Paddling Planet

June 29, 2016

Essex Explorations
Our membership is small…but that’s by design. Each of our explorers is a recognized leader in their respective field and brings a unique set of skills to the group. Whether a certified instructor, commercial guide, or in the case of our latest member, a professional photographer, each is passionate about explorations, pushing their boundaries, and then sharing that experience with others.

Exploring the Often Overlooked Tidal Zone

Tidal Zone

As an adult I’m often driven by ‘missions’, meaning I’m focused on a particular task I’m hoping to get accomplished. But how often did we do that as a child? Seems like back then I was more engaged in just experiencing the moment, with nothing more noble than searching out something new. I recently had […]

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by Steve Weileman at June 29, 2016 03:38 pm

June 28, 2016

Mountain and Sea Scotland
Hillwalking and Sea Kayaking in Scotland

On the Market

 We left Eilean Annraidh and ists dazzling colours to head back across the Sound of Iona towards Kintra (Ceann Traigh - head of the beach).  Passing Kintra we then made our way along the rocky northern coast of the Ross of Mull, looking for just one more beach.

 Given the amount and quailty of the beaches we'd already visited on our way around Iona, you'd be forgiven for thinking that we would be "beached out"..............

 .........but when they're as good as this, we felt we could manage one more!

 Traigh na Margaidh (Market Beach) is actually two beaches divided by a rocky outcrop.  The westerly of the two is slightly easier of access from land and a family was enjoying the late afternoon sunshine there; we landed on the easterly part on golden sand fringed by crystal clear water.  Had we gone with our initial trip plan of wild camping on a linear journey around the Ross of Mull, Traigh na Margaidh would have been our likely camp for the first night, but it's exposed to the northerly breeze which was forecast and can be quite prone to swell and surf.

 In constrast to the shell sands of Iona, the sand here is fine grained, a warm gold colour with waves of purple across it when damp - presumably the pink grains from the granite rocks.  Water seepage lines from the ground above the beach formed intricate micro-river patterns.

 We didn't linger too long on the beach as the wind was getting up and we still had to make our way back down the Sound of Iona to our camp at Fidden.  Even the small swell which was being picked up produced clapotis along the rocky coast and there was some interesting water as we picked up the opposing tide at the north end of the Sound......

 ...but once we turned inside the shelter of Bull Hole we were back in calm water.  Donald went out into the Sound of Iona in his F-RIB and reported conditions to be quite sporting.  We'd kept an option to return to Iona and visit the Abbey during the early evening, but the prospect of a bouncy crossing there and back wasn't too appealing - especially since we had paddled 35 km and had been on the water all day..... we decided to postpone our visit and head back to cook dinner at Fidden.

 Bull Hole is a sheltered anchorage and was also used for loading granite quarried locally, there are several stone piers on the mainland side close to quarried rock faces.

 We paused just north of the ferry slip at Fhionnphort to speak with MV Loch Buie on VHF.  She appeared ready to depart and but kindly allowed us to cross before pulling away from the slip.

 The cloud which had been building through the late afternoon was beginning to break as we arrived back at Fidden camp site...... prepare our dinner in warm evening sunshine at the end of a glorious day's sea kayaking on the dazzling waters and beaches of Iona.

by Ian Johnston ( at June 28, 2016 04:19 pm

The Lake is the Boss
Kayaking, photography, camping, fishing, hunting, skiing, snowshoeing, philosophical happy hours, good friends,and other activities that take place in the Lake Superior basin.

Return to the Slate Islands - Lake reasserts Boss status

 It's time to get back in the groove with the TLITB blog, especially since I can now see the Boss from my window and am about 95% retired.  I am not sure if the lack of posts was due to the chaos with moving, disengagement from work, or the sheer laziness of throwing two lines and a picture up on Facebook.  In any event it's time for a bit of extended writing.

Way back in April our friend Rick, a guy who paddled all the way around Lake Superior on the two weeks a year, 11 years plan, suggested a trip to the Slate Islands in far northern Canadian shore of Gitchee Gumee.  Wife Kathy jumped on it immediately, the VoiceOfReason quickly weighing the pros of revisiting one of our favorite spots on the lake.  DaveG, a man of no small amount of outdoor experience himself, jumped at the chance to round out the foursome.  We got things dialed in, filed a formal float plan, and headed to Terrace Bay.  Little did we know that Lake Superior and the Slates would be tossing us a few Bert Blyleven quality curveballs. 

The first curve was waking up to fog that barely allowed us to see across the highway, accompanied by a giant red blob on the radar that appeared to be slowly heading in our direction from somewhere between Winnipeg and Thunder Bay.  We decided that we could easily beat the storm and had gps waypoints on the Slates as well as the venerable nav charts, bearing compass, and clear plastic navigation tool.  JB would have been proud! None of us particularly mind a blind crossing other than the lack of scenery, and the fog really softens anything that we did see for a very nice ephemeral quality.  We paddled at a steady 3 knots for about two hours and hit Mortimer Island, almost literally because according to the gps we were only 125 meters away when the cliff loomed out of the fog.  After skirting around Mortimer into the inner islands we saw tents at the first two camps we passed.  We later learned that was the sum total of visitors in the entire archipelago.  We camped at a spot we called the junkyard for its pile of debris of  an old camp that some boaters had thrown up years ago and then let go to hell.  We then encountered curve #2, a biblical plague of black flies and mosquitos.  We were prepared with bug shirts and the famous 'bat cave', Dan Cookes rugged adirondack style mosquito tarp combo but still took casualties as we dug the gear out and got things set up . The ruggedness of the tarp  ould soon be tested.  One of the disconcerting things about the Slates is that the Thunder Bay VHF marine forecast can't be picked up and the Pukusawa / Marathon forecast is on the wrong side of the typical storm approach.  The pitter patter of rain hit the tent around 11pm and the defecation hit the rotation around one am Monday morning. Curveball # 3 in spades.  Two solid hours of wind, including a couple microbursts that bent the tents down on top of us, tried to shred the bat cave, and knocked down somewhere between 40 and 50 rather substantial spruce and balsam trees in and around the camp.  Camping tip: It's much better to batten down everything when its not raining, dark, windy as hell, and you are in your underwear at 2am.  We later learned that this same cell killed a man and severely injured his son in the BWCA when a large white pine fell on his tent.  It also nearly electrocuted some young girls on an Outward Bound trip with a lightning strike, knocking four of them unconscious and causing 2nd degree burns on others.   It was a bad night in the north country.
Just before we went to bed pre storm a couple wolf researchers from the Ministry stopped by to check their traps in the area.  They had trapped and collared a wolf that morning.  Apparently a couple years back when the lake froze three wolfs strolled out on the ice and liked the tasty caribou and snowshoe hare treats they found there.  The researchers came back the morning after the storm in their Zodiac to check on us, let us know they were OK, and inform us that a tree fell on one of the tents that the two ladies and temporarily trapped one of them.  Rick and I went out fishing and stopped by to see how the women were doing.  They had driven 18 hours from east of Toronto,  a semi annual trip, seasoned women about our age who have husbands that just don't like to camp.  They had been hacking at trees for three hours getting their camp back in shape.  One was napping but the women that was vertical told us she had to crawl out of her sleeping bag and long johns to get our of her tent.  Fortunately it was just branches that pinned her down.  In the end we were all either lucky or benefited from a guardian angel.  Before we left we attended a show at the Big Top south of Bayfield.  It was the opening of the 2016 season and one of the Anishnabe elders, Red Cliff tribe of Ojibwa, smudged the crowd with burning sage and told us that it would chase away bad luck and negative thoughts. There was also a rosaryor two in dry bags. Who knows? 

The rest of the trip was bluebird weather, favorable winds and seas, and diminished insect attacks.  The scenery was spectacular as we circumnavigated Patterson Island and viewed the Sunday Harbor light.  Rocks, cliffs, and view of the Canadian mainland were all fantastic.  One of the highlights was the old clawfoot tub, the wood fired hot tub, at the Come N Rest camp  on McColl Island.  It wven has a piece of playwood to avoid burning ones tender ass when you clim in and ease into the hot water.  Unlike a lot of hot tubs the water just keeps getting hotter as long as the fire is stoked and my guess is that a person would be hard pressed to find a better view.   Lake Trout were caught and eaten and the return crossing was on bright sun with full visibility and a very accomodating quartering SE sea over our right shoulders for a nice push back to the mainland. Our landing and launch site was on a long cobble beach in Jackfish Bay, about 250 meters up and over the Canadian Pacific main track that connects eastern and western Canada.  By the time we had dragged boats, gear, and our aging carcasses to the vehicles we were ready for the traditional post paddle community bump of Irish whiskey.  But the storm still had one lingering surprise for us.  A lot of the electronics in both cars, including clocks, warning lights, compass, etc., were screwed up from what must have been a very close lighting strike.  It was a fitting end to our Slate Islands adventure.  

by DaveO ( at June 28, 2016 10:04 am

June 27, 2016

Qajaq Rolls
Dedicated to the Art of Greenland Style Kayak Rolling

Akuilisaq, Aaqatit and Avataaq – the three A’s of Greenlandic kayaking

To many people simply paddling with a skinny stick is sufficient to consider themselves a traditional paddler, however as you dig deeper into the Inuit qajaq culture you will discover a wealth of alternative gear to use in your kayak that can enhance your exploration of the traditional Inuit hunting practice.

In a previous article I shared the history of Brooks Paddle Sports one of several paddle gear manufacturers who make a replica of the traditional Inuit seal skin tuilik. The tuilik is really the grandfather of the modern paddling spray cag, a paddling top integrated with a spray deck (or skirt). The tuilik is just the first of several traditional paddling garments that make up the modern enthusiast’s kit bag.


The Akuilisaq

Pronounced A-Cooly-sack, the Greenlandic akuilisaq really is the original spray deck. Unlike the modern flat spray decks the akuilisaq is pulled up high onto the paddlers chest or upper abs and then goes down to the cockpit rim just like a skirt, it is worth noting that in the USA spray decks are called spray skirts probably a hat tip to their origins. The akuilisaq was used during the warmer months when the tuilik was unnecessary, it was also made of animal skin with the fur facing inwards. To maintain the water proof properties, the skins were “fed” with animal fat rubbed into them regularly, much like we feed hiking boots with wax today to keep them waterproof and supple. At the start of the warm season the akuilisaq was submerged in water and held down with rocks to soften the pelts that dried out and became stiff during the cold months. Unlike a modern flat spray deck the traditional akuilisaq gives the paddler far greater freedom of movement when seated (or rolling) this was especially important when throwing the harpoon, or recovering from an impromptu dunking.


The Aaqatit

Greenland can be really cold, so it is no wonder then that the Inuit hunters developed great gloves to keep them warm while afloat. Some of the traditional mitten designs had two thumbs allowing the paddler to rotate the gloves if they became two wet on one side. Mittens of various lengths are available today in modern materials, however currently all commercially available mittens have a single thumb.


The Avataaq

The Inuit’s primary reason for being afloat in their qajaq was to hunt. Hunting mammals with harpoons presents many challenges, not least of which is how to keep them from sinking. The avataaq is a bladder that was attached the harpoon line, its initial purpose was to exhaust the prey, and then was used to float the prey during recovery. Nowadays we visit the grocery store instead so the avataaq has become used during rolling training and competition. It could be compared to a modern paddle float however the avataaq is usually considerably bigger, tradition would have that it was an inflated mammal pelt. Being shaped like an animal skin the avataaq provides many ways to hang onto iy, which is especially useful when practicing forward finishing rolls. During competition the avataaq is attached to the aft deck of the kayak and then a roll is attempted, the buoyancy of the avataaq makes it particularly challenging to get the kayak to rotate through 360 degrees, this roll simulates the idea of capsizing while carrying prey on the stern deck which was one of the methods used to transport food home.

Modern interpretations

Two companies offer their own interpretation on each of these three items, Brooks and Reed. They differ in their philosophy considerably which is great as it gives us options to choose from.


Brooks has been in the Greenland paddling gear business considerably longer than Reed, Brooks’s history, as previously documented, coincided with the revival of paddling in Greenland and the growing need for gear and a scarcity of authentic seal skin garments. Brooks took traditional patterns and attempted to maintain the shape and structure while replacing the material with neoprene. The resulting garments are probably the most authentic replicas that a modern traditional paddler can hope to own unless they are prepared to make their own. Brooks offers their products in a few standard sizes and colors.


Of the two, Reed is the relative newcomer to traditional paddling gear. Their approach is one of incremental innovation, arguably this philosophy is aligned to the culture of the Inuit who use(d) whatever material and tools were at their disposal to make the most efficient hunting equipment. Reed use a lightweight aquatherm material to make their gear, and rather than stick with the original structures and shapes they have adapted the patterns to suit the material and included other design enhancements only possible using modern materials. Unlike Brooks the Reed tuilik and akuilisaq are custom made to fit the paddler and the kayak.


The two different approaches come with their own challenges and advantages; aquatherm, Reed;s material, is lighter in weight and offers easier stretch than neoprene. Custom fitting gear does not transfer well between kayaks and paddlers making them really elusively useful to an individual. The cockpit fit of Reed’s gear is not adjustable instead it fits exactly and snuggly to the cockpit coaming, I send them tracings of my cockpits to get them made. This produces a great fit on the one kayak but has caused me to standardize all my kayak builds to one coaming size to save me having to purchase multiple tuiliks. The Brooks gear on the other hand is heavier, warmer, and by design is able to stretch and fit a wide range of cockpit coamings.  Reed has come up with an innovative solution by providing a spray skirt of sorts that allows an ocean cockpit tuilik to be fitted to a keyhole cockpit.

The Reed avataaq has a tee shape of tape sewn across it with loops on each end, this provides the paddler numerous ways to hold the device when using it as a training aid, and excellent design feature. However, unlike the Brooks avataaq, the Reed product does not have tie downs making it harder to attach to the kayak for practicing the avataaq roll, or temporary storage on deck.

The Brooks akuilisaq is adjustable at the chest, the cockpit and has adjustable shoulder straps to hold it up. The Reed akuilisaq is custom fitted to the cockpit rim and is only adjustable at the chest where it is cinched using shock-cord and a toggle, the Reed shoulder straps are fixed length. Just like a modern spray skirt, neither akuilisaq keeps 100% of water out of the cockpit when rolling, some eventually finds its way through the chest section, however in my experience they both worked excellently and are a great way to paddle on a warm day.

The Brooks gloves are shorter coming just past the wrists, Reed’s are much longer coming to mid bicep. The Reed gloves have shock cord fitted around the opening allowing them to be cinched up to prevent the ingress of water, they are also larger allowing woolen gloves to be warm inside to provide additional insulation. In my experience they do let in some water when rolling so it is important to consider what you ear under them. The Brooks gloves are neoprene so designed to retain warmth once filled with water, they do not have a wrist closure, something that I think would be of benefit. It is worth noting that historically the Inuit were extremely careful about staying dry, their preference was to remain upright and out of the water. In discussions with John Pedersen, the past president of Qaannat Kattuffiat the Greenland kayaking Association, from Ilulissat, he stated that traditional would move their hands closer together on the loom when conditions made it necessary to keep their hands dry.

Both Brooks and Reed make great gear, your needs and uses will determine which is more suited for you. If you are interested in further learning about the history of Greenland gear or making your own you can find a wealth of information at

You can contact Brooks at:

You can contact Reed at:

This article was first published in Ocean Paddler Magazine, Edition 52. Brooks and Reed supplied some of the gear for this article free of charge, if you are in my region and wish to try it please contact me.

by Christopher Crowhurst at June 27, 2016 02:18 pm

Paddle Making (and other canoe stuff)
Functional paddle art and other canoe related ramblings

Birchbark Canoe now on the wall

The 12 ft bark canoe I attempted to build back in '08-'09 has been repaired and regummed many times but is no longer water worthy. Over the years, vertical splits developed in the low quality bark I ended up using, but I still have fond memories making it and paddling around the lake. Anyway, thought it would be time to try and get it up on the cottage wall so that I can make space in the garage for another usable boat.

Happy times in the bark canoe

During a brief solo visit up north back in April, I managed to get through a tight entryway and into the unit. After that, some straps were set up into the wall studs and the canoe muscled up approximately 14 feet. 

Also ended up throwing in an old burning of the lake's name and the unused Diamond Passamaquoddy paddle. When my wife wanted to repaint the large accent wall a blue colour, I didn't think it would work, but now it looks like the canoe is at least floating on a wall of calm water.

by Murat ( at June 27, 2016 11:56 am

Mountain and Sea Scotland
Hillwalking and Sea Kayaking in Scotland

Water colours and watercolours

Iona has long been a magnet for artists; indeed it's perfectly possible to imagine how the monks of the Abbey could have gained inspiration for their work illuminating manuscripts from the unique and special light of the island.

In particular Iona has become known for watercolours painted by artists from the "Scottish Colourists" movement including Francis Cadell who had a long association with the island, and Samuel Peploe, who was first introduced to Iona by Cadell and became a regular visitor.

As Douglas has noted, Colourist paintings of Iona became very popular in the second half of the 20th century, and the tradtion of both painting and appreciating views from the cluster of beaches at the north tip continues......

This large watercolour by Jan Fisher is just such a work. When we saw it displayed at her gallery in the Fife village of Pittenweem some years ago it had such impact that we returned an hour later to purchase a limited print - it's hung in one of the lightest rooms in our home in order to show the colour to its best and has, in our view, captured the essence of Iona's light and colour.

In the upper part of the painting, set in the sea between Iona and the hills of Mull, is Eilean Annraidh with its distinctive spit of white sand.  

Approaching Eilean Annraidh was to understand why artists are drawn to the place - the quality of light was astonishing.  A dramatic banner of cloud streaming from Ben More on Mull added a huge dimension of sky, and itself altered the light as the aftenoon sun was alternately filtered through cloud.....

...and then shone fully, changing the colours in the water from turquoise to an iridescent jade green and lighting the sand to a dazzling intensity. 

Here, solas (light) reached a pitch rarely encountered and after landing on the inner part of the sand bar in order not to disturb a nearby Tern colony, we just wandered about separately, taking it in.

Beyond Eilean Annraidh lay a widescreen view to the "Wilderness" coast of Mull's Ardmeanach peninsula  which we discussed for a future visit........ we sat on the rocks of Eilean Annraidh enjoying the watercolour water colours.....

by Ian Johnston ( at June 27, 2016 11:37 am

Woman on Water
A woman's perspective on kayaking and outdoor adventures.

Monday Motivation

Liquid Fusion Kayaking's summer season has been busy and is getting busier.  The to-do list is long but today I am motivated.  Tuesday is our day off.  I am motoring through the to do list with the hopes of getting to the river tomorrow.

The thought of playing my way down a whitewater river with my sweetie on a warm summer day makes me smile.  Where we go isn't so as important as that we go - getting out and playing.  Last week, we had a super fun time kayaking on Cache Creek.

Find your Monday Motivation and Get r done!

by Cate Hawthorne ( at June 27, 2016 10:29 am

June 26, 2016

Sea kayaking with
Imagine you are at the edge of the sea on a day when it is difficult to say where the land ends and the sea begins and where the sea ends and the sky begins. Sea kayaking lets you explore these and your own boundaries and broadens your horizons. Sea kayaking is the new mountaineering.

Paddle strokes in the wake of the brush strokes of the colourists at Eilean Annraidh.

We were now paddling towards the north end of Iona and the dark reefs of Eilean Annraidh (commonly thought to be island of the storm but may also mean island of the prince). We were not the only ones enjoying the waters of Iona. This is MV Benmore Lady the Benmore Estate's motor yacht. Donald nipped ahead in his F-RIB to our next rendezvous at...  ...the truly stunning tombola beach

by Douglas Wilcox ( at June 26, 2016 07:23 pm

kajaknördar – paddling verkar kul
tid utomhus räknas. Tid i kajaken räknas dubbelt

Väldigt sen tältpremiär

Gott kvällsljus över Hilleberg Tarra, Blå jungfrun och finfin skärgård

Gott midnattsljus över Hilleberg Tarra, Blå jungfrun och finfin skärgård

Äntligen blev det det tältpremiär även för mig! Pia har redan tältat medan jag mest har soffsurfat och försökt axelrehaba 🙂

Blev två goa nätter i Figeholms skärgård. Grym vy mot Bla Jungfrun och Öland. Har nog inte haft så här sen tältpremiär i modern tid. Kanske nångång mellan mulle och gröntjänstgöring…

Nåja, bortom all ära, redlighet, skamgränser och pinsamhetsnivåer kan man nu i alla fall räkna 2016 som ett riktigt år 😉

Premiärtältandet skedde i Hilleberg Tarra som vi tokgillar. För säkerhets skulle bodde vi stugnära 🙂

Midsommardagens soluppgång. Gött som tusan!

Midsommardagens soluppgång. Gött som tusan!


Inlägget Väldigt sen tältpremiär dök först upp på kajaknördar - paddling verkar kul.

by Erik Sjöstedt at June 26, 2016 06:07 pm

Oplevelser i havkajak

Københavns havn rundt

25. juni 2016

Per havde indbudt til en lørdagstur i København og vi var tre andre, der slog til. En dukkede dog ikke op, så vi blev ved de tre. Til gengæld ankom jeg i sidste øjeblik, da jeg skulle igennem et trafikuheld ved Roskilde. Jeg nåede det dog, og hurtigt var vi i vandet ved kanonbådsskurene. Her er der en lille kajakbro ved Leo Mathisensvej og der kan parkeres gratis i gaden – og ikke på parkeringspladsen ved broen. Desværre.


Vi roede mod operaen i stille tempo og mødte en masse andre kajakroere. Der var virkeligt mange på vandet i dag, men vejret var jo også godt, omend lidt blæsende. Vi rundede Papirøen med de gode madsteder og padlede ind i Christianshavns Kanal. Her var stemningen høj og en masse hyggede på kajen.

IMG_1952 IMG_1954

Vi roede ud af kanalen igen ved Finansforbundets bygninger, der tidligere husede De Danske Spritfabrikker og satte kursen mod Sluseholmen. Rigtigt mange badede både fra badeanlæg, men også direkte fra kajerne. Nogle oven i købet ret langt ude i den ellers meget travle havn. Vi endte ved Sluseholmen, hvor vi roede lidt rundt i de små kanaler mellem husene.

IMG_1955 IMG_1956

Jeg så da også lige en kollegas sorte, elektriske skib. Nu har det fået en vindmølle på styrhuset, så der kan komme strøm på båden.

Herefter roede vi tilbage mod centrum, men holdt ind ved SAS Kajakklub for at spise frokost. Vi fik lov til at benytte deres bord/bænkesæt med udsigt over havnen.

IMG_1939Efter frokost blev vi enige om at runde Christiansborg og det blev i hækken af en havnerundfart. Dem er der da godt nok kommet mange af i havnen. Men først skulle vi lige forbi Bølgen. Den bliver ikke rigtigt brugt som tiltænkt  – altså en kajakbane – men mange benytter den som badeområde.


Efter Christiansborg var vi lige inde i Nyhavn. Det hører sig jo næsten til.

IMG_1940 IMG_1941


Efter Nyhavn var vi inde under skuespilshuset og satte kursen mod Langelinje. Her ude i havnen var der lidt blæst og en del refleksbølger. Ikke store men alligevel. En del turister havde lejet kajakker og jeg forstår ikke helt, at de tør at ro ude i havnen under de betingelser. De fleste roede i sit-on-top toer-kajakker og virkede ikke som om, de havde styr på tingene. Men udlejeren tænker vel, at penge lugter ikke og går den, så går den.

Jeg fik ikke taget et billede af den lille havfrue – det har jeg også gjort så tit, men vi roede ind bag langelinje og fandt den grimme havfrue. Den tog jeg et billede af.


Efter det lille besøg, roede vi tværs over havnen over til Sixtusbatteriet, kongeskibet og nationens flag for at ro bagom Nyholm og ramme den lille bro, der er en del af Københavns Blå Rute. Efter en overbæring og en lille snak med gæster fra CopenHell-festivalen, var turen forbi. En god dag på vandet med to gode rokammerater. Tak for Per for arrangementet.

Rute: Københavns Havn
Isætning:   55° 40.915’N,  12° 36.600’Ø (Google)
Optagning: —”—
Distance roet: 17,76 km
Vejr: 24 grader. Vind 6 m/s fra Ø. Solskin.

by KajakGal at June 26, 2016 09:56 am

Being the Continuing Adventures of a Woman and her Trusty Kayak in New York Harbor, the Hudson River, and Beyond. (with occasional political rants just to keep things lively!)

A Great Day At Sebago Despite My Best Efforts At Sabotage.

(swiping my own Facebook post for the evening!)
What a satisfying day. I started out completely failing to get myself out for either the rowing workshop (Floating the Apple has given Sebago a Whitehall rowing gig so now we need to learn how to use it) or the paddle Tony P. had called for. Toyed with the idea of just giving myself the day off from "doing" (haven't had just a nice do-nothing day in a long time) but it was looking so nice that I decided to go tend to the garden and take the surfski for a spin. 

Got to the club to find the gig still on land with the cover on and a clubmate and a lady I didn't know standing next to it chatting. I figured this must be Adina from Floating the Apple and introduced myself, asking what had happened to the rowing workshop (I was really afraid there just hadn't been interest, which would've been a bummer). Turned out that it was just that there was a huge overlap between club members who are interested in rowing a Whitehall and club members who are sailing instructors and today happened to be the first day of the big annual 2-day sailing class that the Sailing Committee runs, so the instructors were all out instructing. However, with 2 of us expressing interest, she decided to go ahead and give Marty and me a dry-land intro to the gig, the gear, and rowers' responsibilties, plus some great history about Floating the Apple. 

I was acquainted with Mike Davis, but I'd never heard the whole story about how he came to start up Floating the Apple. It also turned out that Adina and Mike had been involved with working for water access, especially along the stretch of waterfront that we now know as the Hudson River Park, since before the Hudson River Park existed, even on paper - Adina is an architect and worked on a project to update Grand Central Station for the 20th century. This must have been right after the Westway highway project was defeated, so suddenly there was a need for a new plan for the crumbling stretch of waterfront from the Battery up to midtown.

Through the Grand Central project, Adina was invited to go for a boat ride where the city planners were going to unveil the next great idea for the area. Next great idea turned out to be "Hey, let's build a whole bunch of buildings on the waterfront!". Adina was horrified, she called Mike Davis and they started working towards something better. I hadn't started paddling yet but I do recall walking by the McGraw Hill Building (still green & I presume still grooking, that description in one of Allen Ginsburg's poems has stuck in my head to the point that I can't see the building without thinking of that line) and being intrigued at seeing boats being built in a vacant space on the ground floor. That was Floating the Apple.

I got involved with the Hudson River Park after starting paddling in Chelsea a few years later - at that point the Trust didn't exist, there was instead the Hudson River Park Conservancy, there was a lot of planning going on and I and a number of my paddling friends started attending some of the planning meetings, along with Roger Meyer, founder of New York Outrigger, other early members of NYO (many of whom are now paddling in Hoboken as Ke Aloha Outrigger - must go join them for a paddle one of these days!), and of course John Krevey, John Doswell, and other Pier 63 denizens who became fast friends as we followed their leads in speaking up for a park where the river was more than just a sparkling scenic element, but something you could get to, go out on, use and enjoy.

I mostly stepped down from what I called "waterfront politics", which to me was always mostly about access, when I moved my boats out to Sebago, but there was a big chunk of my life when I was attending any meetings that various waterfront community leaders suggested recreational boaters might want to attend, writing letters, sending emails, whatever I could do as one person. Fascinating getting to hear some of chapters from before my time from someone who'd been involved from so much earlier on!

And yes, I learned a lot about Whitehall gigs too! :D

After we finally wrapped up at around 2:00 (the session went long because I kept asking for more stories!), I decided that I would eat the sandwich I'd brought for lunch and then go out for the surfski spin I'd originally planned for the day. About this time, Tony's paddle had got back; I apologized for being too late for the paddle and promptly got invited to join them for wine and pie. I went light on the wine 'cause I still wanted to paddle, and I haven't been surfskiing much lately, but I did have a little, and one of the gang had found some peaches that were very good for this early in the season, and then there was pie, and then I did get out for a 4-mile spin on my surfski, including "one more mile for Glicker", thinking of Joe Glickman, a friend and Sebago clubmate who we lost a little more than a year ago, and who was one of my inspirations for keeping positive and active through my own round with cancer - mine was so much less awful and if he was able to keep up such good spirits all the way through to the end, as he did, I didn't see how I could get mopey about mine.

Extra mile was good, I'd started out feeling very shaky and with each mile I got a little steadier - coming back up the basin on the last leg I finally let a motorboat wake hit me from the side and didn't put my feet down in the water for stability (yes, I was that shaky at the start, it had been a long time!). And after aaaaaalll that I still got back in time to water and weed the garden and pick some chard - first pickings of the season, which I'm looking forward to sharing with a lovely friend from Ithaca soon! :D

Great day on and by the water. So glad I rousted myself out of the house in the morning - of course spending the day curled up on the Evil Futon of Nap with a book would've been lovely too, but what a fine day at the club it turned out to be.

Yes yes yes.

by (bonnie) at June 26, 2016 04:46 am

June 25, 2016

Mountain and Sea Scotland
Hillwalking and Sea Kayaking in Scotland

Sometimes it just seems to be an uphill struggle.....

 After leaving Port ban we paddled up the northwest coast of Iona in sublime conditions of calm sea and in hot sunshine.  Out to sea were the skerries of Sgurr Mhich Mhurchaid (Murchison's Stack) and Reidh Eilean (Smooth Island) and far beyond, a banner of cloud indicated the position of  the island of  Tiree.

Donald was waiting for us at Eilean Chalbha (calf island), the point were we got the first view of Ben More on Mull to the north.  As we approached we began to experience a strengthening tidal flow against us......

 ...caused by the ebbing tide running across a shallow sand spit between rocky outcrops.

 A path of luminous turquoise water above white sand led between rocky patches and combined with the tidal flow running towards us created the strangest sensation.........

 ....that we were paddling uphill on a slope of water.  The effort required to push forward did nothing to reduce the sense of paddling up an incline!

Had we been ten minutes later this shallowest section of the sandbar would probably have dried out and we'd have missed this colourful and interesting little bit of Iona's coast.  Beyond, we were into deeper water towards the northenmost part of the island and beaches which are easily reached by walking across from the Abbey.  We decided not to land on these beaches but to continue past the north tip of Iona to another jewel in the summer sea....

by Ian Johnston ( at June 25, 2016 10:43 pm

Jimski's Blog

Manchester goes to Norway

Padlefestivalen is a sea kayaking festival held the Hordaland region of Norway close to Bergen. The location at Langoy Kystkultursenter is ideally situated beside sheltered lagoon and channels that lead to the open rocky North Sea coast after a 30 minute warm up paddle.

Last year was my first at this festival. This time I brought three paddlers from Manchester Canoe Club. We arrived in Bergen mid-afternoon so by the time we got to Langoy Kystkultursenter we were itching to get on the water. The evening weather was really good so we managed to paddle out west over the rolling swell to the island of Løno.

One of the popular sea kayaking Brottpaddling which is a cross between rock-hopping and surfing. The idea is to surf swell and waves amongst reefs and rock gardens. Its a real favourite amongst the Norwegian paddlers and has become a speciality for me.

On my second day of Brottpadling a thick sea fog had rolled in. This changed the game dramatically. Accurate navigation was crucial. Although we still found plenty of mischief in the rock gardens, I decided to rename the workshop as 'Spøekilsepaddling' which means ghost paddling. The guys from Manchester Canoe Club had been taking part in a variety of workshops in navigation, leadership and skills with one achieving 3 Star award by the end of the festival.

At the end of Saturday's workshops Padlefestivalen hosts the 'Head 2 Head Challenge'. This is always a fun competition on the water with rules that change at the drop of a hat. This year it was to be a race in canoes and I knew that the guys from Manchester Canoe Club could do well. After a fierce and chaotic battle, the Manchester team came in second place. We will win next time!

The Saturday evening is the social high point of the festival. There is a grand barbecue and campfire and there was drinking and singing late into the night.

On the Sunday we paddled to the Utermarkeriet which sells a wide range of delicious cakes and bakery treats before heading out to sea to explore some of the off-lying islands and reefs. When we landed, it was time to say goodbye to our festival friends as most people were going home this evening. Me and the guys from Manchester took one final paddle on the Monday morning before packing up and getting and evening flight home. Many thanks to Ashley and Ronny for making us so welcome. We will be back!

by Jim Krawiecki ( at June 25, 2016 08:26 am

June 24, 2016

Sea kayaking with
Imagine you are at the edge of the sea on a day when it is difficult to say where the land ends and the sea begins and where the sea ends and the sky begins. Sea kayaking lets you explore these and your own boundaries and broadens your horizons. Sea kayaking is the new mountaineering.

Just when we thought it could not get any better, we came to Eilean Chalabha

It was with some reluctance that we left Port Ban on Iona's west coast. Our course now lay up the NW coast of Iona and it was not long before we spotted... ...the Treshnish Isles on the horizon. I really could not believe how benign the conditions were. This is my fourth visit and it is not always like this. On my first visit it was so windy we had to stay in the Sound of Iona and

by Douglas Wilcox ( at June 24, 2016 10:37 pm

Essex Explorations
Our membership is small…but that’s by design. Each of our explorers is a recognized leader in their respective field and brings a unique set of skills to the group. Whether a certified instructor, commercial guide, or in the case of our latest member, a professional photographer, each is passionate about explorations, pushing their boundaries, and then sharing that experience with others.

Essex Explorations
Our membership is small…but that’s by design. Each of our explorers is a recognized leader in their respective field and brings a unique set of skills to the group. Whether a certified instructor, commercial guide, or in the case of our latest member, a professional photographer, each is passionate about explorations, pushing their boundaries, and then sharing that experience with others.

Hawaiian Island Becoming Magnet for International Debris

international debris

A recent aerial survey over the Hawaiian Island has shown that they have become a magnet for international debris. The debris includes just about everything imaginable; boats, clothes, fishing gear, and plastics of every description. The survey, which was funded by Japan’s Ministry of the Environment, was expecting much of this debris to have originated with the […]

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by Steve Weileman at June 24, 2016 03:46 pm

Océanos de Libertad

Alberche Mil Sifones (Castores y Yayo´s)

Por supuesto...autorizadísimos!!

Nos faltó la cervecita al llegar al rio...
Rubén Ven-Ven
Paisajes sobrecogedores.


Samuel no pierde la oportunidad para posar...
Javier...apenas 3 veces ha ido al rio y ya en los Mil Sifones...elaño que viene al Ara!

El porteo del infranqueable es largo...
Super David.
...muy largo el porteo...

Un INFRANQUEABLE con mayúsculas.


by Jorge López ( at June 24, 2016 07:41 am

June 23, 2016

Paddle Making (and other canoe stuff)
Functional paddle art and other canoe related ramblings

Historic Paddle Illustrations: Single Blade Aleut Paddles

The Eighteenth Annual report of the Bureau of American Ethnology (1896-1897) features a writeup on single blade kayak paddles from the Bering Strait region. Plate LXXX includes 4 examples all of which have some sort of thick centre ridgeline on the blade and a basic cross grip. Below the image is a modified excerpt describing the decorative patterns on the blades.

In Kotzebue sound the blades of the paddles used on umiaks are made rounded and very short. North of this district, at Point Hope, the paddle blades are lanceolate in shape, broadest near the handle, and taper downward to a long, sharp point.
...The forms of the blades vary according to locality. The single-blade paddles have the handles terminating in a crossbar, which is sometimes cut from the same piece of wood, and at other times is formed from a separate piece pierced with a hole, by which it is fitted on the end of the handle.
A single-blade paddle from King island (figure 9, plate LXXX) has a large, broad blade, with a central ridge on the outside. The lower two-thirds of the blade is painted black, and a triangular spot of black is marked on each side; the edge of the blade, where it joins the handle at the upper end, is also black, with a ring extending around the handle. All of these black markings are bordered by a narrow line of red and constitute the private marks of the owner.
Another single-blade kayak paddle, from Kushunuk (figure 7, plate LXXX), has a crosspiece fitted on the top of the handle by means of a square hole. The blade is long and slender and is tipped with black for a short distance; this is succeeded by several bands, varying in width, alternately of red, black, and uncolored wood. The handle near the blade is surrounded by a broad, black band, with a red band above and another below it.
Figure 8, plate LXXX, represents one of a pair of single-blade kayak paddles from Kushunuk. It has a long, narrow blade, and the crossbar at the end of the handle is cut from the same piece. The paddle is marked with black lines and bars representing a female phallic emblem, one-half of the figure being on each of the two paddles forming the set. On each side of the crossbar are incised lines representing the mouth, nostrils, and eyes of a semi-human face. On one side the mouth is curved downward, and on the other it is upcurved. The two paddles are exact duplicates as to their markings,
A single-blade paddle from Big lake (figure 6, plate LXXX) is somewhat similar in form to the preceding. On the middle of the blade on each side is painted a red disk, surrounded by a black circle, from which a black band extends up the median ridge of the blade to its upper edge, where a black ring surrounds the handle; from this point to the tip the edge of the blade is painted black.

by Murat ( at June 23, 2016 09:47 pm

Mountain and Sea Scotland
Hillwalking and Sea Kayaking in Scotland

Tempted by a trio of Traighs

After leaving Camas Cuil an-t Saimh we continued up the west coast of Iona, accompanied by a faint rumbling noise....the sound of our stomachs gently reminding us that first luncheon had yet to be taken.

We were looking for the perfect beach - or Traigh in the Gaelic language - on which to land.  There are several excellent candidates and you might reasonably think we're too picky......

This one?  Too much weed near the water's edge so it might be a bit smelly........ we continued on.....

...along a shore composed of rugged Gneiss outcrops and tidal islands, edged with water of stunning clarity, still seeking the perfect Traigh.

How about this one?  Well, it was certainly a white sand beach backed with level machair on which to sit, but we spotted someone walking towards the bay from inland - just one person but it would feel crowded...... on we went....

......and just what we'd been looking for came into view.

Port Ban (white or fair port)- a strand of white sand enclosed by arms of rock, backed by low dunes and machair.  This was it; our third tempting Traigh was pretty much perfect!

While the others explored the shore, Douglas and I climbed up the rocky Cnoc (rocky hillock) above the bay to photograph......

...a small piece of paradise.  The colours were simply stunning; this image is straight from the camera with no processing; the polarising filter has brought out perfectly what we experienced -white sand fringed with water which went from "almost not there" clarity through aquamarine, turquoise and finally shades of deepest indigo.  The emerald green of early summer grasses and the pale greys of the rock added their own shades to the scene.

We rejoined Donald, Lorna and Allan and took a leisurely lunch on the beach - absorbing the special surroundings we found ourselves in.  Douglas took a short swim and I was tempted to join him, but the beach shelves so gently that it would have taken an almighty long run to achieve my "leg it really fast and dive in before you chicken out" approach so I settled for wading a short way into the water, which we can report as refreshing, then took a closer look at the beach itself.

The composition of the beaches here on the west side of Iona is quite different to most of those on the nearby Ross of Mull, where fine silvery white and pink sand is more prevalent.  The sand of Port Ban is shell sand, coarser than the rock sands.  It's dazzlingly white under sunshine and under certain conditions creates a valuable ecosystem.

Gneiss bedrock is pretty much impermeable and supports poor, acid soils because rainwater doesn't drain easily.  What plants are able to grow break down to a thin skin of peat and the resulting soils are acid and lacking in nutrients.  Close to beaches of shell sand however, the wind blows the calcium-rich shell fragments back from the beach to enrich the soil.  Low-intensity grazing and further improvement with seaweed by crofters can result in spectacular meadows of grasses and wildflowers - the machair.  Found almost exclusively on the outer fringes of the Hebrides, Orkney and Shetland, there are just a few mainland sites.  Precious and rich in wildlife, the machair is one of Scotland's most special ecosystems.

If you look closely at the image above, a Groatie Buckie is waiting to be found!

We left Port Ban after luncheon very reluctantly - it's a place in which many hours could be passed; especially in such great weather, but there was so much more to be explored......

...and at times, the colours of this coast would simply defy adequate desciption.

by Ian Johnston ( at June 23, 2016 08:51 pm

Paddling and Sailing

Roof Rack redo the best Kayak Roof Rack

OK, I've been running it like this for a while and I wanted to share it.  

These are 48 inch Yakima Bars connected to my curved roof with curved tracks from Proline Racks. The stacker is actually a set of Yakima cradles like this:

This J cradle it mounted far over on the driver side as possible and then three boats can stack on the passenger side.  Additional accessories are pads on the passenger side of the bars and the all important bath mat for loading from the front, the side or the back.

by Canoe Sailor ( at June 23, 2016 08:19 pm

Björn Thomasson Design

Ny Black Pearl från Björn Welin

Black Pearl – Anette Stoor

Hej Björn

I går levererades Black Pearl till Anette Stoor.

Själva byggandet är en härlig, meditativ och kreativ process där tiden inte spelar någon roll. Jag började i februari och har knåpat på i ganska lugn takt fram till i mitten på juni. Nu känns nästan tomt när den är färdig men då är paddelsäsongen i varmt havsvatten själva njutningen ..

I den här katalogen ligger lite bilder av den färdiga BP,

… och här några från själva sjösättningen,

… här är hela byggprocessen dokumenterad i bilder.

Ha en skön sommar

Black Pearl – Anette Stoor

by Björn Thomasson at June 23, 2016 06:30 pm

June 22, 2016

Sea kayaking with
Imagine you are at the edge of the sea on a day when it is difficult to say where the land ends and the sea begins and where the sea ends and the sky begins. Sea kayaking lets you explore these and your own boundaries and broadens your horizons. Sea kayaking is the new mountaineering.

Some stink over the sobriquet of a stunning shell sand strand in Iona.

We paddled north across the expanse of Camas Cuil an t-Saimh on the west coast of Iona. This is commonly translated as "bay (or beach) at the back of the ocean" which sounds delightfully romantic and tourist guides love it. However, Roddy (who was the last native Gaelic speaker in our family) said it was much more likely to be "bay with a stink at its back". He said the Gaels were not known for

by Douglas Wilcox ( at June 22, 2016 11:31 pm

kajaknördar – paddling verkar kul
tid utomhus räknas. Tid i kajaken räknas dubbelt


Liten sväng på Västersjön idag, sen eftermiddag. Lite mulet, lite sol och allmänt göttigt. Lite regn när vi landat i soffan hemma 🙂

image image

Inlägget Västersjödräll dök först upp på kajaknördar - paddling verkar kul.

by Erik Sjöstedt at June 22, 2016 07:37 pm

Mountain and Sea Scotland
Hillwalking and Sea Kayaking in Scotland

A Wild Rose in a rock garden

The southwest coast of Iona now opened up to us, a series of headlands, offshore skerries and stacks open to the prevailing weather and swell of the Atlantic.  On this perfect morning all was calm and our pace was relaxed.

Dipping headlands of Lewisian Gneiss give this part of the island a rugged character similar to the far northwest of Scotland.  When we paddled close in to the rocks we could feel the reflected heat of the sun radiating back.

Donald's outboard engine was on bare minimum revs along this section not for fear of catching rocks below the surface, just because this was a great stretch of coast to enjoy slowly.  We reflected on how few days in each year it would be possible to paddle in such great conditions here.

There aren't that many places to land on this part of Iona's shore, but it's said that Columba first landed here at Port na Curaich (Port of the Currach).  A Currach is a traditional Irish boat with a light frame covered in animal hide which was usally rowed but could also be capable of sailing.  The use of Currachs fits with the time of Columba and it seems very likely that he did indeed beach his boat here in 563.  He had previously landed on the Kintyre peninsula but pushed farther north as he could still see Ireland, from which he'd been exiled after a bitter quarrel with another Irish abbot - Finnian, led to the battle of Cul Dreimhe and the death of up to 3,000 men in what has been claimed as the earliest recorded Copyright dispute.

Hopefully Columba and his twelve companions quickly worked out that this steep, shelving beach of shingle exposed to the Atlantic was not the best beach on Iona for boatwork!  We were confident of finding a better spot for luncheon and paddled on past.

Near Stac an Aoineidh (appropriately "Stack of the Cliff") we felt some tidal flow against us and needed to paddle quite hard for a short stretch........

.......through the gap andout to the west coast of Iona.  Ahead in the distance lay more rocky outcrops but first we paddled into the broad bay of Camas Cuil an-t Saimh ("Bay of the back of the Ocean" - a wonderfully descriptive name).

This bay has wonderfully coloured water under sunshine, the sandy bottom was clearly visible many metres below our boats.  The sun was by now hot and it was pleasant to drift along cooling the hands in the water.  A broad beach of sand lies at the head of the bay, but as can be seen from the 1:25K map there are many reefs and hazards - in fact it's a complete rock garden.

But in the rock garden was a Rose.  "Wild Rose" is a lovely wooden sailing vessel based at Carsaig on the Sound of Jura and built by her owner over a period of five years. We'd seen her the previous evening in Tinker's Hole at the Ross of Mull.  She is beautifully fitted out and maintained and is used for what she was designed for; coastal cruising and exploration.  Her owner should be very, very proud of her.

The stern davits of "Wild Rose" were hanging empty, her crew had gone ashore in the tender to enjoy the beach (though perhaps they could have swum?!)

Heading north from Camas Cuil an-t Saimh, we too were looking for a was high time for first luncheon.

by Ian Johnston ( at June 22, 2016 05:33 pm

Essex Explorations
Our membership is small…but that’s by design. Each of our explorers is a recognized leader in their respective field and brings a unique set of skills to the group. Whether a certified instructor, commercial guide, or in the case of our latest member, a professional photographer, each is passionate about explorations, pushing their boundaries, and then sharing that experience with others.

Finding a Lost Wild Place Amongst the Mist of Crescent River

Crescent River

If you’ve never had the opportunity to experience the midnight sun of Alaska then I would suggest you put that near the top of your bucket list. If you’ve ever imagined would life would have been like before the Industrial Revolution or even agriculture then this has to be the closest you can get. I […]

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by Steve Weileman at June 22, 2016 03:13 pm

Sea kayaking with
Imagine you are at the edge of the sea on a day when it is difficult to say where the land ends and the sea begins and where the sea ends and the sky begins. Sea kayaking lets you explore these and your own boundaries and broadens your horizons. Sea kayaking is the new mountaineering.

Tides, blow holes and rock gardens on the west coast of Iona

We were now paddling north up Iona's west coast. Grey slabs of gneiss dip into the Atlantic forming...  ...headland after headland.  The ebb tide was now running against us and inside Stac an Aoineidh (steep stack) we had to paddle rather hard but...  ...we were soon back to more relaxed steady paddling until we came to... ...the Spouting Cave which was heard well before we saw

by Douglas Wilcox ( at June 22, 2016 03:19 pm

Pouls kajakblog
Jeg hedder Poul, og jeg er kajakoholiker! Denne blog - der mest er min egen dagbog over mit "kajakliv" - handler om mine kajakture og det udstyr jeg benytter mig af.

17 kajakroere på tirsdagstur

Årets længste dag trak en stor flok tirsdagsroere på vandet.
Allerede ved klubben var der lagt op til en travl dag på vandet. Ud over de allerede omtalte tirsdagsroere røg der også et hold begyndere på tur, et andet hold fra en kajakskole lavede leg på vandet med hav-, tur- og kapkajak, SUP, surfski, polobåde og surfkajak. Og der blev også afholdt handicapløb.
Det kan være svært at holde en stor gruppe sammen, De fleste ror parvis og snakker, enkelte ror solo derudad, men vi holdt en del opsamlinger, så vi nåede i samlet flok rem til Vejlø Strand, hvor den medbragte mad blev nydt.
Der var lige plads til alle på den lille sandstrand.
Kajakkerne måtte ud i sivene
Jes i fin fin stil på hjemturen rundt om Lindholm
Vi var en del der rullede ved "min bøje" (jeg ruller - eller prøver - altid ved den 2 grønne bøje fra kanalens udmunding, og bøjen hedder nu blandt klubbens havkajakroere - Pouls bøje)
Inde i kanalen "væltede" Kenneth og Jacob og krævede at blive reddet af de andre roere.
De overlevede heldigvis

Det blev til 18 km

by Pouls kajakblog ( at June 22, 2016 11:36 am

Rotur ved Korsør

Sammen med fruen besøgte jeg campingpladsen ved Halskov. Fruen skulle på strikkecamp, og jeg havde smuglet kajakken med. Det blev dog kun til en enkelt tur, da det blæste meget de fleste dage, og farvandet ved Halskov Rev er ikke lige det sted jeg ror alene rundt i.
Heldigvis var der en enkelt fredelig dag hvor jeg - med disen hængende i luften - fik roet mig en tur.
Jeg var ikke den eneste der var på vandet. Et par edderfuglepædagoger passede en flok ællinger.
Flåden har fået nye helikoptere, og en af dem besøgte flådestationen.
Måske skulle den se om den kunne lande på en af de store krigskanoer, der lå i havnen.
Jeg kunne godt se at jeg ikke var velkommen, så jeg foretog ikke en indpassage
Så var Sigyn mere tilnærmelig.

Det blev til en hyggelig 14 km's rotur. De sidste dog med fuld kraft på pagajen, da der var tordenrummel i det fjerne. DMI's lynrader viste efterfølgende at der var slået et par lyn ned på Fynsiden af Bæltet.

by Pouls kajakblog ( at June 22, 2016 11:33 am

Tur ved Korsør

Sammen med fruen besøgte jeg campingpladsen ved Helskov. Fruen skulle på strikkecamp, og jeg havde smuglet kajakken med. Det blev dog kun til en enkelt tur, da det blæste meget de fleste dage, og farvandet ved Halskov Rev er ikke lige det sted jeg ror alene rundt i.
Heldigvis var der en enkelt fredelig dag hvor jeg - med disen hængende i luften - fik roet mig en tur.
Jeg var ikke den eneste der var på vandet. Et par edderfuglepædagoger passede en flok ællinger.
Flåden har fået nye helikoptere, og en af dem besøgte flådestationen.
Måske skulle den se om den kunne lande på en af de store krigskanoer, der lå i havnen.
Jeg kunne godt se at jeg ikke var velkommen, så jeg foretog ikke en indpassage
Så var Sigyn mere tilnærmelig.

Det blev til en hyggelig 14 km's rotur. De sidste dog med fuld kraft på pagajen, da der var tordenrummel i det fjerne. DMI's lynrader viste efterfølgende at der var slået et par lyn ned på Fynsiden af Bæltet.

by Pouls kajakblog ( at June 22, 2016 11:32 am

Kajakskole for morgenroere

Vi havde kun tre kursister på året kajakskole for folk med fri i dagtimerne - tidligere 60+ - nu Morgenroere
Den afsluttende rotur lagde ud fra broen i Gammelåen
Og Robert, der ikke er bange for at udfordre kajakens kantningsevner satte Mariannes evner som redder på prøve
Frokosten blev indtaget sammen med en del myg på Ydernæs
De sidste redningsøvelser blev udført i kanalen
Og bare fordi man er fyldt 70, er man heldigvis ikke for gammel til at lege på en kajak, som Robert her demonstrer.

Alle morgenroerkursister bestod prøven, og vi glæder os til at ro ture med dem fremover.

8 km

by Pouls kajakblog ( at June 22, 2016 11:16 am

Horisont Kajak
Kajak i Stockholms Skärgård



Hos oss köper du inte bara prylar. Kommer du till oss köper du kunskap. Vi tar hem grejer som funkar. Grejer som vi testat och kan berätta mer om. Vi kommer aldrig att bli billigast. Men vi tror att du tjänar på det i längden.

Tycker du att vi ligger lite avsides är du inte ensam om det. Därför har vi en webbutik. Undrar du över något är det bara att fråga via telefon eller mejl. Vi svarar gärna på dina frågor.

Välkommen till Värmdö eller till webshopen!

Inlägget Butiken dök först upp på Horisont Kajak.

by Carin at June 22, 2016 07:32 am

June 21, 2016



En los tiempos que corren, no es fácil encontrar apoyos para llevar a cabo un proyecto deportivo, y menos si se trata de una expedicicón en Kayak de Mar, disciplina que pasa desapercibida en los medios de comunicación, como tantas otras, sobre todo si no es una competición y además no hay pelotas o balones en juego.

Los retos y aventuras en el medio natural, tienen en la financiación el mayor de los obstáculos para su realización. La preparación de la "Travesía de los Locos 2016" nos ha llevado un año de trabajo, siendo el entrenamiento en sí la parte más sencilla.

Es un orgullo llevar en el kayak y en los diferentes soportes informativos de esta nueva aventura, que se inicia pronto, la imagen de aquellas instituciones y empresas que han creído en el proyecto y dan su apoyo al mismo.

Muchas gracias.. nos vamos de Palma a Roma en kayak de mar...!

by Jose Bello ( at June 21, 2016 05:18 pm

Sea kayaking with
Imagine you are at the edge of the sea on a day when it is difficult to say where the land ends and the sea begins and where the sea ends and the sky begins. Sea kayaking lets you explore these and your own boundaries and broadens your horizons. Sea kayaking is the new mountaineering.

Saint Columba's tears on Iona

On the second day of our trip to the Ross of Mull and Iona we awoke  to a splendid morning at Fidden. Actually we had been awake for some time. There was an order to the ornithological choir that entertained us through the night. The drumming of the snipe had started before we went to bed only to be followed by the rasping repetitive call of the corncrake which was interrupted only by the

by Douglas Wilcox ( at June 21, 2016 04:41 pm

The Ikkatsu Project
In the Service of the Ocean

Horisont Kajak
Kajak i Stockholms Skärgård

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Då kanske vår kurs Bris kan vara något för dej. Bris erbjuder kunskaper som gott och väl motsvarar Euro Paddle Pass nivå 2, eller Grön, som vi envisas med att kalla det i Sverige. Under två dagar får du dessutom innehållet i en BCU 2 star.

Nästa BRIS kan du gå 2-3 juli. Läs mer om kursen här. 

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by Carin at June 21, 2016 02:04 pm

Being the Continuing Adventures of a Woman and her Trusty Kayak in New York Harbor, the Hudson River, and Beyond. (with occasional political rants just to keep things lively!)

Full Moon Solstice Paddle with Sebago Canoe Club, 6/20/2016

I do have a couple more posts about Hokule'a's visit to NYC (she's on her way to Mystic Seaport now, where she'll be a guest at their annual WoodenBoat Show, should be fantastic), but I thought I would just do a quick shar e of a set of photos from tonight's spectacular Full Moon Solstice Paddle at the club. So glad I was able to make it! This was my 2nd paddle after my reconstruction surgery and I felt good enough to go with the fast group - and I didn't hold them back. Feeling good!

Everything else is pictures - click on any for a bigger view. 


by (bonnie) at June 21, 2016 05:29 am

June 20, 2016

En blogg om padling og annet friluftsliv i (hovedsakelig) Vesterålen

Tur til Verholmen, med testing av Dome

Jeg har fått ny dings, som ble testet ut denne helgen. Den skal gjøre bilder over/under vann samtidig enklere å få tatt, og det har jeg bruk for siden det har vist seg nærmest umulig å rekonstruere det sjenniale krabbebildet jeg tok for seks år siden. Nå skal jeg få det til. Men først må jeg finne ut av denne dingsen. Dette er første bilde. Ser man bildet stort, så speiler kameraet seg i bildet – ikke bra.

Dette er heller ikke bra. Den kajakktralla fungerer veldig fint, så lenge den henger sammen. Det gjør den ikke alltid, og den sier aldri fra først. Det viste seg denne gang å skyldes en punktering, men jeg har ikke turt å se under kajakken hva som skjedde da den knatra i fjæra. Bedre å risikere ryggen enn å satse på denne tralla, egentlig. (Den klarer fint sånn her flat steinfjære når det er luft i dekkene.)

Mer over/under vann. Her for langt ned, sånn at det ble null som vises over. Her må man lære seg justering, ja.

Etter kort padling satte jeg kursen inn mot land. Jeg var rett og slett sulten oppdaget jeg, og jeg gadd ikke reke bakover for å måtte padle et stykke på nytt igjen… Her på odden målte jeg vind og temperatur, det var som forventet. Dessverre litt mindre enn det hadde vært tidligere på dagen – jeg var litt treg med å komme meg ut.

Det kuleste der er at det blir litt ekstra surfebølger (tett sør for bildet ovenfor) inn mot fjæra. Der fant jeg det for godt å teste rulla – som jo er rimelig enkel i bølger om man bare husker hvilken vei det er lurt å rulle opp. Det gjorde jeg, så det gikk som smurt. Jeg satte kursen etter hvert mot Verholmen.

Der forstyrret jeg allmektig mange fugler, i hovedsak ærfugl og siland. De hadde tydeligvis noe slags allmøte der, for det var skikkelig mange. Men de flakset så fort av gårde at de ble bare små prikker på bildet. :)

Her testet jeg over/under vann-dingsen litt mer. Blir ikke de veldig kule bildene akkurat, men det er greit å ha "fått inn" bruken før knallbildene skal tas, he he. Her ser man ganske godt at kameraet speiler seg i bildet? Lite fornøyd med det, men håper det ikke er sånn på soldager med lysere vann.

Det var ganske stor fjære i dag, litt kronglete å komme i land.

Når det er GoPro man tar bilder med må man huske på å være nært nok… Denne seilbåten ble det lite av, både over og under vann. (Kamerahuset derimot… Det ser man tydelig.)


Sånn ser den ut i bruk. Det vil si, det er jo håndtak på den, men det er svinkaldt ennå å ha hånden nedi havet så jeg holdt etter hvert heller i toppen.

Nydingsvarianten av kajakk på stranda. Som vi ser er speilbildet mindre tydelig når det er lysere i vannet.

Denne her fant jeg på stranden, har nok vært skikkelig tjukk en gang i tiden.

I løpet av turen ble jeg oppmerksom på en sak. Disse merkene på cockpitkanten – det er ikke sikkert de kommer av da vi prøvde litt ekstra å få setet ut? Denne glidelåsen er veldig upraktisk plassert, når den er i metall. Jeg har den mistenkt for å ha skylda.

Hvilken kar er dette? Er rimelig overbevist om at det var en sildemåke, men det er jo beina som er mest avslørende så jeg er ikke hundre prosent sikker. Ganske.

Jeg hadde forresten med meg denne i dag. Den er supersmart. Det er sånn kopp som kan stå på hodet, uten at det renner ut av den. Samtidig er det ingenting som må åpnes for å få drukket, og man kan drikke rundt langs hele kanten. Wow-cup heter den, og den er virkelig wow. (Jada, det er egentlig en barnekopp, men den er like praktisk for voksne.

by Miamaria Padlemia ( at June 20, 2016 08:41 pm

Woman on Water
A woman's perspective on kayaking and outdoor adventures.

Journey of the Heart

Jeff and I are just back from a trip to Pennsylvania.  The dust has settled on dad's passing, and we returned for a gathering of family and friends to dedicate a wildlife plot on the family farm to him.  Our trip to PA gave me time with family but also the opportunity to run some PA whitewater and do some soul searching.
Hawthorne Farm - the back 40.
Dad would have enjoyed the gathering - a picnic on the farm followed by a hike to the back of the farm.  It was a large turnout for our quiet family that included family, friends, neighboring farmers, bear hunters, and agriculture specialists.  My siblings and I shared a few comments at the picnic but the highlight of the day was everyone strolling on the farm and enjoying the view from the back 40 where we are dedicating a wildlife plot to dad.  Dad would have loved it - especially the excitement of a Pennsylvania Whitetail Buck leaping out of the thicket and running across the procession.
Procession of family and friends
It was a special time for Jeff and I to see Pennsylvania in all its greenery and bloom.  It is quite a journey to get from rural Northern California to rural Central Pennsylvania so a quick trip isn't practical.  Typically our trips to Pennsylvania are in in the winter when we can take time off.    For this trip, we took advantage of the warm weather and slipped away to experience some Pennsylvania Whitewater!
Whitewater kayaking on Pennsylvania's Youghiogheny River.
It was awesome!

Stoneycreek River near Johnstown, PA has a recreational release every other weekend in the summer months.  We managed to get on the release as well as enjoy some extra water from rain before and during our run.

We hooked up with some local boaters who shared some of their favorite lines with us.
Jeff in an eddy on Stoneycreek River with Danny and Aaron.
Stoneycreek was a ton of fun with lots of other boaters and plenty of ledge holes and surf waves.  One rapid in particular seemed to have a ledge for everyone.
A ledge for everyone on Stoneycreek River
After Stoneycreek it was off to the Youghiogheny River.  It was quiet during our early week visit, but we could envision it hopping on weekends and hot summer days.  It was fun to tour the whitewater town of Ohiopyle and get a run in on "The Loop."  "The Loop" on the Lower Yough is a 1 mile horseshoe shaped curve in the river that has 6 class III rapids and a super short shuttle. Here's a map of the Lower Yough with diagrams of the rapids and "The Loop."
Eddy hopping down the Youghiogheny River
We also did a run on the 7 mile Lower Yough.  It was beautiful.  We saw merganser and wood duck ducklings and a mink but didn't see any other boaters on the river.
Common Merganser and her ducklings
The weather was sunny and warm and the mountain laurel was blooming.
Mountain Laurel
During our visit to the Yough, we got to meet with John and his team at Immersion Research (aka IR) in Confluence, PA.  We learned a lot about the evolution of clothing for paddlers and got to see where they do their product development and testing.  After meeting the gang at IR, we are even more stoked to wear their gear.
Whitewater kayaking definitely makes Jeff smile.
There are times when I feel that having recreation as a profession is a frivolous endeavor.  However as I travel through life, I see that people need to have joy in their lives - a special happy place or an activity that energizes and renews the spirit.

Being able to get out on the water, go for a run, or ride my bike; creates a joy in my heart that gives me the fortitude to handle life's challenges.   It makes me a better girlfriend, daughter, sister, and aunt.  It also inspires me to ignite a spark in others to get outside and find beauty and pleasure in life.
Future kayakers - My niece and nephew.
Perhaps in my roll as a kayak instructor and guide, I can open a door to appreciation of the outdoor world and share what it can do for us in helping to make our lives happier and more productive.  Not everyone is going to kayak and have it be their regular source of fun and enjoyment, but for some it can be.  Last summer, a pickup with 5 kayaks in it rolled up to the launch ramp at Liquid Fusion Kayaking.  The door opened and 3 kids came romping out followed by their parents.  The dad says to me, "This is your fault."  He explained that they did a kayak trip as a family with us the previous summer and got hooked.  They bought kayaks for everyone in the family and kayak together as a family every weekend.

Life continues to be a journey, and we can't expect our path to be clear.  We can expect challenges and strive to learn from them.  I have learned that feeding the soul keeps the heart alive.  It allows us to live and to love.

by Cate Hawthorne ( at June 20, 2016 06:00 pm

« Du beau Vélo de Montagne, du Kayak de Mer, mais pas que... »

Santa Cruz Heckler 2005 – taille L

A vendre Vendu

On continue à vider le garage avec à nouveau un Santa Cruz : le Heckler qui fut le premier de la série pour moi, et qui ne roulait plus depuis l’arrivée du Blur en 2008 !


Vélo de 2005 monté avec les bons composants de l’époque (budget 3500€), certains changés depuis.

Le vélo est en très bon état, pèse 13,5 kg, révisé et prêt à rouler.

  • Cadre taille L blanc, roulements de pivot neufs, aucun jeu
  • Amortisseur DT Swiss HVR 200, débattement 130mm
  • Fourche Fox Vanilla 125R, révisée (huile, joints neufs), un modèle de souplesse et de fiabilité, débattement 125mm
  • Jeu de direction FSA
  • Transmission Shimano SLX 2×9 récente
  • Pédalier Shimano XT
  • Potence 50mm
  • Cintre alu FSA FR270 680mm
  • Tige de selle RaceFace
  • Selle Italia TransAM
  • Freins Hope Mono Mini (AV) et M4 (AR) purgés, disques 180mm
  • Roues Mavic Crossmax tubeless (26″)

Prix : 650 €

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by Pierrot at June 20, 2016 04:18 pm

Mike Jackson's Paddling Journal
A journal of my sea kayak trips.

June 20th - Discovery Island (#50)

Dan and I paddled out to Cadboro Point to meet up with Paulo for a paddle around the islands. Conditions were calm with favourable currents - so much so that our moving average was 7 kph (3.8 kt) for the trip. It was a very low tide and there was lots of kelp at the surface. I love how sea kayaking allows one to work on fitness while socializing.
It was a good way to celebrate the start of summer! (the solstice was officially a couple of minutes ago! 3:34 PM Victoria time)
I am off to Haida Gwaii this Friday for a couple of weeks of being the naturalist aboard M/V Swell. I hope to get a few short paddles in like I did last year.
click to enlarge
15 km, YTD 529 km

by Mike J ( at June 20, 2016 04:49 pm

snippets of life from an adventure filmmaker

Vancouver island Solo circumnavigation

Black choppy waves thudded chaotically onto my deck, the frigid water smashing up into my face. Heavy rain hammered down noisily and stung my face, while a headwind blew the cold into my bones. The small island I was hoping to camp on was a few miles away but had disappeared into a black haze. […]

by Justine at June 20, 2016 02:55 pm

Paddle Making (and other canoe stuff)
Functional paddle art and other canoe related ramblings

Historic Paddle Illustration: A. Heming - Voyageur paddle portage pic

Here's a lovely illustration by Arthur Heming depicting a hardy voyageur  climbing up a steep slope. His tumpline is loaded with a crate and large sacks of supplies while a narrow paddle acts as a support stick.

Heming produced many voyageur themed artworks, each with long narrow paddles. This particular illustration was selected to visualize a description of a tough uphill portage by the canoe party in J.W. Tyrell's Across the sub-Artics of Canada available now on

by Murat ( at June 20, 2016 03:42 pm

vincent kayak

solstice surf spray

how clever am i getting a solstice vid ready before the actual solstice?
.............actually it's from a solstice one year ago
(the gloves and balaclava indicates it's the winter solstice)
a few 'roos jumping about at the start and
a few 'spraybows' lurking at the backs of waves
sometimes you can get the angles just right
- miss the 'roos and capture the rays


by vincent ( at June 20, 2016 02:53 pm

Mountain and Sea Scotland
Hillwalking and Sea Kayaking in Scotland

Finding our marbles on Iona

The second day of our sea kayaking trip to Iona was forecast to be another sunny day with a fresh breeze towards late afternoon.  We were on the water soon after breakfast and headed north a little way up the coast of the Ross of Mull before heading out across the Sound of Iona.  This crossing isn't a long one but has a reputation for rough water due to a combination of tidal movement and shallow depth.  When the wind is against the tide here overfalls and rough water can be expected.

We crossed in calm conditions with a light breeze and we were able to enjoy the views up the Sound to Iona's famous abbey church.

We headed straight for the prominent white sands of Traigh Mhor (big beach!) for our first landfall on Iona, and as we began to enter shallower water........

....the colours of the seabed began to appear beneath us - what a morning it was to be out on the water!

We climbed up onto a grassy mound forming the north end of the beach to look down on our boats drawn up on white sand above crystal clear water.  This was to be the first of many beaches we'd land on during the day and each one had this jewel-like quality.

The Iona coast south of Traigh Mhor is rocky with some cliffs and geos.  We took our time and explored wherever it was possible to paddle......

...and took time to enjoy the view below, the colours of the sea and the warm sunshine.

The geology of Iona is completely different to that of the Ross of Mull just a couple of kilometres across the water.  The Ross of Mull consists of pink granites while Iona consists of older rock, any pink granite boulders found on Iona are erratics moved from the Ross of Mull either by glacial ice or by storms.

On the east coast of Iona the bedrock is Precambrian sedimentary rock, mainly heavily metamorphosed sandstones, siltstone and limestones of a similar age to the Torridonian sandstones of north-west Scotland, while the southern end, the west and north is formed of ancient Lewisian gneiss.  There's a useful guidebook to the geology of Mull and Iona produced by Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) which can be downloaded free here

The crumpled rock forms slabby cliffs, grey in colour and streaked with white from the many seabirds which nest on the ledges.  It's a complete contrast in colour to the bright pink rocks of the Ross of Mull.......

...but has its own attractions - especially for the seabirds.  We paddled slowly southwards, looking for a type of rock long associated with the island of Iona......

...and finally "found our marbles" in this small bay.  One of the constituent rocks here is a limestone  metamorphosed into a fine marble containing streaks of white and green.  It was quarried from mediaeval times until the early 20th century and was often used for ornamental pieces - a large slab forms the communion table in Iona Abbey church. We could still see remains of the quarry machinery, cranes and wires among the jumble of blocks.

 "Iona Marble" souvenirs are found for sale on the island and elsewhere, but almost all of the rock used for these today is from Connemara - perhaps appropriate given that Columba himself came from Ireland!

All too soon we found ourselves at the south end of Iona and the lure of seeing what might be around the next corner or headland drew us on.  The rock type had changed to Gneiss, but the sea kayaking was better than "nice"...........

by Ian Johnston ( at June 20, 2016 12:23 pm

June 19, 2016

Northern California kayaking adventures

Paddle over to see a Tomales Bay icon while you can

Despite appearances, the "S.S. Point Reyes" is no shipwreck “Picturesque derelict” sounds like a contradiction... But any kayaker who’s ever paddled on Tomales Bay knows what I’m talking about....

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by Glenn Brank ( at June 19, 2016 11:53 pm

En blogg om padling og annet friluftsliv i (hovedsakelig) Vesterålen

Minitur Teigan

En liten tur på galleribesøk, Galleri Uvær på Teigan. Med var fjellsko og tursekk, for en liten fottur. Vi hadde en svak aning om at det var ordnet ett eller annet slags skilt som skulle vise hvor man går opp til Finnsætherkollen. Ja!!! Det var ikke stort, det er helt sikkert. Men vi fant det, og vi fant stien.

Det ble en liten tur opp i terrenget, man skal ikke så høyt før utsikten blir flott her.

Her går stien videre oppover. Akkurat hva som er kollen var vi litt usikre på. Det var ikke alt man så i tåka øverst der, nemlig. Det skal sjekkes nærmere en annen gang. I dag begynte det å regne, og jeg må nok gå mer før jeg tar sjansen på å traske så mye oppover. Vil ikke gå på en slik smell som i fjor, sånn at det blir med den ene turen.

by Miamaria Padlemia ( at June 19, 2016 09:06 pm

Padlehelg del 2 – Skjervøyan med yoga og galleri

Padlehelgens dag 2 var det tur til Skjervøyan med galleribesøk og yoga som sto på programmet. Det hadde smått skyet litt over, men var helt ok vær.

Det som ikke var helt ok var at en fugl hadde bæsja ut det fine dyre teltet mitt. Som er så impregnert at det ikke gikk å skylle av, for vannet prellet helt av. Men fikk gnudd det vekk. Drittfugl.

Nuvel, det var tur vi skulle på etter at vi hadde pakket ned campen. Vi satte ut fra Vik, sju stykker. Konkurrenter på Børøyaracet dagen før, turkamerater i dag – her Stein-Evert og Adamsky.

Rett og slett et ypperlig padlevær, ble det faktisk. Men vi var litt seint ute, så vi tok korteste vei til 10 på skjæret-posten på Lille Skjervøya – altså rett ut til nærmeste øy.

Stein-Evert og Nils-Jakob i godt driv utover.

Sara og Adamsky på venstre side, i et gløtt av sol.

Her passerer vi Kalsnesøya, og nærmer oss posten.

Stein-Evert leder an inn mellom øyene.

Post i boks! Kassen med boka ser vi i bakgrunnen, det samme med stranda. Så her er dokumentasjonen på plass, det er bare for de som ikke har meldt seg på enda og gjøre det. 1 post notert i boka på disse.

Etter å ha innkassert posten, padlet vi rett over til Store Skjervøya, der Myriam bor, for litt galleri og yoga for de fleste.

Så må vi ikke glemme herlig kake servert av Rita! Den var det schwung over, veldig god var den.

Gubben Pettersen tok seg en hvil i den nærmeste stol han fant. Han vant jo ikke Alfa Fritids Crazy Creek stol i lotteriet dagen før, så her trøstestoles det med en til låns.

Etter å ha slappet litt av i herlige omgivelser til lyden av terner og bølgeskvulp, tok vi oss en runde sightseeing.

Ikke minst måtte vi opp til det lille bygget på toppen, som er et flott utsiktspunkt. Her står også et par vindmøller som de som bor her får strøm fra.

Utsikt over fjorden til Bø. Til høyre går Hellfjorden inn ved Guvåghytta.

Fine detaljer på det lille murbygget.

Artig detalj ved galleriet.

Klare for yoga! Det kan ikke være ofte man får mulighet til yoga i slike kunstneriske omgivelser. Turleder meg hadde sovet dårlig om natten, så jeg tok heller en hvil nede ved stranden. Gikk glipp av noen flotte bilder da jeg ikke hadde tatt med meg speilreflekskameraet, så det får jeg lære til neste gang.

Yogaen hadde visst vært veldig bra. Når folk først hadde våknet igjen etterpå, var det stor entusiasme å spore. Så dette vurderer vi seriøst å gjøre flere ganger, om det passer for Myriam også. Som vi ser la vi til i støa deres. Vanligvis går vi i land lenger bort på stranden og ikke rett foran huset deres, men nå var det for det første et avtalt besøk, og for det andre så hekker det terner lenger bort som vi ville unngå å forstyrre.

Det ble etter hvert tid for å dra tilbake igjen, noen hadde langt å kjøre. Vi valgte å legge kursen mot øyene utenfor Holmsnes, for en litt mer spennende retur. Det blåste litt, så vi padlet i le langs øya først, og så utover litt mot bølgene, for mest mulig dreis i ryggen innover.

Nå blir det jo ikke helt i ryggen da, så det ble ypperlig trening for de som ikke hadde vært så mye i bølgene i det siste.

Litt ukomfortabelt for noen i starten, men det var mest inne i hodene. Padlingen så helt grei ut på alle sammen det aller meste av strekningen, og neste gang kommer dette til å føles helt greit ut. Det var forresten såpass til tider at jeg fikk meg noen morsomme surfer innover. Det var litt Nordkapp-føre.

Det lå på vind mellom 4-6 m/s, sterkeste vindkast målt på flyplassen var litt over sju. En helt vanlig laber bris, med litt ekstra utfordring siden den kom litt på skrå. Og noen fulgte ikke helt anvisningen om å følge etter Stein-Evert, så de fikk enda mer utfordring ved at de kom nærmere holmen det er grunt rundt, he he he. Der blir jo bølgene større, men også det gikk helt fint.

På innsiden av øyene fra Holmsnes bort til Årnesan var det rolig, og vi padlet forbi den ene hvite stranden etter den andre. Fint område, dette. Nå har jeg også funnet ut at jeg husket rett med den stranden man kan bære over, jeg var litt usikker på hvor den egentlig lå hen. Den ligger "nesten borterst".

Det siste vi passerer før kryssing er selve Årnesan, med den flotteste stranden her bortover, og uværshula. (Som egentlig er mer en gamme enn en hule.) Vi ser taket såvidt til venstre, den glir godt inn i terrenget. Her begynte det å bli mer bølger igjen, og nå skulle vi få dem mer helt fra siden.

Det ble såpass der at jeg tenkte dette var ypperlig for å øve kameratredning, og å teste drakt. Jeg har hatt lekkasje i denne drakten, men har reaktivert og impregnert, så den var ikke så ille sist. Wenche tok i på å redde meg. Det gikk slett ikke så verst, nesten bedre enn håpet, he he he.

Foto: Stein-Evert Pettersen
For min del derimot, gikk det verre. I det samme jeg kom ut av kajakken, kjente jeg lekkasje ved bakluka. "Fanken, har jeg ikke glidelåsen helt igjen", tenkte jeg, og lette etter dingsen for å dra den igjen. Men der var det slett ingen dings, for lekkasjen var i motsatt ende av åpningen… Altså har jeg en lekkasje som må sjekkes nærmere. Det viste seg imidlertid da jeg kom på land at det var kommet inn mindre vann enn det hadde kjentes ut som.

Wenche fikk absolutt ståkarakter på redningen, men drakten min strøk. Noe som egentlig er ypperlig, for da får jeg testet de lappegreiene jeg har kjøpt på Tequila som bare har ligget her siden. På land kom det en kar jeg hadde parkert ute fra bakinngangen på huset sitt. Det var også helt ypperlig, for da fikk jeg navn og nummer til en annen gang sånn at vi kan melde fra om at vi kommer og parkerer. Og så fikk vi komme inn og se i gammelbutikken! Der var det masse kule gamle greier, skikkelig skøy. Men jeg tok ingen bilder, dessverre.

Tusen takk for turen til Stein-Evert, Nils-Jakob, Adamsky, Rita, Wenche og Sara – og ikke minst til Myriam og Leon for at vi fikk lov til å komme på besøk. Denne turen ble nok et høydepunkt i år.

by Miamaria Padlemia ( at June 19, 2016 02:35 pm

Océanos de Libertad

Volviendo al Alberche de los Mil Sifones.

Rubén abriendo el comienzo del tramo junto a la pasarela.
Victor dándole fuerte.
Añadir leyenda

Quedamos a la tarde en Navaluenga con David y Ruben de " Los Castores" Javier, Samuel, Victor y yo...

La mano salvadora de David...

Rubén apunto de saltar bajo la mirada de Samuel.
A eso de las 5 o más tarde cargamos los coches y pusimos rumbo a Pte temperatura cálida, lo que hizo que el primer porteo hasta el embarque lo hicieramos semidesnudos...a medio camino ¡ Alarma ! La suela de unas de mis botas, se había despegado por completo y la otra estaba a medias...con lo cual los porteos del infranqueable y para las tomas fotográficas las iba a tener que hacer como si vistiera unos castellanos...¡¡ Madre como resbalaba aquello...!!

Javi bajo la espuma en la "MiniChicane"
Otra vez Papa David.

Como yo era el único que había bajado el primer tramo y llevaba 6 años sin hacerlo, tuvimos que parar a ojear más de un paso por si hubiera algún obstáculo,...y pese a que la vegetación ha crecido en algunas zonas y molesta algo, pudimos bajar sin problemas.

La falta de agua hacía seguir la linea muy muy dificil.

Por cierto quiero dar las gracias a David Meneses públicamente por salvarme de irme tontamente al sifón del infranqueable por ponerme a jugar con las contras a 4 mts del "animalito"....en fin solo quedo en un susto por una imprudencia mia. ¡¡ David te debo una!!

Ya cuando monte el video os comento más....Ruben inconmensurable y Javi junto a Victor y Samuel unos figuras.
Una buena bajada en equipo...en especial en el porteo del infranqueable.

Air Force...
Javi, Rubén, Victos, Samuel y David junto al  salto...ayer escaso de agua.

by Jorge López ( at June 19, 2016 01:56 pm

June 18, 2016


Cicladi Kayak Tour 2016

Il 17 giugno è l'ultimo giorno di lavoro di Mauro: finalmente è arrivata la pensione!
Per festeggiare, il 18 giugno partiamo alla volta delle Isole Cicladi della Grecia.
Un viaggio in kayak di 3000 km per scoprire il fascino di queste isole da sogno: il nostro programma prevede di partire da Atene, pagaiare verso sud fino a Capo Sounion, poi traversare sulla prima isola e da lì circumnavigare tutte le Isole Cicladi. Con l'aiuto del forte vento di Meltemi, vorremmo scoprire prima le occidentali da Kea fin giù a Milos, Folegandros e Santorini, con una puntatina alla piccola isola di Anafi, e poi le orientali, risalendo dalle Piccole Cicladi fino a Mikonos, Tinos e Andros. In campeggio nautico e senza biglietto di ritorno.
Non contiamo di tornare a casa prima di novembre...
Potete seguire il nostro percorso sul blog dedicato al viaggio:
E, volendo, potete anche unirvi a noi per qualche giorno o qualche settimana: a presto in acqua!

The June 17th is the last day at work for Mauro: he finally is a happy sea kayaker reteired now!
As a worker, of course, not as a sea kayaker at all! In fact, to celebrate his reteirement, we leave the day after Saturday 18th for a long summer sea kayak trip around the Cyclades Islands in Greece.
It's a more than 1600 nautical miles trip: our plan is to paddle from the capital Athens heading South along the western Cyclades from Kea to Milos, Folegandros and Santorini, then have a short stop in little Southern Anafi and finally heading North across the Little Cyclades up to Mikonos, Tinos and Andros. We're not in hurry and we don't have any ferry ticket for the way back.
We're thinking in not coming back home before next November...
You can follow us on the special blog dedicated to the trip:
And if you have time, you can come to paddle with us for a while: you're more than welcome!

by Tatiana Cappucci ( at June 18, 2016 05:00 pm

Mike Jackson's Paddling Journal
A journal of my sea kayak trips.

June 18th - Discovery Island (#49)

Dennis, Rob, Paulo, Dan and I went for a nice morning paddle, setting of at 8AM. We did "the usual" trip around my favourite islands and encountered no significant current or wind during the trip. No lumpy water. We were back by 10:30 and I had time for a nice late morning coffee!
click to enlarge
15 KM, YTD 514 km.

by Mike J ( at June 18, 2016 03:20 pm

June 17, 2016


Artesanía en palas

La pala es una pieza fundamental del equipo, posiblemente la más importante. Hemos tratado sobre ellas bastantes veces por aquí, también he tenido el privilegio de probar y aportar mi opinión en algún modelo en desarrollo.

En los últimos años, con el renacer de la filosofía del kayak groenlandés, las palas de madera están muy presentes, en sus múltiples diseños esquimales, las más frecuentes groenlandesas y aleutianas.

Últimamente, los palistas fieles a la técnica de paleo esquimal, cada vez utilizan más estas palas en materiales composites modernos, fundamentalmente la fibra de carbono, pero la madera se mantiene, especialmente por su tacto y flotabilidad.

Los actuales palistas groenlandeses más cañeros, necesitan superficie concentrada en el extremo de la pala, para apoyos y maniobras más potentes, por lo que, ya se ven por ahí palas esquimales en madera con hojas sobredimensionadas, evolucionadas generalmente de las más cortas palas de tormenta, y que sin llegar a ser palas europeas, se situan a medio camino entre ambos conceptos.

Las palas denominadas "europeas" requieren de una técnica diferente a las anteriores, y generalmente utilizan materiales actuales, las de mejor rendimiento, composites a base de fibra de carbono. Es raro ver europeas de madera, pues una buena pala de este tipo es difícil de construir.

He tenido la suerte de que Luis y Walter, se acercaran a hacerme una visita y me trajeran una de sus palas WALLY para que la pruebe. Estos artesanos argentinos diseñan y contruyen palas de madera realmente bonitas y bien terminadas.  Este modelo, es una pala europea auténtica, con cucharas de dos caras concava y convexa, para una buena tracción y apoyos. El ángulo de las hojas a 45º.

La pala es laminada, la pértiga en el sentido perpendicular a la fuerza a que es sometida. Las cucharas están también laminadas con resinas de alta resistencia que no afectan a la elasticidad de la madera, y talladas integramente a mano. La madera esta tratada y posteriormente protegida con laca marina de alta resistencia a a rayos UV.

La pértiga es ovalada en sentido de cada hoja, lo que permite conocer la posición en que la sujetamos aunque estemos cabeza abajo, además de la mejora en la ergonomía a la hora del paleo.

La maderas utililzadas son el CEDRO y el KIRI.



Para una medida de 212 cm, el peso ronda el kilo. La probaré a fondo en el agua y veremos que tal se porta, el resultado lo comentaré aquí, claro.

Este es el e mail de Walter, para aquellos/as que quieran hacer consultas técnicas sobre la construcción:  

by Jose Bello ( at June 17, 2016 07:00 pm

Being the Continuing Adventures of a Woman and her Trusty Kayak in New York Harbor, the Hudson River, and Beyond. (with occasional political rants just to keep things lively!)

Hokule'a update, Friday June 17 - Tours today, sailing tomorrow

Sorry about NO NOTICE, but with our choppy waters and not-so-great docking in the recreational sections of the NYC waterfront, this is ending up being the only chance to actually board the Hokule'a before she heads on her way tomorrow.

Tomorrow's sail plan, as shared by Captain Maggie, from the Waterfront Alliance, this morning:

Latest update, which can be posted, is that Hokulea might be seen underway on Saturday - between 11am and 1pm travelling the waters from off Jersey City, crossing the Battery, and off Governors Island Pier 101. Immediately following, Hokulea might be seen underway eastbound in the East River moving north between Governors Island and Roosevelt Island. 

 Please remember there's a 25 yard security zone around tunnel ventilators and commercial and ferry docks.

 The kayak landing at Governors Island is not yet replaced.

 Thank you all! Maggie

 Capt. Margaret Flanagan
Maritime Operations, Waterfront Alliance

After tomorrow, Hokule'a heads north to Mystic, CT, where she'll be attending Mystic Seaport's WoodenBoat Show, and then she'll be in Martha's Vineyard from June 28th - July 1st (thanks to Sam Low for that particular update, see picture he'd shared below!), and then points north. Follow the voyage at

by (bonnie) at June 17, 2016 03:15 pm

Paddling and Sailing

Love LL Bean and Thule, but.......

Sometimes I wonder why they make an expensive problem that can be solved with an inexpensive everyday item.  In this case the Thule Water Slide is $39.95 which seems really expensive when a bath mat works better and the rubber grippy bottom side of a bath mat means you don't need to fiddle with any loops.

I've decided to offer a training class for kayak and canoe loading for $39.95 or $5.00 if you bring your own bath mat.

by Canoe Sailor ( at June 17, 2016 09:12 am

kajaknördar – paddling verkar kul
tid utomhus räknas. Tid i kajaken räknas dubbelt

Torsdagskväll på Skälderviken

Vid ÄSSS kajakbrygga. Grymt läge cirka tio meter från kajakcontainer

Vid ÄSSS kajakbrygga. Grymt läge cirka tio meter från kajakcontainer

Igårkväll fick vi en finfin kvällspaddling på Skälderviken. Hade varit en liten smågrå dag men lagom till vi närmade oss Skälderviken och Ängelholm sprack det upp och blev finfint kvällsljus. Helt okej.

Go runda längs med stranden och tebax.

Lyckades ta mig liite längre än senast. Med denna ökningstakten kan det nog bli en ”normal” tvåtimmarstur på en dag om några månader 🙂



Ett och annat moln. Kullaberg i bakgrunden

Ett och annat moln. Kullaberg i bakgrunden



Inte mycket vind, jollarna fick paddlas in :)

Inte mycket vind, jollarna fick paddlas in :)

Klitterhus i bakgrunden. Klitterhus har visst fått nya ägare.

Klitterhus i bakgrunden. Klitterhus har visst fått nya ägare.

Grym kväll

Grym kväll

Inte många ute trots en sån fin kväll. Mycket märkligt.

Inte många ute trots en sån fin kväll. Mycket märkligt.

Inlägget Torsdagskväll på Skälderviken dök först upp på kajaknördar - paddling verkar kul.

by Erik Sjöstedt at June 17, 2016 06:44 am

En blogg om padling og annet friluftsliv i (hovedsakelig) Vesterålen

Padlehelg del 1 - Børøya Rundt og grilling

11. juni var det Padlehelg og Børøya Rundt for tredje gang. Dette er et slags kombi-arrangement, som har utspring fra Chipo og Fredrik sin idé om konkurranse - race - rundt øya. Så har vi ballet på litt markedsføring av klubben og sånt, en Padlingens Dag. Så har vi slengt på en tur på søndag, for at det skulle bli en hel helg. Vips – padlehelg. Her er det klart for turklassen i Børøya Rundt.

Jeg var i følgebåt, for noen måtte oppdatere speaker Knut på kaia for at han skulle få noe å fortelle publikum. Med i båten var også Eldar, som tok masse fine bilder. De finner du på klubbsiden HER.

Klar - ferdig - GÅ! Ja her var det jo ikke om å komme først i mål da, men.

Først runder vi odden vest på Børøya. Forbi husene her er det vi har planlagt å sitte om kvelden.

Det var nå god dreis på disse turdeltakerne etter hvert.

ASKR-crewet var også representert i år. Fin oppvarming, til deres arrangement i slutten av juli. (Mer info HER om du vil være med der.)

Snart runding av Sandøya, som også skal tas med i samme slengen. Noen holdt på å padle feil her, husket visst feil fra i fjor. Men vi fikk avverget fadesen, så det ble ingen disk. Vi må få laget nytt kart til neste år.

Sara i fint driv, med for første gang.

Trude var også med for første gang, men neppe siste, vel?

Chipo og Fredrik i dobling slo bestemann i herreklassen med nesten et kvarter. Det er ikke verst, selv til dobling å være.

Stein-Evert kom kjørende fra Narvik også i år, for å være med. I konkurranseklassen, så klart.

Fredrik kom tidsnok i mål til å ta vifte andre i mål.

Kjell Ruben mot mål etter en fin tur.

Dag Eide ga alt helt inn til mål, og ble premiert med førsteplass og gavekort på fem hundre kroner.

Yeeeeeei! I mål!

Gunn deltok i konkurranseklassen i år, hun og Rita lot seg overtale.

Det ble førsteplass på Rita fra Harstad og tredje på vår egen Gunn. Andreplassen gikk til Janne-M fra Finnsnes. To stykker kom helt derfra, det var veldig artig.

Her er pallen i herreklassen. Adam snek seg mellom Dag og Stein-Evert, og kapret med det andreplassen. Det er beste plassering så langt? Adam–Stein: 2–1. Noen må trene mer før neste år... Hi hi.

Tequila var tilstede gjennom samarbeid med Markedsbrygga Friluftsliv. Som vi ser tok han godt vare på kundene. Han fikk nok solgt litt, også. (Men ikke til meg, for han var fri for hengekøyer. Igjen. De går det unna på.)

Etter Børøya Rundt var det som vanlig teknikkurs med Fredrik, sånn at alle kunne lære hvordan de egentlig skulle gjort det for å padle fort. Her får man bare øve til neste år.

Det må antagelig Fredrik også. For han ble utfordret på å balansere over her, men det gikk ikke – noen av gangene. Men vi lot oss imponere likevel! Flink var han synes jeg, men kom ikke helt over.

Etter at vi rigget ned i sentrum bar det bortover til Kysthotellet, der det var camp. De langveisfarende kom jo på fredag, de fleste, men flere av oss rigget oss til her først nå. Mitt telt stikker seg ut i fargen til høyre, Staika-teltet. Jeg blir ikke helt begeistret for det altså, men det funker nå ok. (Det bare burde være fullstendig fantastisk til den prisen det vanligvis koster, synes jeg.)

Sånn ser en kar fra Narvik ut når han er tatt på fersken i å tabbe seg. (Årsaken til offentliggjøringen av dette står skrevet på både caps og skjorte. Når man kommer kledd sånn, så ber man om bråk.)

Så var det tid for grilling, som Trude hadde tatt ansvaret for. Det var skikkelig lurt, for det der hadde hun steike god peiling på. Og damene som har handlet inn råvarer hadde jo bare valgt ut gode greier – jo, også laks da. Vi hadde jo fått sponset laks fra Nordlaks (som ligger et stykke bortafor på samme øy). Egentlig er jeg ikke så glad i laks, men dette har var KNALLGODT!

Fototest – halve bildet er inni bildet, om dere ser etter… Tom spiser mat, og maten er med.

Sånn her så min ut, første omgang. Det ble selvfølgelig to, såpass godt var det. Total suksess – og kjekt å slippe å tenke på hva man skal spise.

– Vi kommer tilbake igjen neste år! (Går jeg sterkt ut ifra. De er jo fast inventar.)

Jo, og så hadde vi trekninger selvfølgelig. Vi trakk både premier blant de som deltok og i lotteriet – jeg vant meg et knivsett, hurra! Adam vant denne flotte luen som moren til klubblederen (aka Padlemia) har laget. Men det ble tidlig kveld på folk, noen var litt slitne etter racet. Dag 2 går til Skjervøyan, med galleri og yoga – kommer i neste episode.

by Miamaria Padlemia ( at June 17, 2016 12:07 am

June 16, 2016

Manolo Pastoriza


23 de Julio

Indicado para personas que quieran iniciarse en la técnica del ROLL (esquimotaje) con pala groelandesa o europea. Este curso tiene como objetivo que puedas aprender la realización de esta técnica.

24 de Julio

Indicado para personas que ya los realizen y quieran perfeccionar o aprender algún otro roll estilo groelandés a parte de los que ya practican, ya sea, con pala groelandesa o europea. 


by Manolo Pastoriza ( at June 16, 2016 11:00 pm

Pouls kajakblog
Jeg hedder Poul, og jeg er kajakoholiker! Denne blog - der mest er min egen dagbog over mit "kajakliv" - handler om mine kajakture og det udstyr jeg benytter mig af.