Got a spare hour or so? Forget X Factor, Strictly and all that. Here’s something worth watching – the Paddle to Seattle. Two guys build and then paddle their kayaks from Alaska to Seattle.
1. Sunday 21st November Introductory River: River Teith
2. Weekend 4th/5th December: Sea Kayak Freezer Weekend.
Pool: November and December. For those with Basic Skills (2 Star level).
Either: Sea Kayak Expedition Training Or: Rolling Clinic.
A new Basic Skills Course aimed at Adults starts January.
Sat 14th November: 2 Star Assessment, Luss, £10
Sun 15th November: Foundation Safety And Rescue Course
Paddlers: Dave, Mick, Myles, Douglas and Geoff
Description: A very foggy and ethereal paddle giving extensive practice of kayaking by compass and a completely new perception of a well used route. A thoroughly enjoyable short day.
Kayakers: The biggest club meet yet with 27 in attendance.
Activities: In the morning everybody had a chance to try out a sea kayak (including the new North Shore Atlantic), a river boat and one of the club’s Canoes. Sue and Alan gave a short demo of self rescue: Roll, Paddle Float and Re-Entry and Roll. In the afternoon there was a short paddle with some seal launching for the small boats. Despite a grey cold day that dis-integrated in the afternoon into heavy rain, a good time was apparently had by all.
Kayakers: Hugh, Ken, Damien
Route: The route was Easdale, Belnahua, Grey Dog, Scarba (cable from Grey Dog), round the bottom of Luing and up to Ardinamar Bay, Cuan Sound, Easdale. Distance 25k.
The outline programme for the season to next summer is as follows:
Sept/Oct 2010 Basic Paddling, Advanced Sea Skills
Nov/Dec 2010 Rescue & Rolling, Intro to Sea Expeds
Jan/Feb/March 2011, Basic Paddling (Adults), Sea Rescues and Rolls
April/May/June 2011 Basic Paddling (Juniors)
Training Course require at least 3 open water sessions
Paddle 2010 – Scotland’s Annual Canoe & Kayak Show will take place on Saturday October 23rd & Sunday October 24th 2010 at Bell’s Sport Centre, Perth.
continuing from previous years, this year the show will have:
- the largest collection of canoe and kayak stands in a UK show
- workshop sessions
- guest speakers
- exhibitors and manufacturers
- annual touring photo competition
- saturday evening ceilidh
The show will take place in conjuction with a new event – The Tay Descent on Sat 23rd Oct. This event has a tour and races covering 3 different courses. Race classes will cover different ages, abilities and types of boat.
More information can on Paddle 2010 and the Tay Descent can be found on the Scottish Canoe Association website http://www.canoescotland.org/events/ScotlandsCanoeShow.aspx.