The 13 (7 adults, 6 youngsters) of us met at Ardlochlay for the Beginners Canoe Camping Trip around the Islands.
Weather was extremely damp and midgy all afternoon until we camped.
The the cloud slowly lifted and the weather gradually improved until when we camped there was a light breeze, bright periods and no midges.
The campsite was flat and had enough firewood to make an excellent camp fire.
Because of forecast high winds around mid-day it had been decided to get up at 7am and leave as close as possible to 8am. At around 8am the heavens opened and we were caught in a torrential rainstorm. Undaunted we were away by 8.20 and back at Ardlochlay by 8.45.
Despite the weather a good time appears to have been had by all, adults and youngsters.
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