Cumbria polo tournament 25/11/17

Lakeland Canoe Club had 2 teams in the Open league at this tournament.

Lakeland A Liam W Andy L  Connor H  Alex W Joe W

Lakeland B  Nigel E   Fran W Emily W    Jemma P   Mike P

Penrith had 3 teams, Carlisle had 1, so 6 teams in all, with each team playing 5 matches.

Lakeland A: Won 5.  Going into the last game of the tournament, Lakeland A and Penrith A had each won 4 out of 4, so the last game between them was the crunch.  Lakeland A won 6:3.  Overall position: 1st.

Lakeland B: Won 3, lost 2, to Lakeland A and Penrith A.  Lakeland B had very close games with Penrith A and B, winning one 3:2 and losing the other by the same score.  Overall position: 3rd.


Time to reflect

Leven Estuary 3/12/17

It was a fine warm day to find the tide late.

So we paddled out to meet it.  Finding a stranded dolphin. Or tree root!


It was fine day until the cold air rolled in bringing fog!

Visibility down to 20m

But so atmospheric


It was a fine day until one of our group  did a flat fish inspection under the viaduct.

And then impersonated a beaching!

Well he had a dry suit.


It was fine day as the fog cleared and the wind just ceased.

Like paddling on a mirror.


On reflection  Mike, Sten and Steve were glad to have the time and space to contemplate such a splendid day. NOT a bad first sea trip for Steve.

 Crake  2/12/17


The floods had come and gone. But we are fortunate to have lakes, which dealay the endless flow of water to the ocean.

So we have the opportunity to paddle when all other rivers are too low.

A fine day welcome to Dave on his first club outing, with a fun play trip on the Crake.

NW Div. 4 polo – A learning curve

The first outing for Lakeland’s team in the North West league showed room for improvement, the first game against the Brunswick U18’s proving a warm up for our defense with a loss of 5/1, Joe Waite our goal scorer. The second match against Penrith B, a much better result, we provided good defense, a cracking on target long shot by Gemma Powell collecting our goal, with the final score 2/1. Our last match of the night against Hammerheads, resulting in a 4/2 loss. Our goals by John Watkins and top goal scorer Joe W both managing to find the net through a sea of defense paddles.

Derwent 27-11-18

Overnight rain brought the empty upper river to paddlable flow. Sour Milk Gill falls and similar steep becks, that fed the main river, were running white. Water so clear but also so chilly.

Two 80’s kayaks( guests)  Chris Helm in open boat Mike and Phil gained  the river at Seathwaite. Fast flow and a few trees lead through walled banks. The occasional grade 2 easy enough. Then more open and some steeper rockier boulder rapids started taking revenge, but always a clean line to be had.

Cloud on the tops, but the scenery fab as always. The youth hostel rapid proved the most tricky, followed by ever decreasing difficulty.

Mint –  so refreshing – for some

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25-11-17  Mike H  John H  Matt  Brian.

The flood came  peaking at 1.7 midnight Wednesday and went !

O.62 ON EA gauge – too low? No a little scrapey for the first km then 2 side streams add to the volume.

A tree across step river. Then fun. The old weir, 2m drop –  a mint roll- but a good one.

Meall bank drop with stopper was sticky. NIc etc see some play boat tricks and body surfing. The last long rapid was so nice. One more Mint roll!

A fun paddle.


Phil C Mike h And 2 guest from West Cumbria canoe club. 21-11-17.

A leisurely mid day meet.

Two river boats from the 80’s  SO long and directional- how did we ever manage.

A pleasant run down from Grasmere to Windermere.  Even enough water for the shallow Pelter bridge rapid to be fun.rtahy grasmere.JPG