A Findhorn descent (see Ray Goodwin's photos) was one of many successful trips OCA members participated in at the Scottish Canoe Symposium. The event opened on Friday evening with inspirational talks from Jules Burnard and Ray Goodwin. Several of us opted for trips on the Middle Findhorn on Saturday, levels were low but it was good to do another a new river.
Sunday I stayed local and played around with poling followed my Lennart's freestyle session in the afternoon, the Swift Raven proved an ideal boat for this but not so good for poling. Glenmore Lodge proved to be an excellent base with luxurious accommodation and superb food, thanks to Dave and his team for hosting.
The long drive was made worthwhile with OCA trips pre and post symposium including the Tay with Jules and the Spey with Pancho, plus several OCA members participated in Wilderness Canoes classic Assynt adventure. It would be good to some pictures and stories from these journeys here.
After the symposium I headed west to Fort William to participate in the first of two OCA 5 star training courses being run by Jules. For once the weather in Scotland was too nice and we unfortunately had no wind for the sailing and open water sessions. For the river days we used the Awe and the Garry. Lots of learning and new skills.
Highlight for me was the night time navigation exercise on Loch Levin. All in all a fantastic couple of weeks canoeing for lots of OCA members.