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Autumn Trip Programme 2016

The much awaited trip programme for Autumn 2016 is now available and provides details of trips through to the end of the year.

Attending a trip

Normally, an email will go out early in the week for the trip the following weekend. Please read through all the background info, so you don’t finish up on a trip which is too difficult for you at this stage. Reply to the email to book a place. Closing date for weekend trips is Thursday evening. Then another mail will go out to those signed up, giving details of the trip, including timing and car sharing arrangements. The choice has to be left till close to the date, due to weather and river levels. If there is not enough water in rivers, then leaders will try to arrange an alternative. Maybe a surf session or a bimble along a coastline?

Where you share cars, please pay your share of fuel costs and don’t wait for the driver to ask. Some of the trips are quite a drive.
If you use Club kit, be sure to pay your £3, but also enter the details of the kit on the sheet. Note all the equipment has numbers on them and this needs entering too. Please make Mario’s job of Kit Sec easier, so we can trace any missing items.

 Download

You can download a copy of the trip programme below:

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Autumn Programme 2016

Activity programme for Autumn 2016 (September - December 2016).

Slalom Round-up…

Many many thanks to all those Club members who gave up their weekend to get cold, and sometimes wet, in aid of this massive event. Attendance was good, twice last year’s numbers, and most of them young people. Though the oldest was Avis, aged 78!

The course was excellent, thanks to our designer Doug Smith, who also provided a complete set of new smart poles. People took on unfamiliar jobs such as judging, which involves lots of concentration and getting numbingly cold. There were many jobs, most of which involved tramping up and down a muddy field. The whole team deserve great credit for sticking with it to the end. Lots of very complimentary comments from people as far away as Llandyssel, Winchester and the Isle of Wight. We gathered a few more new Club members.

Thanks also to our new best friends at Taunton CC. They sorted the complex Tutti system of communication and provided hot food and drink all weekend.

It was inspiring to see lots of young people on the course, really going for it. The winner of the Open competition was Harvey Merrifield, aged nearly 14. He skinned the field and is a future olympian. His brother Tom, two years younger, is close behind.

Other winners in different classes were our own Katherine Smith, and Nathan Mower, who was followed 0.6 second later by Dom Russell, In the Team event the Club gained second place out of 13 teams. Grey hair rules then.

Lots of pics and vids on our Facebook page. To all our photographers, please pick half a dozen great shots which we can use for publicity with local papers.

Again, thanks to all. A weekend to be proud of…

Pete

Trips in March…

There is a sea paddle on Sunday 13th March.  Details will go out to all those who have expressed interest in the sea.

The following weekend (19th & 20th) will be the time we need to take down the slalom course, so lots of help needed please. With help it shouldn’t take long. Provided there is enough water then it will be the last time this season when you can have a go at the excellent course. Great for your accuracy and precision. Subject to water levels a trip from Tarr Steps may be possible as well.

The following weekend is Easter and on the Saturday (26th) will be your opportunity to learn some Advanced White Water Rescue skills. This is likely to be on the Erme in South Devon. You need to have done the basic training on the Lyn which we do each year.

More details to follow on all this…

Winter Trip Programme

The much awaited winter trip programme is now available and provides details of trips throughout the winter.

Attending a trip

Normally, an email will go out on Monday for the trip the following weekend. Please read through all the background info, so you don’t finish up on a trip which is too difficult for you at this stage. Reply to the email to book a place. Closing date for weekend trips is Thursday evening. Then another mail will go out to those signed up, giving details of the trip, including timing and car sharing arrangements. The choice has to be left till close to the date, due to weather and river levels. If there is not enough water in rivers, then leaders will try to arrange an alternative. Maybe a surf session or a bimble along a coastline?

Where you share cars, please pay your share of fuel costs and don’t wait for the driver to ask. Some of the trips are quite a drive.
If you use Club kit, be sure to pay your £3, but also enter the details of the kit on the sheet. Note all the equipment has numbers on them and this needs entering too. Please make Mario’s job of Kit Sec easier, so we can trace any missing items.

 Download

You can download a copy of the trip programme below:

Paddle in Pembroke

The plan was to camp at Newgale (easy to find and opposite a surf beach) for a period straddling school and holiday time. It worked well with five of us till the weekend and then some left and others arrived. Eleven paddlers explored parts of this stellar coastline, at different times.

Pembroke 4

Day 1: Strong NW winds so we went to Stackpole Quay south of Pembroke town where the sea was relatively sheltered. Great cliff lines of limestone and sandstone with sandy beaches and caves. Lovely cafe and National Trust facilities. Just 9km going to Freshwater East and back to Stackpol Head

Day 2: More strong winds forecast so off to Saundersfoot for a longer coastal trip down and round Caldey Island. It was 22km and we could use our sails. Ian took a dim view of this unethical behaviour (but has since bought a sail). The tide turned at Caldey, the wind dropped and we romped back. Some good through caves at Tenby under St Katherine’s Island. Fish and chips on return. The only down side was my error of wading through mud in the harbour.

Pembroke 1Day 3: One of the most popular challenges of Pembroke is Ramsey Island and five set off at high tide from Porth Clais inlet. Crossing Ramsey Sound we could look north to see the waves of the Bitches tidal rapids and feel the pull of the tide towards them. Reaching Midland Gap we found the hidden passage through, which was a mess of tidal race and rebounding waves. Doug exuded adrenalin in surviving the run and we were happy to all be upright still. The Island has impressive cliffs and tidal races up the west side. We were soon round the island and having a break near the jetty, just below the Bitches. As the tide lessened we were able to get past these and return to Porth Clais, having completed 17km. Gianni’s ice cream shop was visited to celebrate. (This became a daily occurrence)

Day 4: With less wind we were able to take on Strumble Head, from Abercastle to Fishguard harbour. The trip is normally done the other way as the water always flows west along Strumble but the tides made the reverse trip the only daylight option. The sails gave us a welcome push, with Ian using Clive’s boat and sail. Clive missed out here due to a chest infection and sadly had to return home over the weekend. A fine paddle round a challenging headland, at 20km.

Pembroke 2Day 5: Mario and Doug headed home but Adam and Sally had arrived, plus, Mike, Stewart and partner. Ian, Adam and Pete planned to do the Bishops and Clerks circuit, perhaps the test piece of the region. This was 27km which passes south of Ramsey and out to South Bishop Lighthouse, ferry gliding across the tide. Then turning north the route negotiates some chunky tide races past the ‘Clerks’ and up to North Bishop island where we stopped for a break. Saw three puffins and surprised a mother seal which was singing tunefully to her pup, until she noticed us. We returned via the Bitches and this was designated ‘best day trip ever’. Meanwhile, Clive organised one of his intro easy paddles for Stewart and Mike, covering 20km together with climbing over the substantial pebble ridge!Day 6: Ian and Adam planned a circuit of Ramsey, completing 17km in one and a half hours (normal time scale is 3 hours) The rest of us did some local exploring from Porth Clais in a fresh wind and covered just 8km.

Day 7: There was a general exodus, leaving Pete and Stewart with newly arrived Sarah and Jess. We discovered the nearby port of Solva which is sheltered, has good water access at most stages of the tide plus a cafe and loos. We spent time on rescue techniques and leadership skills, having first advised the Coastguard we would be creating some ‘dramas’. Towing, recovery from rocky zawns and leading groups created quite a few laughs. Pete played the tame idiot. (Easy)

Day 8: Weather was more clement and tides were on neaps so a good day to do the 17km Ramsey circumnavigation. Flows were less and it was a nice cruisy day, with lunch on the west facing beach.

Day 9: On our last day we returned to Solva to work some more on rescue and self rescue. The paddle float was a revelation. We landed onto and launched from a rocky shore, practiced rolling and re-entry and roll. The ‘cowboy’ rescue proved too difficult for most but was entertaining as well as strenuous. We came away agreeing that more and regular practice is essential. More laughs to come then.

In all a great trip which advanced all our knowledge and experience. Where next year?