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  1. Default Hi all! Newcomer in Northern Ireland

    Been reading forum for a while - I'm pretty much a total beginner on open boats, know the theory of solo paddle strokes etc - I got an Apache Tribe 16 last year, fitted out with nice ash gunnels and bouyancy bags now, but haven't got out anywhere yet...Any recommendations for a first outing? Thinking Lough Beg on a nice calm evening? Any advice welcome!

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    It's a bit late notice but there is a cani recreational paddle on today on the river blackwater at 10am. All welcome. It goes from blackwater town to Bonds bridge.

    Failing that, welcome to the forum, you've come to the right place for advice.
    I'll try to answer your questions when I've got more time. But yes lough beg is a great place to explore. Launch at Newferry and paddle up into the lough. The skiers and jet skis are not allowed into the lough so you should have it to yourself.

    Tell us a little more about your experience and location and we will do our best to recommend more places.

    Ttfn
    Big Al.

    Only when the last tree has died
    and the last river been poisoned
    and the last fish been caught
    will we realise we cannot eat money.
    ~Cree Indian Proverb

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    Hi David, welcome to the forum. Good choice of canoe . Would love to see some pictures on your first outing.
    "I'd far rather be happy than right any day"..........Slartibartfast

    http://apachecanoes.com

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    Thanks for the notification of Blackwater paddle, sorry missed the post... Hopefully will get out somewhere this week!

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    Where abouts are you based?
    Big Al.

    Only when the last tree has died
    and the last river been poisoned
    and the last fish been caught
    will we realise we cannot eat money.
    ~Cree Indian Proverb

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    Up round Kells, Co Antrim

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    Have a look at the Ulster Canoe club and CAPS canoe club. Both are quite local to you and are very active in open canoes.
    Big Al.

    Only when the last tree has died
    and the last river been poisoned
    and the last fish been caught
    will we realise we cannot eat money.
    ~Cree Indian Proverb

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    Hello and Welcome!

    As Al has already proved, the NI contingent are a friendly and active bunch, and sometimes even paddle.

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