We were successful with our funding application at the Carrick Decides event today!
Many thanks to everyone who helped support this, especially to Euan, Lenny and Pamela who put together a great display board about the club, and spent hours at the event explaining to people what the club did. We may also get some new members as a result.
We now have an option to apply for additional match funding from another source such as North Carrick Community Benefit Co. www.nccbc.org (wind farm benefit funds). With extra funds we could also get some new adult kayaks, and do a club trip to somewhere like the Pinkston Watersports facility in Glasgow. pinkston.co.uk
We can discuss this at the AGM on 11th October. We can also discuss our re-branding of the club as Carrick Canoe Club, which may have helped with the funding application. Maybe a logo competition and some new T-shirts or fleeces.
Summer is almost here, and we start out in the sea from Wednesday 3rd May. I think all our current junior members should be capable of paddling in the sea, providing the conditions are good. That means only light onshore winds, so the waves are not too big, and ideally dry so no-one gets too cold and wet. Spraydecks need to be worn, and the club will also supply cagoules, helmets, buoyancy aids and wetsuits.
Here is a reminder of where to meet and 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. Sea kayak sessions usually last two hours at most.
Paddlers should bring suitable clothing to wear in a kayak: – You will get wet! This includes swimming costume, wet-suit or dry-suit if possible, otherwise light-weight trousers, T-shirt, old wool pullover. Wet-suit 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.
The Club charges £2 per evening which includes use of Club equipment. There is the option to pay £10 for the whole summer (May to mid August).
PS. the latest paddler magazine is available online. https://joom.ag/xE8W
Pool training sessions restart on Wednesday 5th October in Maybole Swimming Pool, from 8 to 9 pm.
Proposed dates for 2016-17 (avoiding school holidays):
- October 05, 19, 26 (not 12th)
- November 02, 09, 16, 23, 30
- December 07, 14
- January 11, 18, 25
- February 01, 08, 15, 22
- March 01, 08, 15, 22, 29
- April 19, 26 (not 5th or 12th)
This gives us 10 sessions before Christmas and 14 sessions after.
Our AGM is planned for Wed 19th October, 7 pm at the Sports Club. Hope you can come and bring your ideas for the club.
One suggestion is, along with a modest increase in fees, to give a discount for paying for a block of sessions. This would encourage regular attendance and give a more guaranteed income for the club. The option to pay weekly would still be there.
Your club secretary.
The canoe club is starting back in the pool on Wednesday 1st October, from 8 to 9 pm.
The AGM will be on Wednesday 29th October – after the school holidays. This will be held in the Carrick Sports Club, at 7 pm, subject to confirmation of venue.
We look forward to seeing you all back on the water, and bring a friend!
I hope everyone is refreshed after the Easter break. I certainly am, having been on a SCA canoeing development weekend at Aviemore. I spent 2 days paddling an open canoe on Loch Morlich and on the River Spey, as well as an evening taster session on stand up paddle-boards (SUP). All good fun – especially if you like being cold, tired and wet!
There are 2 more sessions in the swimming pool, 23rd April (tonight) and 30th April, then we are back in the sea for the summer from 7th May. You can look forward to practicing support strokes and deep water rescues!
I think most of the present group coming to the pool should be capable of paddling in the sea, providing the conditions are suitable. We will make a final assessment in the next week or two. Please don’t be upset if we don’t think you are ready, as we have to put safety first. There will be an occasional weekend paddle for all organised at the mouth of the River Doon.
Note: we decided at a recent meeting to increase the summer sea paddle session charge from £1 to £2, as there is more wear and tear on the equipment outdoors.
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We are having a break over the schools Easter holidays. There will be no pool session this Wednesday 9th April or 16th April.
We have 2 more pool sessions on 23rd and 30th April, then we are in the sea from 7th May.
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We are having a break for the school holidays, which is the first 2 weeks of April. We are then back in the pool till the end of April, and start in the sea in May. Look forward to practicing deep water rescues, and trying out paddling with a buoyancy aid, cagoule and helmet.
Last Wednesday’s pool session was cancelled at short notice due to an emergency power failure at the pool. Sorry for any disappointment. Hopefully all is in order now.
The night out at LA Bowl was a great success, with one mum and dad team both scoring several strikes. The food was good and the portions were too much for most of the younger ones. The laser game was much improved too with the new equipment.
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