News, events, trips and info for sea kayaking and canoeing in Shetland

Month: May 2010

Westerwick Trip

Nine paddlers took part in a half day trip at Westerwick on Sunday 30th May 2010. With a Fresh Northerly wind this provided a sheltered location in the lee of the banks. The route followed the coast East to Silwick and its off lying stacks, then North past Giltarump to Fografiddle and Drongi Taing. There are numerous passages and caves on this coast which commence within a few hundred metres of the starting point. We even had sunshine, a great afternoon. Thanks to those who took part.

Westerwick 8

Westerwick 7

Westerwick 6

Westerwick 5

Westerwick 3

Westerwick 2

Westerwick 1

Westerwick 4

Club Trip Sunday 23rd May

Trip Leader: Tam

Location: To Be Decided ( Weather permitting)

If anyone is interested in coming along on Sunday please call Craig on 01950477644 (night) or 07795674053 (day)  to register interest and advise what equipment you require.

This trip is not eligible for beginners.

First outdoor beginners session

sea kayak imageA great turnout for the first outdoor beginners session of the year, despite the breezy conditions. Numbers were good enough that all the sea kayaks were used and couple of GP boats too. The southerly chop made for a nice extra challenge for beginners across the voe but all managed fine and handled their boats well.

Outdoor Beginners Training

It’s time for the great outdoors again. First beginners session at the Bridge End Outdoor Centre tomorrow (thursday). Forecast isn’t perfect but it’s not too bad: 1900hrs

7 °C SSE 22 mph Gust 33 mph Vis – Very Good/No rain.

Remember to take a change of clothes and a warm drink, just in case.

Four Star Leaders

Shetland Canoe Club coaches Ian Cummings, Arthur Robertson and Angus Nicol all achieved their new 4-Star Leadership Awards. Well done to them all and thanks to the “guinea pigs”they accompanied on the assessment trips, Yolande, Katrina and Deborah, and to the  the trainers/assessors Roy Henderson and Martin Rickard.

Angus on the Nibon trip

The assessment trips took some spectacular coastline, from Nibon to the Drongs off Eshaness and the second day took in the ever-amazing coast of Muckle Roe. Both trips took place in relatively challenging conditions and the club leaders were asked to perform rescue manoeuvres and safety exercises in awkward condtions to justify the title of a 4-Star Leader.

Photo by Roy Henderson

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