just another Friday night…

…messing around in boats

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Interested?  https://eekcc.com/club-sessions/

(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!

And we’re off!

Our 2017 paddling has started –

15 members met up at Luss on a damp and misty morning for the now traditional Pressy Paddle. There weren’t many Christmas presents on display but never mind.

We set off into a breeze and occasional showers. It was great to see a mix of canoes and sea kayaks on the water. Unfortunately seals do not live in Loch Lomond so the sea boat paddlers really had nothing to do all day but paddle…

We paddled down the west shore and round some of the islands. Some of us took differing routes with the sea paddlers taking the longest route and the open boaters opting for shorter but more chilled paddling (the kelly kettle put in an appearance for a brew). The open boaters also took the chance to paddle up the Luss Water too.

It was all too much for some…

If that was summer – we’ve had it!

That’s the Friday night loch sessions done for another summer!  Been mixed weather for sure, we’ve had fun sorting out out new container but what a difference it’s made having the boats on site.  We’ve seen quite a few new faces over the last few months too.

Ah well at least it’s back to the warm water of the pool next week! 😀

Moving times

Last Friday saw our last night at the pool in Hamilton for this winter (and yes Friday felt like winter still).  It’s been good to see lots of new and old faces enjoying the warm waters of the Water Palace over the dark nights but all good things come to an end 😥

This coming Friday sees us starting our outdoor sessions again at Strathclyde Loch 🙂 We’ll be there aiming to be changed and ready to go on the water for 7:30 pm.  Hope to see lots of folks there.

Over the weekend all the club kit has been moved to its summer home at Strathclyde Loch and thanks to all those who helped with the flitting!

Finally, it’s a big thank you to the pool staff who put up with our antics on a Friday night.

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