Lendalfoot and Croy

A few of Diane’s photos from Wednesday night canoeing.


mostly cloudy


chasing the sunshine


heading south towards Ailsa Craig

20160608_204936_1and back before sundown


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Summer Kayak Trips in the Sea

This Wednesday’s canoeing is cancelled due to strong offshore winds.  Hopefully next Wednesday will be better. Here is a reminder of directions to the club lock-up and advice on what to bring:

Girvan Canoe Club’s Summer Sea Kayaking

On Wednesday evenings during the summer we meet at the Club’s canoe store at School Vennel, Maybole (just off Greenside, across from the station) at 19:00 prompt to paddle on the sea.  Paddling depends on weather conditions; in bad weather or off-shore winds we will not be going on the sea.  When there is surf running there may be good sport for more experienced paddlers but it is possible that less experienced paddlers will not be able to go out.

Paddlers should bring suitable clothing to wear in a kayak: – You will get wet!  This includes swimming costume, wetsuit or drysuit if possible, otherwise light-weight trousers, T-shirt, old wool pullover.  Wetsuit boots or neoprene boots are ideal, otherwise light weight gym shoes or sandals that can get wet.  The club has equipment such as spray-decks, crash helmets, buoyancy aids, cagoules, etc.

Don’t forget a towel and dry clothing to change into at the end.  A drink and snack is always good to have too.


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Spring Break

A quick reminder there are no pool sessions tonight (6th April) or next Wednesday (13th). We are back in the pool on 20th and 27th April, then we are in the sea from 4th May.

A big welcome to new members Sean, Gregor and Emma.

John Haston

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Happy Holidays!

The club pool sessions have now stopped for Christmas and New Year.  We are back in the pool on Wednesday 13th January.

Hope you all have a good Christmas and come back refreshed in the New Year!


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Back to School !

We are back to school/ pool training sessions on Wednesday 7th October, in Maybole Swimming Pool from 8 to 9 pm.

Proposed dates for 2015-16 (avoiding school holidays):

  • October 07, 21, 28
  • November 04, 11, 18, 25
  • December 02, 09, 16
  • January 06, 13, 20, 27
  • February 03, 10, 17, 24
  • March 02, 09, 16, 23, 30
  • April 20, 27

Our AGM is coming soon – watch this space for more details. Hope you can come and bring your ideas for the club.

Your club secretary.

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Hooked on Kayaking!

As the summer evening kayaking sea trips draw to a close, we had a drama on the sea at Maidens last Wednesday.

Alastair had gone ahead with his fishing line as it was fairly calm, and Glen and I followed.  By the time we got to Alastair he had already caught a large fish, which jumped about on his spray-deck and caught another large fishhook into his hand. Although in some pain, we managed to get Alastair ashore and his kayaking kit removed.  He was then able to drive to hospital to get the hook removed.

Lessons learned:

  • Multiple hooks as seen on mackerel lures can be dangerous, especially with the limited space on a kayak. Better to remove the extra hooks.
  • Any kayaking accident or injury can be seriously debilitating. We were fortunate that the sea was quite calm and Alastair did’t capsize. He was in considerable pain as the hook was deep into his hand, which made him unsteady on the water.
  • Also it is useful to carry basic first aid kit when kayaking.

Fortunately the Accident and Emergency dept were able to successfully remove the hook and Alastair was safely home by 1 am.

Although the weather forecast isn’t too bad for this Wednesday, sunset is at 8:10 pm which doesn’t leave much time for paddling.  We will probably not be going out this Wednesday, but we might arrange a weekend paddle sometime in September if there is enough interest.

Our pool training sessions will restart in Maybole Pool at 8 pm on Wednesday 7th October.


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An Excellent Start to the Season

On Wednesday 13th May we had a beautiful calm evening paddle from Maidens beach.  Sorry I didn’t take the camera!  Hopefully this is the start of a good summer for kayaking.

If you want to read about something more adventurous – take a look at Bethan’s trip down the Colorado River.  https://wilddaysblog.wordpress.com/2015/05/10/a-grand-canyon-adventure/

See you Wednesday

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