West Coast Paddlers flat water symposium at Lochwinnoch.Registration took place in the club's bell tent (complete with wood burning stove)
RNLI stand and next door was...
Stuart Wagstaff's fleet from Sea Kayak Oban and...
Roddy McDowell from Kayak Bute was just across the road. Geoff and Ann Turner from Karitek were
just behind but I put my camera away before they set up.If I had had the time I would have loved to try some of the huge collection of kayaks in this amazing demo fleet. However, I was taking the two kayak paddle sailing sessions and so I had to pass by.
The wind got up in the afternoon (no photos) to the extent that the local windsurfers were planing on short boards and this made things more challenging for the tyro paddle sailors. Everyone got some great runs but the wind began to increase and there were two capsizes. However, such was the keenness to continue that in the afternoon (as in the morning) the paddle sailors were the last group to leave the water. Well done everyone.
P&H Delphin the Flat Earth sail (P&H branded) and the Karitek gear that novice paddle sailors (most had done no sailing of any sort before) had such success with paddle sailing in the challenging conditions.
A great deal of thanks must go to Richard Cree and his team from Westcoast Paddlers for all their hard work in organising the Flatwater Symposium. As I was packing up I could not help but notice the many happy faces of people ranging from their teens to their eighth decade.Clearly a flatwater symposium has fulfilled an unmet need.I would not have dreamt of taking novice groups of 8 and 9 people on the open sea in the wind we experienced. The coaches were very well looked after in the club's bell tent with woodburning stove and I particularly enjoyed the expertly cooked beef burgers with all the trimmings at the evening barbeque. A collection was made for the RNLI at the barbeque.
Tomorrow's sessions include Lochwinnoch, the Little Cumbrae and the Great Cumbrae.
Thanks again Richard and the Westcoast Paddlers! :o)