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Birthday Cake by the Ocean – Lismore, Oct 18

A biting wind met six of us at Port Appin, and after donning our fleeces we crossed the Lynn of Lorn to Lismore to sunshine and shelter from the northerly. It was so sheltered that I sweltered and Graham’s hat …

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Birthday Cake by the Ocean – Lismore, Oct 18

Forth Bridges 29 Sept 18

Following 2 weeks of cancelled kayak camping holiday with Dave Towsie due to the gales and knowing Dave had to go back to work on Monday, we were keen to get out on the water this weekend as a special …

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Forth Bridges  29 Sept 18

Gentle training session, Gladhouse Reservoir, Sunday 9 September

With Force 4 winds forecast the session took place on the calmer waters of Gladhouse Reservoir. When I arrived, really really late, there were 8 kayaks of different shapes and sizes on the water: stable to unstable, short to long, …

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Gentle training session, Gladhouse Reservoir, Sunday 9 September

Evening paddle North Berwick Tuesday 28 August

Under the expert guidance and local knowledge of  Tim, Segar, Nick, David, Graham and Ian left North Berwick harbour just as the tide had begun to ebb and headed through very light winds and swell towards The Lamb, where we …

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Evening Paddle, South Queensferry – Tuesday 14 Aug

Festival themed trip report: Queens Hall Piano and Cello Duo, South Queensferry Quartet: Fiona, Nick, David and Jane. Forecast SW 4-6. Like some Beethoven pieces the waves behind Hawes pier were gentle and melodious. Once out beyond the breakwater it …

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Evening Paddle, North Berwick – Tuesday 7 August

Eight of us met on the beach at North Berwick harbour. Katerina held a briefing session before we set off and it was agreed that the conditions (excellent visibility, light breeze and a slight chop) meant that Fidra would be …

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Evening Paddle, North Berwick – Tuesday 7 August

Aberdour, Thursday 2 August

Six of us – (Graham, Mike, Jane, Steve, Angus and I ) assembled in the Silversands car park in the face of forecast wind of F3, gusting F4 , and predicted heavy rain. We found smooth seas, perfect stillness , …

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Aberdour, Thursday 2 August

Evening paddle Portobello 25 July 2018

Potentially a B/A grade paddle, the sea gods smiled on Graeme, Carol, John, Charles, David, Mary and Ian as they left Portobello beach just after 1900 and headed down the coast past Musselburgh and on towards Prestonpans, meeting a lone …

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Evening paddle Portobello 25 July 2018

Evening paddle Silverknowes 19 July 2018

It was no secret that there should have been seven of us, but due in some part to elemental geographical confusion only Alan, Ian, Nick and two Davids set off from Silverknowes beach at 1900, heading towards Inchmickery.  The WSW …

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Evening paddle Silverknowes 19 July 2018

Thursday 5th July Silverknowes

“Easterly 11 knots gusting to 15 knots which means this paddle would be categorized beyond grade A conditions.” That’s what we were promised, and that’s what we got, and a good sized swell and a lot of white horses evident …

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1st August 2018 – North Berwick

A typical LSKC outing which started with a beach briefing at Milsey Bay that established the number of cavities of each of the eleven group members. The winner was new paddler Tracy with none. With a forecast for sun, clear …

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Training Day, Aberdour, Sunday 24th June 2018

Those who came: Katerina (leader/ringmaster), Marysia, Alan, Jan (on her first paddle), Segar, Susan and 2 others who went off to do their own thing (I apologize for forgetting your names) Weather: A scorcher of a day with a light …

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Blackness, Tuesday 19 June, 2018

We seven – Graeme (Organiser), Dave, David, Heike, Fiona, Andrew and I – set off from the beach at Blackness at 1900 (HW about 2030, so a pleasantly short carry). It was a calm evening – the only waves being …

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Blackness, Tuesday 19 June, 2018

Loch Sween 9th/10th June 2018

Paddling in scottish waters doesn’t get much better than this. My favourite area for  outstanding terrestrial and marine wildlife, rare butterflies and interesting archeology. We camped at Leachive campsite in Tayvallich on Friday night with its delightful  owner who let us leave our cars …

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Loch Sween 9th/10th June 2018

North Berwick, Saturday 12 May.

My second attempt at this. Did one after the event but must have missed the submit button !! ANYWAY…. After a rather delayed confirmation of plans, 9 members met on the beach to discuss a trip, then 10 members….then an …

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Belhaven Bay – Evening Paddle- Tues 22 May

What a fantastic opportunity to practise and play in the surf! 9 of us gathered and after a very short carry and an even briefer briefing- ie “don’t bump into each other” we headed into the waves. Technically wind blown …

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Milsey Bay Evening Paddle – Tuesday 8th May

After a hot sunny windless bank holiday weekend, the weather turned just in time for the evening paddle. Even with the cool temperature, windy, and damp forecast 12 people turned up. Being the organiser, and my first evening paddle in …

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Milsey Bay Evening Paddle – Tuesday 8th May

Grade A paddle from N Berwick – Sunday 6 May 2018

Fourteen of us set out from a fairly quiet Milsey Bay in conditions unexpectedly superior to those forecast and entirely different from any of the forecasts that had been consulted: bright sunshine, no wind and virtually flat calm.  Quickly adapting to …

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Grade A paddle from N Berwick – Sunday 6 May 2018

Aberdour Evening Paddle Trip Report: Wednesday 2nd May

Launch: Sunny Aberdour. 1830 on the dot. Punters: Andrew, Jane, Charles, Me. Additional Punter: Like an apparition from the waves  … see below. Direction Of Travel: West up to the terminal, then across to Inchcolm and back. Conditions: Windy … …

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Aberdour Evening Paddle Trip Report: Wednesday 2nd May

Lismore 20-22nd April 2018

Eight of us turned up to Camp on Eilean na Caorach on the Friday night. Tents up food consumed followed by the usual banter an ascent to the islands highest point rewarded us with clear views all around. On Saturday morning …

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Lismore 20-22nd April 2018

Bute Circumnavigation 7&8 Apr 18

Three of us joined this trip meeting at Wemyss Bay to share cars on the ferry to Rothesay from where we drove up to Rhubodach (opposite Colintraive). We caught the last of the ebb tide on a clear light wind …

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Loch Sunart: Easter weekend 2018

Graham and I travelled up to, and camped at Resipole on Friday, meeting up with Anne Saturday morning. Launching from the slip, we crossed the loch and paddled down the southern shore in favourable conditions spotting an isolated seal pup, …

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Loch Sunart: Easter weekend 2018

Grade A Paddle, Seacliff in sunshine, Sunday 1st April.

  No April fools were we! 12 of us picked Sunday for a paddle , dived through the narrow weather window and had a very pleasant time at Seacliff. Low water at 0945 meant a bit of a walk to …

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Grade A Paddle, Seacliff in sunshine, Sunday 1st April.

Rough Stuff 3- Seacliff Sat 10th March

Even worse weather than last week, but still 13 determined souls with a brilliant ‘have-a-go’ attitude . Easterly 5 + , smaller swell but stronger wind than 2 weeks ago- – awkward turning boats into wind and the buoy off St …

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Rough Stuff 3- Seacliff Sat 10th March

Rough Stuff Silverknowes 4th March

Dreich, snell, boggin’weather with clumps of dirty snow littering the foreshore…who on earth would bother coming out. Well 13 of us did, must be the cabin fever…On Richard Young’s advice we went to Silverknowes to get a bit of incoming …

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Rough Stuff Silverknowes 4th March

Rough Stuff, 24th Feb

The chairman likes us to post up reports- but who’ll read this through the post match hangover ? 18 of us hit the beach on a wonderful sunny crisp, fresh morning- and in 2 groups headed into the sizeable SE …

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Rough Stuff, 24th Feb

Isle of May Talk – Wed 7th Feb

The inner islands of the Firth of Forth are like a ‘black hole’ for the seabird experts. Photos wanted of the shags with colour-rings on their legs on any of the islands we frequent in our kayaks. Just one of …

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Isle of May Talk – Wed 7th Feb

4th Feb – Fife Coast Anstruther to Elie

Fiona, Katerina, Louise, Charles, Marysia, Mari, Ian, Michael and myself met at Anstruther harbour on a bright chilly Sunday morning. We had a straightforward but fairly long carry to the water as it was close to low tide when we …

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4th Feb – Fife Coast Anstruther to Elie

First Aid Course – 3/4 Feb

12 of us were on a REC emergency first aid course running over the weekend. The weekend was interesting and enjoyable. Some time was spent outside on both days rolling around on the floor (in the rain) and practicing scenarios …

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First Aid Course – 3/4 Feb

Rockies to Montreal Canoe Talk

A remarkable turnout last night ( 78- we had to clear out the furniture!) to hear a remarkable talk. Beautifully prepared, beautifully presented, with integrity, intelligence and a real enthusiasm and respect for the environment they travelled through. Despite remarkable …

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New Years Paddle – 1st January 2018

4 of us met at North Berwick – Tim Gibson, Katerina Stein, Rob Burgess and myself. We ended up putting in from the lifeboat slip as two folk used kayaks from the NB club store. After hearty New Year greetings …

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Discomfort zone training #2 – Sunday 1st December

Well – what can I say… Tantallon Castle, The Bass Rock, Bright Sunshine and… well quite a flat looking sea…You might have wondered if we would struggle to live up to the bill as we launched from Seacliff beach in …

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Discomfort zone tranining #1 – Sunday 26th November

22 of us met at North Berwick and it was flat so we drove back to Prestonpans to find a fairly choppy sea (technical term) with an onshore F5 – perfect conditions really. (David Simpson and I had already checked …

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Coldingham, Saturday 4th November

6 of us met at Coldingham in bright sunshine to paddle up to St Abbs head. The six of us were John Mcneill, Chris Gordon, Graeme Seggie, Fiona McLay ,Rob Burgess and myself. Fiona was keen to practice rescues and …

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Alaska Prince William Sound. June 2017

Alaska 2017 Celebrating thirty years of LSKC eight of us made a return visit to Prince William Sound. This was first made by founder members of the club. Eight of us flew into Anchorage excited and looking forward to our …

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Oban weekend, falls of Lora, Saturday 23rd September

On the Saturday of the Oban weekend, I joined Ken’s trip to the Falls of Lora, despite Ken and Sarah describing it as a ‘wall of white’ the day before, saying they’d never seen it so big… I arrived a …

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Oban weekend, falls of Lora, Saturday 23rd September

Stonehaven to Arbroath, 19-20 August

Stonehaven to Arbroath camping over night , that was the plan but as usual things were fluid in more way than one. Having been flooded out of Inverbervie campsite we relocated to Johnshaven. Paddle plan was to paddle all the …

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Almost an epic – South Queensferry, 2017 August 26

(by David Towsey) Fiona McLay and myself decided to take advantage of the suitably bad weather to go a do some rough water rescue practise. I suggested a third person should come along to chase after any stray boats.  Our …

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Grade A Paddle, North Queensferry – Sunday 7 May

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Grade A Paddle, North Queensferry – Sunday 7 May

The Club’s Grade A paddle for May was coordinated by Rod D and he was accompanied by Jane, Catherine, Frances, Michael, Neil, Alice and Fraser. The group set off from the pier almost under the rail bridge at North Queensferry on …

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