CONGRATULATION TO JULIA DARBY ON PASSING HER BCU 4 STAR LEADERS AWARD.
THIS IS NOTHING LIKE THE OLD 4 STAR THAT WAS JUSTA PERSONAL SKILL AWARD
AND WAS NORMALLY ASSESSED IN HALF A DAY. TO BE SUCESSFUL JULIA HAD TO ATTEND A 2 DAY TRAINING COURSE A COASTAL PLANNING COURSE AND THEN COMPLETE A DEMANDING 2 DAY ASSESSMENT IN SUITABLE CONDITIONS SEA STATE 2M SWELL WIND STRENGTH FORCE 4 THE ASSESSMENT LOOKED AT PERSONAL SKILLS RESCUE TECHNIQUES INCIDENT MANAGEMENT AND LEADERSHIP SKILLS

The 2011 Oban Sea Kayak Race will take place on Saturday 3rd September 2011.
George MaCallum will be representing the club in this event and has been training hard over the last couple of months.
We all wish George every success in the race.
A number of us are going to support George on the day, probably paddling from the Puffin Dive Centre to paddle North up the sound of Kerrera to Oban Bay.
Also Oban Sea Kayak and Kari tek are having a demo day and Oban sea kayaks are also having a sale in their shop.
If you are interested we are going to be leaving early on Saturday morning (7.00am at the club to load kayaks) getting the ferry across the Clyde
The idea is to take the minimum number of cars because parking may be a problem
Race details
The course:
• The start line lies between North Pier and the Caledonian MacBrayne South Pier (Railway Steps), position approx: 56deg 24.86′ N, 005deg 28.39′ W, Ordnance Survey Grid Reference NM 858 301.
• South through the Sound of Kerrera, keeping the Island of Kerrera to starboard throughout.
• Turn right at Rubha Seannoch (Kerrera’s most southerly tip). Pass between Bach Island and Rubha na Feundain (Kerrera’s southwest tip).
• Continue north up the west side of Kerrera. N.B. From Rubha na Lice, across Slatrach Bay, it is very important to keep all of the islands and islets (Eilean nan Gamhna, Eilean nam Uan and several reefs which flood at high water) on the northwest coast of Kerrera to port, still keeping Kerrera to starboard to avoid the seal colony, see right.
• Keep the salmon farm floating structures along the northwest Kerrera coast to port.
• Turn right at Rubha’ Bhearnaig into the approach to Oban Bay: N.B. Be very aware of fast approaching ferries, which leave a large wash, this can be especially hazardous in the shallow reef waters. Leave both fixed navigational marks (red lights) to starboard.
• Keep as close to the shore of Rudha’ Chruidh island (northeast Kerrera), as is safe, cross Oban Bay to the finish line keeping the North Cardinal Buoy to port. If a ferry is close or looming, it is strongly recommended that paddlers keep to the south end of Rudha Chruidh to starboard before making the crossing of Oban Bay, in order to comply with the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea 1972 (COLREG Rule 9 Narrow Channels). N.B. Any contravention of IRPCS 1972 will result in disqualification from the race.
• Finish Oban Bay (south) The Finish lies approximately 300m east of the South Cardinal Buoy in Dungallan Park. Kayaks should be safely beached at the dingy park slip/beach, paddlers should then make their way by foot through the dingy park, following the marked route to the timekeepers.
• The race is deemed complete once the paddlers laminated number has been handed and recorded by the timekeepers.

NIGHT PADDLING
As we draw to the end of the session for paddling on a Monday and Tuesday evenings we normally continue paddling for as long as we can. This means that we will be paddling in the dark
Night paddling can be a very rewarding experience for all but it requires all paddlers to take certain things in to consideration and carry certain items of equipment.
1 All night paddling on a Monday and Tuesday evenings must be lead by a designated Instructor/ leader approved and appointed by the Paddle Sports convener
2 All paddlers who take part in night paddles must follow the instructions of the designated leader at all times
3 The decision as to who is allowed to take part in a night paddle is at the discretion of the appointed leader
4 Paddling at night is normally cooler than paddling in day light hours so come suitable dressed
5 All paddlers must have a serviceable head torch and a chemical glow stick (the colour green is the best (or a battery operated glow stick) and cord to hang it on the rear of your buoyancy aid ( WITHOUT THESE ITEMS YOU WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO TAKE PART)
6 Group control is vital when paddling at night and is extremely taxing on the designated leader YOUR CO- OPERATION AND COMPLIANCE WITH INSTRUCTIONS is vital to the safety of the activity and normally a diamond pattern will be adopted with a designated lead paddler and outriders to the left and right. Paddlers will normally be required to paddle in pairs (Buddy system) and must keep in contact with another pair. Paddlers may be given a number so if the leader want to check that everybody is in the group they will ask you to number off
7 Wind speed and sea conditions that you feel comfortable in daylight hours may feel challenging when paddling in the dark. IF YOU FEEL UNCOMFORTABLE YOU MUST INFORM YOUR BUDDY AND THE LEADER OF THE PADDLE
8 All leaders of night paddling activity from the club on Mondays and Tuesday evenings must ensure that they carry a serviceable tow line system and that there are at least another 4 paddlers with serviceable towing systems in the group. If possible a VHF Radio and flare pack should also be carried. The number of paddlers and destination and estimated time of return must be entered in the club signing out book
9 Owners of private kayaks can paddle at night at their own discretion, but if joining an organised paddle on a Monday or Tuesday evening place themselves under the authority and leadership of the designated leader appointed by the paddle sports convener
10 NO CLUB KAYAK MAY BE USED AT NIGHT OR IN TO THE HOURS OF DARKNESS WITHOUT THE APPROVAL OF THE PADDLE SPORTS CONVENER OR A QUALIFIED LEVEL 3 COACH (LEWIS SMITH OR KEITH CLAGUE)
11 THE DECISION AS TO WHETHER A NIGHT PADDLE IS UNDERTAKEN AND WHO MAY TAKE PART IS THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE APPOINTED LEADER AND IS FINAL

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