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March 25, 2017

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

Fixing an old failure - scarfing a grip onto a sassafras northwoods - Part 3

Here's the end story with the scarfed sassafras paddle. The previous post on this paddle  mentioned that the blade had weathered after being exposed untreated for years in the backyard garden. One side had turned into to a light brown colour while the more exposed face oxidized into a greyish black patina. 

Different sides of the weathered blade

After carving down the shoulder and throat and shaving off the weathered top layer, the now golden hue of the sassafras came out with no signs of wear. Between the blade weathering, the darkened sassafras and the light creamy new sassafras grip, the paddle now had 3 distinct colour tones. Briefly considered scraping off the oxidized layer and staining the light wood to match the rest of the paddle, but some online feedback suggested to leave it alone. The old wood and new wood obviously contrast but it'll be a reminder of how this paddle pretty much came back from the grave. 

However, for practical purposes I decided to add a leather wrap around the shaft using 1/2" wide, 60 inch long saddle string leather collecting dust in the leather supply box.
1/2" x 60"  Saddle String

I've already described my method of attachment in this previous post  from 2009 so didn't take any new photos of the process. Many of the links in the post from back then are no longer active but my photos and description is the same. Trim  roughly 4" from the ends to a point, tack on the bottom, soak the leather in warm water and then stretch tightly around the shaft. Using a clamp to hold the bulk of the wrapping, the final bit is stretched out and the final tack is secured. After drying, the leather shrinks an securely grips the shaft. It is then waterproofed using Sno-Seal applied with a heat gut and brush. So far this method hasn't failed me but it does rely on the waterproofing treatment to prevent the the leather from soaking through and likely getting loose again. So once a season, I apply more Sno-Seal to the other wrapped paddles and they are good to go.

Closeup of wrap. Pins not visible but are on the other side...

So here it is...a resurrected paddle. It'll have to wait a few more weeks until it gets dipped in the water.

Paddle Complete

by Murat ( at March 25, 2017 12:07 pm

March 24, 2017

Freya Hoffmeister
Goddess of Love to the Seas


20170324_153846.jpgREADY TO GOOOOO!!!

One more night – I will be starting tomorrow on my trip around North America!!! I’m so much looking forward to be back on the water!!!

Come and see me tonight at my farewell-talk at Outdoor Research Retail Store in downtown Seattle. Start 7 pm, a few tickets at the door may be still available. Thanks to Don Cheyette from Seattle Adventure Sports for hosting my talk!

I’ll launch tomorrow morning 8 am from Golden Garden Park beach. You are all very much welcome to join me paddling for some miles!


by Freya at March 24, 2017 10:52 pm

Qajaq Rolls
Dedicated to the Art of Greenland Style Kayak Rolling

My multiple midlife crises

Subtitle: How life changes are reinvigorating my kayaking.

I think it safe to assume that anyone who has read my blog posts over the past year probably already knows of my internal journey through trials and tribulations, so I will refrain from repeating the history of that complex, arduous, disastrous path. Needless to say, there is, and was, light at the end of the tunnel. Over time, I have come to be able to accept that the journey will make me a better person.

I don’t consider my journey a crisis, but we lack a better way of describing a transformational period during our mid-life. I am, after all, getting dangerously close to the big five oh. Things happen to me every time I am “between jobs”. Ah “between jobs”, those periods of life, when one tries to avoid, at all costs, labeling it with the societally scorned word “unemployed”. These moments provide me, albeit briefly, an opportunity to discover and invest internally in ways that the modern, over scheduled, pressure cooker lifestyle of employment rarely allows.

This Spring was my third time through the unemployment ringer. The first time I moved continents from the UK to the USA. The second time I wrote a book, Rolling with Sticks. So, what to do the third time? How about making some major philosophical and life style changes?




This time it all started with television. Television can be such a time suck. In the blink of an eye hours can disappear. It seemingly slows our brains like time being sucked into a black hole. For me Netflix is possibly both the worse and best way to watch TV. I have a seemingly never ending “My List” filled with content that at some point momentarily peeked my interest. One day, after having spent the morning applying for jobs, I slouched down in the sofa and flicked on the TV. The next show in my list was Samsara. The food sequence caught my attention, the beautiful filming of the diabolical conditions in which animals are housed, slaughtered, butchered and finally packaged and delivered to the supermarket. This stirred up some emotional response that led me to watch “Forks over Knives” which I followed with Cowspiracy, Farmageddon, Supersize me, Fat sick and nearly dead, Food Inc., Cooked, An Inconvenient Truth. The more I viewed these documentaries the clearer it came to me that my own actions were inconsistent with my belief system. So, I became a vegetarian. My motivation strangely was not the treatment of animals, for me the tipping point was understanding the inefficiency, unsustainability and environmental impact the production of meat as the protein source for the US population. So, plant based it was. I learned to bake bread from flour and water alone. I discovered the dismal availability and poor selection of locally produced vegetables in our grocery stores. And I started adding more plant based meals to our recipe collection. I am not Vegan, I still eat field raised chicken eggs and eat most cheeses. Life without cheeses is not worth living, and I have tried the god-awful vegan substitutes.


My routine check-up at the doctor’s revealed blood sugar processing levels that they defined as pre-diabetic. Psychic alarm bells sounded. It was time for me to get serious about my health before it was too late. One of the items the doctor mentioned that impacts the prognosis of pre-diabetes is alcohol consumption. At a time of high stress about a decade ago I had temporarily given up alcohol for a year, and  had been pleasantly surprised by the positive impacts it had on me. I had found it physically and mentally easy to give it up, however the social pressures of corporate life at times made it challenging to stick with. Alcohol is a great way to avoid the conflicts inside oneself, relaxing rather than resolving them. I found that I was at a time in my life where I needed to focus on resolving things rather than allowing them to fester. So, I committed to myself that I would stop drinking, for good this time. This change in lifestyle has resulted in weight loss, better sleep, a dramatic reduction in digestive problems and a much better mood on Monday mornings.


I suck at maintain a regular workout schedule. We have a great setup in our basement, treadmill, elliptical, rowing machine, free weights etc. but somehow my mind nearly always decides that snoozing is far more important. With the freedom of no regular working hours, I decided to try some yoga at the local studio which was offering a free class. I have always enjoyed yoga, but had rarely partaken in its practice. Many Qajaq USA events provide early morning sessions, some of which I had risen for and enjoyed. I don’t believe in destiny, but if I did, then this was a destined moment. The perfect moment in my life, my mind wrapped around a stick tormenting me, a lot of time on my hands, a local studio and a great teacher. I found my peace. I discovered that the time spent practicing yoga was able to clear my mind completely and focus attention inwards on improving myself. I now try and practice four times a week. I usually attend Vinyasa classes, with occasional Yin Restorative and Bikram sessions thrown in for variety. My strength, flexibility and endurance have all improved. My teacher tells me I am her most dedicated student. I like to practice each pose deeply and flow with a deliberation and precision of movement. I find that when executed in this manner even the most basic flow can become challenging, and thus provide an opportunity for the continuous development that I seek.


Let’s face it, shaving sucks, whether it is one’s face or a bikini line, the act of dragging a sharp blade across your skin is a time-consuming task that needs to be handled delicately and is fraught with potential risks. It has been my habit to rarely shave on vacations. Instead I gave myself a break from the ritual, and my skin a chance to enjoy its freedom from the blade. A paddling trip this Summer to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness provided me the opportunity to develop a scruffy start of a beard, and rather than bothering to shave it I allowed it to grow. Like the beard itself, both Jacquelyn and I have grown to like it. Better still, it keeps me warm when paddling in the Minnesota winter months.


Part of my mental journey of recovery (see earlier post for background) has been to establish lists; reminders of what is important and good in life, people to call for help, and what to do when I am descending into the whirling pit of self-hate that hides out in my diseased mind. Lists are great, but I never seem to have them in my hand at the moments when they could be useful. Two things are front and center on my lists, my love for my life partner and wife, and my passion for kayaking. So now they are on my right and left forearm. I have Jacquelyn’s name in script on my left arm, perfectly positioned to remind me of the loveliness I get to go home to. And on my right arm is a historically accurate line drawing on a nineteenth century west Greenland qajaq and paddle. Both reminders help me daily. I think Jacquelyn was shocked when I had the work done, she loves the commitment it expresses and the reminder of how important we are to each other.


My phone’s alarm buzzes twice each day, once as a reminder to take my pills, and the other to remind me to make time for myself. The mental cleansing that yoga provides me led me to try meditation. Often, we fall asleep listening to a guided meditation, and now, each morning, I give myself ten minutes to meditate quietly in my own space, centering myself and allowing my mind to become clear and focused. Not only does it change my internal outlook, it also allows me to project externally a happier version of myself. Less self-absorbed with whatever challenge my mind had been preoccupied solving.

So yes, I have experienced rather a lot of changes in these past twelve months, I am currently a bearded, tattooed, vegetarian, teetotal, Yogi, Greenland paddler who meditates every day, and I love it.


Okay, so the title of this post referenced the impact on kayaking, and so I suppose I have an obligation to connect the dots. The outcome of all these changes has been to improve the way I think, and feel. My head is clearer and my body is fitter. I have become a more efficient human. The fitness and focus have both helped and been helped by my obsession with kayaking. I am able now to perform kayak rolls using body motions that previously were out of reach. I can paddle further with less fatigue. I can make better decisions and be a better companion to my fellow paddlers. The beard doesn’t really help, it messes with the seal of my tuilik. However, it does seem to keep me warmer. I am not complaining. My tattoos are a reminder on those days that I can’t get afloat that I have a lifetime of paddles ahead of me with Jacquelyn by my side (or in front).

My life is good, I intend to live it well.

by Christopher Crowhurst at March 24, 2017 09:36 pm

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The Ikkatsu Project
In the Service of the Ocean

Rusty Wheels Still Turn

I ran into an old friend today. I mean, he’s old (which just means that he’s older than me), and he’s a friend, at least in the sense that we seem to be able to tolerate one another. So, “old friend.”

He said something that caught me by surprise, something that is still bugging me, if you want to know the truth. We were talking about kayak trips and gear and what, who, blah, blah… and he said, apropos of nothing obvious, “Well, you don’t do any expedition kayaking anymore, right?” For a split second, an uncomfortable moment, I almost smacked him. And then…

And then I thought about it, and I don’t like the conclusions I came up with. First of all, as casually douchey as that comment was, I have to admit that it is true, more or less. I am not the long-distance voyageur that I once was, but the tone of his comment made me realize that I am not necessarily content to leave it at that. I have ideas. Oh yes, I have many ideas.

I still have all the charts for the coast of Labrador, for example, and a powerful yearn to see the Torngats and the standing stones of the ancient ones. The Taitao Peninsula as well, a trip starting and ending on the island of Chiloe, traversing open ocean and the giant fjords of Patagonian Chile. There’s Scotland and Ascension Island, the Caribbean circle and the coast of Maine. And I still have unfinished business in the Santa Barbara Channel Islands as well as a hankering to see Tasmania. (Seriously. What do I have to do to get to Tasmania?)

I don’t know where I’m going next but I do not believe that I’m done. More on this as it develops.

by Ken Campbell at March 24, 2017 03:25 am

March 23, 2017
Triathlon, cycling, sea kayaking, swimming and life in the Scottish Highlands

Shoe Covers - These Are Pretty Good

Don't worry, this blog isn't suddenly going to fill up with thinly disguised adverts for Pearl Izumi.

But these Pearl Izumi shoe covers are pretty good.  Why?  Four things stand out.

1. I like the colour which I think is safer than the more standard black.

I've driven past cyclists using fluro shoe covers and my eyes are caught early by the up-and-down movement of pedalling.

Wear all black if you must, but stick these on the ends of your legs and they'll make you much more visible.

2. No zips.  Previously I've had to throw away shoe covers when the zips stick.  A combination of road grit and water damage bungs up zips once they dry out.  I pulled the handle thingie off a zip once trying to make a stuck zip move.

2. They fit tightly.  Instead of zips, this have velcro.  I was wary of this style of fastening, fearing the Large size might pop off my size 46 shoes.

It doesn't.  There are two bits of velcro, one which hugs the back of the shoe and keeps it on, and a second piece running up the ankle.

It's this second piece which lets you get the covers tight to the legs and ankle.

This keeps out all but the most determined rain that's seeping down the inside of your tights.

3.  They're fairly waterproof.  Nothing, and I mean nothing, keeps my feet dry in Scottish rain.

VeloToze are arguably best, but I always feel mine are going to split at any moment.  While still new, these Pearl Izumi shoe covers seem tougher.  There's a slight fleece in the inside but I wouldn't consider these a 'warmth' item.  For warmth I prefer my Bontrager fleece shoe covers, but they're not tight at the top and water comes in.

On a day that's chilly rather than cold they're just right.  So yes - pretty darn good.  In all but the very depths of freezing cold winter, these have become my go-to shoe cover.  As for the gloves in the photo below - I'll write about them some time soon.

by Simon Willis ( at March 23, 2017 08:49 pm

Cycleways - How To Waste Money and Annoy Lots of People

Should you build if you can't afford to maintain?
It's very simple.  Build a cycleway then fail to maintain it, clean it or keep it free of parked vehicles.

Some cycleways around here are so covered in rocks (spat out by vehicle tyres), leaves and thorns (from overhanging trees) and floodwater (from blocked drains) that it's actually safer to ride on the road.

This annoys the cyclists, who know there's a perfectly good cycleway nearby.  It annoys the drivers who don't understand why the cyclists are not using the perfectly good cycleway.  And it annoys everyone because of the waste of money.

Should Local Authorities build cycleways if they can't keep their existing ones in decent condition?

Good practice was in evidence when I rode the Sustrans Cycleway 78 from Oban to Corran Ferry and home on Saturday in heavy rain and poor visibility.

Maintenance was due to start soon on a section which is collapsing.  I believe this is Highland Council's area, so top marks.

Some sections however, particularly those which ran alongside the road, were covered in stones spat out by vehicles, and the winter winds had brought down quite a few branches.

On balance though I felt much safer than had I been tangling with traffic.

There were only a two short sections where I had to go on the main road; shortly after Oban to Connel and a 2mile section around Duror - the bit where the two Local Authority boundaries meet.

Incidentally, that new Pearl Izumi jacket was superb and the shoe covers fairly good when it came to keeping me dry in the downpour.  I'll write more about them in future posts.

There are other bits of cycleway which fare less well.  When I next ride those I'll post photos, but for now the Oban to Ballachulish section of route 78 gets a thumbs up from me.

Oban to Corran Ferry and home

by Simon Willis ( at March 23, 2017 08:49 pm

Join Us On Our Next Charity Swim?

Forty six swimmers turned out yesterday for the first of the Highland Open Water Swims.  So far we've all raised more than £1400 for the Children with Cancer Charity.  So that's all good then.

The next swim is in fact a whole wheeled of swimming.  The main swim on Saturday 22nd April when we'll swim 1.4km across Loch Sunart to the Resipole Campsite.  Swimmers will be ferried across to the start point by safety RIB.

Later in the day, if there's enough interest, we'll have a second open water swim in the area Liz and I usually go.  That one will be without safety cover.  For those who want to make a whole weekend of it, then on Sunday 23rd we'll have a 'family friendly' swim in a lovely, sheltered sandy bay at Ardtoe.

These are 'warm ups' for the big swim of the three on 6th May when we swim 2.4km across the Sound of Mull shipping channel.  That will be quite a challenge for everyone.

Full details at with updates on their Facebook page.  Meanwhile here are a couple of photos from yesterday's swim across the Corran Narrows.

by Simon Willis ( at March 23, 2017 08:48 pm

Pearl Izumi Champion, Induction Day - Video

Marketing people, who're trying to reach a specific demographic, have made use of social media intermediaries for several years.

You want to launch a new mascara? You get one of those make-up Vloggers, with gazillions of followers, to talk about it on their YouTube channel.

Imagine that but substitute cycling kit for mascara and you're close to what Pearl Izumi are attempting with their 'Champion' programme.

Close, but not quite there.

Because the people Pearl Izumi has chosen to join that team have - and I choke when I say this - inspiring, altruistic motivations for taking part and genuinely interesting stories to tell.  If I have a skill it's as a story teller, so that's what I'll be doing in the nine months this team will run.  I'll share their stories under the PIChampionTale label.  Click that to see them all.

Why am I doing this?  Partly because I'm chuffed to be included among such a great group of people who I want to help.  But less altruistically, I'm interested in the experts who'll help us.

Our first day, for which we had to travel to Milton Keynes (watch the video below), got off to a roaring start with Tim Lawson who blinded everyone with the science of nutrition.  This is the man who started and then sold Science in Sport, started Secret Training (once his 3 year no-compete clause ended), and from whom I learnt so, so, so much about how and what to eat for performance when I was part of the SiS Winter Academy

I wrote about his advice to me back in December 2012!

I sat with Tim in the Jury's Hotel Bar (he drank water) for more than an hour just boggling at the products in the pipeline.

Take their Ketone Project.  It's a pro and pre-biotic supplement which allows athletes to metabolise fat in races.  Big Pharma is trying to grab this as a weight loss treatment.  Tim wants it as a sports supplement.  He says it really works.  Wow.  With bells on.

Who else will we meet through this PIChampion connection?  As yet I don't know, and that is exactly why this is so exciting.

There's product stuff too.  Pearl Izumi is the biggest cycling apparel brand in the world (they tell me).  While they grudgingly admit to previously being USA focused, the new UK brand manager Brodie Gardias is changing that.  There are some exciting products coming later this year, and I really do mean exciting, that's not marketing hype.  Hopefully some will find their way to me in Scotland.

All of this - the experts, the inspiring stories, and the new product stuff - I will share here on my blog and Twitter.  I'll be open, honest and slightly sceptical, because after 30 years a journalist I can't be anything else!  Stick with me and we'll pick their brains clean...

However, two of the women selected chose not to take part due to the gender-based team colours - blue for boys, pink for girls.  It's a very good point made by two quite exceptional cyclists whose posts on our private Facebook group have been great to read.  Lucy and Eleanor explain their reasons on their respective blogs.

Oh yes, the video.  The rest of us went to Milton Keynes on Saturday for our induction day.  I waved around a GoPro session and came back with this video.  It's a new YouTube account, so please Subscribe so you don't miss a thing.

by Simon Willis ( at March 23, 2017 08:48 pm

Ten Best Open Water Swim Events in Scotland

Apologies if readers of the Sunday Mail were put off their breakfast last weekend by my ugly mug gurning out of Loch Sunart.

But a huge thank you to FionaOutdoors for including two of our three charity swims.  You can download the full article from her website.

The first of these across the Corran Narrows takes place next weekend on 19th March.  Full details at Highland Open Water Swim.

At the last count we had forty swimmers lined up to take part in the Corran Swim and almost as many heading to the Loch Sunart event on 22nd April.  That one is going to be a little special as we hope to turn it into a full weekend of swimming.

The third of the swims was probably a little too 'out-there' to make it into Fiona's top ten list.  If the weather conditions allow it will be sensational.  On 6th May we will swim across the busy shipping channel that is the Sound of Mull.  I did it last year and the sense of exposure was not unlike a classic multi-pitch rock climb.  Here's Fiona's article with grateful thanks - and my photos.

by Simon Willis ( at March 23, 2017 08:47 pm

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

Report on CG Report on last year's ferry accident

For anyone who's saying "What accident?", last year there was a bad accident between a ferry and a kayak tour on the Hudson River. Fortunately, no lives were lost, but the guide was badly injured. I don't think I really mentioned it here because anything I would have had to say would have been pure speculation - an educated guess, since I know the area where the accident happened and I got my start kayaking at Manhattan Kayak and was even one of a number of partners for a couple of years, but still a guess.

I have been VERY interested in what the Coast Guard had to say, though, and that hit my social media today - first I got a link to an NBC local affiliate's report, then PortSide NewYork shared Maritime's version. PortSide NewYork (website here, other link was FB) is trying to get a link to the original but this looks like a good evenhanded overview from knowledgeable water people.

Watch out for spin on this - non-maritime news outlets frequently mess up reporting of maritime news because they just don't know the basics (and don't realize that they don't). This one's a good straightforward report, and the results are pretty much what I was expecting to see based on what I'd seen at the time last year. updated later with corrected link to Maritime Executive report.

by (bonnie) at March 23, 2017 08:20 pm

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March 22, 2017

René Seindal
Living, working, kayaking, rowing in Venice, Italy

Bicycles in Berlin

I’ve been bicycling all my life, and its one of the very few things I miss here in Venice.  Berlin, on the other hand, is full of bicycles.

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Walking the bike in the evening at the Brandenburger Tor

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by René Seindal at March 22, 2017 09:37 pm


La Palmaria è sempre la Palmaria...

A noi serviva una prova pratica della nuova attrezzatura tecnica e da campeggio per il prossimo viaggio estivo in Grecia... e quale occasione migliore per farlo "improvvisando" un paio di giorni alla Palmaria?!

... all'imbarco a Le Grazie: Gianni, Mauro, Andrea, Giacomo, Michele, Guido e Tatiana che scatta...

Le previsioni per quella zona non erano proprio incoraggianti: cielo coperto con possibilità di pioggia, vento 8-10 Nodi da Sud-Est ed onda da 1-1,5 Metri da Sud-Ovest... mah, le cose strane che a volte fa il mare...

... il porticciolo turistico di Le Grazie...

Nonostante questo quadro invitasse più alla poltrona ed alla pantofola che non al kayak ed alla pagaia, alla nostra richiesta di partecipazione diramata a voce hanno aderito altri cinque kayakers, e così ci siamo ritrovati in sette per questa piccola avventura sul Golfo di La Spezia.

... pausa pranzo a Portovenere: Giacomo, Michele e Gianni

L'idea iniziale era di salpare da Marinella di Sarzana, dove si trova un comodo parcheggio vicino all'imbarco. Tuttavia la prevista onda da Sud-Ovest la investiva direttamente ed a poco servivano i frangiflutti che in numero abbondante proteggono la spiaggia.

... verso il caos...

Abbiamo quindi optato per Le Grazie, che offre un imbarco riparato nel suo porticciolo turistico... con il problema però del parcheggio. Speravamo di arrivare prima dell'inizio del periodo di pagamento... invece no: il pagamento è iniziato due giorni prima del nostro arrivo, e le solite antiche macchinette accettano ancora solo monete... e noi ci siamo "dimenticati" di portare da casa la carriola di spiccioli necessaria al pagamento di due giorni di sosta.

... in pausa di fronte a Portovenere... dopo il caos...

La prevista pioggia è caduta quasi tutto il venerdì notte ed il suo ticchettio sulla cappotta della macchina ci ha cantato una bella ninna nanna: sai che bello se i due prossimi giorni saranno tutti sotto la pioggia...

... verso il campo serale...
... una bella immagine di Guido

Il sabato mattina non pioveva e, dopo l'arrivo degli altri, e la "quasi scontata" decisione di iniziare la giornata con una colazione insieme al bar, abbiamo scoperto con soddisfazione che (al bar ovviamente, sui parcometri nessuna traccia della cosa!) con 5 Euro è possibile avere un abbonamento per tutta la giornata... e quindi il problema parcheggio si è risolto con 10 Euro: era già un buon inizio e lo abbiamo tutti vissuto in positivo.

... i rifornimenti alcolici di Andrea... per la serata in comune...

Finalmente, in tarda mattinata, ci si imbarca e si punta su Portovenere per lo spuntino di pranzo. E poi fuori dal canale per assaporare un po' di divertente mare mosso: l'onda che sbatte sulla scogliera ne produce una di ritorno che a volte è più alta di quella principale, queste onde a volte si sommano, a volte di annullano, a volte esplodono tra di loro e sembra che ogni scoglio voglia partecipare alla festa contribuendo con la propria onda... un guazzabuglio sconclusionato di mare!

... i nostri kayak a terra per la notte...

Per tutti noi, abitanti della Pianura Padana ed assidui frequentatori dei laghi, questo mare è un vero toccasana, un esercizio che non capita spesso di poter fare in condizioni di sicurezza come queste, una manna dal cielo...

... il mare più tranquillo della domenica...

In mezzo a questo caos incontriamo Guido Grugnola con un gruppo di pagaiatori altrettanto desiderosi di divertirsi e fare tesoro di questa situazione.
Questo su e giù tra le onde è un piacere che però stanca e dopo un po' sentiamo il bisogno di una sosta per riprendere fiato, e la spiaggetta di fronte a Portovenere è proprio quello che ci serve.
Il tempo passa e si avvicina l'ora di andare a montare il campo dall'altra parte dell'isola... ovviamente passando dalla parte esterna a prendere ancora un po' di mare.

Gianni sotto al faro della bocca di porto Ovest di La Spezia

La sera trascorre (ovviamente) tra cibi e bevande di ogni genere mescolati a continui discorsi di kayak e derivati, collaterali e subalterni: che splendida serata!
Non ha piovuto per tutto il giorno e neppure la notte e la domenica lo farà, il cielo resta sempre coperto fitto ma almeno il tempo ci fa bastare l'acqua del mare ed i suoi spruzzi frizzanti.

... sculture (r)esistenti... per la gioia di Tatiana

La domenica il mare è un po' scaduto ma decidiamo di giocarci ancora per un po' fino alla solita sosta a Portovenere. Poi arriva l'ora di tornare a casa, ed anche della solita birra/vino di arrivederci e di augurio di incontraci di nuovo per un'altra bella esperienza insieme.
Grazie Andrea, Giacomo, Gianni, Guido e Michele per la compagnia.
Alla prossima.

by Mauro Ferro ( at March 22, 2017 08:45 pm

Essex Explorations
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New Discoveries at Point Wilson

Point Wilson Lighthouse

As I mentioned in my previous post, although this training was only a day, due to the filming I was going to be doing on top of it, I came up early to make sure I’d have a weather window in order to get some b-roll in the can. The hope was to grab some shots […]

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by Steve Weileman at March 22, 2017 06:36 pm
Lightweight canoe and kayak travel

Jerry Vandiver Plays Northstar Canoes Booth at Canoecopia

Americana, folk-singer Jerry Vandiver, always a favorite at Canoecopia, picked up a new sponsorship with Northstar Canoes. That sponsorship lead to a breakout of music at the Northstar booth at this year’s Canoecopia. Vandiver brought Amberly Rosen and Ashleigh Caudill to play in his band and together they cause a big commotion on the expo floor.

Vandiver and crew played several songs including the perennial favorite. Too Many Boats. The crew at Northstar provided a boat for the band to stand in while playing. After song broke out an audience surrounded the booth to watch.

Vandiver is well-known in the paddlesport world for his albums and songs about canoeing and canoeing in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. During Dave and Amy Freeman’s, A Year in the Wilderness expedition, Vandiver joined them and together they wrote a song called This Quiet Place. You can hear the song at the 7:25 second mark in the video below, and you can purchase that song from All proceeds go to helping Save the Boundary Waters from a toxic form of mining that is proposed in its watershed.

Jerry Vandiver’s Albums:

Bear Witness: A Year in the Wilderness

Bear Witness: A Year in the Wilderness from Save The BWCA on Vimeo.

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by Bryan Hansel at March 22, 2017 05:45 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.

The Ikkatsu Project
In the Service of the Ocean

World Water Day

Today is United Nations World Water Day, an opportunity to reflect on the importance of water all over the planet and the threats that it faces from all directions. ““The single nonnegotiable thing life requires is water,” to quote her Deepness. Indeed, without water, it is a sure thing that you would not be reading this right now.

It’s worth noting that on this World Water Day this country’s waterways are under siege like they haven’t been in a long while. Chesapeake Bay, the Great Lakes  – they are among the larger areas seeing huge cuts in cleanup and restoration funding, and here in the corner of the country, Puget Sound stands to lose even more. At a time when wild salmon are in steep decline and the local orca population is starving, when rising acidification is starting to take a toll on shellfish and the simple guts of benthic feeders are packed with plastic fibers and chunks, the latest alt-budget calls for a 93% cut in federal funding for programs here in the Pacific Northwest.

It’s hard to gauge the results at this point. First of all, the 93% figure is a starting point, not a final amount. After debate and horse-trading, eventual cuts will not be as severe and additional funding will inevitably be added later, quietly. The Sound will not go away and all news will not be all bad. But the money is not the whole point, and funding is just the tangible proof of value; it is the changing of those values that is the real story, one that is harder to tell.

They say that a budget is a moral document, that the prioritizing of financial actions shows the world what you really stand for. That certainly seems to be the case. It is hard to know exactly what comes next but it does seem that we will all have plenty to be concerned about.

For now, while you still can, go to the tap and fill a tall glass with clear, cool water. Drink it down slowly and savor each swallow. That, quite literally, is life.

by Ken Campbell at March 22, 2017 12:45 pm

March 21, 2017

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.

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

Smithsonsian Chippewa Woman's Paddle

A photo update regarding a previous post from 2012 showcasing a paddle image and description of a Chippewa woman's canoe paddle.

Bureau of American Ethnology
BULLETIN 86 - Chippewa Customs
Plate 53

The original caption:
The specimen illustrated is a woman's canoe paddle (pl. 53, a) and is 4 feet 10 inches long, with blade 22 inches long and 4 1/4 inches wide. A man's paddle is usually heavier, longer, and of a somewhat different shape...

The Smithsonian has the original b&w photo used for the publication. The archive record mentions the photo is dated to 1914...

Title: Canoe paddle (left) and snow shovel (right)
Provenance: Submitted by Frances Densmore.
Culture: Chippewa, Ojibwa Indians
Local Number: NAA INV 9277300
OPPS NEG 596 D 79

by Murat ( at March 21, 2017 09:03 am

March 20, 2017

Mountain and Sea Scotland
Hillwalking and Sea Kayaking in Scotland

Equipment Review - Helinox "Chair One" camping chair

It was this winter camp which finally convinced us that camping chairs would be a good investment on sea kayaking trips.  A bitterly cold evening sat on just on the ground with the cold penetrating upwards was followed by.....

...a frigid morning several degrees below zero.  Mike, Douglas and I camp regularly both in the mountains and on sea kayak trips; in all seasons and in all kinds of weather. Whilst backpacking I tend to keep things reasonably light, but with the sapce available in a sea kayak there seems no good reason not to pack a chair to make things a bit more comfortable.

Douglas and Mike purchased Helinox chairs shortly after this trip, and having done some research I came to the same choice; I've now used the chair for two years in a variety of situations from summer and winter wild camping, in bothies, at camp sites, for family picnics and as an extra chair when the house was full of folk.

Helinox are a Korean company specialising in lightweight, innovative outdoor equipment.  If you've not heard of them (I hadn't before researching folding chairs....) then you may well be familiar with their best known products, the respected DAC series of tent poles.  The European dealer is Nigor BV based in the Netherlands.

The Chair One is designed as a lightweight but strong folding camp chair capable of supporting up to 145Kg.  The frame is constructed of DAC TH72M shock corded pole sections which are thicker and more robust than the average tent pole.  The frame connects to a pair of moulded attachments and the seat is then attached to the ends of the poles - as shown on the video on the Helinox website. The whole thing folds down and stows in the supplied zipped bag.  Total weight is 960 grams and the pack size is surprisingly small.

It has to be said that the Chair One is in no way a budget product, retailing at around £95 in the UK.  There are other desings and some close approximations of the Helinox design for less money, but none have the quality of the Chair One.  Right from unpacking the chair the quality and design are plain to see, the frame is strong and the design is good - everything fits just as it should and after extended use shows no sign of becoming loose or sagging.

The seat fabric is a robust and quite stiff cordura type material with panels of mesh at the back and lower sides for ventilation; the pockets into which the pole ends fit are very strongly constructed.

After a few months of using the chair I slipped on a wet rock and fell onto it, placing a stress at an angle onto one pole section which it was never designed to take.  Surprisingly, the pole didn't break but was slightly bent.  At the end of the trip I contacted Nigor to see if I could purchase a replacement section, explaining that it wasn't a fault with the chair but my clumsiness which had damaged the pole.  My email was answered within twenty minutes - a pole section would be despatched from Holland that day free of charge and postage.  That level of customer service and the quality of the chair mean that I should be enjoying a seat for many years to come!

If there's a drawback with the Chair One (and most folding camp chairs) it's that the legs tend to dig into soft ground, snow, and or pebble beaches.  Helinox have thought of this and there are two optional extras - a groundsheet which attaches to all the feet, and "ball feet" made of ABS plastic with silicone bases which push over the legs.  We purchased the ball feet and have found that they transform the stability of the chair - they can stay on the legs and the whole thing still fits into the zipped pouch.  The feet add about 250g in weight but are well worth considering.

So, it's a chair....... big deal you might think.....

But it really is!  Comfort at camp sites is just so much better; one's backside and legs are raised off the ground and into a comfortable sitting position.

The angle of the back seems just right to relax and the Chair One is still comfortable after a couple of hours sitting, whether that's enjoying a sunset......

......or sitting around a fire.  The seat height is 34cms without the ball feet, a couple of centimetres higher with the ball feet attached.  This height is just right for me, and is a convenient height to be able to sit and stand comfortably.

The Helinox Chair One may not be the cheapest chair on the market, but it is a premium quality, lightweight and comfortable chair which should see many years of use.  It packs small enough to easily fit in a sea kayak or rucsack.  Mine lives in the car when it's not in my boat and goes on most trips with me - only if I'm lightweight backpacking do I revert to a piece of sit-mat. 

There's a lot to be said for getting one's backside off cold, wet or tick-infested ground and chilly camps are now much more bearable!

Conflict of interest statement:  I purchased my Chair One at retail price (less a club discount) from a national retailer and have no connection with Helinox or the retailer apart from being a satisfied customer.

by Ian Johnston ( at March 20, 2017 08:55 pm

René Seindal
Living, working, kayaking, rowing in Venice, Italy

Berlin 25 years later

Child playing on the Kurfũrstendamm

In July 1990 I bicycled from Copenhagen to Prague, and I passed Berlin on the way. This was done eight months after the fall of the wall, but some month before the reunification, so I spent a week mostly in the DDR.

I entered the city at the northern end of the wall, where workers had removed a small wall segment blocking a road, and I crossed the border while some workers were clearing out 30 years’ growth of trees and shrubs, while others were laying new asphalt on the soon to be reopened road.

As I pedalled through the western part of the city, at some point I noticed that it had changed somehow, and I stopped to figure out where I were.

I was on Unter den Linden, well inside eastern Berlin.

Somewhere I had crossed the border again, but I have no idea where. In just eight months large parts of the hated wall was removed, to a point where I didn’t even notice crossing it.

This month I went back, to attend the ITB Berlin travel fair, but I decided to stay three more days to see a bit more.

While I walked many of the same places, I didn’t recognise one single place.

I have no photos from back then, but Berlin 25 years later could just as well be another city.

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by René Seindal at March 20, 2017 07:23 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.

in KAYAK DA MARE, bivaccando libera-mente

Cicladi Kayak Tour a Erba

storia di un viaggio

Dai Laghi Prealpini,
l’amore per la navigazione e per l’esplorazione in Kayak da Mare conduce al Mare Magnunm.

Da Atene ad Atene, 5 mesi di navigazione nel mare Egeo
per raggiungere le 32 isole dell’Arcipelago delle Cicladi,
tra i più affascinanti al mondo.

Traversata dopo traversata, isola dopo isola, circumnavigate,
bivaccando su spiagge spesso raggiungibili solo dal mare.

 2207 km in kayak
230 km a piedi
Un intenso viaggio vissuto pienamente.

I due protagonisti: Tatiana Cappucci e Mauro Ferro
presentano il video fotografico, commentano e dialogano col pubblico.


Opificio Zappa
Via IV Novembre 2 – Erba
Ingresso Libero

by eko at March 20, 2017 08:33 am

March 19, 2017

The Ikkatsu Project
In the Service of the Ocean


In May of 2015, an oil pipeline ruptured near Refugio Beach, just west of Santa Barbara. I know this beach well. I learned to surf here. It was a place that bridged time for me, from the early days to just two years ago, my last visit. It would not be an exaggeration to say that I grew up on this beach, this one and a few others. This was a home to me as I was going through the wonder years, in a way that is as soulful and intimate as it is impossible to explain.

When I saw that beach soaked in oil, it made me mad. I saw how people who were trying to help were being turned away because they lacked the training to be of use in that environment. I resolved that if it ever happens again, I would not be in that position. I had hoped that others came away feeling the same way.

If the overflow class at yesterday’s HAZWOPER training is any indication, I was not the only one spurred to action.

by Ken Campbell at March 19, 2017 10:05 pm
ute räknas. Ute med kajak räknas minst dubbelt :)

Morgon på Skälderviken

Var ändå ute och snurrade med bilen lite i morse så det var lika bra att ta med lite paddelprylar och ta en runda. Eller morse och morse, kanske var med förmiddag men jag var i kajaken vid 8.30 i alla fall. Svagt dis och svaga vindar. Lite fiskare inne på bryggorna vid i ån...

Inlägget Morgon på Skälderviken dök först upp på

by Erik Sjöstedt at March 19, 2017 08:17 pm

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

Vinterpadletreffet Offersøy 2017

Vinterpadletreff på Offersøy i år igjen. Egentlig rullerer vi litt på hvor det er hen, men nå tok vi en reprise på sted. Det var også reprise på de kule tingene, og så litt nytt i tillegg. Som vi ser - i år fikk vi vintervær. Men ingen storm, faktisk - ikke på fredag en gang.

Jeg startet forberedelsene med å lage lunsj klar. Finnebiffgryte er så enkelt at det er ubegripelig at jeg ikke lager det oftere. Det er jo bare å pælme noe greier i ei gryte, og så blir det godt. Jeg dro allerede torsdag kveld, for å slippe å stå vilt tidlig opp på fredag.

Fredag sto vi opp til dette været. Nå hadde det vært fint å komme seg på havet, men vi skulle bruke dagen på HMSgreier og turplanlegging. Sånt må jo til. 

Kajakken var ellers klar. Litt trasig at takstativet har begynt å hyle igjen. Jeg trodde ikke det hylte når det sto på denne bilen, men det gjør det tydeligvis likevel. Men jeg fikk skrudd det skikkelig ihop sånn at det funker. Og så fikk jeg gode tips fra Alf i løpet av helgen, for hvordan jeg kan få det til å funke enda bedre.

Vinterstemningen var på plass.

Etter hvert var turene klare, treffet åpnet med felles måltid og gode greier. Her er det påmelding på turene som foregår. Virket som det ble tidlig kveld på mange, for det var mye som skulle foregå dagen etter.

Lørdag var det blitt glatt. Omsider hadde jeg klart å legge disse i bilen, de var sannelig kjekke å ha spesielt når kajakker skulle bæres. 

Klare for intro straum i Erikstadstraumen. Har jo vært i straum før, men med planer om å ta folk med hit var det en fin anledning til å få frisket opp straumpadling og blitt kjent med akkurat denne straumen. Sigurd og Dag har styringa.

Ikke hver gang man må "måke" snø ut av cockpit før man setter seg nedi, men vi havnet midt i en eling.

Eneste utfordring da vi kom på havet, var at det var null straum i straumen. Det var jo litt dumt. Vi padlet litt rundt for å komme i varmen og bevegelse, og Sigurd vartet opp med et kult ord som egentlig var beskrivende for når du stopper ved å legge deg på åra. Jeg hadde ikke hørt det før - og tror dere jeg husker hva det var? Niks.

Vinterpadling på vinterpadletreff.

Jeg synes jo det var veldig morsomt med nedsnødd kajakk. 

Vi padlet et stykke lenger bort, for å finne litt småstraum som tok seg opp.

Etter hvert fant vi litt. Her er det Lillian som følger med på Sigurd.

Det var litt rykk tilbake til start for min del. Jeg husket ikke helt hvilken vei det var - rekker jeg å tenke er det jo greit, men det sitter liksom ikke helt uten tid til det.

Jeg prøvde meg litt på sånn som han der Gordon Brown gjør i en av filmene, bruker straumskillet til å snu rundt og rund. Det gikk bare sånn middels. Men jeg skulle nok helst hatt en som var sterkere, da merker jeg bedre hva som skjer. (Men så går det jo mer til helsike når det skjer feil, på en måte.)

Snurr snurr. Hmmm... Nei, jeg får finne meg en straum med litt futt, ligge der og snu og snu til jeg har det inne i margen.

Vel på land igjen var pickuperne klare med minibusser, kajakkhengere - og lapskaus. Noen mente at sånn burde det egentlig være hver gang man er på tur, at noen står klare med varmrett når man kommer på land. Jeg er helt enig, det hadde gjort seg. Litt verre hvordan man skal få det til i praksis...

På lørdag var det to økter på havet, på andre økta var det fototur. Ikke helt ideelt med så mye vind som vi fikk, men vi la turen langs land så ble det i hvert fall ikke så mye bølger. 

Her hadde jeg et perfekt bilde i hodet, men det var for kaldt til å gjennomføre. Til høyre på stranden skulle det sitte noen padlere med kajakkene ved siden av og sånn. Kanskje et bål, til og med. Det hadde blitt flott, med det fjellet i bakgrunnen.

Men det var minst like kaldt som det ser ut for. Tove hadde lua på tre, til og med. (1 - 2 - 3)  Sprek farge på kajakken for øvrig, som gjør seg på bilder.

For å ha det sagt – dette bildet var ikke verdt det. Tatt under vann. Svinkaldt. Ikke gjør det, vent til vår og sommer.

Kjølig ja - men fint på tur! Vi fryser ikke!

Gunn har ikke fått padlet på nokså lenge, så det var en etterlengtet tur. Veldig kjekt å se henne i kajakken igjen, det må jeg si. Håper det blir mange turer på oss i år.

Litt småergelig å ikke få samlet Kjeøya som ligger fire-fem hundre meter her borte. (Ja, jeg har målt...) Men nei, jeg kan ikke helt godkjenne den, det blir for langt unna.

Returen var grei nok selv om det var motvind. Men Gunn skulle hele tiden på land. Først trodde vi at det var kajakken som var så lett at hun fikk avdrift og ble "vippet" den veien hele tiden. Så hun fikk beskjed om å sikte mer til venstre. Men så viste det seg jo at kajakken ikke kunne svinge til venstre, da pekte den bare rett fram. Og vindrossene tok henne mot høyre. Så jeg måtte hekte på slep for at hun skulle holde retningen, rett og slett. (Jeg ble lei av å dytte på baugen, he he.) Det viste seg at wiren rett og slett hadde røket, visstnok. Så det var ikke det minste rart.

Etter turen så vi gjennom bildene og ga tilbakemeldinger. Det var evaluering etter fotokurset, som jeg da ikke hadde vært med på. Men det var interessant likevel. Deretter var det Jann sin tur til å fortelle om boka si. Det er jo ikke så lenge siden han gjorde her, men det var likevel flere nye ting å få med seg. En herlig middag og sosialt utover – men jeg vant ikke på lodd. Kjedelig.

Søndag droppet jeg padling, til fordel for matkurs. Folk hadde skrytt voldsomt av det både i fjor og i år (ny meny), så da jeg oppdaget at jeg var påmeldt så var det bare å bli med. Og det var virkelig bra. Grillet asparges? Gode greier!

Pinnebrød med kanel og sukker, blir karamellisert utenpå. Særdeles godt til desserten!

Foliepakker skjuler jo alltid gode ting.

Med kyllingfilet og en dæsj rømme blir det enda bedre.

Dessert - fruktsuppe laget fra grunnen av (det ante meg at det kunne gå an, nå vet jeg hvordan), og pinnebrød med sukker og kanel.

En flott avslutning på ei flott helg.

Ingunn som holdt matkurset har sin egen nettside Fritid i kajakk, som du finner HER. Der ligger også oppskriftene, for deg som synes dette så godt ut.

Stein-Evert deltok på litt andre ting enn meg på treffet. Han har også blogget sin opplevelse, den finner du HER.

by Miamaria Padlemia ( at March 19, 2017 10:59 am

March 18, 2017

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.

Tur til Karrebæksminde

Det blæste fra vest, så Jes og jeg roede langs kysten for at få lidt læ på dagens rotur til Karrebæksminde.
Taktikken lykkedes. Da vi kom tæt på Dyves Bro skinnede solen, vi fik læ af Borgnakkeskoven, og det gik fint derudaf.
Et par svaner havde også fundet læ ...
og da vi passerede Karrebæk, kunne vi se en stor flok blishøns der lå inde ved sivene. Solen havde gemt sig bag en skyfront, og vi kunne tydelig mærke at temperaturen faldt.
Jes havde spenderbukserne på og gav en kop kaffe og en vikingebolle med ost ved bageren. Tak for det. Mens vi sad i brændeovnens varme kom der en byge forbi.
Den mærkede vi dog ikke noget til da det gik hjemad med strøm og vind i ryggen. Det kan ikke ses på billedet, men fra engen til venstre lettede en kæmpe flok viber og passerede os i fineste sort/hvid sol formationer.
Solen kom tilbage, da vi nærmede os Næstved, så vi fik rigtig foråret at mærke
Det blev til 18 km

by Pouls kajakblog ( at March 18, 2017 10:56 pm

March 17, 2017

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

Høsting fra naturen, inspirasjonsliste

De siste årene har det vært litt sløvt når det kommer til å høste fra naturen. Vips, så er sesongen for både det ene og det andre over, og har jeg ikke kommet på hva jeg kan lage av noe før det var for sent så er det jo ett år til neste gang.

Dette er en liten huske- og inspirasjonsliste til meg selv, hva jeg kan passe på å høste i år. Noe velprøvd, og noe nytt. Gode tips mottas selvfølgelig gjerne, her er allverdens plass til å utvide lista. :) Hva det blir til slutt kommer an på hvor jeg drar og hva jeg finner. Det som står på lista er ting som jeg anser gjennomførbart - ikke alt godt er realistisk - og ikke alt som kan lages er godt. :)

• Bjørk
Blader tørket eller ferske til te, bjørkesaft

• Seiersløk
Pesto, syltede frøhus, smøreost, kryddersmør

• Geitrams
Ferske skudd som asparges eller i pai, tørket blomster til te/saft/ge, blader til te

• Granskudd
Granskuddvinaigrette, syltede skudd, olje, pesto

• Fjære-/tangmelde

• Strandportulakk/østersurt
Puré, salat

• Sjøgress

• Tang/tare
Tamgsmør, suppe, salt

• Blåbær
Te (bær og blader)

• Nyperoser

• Multer
Marinerte m/brunsukkerrømme, likør

• Krekling

• Sopp
Tørket, frosset, kantarellsalt, kantarellsuppe,

• Tegerbær

• Kirsebær
Syltetøy, likør

• Nyper
Tørket til te

• Rogn
Blader tørket til te

• Einebær
Krydder, treak

• Rødkløver
Tørket til te

• Bergmynte

by Miamaria Padlemia ( at March 17, 2017 10:08 pm
Greenland or Bust - Helen Wilson

Rolling a Qajaq Versus a Kayak

Question: I have been pretty successful in learning rolls in my 17-foot touring kayak. I have eight rolls, and while I need to work on flexibility, I am pleased with my progress. I now have a norsaq roll! I built a 17-foot skin-on-frame, which keeps my legs much straighter than in the touring boat. I do have some lateral hip space. I am struggling to even do a Standard Greenland Roll. I feel like I have lost my hip snap in my skin-on-frame. Do you have any suggestions? P.S. Your video progression from the Butterfly to Norsaq to Hand Roll is what got me to the norsaq roll!

Answer: Rolling a skin-on-frame qajaq can feel very different than rolling a touring kayak. With a touring kayak your contact points are on your inner thighs. In being so, the leg motion that rotates the kayak is an inward one, meaning that the thigh lifts up and in, controlled by the hip. It can help to think of this movement as pressure, instead of a “snap.” With a skin-on-frame qajaq, the contact point is on the upper thighs, and the leg motion is more of an upward lift than an inward one. Once again, thinking of this as pressure (instead of a snap) often helps in understanding what needs to occur. It’s also worth checking the outfitting in your skin-on-frame qajaq. Lateral space is good, because it gives your hips the room to move for both paddling and rolling. Since the pressure point in this type of kayak is on the top of your thighs (at the masik), you shouldn’t have too much space between your thighs and the masik. That said, make sure that you can exit the kayak safely in case of a capsize. – Helen

by helen at March 17, 2017 05:31 pm

vincent kayak

mangrove meanderings

catching waves can be hellish fun....
but sometimes chilled sessions
in mangroves on a higher tide
can soothe the kayaking soul
(vid link below)

by vincent ( at March 17, 2017 05:00 pm

Mountain and Sea Scotland
Hillwalking and Sea Kayaking in Scotland

Meall Alvie

Back home after a long spell working away, I scanned the forecast to see if the weather might be suitable for either sea kayaking or hillwalking. A run of very strong winds didn't offer much encouragement for either the sea or the high hills, so I looked for something with a bit of shelter to get back out and about.

Mid March is very much late Winter rather than early Spring in the Highlands, despite the very mild Winter.  The day was pleasant on low ground but with a forecast of severe gales setting in rapidly higher up the hill during the morning.

East of Breamar, the River Dee takes a couple of turns as it squeezes between low but rugged hills on its way from the mountains to the lower ground.  One of these, Meall Alvie, hems in the northern bank of the river and forces both road and river close around its foot.  The summit is only 560m/1837ft which is very low compared to the surrounding mountains and is wooded right to the summit with Scots Pines.

There's a estate car park at the Keiloch with a £2.50 charge.  The charge is per visit rather than per hour or per day, which is sensible given that this is the departure point for many long routes.  The toilet in the car park is decorated with front covers from Scotlands iconic hill "fanzine" - The Angry Corrie; sadly missed by this hillwalker.....

An information board shows the waymarked routes on this part of Invercauld estate, and nearby a Scottish Rights of Way signpost indicates the way to Inver via Glen Felagie and the start of the route.

After about a kilometre the track passes Felagie Cottage, a locked bothy used by Cults Girl Guides from Aberdeen - it's in a fine location sheltered by woods on one side with a view to Craig Leek on the other.  This is the point where I left the track..... look for a drystone dyke indicated on the 1:25K Ordnance Survey map (but not on the 1:50K) which runs right up to the summit and over Meall Alvie.  From here on there's no path through the deep heather, it's steep and surprisingly hard going.  I was lucky to be doing the walk in dry conditions but was still glad I'd put on gaiters; you'd definitely want them in wet weather!

Higher up the heather gives way to blaeberry underfoot which gives easier walking.  The wood seems to be semi-natural, perhaps a plantation which has been thinned and allowed to naturalise.  There's plety of dead standing trees and some fallen so the wood is a rich habitat.  It should have been rich in birdsong at this time of year but the predominant sounds were a marine roar and the creaking of trunks and branche as the wind thrashed the trees above. 

The trees grow smaller as the summit is reached, stunted by exposure to the wind.  A wooded hill summit is not the norm in Scotland, but with a bit of searching some good views can be had - this is looking north-west to the massive plateaux of Ben Avon and Beinn a'Bhuird......

...and a bit of searching for a clearing in the trees gives a good view of Lochnagar to the south. 

The wind was now at full gale and the air had the faint haze often seen in strong wind, particularly noticeable in this view ENE along the River Dee and the A93 road towards Balmoral Castle in the distance. 

The 560m summit of Meall Alvie is hidden among the trees, so it had a bit of shelter.  An hour is sufficient time to reach the top of this small "Marilyn", and most folk seem to turn around and return by the route of ascent.  Wherever possible I prefer to find a different descent route to make a bit of a circuit, and this is possible on Meall Alvie. 

The stone dyke can be followed across the summit area to the south-east, where it runs downhill.  The way down is even steeper and rougher than the ascent route, for a small hill this one takes a bit of getting at!

The wall continues to the top of some crags, but just above these it crosses the end of a grassy forest track which winds pleasantly down through the woods.  Walking quietly here pays dividends, there seem to be plenty of Roe Deer in the wood and I got several good views as they browsed near the track.  Lower down the grassy track joins a new and broad forest road which perhaps indicates that the trees on this side of the hill will be harvested.

This route is about 6km with 240m of ascent - it took around two hours to complete. The whole route is on OS 1:25K sheet 404 (Braemar, Tomintoul and Glen Avon) and is easier to follow at the 1:25K scale as the wall is clearly indicated.

As a bonus, the excellent food and coffee at the Bothy in Braemar is just a few minutes drive away :o)

A good hill for a windy day!

by Ian Johnston ( at March 17, 2017 11:42 am

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

Trip Around the World Quilt Challenge Exhibit, Brooklyn Public Library Gerritsen Beach Branch

Well, March madness of the work-not-basketball variety strikes again, as it does every year, but here's Part 2 of my Gerritsen Beach posts, showing the quilts and the library. This was an exhibit of small quilts made by members of the Brooklyn Quilters Guild for an annual "Challenge" in which a theme is given, which participants are allowed to interpret entirely as they choose. The only requirements are that the quilt must be 20"x20" and have a pocket sewn to the back for a dowel to go through for display.

The 2016 theme was "Trip Around the World", with Barb Christ's "Flying by Night", shown above, selected for the publicity shot that was on social media, like the Facebook notice that caught the eye of Shari, our instigator du jour.   Ms. Christ's piece was an homage to migratory birds and efforts to increase awareness of the problems that bright lights cause these travellers.  Absolutely stunning, I wanted to go the minute I saw this, and it ended up being a very fun and interesting way to spend an icy afternoon! The Guild had a reception that day, with light refreshments, and some of the quilters there to talk about their works. It was not the formal event I was somehow expecting, I was somehow thinking there would be a gallery room and a lectern, but the quilts were hung up above the bookshelves in the main room, and the talks were done standing in a group and chatting as we walked around and looked.

It was really neat seeing the different ways people approached the challenge. Ms. Christ's hand-dyed triangular pieces turn out to be a quilt pattern callled "Flying Geese", so any quilter would look at it and recognize the avian motif; I don't know anything about quilting but even without that inside knowledge, I was still struck by sense of movement. I also learned about "paper piecing", which was the technique she used, cutting templates out of paper and basting your fabric to those, which then guide your stitches very precisely.

It turns out that "Trip Around the World" is also a quilt pattern, and that led to some interesting variations. The pattern is one of squares sewn together with colors carefully arranged to form a strong diamond shape. Some of the quilters riffed on that; Margaret Marcy Emerson's "Across the Universe" moved the pattern eye-catchingly off-center. She was inspired by photos from the Hubble Space Telescope, and this is her own "venture into the galaxy". Beautiful! 

Eileen Anderson's "So Be!" also used the pattern, but with pastel colors, flamingos, and a border of travel charms, all in honor of one of her favorite destinations, South Beach in Miami Beach, Florida.  

A couple of the quilters honored our borough of Brooklyn, which can offer the sense of going around the world without leaving home (like when I go for one of my long walks, starting out hearing Caribbean accents in my neighborhood of Flatbush and finishing on the boardwalk in Brighton Beach, aka, "Little Odessa", I love that!). Lynn S. Hill's "Brooklyn Is the World" used the Trip Around the World pattern again, with squares representing the different cultures of the borough, and a background of fabric with a nautical chart pattern, which I thought was very clever.

Brooklyn appears again in this picture of three other favorites of mine. The one thing we didn't love about the exhibit was the height at which the quilts were hung, way up above the shelves - there were such amazing details in some of these little quilts that it would've been nice to be able to see them from less of a distance. The reason was very sensible, though - this is a public display and people might be tempted to touch, or worse, take. I could see the temptation - I was absolutely in love with these three. The one on the right uses a similar approach to the one above, only with the pattern used for the background; this is Christine Janove's "Without Leaving Brooklyn", I wish I'd gotten a better picture, I think the Brooklyn fabric is a culinary print because she refers to all the different delicious cuisines you can try here. She used nautical chart and map prints for the pieced background, and in a nice finishing touch that you may be able to see if you click on the picture (ok, and if you have a good monitor, my work monitor isn't great and I can hardly see the detail at all), she quilted a globe with latitude and longitude lines over that background. Really nice.  

Closer view of the other 2 in that set. The one on the right, Doris T. Douglas's "A Trip Around Various Habitats", is the challenge name pattern again, done with metallic thread and such beautiful fabric (actually looks a little bit like a sparkly throw pillow I have that I like very much). And then on the left is the first quilt I'm showing you where the quilter went off in an entirely different direction, sewing a stunning image of water rolling up on sand. I absolutely loved how Michele Cucker used lace for the foam for her "Shore Lines". Now I am not a stealing type person but boy, I looked at this one and thought "Yeah, smart to have them out of reach". So so so so pretty. 

Kathy Clarke's "Trip Around the World" - instead of the Trip Around the World pattern, she chose to use another traditional motif, a "star block", in a really fun way! From the flyer: "My trip around the world includes the whole universe, with the stars rotating around a rocket ship in orbit". So cute! 

Mary Rumsey Hawley's "Travel Memories" - turns out you can scan your vintage postcards, flip the images, and print them on iron-on transfer paper. I think she said there's an app for that!  

The last of the challenge quilts I'm going to share is Madi Appell's "Wherever I Roam, There's No Place Like Home". She's travelled all over the world but she says her favorite part is seeing the Manhattan skyline again and knowing she's home safe. And the way she sees the skyline is just glorious. 

There were more, but that's enough for one post! If you're interested in seeing the exhibit, it runs through April 3rd. Full details at the Guild website. 

The guild members also showed us a few other quilts that they'd made for the library. Some of the guild members meet there on Friday afternoons to work on their quilts together, it's a beautiful and welcoming library and they made these to say "Thank you".

NYC Alphabet Quilt. Nice!

There was a set of children's book themed quilts hanging outside of the storytelling room (which looked out on a little canal full of boats). Here are a couple:

One of the guild members had her notebook out, and I found her hand-drawn notes on graph paper to be interesting and even beautiful in their own right. 

Grown-ups aren't the only ones crafting at the library - there was a whole display of some wonderful things kids had made at the library - magnificent hats...

Googly-eyed kitchen spoon puppets...


Love that this was sponsored by the Ezra Jack Keats Foundation - I just learned about the life of this remarkable children's book author and illustrator this winter when I read "A Poem For Peter", a wonderful picture book/poem/biography by Andrea Davis Pinkney, who is actually a co-worker of mine at Scholastic and just such an amazing person. I actually got to go to her book launch this winter, and of course I got a copy - I do that when I go to book launches - and I loved it. Nice NPR story about it here. Anyways, with that on my bookshelf and fresh in my memory it was just really nice to see that his namesake foundation had helped pay for the gleeful art I was enjoying so much.

The library building itself is beautiful! Shari remembered going to a little library in a storefront when she was growing up in this neighborhood - they've come a long way! 

And I was so impressed and inspired by the whole thing that I got my first library card since I got out of school! And what better book to check out for my first Brooklyn Public Library book than...

And then I went to Sheepshead Bay and had crab legs for dinner. What more could a person ask of a freezing cold and blowy afternoon?

by (bonnie) at March 17, 2017 04:28 am

March 16, 2017

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.

Training to Identify Invasive and Devastating Green Crab

European Green Crab

Last summer I had come across an article which detailed the sightings of the invasive European Green Crab. (Do You Know Where Your Green Crabs Are Sleeping?) I contacted the team of crab hunters anxious to sign up for one of their training programs only to learn that  I’d have to wait until the winter […]

The post Training to Identify Invasive and Devastating Green Crab appeared first on Essex Media & Explorations.

by Steve Weileman at March 16, 2017 03:36 pm

Qajaq Rolls
Dedicated to the Art of Greenland Style Kayak Rolling

Why I use a Greenland Paddle

An appreciation of the subtle joys of the traditional paddle

Like religion, people newly converted to traditional paddling can be a little over zealous. Proclamations of the Greenland paddle’s superiority over other styles are rampant on the internet, and are generally fraught with bias and subjective conjecture. My own preference is built upon an obsession. I have been obsessed with Greenland Paddles since the very first time I saw a Greenland roll performed (which was performed by the president of the local paddle club at the time, Jeff Forseth, in the middle of Cedar Lake, an urban lake in the Twin Cities).

There is a simple elegance to Greenland Rolling and traditional paddling in general that builds upon the characteristics of the Greenland paddle, its symmetry, its simplicity, its buoyancy. There is also a deep sense of connection that one can derive from paddling with a tool that you have made yourself. Simply fashioned from a two by four with basic tools like saws, planes, or my favorite, the spoke shave. A Greenland paddle is within the reach of anyone and everyone.

I have a collection of roughly fifty Greenland paddles, each with its own unique properties and characteristics. Slight changes in a Greenland paddle’s shape, length and width can profoundly affect the paddle’s performance in specific conditions, or its effectiveness to perform specific tasks. My favorite Greenland paddle for surfing is not the same as the one I like to use on long trips which is not the same as the one I use when practicing rolling, which is not the same as the one I use in a sprint race. It is not unusual to see me paddling with three Greenland paddles on board, not because I am indecisive but because I like to use the right tool for the job.

The simplistic appearance of the Greenland paddle belies the complex nuances that this elegant tool possesses.

Just as there is a dichotomy in the simplicity and complexity of the paddle shape, the paddling strokes used to propel and turn the kayak are also nuanced in history and purpose. Whether learning to paddle silently to hunt sea mammals (or Styrofoam targets) or swiftly to retrieve fallen prey (or chase down your fellow paddlers) the ancient strokes of the Inuit paddlers of Greenland provide a stroke for every scenario. Yet due to the friendly non-threatening simplicity of the paddle, anyone can pick one up, and propel a kayak forward, with ease and control.

Rather than forming a dogmatic opinion of any paddle type or style, my recommendation is to experiment, try them all, and see what fits you, your body, your kayak and your situation, maybe the Greenland paddle will capture your heart too.

With thanks to Cindy Petersen, Pete Kuhn and Nancy Saulsbury, text first published in the Canoepcopia 2017 Show Guide.
Images courtesy Ackerman + Gruber.

by Christopher Crowhurst at March 16, 2017 03:19 pm

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

Canadian Carry Portage Pad

An article from Field and Stream,  March 1993 currently available on Google Books shows a custom pad made for cushioning the shoulders when using the "Canadian Carry" method of lashing paddles for a portage yoke. It looks like one of those airline pillows some folks use to support their necks while sleeping upright.

I've got plenty of scrap canvas leftover from the summer tarp project. Should be pretty simple to stitch something like this together and give it whirl...

by Murat ( at March 16, 2017 02:57 pm

March 15, 2017

Fotos,videos y relatos de mi navegaciones en kayak de mar


Este domingo he estado remando por un lugar alucinante en Alicante (valga la rima): la serra gelada, un parque natural con unos acantilados altísimos. Situado entre Altea y Benidorm es un lugar para descubrir en kayak . leer mas

March 15, 2017 03:56 pm


Conferencia en Lekeitio sobre la expedición de Palma a Roma en kayak 2016

Organizado por el club de piragüismo Dzanga  a final de mes echaremos un buen rato hablando de La Travesía de los Locos, en Lekeitio.

by Jose Bello ( at March 15, 2017 03:53 pm

March 14, 2017

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!)

Happy Pi Day!

Celebrating at work with a nice little desk pie. Three berry from the Little Pie Company of the Big Apple. Yummy!

And I think a good reward for actually slogging in to work through some very mucky weather. The Weather Channel was getting all dramatic about it yesterday with headlines like "WINTER STORM STELLA IS THE BOMB-AGGEDON" (OK, I'm exaggerating, but not by much, they were milking that "bombagenesis" word yesterday), but I generally get my weather reports from NOAA's and looking there I wasn't seeing anything that made me think it would actually not be safe to come to work this morning, looked like we were going to get some yuck but not really take the brunt of the storm. The subway line I usually take was closed, so I did have to get to one a little farther away; I was able to take a bus partway there, which was nice because the precipitation at that point was basically nasty little windblown wet ice pellets. As a friend said on Facebook, ski goggle weather - only I don't have any of those these days. Made it in fine, though. Not a pretty day but sure could've been worse. Hope this is winter's last fling! 

by (bonnie) at March 14, 2017 07:31 pm


Empezamos el programa de cursos de KDM en la Bahía de Cádiz

Inicialmente programamos una fecha por mes, hasta Junio. El número de actividades se irán aumentando en base al número de alumnos/as e intereses de los mismos. 

Picando en el titulo se accede a la información de la actividad

18-19 de Marzo
  • Técnica y maniobras
  • Seguridad
  • Navegación y Travesía

21-22 de Abril
  • Técnica y maniobras
  • Seguridad
  • Navegación y Travesía
20-21 Mayo
  • Rescate esquimal
  • Rescate en T
  • Reembarque autónomo
  • Uso del flotador de pala
  • Esquimotaje

10-11 Junio
  • Rescate esquimal
  • Rescate en T
  • Reembarque autónomo
  • Uso del flotador de pala
  • Esquimotaje 

TRAVESÍA DE  TECNIFICACIÓN (Acantilados de La Breña)
24 Junio

Grupos reducidos.   


by Jose Bello ( at March 14, 2017 04:29 pm

Freya Hoffmeister
Goddess of Love to the Seas

Future postings

In future, my updates from my new trip will still be posted via satellite phone on my blog and forwarded automatically to my facebook page and site. But all discussions and comment are gathered on my facebook page. I have even turned off the comment function on my blog entries. Communication styles have changed these days.. Many short notices and requests, I’ll not be posting on my blog, but only on my facebooks.
On my trip, I will not be able to post pictures via satellite phone, this is still way too expensive in $$ and (battery) time. When I am on wifi and able to upload my pictures of the last days, they will be stored permanently, with subtitles, geotags and the best resolution I have on my google photos album, with a note and link on facebook. I will not insert them any more separately into my old posts neither on my blog nor on my facebook entries of the last batch of days since wifi access like I usually did – just too much work, sorry…
Besides that, my “posting chain” will be like on my South American trip – daily e-mail posts, sent to my e-mail list and to my blog via satellite phone through @x-gate from @Globalmarine Networks, or simply via cell phone hotspot. It will automatically update both of my facebooks, my trip table and my trip map with the night locations.
The tracks and pictures will have to follow once on wifi.
In some areas, I may add a delay to my posts for safety reasons not to be looked up as a geo cache at night 🙂
Happy reading!

by Freya at March 14, 2017 02:25 pm

March 13, 2017


Due giorni sul Lago Maggiore

E rieccoci ancora sul Lago Maggiore per un fine settimana un po' variegato.
Tatiana ha tenuto un corso un po' particolare, focalizzato sulle necessità degli allievi, un qualche cosa di trasversale ai programmi ufficiali, quasi un corso di ripasso-ampliamento-perfezionamento.
Prima o poi troveremo un nome per cose di questo genere...

Il Voyager di Tatiana dondola placido sull'acqua calma del lago
Il trio alla partenza per le isole
Il sempre suggestivo eremo di Santa Caterina del sasso

Io al sabato le ho fatto da assistente. La domenica, invece, con Giacomo, che non era mai stato sul Lago Maggiore, e Gianni, abbiamo pagaiato il giro turistico delle Isole Borromee.
Verrebbe da dire il solito giro ma, complici il cielo sempre diverso e la diversa luce che emanava, il tiepido solo quasi primaverile e i giochi dei riflessi tra le montagne ancora innevate ed il lago, ogni volta sembra che sia la prima...
Ovviamente entrambe le giornate sono finite davanti ad una buona birra!

by Mauro Ferro ( at March 13, 2017 08:52 pm

The Ikkatsu Project
In the Service of the Ocean

The Beach in March

Last weekend I participated in a beach cleanup with the South Sound chapter of Surfrider, something I try to do every month. It’s a good chance to do a spot survey for types and quantities of debris, and then help get that beached flotsam out of the ecosystem and into a landfill. (The latest survey is up on the Data page.)

Foamed plastic is a big player in the beach contamination business around here. As docks and marinas break apart, the polystyrene floats are released on the current and as each of the large pieces are reliably broken into smaller and smaller fragments by the wind and waves, they eventually come to rest on a beach somewhere. Essentially, they become part of the beach. Too tiny to pick up, yet in numbers impossible to ignore.

Just above the high tide mark at Yowkwala Beach, billions of these plastic foam pellets cover the ground where old dock sections were once stored. Because there is no practical way to clean up the remains, what will happen seems inevitable. The rain is falling and water always finds its way to the sea. These little pieces of puffed plastic will be carried by that flow at some point, maybe washing back into shore here, maybe carried half a world away. It’s impossible to say.

The one thing we know for sure is that it will never really disappear. Forget diamonds… plastic is forever.

by Ken Campbell at March 13, 2017 01:43 pm

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


Jens og jeg havde aftalt at ro en tur. Vi havde lokket Jan med og aftalt at mødes på fjorden. Vejret var fint, og med en let rygvind kom vi fint af sted fra klubben.

Ude på fjorden så vi en del fugle der fløj lavt ved Gavnø. I sig selv ikke noget særligt, men da vi kom lidt nærmere kunne vi se at det der havde fået dem i luften var ørne der sad på stranden. Vinden var som sagt i ryggen, så vi indstillede roning og lod os drive forbi. Det viste sig at der sad i alt otte havørne - jeg har aldrig set så mange på en gang før. De lettede lidt på skift - sikkert irriterede over småfuglene der fløj rundt og dykkede ned i dem. Kameraret havde jeg selvfølgelig glemt, og de var alt for langt væk til at det kunne nytte at tage et billede med telefonen. Men billedet inde i mit hoved vil blive hængende længe.

Kort efter stødte Jan til. Han havde også set ørnene. Vi snakkede lidt om hvor de kom fra - han mente at det var svenske ørne der af en kold nordøstenvind var rykket lidt sydpå

Turen gik videre rundt om Gavnø. På sydvestsiden var der fuldstændig læ, og naturen viste sig fra sin smukkeste side, da solen fik kæmpet sig igennem skyerne. Vi brugte solskinnet til at gå i land og holde en lille pause ved Karlsgab.

Selv om solen skinnede var det koldt at sidde stille på land, så vi var hurtigt tilbage i kajakkerne og roede det sidste stykke tilbage til klubben.

16 km med en sor oplevelse

by Pouls kajakblog ( at March 13, 2017 08:23 am

March 12, 2017

Torso Rotation
An Oregon Coast Blog and Kayaking Journal

The Passion of Heaven

If heaven too had passions, even heaven would grow old Li Ho, 791-817

by Paul Steinberg at March 12, 2017 08:54 am


Otra vuelta a Las Gadeiras

Hoy había un parte de tiempo primaveral, con ligeras brisas y mar en calma. Por otro lado, una marea con un coeficiente alto, que garantizaba buenas corrientes, así que me fuí a dar otra vuelta a Las Gadeiras. El año pasado hice una entrada sobre esta travesía, típica de la zona, en la que hay detalles y explicaciones, por lo que no voy a repetir los datos. Puedes verla picando AQUI .

Lo más interesante de la ruta es su variedad, pues a lo largo de las 27 millas que tiene, pasamos por mar, ria, caños y bahía. Ademas de pasar cerca de varios de los núcleos urbanos costeros de la zona. 

Día para salir con lycra. He paleado solo, a mi ritmo. En la ida a Sancti Petri, levante flojo de cara, y a la vuelta por la Bahía hasta Cádiz poniente flojo, de cara también claro. No he tenido ni una olita a favor en todo el día... que se le va a hacer. 

Esta travesía requiere una buena planificación de tiempos, pues por su duración y las zonas donde pasamos, la corriente de marea es fundamental. Si lo hacemos bien, nos ayudará mucho, si lo hacemos mal tenemos un problema, porque seguramente no podamos cumplir el horario más pesimista, y hay papeletas de que se nos haga de noche antes de llegar a nuestro destino.

Pronto dejamos la ciudad atrás.

Hoy en la primera parte del recorrido (Cádiz-SanctiPetri) he ido rápido, por lo que me he adelantado un poco a mi horario. Eso me ha impedido aprovechar la corriente al máximo.

El paso de la Punta del Boquerón siempre interesante con sus olitas. Ahí detras está el castillo, pero la ola lo oculta.

Desde esta perspectiva se ve mejor, el lugar es un paraiso.

La entrada en el caño de Sancti Petri hay que pillarla con la marea en ascenso, pasando el puerto de Gallineras (San Fernando) casi en pleamar. De esta manera la marea nos impulsará todo el recorrido interior por los caños.


Ya dentro, llegando en hora, podemos pasar San Fernando por el caño Chico, aquí el puente de Lavaera.

Justo antes de salir a la bahía por el caño de La Carraca, paradita para estirar las piernas, comer algo y cambiarle el agua al canario.

Desde el fondo de la bahía, hasta Cádiz, brisa en la cara y paleo fácil pues vamos con la vaciante. En poco tiempo estoy de vuelta a casa, llegando por el lado contrario al que sali.

Tiempo total algo menos de 7 horas, contando la parada. Mañana más...

by Jose Bello ( at March 12, 2017 12:37 am

The Ikkatsu Project
In the Service of the Ocean

Blue Vision Video

I wrote a short post the other day about the Blue Vision Summit that’s coming up this May. They were asking for video contributions too, so I made this…


by Ken Campbell at March 12, 2017 12:17 am

March 11, 2017

Northern California kayaking adventures

Use tie-downs on every kayak trip -- or risk disaster

At the scene -- and time definitely did not stand still  You know you’re in for a hair-raising kayak story when it begins... "Miraculously, no one was killed or injured."  This is one of those...

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by Glenn Brank ( at March 11, 2017 11:22 pm
ute räknas. Ute med kajak räknas minst dubbelt :)

Hallands väderö i go marssol

Idag blev det en superfin tur ut till Hallands väderö. Väderprognoserna såg verkligen strålande ut. Ställde frågan efter paddelsugna på facebook igår och Christian nappade. Flera verkade sugna men hade massa dåliga ursäkter 😉 Solen sken som tusan i Torekov när vi lastade i kajakerna vid 11-snåret. Två kajakbilar på parkeringen så vi misstänkte att Anders...

Inlägget Hallands väderö i go marssol dök först upp på

by Erik Sjöstedt at March 11, 2017 08:55 pm

March 10, 2017

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

"N.S. Graves" Antique Birdseye Paddle

On March 25, 2017,  John McInnis Auctioneers will be hosted their 3-Day Spring Estates Auction. Lot 0604 is a 63 inch Birdseye Maple paddle which looks to be in very good condition. Unfortunately there is no date attributed to the paddle, but it does feature a unique carved grip. Indented into the wood at the base is the name "N.S. Graves."

Birdseye maple 
Length 63 inches

Carved handle

by Murat ( at March 10, 2017 07:50 am

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

Gerritsen Beach, Brooklyn

The view from the Gerritsen Beach branch of the Brooklyn Library

With so much development going on all over Brooklyn, it's nice to every now and then find myself in a section that's kept some older-Brooklyn character. Gerritsen Beach filled that bill nicely last weekend.

I'd been hoping to get out for a paddle, but looking at the forecast around mid-week, it was pretty clear that that wasn't happening, way too cold and windy, so when my Sebago friend Shari mentioned that there was a quilt exhibit at the Gerritsen Beach branch of the Brooklyn Library, I said "Sure!"

She actually grew up in this area, so after the exhibit (which was pretty cool, I'll show some pictures from that in my next post), she took us for a tour of the neighborhood, which started out in the 1920's as a summer bungalow colony and still retains some of that feel, although these days most of the bungalows have been winterized and expanded and now serve as year-round houses. An arm of Gerritsen Creek run through the neighborhood, the library is beautiful and there's the nicest view out of the back windows of a canal that runs down to the creek, with boats and docks. The neighborhood did get hammered during Sandy, of course -- in fact one of the women at the quilting exhibit was saying she still hadn't gotten back into her house yet. I'm not sure I would have the stamina to still be trying, but this seems like a place where people's roots are pretty deep.

It was great getting the tour from Shari, and among other things she brought us to the Tamaqua Bar & Marina, which was just about as salty a bar as you'd ever care to see (great stuff on the walls!), and which we're thinking might be a fun destination for a paddle in the summer. Unfortunately, they don't have food any more - they do have a full kitchen there and when we saw that, we were thinking lunch paddle, but when we asked the bartender she said they'd never been able to make a go of the food. However, she said we'd be welcome to pack lunch or order out and have it there. Could be fun!

Fun bit of trivia from the Wikipedia page for the neighborhood: the neighborhood was and still is popular among Brooklynites of Irish descent, and "A few long-standing residents...
refer to the community as being cois farraige, which is an Irish language phrase meaning 'by the sea'". I thought that was pretty interesting.

We tried to finish up with a visit to the Salt Marsh Nature Center, on the other arm of Gerritsen Creek, but that turns out to be open by appointment only in the wintertime. Another time, then. We finished off our afternoon with a delicious early dinner at Randazzo's, in neighboring Sheepshead Bay. It was a fine way to spend a cold and blustery day.

Click on any photo for a better view! 

by (bonnie) at March 10, 2017 05:32 am

March 08, 2017

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!)

Honoring International Women's Day with red from my grandmothers

Grandma J. (my maternal grandmother) and Mrs. Ernst (my Uncle Bob's mother) in Egypt

So March is not a month in which I can really take a day off from work, too many deadlines, but I packed breakfast, lunch, and snacks so I won't need to spend any money during the work day. I am having dinner out with friends tonight but I found a place that's owned by a woman for us to dine at (looks like a good place, too!) - and I'm wearing a little red in honor of International Women's Day. 

There's a nice extra thing about my red today - it's from both of my grandmothers, and I like that. Red is not my color, I prefer the cooler end of the spectrum, so I really don't have any red business attire, but I have a scarf from my Grandma J. (white with a bright red border and a drawing of Giussepe Garibaldi in the middle, she must have picked it up in her travels - that's her on the camel next to the horse, she was traveling with my Uncle Bob's mom so my Ernst relations should especially enjoy this!), and then my "granddaughter necklace" with the rubies from my Grandma A's chandelier of a cocktail ring. So it's a tribute not just to women in general, but to my two Grandmas, wonderful women who I love and miss very much.

by (bonnie) at March 08, 2017 04:02 pm


Cerco "allievi sperimentali" per il corso di Coastal Navigation and Tidal Planning...

L'anno scorso ho seguito un corso a Plymouth per diventare insegnante di "Coastal Navigation and Tidal Plannig" secondo la didattica della British Canoeing.
Per completare il tirocinio devo ora organizzare una serie di corsi di navigazione costiera: ho prima proposto il corso a degli amici pazienti, ora cerco degli "allievi sperimentali" che siano interessati a seguire le mie lezioni di Coastal Navigation and Tidal Planning.
Il corso di CNTP è uno dei pre-requisiti richiesti per accedere al training 4* Sea Kayak Leader ma è ideale anche per i kayaker che vogliono comprendere più a fondo i vari fenomeni meteo-marini.
Si tratta di una giornata di 8 ore articolata in 4 sessioni teorico-pratiche sui diversi argomenti del corso di CNTP (il syllabus in inglese è scaricabile a questo link).

Il corso fornisce informazioni sulle previsioni meteorologiche, sulle correnti di marea e sulle mappe nautiche (per lavorare sulle quali ho preparato una serie di segnalamenti marittimicosì da guidare i partecipanti nella pianificazione di una escursione giornaliera lungo costa in condizioni meteo-marine moderate (utile la lettura del volume di Franco Ferrero: Sea Kayak Navigation)
Il primo corso di CNTP con "allievi sperimentali" è in programma per il prossimo sabato 25 marzo (dalle ore 10.00 alle ore 18.00) presso la sede legale di Tatiyak a Legnano: sono previsti 6-8 posti disponibili e la quota di partecipazione simbolica è fissata in 30€ a persona.
Saranno fornite le mappe nautiche e le varie strumentazioni per la pianificazione della navigazione costiera, oltre ad una serie di utile materiale informativo e didattico: ai partecipanti è richiesto solo di presentarsi muniti solo di blocchetto e matita per gli appunti.
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by Tatiana Cappucci ( at March 08, 2017 10:00 am

March 07, 2017

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.

Weathering Snow at Murhut Falls

Murhut Falls

Theresa standing to the right of Murhut Falls

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We just returned from a trip to the west side of Hood Canal. The plan was to visit Murhut Falls and hopefully capture the falls while they partially frozen. It’s a two step waterfall measuring a neck creaking 153’ high.We’ve had quite a bit of snow this year. If fact I saw something in the […]

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by Steve Weileman at March 07, 2017 06:08 pm

kayaking stuff
Nigel foster takes a sideways glance at kayaking issues we often overlook

On Polar Tides and the Torngat National Park

The Torngat National Park was created in 2005 at the northernmost tip of Nunatsiavut, Labrador. It encompasses a wonderful area of jagged mountains running down to fjords and steep capes, with islands offshore. 

The Torngat Mountains

It is tundra; the realm of the polar bear and caribou, wolf and arctic fox. Offshore the cold Labrador Current carries a procession of stately icebergs south toward Newfoundland.

The Torngat Mountains extend north from Nachvak Bay

On clear dark nights the sky comes alive with the dancing curtains of the northern lights that subdue even the brilliance of a full moon. 

A green curtain of the Northern Lights

Boasting some of the oldest rock formations in the world, at about 3.92 billion years old, The Torngat Mountains have shouldered an almost supernatural role affecting endless generations of hardy northern people. The strong winds that can slam down without warning from the mountains into calm fjords, the ghosting caribou camouflaged against the terrain, and the polar bears that appear where they were not evident a moment before, as if materializing from mist and cloud, could be easily identified as the spirits of these mountains. 

The northern extremity of the Torngat Mountains

Nowadays you can join a tour backpacking, flying in by helicopter or small plane, or by boat along the coast. Nunatsiavut Tourism nowadays can help you learn more. But until recently the idea of tourism remained a faraway dream. The Torngats were reserved for a handful of hardy adventurers and a few tourists arriving by boutique cruise ship.  So what was Labrador like then?

Violent winds can sweep the fjords to the icy sea

 You can gain more insight from my newly released FalconGuides book, On Polar Tides, (which better covers the ground than my earlier Stepping Stones of Ungava and Labrador.)  In the book the Torngat Mountains and the coast of Ungava and Labrador is revealed as experienced from a kayak before the National Park was created. Take a deep breath of the clear fresh air of northern Labrador, and dive into the story!

Purchase a signed copy of On Polar Tides from my web store, or find the book on Amazon, direct from the publisher, or from your local bookstore. I hope you enjoy! 

(Nigel Foster offers a slide presentation about his adventures in Labrador titled "On Polar Tides". Contact Nigel with any Requests/Invitations.

by nigel ( at March 07, 2017 06:07 pm