Paddling Planet

April 20, 2014

something to sink your teeth into
sea kayaking in Israel and kayak building

where the sharks live = carcharhinus plumbeus


We now have  new attraction  for kayakers, its a shark safari.
 There is a place where the water is warm and shallow just south of the electric company powerplant, the warm water runoff keeps the seawater pretty warm even in winter and so I guess this is what attracts the sharks

I know that there are lots of divers who can swim around with sharks, I am definitely not one of those brave souls. Even in a kayak there is a level of tension when you look down and see this huge fish lazily gliding just a short distance from your boat. 

It,s also not so easy to get good photos , this one is from Yosi Wolfson who has been visiting them quite frequently.
They belong to the species carcharhinus plumbeus or sandbar shark said to be one of the largest in the world.
Visiting the sharks is not a club activity, in fact its prohibited, only in a private capacity and private kayak do we got out there, all at our own risk and personal responsibility. I guess thats reasonable.

by Steve Gordon (noreply@blogger.com) at April 20, 2014 02:01 AM

April 19, 2014

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

April 19th - Cadboro Point (#25)

Sean and I went on our paddleboards out to Cadboro Point. I was using the oarboard which performed very well in the calm conditions. This is my third time out and it is feeling good! I have almost figured out the best way to wheel it down to the beach! Due to its width, it is a bit more complicated than a kayak...
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6 km, YTD 269 km

by Mike J (noreply@blogger.com) at April 19, 2014 09:44 PM

April 17th - Cadboro Bay (#24)

Jenny is back in town for the weekend and we got out for a leisurely afternoon paddle together. We paddled two Tahes, which looked pretty nice together. Nice conditions and good to spend time together.
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5 km, YTD 263 km

by Mike J (noreply@blogger.com) at April 19, 2014 09:40 PM

Paddlemania
I am a paddler, explorer, guide, and coach. Any day on the water is a good day, and I can't get enough. Paddle faster, I hear banjo music!

Plattsburgh University does the San Juans!

I just got back from a 6 day trip co-leading with Steve Maynard of Plattsburgh University, helping  a group of 13 students plan and execute a safe, efficient and fun trip around the San Juan Islands. They split in two groups to keep the groups manageable, and we left from Washington Park in Anacortes. The students planned the trip together, and with the help of leadership students (seniors), they executed the trip well. With the first group, we went from Washington Park to Jones Island the first day, 18 nautical miles, and the next morning made our way up to Matia, north of Orcas Island. Matia is the last state park island that I hadn't been to, so now I have been to every landable island in the San Juans! On our third day we left from Matia and headed over to Sucia for a day of rescues, skills, and balance development.  After nearly 30 miles in 2 days we had to remind ourselves how much fun playing in boats can be. Day 4 we met up with Steve and the other half of the group on Matia and switched groups.

Steve headed with his group down to Deception Pass to do some work in the eddies and current there, while I took the other group to Sucia for rescue practice and balance.  They planned on catching the early tide (4am!) from Matia to Cypress to spend some time hiking around the island, but when we woke up at 2:30, there were 25 knots of unforecast winds from the north-northwest bringing 2-4 ft swell into Rolfe Cove, which opened to the west and north! We went back to sleep and hoped for a change in weather. By midafternoon the wind did die down, to around 15 kts, and we made our with with the second ebb tide down quickly to Cypress. Crossing Rosario was quite exhiliarating, using ranges and markers to make sure we were not going to be run over by freighters or barges. Our last day, again we woke up at 2:30 for a 4am paddle, but this time the weather cooperated. Everyone's personal skills improved, and navigation skills were markedly better. Overall we paddled almost 75 miles in 6 days. Not bad! Here are a few pictures.


They brought Werner Paddles all the way across the country! Lots and lots of them!

by donaldcheyette (noreply@blogger.com) at April 19, 2014 09:25 PM

San Juan Outfitters Promo Video

This video is from San Juan Outfitters were I worked for 5 years. Check it out!

by donaldcheyette (noreply@blogger.com) at April 19, 2014 09:22 PM

"SKOOK-um-chuck" Sea Kayak Surfing

Check out Jason's video of our trip to Skookumchuck. Sweet edit.



by donaldcheyette (noreply@blogger.com) at April 19, 2014 08:16 PM

Freya Hoffmeister
Home of Freya Hoffmeister

Sat 19/04-2014 Day 660

  Got gas cans, a matching stove, and my serious infection and funghi medicine Pos: here Loc: Sao Luis Acc: Sandra´s apartment Jadiel and his crew took me to a doctor friend´s apartment to consult again about my sores, and we eventually got the prescription for the antibiotics against the bacterial infections, some funghi killer pills [...]

April 19, 2014 07:00 PM

KajakGal - Oplevelser i havkajak

Københavns Havn

IMG_108019. april 2014

Det gode påskevejr blev udnyttet på det groveste med en tur i Københavns Havn. Christian har aldrig roet i havnen, så han ville gerne med. For ikke at gøre turen alt for lang, startede vi ved Christianias strand lige over for kanonbådsskurene. Her har christianitterne lavet en fin lille sandstrand, der kun skæmmes lidt af alle de småbåde og husbåde, der også er smidt i vandet af christianitterne.

Så op tidligt for at læsse kajakker, der dagen før var vasket, så de kunne fremstå pæne. Pigerne ville med, ikke for at ro, men for at shoppe, så bilen var fyldt op, da vi ankom til Christiania.

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Jeg havde planlagt en tur på 8-9 kilometer, og den blev lige under 10, så det var meget godt ramt. Desværre var jeg ikke så heldig med kameraet, da jeg åbenbart havde efterladt det tændt hjemmefra. Så der var ikke mere strøm. Så måtte iPhonen frem, men da billederne bliver dårlige gennem den vandtætte pakning, måtte den ud en gang imellem. Så denne gang er der ikke så mange billeder. Der er dog fortsat en film, for GoPro’en fungerede som planlagt.

Vi roede straks over til torpedohallen og ned til operaen. Her ville vi lige ud i havnen før vi vendte ind i Christianshavns Kanal. Det er jo altid en fin tur og turistbådene sejler så langsomt, at vi ikke er i vejen. Halvvejs gennem kanalen viste det sig, at pigerne havde valgt at drikke en kop kakao og se os ro forbi. Vældigt hyggeligt.

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Så Rikke tog et par billeder inden vi roede videre ned til Appelbys Plads med udsigt til det Kongelige Bibliotek – eller den sorte diamant. Her krydsede vi havnen for at ro rundt om Slotsholmen. Vi var lidt i tvivl om det kunne lade sig gøre, da der jo graves ud til en metrostation ved Gammel Strand, men det kunne det sagtens. Der var bygget en fin tunnel, som vi kunne ro igennem. Vi kiggede lige på Havmanden og Agnete samt deres børn, der jo er synlige i kanalen ved Absalons Torv.

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En masse turister tog billeder af os, mens de ventede på turistbådene. Så vi er nok i mange kinesiske fotoalbums senere på året. Efter at have rundet Slotsholmen roede vi over til Nyhavn, hvor vi roede halvvejs ind i havnen. Vi gad ikke slås med turistbådene, så vi roede ud igen. Til gengæld roede vi ind under det nye Skuespilhus og forbi de mange piller.

Nu var kursen mod den lille havfrue, der var planlagt som sidste stop på roturen. Der var naturligvis – som altid – en masse turister.

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Nu skulle der bare ros tilbage til udgangspunktet. Det vil sige forbi Toldboden og så krydse over til sydsiden af Nyholm. På den måde kunne det militære område undgås. Ved Toldboden var Københavns Brandvæsen ved at gennemføre lidt dykninger, som vi så på. Vi havde jo første-parket.

dyk  dykker

Det så sjovt ud og de grinede vist også selv over at dukke op ved siden af vores kajakker. Vi roede mod Nyholm og tilbage til udgangspunktet. Her kunne vi pakke kajakkerne igen, ringe pigerne op og spise vores medbragte med, mens vi ventede på pigerne. En rigtig god dag i godt vejr.

kobenhavn

Rute: Københavns Havn
Isætning:   55° 40.915′N,  12° 36.600′Ø (Google)
Optagning: —”—
Distance roet: 9,74 km
Vejr: 16 grader. Vind 6 m/s fra Ø. Solskin.

 

by KajakGal at April 19, 2014 05:29 PM

A whole bunch of Ing's.
Kayaking,camping,rolling, practicing,paddle making, ..Writing,blogging and nautical miles from a normal life

Dilatory day; a dart to Dildo island.


Exhausted after a very long couple of days; I pushed through the procrastination. Believe it or not paddling was the last thing I wanted to do....but knew that was a certain sign I needed it more than ever. Aboard the new kayak transporter; I was off to the resettled community of Spread eagle to explore the outlying islands.


Beautiful beaches and rocky shoals that reach like fingers out into the bay. As if this island is still grasping the earth; holding on from the times glaciers cut it from the distant shore. Fragrant crowberry bushes; tannin stained pools. 


The headlands commanding view of the deep dark water below. Stepping close to the edge I checked out the depths and distance for a future cliff jumping. While sunny and clear the air had a bite of winter left. After some internal grumbling; I decided to listen to that voice that screamed :not today!!" and deferred. 


Next in the chain was the island with the humorous name and inordinate history. Named by explorer Capt Cook "Dildoe island"; it still retains this unusual name. Of course there are many apologue's and anecdote's as to why someone would call a place Dildo. I find many stories/explanations a mere attempt to aggrandize a few sailors pointing out a phallic shaped Island. 


The island with the peculiar name has a wealth of history. More visible and recent being a rusting cod hatchery boiler. A project (1889-1896) to stock the bay with codfish to prevent a future stock issues. Near 100 years into the future Newfoundlands cod fishery would collapse showing just how forward thinking this project was. Then there's the less known history. Hidden beneath the boggy grasses lay signs of Queen Annes war. 204 people had spent the winter here on the island; defending against French attacks along the shore. 1612 Journal entries from John Guy's expedition mention a Beothuk camp near where the boiler now lay. A 1995 archaeology dig discovered Dorset  eskimo occupation at around 150AD.



1841 years of history on a tiny island with a strange name. 

by Lee (noreply@blogger.com) at April 19, 2014 02:50 PM

Kayak Yak
kayaking the We(s)t Coast of British Columbia

Old School Kayak Racing

Here's a great clip from British Pathé showing a 1955 kayaking event. It takes place at the Marsh Lock, Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, England. Talk about old school. My, how equipment has changed. I love the inflatable life jackets. Check out the embed below:

by noreply@blogger.com (John Herbert) at April 19, 2014 07:30 AM

The Last Wilderness
Nature, adventure and the written word

Earth 2.0

There are no Hallmark cards for Earth Day. At least, I don’t think there are. (It sounded authoritative, so I went with it.) Even so, it would be a good day to sit back and reflect a bit, maybe take stock of the health of the planet, if we had the time. We could learn from what we’ve been able to accomplish and  learn to not be afraid of what still seems so impossible, or at least unlikely, given the epileptic political and economic systems we’ve given ourselves. It isn’t likely that many people consider these topics on Earth Day – or any other day, for that matter – but it might not be a bad idea.

In 1969, there was a massive oil spill originating from an oil platform off the Santa Barbara coast. The images of slicks and fouled birds led Senator Gaylord Nelson to declare April 20, 1970, the first Earth Day. It’s been getting bigger every year and good things have come from the efforts of Senator Nelson and those who have followed, the many others who have spoken for the planet. Back in 1970, there were rivers catching on fire, freelance toxic dumping and lead in just about everything. Every year has seen progress, every inch of it made against the protestations of the loud and ill-informed, the greedy and the blind. (You know who you are.)

Even as the individual environmental successes have progressed, however, the larger picture has gotten more problematic. We know more now. We have more data. We’re watching the polar ice cap melt in real time via satellite, we are presiding over the demise of rainforest and coral reef alike and we have names for all the orca. Our world has gotten smaller in some ways, certainly with respect to the species that still call it home. We know so much about all the little things, but somehow our focus seems unable to rest on the larger truth: we have already made irreversible changes to the climate of the Earth. It has changed, is changing, because of all 7.1 billion of us and whatever the environment is going to become – even if we suddenly reverse course and start to live more responsibly – it will never again be the way that it once was.

That’s a fact, and we own it. What are we going to do about it?

Happy Earth Day

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by Ken Campbell at April 19, 2014 06:23 AM

Freya Hoffmeister
Home of Freya Hoffmeister

Fri 18/04-2014 Day 659

  Decided to take antibiotics against all my skin infections… Pos: here Loc: Sao Luis Acc: Sandra´s apartment I was all day inside working online, reading and repairing my gear. Nice and cool, but I always have to cover my ears and forehead in the constant cool air flow and blow, and my eyes don´t like [...]

April 19, 2014 02:00 AM

Thu 17/04-2014 Day 658

  Almost all day inside my cool a/c room…working… Pos: here Loc: Sao Luis Acc: Sandra´s apartment The online work ¨backwards¨from the last weeks of my trip is done, I started to look ahead on satellite pics, maps and chart. Basically it´s all beach ahead, just a few late mangrove islands on the beginning. I assume [...]

April 19, 2014 02:00 AM

The Dash Point Pirate
I love wooden kayaks

The Legacy of War: The Aluminum Boats of Bolinao

During the few days after our medical mission in the Philippines, Katya and I had arranged to meet my cousin Viktoria in the town of Lingayen on the coast of the province of Pangasinan. We had taken a bus from Baguio in the morning and arrived in the town at midday. Viktoria was still on her way from Manila so we hired a tricycle to bring us to a beachside resort where she said she could meet us.

We arrived with five bags of luggage, and received a warm welcome from the resort employees. It was probably a slow day. When we informed them we actually were not checking in but would only be staying for lunch they carried our bags to the restaurant. They told us that the cast and crew of the popular daytime drama “The Legal Wife” was staying there and shooting a scene the beach.

Streets of Lingayen, seen from a tricycle sidecar. Image copyright 2014 Katya Palladina.
Streets of Lingayen, as seen from a tricycle sidecar. Copyright 2014 Katya Palladina.
Our tricycle driver. Image copyright 2014 Katya Palladina.
Our tricycle driver. Copyright 2014 Katya Palladina.

Other than a Russian family and two or thee resort workers who were taking siesta on the veranda, we were the only ones at the restaurant. They kept an enormous fish, a "giant arapaima", in a tiny pond by the entrance. After we showed some interest in photographing this fish, one of the servers came out with a bucket of chum to feed it. Although it had been floating motionless in the pool, it suddenly came alive and snapped up the chunks of meat with surprising speed when the server tossed them into the water.

Giant arapaima. Image copyright 2014 Katya Palladina.
Giant arapaima. Copyright 2014 Katya Palladina.
Copyright 2014 Katya Palladina.
Copyright 2014 Katya Palladina.

Viktoria soon arrived, accompanied her driver, and my son Joel. We all drove to her family’s house nearby, actually a small compound consisting of a number of structures, including a single story main house, a smaller dwelling for the help, and a separate library which served as kind of a museum to her late father, a former governor of Pangasinan. The property extended about 700 meters to the beach, and included a couple large fish ponds, a covered dining area, and another cinderblock house that had been illegally built on the property. Viktoria’s family was in the middle of a lawsuit to have the owners evicted.

A carabao (water buffalo) cools off in one of the fish ponds. Copyright 2014 Katya Palladina.
A carabao (water buffalo) cools off in one of the fish ponds. Copyright 2014 Katya Palladina.

Lingayen Bay is famous for being a launching point for the Allied assult to take back the island of Luzon from the Japanese during World War II. Across from the legislative building next to the beach is a park where an old WWII tank and fighter jet are on display.  There is also a small interpretive center which tells the story of the Allied invasion. The park is brightly illuminated all night long, and pop music constantly and inexplicably blares from hidden speakers. Just down the beach, the governor’s mansion glitters with Christmas lights, late into February. Since electricity is not cheap here, it is a conspicious and gaudy use of public resources.

A park and statue in front of the provincial government building commemorates the late governor Aguedo Agbayani, Viktoria's father. Image copyright 2014 Katya Palladina
A park and statue in front of the provincial government building commemorates the late governor Aguedo Agbayani, Viktoria's father. Copyright 2014 Katya Palladina
A diorama illustrates the return of American forces to the Philippines. Copyright 2014 Katya Palladina.
A diorama illustrates the return of American forces to the Philippines. Copyright 2014 Katya Palladina.

On the eve of the Allied invasion, Filipino resistance fighters had informed the Allies that the Japanese opposition would be weak, and that there would be no need to bomb Lingayen. But for three days, Allied navy artillery and aircraft unleashed a devastating bombardment on suspected Japanese defenses anyway, destroying part of the town. Afterwards, the Allies landed without any opposition and established a 20 mile beachhead.

There is a lot of WWII history in the Philippines. The legacy of war can be seen on the most popular form of public transportation, the jeepney, which originally was built from American military jeeps that were sold or left behind after the war. The war also left a huge impression on the popular culture: Filipinos love WWII history, war movies, guns and violence as much as Americans, maybe even more so!

VIKTORIA-Wild Side Official Music Video (Trailer) from Apple Expedition Channel on Vimeo.

 

Another example is can be found in the aluminum boats of Bolinao.

Bolinao is the farthest western region of the province of Pangasinan. It is notable for the Cape Bolinao Lighthouse, a number of caves, the 400 year-old church of St James The Great, and some very beautiful beaches. On a whim we all decided to spend a couple days there before returning to Manila. Although she had traveled extensively around the province in her youth while helping with her father’s political campaigns, Viktoria was not familiar with Bolinao. She had not been there since her days as a rising pop star, when one of her music videos was shot on location at the lighthouse. While we were checking in at the Puerto Del Sol Resort, the manager at the resort recognized her, and said his sister was a big fan of her music. 

Viktoria at Puerto Del Sol Resort, Bolinao. Copyright Katya Palladina.
Viktoria at Puerto Del Sol Resort, Bolinao. Copyright 2014 Katya Palladina

 A long exposure shows the light trails left by fishermen hunting for octopus in the shallow waters.

A long exposure reveals the light trails left by fishermen hunting for octopus in the shallow waters. Copyright 2014 Andrew Elizaga.
The 101 ft Cape Bolinao Lighthouse was built in 1905 by Filipino, British and American engineers.
The 101 ft Cape Bolinao Lighthouse was built in 1905 by Filipino, British and American engineers. It is the second tallest lighthouse in the Philippines. Copyright 2014 Andrew Elizaga.
Traditional wooden fishing boats on the Balingasay River, Bolinao.
Traditional wooden fishing boats on the Balingasay River, Bolinao. Copyright 2014 Andrew Elizaga.
A boy in the fishing village plays with a toy model banca.
A boy in the fishing village plays with a toy model banca. Copyright 2014 Andrew Elizaga.
Sunset at the beach at Puerto Del Sol. Copyright 2014 Andrew Elizaga.
Sunset at the beach at Puerto Del Sol. Copyright 2014 Andrew Elizaga.

 

The Puerto Del Sol resort at Bolinao has a gorgeous white sand beach, and the water is very shallow and protected by a reef about couple hundred meters offshore. You can walk through the water all the way up to the reef from the beach. At night fishermen wade along the shore wearing headlamps to attract octopus. In the morning we saw quite a few people out there collecting shells at low tide.

Katya on a traditional wooden banca, Balingasay River Marine Sanctuary
Katya on a traditional wooden banca, Balingasay River Marine Sanctuary. Copyright 2014 Andrew Elizaga.

Katya and I were interested in taking a boat out and had hired a traditional wooden banca to take us to explore one of the offshore islands. It turned out to be a much longer trip then we had anticipated so we ended up directing the skipper to take us up the nearby Balingasay River instead. Along the shore we noticed a number of small boats with aluminum hulls that our guide said were made out of old WWII Japanese airplane parts. The aluminum apparently came from Japanese fighter planes that had either been shot down or abandoned. He said there were at least 30 of them along the river. The hull has a long teardrop shape, fitted with wooden thwarts and gunwales. These boats are paddled with a single blade paddle, like canoes. Since the hulls could be over 60 years old, I suspect that the boats probably have been rebuilt and the wooden parts replaced several times.

One of the aluminum boats made from parts of a WWII Japanese fighter plane fuselage
One of the aluminum boats made from parts of a WWII Japanese fighter plane fuselage. Copyright 2014 Andrew Elizaga.
Wooden features of the aluminum boats include thwarts, floorboards, bow deck, stern deck, and gunwales.
Wooden features of the aluminum boats include thwarts, floorboards, bow deck, stern deck, and gunwales. Copyright 2014 Andrew Elizaga.
Aluminum boat of Bolinao
Aluminum boat of Bolinao. Copyright 2014 Andrew Elizaga.
A couple paddles downstream into town among the nipa in an aluminum boat. Copyright 2014 Andrew Elizaga
A couple paddles downstream into town among the nipa in an aluminum boat. Copyright 2014 Andrew Elizaga

I admire the creativity of people who can repurpose junk and make a functional boat. This is typical of the Philippines, where I’ve seen sit-on-top "kayaks" made out of bamboo, fishing net and flotsam, and swimming fins made from plywood and bicycle tire rubber. They do it out of necessity, of course:  poverty and the scarcity demand creativity and resourcefulness. Our consumer culture seems obscenely wasteful in comparison.

The gang at Patar White Sand Beach, Bolinao. Copyright Katya Palladina.
The gang at Patar White Sand Beach, Bolinao. Copyright 2014 Katya Palladina.

by aelizaga at April 19, 2014 12:09 AM

April 18, 2014

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.

Aftentur ved Ulvshale

Efter lang tid på land kom jeg igen på vandet. Denne gang i min fiskekajak, og målet var at fange en mønsk havørred. Det lykkedes ikke, men jeg fik en flot naturoplevelse.
 Mens jeg sad og fiskede, gik solen stille og roligt ned....
... og så kan man godt være lidt tilfreds med tilværelsen - selv om man ikke fanger nogen fisk.

Det blev til 6 km

by Pouls kajakblog (noreply@blogger.com) at April 18, 2014 09:55 PM

Paddling Otaku
Otaku is defined as ' a Japanese term used to refer to people with obsessive interests'

Review - Goal Zero Sherpa 50 & Nomad 13

One of the many things on this trip, that is different than on the last trip, is the demand for power. Instead of shooting everything on one GoPro Hero, I now have two Hero 3+'s - which are significantly more power hungry. I will also have a long a DSLR for use in camp for video and for our final "side by side" shots of the glaciers. Which boils down to one thing. We need power, and it needs to be reliable.

I considered many options before settling on the gear that is coming with us. I thought about the Biolite stove, but was concerned that we would find enough tinder - that was dry - and would be able to run it long enough to charge camera batteries. It is also pretty big, and fairly heavy.

I thought about the Powerpot, but really this is just converting fuel to power - via a camp stove - and I didn't want to A) bring along that much more fuel, and B) have run a stove all night to recharge a camera.

This left me with Solar as my only option, and once that was decided I knew It was going to be a goal zero product. Currently they are the only company offering really innovative products.

I quickly realized most of the smaller units wouldn't do what I needed. And so I focused my research on the Sherpa 50. I got one in December and was immediately blown away by how small it was (4.5 x 1.5 x 5.25). The pictures on GoalZero's site make it look much bigger. It also isn't that heavy (1.2 pounds), but as a paddler that is of less concern for me. It fits easily in my hand and have just recently had time to start working with it. I have been exceptionally surprised with how well this unit has done, particularly considering how I am asking it to work.



So the first problem is that I need the unit to charge during the day while we paddle, no problem right? Just put it on the back deck of my kayak. Except, of course the unit isn't waterproof! After racking my brain as to how to make this work - waterproof, and transparent - I realized the idea was literally right under my nose. My Sealine Map case. Waterproof, Flexible and pretty transparent. Of course, I realize that anything between my Nomad 13 and the sun will decrease the panels efficiency, so when I first tested this out, I wasn't too optimistic.

I started paddling with the Sherpa 50 charged at 60% on a bright sunny day. I noticed pretty quickly that the map case it was in was covered with water droplets - which I am sure only slowed the rate at which the Sherpa 50 charged. But even so, I was surprised an hour and 20 minutes later to see that it was now charged at 80%.

Today, a 2 hour and 20 minute paddle brought me from 80% to Full. The next big question is how many times can a fully charged Sherpa 50 charge a Hero 3+, and that was what I did next.

I fully depleted a newer, larger Hero 3+ battery. Then plugged it into the sherpa 50. An hour and 40 minutes later, it was fully charged, about the same amount of time as plugging it into a computer.

All in all I am very impressed with the pairing of sherpa 50 and nomad 13 solar panel. We will see how they perform in rainy and cold Alaska.

by paddlingOTAKU (noreply@blogger.com) at April 18, 2014 09:25 PM

Frogma
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!)

Spring Boating safety: An idea for what to do when you find the unprepared preparing to launch

Looks like we've got another glorious spring weekend coming up here in the Northeast, one which will doubtless bring out the unwary boaters in droves.

I always feel like a bit of an idiot when I post my annual spring safety rant (see prior post) because I think most of the small group of people who read this blog already know what they're doing, but I always do it anyways just because you never know how people are going to stumble across this important information and I think that the more places it's lying around on the internet, the more likely it is to be found. So I make this one of the places every year. Just in hopes.

But this week I'm sharing something with much less hesitation.

What do you do when you go to your favorite launch site on a lovely soft spring day and find somebody getting ready to launch, wearing shorts and a t-shirt, with their lifejacket chucked in the bottom of their boat?

I've never actually run into that situation myself. I'm usually launching from Sebago, the club is committed to teaching members about boating safety, including cold-water boating, and so you very rarely see somebody setting out improperly dressed. But if I ever did, I think that I would try something that worked well for my friend Bob H. a few years back. He told me the story at the terrific Long Island Paddlesports Symposium that Elizabeth O'Connor used to run every March up until she moved to CT.  

 He'd gone for a paddle right before coming to the event (he turned up in full cold-water gear in fact) and as he returned to the beach two women had driven up with a canoe on their roof, wearing jeans and sweatshirts. He approached them and, as he told me when I asked him to refresh me memory of the story earlier this week, "I suggested that they place their hands in the water and note how long they could hold it until pain and/or lack of function ensued. I guess the sight of me in (dry)suit and hood underscored the point."

They left without even taking the canoe off the roof - a very good outcome.  

Although friends have laughed when I tell them this, I'm actually terribly uncomfortable with approaching strangers with safety suggestions. I would do it because as an educated boater and a kayak instructor, I feel like have an obligation to do so (plus I would feel absolutely horrible if I said nothing and then read about them in the paper the next day), but I really feel awkward when I do. This seems like a really nice non-confrontational way for even a shy person to get people to understand how cold the water still is right now and hopefully rethink their plans. 
A good idea and I thought I'd share it.




by noreply@blogger.com (bonnie) at April 18, 2014 04:57 PM

Océanos de Libertad

Trailer: ¡¡ De vuelta por Asturies !!

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Las aguas bravas del mar en los islotes frente a cabo Peñas.

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Jugando junto a las rocas.
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Camino de la isla la Deva.
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Arcos del triunfo maravillosos.
¡¡Por fin encasa!!  Gracias a mi mujer, ella no ha podido desplazarse, pero le pareció que vieniera unos días a ver a mi familia.

 Aquí os dejo un breve trailer de mis dos primeros días de vuelta al mar...¡¡Ese olor a sal y yodo!! Cabo Peñas, Salinas, La Deva, han sido algunos de los lugares que he visitado...hoy anduve por San Pedro, Oleiros,  y mañana de nuevo a Peñas, a ver si pesco alguna Xarda más...una gozada, porque además de pescar me he dado el gustazo de hacer algo de rock hopping, o para entendernos, andar entre las rocas jugueteando...algo así como las aguas bravas del mar, pero con un bicho de 5mts...y sin los amigos (Eso es lo peor, no poder compartir los momentos y lugares tan maravillosos)


 Los días de mar calma, me han permitido recorrer infinidad de cuevas inaccesibles de otro modo, no obstante el riesgo siempre está presente...por fín he acabado con mi racha de bolos, y el miercoles nada más llegar, me estrené con unas xardas, y hoy una lubinilla que fue indultada por pequeñina y simpática!!


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¡¡Pose para la foto y de nuevo al agua!! (Hay que respetar las tallas)

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Cueva en la Deva.

 

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Buscando el camino entre los bloques.

Trailer ¡ Asturies por mar!



Trailer: ¡ Asturies por mar! from Jorge on Vimeo.

by Jorge López (noreply@blogger.com) at April 18, 2014 04:46 PM

The Ikkatsu Project
In service of the ocean

Downwind

Had a breeze of 5-10 knots on the tail all day. So, even though current didn’t do a whole lot for me after I got past Point Defiance, I still made pretty good time. It was a day of rain, one squall following another for the whole time I was on the water.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERASo, the bottom line is that I made it to Southworth after 3 days of paddling. That’s not bad for a boat made out of 2-liter bottles. I’m off the trip now until next Thursday, which will be the start of the meaty part of the route, lots of current and a few big crossings. Also – and I’m pretty fired up about this – next weekend will be the Earth Day visit to the Suquammish nation, and I think that’s going to be a lot of fun for all involved.

The wind is blowing hard out there right now. It feels good to be off the water, home and dry, at least for now.


by Ken Campbell at April 18, 2014 03:44 AM

Kayak Yak
kayaking the We(s)t Coast of British Columbia

Yowza, Indeed

Randy Braun was out paddling in his kayak when he sensed something was in the water near him. Fortunately for the rest of us, he had a drone-mounted GoPro camera with him. As he said on his Facebook page, "I had a hunch something was near me, and so without hesitation or "compass dance" I tossed mine straight up from my kayak. Yowza!"
Check out some of his other photos here.

by noreply@blogger.com (John Herbert) at April 18, 2014 12:38 AM

April 17, 2014

PaddlingLight.com
Lightweight canoe and kayak travel

Jerry Vandiver’s Every Scratch Tells A Story

Back in 2012, Jerry Vandiver, a Nashville-based singer and songwriter, sent me a copy of  True And Deep – Songs for the Heart of the Paddler. I was instantly hooked by the canoe country inspired songs. Jerry has followed up the first album with another one filled with tunes inspired by the canoe lifestyle and the northwoods. While the last one hit home for me, because much of it was inspired by trips to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCA) and several entry points to the BWCA are just 20 minutes from my backdoor, this one hits home even more — it has a song about the town I live just 10 minutes from, Grand Marais. I’ll have to say that I’m hooked again.

This album feels a little different than the last one. It feels more romantic and sentimental. It’s almost as if the last album was about adventure and the fun you have when you go on a canoe adventure, and this one is about what happens if you adventure in the same place many times — you fall in love with it. To describe the difference, this album feels more like Jerry has adopted the canoe lifestyle as a core part of his being instead of just something he did as a getaway. It feels more spiritual in a way that you feel when you wake up before sunrise to a mirror-calm wilderness lake that has fog drifting across it and then you notice the bald eagle in the dead tree on the adjacent island looking at the same scene that you’re looking at. And many of the songs on the album evoke that feeling. The ones that don’t remind you that canoeing in the wilderness is indeed adventure and you better not get lulled into a sense of false security by those mirror-calm mornings.

I really enjoyed this album and it feels like a great followup to True and Deep — Songs for the Heart of the Paddler. If you liked the last album, you’ll love this one, too.

Get it here: Jerry Vandiver’s Paddlesongs

Every Scratch Tells a Story Song Samples

  1. My Wilderness Journey
  2. Uphill Both Ways
  3. In Grand Marais 
  4. Me and Molly
  5. I Will Never Let Anything Bad Happen To You
  6. One Lucky Man
  7. A Bad Day On The Water 
  8. Birch, Cedar, Spruce 
  9. In The Rain (instrumental) 
  10. The Light Of The Crescent Moon 

 Highlight Video from Canoecopia 2014

Notice of Material Disclosure: Jerry sent me a DVD of his album to check out and see what I thought. I’m also shooting some pictures of couples in Grand Marais for a video that he’ll release later in the year. If you come to Grand Marais this summer, are a couple and want to be in a music video, let me know and we’ll try to make it work out. Plus, you’ll get a free download card of the album if you take part in the music video project.

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by Bryan Hansel at April 17, 2014 09:51 PM

mark tozer's blog
embracing the elements on the water and in the mountains

April's Newsletter


SPRING IS HERE! • THE U.S. STORM GATHERING SYMPOSIUM
For us, March was a month of celebration. Both our birthdays fall in March, and so does our wedding anniversary. March is also the celebration of season changes. The days get longer, and the grass turns from brown to green. We're currently in Wales, and tiny lambs are roaming the hills, flowers are popping up in every crevice and field, and life is once again appearing. The other great thing about spring is that the whole kayaking season lies in front of us, and this year is looking very exciting.
In March, Helen headed to Half Moon Bay to teach Simplifying the Roll and Combat Rolling for California Canoe and Kayak. Mark ran a BCU 4 Star Sea Assessment with James Stevenson, and we brought in guest instructor Pete Jones to run BCU Coastal Navigation and Tidal Planning. After that, we hopped on a ferry to Dublin, Ireland, where we celebrated Saint Patrick's Day and our wedding anniversary. Once we were back in Wales we ran Simplifying the Roll, BCU Open Water Navigation and Tidal Planning and a BCU 5 Star Sea Assessment.
At the beginning of April we are guiding an expedition around Anglesey, and then we head to the Ladies Paddle Symposium, also in Wales. After that we go to Scotland, where Mark is teaching an Advanced Leader and Trip Planning class. Meanwhile Helen is flying to the U.S. to run Yoga for Paddlers and a Paddle Day for our local club, Explore North Coast, teaching Combat Rolling and sticking around to teach private rolling classes during the ENC Kayaking Social.
Later in the year we have classes and symposia scheduled in the U.S., Wales, Scotland, Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Israel and Mexico. We will also be guiding an expedition in South Greenland, which is now fully booked.
We've been working hard on organizing the U.S. Storm Gathering symposium, taking place in Trinidad, California on March 6, 7 and 8, 2015. Save the date!
As usual, visit www.greenlandorbust.org for more information and our current Events calendar and Blog postings. For questions, comments or to schedule us in your neighborhood, email info@greenlandorbust.org.
Happy paddling!
- Helen and Mark
Dr. T's Coaching Corner
If you have ever worked towards a specific goal, be that learning a certain technique, perfecting a roll or preparing for an assessment, the chances are you may have received some guidance from a friend or coach along the way. But what happens afterwards when the goal is accomplished? You might consider becoming a mentor to someone else who is on the same pathway.
Mentoring can be a powerful personal development and empowerment tool for everyone involved. Not only is the mentee challenged and guided, it is also a test of the mentor’s knowledge and understanding of the subject. For instance, if someone has recently become a sea kayak leader, not only can they share their experience of the assessment process but also what they did to get to that point.
Mentoring should be a helpful relationship based upon mutual trust and respect. It not about ‘do it my way or it’s the highway,' but more about wisdom sharing and reflection.



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Program Schedule
BCU 5 Star Sea Assessment:
March 29 to 30, Anglesey, Wales
Anglesey Expedition:
March 31 to April 4, Anglesey, Wales
Ladies Paddle Symposium:
April 5 and 6, Glan Llyn, Wales
Yoga for Paddlers and Paddle Day (ENC):
April 19, Big Lagoon, California
Combat Rolling:
April 20, Crescent City, California
Advanced Leader and Trip Planning Training:
April 18 to 23, Oban, Scotland
Private Rolling Classes (during the ENC Kayaking Social):
April 24 to 27, Big Lagoon, California
Simplifying the Rescue:
May 4, Whiskeytown, California
Simplifying the Roll:
May 3 and 4, Whiskeytown, California
Coastal Navigation and Tidal Planning:
May 9, Anglesey, Wales
BCU 4 Star Sea Training:
May 10 to 11, Anglesey, Wales
BCU 4 Star Sea Assessment:
May 17 to 18, Anglesey, Wales
South Greenland Expedition:
July 9 to 20, South Greenland
Nordic Tour:
May 23 to July 4 and July 24 to August 31
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by Mark Tozer (noreply@blogger.com) at April 17, 2014 10:51 PM

Greenland or Bust Expeditions: South Greenland


Photographer: Glenn Mattsing/Outside Magazine.

Considered by many as the birthplace of the Inuit qajaq, Greenland’s coastal waters offer a sea kayaker some of the finest paddling, probably anywhere in the world. Whether gliding over mirror-like fjords at sunset or battling through moving pack ice in stormy tidal passages, time spent traversing the coastline will not be easily forgotten. The wildlife, miles of unpopulated wilderness shoreline, the calving glaciers and icebergs as well as stunning light conditions make for a rich and varied experience.


Dates: July 8 to 22

Location: South Greenland

Guides: Helen Wilson and Mark Tozer

Description: Greenland or Bust is offering a 15-day guided expedition in South Greenland. 12 days will be spent on the water. There will also be an opportunity to access the surrounding mountain ranges and visit local Greenlandic communities.

What is included?: Access to essential expedition equipment: sea kayaks, paddles, buoyancy aids, spray decks, and group safety items.

What is not included?: Flights. Personal expedition clothing, camping equipment and day food.

Pre-requisites: Able to be a competent group member of a guided sea kayaking expedition – BCU 3* Sea is a comparable standard, though rolling skills are not essential. Experience of wilderness camping. Be paddle fit at the start of the trip as there may be consecutive days of 20+ km paddling, sometimes in moderate winds. A flexible nature and good sense of humor along with a group-focused approach are all vital.


Contact: For more information and expedition itinerary, cost or to register, e-mail info@greenlandorbust.org.

by Mark Tozer (noreply@blogger.com) at April 17, 2014 10:30 PM

kajaknördar - paddling verkar kul
tid utomhus räknas

Fjälldräll i april, Trysil, 2014

Fikahäng på fjäll

Fikahäng på fjäll

Kvällsfjällvy från stugaltanen

Kvällsfjällvy från stugaltanen

Vi lyckades inte släppa det där med snö och fjäll sedan vår fjällrunda i februari så vi stack upp en sväng till. Sommarväglag hela vägen upp till Trysil, grus på fjällvägarna istället för snö. Snödjupet i backarna fortfarande nästan 2 meter. Finfina spår och en hel del sol. Efter ett par dar kom det 25cm snö till och allt blev vitt och ännu vackrare igen.

Vi drällde lite i spåren, lite på fjället, lite i nerförsbackarna, lite i liftarna osv. Riktigt gött att få se och känna på snö igen. Bra förhållanden i både spår och backar trots ganska många plsugrader i nedre partierna på dagtid. Efter en vecka kändes det som ett dåligt val att vi valt att boka så kort tid, men men riktigt göttigt var det i alla fall. Nu kanske man skulle prova på lite påskpaddling?!

Och bilderna är som vanligt klickbara om man vill se dem lite större. Och tagna är de oxå, de flesta med Canon EOS 70D, nån med Canon D20 och kanske nån med fånarna.

Sol-i-ögonen-fika

Sol-i-ögonen-fika

Motljusspår

Motljusspår

Spårdräll i gråväder

Spårdräll i gråväder

Lagaom trångt i pisterna :)

Lagaom trångt i pisterna :)

Sol, moln och massa snö på Trysilfjellet

Sol, moln och massa snö på Trysilfjellet

inimolnen

Sol, måne och snö är kändes också som en fårdugakombo.

Sol, måne och snö kändes också som en fårdugakombo.

Fjällskidor. Riktigt bra väderflyt

Fjällskidor. Riktigt bra väderflyt

Nyspårat och 25cm nysnö. Detfårduga.

Nyspårat och 25cm nysnö. Detfårduga.

Synd att klaga på soluppgången denna morronen

Synd att klaga på soluppgången denna morronen

by Erik Sjöstedt at April 17, 2014 07:57 PM

The Ikkatsu Project
In service of the ocean

Catching the tide

Spring weather is one big environmental identity crisis. One day can be warm and pleasant and the next might feel like January: cold, wet and dishrag gray. Last weekend, at the start of the expedition, the weather was sunny and postcard blue but today is another matter entirely.

I’ll be leaving from Salmon Beach in an hour or so, timing my departure to match the falling tide. The currents here in the Narrows will be favorable and I expect the first few miles to go fairly quickly. Once I get into Colvos passage, however, the current speed will drop off and my speed will do the same. No matter. I didn’t build it thinking it would be a fast boat, and it isn’t. I would, however, like to make it to Southworth today, and I think I will, but it’s going to be a long time on the water.

There were whales out there a couple days ago… wonder what I’ll see today.


by Ken Campbell at April 17, 2014 01:26 PM

Tatiyak

On the move...

Prima tappa: Argentario!
Alcuni hanno già desistito per le previsioni meteo non proprio invitanti, altri invece si sono ingegnati per riuscire a raggiungerci anche soltanto per una giornata. Il programma di massima prevede di costeggiare il promontorio un giorno verso nord ed il giorno seguente verso sud, dormendo in campeggio libero sul Tombolo prima della Giannella e poi della Feniglia... domenica, mare permettendo, pagaiaremo verso Ansedonia e se il vento previsto formerà la solita invitante zona di surf riusciremo anche testare in acqua il Voyager, il nuovo kayak progettato da Mauro che ci sta dando grandi soddisfazioni.
Rientriamo presto, il giorno di Pasquetta, ma io riparto subito.
Le tappe successive sono: Plas y Brenin per il secondo training di due giorni del corso da L3Coach (26 e 27 aprile), poi la circumnavigazione dell'isola di Anglesey insieme a Trenk Muller (28 aprile - 2 maggio) ed infine l'Anglesey Symposium organizzato da Nigel Dennis (fino al 9 maggio): quest'anno passo dall'altra parte, non più allieva ma insegnante... e ci sarà tanto altro da imparare!!!
Torno appena in tempo per la prova di preparazione del 9-11 maggio sul Lago Maggiore per l'ammissione al Corso FICK per Istruttori di Secondo Livello di attività promozionali, amatoriali e di tempo libero: l'appuntamento migliore per condividere tutte queste esperienze con i futuri tecnici federali!
Le altre tappe di maggio ci porteranno a Palermo e al Circeo... e tanti nuovi progetti si profilano all'orizzonte!

Mauro sul Voyager
First stop: Argentario!
Some partecipants gave up for the not really inviting weather forecasts, others are doing their best to reach us also for just one day. By the way, the program of this short Easter sea kayak trip is to paddle around the promontory both toward North and South, sleep in a tent on the long sandy beaches called Tombolo Giannella and Tombolo Feniglia, and than on Sunday lay up for Ansedonia to test again the sea kayak Voyager designed by Mauro Ferro.
We come back quite soon, after four days, but I immediately leave again.
Next stop: Plas y Brenin for the second training of the L3Coach course (26 and 27 April), than the circumnavigation of Anglesey with my paddle buddy Trenk Muller (28 April - 2 May) and finally the Anglesey Symposium (up to May 9): I come back home just in time for the new FICK course for Italian Instructors, the best opportunity to share all these experiences with more and more kayakers!
In May we will be in Sicily and Rome and... so many new projects arise on the horizon: stay tuned.

by Tatiana (noreply@blogger.com) at April 17, 2014 12:54 PM

April 16, 2014

Pratique du kayak en Bretagne
Articles qui relatent une pratique technique et sportive du kayak en Bretagne. Randonnées, formation, organisations, et portraits de kayakistes.

Actus et brèves... avril 2014

16 avril 2014

S'initier à la navigation dans les courants

C'est ce que l'on proposait les 12-13 avril à travers le week-end "CK/Mer Initiation à la navigation dans les courants du Golfe du Morbihan" avec des coefficients 65-75.

Progresser en se faisant plaisir était le 1er objectif du weekend, le succès a été au RDV avec 18 personnes présentes.

D-BRETON-Golfe La balise du Grand Mouton dans le courant de la Jument

Programme

Ainsi pour naviguer en mer dans les courants, avec efficacité et sécurité, nous avons abordé plusieurs points (voir le glossaire) :

  • Observer le plan d'eau et comprendre la mise en place des courants et contre-courants
  • Faire un bac, et se rendre compte que le plus court chemin n'est pas le plus rapide, ni le plus facile
  • Faire une reprise de courant, au fait c'est quoi et à quoi ça sert ?
  • Savoir s’arrêter en faisant un stop dans un contre-courant
  • Faciliter les manœuvres par le contrôle de la gîte et de l'assiette
  • Remonter une pointe à contre courant le plus facilement possible
  • Apprendre à repérer les dangers éventuels dus au courant
  • Faire un remorquage dans le courant...

Le niveau technique initial de chacun, couplé à la dimension émotionnelle, donnent une panoplie de besoins spécifiques à chaque individu. On l'a pris en compte et on a essayé d'y répondre en proposant des programmes variés, par groupe.

L-MALTHIEUX-Golfe Pause à l'île Méaban

Plaisir

Nous avons été récompensés par une météo calme se prêtant bien à la lecture des courants, doublée de temps de repos et de plaisir à être ensemble dans la bonne humeur et la convivialité.

Au camping de La Fontaine du Hallate, nous avons retrouvé un havre de paix verdoyant, dans lequel les kayakistes sont les bienvenus à prix modique.

A relire pour compléter :
15 avril 2013 - Weekend CK/mer - Initiation aux courants du Golfe


15 avril 2014

Une semaine kayak au collège

Je vous ai déjà parlé de ces chanceux collégiens qui ont des profs de sport qui leur proposent une activité kayak approfondie : Chic c'est la rentrée kayak ! (03 Sept. 2011)

L'apprentissage continue en s'amusant et en visitant les professionnels dans le Morbihan (56), une vidéo relate cette semaine sur le site de Asqajaq.


15 avril 2014

Le premier Kayak fabriqué en 3D !

Grass-roots-kayak-3D a completely 3D printed, customized Kayak

Il a fallu 42 jours à un ingénieur de l'entreprise 3D Systems pour réaliser un kayak fonctionnel grâce à une imprimante 3D. On savait que l'imprimante 3D permettait de réaliser des projets utiles, originaux, parfois fous, parfois dangereux, et parfois tous à la fois. Mais, un kayak, personne n'avait osé y penser. Personne, mis à part Jim Smith. L'ingénieur de l'entreprise 3D Systems... lire la suite

Voir aussi le blog du "constructeur"


10 avril 2014

Des bretons chez les normands...

L-Malthieux-Normandie-1 Plage de Ravenoville

Dans le cadre des rencontres organisées par les membres du forum kayakdemer.eu, c'est un weekend dans le Cotentin, dans le secteur de Grandcamp-Maisy (14), qui nous a été proposé les 5 et 6 avril.

Qui l’eut cru ? les bretons étaient nombreux à faire le déplacement ! Et on n'a pas regretté, car la Basse Normandie nous a offert un temps printanier pour découvrir de beaux sites de navigation du côté des Plages du Débarquement, entre Cotentin et Bessin.

L-Malthieux-Normandie-3 Saint-Marcouf, fort de l"île du Large

Ce sont 2 belles navigations, très différentes, qui nous ont fait découvrir ces côtes chargées d'histoire.

L'archipel Saint-Marcouf

Il s'agit de deux îles, l'île du Large et l'île de Terre.

Carte_Bloc-Cotier_Saint-Marcouf Extrait du Bloc côtier

L'île de Terre est une réserve ornithologique abritant de nombreux cormorans et goélands.

L-Malthieux-Normandie-12 Cormorans aux îles Saint-Marcouf

L'île du Large abrite sur toute sa surface un fort ceinturé par des douves creusées dans le rocher à même la mer. Avec nos kayaks nous avons pu les emprunter à marée haute et faire ainsi tout le tour du fort.

L-Malthieux-Normandie-2 Saint-Marcouf, à l'abordage du fort de l"île du Large

Les 2 îles sont interdites d'accès, nous avons pu mettre pied à terre sur l'île du Large car nous étions accompagnés de membres de l'association qui la gère : Les Amis de l'Ile du Large Saint-Marcouf.

Les falaises du Hoc

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Au départ de Grandcamp, le soleil est bien présent ce dimanche, le vent aussi. Nous allons longer les falaises jusqu'à Omaha Beach.

Carte_Bloc-cotier_Falaises-Hoc Extrait du Bloc côtier

Très vite nous arrivons à la Pointe du Hoc, elle sent les ajoncs en fleur qui la surplombent. Émotion, car ici nous sommes sur un haut lieu du Débarquement, point clé des fortifications allemandes. Nous passons au ras de la falaise prise d’assaut le matin du 6 juin 1944 par les Rangers.

L-Malthieux-Normandie-6 Falaises du Hoc, colonie de mouettes tridactyles

Nous continuons à longer de splendides falaises abritant une grande colonie de mouettes tridactyles et de nombreux fulmars boréaux. Plus au large, nous avons aperçu un grand labbe.

L-Malthieux-Normandie-7

Arrivés à Omaha beach le groupe s'est scindé, certains avaient mis une navette en place et sont rentrés, les autres ont fait le chemin inverse, avec un 5 Bft dans le nez.

Une belle ambiance

Nous étions 30 kayakistes de Normandie, Bretagne et Région Parisienne principalement, mais aussi des Pays de Loire ou encore d'Ariège !

Ces rencontres ont été amicales, culturelles et gastronomiques, humm les fromages normands...

Parmi les belles rencontres, il en est une particulière avec un trio en K3 : un couple et un chien guide qui ne quitte pas sa maitresse non voyante.

L-Malthieux-Normandie-9 Fakir, chien guide, la mascotte du weekend, prend sa place dans un K3

Et puis côté intérieur aussi, il y a de nombreuses découvertes à faire dans ce pays, comme des cigognes perchées dans les marais du Cotentin...

L-Malthieux-Normandie-10 Cigogne des marais du Cotentin


01 avril 2014

Journée sécurité en kayak de mer

Dans le cadre des "weekends échanges" CK/Mer, j'ai participé à la journée "autour des problématiques de sécurité" proposée le 23 mars dans le Golfe du Morbihan (56).

Une session sécu de plus, à quoi ça sert ?

  • Réviser ce que l'on sait et peaufiner les détails qui font la différence. Il y a la règlementation d'une part, mais aussi des moyens plus ou moins adaptés au kayak de mer d'autre part
  • Rassembler des personnes d'horizons variés qui vont partager leurs expériences et connaissances acquises dans d'autres contextes, en France ou ailleurs
  • Repérer ses points faibles
  • Faire le point sur son matériel : l'état et les dates de validité
  • Être plus serein mentalement lorsqu'on doit faire face à une situation de récupération

Un contenu inépuisable

Remorquages
Nous avons fait le point sur les différents systèmes : ceintures de remorquages, bouts lovés sur le pont, bouts courts. En les testant, on peut en déterminer les avantages et inconvénients et les cas dans lesquels ils sont le plus indiqués.

Ceinture remorquage Ceinture de remorquage largable

Un point important est que ces systèmes doivent toujours être largables, et là encore différentes possibilités existent.

Récupérations
En pratiquant les récupérations, même les plus basiques, on s'aperçoit qu'on a toujours besoin d'entrainement pour aller vite, et qu'il y a des détails qui permettent d'être plus efficace.

On a particulièrement travaillé les récupérations à 2 : chacun son tour à l'eau, ou les 2 à l'eau.

On a aussi expérimenté le cas où une personne a du mal à remonter dans son bateau par des méthodes classiques. CKMer-recup-personne-fatiguee CK/Mer faire remonter une personne en difficulté

Enfin, les auto récupérations nous ont bien occupés, différentes techniques existent : remonter à cheval sur le pont arrière, ou bien avec l'aide d'un paddle-float, ou encore en reentry-roll... toutes demandent de l'entrainement.

Kayarchy-re-entry with paddle float Kayarchy re-entry with a paddle float

Matériel
Il y a le matériel règlementaire, mais aussi il y a le matériel recommandé pour le kayakiste.

Prenons le cas des fusées : les fusées de détresse sont requises au nombre de 3 par la règlementation, pourtant elles ne suffiront pas si vous êtes masqué par des rochers par exemple. Il est donc recommandé d'avoir en plus des fusées parachute qui montent à 100 m.

Autre cas : celui de la VHF. Même si la VHF reste le moyen indispensable pour appeler les secours en mer, il est conseillé de disposer en plus d'un téléphone portable, la VHF ne passe pas partout, le portable non plus d'ailleurs...

Otter box Otter box : boite étanche et flottante

Une mise à l'eau en mars ?

A la sortie de l'hiver, pendant lequel on a généralement évité de se mettre à l'eau, il est bon de se préparer aux randonnées qui vont se présenter au printemps ou à l'été. La préparation doit se faire suffisamment en amont pour remettre son matériel au point et s'entrainer sur ses points faibles.

Avec un équipement adéquat, une session sécu dans l'eau se fait très bien : une combi sèche ou une combi néoprène intégrale sont requises pour être confort.
Mars ou pas, la température de l'eau sera toujours un prétexte pour échapper à ce type de session, car en Bretagne, même en juin, il faudra le même équipement.

S'entraîner c'est répéter

Répéter chaque année les sessions sécu c'est s'entrainer et se donner plus de chances de bien répondre à une situation qui se présentera et sera fatalement plus ou moins différente de ce que l'on a appris.

Il est important de se sentir concerné quand on pratique une activité nautique, car en mer l'hypothermie est le vrai danger, et ce en toute saison. Il vaut mieux pouvoir compter sur des techniques éprouvées pour ne pas rester dans l'eau...et si ce n'est pour soi, c'est pour être en mesure de porter assistance aux autres...


01 avril 2014

Haro sur le kayak de mer !

Mauvaise nouvelle pour le kayak de mer : les projets de modification de la D240 arrivent en cours de finalisation et ne sont pas bons pour notre activité.

Voilà ce qui se trame : le kayak de mer serait cantonné dans la bande des 300 mètres de la côte comme tous les "engins de plage" !

Voici les nouvelles prérogatives pour aller au delà : naviguer à 10 minimum, être accompagné par un guide de la nouvelle "Agence de l'eau salée" et un bateau accompagnateur.

Cauchemar, je vais arrêter cette activité ! Laissez un mot dans les commentaires (lien en bas de page) pour dire ce que vous en pensez !


>>> Mars 2014 :

Retour en Iroise
L'Irlande en kayak

by arzhela at April 16, 2014 07:20 PM

Jersey Kayak Adventures
Kayak tours in the Channel Islands

Free Kayak Skills Safety Class

Our free 2 hour kayak safety class is a great opportunity to get safety and paddle skills training. Saturday 26 April 1700-1930 Safety class information.

by derek at April 16, 2014 06:55 PM

Frogma
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!)

It's My Park: New York City Water Trail - plus April snow???!!!

Quick lunch break post, just thought I'd share this neat little video about the NYC Water Trail that Queens Commisioner of Parks (and Sebago clubmate) Dorothy Lewandoski recently put up on Sebago's Facebook group. Tons of friends are in here (and me too, rolling at 2:15 and also in the ribboncutting group a bit before - boy was that a fun day)! 

PS...Come on, Spring. I've been singing your praises at the top of my lungs  and you wanna go and do this? 


by noreply@blogger.com (bonnie) at April 16, 2014 05:37 PM

KajakGal - Oplevelser i havkajak

Møllekrog til Østby

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10 kajakker kunne vi mønstre i dag fra KajakHornsherred. Ganske flot, men vejret var jo også helt perfekt. Solskin og næsten ingen vind. Vandet er stadig køligt – 5-7 grader, men det går vel an. Det varer ikke længe, før tørdragten kan pakkes bort. Det gode vejr blev også udnyttet af andre, da der nu er flere både på vandet. Faktisk så mange, at man igen skal til at holde øje med motorbåde ved kryds.

Vi satte i ved Møllekrogen og turen gik langs kysten til Eskilsø og mod nord til Østby, hvor den lokale havne-klub har opstillet en hel del borde og bænke. Den kunne vi godt bruge til frokosten – der oven i købet bød på fedt-fri kage. Jeg er nu ikke så sikker på, at den fine chokoladekage med kokos var så fedt fri endda. Men når man nu har arbejdet for sagen, så går det vel?

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Når man er så mange, er der rig lejlighed til at få talt med flere forskellige personer – og det benyttede vi os da også af. Så turen gik i fin stil via Sønderby’s lille havn og forbi Selsø Hage og Østskov. Ved Skovbroen til Eskilsø var der lidt strøm, så der ikke skulle ros så meget. Men desværre er det en kort fornøjelse, for allerede et par hundrede meter nord for Skovbroen kan strømmen dårligt mærkes.

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Til middagspausen havde jeg medbragt lidt pulversuppe fra den Blå Kop. En svampesuppe, der faktisk ikke var så dårlig endda. Det blev et helt lille festmåltid med suppe, tomater, æble, ostemad og så den der kage med tilhørende kaffe. Jeg fik også lige ringet til min sundhedsforsikring, så jeg kan komme videre i hospitalsvæsnet med en lille operation i højre hofte, hvor jeg har for meget knogle. Det har jeg også haft i venstre side, men det er ordnet. Nu får vi set, hvornår jeg kan komme til – og hvilken indflydelse det så får på årets roture. En del, forudser jeg – desværre.

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Turen tilbage var en god gentagelse af udturen og efter tilbagekomst og pakning af kajakkerne kunne vi lige drikke en kop vand, mens vi ventede på Elgjægeren, der også var på vandet i dag. Han havde selskab af en anden og de var roet ned til Lyndby. Så det lader til, at han er klar til at ro i det nu lidt varmere vand….

mollekrogRute: Møllekrog – Østby og retur
Isætning:  55° 44.353′N, 11° 59.512′Ø (Google)
Optagning: —”—
Distance roet: 19,15 km
Vejr: 14 grader. Vind 5 m/s fra SW. Solskin.

by KajakGal at April 16, 2014 03:50 PM

Paddling and Sailing

Cool Guys and a Warm Sleeping bag

I was in Davidson, NC for work last week and I met two guides who have started their own sleeping bag and outdoor gear company.

Check them out at:  http://deneboutdoors.com/




They have a great plan and they may have the first bag that is comfortable when it is cold but not too hot when it warms up a bit.  Really nifty properties.  Hope to see one soon.

by Canoe Sailor (noreply@blogger.com) at April 16, 2014 04:06 PM

Gnarlydog News

Travel with camera gear

. With two expeditions planned in the near future I have been busy organizing myself. My main focus for the new season will be improving my photography skills and trying to capture higher quality footage. I believe that the best talent will shine with any half decent camera equipment and since I don't fall into that category I am justifying my average efforts with the lack of equipment. The

by gnarlydog (noreply@blogger.com) at April 16, 2014 03:27 PM

Freya Hoffmeister
Home of Freya Hoffmeister

Wed 16/04-2014 Day 657

  Desperately trying to access my already typed updates on my cellphone gmail app Pos: here Loc: Sao Luis Acc: Sandra´s apartment OH PEST ON IT… I was typing with some effort every night my full updates into the gmail app on my cellphone, saving it nicely as drafts as I was not able to send [...]

April 16, 2014 01:00 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.

Crescent Bay

Crescent Bay

The post Crescent Bay appeared first on Essex Media Explorations.

by Steve Weileman at April 16, 2014 12:14 PM

NORCAL YAK
Northern California kayaking adventures

Waterfalls and wildflowers greet spring kayakers

The falls at Jenkinson Lake -- a popular destination for hikers and paddlers in April  ‘Tis the season for waterfalls and wildflowers. April usually brings a boatload of scenic kayaking to Northern...

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by Glenn Brank (noreply@blogger.com) at April 16, 2014 12:13 PM

Jimski's Blog

Club Together

Manchester Canoe Club is based in Marple on the banks of the river Goyt to the east of Stockport. This was where I some of my formative paddling years learning all about moving water, slalom and river touring.

Last weekend I was joined by some of the Manchester gang on Anglesey, for what was to be the first time in a sea kayak for many of them.

On Saturday morning, having collected kayaks from 'Summit to Sea', we headed off to Bull Bay on the north coast in search of rockhopping and adventure.

The rockhopping was great fun but the brickworks at Porth Wen was a real treat where we found plenty more small gaps to get stuck into.

Thanks to to the gang for filling the weekend with so much entertainment and good fun. I'm sure we'll do it all again very soon.


by Jim Krawiecki (noreply@blogger.com) at April 16, 2014 09:00 AM

Kayak Yak
kayaking the We(s)t Coast of British Columbia

Kayaking In Greenland

Here's a gorgeous little video I stumbled upon of kayaking in Greenland. Check out the embedded video below:

by noreply@blogger.com (John Herbert) at April 16, 2014 07:30 AM

kajaknördar - paddling verkar kul
tid utomhus räknas

Vandra i Fjällen av Staffan Ekholm

Vandra i fjällen

Vandra i fjällen av Staffan Ekholm från Calazo förlag.

Vandra i fjällen är alldeles färsk från Calazos bokpressar. Undertiteln är ”allt du behöver veta för att komma igång med fjällvandring” och det lovar ju ganska stort :)

Jag gillar verkligen boken, mycket inspirerande och gör till och med mig sugen på att lämna soffan och promenera lite i fjällen. Boken håller en trevlig ton och det är mer tips och inspiration än måsten och så-här-är-det som det gärna blir i många böcker som skrivs av erfarna.

Som sagt, en mycket inspirerande bok som borde gå hem hos både nybörjare inom fjällvandring men där även erfarna fjällrävar kan hitta skapligt med guldkorn. Boken går igenom våra fjällområden, tipsar om utrustning på ett bra sätt och mycket av utrustningen funkar såklart även för paddling om man tvunget inte vill ha de allra tyngsta prylarna. Vidare gås packlistor igenom, hur man bär sig åt för att hitta rätt, planera sin tur och även ett kapitel om fjällmat.

Riktigt läsvärt och inspirerande!

Staffan har tidigare skrivit både de finfina böckerna Paddla Kajak i Stockholms skärgård och Kajakhandboken samt filmen Jag Paddlar.

Köp Vandra i Fjällen hos Outnorth eller Addnature. Mer hos www.calazo.se

by Erik Sjöstedt at April 16, 2014 06:36 AM

Kayak Yak
kayaking the We(s)t Coast of British Columbia

Selkie legends and kayaks

The stories of Inuit kayakers being found in northern Scotland are fascinating. Certainly there were in Norse countries some samples of Inuit kayaks and people brought to Europe by Vikings (here's a link to a discussion of this idea)-- and I wonder just how many people made their own way from Greenland to Iceland or northern Europe...

The stories of selkies fascinate me too. These legendary skin-changers are humans on land, and when they put on their seal skins, they are seals at sea. We have a blog post about Sula Sgeir, home of a selkie in a folksong.

Now I've found a wonderful website on the heritage of the Orkney Islands, which has an interesting page connecting those two fascinating stories. And now I'm off to paddle my own kayak.

by noreply@blogger.com (Paula) at April 16, 2014 05:30 AM

Freya Hoffmeister
Home of Freya Hoffmeister

Tue 15/04-2014 Day 656

  I´m in Sao Luis!!! Some days of rest and recovery. Pos: here Loc: Sao Luis Acc: Sandra´s apartment Dist: 43,3 km Start: 5:40 End: 16:45 An all calm night with full moon, the passing cow herds on my beach didn´t come up to my tent, neither did the one and only fisherman I spotted walking [...]

April 16, 2014 03:00 AM

April 15, 2014

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

Fjærvoll/Gaukværøy/Snarset - what a day!

Sist lørdag var det så grått og surt i været at jeg gadd ikke padle. Men jeg forbannet meg på at jeg skulle padle på søndag - det meldte også finere vær da. Om morran kom det SMS fra Bent, han var og rekognoserte på yttersia - det var nok bare å glemme Hovden-Eidetsjøen. Jaja.

Vi valgte å sette ut fra Fjærvoll, og ta en tur bort til Gaukværøya. Det sprutet mye rundt alt som var av skjær, grunner og holmer. Men det var helt vindstille, så det var jo i grunnen perfekt! I god tid før vi kom oss av gårde sluttet det å regne også. Alt vel, god tur.

Jeg lurte på om jeg kom til å trenge hjelm - "NEIDA" fikk jeg til svar - så jeg pakket den ned i god tro.

- Så padlet vi rett hit. Ja det var jo greit nok forsåvidt, jeg behøvde jo ikke å padle gjennom der. Jeg holdt god avstand, og padlet etterhvert utover. Utenfor der det brøt, selvsagt.

Så kom det selvsagt (som vanlig, skulle jeg til å si) noen ekstra store som bygget seg plutselig opp utenfor meg, der jeg padlet "trygt utenfor". Nuvel, det gikk også bra, de bare bygget seg litt suspekt opp der det ikke skulle skje noe som helst, men brøt ikke skikkelig før de var passert. Puh.

Bent trodde ikke helt på den grunnen jeg visste om (jeg har da padlet her før!), men her er beviset. Så har han lært dét. Oppi her lå det forresten masse skarv til vi kom. Ekstremsportskarv, antagelig?

Så kom sola! Lenger mot Gaukværøya var det sprettsjø. Veldig fint å se på faktisk. Plasket var ikke hvitt men helt gjennomsiktig - så når sola skinte på det, ble det skikkelig fint.

Fikk dessverre ikke bilde eller film der det var mest og finest (og morsomst!), for da hadde GoProen et av sine innfall. Den nye (Hero3+) er ikke så upålitelig som den gamle. Men noen ganger når jeg slår den av med fjernkontrollen - så slår den av wifien samtidig, sånn at jeg ikke får slått den på igjen uten å trykke på selve kameraet. (Litt vanskelig når den står bak på kajakken...) Men her har jeg altså fått hjelp av Bent, så her har jeg fått med LITT splash i hvert fall. Gang det med ti.

Fra lykta og bort til Gaukværøya var det nokså rolig, da kom vi innafor holmer og skjær.

Man må selvfølgelig i land på stranda når man er kommet til Gaukværøya, kan ikke bare padle forbi.

Jeg benyttet anledningen til naturlige ærender. (Neeei, jeg benyttet ikke dette. Er det noen som har plassert det her med vilje tro? Kikket ikke oppi for å se om det var i bruk, heller...)

Videre bortover er det også rimelig skjermet av holmer og skjær, men vi ser det bryter litt langt der ute. Jeg regnet med det ville være nokså heftig der jeg droppet å padle forbi sist, da jeg var alene her ute. Men ville det være så heftig at vi ikke kom forbi?

Det var jo bare en måte å finne det ut på, å padle bort for å se. Her var det enda mer sprettsjø, ganske morsomt. Så morsomt at Bent tok en ufrivillig rulle, men han må ha vært veldig rask for jeg merket aldri at han var borte lenger enn at jeg trodde han var i en bølgedal.

Her inne var det dog ikke verre enn at man kunne ta bilder og filme litt. Men det ble mer jo lenger ut man kom - og all sprettingen gjorde det litt vrient å se hvor hen det egentlig brøt bortover.

Jeg sendte et kjapt overslag til min HMS-ansvarlige. Den konstaterte at jeg hadde hjelm, slepeline og tørrdrakt, Bent hadde longjohn/tuiliq, verken slepeline eller hjelm. Konklusjon, jeg syntes jeg var totalt sett bedre stilt forrige gang, da jeg var alene der i bedre forhold og droppet det. Det er fortsatt vinter i havet. No go.

Så, det ble heller til at vi padlet inn og ut der et par ganger, og så dro tilbake til den fine stranda - før vi krysset over til Svinøya, og videre innover til Snarset.

Nordkappen er så kul i bølger, den ordner liksom alt sjøl. Nesten litt kjedelig - og det kan bli skummelt når jeg kommer i Inuken igjen! Da vi fikk bølger fra siden med bra sprett i, tidligere, var det flere ganger jeg så suspekte bølger komme. La åra ned i tilfelle - men neida.

Svisjisvosj ordnet Nordkappen, så var den forbi uten at det røsket i kajakken. Merkelige greier. Og selv her ute, var det én gang jeg hadde et øyeblikks sug i magen fordi den var litt på siden. Men alt var ok før jeg rakk å tenke over det. Resten bare svisjisvosjet den helt sjøl. Fantastisk farkost! (Litt redd jeg blir sløv i padlinga når kajakken ordner alt sjøl, men.)

Mens vi holdt på klarnet det mer og mer opp, det ble mer og mer blått på himmelen. Skarvene trivdes tydeligvis også, de spilte så fint med toppene sine, alle sammen. (Toppskarv, du vet...) Her er en tøffing som sitter igjen på skjæret Skarvsteinen (så klart) etter at resten av gjengen har feiget ut da vi kom padlende forbi.

Etter økta i sprettbølgene tok vi en ny tur på land, det var jo blitt så fint! Og jeg var supersulten! For gjett om jeg hadde glemt maten min. Sånn går det når man skryter for mye i bloggen av at man er blitt så flink til å ta med mat - da begynner man å glemme den igjen hjemme...

Beauty on the beach.

Men det er ikke farlig å glemme maten hjemme, når man har sånne padlekamerater! Bent hadde virkelig dreis på blingsene sine. Til og med grøntfor hadde han på. Imponerende saker.

Skjell som bare står helt av seg selv rundt på stranden er jeg rimelig fascinert av. Her har de liksom bare stilt seg opp på denne måten, til pynt. Stilig.

Vi var altså blitt enige om å padle videre innover til Snarset istedenfor tilbake til bilene. Vi skulle altså bare padle over et flatt havstykke, og langs land videre innover der det roet seg mer og mer. Så denne gangen konkluderte jeg selv med at "nå trenger jeg nå ikke hjelm" og pakket den ned.

- Så da padlet Bent selvsagt rett ut gjennom her med en gang! Det grunne området (stein, ikke sand) der jeg fikk meg en overraskelse sist jeg var her ute alene. Nuvel, nå hadde jeg lært! Så jeg fulgte med bølgene en stund før jeg padlet og kom meg velberget gjennom uten økt puls denne gangen. Litt annet å få bølgene forfra, ja.

Kryssingen gikk selvsagt fint bortsett ifra at den var litt kjedelig som vanlig. Her er vi akkurat kommet over til Svinøya, der det lå masse dekorativt skum på overflata.

"Er det virkelig leia som går innover der den bølgen surfer av gårde? Virkelig? Hæ?!"
Om noen synes jeg ser skeptisk ut her, så stemmer nok det. Bent padlet nemlig av gårde med kurs rett imot et sted det stadig brøt en stor surfebølge bredt og langt innover - jeg lurte på når han skulle oppdage det. Etterhvert kom det en "Hahhah, så du den du", hvorpå jeg repliserte noe sånt som "ja men mener du seriøst at du ikke så den før nå."

Han syntes jeg hørtes skeptisk ut, og det var jeg jo - til at han, som liksom kunne veien, ble så overrasket over den digre bølgen (som jeg hadde sett LENGE). - Men neida, det var ikke noe å være nervøs for, han var lommekjent! (Litt pussig da at han ble så overrasket over det som befant seg i lommen han var så kjent i, men nok om det.)

Det som virkelig var rart, var nemlig noe han nok hadde helt rett i. Den svære surfebølgen suste innover selve båtleia... Det må være morsomt når man kommer tøffende inn i en liten sjark eller noe! Det er det jeg tenker på her, nemlig.

Vi padlet ufortrødent videre, denne knausen sprutet det innimellom himmelhøyt over nemlig så vi ville hit og se nærmere. Min plan var jo å ta det perfekte bildet, men himmelhøy sprut, Bent foran og Møysalen bak.

Men de samme store dønningene som lager stor sprut, gjør det også vanskelig å få tatt et sånt bilde. Var jeg oppe på en, kunne man være rimelig sikker på at Bent var nedi en bølgedal, bak en annen. Eller jeg var nedi en, så hele skjæret og Bent var borte. Hvis jeg var oppe og Bent var oppe, så brøt det ikke... Og så var jeg kommet så langt at skjæret og Møysalen hadde flyttet seg fra hverandre... Så dette ble det beste jeg fikk til. Synes det ble litt tøft da, selv om spruten ikke var særlig høyere enn skjæret akkurat her.

Enda nærmere skjæret var det dekorativt skum igjen. Litt som å padle i verdens største badekar?

Vi må ha med en skarv som tørker vingene også. Dette bildet er forresten av et litt interessant sted som vi husker godt i ettertid. Det er nemlig litt steiner og sånt like rundt hjørnet, vi så det bygget seg opp og brøt veldig godt her til tider. Så vi skjønte at vi måtte padle i god avstand rundt her. Det hadde vi notert oss bak øret.

Vi skulle bare se enda litt mer mens sjøen doset innover skjæret, det kule skummet og i det hele tatt. Veldig stilig plass, dette.

Her har vi da padlet videre rundt hjørnet. Hva jeg er så glad for? Njæ. Det er vel ikke dét bildet viser, akkurat. Saken var nemlig følgende:

Vi padlet i god avstand rundt hjørnet, siden sjøen bygger seg opp der. Jeg fulgte godt med hvor hen det brøt, og padlet så langt ut forbi der at det skulle være en del å gå på også. Just in case. Dønningene ble nemlig bra STORE. Og litt bratte - hm, kanskje jeg skulle prøve å få en surf ned en av dem? Sannelig skulle jeg det! Padlepadlepadle-YES-neeei. Jeg så det rundet seg under baugen da jeg var på toppen - ble for sein.

- I det samme jeg da satt på toppen (trodde jeg) og var for sein, snudde jeg meg for å se når den neste kom og gjøre meg klar - WHAT!!! Det var veldig snart kan man trygt si - der satt jeg på svær dønning og ser rett opp bak til bølgetoppen! Langt!

Så hvis jeg er glad på bildet er det nok mest en "d@ven hva skjedde egentlig nå nettopp".

Bent hadde fått bortimot det motsatte sjokket, han hadde plutselig sett ned den nedoverbakken til noe steingreier. Vi padlet raskt videre derfra.

Videre innover fjorden lå det rimelig flatt - det var jo vindstille.

Likevel brøt det godt en del steder av det tunge draget i sjøen, det lå skum både her og der innover.

Rundt Mårsundodden måtte vi også være litt forsiktig, for nå hadde jeg i grunnen fått nok overraskelser for en dag.

Så det ble med de jeg hadde fått tidligere på dagen. Men utenfor Snarset dundret dønningene innover skjærene. Kan ikke huske at jeg har sett sånne surfebølger utenfor der før. Tøft. Og så har de satt opp ny støtte der den gamle støtta forsvant et år tidligere, den glinset så fint i sola.


En kjempefin tur, rett og slett. Kan det bli annet på yttersiden - neppe.

by Miamaria Padlemia (noreply@blogger.com) at April 15, 2014 11:53 PM

A whole bunch of Ing's.
Kayaking,camping,rolling, practicing,paddle making, ..Writing,blogging and nautical miles from a normal life

The darkside of Newfoundland's beauty




 My wife had decided that a mauzy ol day would be a perfect time to clean up the stretch of beach in front of our home. With two boys in tow they made a massive haul of human scouring's. Over the winter months it had culminated into a lamentable scene. Two children and a mom with half an hour to spare; made a posative change. Mom really had made an example for two boy's to emulate.


The following day was an ashen breezy day. Not great for kayaking or photography really. I took the inspiration of busy tiny hands and shrill voices calling out to me with pride the day before; hitting up a few of the outlying beaches to clean up. House cove took 10 minutes. Tossing what I could take out onto the beach; crushing and gathering it up to pack into my craft. 70 cents worth of recyclables and a new fishing tackle box!


The next cove much the same garbage wise. 50 cents worth of recyclables and another bag of garbage. The reward in this beautiful spot was another minkie vertebrae. Occasionally an acquaintance of mine is looking for materials for his archeology reproductions; or paddle makers/boat builders are looking for traditional materials. Life is all about sharing; and leaving the place better than we found it. This day was a fine exercise in that thinking for me.


2 bags of garbage,$1.20 in plastic bottles. A tackle box aand a whale bone. All crammed into the front hatch of my kayak. In the cockpit was the ability to go home and show my children that I care about this world; and hopefully it will be a memories they take forward with them in life.





by Lee (noreply@blogger.com) at April 15, 2014 10:45 PM

Tatiyak

Lago d'Orta for ever!

Ogni anno Luciano Belloni organizza questo bellissimo raduno primaverile: domenica scorsa hanno sfilato lungo le sponde del Lago d'Orta una quarantina di kayak, colorati come i cespugli in fiore dei giardini all'intorno. Se al primo mattino la superficie del lago non era increspata dalla benchè minima brezzolina, nel pomeriggio invece ha soffiato un deciso vento contrario che ha rallentato l'andatura di alcuni partecipanti. Sarà il lago, il più bello dei laghi minori del nord Italia, sarà l'aria di primavera, la stagione che molti attendono con trepidazione da tempo, sarà la compagnia, sempre numerosa e gaudente... sta di fatto che allo sbarco, dopo 33 km, anche se non eravamo più tanto compatti, eravamo tutti tanto sorridenti!

A dispetto dell'atmosfera militaresca, abbiamo sempre pagaiato in ordine sparso...
Un prato inondato di sole e colore!
La migliore pausa caffè di tutti i raduni!!!
Allo sbarco, altro raduno!
Happy girl with so many new toys!!!
Last Sunday we paddledin all around the beautiful Orta lake, one of my favorite lakes on the North Italy. A long snake of about 40 coloured kayaks twist and turn  for more than 15 miles, taking time for chat, laugh, pictures, lunch and above all for a mega-super-fantastic coffe break... hor do you usually say? Italians do it better!!!

by Tatiana (noreply@blogger.com) at April 15, 2014 08:33 PM

South West Sea Kayaking
The personal blog of Mark Rainsley

The Fleet

The Fleet is the huge lagoon behind Chesil Beach. The name is Anglo-Saxon, from ‘fleot‘ meaning ‘shallow waters’. The Fleet stretches for about eight miles, and supports large numbers of wading birds. Their peace was presumably somewhat disturbed during World War II, when the Fleet was used as a testing ground for Barnes Wallis’ experimental ‘bouncing bomb’ (cue ‘Dambusters’ theme tune…).

A good place to view and learn about the Fleet is the Chesil Beach Centre, which is located at the lagoon’s far eastern end and run by the Dorset Wildlife Trust. Nice cakes are on sale, and my daughter approves of the place.


Filed under: Dorset, Isle of Portland

by Mark Rainsley at April 15, 2014 11:27 AM

Paddlemania
I am a paddler, explorer, guide, and coach. Any day on the water is a good day, and I can't get enough. Paddle faster, I hear banjo music!

Spring Surfing Vol. 1: Skooks

Jason, Leslie, Rachael, Dane, Bri and I headed north to the Sunshine Coast for our first Skooks run of the year. We lucked out on weather and were the only paddlers there. Dane and Bri came to hang out and enjoy the area and the rest of us hopped on the wave. If you have ever stayed at the Backeddy Inn, you spend the time in camp watching the islands out in the middle of the channel. We paddled there Sunday morning and were amazed by the bountiful sea life there. A must when you have a free morning or afternoon waiting for the wave. Jason, Leslie and Rachael surfed Friday (a max of 6.0 kts). Bri and I showed up late Friday after avoiding elk on the drive up to surf Saturday's 7.8 kt afternoon flood.  A good time was had by all. Big thanks to Bri and Dane for taking photos and video and being overall good sports. We'll be back in a month for round two-can't wait!

Painted Star (Orthasterias koehleri)
Second wave

Birthday boy filming
Leslie bringing the bow back around

Freeing the ends!
The lovely photographers!
"the tour"
the throne
Most likely a Sea Lemon (Anisodoris nobilis)
Abundance everywhere

by donaldcheyette (noreply@blogger.com) at April 15, 2014 12:00 PM

Sarah's Soggy Scenarios
A light hearted insight into my paddling trips in and around Scotland - and beyond!

Big boats on the Tay

Nice, new and still dry
This trip was to launch my new acquisition, my new Pyranha Burn, which I was lucky enough to win. I had been in and out the boat umpteen times, getting it fitted for me, all in the comfort of the bedroom (the spare one!)
Off we set for Stanley, where there were a few groups of paddlers, all interested in why I should be taking photos of the boat on the bank. Once they knew it was the prize boat, a few did say they had put in for the competition too. They seemed happy enough to have seen the boat, but probably much happier had they won it.
Launched at last
I jumped in and launched it, no beer this time. I thought I needed to keep my wits about me, it's a while since I'd been in a kayak.
Getting a feel for it
Down at the weir
The burn is really comfy, like a big armchair. A lot bigger than my other river kayaks, but still good fun to paddle. The river was quite high and there were a lot of fishermen around, so we didn't bother going up to the Linn. We had a bit of a play up at the wall, then down on the wave on river left, before heading down to the weir.
Having a wee shot



I even allowed Hubby dear a wee shot! I'd like to get a bit longer to play in the Burn to get a proper feel for it, we were just up for a short stint.
On the wave in the new boat
Same wave next day
Early next morning we were heading back up to Stanley with the sea kayaks for the 4th of the AWE sea sessions. We started off playing in the wee side river, ferry gliding back and forward, before doing the same using the full width of the river.
Grabbing an eddy

 After that, it was up to the wall for a bit more crossing the flow and eddy hopping before making our way further over to have a look at the Linn. We didn't stay long, it was really messy up there that day with no real eddies to sit in, just big swirly boils appearing from no where!
With the Linn behind
Aline, still upright in calm water!
Iain grabbing the wave
The only time Young Trevor got the edge right
 We headed back to the car for a bite of lunch before our afternoon session. Sandy was going to have a shot at leading down the weir. Hubby dear and Iain sat below the weir whilst we were above getting our instructions from Sandy. Whilst there, we were swooshed swiftly across to river right - too far! I was to take the first run down, the rest would follow. I followed Iain's directions to come further to the left. The full width of the weir was flowing making it quite hard to see where the chute was, so when Iain finished waving frantically, thinking I was there and with the full force of the flow pulling me to the edge, I went for it! Hubby dear and Iain just looked on in dread as I disappeared down into a hole - all 17' of boat and me! However, I popped back up and landed plonk bang in an eddy, nice and safe! I looked round to see where the others were, realised I had come down a slightly different route than I had planned, so went to indicate to them to move further over, by which time Aline had decided to capsize in the flat water, leaving her boat to come down far right! This was quickly followed by Phil, sideways, before he decided to bail, swiftly followed by Sandy - ditto! This left young Trevor still above the weir on his own. Not to be out done, despite me yelling at him to come further to the left, he also came over. Now Trevor is fairly invincible, using the wrong edge wherever possible and getting away with it - not this time. He became swimmer no 4.
Once all bodies, boats and blades were collected and returned to the rightful owners, we had a bit of an incident discussion as to what happened, why and how to avoid the same thing happening anywhere else. A real good learning curve with no injuries.
Heading towards Hellhole
 Off we set down past Hellhole corner with another wee swim. Phil decided to take the bouncy route, was perched on top of a rather large wave, with only thin air all around to put his support strokes into.
Back in the boat and sorted again, we found another eddy for a breather when Aline decided to have another swim. It seems Aline only swims in flat water and paddles the bouncy stuff well!
Next we were down through Thistlebrig with no swims - hurrah! Then it was a gentle paddle back to our get out at Luncarty.
Calm water at last
 A slightly damp day, lots learnt, but still a great days paddling in very different conditions for the sea boats.
Phil obviously hadn't swam enough and fell in getting out!

by Sarah's Soggy Scenarios (noreply@blogger.com) at April 15, 2014 09:18 AM

Paddlemania
I am a paddler, explorer, guide, and coach. Any day on the water is a good day, and I can't get enough. Paddle faster, I hear banjo music!

Rescue in Conditions

This rescue happened during our surf session at Skookumchuck Rapids in British Columbia just before a maximum flood of 7.8 kts. Lots of spinning!




Skooks Rescue from Donald Cheyette on Vimeo.

by donaldcheyette (noreply@blogger.com) at April 15, 2014 07:17 AM

Kayak Yak
kayaking the We(s)t Coast of British Columbia

Thetis Lake

Thetis 2
This morning, Louise and I headed down to Thetis Lake so that Louise could try a dry-suit for the first time. Up to this time, Louise has used various combinations of neoprene pieces and paddling jackets. However, her main paddling jacket is in need of replacement and we've been discussing the pros and cons of a dry-suit as a replacement. Personally, I don't see any cons to a dry-suit -- except maybe the cost -- but until now Louise has remained unconvinced. We borrowed a dry-suit from another local paddler, but when she put it on we quickly discovered that Louise suffers from "clothestropohbia" -- a fear of confined clothing.

Our plan today was to paddle around the lake, then play in the water a bit so that Louise could get an idea of what a dry-suit is like.
We were about to hit the water when we suddenly realized that in our concern over getting the dry-suit ready for Louise, we'd forgotten out PFDs! Whoops!
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What to do? If we were launching into the ocean without out PFDs, well, we wouldn't. But this being a lake we decided that sticking close to the shore should be safe enough. Thetis Lake is actually a deceptively deep lake; many a poor swimmer has encountered serious, in some cases fatal, trouble by walking out into the water from shore not realizing that the bottom drops off sharply and unexpectedly.

So, carefully, off we went.
Thetis 1

Soon we found some trash floating near the main beach.
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I'm not sure what it is -- a floating drink tray? Summer is starting early in the park! We put it ashore near a garbage can.

We continued on.
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Among the trees and bushes along the shore I thought I saw a giant turtle. All I saw was a round shiny back, so my first thought was turtle, since we know there are turtles in the park. Then I saw it again, and it was definitely not a turtle. Too fast for one thing. Moving between the trees, it waddled along. Otter, maybe? We have seen those here, too.
But then I noticed the tree it walked by.
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I'm pretty sure that otters don't eat trees.
So, a beaver then? Maybe, especially because Louise pointed out the large beaver mound behind the tree.
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We moved into an arm of the lake that we know has turtles in it...
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...and sure enough, there were two.
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Soon it was time to head back. Louise has promised to report on her dry-suit experience.
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Trip length: 6.04 km
YTD: 18.75 km
More pictures are Trip here.
thetis

by noreply@blogger.com (John Herbert) at April 15, 2014 04:49 AM

kajaknördar - paddling verkar kul
tid utomhus räknas

Oxhultasjön och Smedjeån

Åpaddling

Åpaddling

Vi har inte paddlat i Oxhultasjön i södra Halland på evigheter, senast vi var där var på skridsko och knappt det var i modern tid. Slarvigt, det är ju ändå rimligt nära. Igår eftermiddag blev det i alla fall en tur. Efter lite regn på förmiddagen och halva eftermiddagen sprack det upp rätt lagom till vi sjösatte i Smedjeån i Hishult.

Mysig slingrig åpaddling ner mot Oxhultasjön, bitvis en del grenar och träd så det blev slalom- och terrängpaddling. Kuligt. Oxhultasjön bjöd på mer sol och lite sydlig vind, ganska snart såg vi första Fiskgjuseparet. Efter att ha snirklat runt sjön och in och ut i de flesta vikar och sett ett Fiskgjusepar till och ett Tranpar på nära håll blev det fikapaus på Torvön i fint kvällsljus. Sen tillbaka mot ruinen på Sjöboholm.

Fårdugapaddling med tallinslag

Fårdugapaddling med tallinslag

Traninslag. Skulle haft med långobjektivet

Traninslag. Skulle haft med långobjektivet

Fårdugafikaställe

Fårdugafikaställe

Finljus vid Sjöboholm

Finljus vid Sjöboholm

Fortfarande gott om vitsippor

Fortfarande gott om vitsippor

 

 

 

 

Riktigt go liten runda

by Erik Sjöstedt at April 15, 2014 04:45 AM

Le Kayak de Mer dans le Nouveau Monde: Nouvelles
Cette section du site Le Kayak de Mer dans le Nouveau Monde présente les nouvelles et actualités qui touchent de près ou d'un peu plus loin, le kayak de mer, le milieu marin, la faune et la flore, l'environnement, des trouvailles et nouveautés d'équipement de kayak et plus.

Fermeture du centre des Services de communication et de trafic maritimes de Montréal


Le centre des Services de communication et de trafic maritimes (SCTM) de Montréal a fermé ses portes à la fin du mois de mars, tandis que la fermeture de celui de Rivière-au-Renard est prévue pour mai 2015. Au terme de la restructuration mise en œuvre par Pêches et Océans Canada, il ne restera plus que deux stations de radio pour desservir le fleuve et le golfe du Saint-Laurent. Québec Radio couvrira donc dès cet été la zone s’étendant entre le lac Saint-François et l’île Blanche, en face de Rivère-du-Loup et s’occupera aussi de la rivière des Outaouais. Quant à Les Escoumins Radio, elle aura la charge d’un immense plan d’eau s’étendant de l’île Blanche au cap Whittle sur la côte nord et jusqu’à la péninsule acadienne sur la rive sud du golfe. Si le Service de trafic maritime, qui gère les communications des navires de commerce, n’aura pas à subir de coupure de personnel, il n’en est pas de même pour les opérateurs à l’écoute sur le canal 16.  Sur ...

by L'escale Nautique at April 15, 2014 04:04 AM

Blog
Outdoor news and teaching secrets revealed...

Who Says Only Boys Can Portage?

Who Says Only Boys Can Portage?
Fiona from Badger Paddles recently released a limited run of their Girls Portage Too poster and I absolutely love it. Inspired by the portage signs scattered all over Ontario parks like Algonquin, this reminds us that anybody can portage a canoe (with the correct technique). Fiona sent me this sample which my youngest daughter was happy to take charge of. It's getting framed and going up in the landing at the top of the stairs. The 11" x 17" poster is available for a limited time and are $9.95 and any additional posters are only $5 (max 5). You can order yours here.  

by no-reply@paddlinghq.com (David Johnston) at April 15, 2014 04:00 AM

Frogma
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!)

More Spring a-Springin' - Prospect Park flowers (plus a hyacinth and a magnolia near home)


I got home from Sunday's sailing instruction class by 3:30 or so, only to realize that I couldn't stay home, it was just too nice, so I decided to go out for another walk in Prospect Park.

The winter ducks were mostly gone, and I think they took winter with them when they left. When I went for my duck walk two weeks ago, everything was still gray and brown. Didn't help that it was a raw and drizzly day, but all the vegetation was still pretty much in winter hibernation - although there were buds getting ready to go if you looked closely.

What a difference two weeks made. My walk started as just a walk, but then it became a flower walk, taking pictures of almost every different kind of flower I noticed. Looks like we have another wintery spell coming up, but this was encouraging to see. Here they are (plus a couple in my neighborhood - first two), and I must say that it's nice to be posting my own after a winter where I would absolutely have a moment in heaven every time a Facebook friend in California or Hawaiii posted COLORS!

No more writing, click on the hyacinth (no longer incipient) for a better view. 
























by noreply@blogger.com (bonnie) at April 15, 2014 02:24 AM

April 14, 2014

South West Sea Kayaking
The personal blog of Mark Rainsley

Lake Pier

Lake Pier on Poole Harbour is the best access point to the quiet upper harbour.

All good.


Filed under: Dorset, Kayaking, Mobile phone photos

by Mark Rainsley at April 14, 2014 10:30 PM

Freya Hoffmeister
Home of Freya Hoffmeister

Mon 14/04-2014 Day 655

  Only one more day to Sao Luis! Some aircondition break for my skin, yeah! Pos: here Loc: Before Farol Pirajuba Acc: tent Dist: 33,1 km Start:5 :40 End: 12:20 I am actually quite sick of those long afternoons without paddling, but to split this distance to Sao Luis coming out of the channels and being now back at [...]

April 14, 2014 05:00 PM