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

Month: September 2013

Club Social Night

Just a reminder – the social night is on Thursday 3 October, 7.00pm, Gurkha Kitchen. Buffet-style meal followed by tea/coffee. £15 per person. Please contact Wendy if you are coming. 01595 840272 or email

Thursday 19 September “night” club trip

Spectacular close to the canoe club 2013 Thursday evening outdoor sessions. A group of 10 set off from Bridge End at 7 o’clock for a ten mile paddle. As the photos show conditions were perfect for this event.

Great calm

Setting off

In the dark

Paddling in the moonlight

Paddle through Scalloway Harbour at night

Thursday 19 September

If weather conditions are suitable we will do a night-time paddle setting off from Bridge End, meeting there at 6.30pm.

Please note, this will be a moderate length of paddle.

Participants should take some form of lighting with them; glow-stick or waterproof torch.

Check the website on Wednesday night to see if the trip will be going ahead.

WEDNESDAY UPDATE – forecast looks reasonable (yes…honestly!) so we’ll see you at Bridge End as planned.

Thursday 12 September

Despite the miserable weather, around a dozen kayakers were on the water at Bridge End honing their skills.

Well done to those who completed their two star awards.

Thursday 12 September – Two Star at Bridge End

Meet at Bridge End at 6pm (or as soon after as you can manage). No need to phone anyone about equipment.

Vementry – club camping trip – 6th/7th September

On Friday evening, nine intrepid paddlers braved a poor forecast and set forth from Clousta for an overnight camp. After a bit of a breezy crossing with a just a touch of swell, they arrived in Vementry, promptly set up camp before the sun set and, with a good fire burning on the beach and the sky clearing, it turned into a lovely evening. Overnight the promised rain also arrived in Vementry, accompanied by some very strong gusts to test everyone’s tent-setting skills and keep the temperature down.The morning dawned wet and wild, a gathering in Angus’s tent porch led to copious amounts of tea and hot fluids being consumed while Jim ate his bacon, and a group set off to walk round to the gun emplacements while others snuck back to their tents for a little additional shut-eye. As the walkers returned tents were struck, kayaks packed and another quick cuppa drunk before getting back on the water and the return leg to Clousta. It was again a bit of a blustery paddle with a little wind-blown waves to give a gentle workout before the shelter of the voe at Clousta was reached.

Many thanks to Angus and Tam for sorting out a great little trip!

Thursday 5th Lerwick paddle – a great night on the water

19 paddlers took to the water last night to make the most of one of the best Thursday nights we’ve had this season. Despite headaches with getting enough boats together, got on the water at the Lerwick Marina and paddled across to Bressay.

As the clouds gave us a stunning display of colours over Bressay, we paddled round to the Bressay Ferry Terminal and turned to cross  back to the mainland, and by the time we were going by the Lerwick Boating Club the shadows had got longer and night fall was close.

Getting back to the marina provided a different view of Lerwick as the street light came on and the paddling in the dusk was a first for many.

Coming ashore, night had fallen and everyone worked hard to get the boats back on the trailer, gear away and took the chance of a chat before heading away home.

Many thanks to Tam for sorting Trailer, Angus for arranging and  loaning additional boats/ paddles and so on.

Getting enough boats and being sure of what we needed was really difficult this trip. Please please please make sure you give the trip organiser as much notice that you’re coming as possible as we want to get everyone out on the water that wants to be. Thank you.

Canoe Club Social Night

Thursday 3 October. Buffet-style meal at Gurkha Kitchen. About £15 per person. Please contact Wendy if you are interested. 01595 840272 or email

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