Date: 30th Sept 2020
- Lochwinnoch is our base location and all activities run from the clubs compound.
- Wind is the most common risk that will cancel sessions
- Other users are a constant dynamic risk that will need assessed on the day.
- North Easterly (NE) winds can create meaningful Wind Chop waves that will cause beginners difficulty.
- South Westerly (SW) winds can create smaller Wind Chop waves that can usually be Knee Paddled through quite quickly to find a sheltered bit of water.
- The physical surface of the Loch contains numerous
- Marker Buoys
- Sunken Logs/Trees
- Fishing Lines, lures and hooks
- Lilly pads and reed beds
- Shallow areas ( near shore and the River Calder’s mouth)
- Other floating debris that may have been washed into the loch or abandoned by other water users
- Fog is common on colder mornings and usually lifts by mid mornimng.
- It is prohibited to go on the water when it is foggy.
- It raises the collision risk to an unacceptable level
- It raises the risk of becoming disoriented and lost. This in turn can lead to exhaustion and cold exposure.
- Lochwinnoch is not tidal but is open to wind.
- Winds are usually SW or NE which either blow UP or DOWN the length of the loch.
- We should operating ideally at 8kts or less with a hard maximum of 15kts.
- When the wind is South Westerly the best area to operate is at the SW end of the Loch. This is nearest the Annexe and Largs road. It offers shelter but is exposed until you reach it. Hugging the car park shore offers some protection en-route.
- When the wind is North Easterly the best operating area is BlackDitch Bay. This offers some protection but is Very Exposed to wind en-route.
- When assessing wind, it is likely that a lighter NE wind will cancel a session, 10kts gusts or above, than would be the case with a SW wind.
- Westerly wind can cause a deceptively calm shore as the hills behind you are sheltering the near shore BUT it will get windy after 50 metres offshore.
- When operating in Westerly or North Westerly winds, keep strict zoning to hold water users with 50metres of the shore near the visitors centre or compound (Nw Shoreline) Easterly or North Easterly winds blow directly onto the shore that we launch from. You should not operate when the wind, (now and forecast), is above 5knots
Operational Wind Limits by Wind Direction:
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