SKE25 - Sea Kayak Night Trip - Blackpool Illuminations & Fireworks - 25 September 2020
Blackpool Illuminations run from late August as an extension to the local tourist season. In addition, in September on consecutive Friday evenings there are firework displays as part of the world firework championship. The firework display starts at 20h30 and is subject to weather conditions (as will this paddle!). Between the lights and fireworks, it should be a fabulous display and a great if exceptional introduction to night paddling!
We will convene at 19h00 at Squire’s Gate (PC FY4 1TP GR SD 3046 3166) which is the western end of the Progress Way (A5230). Launching is via a concrete slipway beside the Blackpool Light Craft Club onto the beach. Parking here can be had in streets nearby - if problematic we can use the beach carpark further south and shuttle. We should aim to car share as far as possible. We may well stop for fish & chips or hotdogs along the way! Some of the group may want to stay over and sample the joys of Blackpool at night but I suspect most will travel back even though it will be late by the time we get off the water.
Reference: Trip 24 Blackpool Illuminations in Jim Krawiecki’s “Northern England & IOM – Fifty Great Sea Kayak Voyages” Pesda Press.
This trip is not a coaching course but you will be safely guided by experienced and qualified sea kayak leaders. Our main objectives of the trip are to bring like minded sea paddlers together, share experiences and make the contacts necessary for further trips.
This Class C event is open to Cumbrian paddlers – or friends of – with an interest in sea kayaking who would like to extend and develop their skills and experience. This event is suitable for paddlers with sea kayaking experience who are looking to improve their independence to plan and execute coastal trips by getting night paddling experience. You should have a VHF radio or alternative communication device on you and need to carry lights (At least a waterproof head-torch and ideally light sticks for the boat and a safety light on your buoyancy aid). Talk to the organiser if you need to confirm whether your experience and capabilities are sufficient. Maximum 8 participants.
Using a specific sea kayak is very important, so if you do not have one please borrow or hire one from a club or commercially. Cumbria Canoeists have three sea kayaks that are available for a small donation. Personal paddling equipment, adequate gear, a change of clothes, food and drink for each day’s paddle are essential - Paddler Kit lists are available here.
Before you can book on any Cumbria Canoeist's event you must have completed a one time Paddler Registration.