West Lakes Sunset Paddle — 3 February 2022

Choppy waters in West Lakes next to the North Bridge

Eight (8) paddlers – Bella, Anthony, Phil, Bruce, Abelardo, Charlie, Marina and Mark set of from Tiranna Way West Lakes about 6.30pm last Thursday (3rd Feb) to enjoy an evening paddle around Delfin Island. This paddle was a big day for Abelardo now in possession of his nice shiny Delta, a very racy looking red and white colour scheme.

We met up with potential member Tony, who Bella had invited to check out our kayaks and gear prior to launch. Sails being erected when I arrived – oops, mine is no good sitting in the garage!

We were soon on our way – bit on the windy side which does seem to be normal in the afternoons recently, I just had to paddle faster to keep up with the kayaks fitted with Flat Earth sails – at least for part of the lap around Delfin Island until we were all paddling into the wind.

Bella led us down towards Bower Road end, hoping to maximise the stretch under sail. Met up with another kayaker on water for a training run in his green P&H Delphin and getting along at a good pace. After an on water chat we discovered it was new member Pawel who joined the club only a week ago. He is jumping in the deep end and will be joining the Canoe Polo training group at Corcoran Drive footbridge at West Lakes. Pawel continued with the group for most of the circuit, but was in training mode and continued up to the Trimmer Parade at southerly end of West Lakes, while we relaxed on the last leg of the paddle.

Finished up with a bit of rolling practice back at Tiranna Way before adjourned to the Bartley to discuss paddling tactics.

Another great Thursday paddle and thanks for organising the outing Bella.

Skill training

Skills Training Day – West Lakes 16 October 2021

Start of training session

Start of training session

A good turnout on Saturday 16 Oct for our training at West Lakes! Especially considering those nice spring days are a bit intermittent now! We had ten club members and two hopefully soon-to-be club members attending.

Members were Bernard Goble, Peter Carter, Mark Loram, Charlie and Marina Walker, Renata Perez, Abelardo Pardo, Simon Delaine, Greg Watts and Brian Slater. Both Greg and Simon are recent members and very keen to start attending regular trips. Greg had booked for Sunday’s Beacon 19 paddle, making the most of his drive from Port Augusta.

Big welcome to both Julie Palmer and Uday M for coming along as Trialist members. We are hoping to see you joining the Club and participate in future trips.

The car park was full when I arrived and Dragon Boats busy on the water– oops. I thought I’d checked the Calendar before setting the date! My panic was soon over, just an early morning training day from 6am, phew! Peter Carter was there nice and early and all prepped and ready to go. Our training time was a bit more civilised, 10.30am arrival for 11am start.

The Session

Skill training

Skill training

We began with new member introductions. It was great to see Greg coming all the way from Port Augusta and Julie from Meningie. After introductions we got Uday and Simon set up in the kayaks kindly arranged by Peter and Bernard. Many thanks to Bernard and Peter for helping with the Training and everyone else that participated in the Towing Exercise.

The day was a bit overcast with a hint of SW winds but as the day progressed things improved better than forecast. We started with warm-up exercises then went through primary paddle strokes on the grass before getting on water. We spent the next hour and a bit on water, primarily putting the strokes into practice.

The time flew by and soon the tummies started to rumble so we took time out for a short break. Short before we demonstrated various towing configurations on land. Peter’s kayak models came in very handy for showing group dynamics when setting up and changing over the tow. Again, all keen to put things into practice, so headed back on water.  We were soon tired out, so we returned to the beach to clean up the gear and prepare the BBQ.

The BBQ

Barbacue

Barbecue after the training session

The BBQ provided a great opportunity to talk about aspects of the training and the upcoming club events. New members went away happy, Peter had been “Spring Cleaning” his kayaking gear and brought along several very handy Flatwater and Sea Kayaking Booklets for our newbies. Many thanks to Abelardo for showing his culinary skills and cooking up the very tasty onions and snags.

Overall, a great day!