The Mother of all Classics

Following the Shiants disappointment I must admit to hitting the pub.  As the hangover was clearing I cheekily texted Graham in case he fancied a Sunday river.    Before we knew it there were four of us powering up the A82 towards the River Etive.  I think Scott, Davie, Graham and myself would agree - a fantastic adventure on one of Scotland's classic rivers. ...
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River Ayr in Open Canoes, April 2014

Last Sunday with just two of the open canoe coaching course guinea pigs fit, there was a change of plan. Rather than a day on Loch Lomond practicing canoe sailing as intended, we headed to deepest darkest Ayrshire to canoe the River Ayr. With Graham Roy, Scott Anderson and myself never having paddled the river we only had the guide book to rely on. The mandatory faff to find the best get in, do the shuttle and for one of us to buy lunch meant we headed off just before midday. Being a chance for Graham S to practice his coaching styles this meant every question asked was greeted with......"that's a good question - off you go and find out" - in the olden days the coach may have even answered a question or two... not any more! After lunch we played with CLAP... for those in the know this is what paddlers should I think about if they are...
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River Weekend

1st to 2nd June 2013 This is a river paddling weekend based at the SCA Grantully campsite on the River Tay. This is open to all and will include open canoeing as well as river kayaking. Different grades of trip are available, from those suitable for complete beginners to those for the more experienced amongst us. Club equipment can be borrowed but you will need your own camping equipment. Sandy just needs some notice if you are going along. You can either post on the forum or contact him on 07962 226280 but he needs to know if you are attending by Saturday 25/05/13....
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River Coaching and River Weekend

Sandy has had to change some dates for the river trips/river coaching. In May these will be: Sunday 5 May 2013 Sunday 26 May 2013 Please contact him at least three days in advance if you wish to take part. Each day will normally be a river trip with the venue picked to suit those attending. Persons will be able to take part either in kayaks or canoes on these trips. Sandy is also running a river weekend  over Saturday 1 to Sunday 2 June 2013. This will be based at the SCA campsite at Grandtully on the River Tay. There should be various options available each day for anyone wishing to paddle, from fairly easy to exciting. If you are interested please contact Sandy by 21 May 2013 so that he can make arrangements and book space with the SCA - Scottish Canoe Association. Sandy can be contacted on sandy.johnston@sky.com or on 07962226280.  ...
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Additional Club Trip

A few extra trips and events have been added to the calander. 26/27 January. Lochawe Cottage river paddle. Based at Graham's cottage and paddling Grade 3 to 4. Options for whole weekend or single days. Details on club calendar. 16/17 March. River Dee Descent by open canoe. A weekend camping trip down the Dee (Grade 1 (touching Grade 2/3).  Details on club calendar. 19/20/21 April. SCA Club Coach and Volunteer Development Weekend. More info to follow on the SCA website but an overview is at http://www.canoescotland.org/NewsEvents/ClubandVolunteerConference.aspx It is likely a couple of club members are going but this is generally a good weekend with subsidised course etc for club coaches and volunteers.  ...
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