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Summer Sea Kayaking

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).

Regards, John

PS. the latest paddler magazine is available online. https://joom.ag/xE8W

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Pool Training Sessions 2016-17

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.

John Haston
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.

John

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Summer Sea Kayaking

Last Wednesday’s paddling was cancelled due to bad weather.  Fortunately this Wednesday looks to be much better!  Here are 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, 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.

John

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Christmas break

We are having a break over the Christmas period.  Our last pool session of 2012 is on Wednesday 12th December, and we start again in 2013 on 9th January.  Enjoy the holiday!

We are completing the club membership which is due to be submitted to the Scottish Canoe Association.  If anyone has not paid this year’s membership can I remind you it s now due.

We are also planning to apply for a grant to get some additional junior kayaks.  More information will be posted when we have news.

John Haston (secretary)

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Time for an update

A slow start to the new year, but pool numbers are starting to pick up. We close again on Wed 6th and 13th April, and start in the sea on Wed 4th May.
Welcome to new paddlers Gary and Julie, and Chris’s “cadets”.
Congratulations to those who have learned to roll – or re-learned! We should have a roll of honour for all these paddlers.
Our annual “Christmas” night out is coming soon. Dave is booking the bowling for around mid February. More details soon.
Chris is putting in for a grant to get some surf boats and sea kayaks, plus money for training and materials.
We can also accommodate paddlers from other clubs, subject to space in the pool. You won’t have to pay another annual membership fee and you get extra pool time!
Our local SCA development officer Roddy McDowell is planning a club event for 27/28 August – more details later.
Let me know if you want any other info posted. I could post membership forms, parental consent forms, etc. for ready access. I will post the minutes of the AGM, but these have not yet been formally agreed. Canoeing photos always welcome – email them to me and I will add them to the photo page.
John

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What’s in a Name?

We’re thinking of changing the name of the club to “Carrick Canoe Club” or something along those lines. The aim would be to make Maybole canoeists feel more included.

It wouldn’t happen straight away, we would have to have a special meeting or wait till the AGM to change the constitution, bank account, insurance, etc.

Or we could just carry on as Girvan Canoe Club – it has served us well since 1987, and we have had members from Girvan, Ayr, Dailly, Kirkmichael, Colmonell, Stranraer, and more…

Let us know your thoughts.

Note: the photo in the header is courtesy of www.sujo.com

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