The end of training canoe camp will take place on Sat/Sun 25th/26th June. Meet at Ardlochlay (just south of Luss) at noon, paddle around to campsite on Inchtavannach. Evening paddle exploring the islands and wallaby hunting. Back at Ardlochlay by noon on the Sunday. Forecast is best of summer.
You should aim to be self sufficient for food and camping equipment. Let me know if there are any problems on this score and any canoeing gear needed.
There were 26 paddlers on this glorious Thursday evening, possibly the largest turnout the club has ever had. Two groups were formed, 9 sea kayakers led by Hugh did a 2.5 hour trip to Gourock, Greenock and the Sugar Boat covering well over 8 miles.
The beginners paddled across the Gareloch to the caravan park, with a smaller group heading on to have a closer look at the Cal-Mac ships tied up at McGruers in Rhosneath.
Finally the hyper-local internet-TV station filmed a short piece about the club as part of their weekly Sports roundup programme. This is still to be shown but for those interested, the station can be found at http://helensburgh.urtv.co.uk
The club is planning an unguided but supported trip to the Ionian Islands (west of Greece) in October this year. The planned route is within the protected waters of the region which is bounded by the mainland to the east, and includes the large, mountainous and green Ionian islands of Lefkada, Kephalonia and Ithaki. Sprinkled in between are dozens of smaller, uninhabited or seasonably inhabited islets which remain unaffected by commercial development. Amongst them are Meganisi, Kastos & Kalamos -all within a few kilometres of each other. They present the ideal island hopping circuit for kayak tours, which begin and end in Vasiliki port, on the south coast of Lefkada Island. More details can be found at http://www.i-explorers.com
The region’s stable climate is also favourable for kayak touring. Almost year-round the central Ionian sea is characterised by calm seas, clear and still waters. Perfect for sea kayaking.
Because of restricted flight options we are provisionally planning a 7 day/6 paddling day trip between October 6th and 13th. The cost is expected to be around £680 made up as follows: Boats etc (240 euros =£210), Taxi to/from Prevaza Airport (£60), Air: Manchester-Prevaza (£240), Transport to /from Manchester (£50), Living Expenses in Greece (£120).
If you are at all interested please let Hugh or Geoff know by end of May as we need to book air flights.
The club starts two new training courses next Tuesday (26th April) at the Pool: Basic Skills Training for Youngsters; Sea Kayak Expedition Fundamentals.
The Basic Skills Course is aimed at youngsters aged 12-18, and consists of Pool Sessions on Tuesdays and Open Water Sessions on Thursdays. It is essential that participants are available for both. The course ends with a canoe camping trip on the Loch. The cost is £30 for pool charges, equipment and training plus Junior Club membership at £20. If interested please contact Riddington89@hotmail.com, phone 01436 674966 or register at the pool next Tuesday.
The Sea Kayak course is designed for those with some knowledge and skills (e.g. Support Strokes) who want to explore the islands of the West Coast. The emphasis is on safety and covers Equipment, Navigation and Planning as well as Rescue Skills including Self Rescue (Rolling). Participants will be expected to take part in a day and overnight trip.
Meanwhile the Club doubled its pool hours allowing more experienced members time to develop their rolling skills, and the Thursday night open water sessions resume next Thursday (25th) at Craigendoran 6.30pm for a play and a trip out to the Sugar Boat.