Kayak fans in visit

Staithes' inshore lifeboat affects a rescue during a training exercise
Staithes' inshore lifeboat affects a rescue during a training exercise

SEA kayakers converged at East Barnby Outdoor Education Centre last month for a weekend with the Staithes Inshore Lifeboat crew.

Kayakers came from as far afield as Portsmouth and Fort William to take part in expedition skills workshops and a joint rescue exercise with the lifeboat crew.

Event organiser, Angela Bullamore, said: “The weather was stacked against us and I think the coastguard was surprised by me ringing in to say that 40 paddlers were taking to the water.

“However, the conditions didn’t dampen spirits and enthusiasm.”

Saturday morning saw many of the kayakers honing their skills in the sheltered waters of Whitby harbour before hitting the north easterly swell in Runswick Bay.

A series of exciting rescue scenarios involving the RNLI ensued with ‘casualties’ being taken aboard the inshore lifeboat.

Injured, unwell and lost paddlers were all rescued by the Staithes crew.

Ms Bullamore added: “For those who didn’t fancy the sea state there was foraging for sea weeds and seafood before a cooking session of limpet chowder, sweet potato and seaweed curry – all cooked on an open fire.

“The evening saw talks on fishing from a kayak, and adventures in Greenland followed by liquid refreshments from Cropton Brewery.

“Sunday dawned a little less wild and many folks decided to get some top tips on surfing.

“The afternoon was spent attempting No Trace Awareness Awards, navigation on the move and some rough water handling.

“The weekend was a huge success and the centre will be planning another one for 2013.”