Dear Sir, Madam,

Last year we were kayaking in the stunning Summer Isles. Unfortunately, we noticed quiet some (fishermen) debris at the beaches.
We have decided to organise a beach clean up in the Summer Isles in May this year. My query is whether your organisation/members are interested in supporting this beach clean up.

One of the beaches will be on the mainland, in front of Port A Bhaigh Campsite, Altandhu, Achiltibuie, Ullapool, IV26 2YR, Tel: 01854 622339. Some beaches can only be reached by canoe or kayak. The owner of the campsite, David Last, welcomes our initiative and has offered that all participants can camp at his campsite free of charge. (At the opposite end of the campsite is a restaurant which serves mouthwatering fresh fish for very reasonable prices).

Suggested date beach clean up: Saturday May 3, 2014.

We look forward to hearing your reply.

Kind regards,

Karin M. Meyer
k.m.meyer@btinternet.com

***CLOSING DATE FOR GGP2014***
The closing date for entries is the 7th March so make sure you don’t leave it too late and book your place now!

Hi all,
Just a few updates now with only 3 weeks until we’ll be onsite!

Prize Category Announcement

We are delighted to announce the prize categories for GGP 2014:

Male Categories:
Fastest K1
Fastest K2
Fastest Sea Kayak, solo & double
Fastest Kayak Other, solo & double
Fastest Canoe, solo & double
Fastest SUP

Female Categories:
Fastest K1
Fastest K2
Fastest Sea Kayak, solo & double
Fastest Kayak Other, solo & double
Fastest Canoe, solo & double
Fastest SUP

Team Relay Categories:
Team Relay Kayak
Team Relay Canoe
Team Relay SUP

Prize giving and after race drink will take place on Saturday 22nd March. GGP participants, support crews, friends and family are all invited to the drinks at Inverness Palace Hotel, 8 Ness Walk, Inverness, (right on the River Ness and only a short distance from the finish line) from 19:00hrs. There is ample parking at the hotel and surrounding areas.

Course Update
Earlier this month the GGP team nipped up Scotland for a wee site visit. After what has been quite a mild winter, conditions were a little foggy around Loch Locky and there was thin ice covering the surface of the canals before Fort Augustus which we expect to dissipate come March. The GGP team are monitoring the weather conditions and will be giving daily updates on our website in week running up to the event.
Accreditation information is now up on the website for those already registered with information about the start times – click here.

Live Streaming
We’re excited to be able to keep all those who can’t make it up to the highlands for this year’s event up to date with live (as close as technology permits!) updates on entrants’s sector times, photos and videos as they happen. Full details of how you can stay in touch with the action will be released in the coming weeks but for now we’re running the Twitter Tag #GGP2014 – join in!

Volunteer Positions at GGP
So far we’ve had a great reaction to our appeal for volunteers but we’re still looking! We are hoping to widen our ties within the communities that the event touches and for local people to get involved, helping contribute to the smooth running of the event on the day. We have a number of volunteer opportunities available including:
- Registration point volunteers – this involves helping set up accreditation, registration of participants, handing out information packs, answering any questions regarding the event.
- Marshalls – this role involves being the eyes and ears of the event. You will be marshalling along the course route, noting down boat timings at check points and liaising with race control as well as most importantly, offering encouragement and support to entrants as they pass through
- Finish point volunteers – this involves helping to set up the finish point, helping with the catering station, handing out blankets, updating leader boards, providing information for competitors and their support crews

These positions are required on Saturday 22nd March (some of the starting positions will happen through the early hours and a limited number of helpers may be needed on the Friday afternoon). We may also have a couple of extra positions for Sunday March 23rd for those who are looking to come for the whole weekend.

We need people with a love of the great outdoors, people who are motivational and friendly. Our volunteers are those who help make this unique event an enjoyable experience for competitors, spectators and everyone who is helping in the organisation. If you would like to volunteer please get in touch with lex@greatglenpaddle.co.uk

Finally, we want to thank Scottish Canals, Homecoming Scotland, Scottish Kayaks and Paddles, Explore Highland and SUPskin for their support of GGP 2014!
Many thanks for your continued support,

Team GGP

RWSABC Sailing

All

We should have a Pre-Season Meeting to set Calendar / RB Rota / etc

I propose 20:00 on the Thursday 13th March at the boat club.
Please email me to confirm if able to come along.

Thanks

David
DTaylor(at)mjbiltd.com

Dear Paddler,

Women’s Scottish Sea Kayak Festival.

The Festival will be happening again this year, and we will shortly be opening bookings. In order to make sure you don’t miss out on any of our news and updates for this year’s exciting Festival, please pop along to our website http://womensseakayakfestival.co.uk/ and add your email address in the box on the right hand side.

We look forward to seeing you at the Festival!

Laura

Below are the winners for January

1st – Ian Brockett

2nd – Joe Heffernan

3rd – Ian Craig

Drawn by Alistair Rodden

Application Forms available at the bar or can be downloaded here
200 Club Application Form

Following all the hard work on Saturday and Sunday by a hardy team, both on general club & beach work as well as getting boats ready for the pool, the sessions started last night.

Canoe Convener Paul Edgar said “The pool session went down well last night with 15 turning up, which was better than I expected due to the weather. The Attendants were great, even helping to carry the boats in and out with us.”

The sessions will continue until Wednesday 2nd April. They are between 20.30 – 21.30, the cost is £ 20/head. There is still some space so anyone interested should contact Paul via canoeing@rwsabc.com.

Duncan and his band are appearing at the Royal West on Saturday 15th March. Tickets are only £8 per person, and are available at the Club.  

Duncan originally came to the fore in 1982, when the big-selling Scottish singer at the time, Valerie Dunbar, released a single of ‘Always Argyll’, written by Duncan and a friend, Jimmy Jamieson, from Tighnabruaich. The song went on to be covered by over thirty artists in Scotland, Ireland, and Australia. One of the groups which covered the song was the hugely popular folk band The Clydesiders.

When their guitarist decided to call it a day in 1982, Duncan stepped in, beginning an eighteen year career with the band, during which he recorded seven albums and several singles with them, and appeared in countless concerts and TV programmes around the UK and Europe.

With his band, including long time collaborator Cy Jack (who will be with Duncan on 15th March), Lindisfarne drummer Ray Laidlaw, and renowned fiddler Chris Stout, Duncan had support slots with Donnie Munro, Martin Carthy and Midge Ure, and a magical duet at Glasgow’s Atheneum Theatre with legendary Pogues front man Shane McGowan, sharing vocals on ‘Loch Lomond’ at a tribute concert for the great Scottish singer-songwriter Matt McGinn.

 This will be a great night. Don’t miss it!

Just a quick update on the Pool Sessions for Feb-Mar 2014.

Sessions will start on Wednesday 12th Feb and run through until Wednesday 2nd April (eight weeks). They will be between 20.30 – 21.30. The cost will be £ 20/head for the eight sessions. Paul would like anyone interested to attend a meeting tomorrow evening, Tuesday 4th Feb, at 20.00 in the Boat Club to arrange cleaning the boats and arranging transportation of them to the Waterfront. Also a general discussion about the coming season. He appreciates this is short notice but it has taken longer than anticipated with negotiations.

Hopefully most of you can make it as it would give him a chance to meet those of you he haven’t met and vice versa. If you cannot make it then please email him to confirm your intention to participate in the Pool Sessions on canoeing@rwsabc.com.

Inverclyde Leisure has insisted that we must have coaches with PVG/Disclosures supervising if we have Juniors in attendance. At the moment we cannot guarantee this, however we are endeavouring to get the attendance of some professional SCA instructors at some of the sessions and this may allow us the opportunity to include Juniors on some evenings.

Look forward to seeing you all on Tuesday night.

At the end of a busy month which included the Hogmanay Party, fundraisering events for local groups, private functions and a Boat Club Session. we have just finished another busy weekend.

Friday was a busy Private Function hosted by Paddy Rodden, An Evening of Burns, attended by approx 70 people. As well as there being a good turnover in the bar the surplus from the ticket money and the proceeds of the raffle were also donated to the Club.

On Saturday we unveiled the new portrait of Her Majesty the Queen that had been presented to the Club by a member. The Deputy Lieutenant Alistair MacMillan kindly agreed to attend and unveil this for us.

We also unveiled the flag flown on Whiteforeland during the Diamond Jubilee Pageant. We thought it appropriate for the Deputy Lieutenant to unveil this also as he was instrumental in the Lieutenancy asking us to participate in the event on behalf of the County.

(Photos courtesy of Jim Ford)

On Sunday the Club played host to the Inverclyde Athletic Club County Road Race. We provided the facilities for them to administer the race from and also to cater to thier participants and supporters. The Vice-President, Alistair Black, spoke during the Prizegiving to welcomed the event to the Club and we have been asked to host it again next year. We are hoping this will be the start of a long association with IAC and this event.

Forthcoming events can be seen on the following website page http://www.rwsabc.co.uk/about/club_functions/ , or on the Club Noticeboards.

The next couple of events are the meeting on Tuesday night @ 20:00 to discuss Canoe Pool Sessions and the Beach Tidy @ 10:00 next Saturday. The latter is a bring your own shovel & wheelbarrow party, think Alex is organising the pies and Bovril.

See you at the Club.

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