Grey Dog and Cuan Sound Daytrip, Thurs Oct 14th

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 RouteDepartureBelnahua
Looking from Belnahua to Lunga and Scarba

Belnahua Ruined Village
Lunch
Cruising
Tidal currents in the Grey Dog
Heading for Luing
Ken and Damien

Cuan Sound

Training Paddle Sunday 10th October

Attending: Ross, Matt, Callum, Sam, Stella, James, Euan, Geoff

Route: Craigendoran-Ardmore-Craigendoran

Description: A bright, breezy, dry day. Strong NE breeze force 3 but well sheltered en route. Ardmore point flat calm! Enjoyable and instructive day.

Training Plans 2010/2011

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

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.

Come and Try Day

Where:         Luss Beach

When:          Sunday 17th October 10am to 4 pm

Bring:          Change of Clothing, Trainers (to get wet), Waterproof, Towel, Packed Lunch

Activities:     Try different boats,

Ask about (and see) equipment for Trips

Expert Advice on what and where to buy

Go on a trip on the loch

Cost:           The day is free

Register:      At the “Helensburgh 2010” Show

At the Pool, 8pm Tuesday

By email riddington89@hotmail.com

Best Photos 2009

Loch Goil
River Teith
Heading for Canna
Caves, West Rum
Eigg
Muck
Sea Cave, Turkey

River Ba and Sea Kayak (Rannoch Moor)

Eigg and Rum

Departing from Largs for Cumbraes
Training Camp; Rob Roy Field Loch Lomond
Ben Starav (Loch Etive)
Looking North to Glencoe (Etive Trip)
Lunch Break on Rum
The Cuillins from Rum
Midnight on Canna
Meeting with solo kayaker, West Rum

Sea Kayak Trip/Training Sept 14th

With winds forecast at between force 6 and force 8, the trip evolved into a rough water training session in a relatively safe environment. The chosen location was  a Goldilocks affair. Original choices; Largs, Fairlie and Seamill were thought to be too calm. Replacement choice, Irvine was just too wild. Eventually we settled on the excellent Ardrossan South beach which looked just right. In fact the very high winds generated very frequent and very steep waves that did not look too large but made the kayaking very difficult.

Main finding; it is virtually impossible to do any rescues in surf. Rafting is potentially lethal, re-entry virtually impossible and pumping out without a spray deck completely on, pointless. However the experience was both useful and extremely good fun. We will be back when the surf is up.

Sue, Seylan, Hugh and Alan (Photos: Geoff)
Sue, Seylan, Hugh and Alan (Photos: Geoff)

Hugh and Sue make their way out through the surf

Alan in a quiet spot
Spot Seylan and try rafting!
Seylan
It's behind you!

Sue investigates the underwater view

Success for Sue and Ruth in Race around Kerrera

The round Kerrera Race from Oban took place last weekend (4th Sept) and I am delighted to report the success of Sue Smith and Ruth Clark. Sue became the veteran ladies champion and took 2nd place in the Open Ladies category  in a remarkable time of 2hrs 40mins for the 20km paddle (took me all day). Ruth was close behind and took third place in 2hrs 46mins. Many congratulations

Sea Kayak Safety

Mandatory Safety Equipment/Adverse Weather Procedure

Our club has a good safety record but that does not mean we cannot reduce the probability of incidents still further. It is considered prudent to expand the information in the documents Trip Considerations and Kit List (Nov 08) and Touring Requirements and Abilities (April 09) to give clear instruction on what must be carried on day/multi day expeditions both at sea and on fresh water lochs. The following is recommended practice for all except close inshore training and short paddles under instruction. All individuals are expected to carry yachting type coastal flares of the hand held design; 1 x red, 1 x orange smoke as a minimum. A red 350 metre parachute flare is also recommended for ‘regulars’. A whistle and head torch/strobe must also be carried together with spare clothing (unless wearing a dry or wet suit) as a matter of course. The hand flares, whistle and torch/strobe must be carried in or attached to the buoyancy aid.

Other pieces of kit that regulars should consider obtaining in due course are;

VHF radio – for kayakers the submersible type is probably best. Guidance and training in their use can be arranged as necessary. Waterproof radios are available around £90 and submersible around £150. VHF hand held does not have a long range but can be invaluable in situations where shore stations, other vessels or aircraft are in reasonable proximity. They also receive weather broadcasts where location is favourable to reception.

Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon (EPIRB) – The title says it all and is only for use in situations of dire emergency since once it is triggered, reception via satellite is virtually guaranteed and the resulting response is automatic i.e. emergency services are scrambled. The devices work anywhere in the world and there is a registration scheme for owners. One of the best and cheapest for our purpose is the McMurdo Fastfind 210 Personal Locator Beacon with GPS (transmit only) at a cost of £200. The device weighs 150grm, has a battery life of 5 years and transmits on a monitoring and a homing frequency with GPS position transmitted to increase response speed, hence the name. The alternative to an EPIRB is SPOT (see Geoff) at around £90 plus annual subscription of £90.

Strobe Light – a waterproof strobe light. Example is the ACR C-Strobe with a visibility of 2 miles in all directions on 2 x AA batteries at a cost of £23.

Tow Line – Suitable for sea use. These can be fixed permanently to a kayak or fastened round the waist of the paddler.

It is the responsibility of every individual to remain in close proximity to leader/group in poor conditions to enable communication. This is fundamental to risk reduction and response to any casualty situation. In conditions where spoken communication is difficult or impossible it is proposed to use two whistle signals.

One long blast: Meaning – You are too far away from me.

Action – Close up (or wait if someone has dropped back)

Two long blasts: Meaning – I have (or have seen) a problem.

Action –  All go to assist

Where a member of a group cannot for whatever reason carry on paddling (two whistle blasts), the first action of the group, will be to close up to the casualty and either support and tow or, if there is sufficient sea room, raft up to consider/agree actions. Appropriate actions may vary but scenarios will be discussed in training. Handling/rescue of an unconscious (or otherwise unable to participate) casualty will be added to the self-rescue and buddy rescue requirements in the pool and open water.

It is quite possible that having purchased some of the above equipment you will never use it because your skill and judgement have kept you safe. That is exactly what is intended. If however you are involved in an incident you may well be grateful that you are fully kitted up.