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Canoe club has a day just messing about in the water

Canoe club has a day just messing about in the water

MEMBERS    of    Deveron    Canoe Club enjoyed a family fun day and barbecue at Sandend last Sunday to mark the end of their outdoor season before the early evening’s force them back into Banff pool for the winter.

Conditions for the event were ideal, with calm seas, light winds and just enough cloud cover to keep temperatures to a pleasant level.

Club member Alan Meikle said: “The day started with a sea paddle heading west, weaving in and out of the narrow passages and tunnels in the rock formations that were just big enough to fit the 17ft-long sea kayaks. We went past Findlater castle and got as as far as Sunnyside beach before heading back for the barbecue on the beach.

“After the barbecue, it was time for the kids of all ages to go and play in the surf. With the junior members all suitably kitted out in their safety gear we took to the water in a variety of boats, including surf boats, sea kayaks, general purpose and sit on tops as well as a double for some fun and games.”

Deveron Canoe Club will be starting their indoor winter pool programme with a come and try evening on Thursday from 7pm at Banff swimming pool. It is open to all-comers from the age of seven upwards, provided they can swim a length of the pool.

Mr Meikle added: “Just turn up on the night. We would love to see lots more people coming along to give it a go, and if they think kayaking is for them, they can continue training over the winter by joining our 12- week ‘Introduction to Kayaking’ course on Thursday evenings up to Christmas for anybody wanting to take up the sport.”

Contact Ian Clark on 01261 861576 for more details.

THE BANFSHIRE HERALD, Tuesday, August 30, 2011, Graham Crawford