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September 02, 2014

josebelloseakayaking

El mejor momento del año para navegar

En mi opinión, entramos en la mejor época del año para navegar en nuestras costas. El clima es bueno, el agua está caliente, los días son largos y las playas se vacían de turistas,  ..... es nuestro momento...........

by Jose Bello (noreply@blogger.com) at September 02, 2014 09:07 PM

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Rødøya, 6 Augusti, Helgelandskusten 2014

Packbestyr på grått Rødøy

Packbestyr på grått Rødøy

Vi ville väldigt gärna upp på toppen av Rødøya, men vädret ville inte riktigt det. Visst vi kunde gått upp ändå, men det var ju utsikten vi ville se, och med en massiv molnhatt över toppen var vi inte lika roade av en topptur. Men vi stannade kvar på ön en dag till för att se oss om. Kia och Johan lämnade oss efter frukost/lunch. Vi vinkade av dem och tog sedan en promenad in till byn. Lätt stig att hitta, och lite flåsig blev man allt.

Två stränder mot byn var huvudbadstranden. Superfin, stor, med solstolar, volleybollnät, basketkorg, konstverk och diverse annat. Ett utedass och två uteduschar med sötvatten var ett lyxigt inslag. Våran första trimkasse besökte vi oxå här. Skrev in oss i gjestboken och kollade in vindskyddet/grillhuset. Sen fortsatte vi in till byn. Finns simhall, affär, hotell och helsehus. Lite infoskyltar fanns uppsatta med historier och vägvisning till olika promenadstråk. Fin runda i lite regn och blåst. Resten av dagen/kvällen höll vi oss i närheten av tältet och ”vår” strand.

De kraftiga vindbyarna skakade om tältet ordentligt och åskan förde liv. När vi gick och la oss var det öronproppar som gjorde natten god :)

Föregående: Vikingen-Rødøy | Nästa:

Tångträd

Tångträd

Kia & Johan drar söderut. Kul att ses.

Kia & Johan drar söderut. Kul att ses.

Basket

Basket

En grym badstrand till

En grym badstrand till

Grön promenad tillbaka från byn

Grön promenad tillbaka från byn

Utedusch med supervy, lyxigt värre

Utedusch med supervy, lyxigt värre

Fårdugavy inifrån Hilleberg Tarra

Fårdugavy inifrån Hilleberg Tarra

Konst också

Konst också

Trimkasse inuti

Trimkasse inuti

Trimkasse. Kanske Grillstuga på svenska

Trimkasse. Kanske Grillstuga på svenska

Fårdugastrand

Fårdugastrande

by Pia Sjöstedt at September 02, 2014 06:51 PM

Tatiyak

Level 3 Coach training: first step

Ho iniziato ieri il mio tirocinio per conseguire il brevetto BCU da Level 3 Coach.
Ho trovato ben quattro allievi disposti a seguire le mie lezione nell'arco dei prossimi sei mesi.
E' un percorso lungo ed articolato, quello per giungere al brevetto di terzo livello. Si diventa insegnanti BCU qualificati nella disciplina di pagaia specifica, nel mio caso del kayak da mare, e si viene abilitati a pianificare programmi didattici nel lungo periodo per gruppi di due o più allievi.
Ho seguito una prima settimana di corso a Plas y Brenin nel mese di febbraio 2014, poi altre due giornate intense in maggio sempre in Galles. Ora devo sviluppare il programma ideato e valorizzare le competenze acquisite dai singoli allievi per condurli da un livello principiante ad uno intermedio... Sarà divertente!
Il clima goliardico che si è instaurato tra i quattro sin dal primo incontro mi lascia ben sperare. Le previsioni meteorologiche, come sempre nel corso di questa strana estate, non erano le più invitanti, ma una parte del corso riguarda anche la scelta dell'abbigliamento e la valutazione delle condizioni ambientali, quindi abbiamo fatto di necessità virtù...
Ringrazio di cuore i quattro volontari che mi stanno aiutando in questo percorso: senza di loro, niente sarebbe possibile :-)

I fantastici quattro: Simona, Bruno, Mirella e Gianni!
Exploring: the most interesting task in sea kayaking
Mind the dog :-)
The princess...
I've finally start my training to hopefully achieve the BCU Level 3 Coach award.
I'm so lucky to have four students in my new long-term development group.
It's a long route, to reach the Level 3 Coach award, a discipline specific award to become able to plan, implement and analyse long-term development programmes. I've had a first week of Core training last February at Plas y Brenin, then two more days of Discipline Specific Training in May, always in Wales. Now I have to develop my personal long-term development program and be able to improve the TTPP skills of every single student... Will be amusing!
The light spirit of the first meeting allows me to well hope for the future. The weather forecasts, as always during this strange summer, were not the most inviting, but a part of the course also concerns the choice of the equipment depending and the weather conditions so...
I need to thank the four volunteers that are helping me in this route: without them, nothing would be possible : -)

by Tatiana (noreply@blogger.com) at September 02, 2014 04:07 PM

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Vikingen till Rødøya, Helgelandskusten 2014

Tarpförmiddag på Vikingen

Tarpförmiddag på Vikingen

Myspys i tältet. Sov länge och det droppade på tältet när vi vaknade. Hade ingen brådska med att gå upp. Passade på att njuta av stillheten även om Hurtigrutten förvisso väckte oss kl 7, och även lite senare vid 10, med att signalera att de passerade polcirkeln. Frukost under tarpen för att sen slöa lite till i och kring tältet.

Framåt 15-tiden packade vi ihop och bar ut kajakerna till havet. Även om vattnet var på väg upp så hade vi dragit upp kajakerna ordentligt så de låg en bit ifrån vattenlinjen. Det slutade att regna och solen tittade fram lite blygt. Knappt någon vind och havet låg som en spegel. Snirklade lite hit och dit medan vi tog oss norrut mot Rødøya. Började med att paddla väster om Rangsundøya och öster om Gjerdøya. Såg några fiskebåtar och segelbåtar. Även ett stort kryssningsfartyg som inte var en hurtigruttbåt. Det blev middag på en strand på nordöstra Gjerdøya.

Rødøya syns från långt håll så det är ganska lätt att hålla rätt riktning ;) Väl framme träffade vi Kia och Johan Parrow som vi hört skulle vara kvar på ön. De hade också startat i Tonnes men några dagar tidigare. Hittade dem vid en superfin strand där vi oxå gick i land och slog upp tältet. Precis vid foten av den höga toppen. Man är ganska liten där nedanför.
Blev en trevlig kväll på klipporna tills solen gick ned och det blev nästan mörkt.

Föregående: Tonnes-Vikingen | Nästa: Rødøy

Tångig paus på Gjerdøya ostsida

Tångig paus på Gjerdøya ostsida

Rødøy kan inte bestämma sig om den ska visa sig eller inte

Rødøy kan inte bestämma sig om den ska visa sig eller inte

Rødøy visar upp sig

Rødøy visar upp sig

Pia framför Rødøy, bara lite skyar runt toppen

Pia framför Rødøy, bara lite skyar runt toppen

Gött klipphäng

Gött klipphäng

Grymt fin vy och grymt koola klippor

Grymt fin vy och grymt koola klippor

Klipphäng på Rødøy

Klipphäng på Rødøy

Fårdugasolnegång från Rødøy

Fårdugasolnegång från Rødøy

Kväll på Rødøy

Kväll på Rødøy

 

by Pia Sjöstedt at September 02, 2014 02:47 PM

Paddle California
Thoughts from the world of kayaking centered in California. Ocean, whitewater, flatwater, wherever the paddling takes me. Trip reports, gear reviews, teaching and leadership, with pictures and video.

The Art of Whitewater: Momentum


This is the second in a series of posts about whitewater kayaking and some philosophy beyond the basics; ideas and concepts meant to help intermediate paddlers improve and get more out of the sport. As parts are added, these links will go live:

Part 1: Technique
Part 2: Momentum
Part 3: On or Across the Water
Part 4: Group Management
Part 5: Fear Management

Momentum


When people start paddling on the river they simply want to get where they're going without running into trouble. What separates skilled paddlers, those who move effortlessly around obstacles and paddle with grace, from whose who struggle to survive, is the realization that the battle is won long before the enemy is faced. The strategy to master is the role of momentum.

Not to get too technical, but momentum is a vector, meaning it has a magnitude and a direction, both of which must be controlled to achieve the desired result. The beginner sees a rock and paddles away from it; the intermediate sees open water and steers for it; the zen master floats away from the one and towards the other with hardly a stroke.

Momentum towards the eddy.
The basic concept to start with is this: if you want to get left, start right. Too many people see their downstream goal and try to get there early, not understanding that they will need to have momentum when they arrive and momentum is built upstream. Shooting for an eddy on the left, they start on the left side of the river. When the eddy approaches, they point their nose at it but the river carries them past. They scramble to paddle forward and eventually aim upstream, clawing their way into the bottom of the eddy. They were in the right position at the top of the eddy, but had no momentum to carry them in the direction they wanted to go.

If you start right of the eddy (exact distance will depend on strength of the current and your own speed) and are already moving to the left as you approach the top, your momentum will carry you across the eddy line and into the eddy itself. The same is true of any target - if you want to avoid a rock, one of the best places to be is right above it with momentum heading away; if you want to hug the inside of a river bend, start on the outside and paddle towards where you want to go. It's not enough to know where you want to be, but you also have to know which way your momentum should be carrying you when you get there.

The paddler is headed (and pointed) left and doesn't need
to paddle hard to avoid the hole on his right.
The next level is understanding how your boat interacts with the water to change momentum for you. We've all seen two boaters enter a rapid at the same place and achieve vastly different results. The expert takes a handful of strokes and emerges at the bottom unscathed; the learner battles fiercely to follow the line, blades windmilling and boat turning every which way, only to get pushed off course and fighting to survive. It's the difference between letting the river provide the power, using it's flow to redirect the kayak when needed, and trying to do everything through brute force.

A wave will deflect you in the direction your nose is pointing. A wide stroke against that wave, on the downstream side, will accelerate the change in direction and move the boat across the river. Catching a blade in a passing eddy will slow the boat and allow the water to take the paddler on its path, whereas a driven boat will cross currents with little change in momentum. Sharply edging a boat away from the current increases its affect, while flattening the boat will minimize it. Use these tools to let the water move you from one side to the other, always with an eye far downstream, adjusting to the next goal well before it arrives.

The concrete: the best way to work on understanding and using momentum is to eddy catch your way down a rapid. Pick a long rapid, ideally a step below challenging for you, with lots of rocks on the sides and in the middle. Work your way from right to left and back again, catching as many eddies as you can along the way. Start by spotting the crucial point right before you catch the eddy - where do you need to be, which way should your boat point, and what momentum should you have when you get there.

Once you can hit your target with your desired momentum, try repeating the performance with fewer strokes. The fewer strokes you take to accomplish your goal, the more you'll have to let the water do the work. Play around with edging and boat angle, slow your strokes down and pay attention to the flow of water around the paddle. The same tricks that allow you to leisurely move around on easy rapids are the ones that will let you handle harder rapids when the slots are narrow and the water more powerful.

by Bryant Burkhardt (noreply@blogger.com) at September 02, 2014 01:26 PM

The Art of Whitewater: Technique


This is the first in a series of posts about whitewater kayaking and some philosophy beyond the basics; ideas and concepts meant to help intermediate paddlers improve and get more out of the sport. As parts are added, these links will go live:

Part 1: Technique
Part 2: Momentum
Part 3: On or Across the Water
Part 4: Group Management
Part 5: Fear Management

Technique


Technique is not something that you learn at your computer. Yeah, videos can be helpful, and breaking down components can give people new ideas to try. But you learn by doing, and learn fastest with feedback from someone who knows what they're talking about. The truth is that if you started with a two-day class from a competent instructor you probably were taught most of the technique you actually need to use even on a class V river. The problem is even those who 'learned' the right technique do very little to practice and improve it. With that, most paddlers on the river have poor technique that gets even worse when under pressure or fatigued. Even most class V paddlers.

That points out a couple things: first, you don't need to have great technique to paddle hard whitewater; second, me talking about technique on a blog isn't likely to change anything. But I'm going to throw this out there anyway, in hopes it might inspire a few folks to do what is needed to improve their technique - and only you can improve your own technique. All it takes is practice. You really just need to want to improve your technique. So why should you?

Technique gives you options. It gives you control, protects your body, increases your safety, extends your career. It's a long term thing. Most people paddle whitewater for the thrill, the sensation of of wildly crashing down a rapid and hoping to make it to the bottom. Technique, in a way, is the antithesis of this. That's why I think beginners give up fairly quickly on technique once they've reached the point that they can survive a rapid upright - they've achieved their short term goal and don't see the need to put in more work. Over time, they learn to handle harder rapids and advance in the sport. That's when the short term thinking eventually catches up.

When you start paddling class IV and class V, the consequences are more severe. Not just the danger of the rapid, but the toll it takes on your body. The rivers are more powerful, moves need to be executed quicker with more precision. The lack of good technique leads to blown lines and blown shoulders. It holds you back, slowing progress and limiting fun. But by the time most people realize this, they're set in their way and think they know what they're doing. It's hard to step back and NOT have fun on the river, to spend time working on technique and admitting that there is more to learn and improvements to be made. So most flounder on, having fun without recognizing that even more enjoyment is just beyond their reach.

If you want to get more out of your kayaking, and you want to do it for many years to come, find yourself a good instructor, get a one day lesson on a river a grade or two easier than you normally paddle, and learn how to do things properly. Then spend lots of time working on technique every time you paddle. Practice, it's that simple.

That's the philosophy, here's some concrete:
A good forward stroke will vastly improve your ability to avoid hazards. It will give you more return for less effort, saving you energy and allowing you to paddle safely as you age and lose strength. Most people have crappy forward strokes. I'm not going to try to teach the keys to an efficient forward stroke here, but I will say that a good way to learn what works and what doesn't is to do attainments. And slalom practice - that's always a good one for technique.

A good brace (technique-wise) is the difference between staying upright and flipping over with an injured shoulder. If you work on the other lessons you shouldn't need to have to brace much, but when you do it's essential that you have safe form.

Eddy catching. There are lots of techniques to catch an eddy - bow draws, low braces, duffeks, gliding stern draws, etc. What dialing in the varieties and proper form will give you is the ability to catch the important eddies - the small ones near rocks, the hard ones with fast current right above the drop - and the right way to leave that eddy and enter the drop. I tell my students all the time that eddy catching is the most important skill they will learn for running hard stuff and I stick by my words.

As I said, you don't need to have good technique to have fun. But I do believe that the better your technique, the more potential for fun you will have. Isn't that worth it?

by Bryant Burkhardt (noreply@blogger.com) at September 02, 2014 01:26 PM

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Tonnes-Vikingen, Helgelandskusten 2014

Helt okej start

Helt okej start

Packade våra kajaker efter en glass i butiken på Tonnes. Skulle kunnat tro att det var första gången vi packade kajaker för det tog nästan trekvart att få ner allt. Kajakerna vägde MYCKET och det var en och annan bra-att-ha-pryl som fick stanna i bilen och några som slank med av misstag. Det fick bli shorts och underställströja med uppkavlade armar, temperaturen låg på 23°C när vi började packa. Trodde ju vi skulle slippa tokvärmen när vi kom en bit norrut ;)

Paddlade ut på ett blankt hav med ett lätt mullrande i bakgrunden och begynnande solnedgång i horisonten. Tog oss till ön Vikingen, ca 3km från Tonnes och den ö som polcirkelmärket står på. Klockan var närmare 22 och vi bestämde oss för att detta fick bli vårt första tältplats. Tog någon macka innan vi kröp in i tältet lagom till det började regna, blixtra och mullra lite runtomkring. Hade glömt att det är så ljust! Häftigt!

Föregående: Resan upp Knäckebröhult-Tonnes | Nästa: Vikingen-Rødøy

Fårdugaväder

Fårdugaväder

Tältet uppe på Vikingen

Tältet uppe på Vikingen

Polarcirkelmärket upplyst

Polarcirkelmärket upplyst

Grymt fint förstadagskvällsljus

Grymt fint förstadagskvällsljus och lite regn på väg söderifrån. Klockan är halvelva och det är inte alls särskilt mörkt :)

 

by Pia Sjöstedt at September 02, 2014 10:30 AM

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

Day 1- Garden cove to the Gulch



 Blue skies and light winds in Garden cove Placentia bay. Clouds quickly moving across the sky from a brisk westerly wind; gusting along the blue realm of a tepid day. A quick hug and kiss from the family and I was off on a new adventure; with other paddlers which is a neoteric experience for this solo paddler.


The shoreline a rocky sharp unworn protected channel. Rugged beauty dotted with the effervescent of waterfalls. Tumbling down out of the heights of craggy cliffs; covered to edge with fragrant evergreen forests. No houses, no cabins, just raw Newfoundland beauty unchanged by time.


 A little over 20 km's of paddling along this majestic shoreline we hauled into the resettled community of Gulch; a saltwater pond connected to the ocean by a tidal opening. Among the strand wheat blowing in the gusts we set up our tents; and began to collect firewood under a setting sun.


 A great idea these guys had was to cook a communal meal the first night of their camping trip. A novel idea to me being a solo guy. With a good coal base we cooked up two large fillets of fresh salmon, potatoes and rice. A couple drinks dancing around conversation went late into the night .


 Turning in to our sleeping bags under a unspoiled sky I snapped this last photo of the day. No light pollution, no blinking cell towers. Unspoiled Newfoundland

by Lee (noreply@blogger.com) at September 02, 2014 10:17 AM

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

By Young Trevor

Not my write up this time, but a trip report put in by Young Trevor.

Bass Rock Sun. July 13

At the put in
Cutting through the Leckies
We met at N. Berwick.It was  a real holiday scene- families enjoying the morning sun, icecreams and lollypops, kids, dogs playing on the beach. Berwick Law hovered in the background, Craigleith lay directly opposite, the Bass lay off to the north east and in the background the lovely Isle of May. Absolutely magnificent!
Young Trevor passing Tantallon
Squeezing into the hidden harbour
We made our way along the coast via the majestic ramparts of Tantallon castle and snacked on a beautiful stretch of sand directly opposite the Bass. What a sight! The Bass with its whitewashed lighthouse, a volcanic plug rearing 100 meters and more into the sky, protected by seemingly impenetrable precipitous cliffs - and always in the background, due north, the Isle of May - a real picture postcard scene!
Young Trevor, the Bass and a distant May

We set off. A westerly came up and soon the water changed. Paddling became more interesting. As we approached the Bass we became more aware of the bird life, in particular the gannets[ bassa is the Latin for gannet ], the smell and the din - something similar to a school dining-hall 50 years ago. There was absolute mayhem! Gannets plunging into the sea around us, gannets  nesting on every available ledge above and to the right of us, gannets returning to the Bass carrying all kinds of nesting material-a celestial M 25-an absolute, but seemingly organised pandemonium! We were being watched by thousands of eyes-gannets, of course, but lots of razorbills, guillemots, shags, the reclusive kittiwake-some flying, many just safeguarding their particular patch. I only saw one puffin-by all accounts they are quite numerous on Craigleith and, according to Ken, some rock doves.
Keeking out from the cave on the East
Fluffy chicks
The water quietened down on the eastern side of the rock. We explored a couple of caves. I was privileged to make a landing to take a group photo-hopefully with some success!
Bird's eye view


We then moved off into a stiff westerly wind and initially hoped to paddle to Craigleith. The water became more challenging so Sarah decided to change plans and head for the shore. We returned to the same holiday scene we had left that morning.
Craigleith in the background
I've had several very enjoyable trips with fcag. This trip must rank as one of the best-good company, interesting paddling and wonderful scenery. A sincere thanks to Sarah for proposing and leading the trip.
The group consisted of Sarah, Ken, Robyn, Niall, Greame, John, Phil and myself. I should also have mentioned the location of the Bass- 5 km north east of N Berwick and 2 km offshore. 
Spot the difference!
 

by Sarah's Soggy Scenarios (noreply@blogger.com) at September 02, 2014 09:14 AM

Kajakklúbburinn Kaj
Félag kajakræðara á Austurlandi

Félagsróðrar á þriðjudögum

Leggjum af formlega félagsróðra á þriðjudagskvöldum kl 19:30.Takk fyrir gott kajaksumar. Ekki þar með sagt að við séum hætt að róa.

September 02, 2014 07:50 AM

kajaknördar - paddling verkar kul
tid utomhus räknas

Helgelandskusten 2014

Resan upp känns ibland lite lång och inte tokspännande

Resan upp känns ibland lite lång och inte tokspännande

Vi har längtat till Norge och Helgelandskusten sedan vi var där senast 2009, men inte kommit loss. Väderprognoserna en vecka framåt såg lovande ut så vi rotade fram norgekartorna och lämnade Knäckebröhult vid 9-tiden den 3:e augusti för en liten utflykt till Norge. Efter gofika och trevligt snack hos Jette i norra Bohuslän körde vi vidare. Kunde inte riktigt bestämma oss för om vi skulle ta vägen via Oslo eller köra svenska sidan. Valet föll på den norska. Blev dock tvärstopp på bron. I Norge hade de terrorvarning och släppte in folk över gränsen i små portioner. Tog väl en timme ungefär innan det släppte.

Etapp 1 var Trysil. Var nyfikna på hur där ser ut på sommaren, lite lockande med lite ovintrigt fjälldräll. Fortsatte mot Røros och förbi. Var hungriga och stannade på ett ställe som kunde funkat som nattläger, men näe… Efter varsin Realpåse fortsatte vi en bit till. Klockan passerade midnatt och vi fick nog. Körde in på en rastplats, upp med tältet och ner i säcken. Sov gott!

Vaknade tidigt, redan vid fem. Funderade på att väcka Erik men somnade om en timme innan jag gjorde slag i saken. Vi var rätt möra efter nästan hundra mil och hade lite svårt att piggna till. Ville heller inte ligga kvar på den ganska omysiga rastplatsen. Men det gick. Fortsatte ut mot E6 och Trondheim där det blev frukost på Stav hotell med fantastisk utsikt mot fjorden. God frukost var det oxå.

De imponerande höga bergen, fjordarna och älvarna. Resan är förvisso en bit men det är klart värt det. Visst kommer jag ihåg att jag utbrast i många ”wow!” förra gången, men ändå. Hade glömt hur vackert det är. På riktigt.

Nästa: Tonnes-Vikingen

Finvyerna tar över lite längre norrut

Finvyerna tar över lite längre norrut

Glamourcamping. Tror det är detta som nätkrängfabrikerna kallar Glamping!

Glamourcamping. Tror det är detta som nätkrängfabrikerna kallar Glamping! ;)

Finfrukost med finvy strax utanför Trondheim på Stav Hotell

Finfrukost med finvy strax utanför Trondheim på Stav Hotell

Riktigt superfint på många ställen

Riktigt superfint på många ställen

Spaningsplats på väg ut mot Tonnes

Spaningsplats på väg ut mot Tonnes

 

by Pia Sjöstedt at September 02, 2014 07:45 AM

September 01, 2014

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

Hudson River Paddle Part 8: Day 3 On the River - Tivoli to Norrie Point

Southbound at 8 am. Kingston-Rhinecliff Bridge in the distance.

Day 3 was a lovely short one, and after two very long days on the river (for my NYC-area friends, imagine doing a Manhattan circumnavigation and then waking up the next morning and doing it again) I was absolutely tickled when I consulted my chart book prior to setting out and discovered that my Tivoli-area campsite and Esopus Island, the destination of the day, were on adjacent charts on the same page.
Broke out the bandages. Expected them to be off after an hour of paddling but Nexcare waterproof bandages turned out to kick lemu - these stayed on all day! 

Here's the journal entry from the day - as usual, "hindsight" notes in italics, and click on any photo for a better view:

Wonderful day today. Much shorter distance, plus I got up and on the water a little earlier,  which meant a little more time for poking around and looking at stuff. I went into South Tivoli Bay, so strange seeing it all green and filled with that awful water chestnut when last time I saw it was my iceboating trip! I took a picture of the little island for Bowsprite, am going to share it with her with a note saying, "Isn't this where the wreck of the Galatea happened?"


I'm camped on Esopus Island tonight. There's a whole flock of little doves flying around finding roosts for the night - the calm is intermittently broken by their whistling flight. Most of them have settled into a little stand of pines but a few are still looking for the perfect spot.

Anyways -- I also popped up into Rondout Creek to see if Tim (an old friend from my Pier 63 days, and owner and skipper of the historic tug Cornell) was around...

A flock of geese just landed to the north of the island -- shoot, I suppose I'll scare them off if I go get my headlamp (the sun was setting and my headlamp was in my boat, which was up near where I'd just heard the geese arrive - I went and got it quietly and managed not to disturb them, although I did send a few startled doves whirring off to find yet another spot)...



Tim wasn't around, but Cornell was, plus Augie and Gowanus Bay, plus another very old tug that looks like she's getting some TLC from Tim and friends - going to need a lot, though, she's a handsome old thing but her hull looks like lace in spots.

Cornell and Augie

Gowanus Bay

(Sue?) Ann Conners. From my low angle I couldn't see the first bit of the nameboard.

Gowanus Bay and Ms. Conners' side

Cornell again, on my way back out


I'm also stopping at EVERY lighthouse along the way!

Rondout Light

Esopus Meadows Light - The "Maid of the Meadows", last of the wooden lighthouses on the Hudson


Dinner was in Hyde Park with local friends Ralph, Donna and Susan (see long note below). 


Now back on Esopus Island, where the geese and the doves have settled down and the tree frogs are raising the roof!




Loved the slanted stones and twisted trunks that formed the eastern shore of the Hudson as I approached Norrie Point

Esopus Island camp. Camping here was one of the best pieces of advice my friends at Yonkers gave me; the official Watertrail campsite is at Norrie Point but Jack and Pat said it's a pretty long walk from where you take out to the campground. Esopus Island is clearly a locally accepted campground - there's a big, flat, open space at the north end of the island with a nice stone fire ring flanked by two picnic tables. A young couple paddled by and said hi right around sunset - they said they wished they were camping too!

And then there was the moment I turned around and discovered that I was under the keen observation of the Ninja of Norrie! :D

Weather continues to cooperate - it was supposed to POUR but it only drizzled, mostly (meanwhile, the town of Islip on Long Island received something crazy like 12 inches in an hour!!!!). More fine paddling weather. I'm so glad August isn't acting like August!

Another shot of the Maid of the Meadows


That's the end of the journal entry. Additional recollections and notes: Ralph and Donna are old kayaking friends who moved to the area from NYC after retirement; they were among the first wave of the NYC kayakers, who mostly started out paddling folding kayaks, many purchased from the old Klepper store in Union Square. There wasn't much on-water boat storage back then and access was largely of the "commando" variety, with folks who owned these folding boats toting them to spots on the river where it was possible - if not necessarily legal - to put them together and launch. We've come a long way, baby! There were some wild stories from those days. Ralph ended up writing a book for folding kayakers, The Complete Folding Kayaker, which continues to be popular. Susan is a professor at Bard College who I met after I noticed a postcard with a photo of a sea kayaker on it on an editor's desk at the office; I was headed for my desk one morning and did an absolutely classic double take as the image sank in a moment after I'd walked past. It turned out to be for an intriguing-sounding book called My Reach: A Hudson River Memoir, which had just been published at the time. I asked on the NYCKayaker email list if anyone had heard about it and it turned out that Susan was on the list - she introduced herself and told us about some readings, one of which I ended up going to. Marvelous book! Such a treat seeing all three of them, and introducing Susan to Donna and Ralph was fun.

I didn't mention this in the journal but the way dinner worked out was that I set up camp on Esopus Island, then paddled my considerably lightened boat over to the Norrie Point Marina. The dockmaster there was very welcoming, had me leave my boat on a dock by his office so he could keep an eye on it, and then pointed me to the shower & restroom building so I could clean myself up and charge my doohickies (camera, phone, radio). Very convenient, and a hot shower felt really good at this point.

Only downer of the day was that this was the day that the paddle I made at one of the workshops Chris Raab has done at Sebago decided that it liked this voyaging business so much it was going to keep doing it FOREVER. I'd had it tucked under the decklines while I was unloading and it kept getting in the way, so I shoved it up into some bushes where I thought it would be well out of the way of the wakes. Apparently it wasn't, or I hadn't lodged it as securely as I'd thought I had, because it was gone baby gone when I went to retrieve it a little while later.

I literally slept with my euro paddle after that - brought it into the tent every night when I set up my campsite - once the spare was gone, my attitude towards my one remaining paddle was, oh, something like -- This is my paddle! There are many like it but this one is mine! My paddle without me is useless! Without my paddle, I am useless!

'Cause really, I would have been in a pretty embarrassing situation if anything had happened to that one. Sad to lose the first and only piece of paddling gear I'd actually made with my own hands, though. Next time I make a paddle, I'll have to take better care of it.

Google map, Day 3. Actual mileage from Tivoli to Esopus would've been about 15, I added on a few more miles with my sightseeing and it ended up close to 19. So pleasant to have the extra miles be optional. 

by noreply@blogger.com (bonnie) at September 01, 2014 11:14 PM

Jimski's Blog

Stepping Off

There had been a steady breeze from the sea since we landed. This brought a penetrating chill that reminded me that we were in a lonely Arctic wilderness.  I had been cold all night. I was woken at 5am for my hour long 'bearwatch' shift. I made myself a cup of hot chocolate and huddled behind a boulder whilst watching, waiting and hoping for nothing to happen. After my shift, I felt the benefit of the warm drink and got a couple of more hours in the land of nod.

Paddling from our first camp filled us with excitement and anticipation. The wind had abated, the morning sun warmed the air and gave the bergs a bright, fresh new look. The peak of the first exposed headland towered nearly 700 metres over the calm ocean. The sheer scale of the scenery was difficult to comprehend. We didn't land until lunchtime.

The rest of the day's paddle was less exposed with the sparkling coastal waters protected by a series of off-lying islands with peaks rising sharply to over 500 metres. We landed in the late afternoon sunshine on a sandy beach at the island of Gruse. To the east there was only open ocean with small groups of icebergs.

To the west, the steep mountainous coastline was dissected by immense calving glaciers. Every now and then, a huge piece the size of a block of flats would crash into the sea. This would give a thunderous boom shattering the peace of what had become a still and silent evening.

In the distance to the north we could make out Ailsa Island and our crux headland dubbed 'Hell Corner' by the 1932 British Air Route Expedition team. We were stepping off into territory where few choose to venture.


by Jim Krawiecki (noreply@blogger.com) at September 01, 2014 11:50 PM

Paddlemania
I am a paddler, explorer, guide, and coach. Any day on the water is a good day, and I can't get enough.

Leg 2: Pt. Hardy to Tofino

Lowrie Bay kitchen & the view.
Mussels growing on a buoy.
Watching water move.
More moving water.
Looking from Catala Island towards the Nuchatlitz.
Nuchatlitz Islands.
Gerry working his edge.
Scouting for camping.
Just a slight incline.
Morning light at Cape Sutil.
Approaching Cape Scott. Deceptively large swells.
Rounding Cape Scott. Surprisingly flat.
Looking back north to Cape Scott.
Burl.
Lowrie Bay
Packing at first light.
Crossing San Josef Bay.
The water that couldn't float a boat.
Brooks Peninsula
Solander Island
The Cuttles
Nootka Island in 1 day!
Boom.
Working through boomer fields.
Wing Paddles & funky strokes
Nootka Light
Estevan Pt. Lighthouse
Sea Palm-new favorite kelp
Many thanks to Spot Communications for their support-reviews coming soon.

by donaldcheyette (noreply@blogger.com) at September 01, 2014 10:48 PM

Have Kayaks Will Travel
Paddlesport Coaching

The pleasures of paddling a variety of boats

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Paddling a variety of craft makes us better paddlers, but we doubt we’d do as much of it if it wasn’t also fun. On Saturday, we took our new Wenonah Argosy solo canoes (purchased from The Power of Water) to play in some current below the Batavia dam with our friend Greg Anderson.

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Greg and Alec enjoy a break in an eddy below the Batavia dam.

This stretch of the Fox river provides fast current and strong eddy lines, along with shallow areas for poling, and slow sections for working on basic skills. It also has plenty of protected spots along the shoreline, which we might have needed on a day like this, when the forecast included the possibility of heavy thunderstorms.

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Sharon prepares to ferry across the current.

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Greg attains a rapid by poling.

Why should people who primarily kayak spend time in canoes? We find everything applies, from balance and trim to blade awareness. But it’s also great to be challenged in relatively mild conditions and feel ourselves learning new skills. It’s fun to be a relative beginner again.

Alec and his mom in the SKUK Triton

Alec and his mom in a SKUK Triton double kayak.

On Sunday, we  borrowed an SKUK Triton performance double kayak and took Alec’s 82-year-old mother out on Lake Michigan. Unlike the wide, heavy, plastic doubles we’ve paddled in the past, the Triton is a relatively slim 22.5 inches wide and the cockpits feel similar to those of other Nigel Dennis boats, allowing us to paddle quite naturally. Best of all, it didn’t matter whether or not the person in front paddled at all. The long keel line makes this double fast with just one “engine” in the rear.

Alec and his mom enjoy an out-of-boat experience more than a mile offshore.

Alec and his mom enjoy an out-of-boat experience more than a mile offshore.

We always feel fortunate when we’re out on the lake, and we appreciate opportunities to share our excitement about paddling and the places it lets us experience.

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by havekayakswilltravel at September 01, 2014 09:27 PM

South West Sea Kayaking
The personal blog of Mark Rainsley

Passing the sleeping dinosaur…

From some angles, the sea arch of Durdle Door resembles a brontosaurus…or maybe we are just imagining it?

Photo is of a non-local group whom we passed yesterday, whilst out for a morning pootle.


Filed under: Dorset, Isle of Purbeck, Kayaking

by Mark Rainsley at September 01, 2014 05:29 PM

NORCAL YAK
Northern California kayaking adventures

Kayakers find purple paradise on American North Fork

It's a long walk to the waterline, and well worth it -- at least, on the way down Just can’t get any better, we agreed as we paddled back toward Rattlesnake Bar on the North Fork of the American...

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by Glenn Brank (noreply@blogger.com) at September 01, 2014 05:33 PM

More water this summer for American River kayaking

San Juan rapids will continue to provide good paddling through June  6/25 update: Lower American flows still holding at about 2,000cfs this week.   In the midst of an epic drought, here’s some...

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by Glenn Brank (noreply@blogger.com) at September 01, 2014 05:32 PM

PenobscotPaddles
Paddling to See- A blog about sea kayaking in Maine. Join us on scenic sea kayak trips in Maine and other beautiful places

200 Years Ago: War Sails up the River: USS Adams

      The U.S.S. Adams was a small frigate built in the Brooklyn NY in 1798.  Some sources reference it as the first ship built by the US Navy. It began its duties in the West Indies, protecting American shipping from French privateers.  After that, she served in the Mediterranean and along the US coast.
       Captain Charles Morris was given command of the U.S.S. Adams in 1813, and he was not impressed.  He felt it “insufficient for sea service” and was able to convince a naval board of his opinion.  The frigate spent several months being converted to a twenty-eight gun corvette, a process which included cutting the vessel in half and adding fifteen feet in length.  In January 1814, Captain Morris took command at the Washington Navy Yard.  His first challenge was to move the U.S.S. Adams through a British Blockade of Chesapeake Bay.   He then sailed to the south, where he captured three to five small merchantman brigs, before taking a break in Savannah in either April or May.  From there, the U.S.S. Adams next sailed to Ireland;  where additional ships were captured.  On the passage home, he was spotted and outran a total of three British frigates.
     Unfortunately, on August 17th, while passing off the Western Ear of Isle au Haut, the USS Adams struck Flat ledge.  They continued on their journey, but the presence of leaks indicated repairs were required.  So the U.S.S. Adams sailed up to Hampden, arriving on August 19th. 
      They did not arrive unnoticed - HMS Rifleman had spotted them.  The Adams had unfortunate timing with its accident as a few days later, August 26, a British squadron of battleships headed for Machias from Halifax, Nova Scotia. But hearing that the U.S.S. Adams was undergoing repairs, plans were quickly changed.
      Instead of attacking Machias, the squadron added five additional British battleships to the force and sailed into Castine and Belfast's Harbors on September 1.  Both communities quickly surrendered to the superior force.  The British now bracketed Penobscot Bay to the north and south.  The U.S.S. Adams hadn't escaped, it had crawled into a deep trap.
Locations on Google Earth
     Almost immediately after capturing Castine,  a battleship, two sloops of war, a transport and various tenders  set sail  under the command of Captain Robert Barrie.  They were not silent as they headed up river, but randomly fired their guns, giving warning to those on shore of the strength of the force.   The battleship stopped at Frankfort Marsh.  By late Friday the remaining ships arrived at Bald Hill Cove where approximately 750 disembarked to camp.     

Low tide at Bald Hill Cove, but even then troops could land at the corner.

Five hundred militia, and thirty regular troops arrived in Hampden to defend the U.S.S. Adams.  The crew of the U.S.S. Adams moved nine guns to a high hill to assist with the defense.  Guns were placed on the wharf and  on the hill overlooking the river.  The militia set up their defense about a half mile south across from Hampden Academy and overlooking Pitcher Brook.  (Now Reeds Brook)  There they waited overnight, in the rain for the invasion.

Next post:  The battle!  (see next post for the ignominious conclusion)

On the Penobscot, by the mouth of the Souadabscook.  The pier is about where the wharf would have been
 


by PenobscotPaddles (noreply@blogger.com) at September 01, 2014 04:27 PM

kajaknördar - paddling verkar kul
tid utomhus räknas

Stockenträffen 2014

Färgglatt lunchdräll

Färgglatt lunchdräll

Det var ett par år sedan vi var på Stockenträffen men i år kom vi ur soffan igen. Landade på Stocken vid sjusnåret i fredags. Upp med tältet och lite snabbt tjöt innan vi vrålhungriga satsade på restaurangen. God Lasagne i trevligt sällskap! Sen mer snack bland tälten innan vi somnade sött. Tydligen hade det varit omkring 40-talet paddlare redan på fredagens morgon.

Fredagsmiddag, inte så värst trångt på restaurangen ;)

Fredagsmiddag, inte så värst trångt på restaurangen ;)

Efter långfrukost och förmiddagsvimmel/mingel i lite ruggigt väder kom vi i kajakerna till slut. Kröp i torrdräkterna och paddlade ut mot Hermanö med Johan från Örebro. Real Turmat bjöd på lunch ute vid Hermanö huvud så det lockade nog ut ett 50-tal dit. Trevligt med bjudlunch och dessutom extra trevligt att många samlas för gemensam lunch. Strax innan lunchen sprack det dessutom upp lite och blev göttigare väder.

Så småningom paddlade jag, Pia och Ulrika norrut på Hermanös utsida, där är ju alltid fint att snirkla sig fram. Genom Gullholmen och sen minsann lite motvind innan vi var tillbaka på campingen. Fortsatte med förmiddagens tema och så småningom blev det mat igen. Var kring 70-talet paddlare som käkade verkade det som, kön var inte lång men grymt långsam, tur vissa var först på plats ;) Go kväll med gött snack. Vi blev inte toksena medan andra blev det definitivt och vissa såg lite mer sletna ut än andra på söndagen förmiddag :)

Natten till söndag kom det några rejäla skurar, dock inte som i Malmö. Bra när det inte är sol hela tiden så man får nån nytta av torrdräkt, tält och Goretexprylarna :) Frukost i tältöppningen och sen mer tjöt. Ganska många började packa ihop och drog iväg på förmiddagen. Jag & Pia tog en sväng lite söderut och sen utåt mot Vallerö, lunchade på Vallerö och sen in till Stocken igen. Bara två tält kvar och nån bil med kajakhållare.

Lite snålt med vågor och vind för de som jagade det men annars bra paddelväder, inte tokvarmt, tokkallt eller tokblåsigt. Totalt gissar jag på att Stockenträffen lockade kring 80-talet (varav ett 30-tal från MestUte-ligan) paddlare i år och det är ju helt okej. Vädret skrämde nog bort en del kan man ana. Skönt med öppna träffar utan så mycket program och tider att passa, det ger mycket tid att tjöta och umgås. Sen tror jag dock att det hade varit vettigt med liite aktiviteter, framförallt för att få dit de som inte är helt fast i kajakträsket. Inte helt lätt att komma in i gängen som känner varandra sen tidigare och sen länge. Tjörns Kajakklubb körde lite dagsturer och det fångar upp en del men kanske ska försöka få ut det bredare, likaså att det bjuds på lunch och finns restaurang osv. Kanske lite kurser, workshops osv. Orust Kajak har ju nya ägare men de gjorde inte så mycket väsen av sig direkt.

Tror Stockenträffen ganska lätt kan dra dit rejäla högar med folk precis som förr med relativt små insatser.

En mycket trevlig helg, alltid lika kul att träffa likasinnade och alltid gött att plaska runt i de fina miljöerna som man besöker alltför sällan. Ses väl nästa år?!

Lunchhäng

Lunchhäng

Alla får såklart vara med! Ivy åker Rockhopper bakom Philipp

Alla får såklart vara med! Ivy åker Rockhopper bakom Philipp

Lunch på Hermanö

Lunch på Hermanö

Hermanöstranden

Hermanöstranden

Smalt är alltid kul

Smalt är alltid kul

Ulrika och Pia utanför Hermanö

Ulrika och Pia utanför Hermanö

Genom Gullholmen

Genom Gullholmen

Middagshäng

Middagshäng

Lördagsmiddagshäng

Lördagsmiddagshäng

Tältöppningshäng

Tältöppningshäng

Tarpmys

Tarpmys

Ralf i tältbyn

Ralf i tältbyn

Kajakparkering

Kajakparkering

Plaskfunderingar

Plaskfunderingar

Lite skumantydanb utanför Vallerö på söndagen

Lite skumantydan utanför Vallerö på söndagen

Blågrön söndagseftermiddag utanför Vallerö

Blågrön söndagseftermiddag utanför Vallerö

Paus på Vallerö

Paus på Vallerö

by Erik Sjöstedt at September 01, 2014 08:16 AM

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

Equipped on the water

A colourful summer photo of Lila's and Yves's friend Rina kayaking with a pal on Lac Sainte Anne on Saturday of the Labour Day weekend:


Rina and her pal were enjoying a drink to celebrate her friend's first paddle in her brand new kayak (same as the one Rina is in, but red instead of yellow). Getting a kayak the same as a buddy's boat makes sense -- they'll go similar places at similar speeds, and gear for one will fit on the other even if the colours are different.
The weather looks gorgeous after days of smoky haze or sunny heat waves. It's clear that Rina & co. were having a good time! Can anybody spot any ways they might have had a safer (and therefore even better) time on the water?
Paddle on, Rina!


by noreply@blogger.com (Paula) at September 01, 2014 08:06 AM

Extreme Sea Kayaking Adventures
Exploring the Pacific Ocean Coast of California and Oregon

California’s Lost Coast – Extreme Hiking in Southern Humboldt County

In June, my son Nick and I hiked the Lost Coast of Northern California. It’s an extreme hike – there’s no trail for much of the way – and it took us four days and three nights. We started at Shelter Cove and hiked north to the mouth of the Mattole River. Most people start [...]

by Nancy Soares at September 01, 2014 07:45 AM

SimonWillis.net
Cycling, sea kayaking and life in the Scottish highlands

New Podcast - Double Ditch

The sea kayak podcasts return from a summer break with an absolute corker of an interview.

We hear from Scott Donaldson - that's him alongside.

He spent a staggering three months in his kayak  (it's longer than in that photo) as he attempted to paddle from Australia to New Zealand.

After 1,300 miles and just 34 miles from the New Zealand coast poor Scott had to call for rescue.

Imagine putting in all that effort and not making it!

How does he feel about coming so close yet not completing?  Come does he live with that decision? Does he feel he made the wrong call?

Check out Scott's podcast at SeaKayakPodcasts.com where you can subscribe free, or subscribe on iTunes and you won't miss a thing.  If you just want this podcast, right click here and save the mp3 file to your computer.

by Simon (noreply@blogger.com) at September 01, 2014 08:00 AM

Pagayeur d'Iroise

Pratique d'un autre âge

Depuis quelques semaines SeaSheperd lutte contre une pratique d'un autre âge. Le GRIND.
Nous sommes en Europe aux Iles Féroé. Ce n'est pas bien loin et pourtant un peuple se disant férue d'écologie et volontiers donneur de leçons baigne dans le sang des mammifères marins.

Cette pratique se justifiait autrefois en raison de l'isolement de ces iles et de la pauvreté de celle-ci.
Aujourd'hui cette pratique ne se justifie plus sur le plan strictement alimentaire mais elle perdure au nom d'une tradition désuète et hors d'âge.

Nous pouvons lutter à notre façon avec nos petits moyens au coté de fondation de défense des animaux. Le web et les réseaux sociaux sont de merveilleux outils. Utilisez les sans  modération en inondant les pages Facebook dont dépendent ces iles et tant d'autres.

De nombreux sites d'informations existent:
- Stop the grind
- SeaSheperd
- GEO
etc...

Quelques images valant mieux qu'un long discours. Les photos ci dessous apparaissent grace aux liens vers leurs sites. Nous ne les hébergeons pas.
Par curiosité tapez : Iles Féroé Globicéphale sur votre moteur de recherche. Vous serez surpris des images que vous y trouverez.



by Pagayeur d'Iroise (noreply@blogger.com) at September 01, 2014 03:08 AM

Sea Kayak Podcasts .com
Interviews with interesting sea kayakers

Double Ditch - OZ to NZ

Interviews with the world's most interesting sea kayakers. More than seventy free mp3 interviews online at SeaKayakPodcasts.com

by Simon Willis (simon@sunartmedia.com) at September 01, 2014 01:00 AM

August 31, 2014

Kelly Blades
Your Source to find Pinecrest Homes for sale

Discovering Residential Luxury Homes in the Pinecrest Real Estate Market

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The Pinecrest neighborhood started to expand as well as the initial traveler destination ‘Parrot Jungle as well as Gardens’ had been developed by the Louise Scherr as well as Franz in 1936. Miami Serpentarium is the one most popular visitor spots in Pinecrest having unique country as well as extravagant feel. This community has actually been formally integrated on 12th March, 1996. The favorable environment, geography, tropical natural beauty and also vegetation, very easy accessibility with worldwide flight terminal and other significant highways, rich fine art and meals culture make it preferred property investment place in South Florida.

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by admin at August 31, 2014 10:08 PM

josebelloseakayaking

Una regata verdaderamente interesante....

750 millas de agua helada ...... una Iditarod en embarcación....

La información de la prueba advierte de la posibilidad de ahogamiento, abordaje por cargeros o ser devorados por un grizzly. Tormentas, orcas y fuertes corrientes de marea acompañarán a los participantes... mientras se recorren algunos de los más hermosos, salvajes e impactantes paisajes del globo.

Vale cualquier embarcación autonoma no motorizada (vela, remo o pala), y hay un premio de 10.000 $ para quien llegue primero.


Las reglas son sencillas, gana quien llegue antes sin ayuda ni soporte externo.... http://racetoalaska.com/
 
A prepararse.... tenemos tiempo, pistoletazo de salida el 4 de Junio... 

by Jose Bello (noreply@blogger.com) at August 31, 2014 10:49 PM

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

August 31st - Cadboro Bay (#74)

I went out into Caddy Bay with Bart and Paul to do a refresher on level 1 kayak skills. WE did a quick run through the curriculum in preparation for an assessment next weekend. First time I have worn my drysuit in months and it leaks!
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2 km, YTD 723 km

by Mike J (noreply@blogger.com) at August 31, 2014 07:49 PM

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

Citizen Science for Paddlers and Beachcombers!

Science is done not only in labs by people with white coats and clipboards, but also in the field. And "in the field" can mean on the water, and on the beach. So paddlers and beach-walkers can keep your eyes open this month for some citizen science opportunities on the Salish Sea!
These opportunities aren't as high-tech as the Neptune and Venus projects off-shore on the continental shelf. I've written about those before on the Sci/Why blog. Nor are they as specialized as the clam gardens research done on Quadra Island that was noted on the Kayak Yak blog, too. Nope, these current opportunities for ordinary citizens to participate in a science project involve picking up cards.
This photo is from the Raincoast Conservation Federation website.
 That doesn't sound very science-y at first. It doesn't sound like it has anything to do with kayaks, either. But hang on. These yellow cards are biodegradable plywood cards with detailed labelling, and they're being released at particular locations on the Salish Sea. If you find one while you're out in a boat or on a beach, pick it up and contact the scientists, who are part of a team involving the City of Vancouver, the Raincoast Conservation Federation, and the Georgia Strait Alliance. You will have helped track the way that floating items drift in real-life, real-time conditions.
There's an article about this drift card release on the CBC website at this link, and another more detailed article on the Vancouver Observer website at this link. You can also go to the website for the Salish Sea Spill Map, where the locations of card releases and recoveries are being tagged on a map. Is your home base on this map? Maybe you're planning a paddling trip and want to look up that location. Maybe you're thinking about what could happen if, instead of cards, there were other things released such as fossil fuels from a tanker? And now, this project makes a little more sense.
A close-up of one of the cards, from the Vancouver Observer article.
 Citizen science is not only about allowing ordinary untrained people to participate in projects by real scientists. It can be about seeing real science in use in the lives of ordinary citizens. We paddlers get to interact with the environment when we're out on the water in our small boats. We can gather data in many more places than a scientist could ever get funding to cover. We get to be part of the community of learning.

by noreply@blogger.com (Paula) at August 31, 2014 06:41 PM

South West Sea Kayaking
The personal blog of Mark Rainsley

Wye paddle?

Sitting in the back of a canoe whilst running a rapid on the River Wye…do you;

a] Help paddle and steer?

b] Take pictures, whilst the canoe veers wildly out of control?

My wife wasn’t best pleased, but my daughter happily slept through the whole thing…

We enjoyed three days on the River Wye last week, paddling, drifting and camping. All good.

 

 


Filed under: Canoeing, River Wye, White water

by Mark Rainsley at August 31, 2014 06:14 PM

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

Brooklyn Bridge Break

I'll get back to my Hudson River trip reporting tonight or tomorrow, but I went on a Highly Scenic Paddle last night and I thought I would share some pix this afternoon. The paddle was from the Long Island City Community Boathouse to the Brooklyn Bridge Park and back, with the LICCB hosting the Sebago Canoe Club. This is an annual event that Sebago folks look forward to every summer - we use the LICCB's sit-atops so all we have to bring (if we want to) are our paddles and lifejackets and money for treats at the Brooklyn Bridge Park. I took something like 20 pictures on the return leg, my camera doesn't do so well on the water in the dark but I just couldn't resist the lights - most were of course just blurs but I think the bright lights on the Manhattan Bridge here added just enough ambient light that the camera was able to get the scene. Click here for a short Flickr album of pictures from the trip.

I actually hadn't been to the Brooklyn Bridge Park Boathouse section of the park in a couple of years - lots of changes! The BBP Boathouse has a nice new dock there and I hadn't realized that a whole big sports facility had been put in on one of the old piers - skating rink, bocce ball, all sorts of stuff, and it looks like people are really enjoying it.



Here's another fun picture from last night - 


Obviously not one of mine! This was taken by Sandra Maki from American Express, who was working the Amex-sponsored public US Open viewing picnic at the Brooklyn Bridge Park. Gail and I were heading for the food trucks when she saw my paddle and asked if we were in the group that had just paddled by - we said yes and had a fun talk about kayaking in NYC, and she sent me this picture that she'd taken as we paddled by! BTW, if you are a tennis fan, live in the area, and didn't score yourself tickets, this looked like a fun way to watch - they have a big screen set up on the Harbor View Lawn, people were picnicking there watching the tennis matches live on-screen with the harbor, the river, the skyscrapers of the financial district, and the famous bridges as a fabulous backdrop. Click here for more details.  

by noreply@blogger.com (bonnie) at August 31, 2014 05:32 PM

Jimski's Blog

Arriving at Sermiligaaq

The flight from Reykjavik to Kulusuk Airport takes around an hour an forty minutes. Just over half way through the flight we began to see the jagged frozen coast of East Greenland. As we got close we could pick out some of the headlands and islands that we would be paddling round in the next 16 days.

When we landed we needed to get to the boat jetty which is around a kilometre walk from the airfield. Each of us were carrying around 30-40 kilograms of equipment and food.

The boat journey to Sermiligaaq took just over 90 minutes. Once we arrived there was no time to hang around. The first job was to get to the shop to buy some extra food. I bought bread, cheese, some tinned fish and as many beers as I though I could cram into an already heavily laden kayak. The second job was to get re-aquainted with the P&H Scorpio that I paddled in the 2012 expedition.

Once we were all loaded up we launched into a misty afternoon and paddled for just after an hour until reaching our first camp. After pitching my tent I went for a short walk around the nearby headland and gazed at the moon rising over the ice laden channel that we would be paddling through next morning. It really felt as though we were about to paddle off the edge of the world.


by Jim Krawiecki (noreply@blogger.com) at August 31, 2014 06:13 PM

Sea Kayaking in the Channel Islands
Sea kayaking in the Channel Islands and further afield

St Aubin's Bay Circuit

An early Sunday morning from Belcroute allowed a paddling circuit of St Aubin's Bay.  High tide meant that it was an easy launch of the pebbles, sheltered from the NW wind, which was blowing over the cliffs. After rounding St Aubin's Fort the wind, on our sterns, speeded our journey to Elizabeth Castle, our second major military fortification of the day. The return, into the headwind, wasn't as easy but the sun was out and it was a great morning to be out on the water.
St Aubin's Fort was our first target.  It was completed in the 1540's when St Aubin's was the main harbour on the island.  Additional fortifications were added by the German's during the Second World War.  Today it is operated as an activity centre by Education, Sport and Culture.
 Heading east across St Aubin's Bay we avoided the hobie cats, which were racing around the Bay.  Elizabeth Castle, offshore from St Helier, was built in the late 16th and 17th centuries.  Sir Walter Raleigh, who was Governor of the Island named the castle in honour of his Queen.
 In the 1970's and 80's members of the Jersey Canoe Club used to leave St Helier every Thursday night and usually included a circumnavigation of the castle on their paddle.  It is an area we venture into less frequently nowadays, which is pity is it is a fascinating historic paddle.
 Elizabeth Castle is well worth a visit on foot.
The end of the 19th century breakwater is painted as a navigation mark
 
 Crossing St Aubin's Bay was straight into the north westerly wind.  Offshore a cruise ship, of which there have been many more in Jersey this summer, lies at anchor.
 There was a slight swell having an impact on visibility, at times.
 We finished with a visit to Noirmont, returning to Belcroute along a pleasant section of
coastline.  A great 6.5 nautical miles.

by noreply@blogger.com (Kevin Mansell) at August 31, 2014 02:03 PM

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

August 31 - Discovery Island and a SEa Otter (#73)

George, Dan and I went for a much need paddle around Discovery as none of us had been out in a while. Conditions were good, winds 5-10 knots and a weak ebb current. We had a good paddle and chat and then ran into Mark, Robyn, Gary and Jane who mentioned that the sea otter was around Cadboro Point. We decided to go and take a look and were treated to a close encounter! The otter frolicked around a bit and then tried to climb on my front deck. after that it came to my back deck and tried to climb up and then decided that it liked my throw bag and wanted it. It pulled hard and I had to brace to avoid capsizing!
It was only a couple of years ago that I had the seal pub clambering aboard my back deck...
click to enlarge - the sea otter
By the time I got my camera out it was no longer close but I did get one half decent shot.
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 16 km, YTD 721 km

by Mike J (noreply@blogger.com) at August 31, 2014 02:37 PM

Océanos de Libertad

Tres días en el paraiso...Asturies!

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Playa de Cuevas del Mar.


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Lugares maravillosos...amenazados por algunas empresas de "aventura" sin escrupulos.

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Cabrilla a jigging en cabo Peñas.

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Tres días en el paraiso han sido más que de sobra para saborear mi Asturies, pesca y kayak, paisajes y más paisajes sobrecogedores...desde Cabo Peñas a los acantilados de Guadamia, una maravilla para los sentidos.
Ya publicaré algo en condiciones, porque material gráfico tengo para aburrir...el jueves como la pesca no fue más allá de unas cabrillas a jigging, me dediqué a un poco de rock hopping  bajo el cabo Peñas.

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Playa de Guadamia.

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Lubina en la ensenada de Llumeres.

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Paso entre el Cabo Peñas y el Pegollo...hay que esperar la ola buena.

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Una de las cuevas  de Guadamia.
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Calitas expectaculares...

  El viernes aparqué las cañas pues la ruta estaba dirigida a entrar y salir de las mil y una cuevas y entrantes que presenta la costa de Llanes...y el sábado, había que ir cerca de casa, y con los algo más de 2 mts de oleaje Cabo Peñas era de nuevo la mejor opción...un oleaje sobrecogedor vino acompañado de Lubinas, verdeles y Serruchos pequeños que solté pero me hicieron recordar las sensaciones que se sienten pescando sobre un kayak...bueno y estrenando pala (Una gozada...ya hablaré de ella más adelante!! jejeje)

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la entrada a lugares de ensueño...
 

by Jorge López (noreply@blogger.com) at August 31, 2014 12:16 PM

PenobscotPaddles
Paddling to See- A blog about sea kayaking in Maine. Join us on scenic sea kayak trips in Maine and other beautiful places

Ambajejus - Beautiful and Fascinating


   We were sitting in a motel room in Millinocket after a failed expedition to spot moose.  I flipped back and forth between some pages in my Delorme map book looking for a place to paddle.  Did we want to go up by Baxter State Park?  Head along the Golden Road ?  Drive along the East Branch of the Penobscot River?  Stick close to Millinocket?   My eyes scanned the map and noticed a scenic attraction symbol by a lake and the text "Ambajejus Boom House." (Note:  This was in my 2011 DeLorme, which I keep in the car; it was not in my 2004 version which I keep at home.)
I did a quick Google search:

"The Ambajejus Boom House River Driving Museum is housed in a 1906 vintage 1 ½ story building at the edge of Ambajejus Lake.  It was used to house river drivers who worked on the rivers and lakes bringing logs from the forests to the paper mill and has been restored to its original state.  It is comprised of a kitchen, parlor, dining area and bunkrooms and contains a vast collection of tools, equipment, photographs and hands-on displays representing the way life was during the years it was occupied by “Booming Out” crews.  Henry David Thoreau wrote of this spot at the mouth of the West Branch of the Penobscot River in his 1857 Trip Up River to Climb Katahdin.
The Boom House can be visited by way of boat or float plane.  The fee for this journey back in time is a moderate donation toward the upkeep of the museum."  
   (from Katahdin Area Chamber of Commerce website)

   Now, I don't often go to lumbering museums, but a museum that I needed to boat to - how exclusive!  Looking at the map, the museum was about 3 miles from the launch across a large lake attached to an even larger lake.  Ambajesus (which may mean "eddy"  in Abenaki) is a part of the "Pemadumcook Chain of Lakes", which itself is a part of the West Penobscot River.   The Pemandumcook Chain of Lakes includes Ambajejus, Elbow, North Twin, Pemadumcook, and South Twin. Each is a large lake; altogether they are the fifth largest lake in Maine.  Generally I don't find large lakes fun to kayak.  Still, a museum on an island, in the north woods of Maine....

   The next morning what was supposed to be a quick scout for moose somehow became multiple hikes, multiple drives and still no moose.
Sandy Stream Pond, gorgeous, but no moose
   Near lunchtime we were sitting by Upper Togue Pond. (Delorme page 51), tired of hiking and discouraged by how much time we'd spent on a fruitless quest.  Upper Togue Pond is a small multi-lobed pond.  We watched some loons take off in flight and debated, kayaking here and just poking into the many coves.   It was tempting, but on Ambajejus we'd have a goal....

   So we drove back to the lake on Delorme page 43, to the launch in Spencer Cover.  Spencer Cove was lovely, spotted with islands, mountains ahead, mountains to the north, bounded by well-maintained houses.
   Our first surprise came as we rounded into Ambajesus Lake, and we saw what looked like a large sandstone formation.

   But we soon realized it was sawdust, left from a mill that was there 80 years ago.  Several times we'd driven by Saw Pile Rd.  Somehow I never imagined it was a huge saw pile by a lake.  
   Since its formation, it has been carved by the wind and made into homes for cliff swallows.

   A new sight for me, but as a child Mark once lived next door to a saw mill. He tells of fun times sledding down sawdust piles and building "forts" dug into the soft, fragrant material.

   My next surprise was a loon snorkeling.  It swam along at the surface with only his head below water.  I guess that's a more efficient way to look for fish, and is probably very common, but I hadn't seen it before.

   Soon it was time to cross to the Boom House - and here it is:

   And this is the sign on it.

   It's probably a pretty neat place, the rings placed on the nearby rocks are certainly huge.

  So you might think that not seeing a moose, and not having the museum be open I would have been totally depressed.   I was sad that this quixotic museum might have run into a problem beyond what voluntary contributions could cover.  But I was not upset that I'd spent the time paddling on Ambajesus.  After all, I'd seen two magical sights: the snorkeling loon and the saw pile.  The lake was lovely, the day perfect for paddling.  And when I'm looking for moose I have the nagging suspicion that I'm doing it wrong.  While I'm gazing out at Compass Pond, (where I've seen moose twice before) the moose are wandering through Pickerel Cove at Millinocket Lake; when I'm up by Sandy Stream Pond the moose have meandered over to Abol Pond; when I'm up in Millinocket moose are probably dancing on the sidewalks in Bangor.
Just a few minutes late to see this moose
 When the museum isn't open, it's not like it's branch has opened in downtown Millinocket.  The museum is still there.  Besides, with views like this throughout the paddle, how can you complain? 

More about the boom house.
Ambejejus Boom House pictures at Maine Memory Net
An interview with Chuck Harris, who restored the Boomhouse
Katahdin Area Chamber of Commerce information on the Boomhouse
Digitized Article:  Making Paper in the North Woods 
Penobscot River Corridor Camp sites

Summary:  About a seven mile trip, lots of parking, paved ramp, no facilities.


by PenobscotPaddles (noreply@blogger.com) at August 31, 2014 10:34 AM

Sea Kayaking in the Channel Islands
Sea kayaking in the Channel Islands and further afield

Jersey Guide Book

After a disastrous paddling trip to Sweden at the beginning of August, when our luggage didn't arrive and therefore we missed the opportunity to get on the river, I was able to spend some time in Jersey putting the finishing touches to my latest book.  
Jersey: A Visitors Guide is available for Kindle, written with the general visitor in mind, although it does have some information on sea kayaking and other outdoor activities.  Available from Amazon, for less that a pint of beer, I think it would be useful for anybody considering a visit to the Island.


by noreply@blogger.com (Kevin Mansell) at August 31, 2014 06:21 AM

August 30, 2014

Mundokaiak
Blog dedicado a mi mundo dentro de un kayak. Aventura...pesca...surf...rolls...travesías...y un sinfín de posibilidades que hacen del kayak una pasión, un estilo de vida.

Robalo de 5kg...mi record en una jornada increíble!!

Un wasap del Capitán Martinez invitándome a una jornada de pesca en su barco me hizo cambiar los planes del fin de semana. Una invitación así no se puede rechazar.
A las 7: am salimos del puerto. El Capitán Martinez había planificado la jornada en dos etapas. Estaríamos pescando a fondo con mejillón y gamba hasta media mañana, luego dedicaríamos el resto de la jornada al jigging en busca de depreradores.
Nos adentramos mar adentro. llegamos al punto de pesca en media hora más o menos,fondeamos. Nada más llegar pude observar como una lancha se acercaba, nos saludaba y empezaba a dar vueltas sobre nosotros diciendo "aquí hay mucho pescado", para posteriormente alejarse mar adentro. Supongo que sería una artimaña para coger la marca. Cosas de pescadores supongo...
Nos pusimos a la faena, encarnamos los anzuelos y calamos las líneas, nada de caña por el momento.Bueno,Aye estaba con las plumas sacando jureles,caballas y abadejos sin cesar. La jornada no estaba resultando muy espectacular en capturas, pero si en variedad...fanecas, jureles, caballas, rubios y abadejos iban entrando al cebo. Yo no llevaba ni una hora y estaba mareadísimo, cosa que en el kayak nunca me pasó...Fastidiado por el mareo estaba más pensando en la hora de volver a tierra que en pescar...
Con la intención de moverme un poco cogí la caña y comencé a hacer jigging. No tardó nada en entrar un corvelo al Raglou. Visto esto, Andoni, nervioso, también cogió su caña. Cogimos un par de abadejos más hasta que el Capitán Martinez nos dijo:"Ahora vamos a ir al punto bueno"...
Subió el ancla y nos dirigimos al nuevo punto de pesca. La sonda marcaba cuarenta metros y una ligera pendiende de diez metros de roca. Pool(el Capitán Martinez) me dice optimisma:
-Esta piedra da Robalo
-Entonces dejo caer el señuelo y así que llegue al fondo ya levanto un monstruito- le digo yo irónicamente...
Dicho y hecho. Llega el jig al fondo, golpe de caña, recojo, golpe de caña......ZAS!! Mi caña se frena. Un tirón enorme hace que se me dispare la adrenalina. Se me pasó el mareo de repente. Sabía que traía algo gordo y que tenía muchas posibilidades de que mi sedal de 0.30 partiera. Con mucho cuidado y con el freno muy flojo consigo subirlo a la superficie. Con la sacadera Pool la sube al barco. Yo no me lo puedo creer..Más aún cuando justo al desanzuelarlo rompe el sedal. ..
Eufóricos seguimos pescando. Pool deja caer su jig y ZAS!!! Otro tirón fuerte. Otro robalo impresionante...
Mientras nosotros festejábamos, Andoni nervioso no paraba de mover el jig....De repente...ZAS!! premio para Andoni. No cogió una, sino dos...
Tras la segunda captura de Andoni no se produjo ninguna más. Después de un buen rato decidimos retirarnos con la sonrisa en la boca....
Otro día más para el recuerdo. Salir al mar, los paisajes, los amigos, la pesca...momentos inolvidables que me acompañararán toda la vida....
Gracias Capitán Martinez!!!

Os dejo un pequeño video de la jornada. No contaba grabar así que las imágenes son un poco pobres..

by mundokaiak (noreply@blogger.com) at August 30, 2014 05:16 PM

kajaknördar - paddling verkar kul
tid utomhus räknas

Lunch på Hermanö

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Regnet slutade och solen tittade fram lagom till lunch ute på Hermanö. Sune & Jan Olof från Real turmat bjöd på lunch, dryck och kaffe. Gott och trevligt. Skapligt med paddlare på Stockenträffen!

Mer om Stockenträffen 2014

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by Erik Sjöstedt at August 30, 2014 03:41 PM

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

Don't Forget the Tugboat Race Tomorrow!

It's always tons of fun (many, many tons) when the heavy horses of the harbor come out to play! Sunday, August 31st. Click here for details. 

by noreply@blogger.com (bonnie) at August 30, 2014 02:12 PM

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Northern California kayaking adventures

Hands down, the most amazing kayak trend yet

 Look for something unusual here -- and it's not that orange is the new black (photo by Cate Hawthorne) Kayakers generally fall into two camps when it comes to paddles. There are European paddles...

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by Glenn Brank (noreply@blogger.com) at August 30, 2014 02:13 PM

South West Sea Kayaking
The personal blog of Mark Rainsley

Alone in Ramsey Sound

Ramsey Sound is one of my favourite spots on the planet. It separates the far west tip of Pembrokeshire in Wales from Ramsey Island, with phenomenally strong tidal flows ripping though. Anyway, last week I found myself alone in the Sound on a beautiful afternoon, with a Tiderace Vortex on loan…this being a fairly playful design, I thought I’d go play.

I paddled out of Whitesands Bay and ferry-glided across the current towards the island. Eventually I found myself in the harbour, looking out at the infamous Bitches tidal rapid. I was on my own and hadn’t even checked that I could roll this boat yet, *gulp*. However, this was not a Spring tide and the rapid wasn’t nearly as big and fast as it can get…I ferried out and enjoyed a few long chilled out surfs on the wonderfully smooth top wave. I actually considered getting my SLR camera out to attempt a ‘driver’s seat’ view, but probably wisely, didn’t risk it.

Once I was surfed-out, I paddled upstream through the cave-tunnel next to the rapid, just about managing to gain ground with a combination of eddy-hopping and frantic paddle flailing. Now above the Bitches, I had access to the amazing playground that is the south end of Ramsey Island; huge caves, tidal rapids between rock pinnacles, seals. I just had so much fun, working my way in and out of and up and down these, with the tidal flow alternately being my friend or foe.

Eventually I peeled out into the current and rode the flows down Ramsey Sound back towards Whitesands Bay. I couldn’t resist a surf on the big steep glassy waves generated by submerged Horse Rock; this was amazing, but definitely in ‘don’t try this at home’ territory as the consequences of a swim here would be unthinkable; huge deep boils and whirlpools await below. I lost my nerve pretty quickly, and peeled off downstream…

All good. Very, very good.

 

 

 

 


Filed under: Islands, Kayaking, Pembrokeshire, Seals, Solo paddling, Tide races, Wales

by Mark Rainsley at August 30, 2014 11:43 AM

Mackayak
What I talk about when I talk about kayaking.

Womens Scottish Sea Kayaking Festival 2014


The third Women’s Scottish Sea Kayak Symposium was held this August in Bute at Ettrick Bay – right beside the Tea Rooms which cater for the event and are famous for kayaker appropriate portion sizes and amazing cakes.
Setting off for the 600+ mile journey in the van I decided to take the scenic route through the Highlands, pausing at Glencoe to take in the moody atmosphere.
 
I set up camp  – one of an impressive turnout of camper vans – along the shore road with Arran providing a picturesque view from the van door for a couple of gloriously sunny days.  Summer, which had vanished from Orkney at the beginning of August, had moved to Argyll and Bute!
The view from the van - Arran from Ettrick Bay, Bute.

After the obligatory brew and nosey around other folks’ van outfitting, it was time to have a van meal and a yarn before the event proper began. As usual Roddy had assembled an attractive fleet of Tiderace kayaks and a quiver of  Joe O’s beautiful laminatedpaddles.
 
'What would you like to do today?' and a bit of a stretch..
Photo Rhiannon George
The first day’s workshop was on the east coast at the little bay at Kerrycroy. Not strictly Greenland but rather entitled ‘Love the Wet Stuff’, we managed to fit in quite a few balancing (‘kiss your kayak’) activities and getting in and out of your kayak, low brace support and turning strokes. Gradually getting wetter as the morning went on. Boy did sitting in the cockpit feel solid and secure after all that paddling and balancing out of it…!

Tracy tries out A Joe O paddle and, guess what?, ends up paddling the next day with one of her own.
Photo - Rhiannon George.
The afternoon was more about how the water can support your body and your boat ( rather than your blade and the boat as we had been doing in the morning) - floaty stuff being encouraged.  Paddles by this time had been adjusted to zero feather and folk were ready to give static or ‘balance’ bracing a go. The emphasis was then clearly on thinking of the water as a friend and to embrace, not resist immersion…
Stretch, balance and float.

After an excellent meal on Saturday night,  day two followed a similar pattern – both groups had mentioned similar things they wanted to try in the morning – but in the afternoon Rhiannon helped support learning of Greenland body position for butterfly roll and standard Greenland Roll. Some good rolling was starting to develop  before the afternoon was out.
Progressive degrees of immersion throughout the day.

Then it was time for me and Rhiannon to get a little practice while we had each other to discuss issues with – but we were getting tired so, aware of wanting to finish (usually forward) well we quit before things started to deteriorate. The beach had been busy with families and dogs and kites and picnics and sand-castles all day! I am not used to such a bustling background to practice against.
The Festival was a good chance to share Joe O's paddles.

After Sunday’s evening meal Justine gave her slideshow andtalk. Fresh from Alaska it was odd to see her in real life after following the 101 day adventure with Sarah Outen online. The whole Aleutian adventure is just amazing – I am full of admiration and a little bit envious.
Good cakes and great craic - lots of laughter.

It was great to see old paddling pals and make a few new ones and, if not  spead the Green virus a little bit more, then maybe show how your relationship with the water can change by relaxing and altering body position, maximising flexibility and range of movement, adjusting buoyancy and … just taking time to float about a bit.
Sarah's gets soggy...

Thanks to Sarah McIlroy for the photos of Sundays shenanigans - most of the photos of the sessions on this post are hers. You can see more of her excellent photos and read about her adventures over at her blog 'Sarah's Soggy Scenarios',  thanks also to everyone who threw themselves into the ‘wet stuff’’...
 and thanks Roddy, Alice and Laura for organising.

 

by Mackayak (noreply@blogger.com) at August 30, 2014 12:16 PM

South West Sea Kayaking
The personal blog of Mark Rainsley

South West Sea Kayaking Meet 2014 – Joining Instructions

Okay, here are some things that you need to know about the weekend…

WHEN IS IT? – Friday 5th to Sunday 7th September 2014.

SIGNING UP – If you want to join us, there are still spaces available. At the moment about 60 paddlers are signed up, I will accept new bookings for a few more days. Everyone who would like to participate (this includes non-paddling friends/ partners) will need to donate £35; a small amount will be used to pay for the camping, otherwise all of this money will go to our designated charities.  It doesn’t matter if you are camping or not, staying one night or two, paddling one day or two, or indeed paddling or not. You will have to donate £35 if you are going to join us. Either Paypal £35 to mark@ukriversguidebook.co.uk and email me your name(s) at the same time, or ‘post’ a ‘cheque’ to Mark Rainsley, 2 The Old School House, Chamberlaynes, Bere Regis, Dorset BH20 7LS and email me your name(s) at the same time.

CAMPING – We will be based at Steeple Leaze Farm (BH20 5NY) – their website is here and a location map is here. Please take time to read through their rules (no loud behaviour or caravans, etc). It’s a working farm, so obviously be careful not to get in the way of farm traffic and suchlike, and accept that you will get to smell some authentic manure. You have already paid for the camping through your £35 donation. I will be there from around 5 pm on the Friday evening, I will try to put some signage up directing to our allocated field. 

WHAT IS THE WEEKEND ABOUT? – The weekend is non-profit-making and is run simply for the fun of it by volunteers. The monies raised will be donated to two charities, specifically The Dorset Youth Association and Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research. The fundraising aspect is the main and over-riding aim of the weekend. It’s also primarily a social event, an informal get-together of friends and soon-to-be friends. It’s not a Symposium or a Coaching Festival. There are no workshops or clinics. It’s just some people going paddling and getting together socially. I’ll do my best to make it all run smoothly (generously aided by volunteers) but don’t expect a tightly choreographed event.

PADDLING – The weekend is aimed at folk who just want to go paddling and enjoy the wonderful south Dorset coast. The paddling will not suit novices. If you have not been paddling in recent months, or are looking to get back into the sport, or are hoping for some coaching, or would like to try something more challenging than your norm or would like to try out sea kayaking for the first time…very sorry, this event is not aimed at you. There will be a briefing at 9.30 on the Saturday morning, where we’ll offer a range of different trips and sort ourselves in sensibly sized groups, guided by experienced volunteers. If you want to go off and do your own thing, of course you are welcome to do so.

SAFETY – All paddlers going out on the water will be expected to follow a few safety rules outlined at the briefing, e.g.

  • Only sign up for a trip which you feel experienced and equipped for.
  • Bring appropriate equipment, clothing and safety gear.
  • Wear something on your legs; on one SWSKM, I fished a guy out of the sea wearing nylon shorts…
  • Consider bringing a helmet if you like rockhopping.
  • Groups will have a designated leader/ guide. This may not be a coach, simply an experienced and sensible paddler.
  • Carry appropriate communication equipment.
  • Paddling groups no larger than nine on the water.
  • Groups paddle and remain together at all times.
  • The Coastguard will be informed of all paddlers on the water and their plans – I will take advice from them on the day, on whether they wish for contact from individual groups or from me collectively for all groups.
  • All paddlers participating accept full personal responsibility for their own safety (as frankly, you should do every time you go paddling…. )
  • These safety rules are non-negotiable – do not attend the event if they do not suit.

EVENINGS - The nearest pub is just over two miles away along a winding country lane…the New Inn at Church Knowle (BH20 5NQ). We’ll be socialising in there on Friday and Saturday nights, please come along and meet your fellow paddlers. On the Saturday night, they have kindly loaned us their function room (it’s around the back, long white building) and we’ll have a few short talks/ slide shows (each 15 mins, max 15 slides!), commencing at about 8.30 pm. Subjects may or may not include St Kilda, the Channel Islands and British Columbia, once I’ve actually asked those concerned… 

FOOD – You’ve have to cater for yourself; either cook at the campsite or the nearest pub is the New Inn (above). The nearest supermarket (and kebab shop etc) is in Wareham, about six miles away.

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Any questions? Email me or post them here. There is also an event Facebook page.

Nothing can go wrong. Fingers crossed for great weather!

Cheers,

Mark R


Filed under: Camping, Dorset, Isle of Purbeck, Kayaking, South West Sea Kayaking Meet

by Mark Rainsley at August 30, 2014 09:49 AM

Sea Kayaking in the Channel Islands
Sea kayaking in the Channel Islands and further afield

Hong Kong Surprises

A quick visit to Hong Kong to visit our younger daughter who has been working there, was a week full of surprises.  There is the constant rush of the urban area but with a bit of effort it was easy to find a different side to this region.
Our first excursion was to the island of Cheung Chau, reached easily by ferry from the Central Piers, on Hong Kong island.  The 10 kilometre crossing taking about 30 minutes.  The central part of the island is well developed and appeared pretty crowded so we made our way to the east coast beaches, with the intention of doing some paddle boarding.
 The first surprise was the presence of shark nets, they can be seen running out to sea from near the rocks.  In 1995 3 swimmers were killed by sharks in 10 days so the Hong Kong authorities installed shark nets on a large number of beaches.  There have been no fatalities since.  This was the area that Hong Kong's only Olympic Gold medalist trained.  Lee Lai Shan won gold in windsurfing at the 1996 Olympics. 
 The southern and northern portions of the island consist of granite hills, just like paddling in Jersey, just the sea was a bit warmer.
 Taking a break with the main urban area of Hong Kong visible behind, hopefully the sharks have taken a day off as we dangled feet in the water.

On another day we visited Lantau Island to see the statue of Buddha at Ngong Ping, the cable car ride is nearly 6 kilometres long and gives great views.  After seeing the statue we dropped down to the village of Tai O, which many people also do.  After a walk around the village we left the crowds behind and headed into the hills, for the Tai O infinity pools.

The first section of the walk followed the coast west and south, fortunately most of the route was in the shade but it was still very hot.
After several kilometres of reasonably flat walking, the trail headed upwards.  Every now and again there were distant glimpses of some waterfalls.  On the walk in we only saw 4 other people.
On arrival at the waterfalls it was obvious that quite a few people had made the effort to walk to this delightful spot.
 The pools provided a great place to cool off, following the heat of the walk in from Tai O.  Technically you are not supposed to swim here, there is a sign saying that swimming is not allowed but I think in reality it can be ignored.
Looking over the lip of the dam.  The water behind is part of the Pearl River estuary
 and it was possible to see the building works for the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau bridge link, which went it opens in 2016 will be 50 kilomtres long.

by noreply@blogger.com (Kevin Mansell) at August 30, 2014 08:29 AM

IKDM Channel (video)

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Greenland 515 CS Canoe 48 cm x 5,15 m e 195 litri Peso 12 kg Greenland kayak in Karbon/kevlar East Greenland, hard chine

by IKDMCHANNEL at August 30, 2014 08:48 AM

August 29, 2014

Tatiyak

Another trip done

Abbiamo completato nei tempi previsti il periplo dell'Isola di Lesbo, la più grande e la meno turistica dell'arcipelago greco delle Sporadi Orientali. E' stato un gran bel viaggio, davvero!
Siamo rientrati ormai da una settimana ed abbiamo pubblicato su Spot Adventure il percorso semplificato del viaggio (12.000 punti ridotti a 3.000): l
a pagina è raggiungibile al seguente link Lesbo Kayak Tour 2014, oltre che dal collegamento sulla testata del blog dedicato al viaggio...


We've finished as planned the circumnavigation of Lesvos Island, the biggest and less touristic one of the Greek archipelago located on the norteastern Aegean Sea. It was a great relaxed wonderful trip, indeed!
We come back home last week and we've published on Spot Adventure the simplified tour (12.000 pixels meeting places to 3.000): the page is available to the following link
Lesbo Kayak Tour 2014 and also from the link on the top of the Lesvos' blog...

by Tatiana (noreply@blogger.com) at August 29, 2014 11:32 PM

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

A Rescue on the Churchill

The news from the Churchill River tells of a Saskatchewan paddler who has been rescued, eight days after the death of her partner and loss of all their canoeing and camping gear. You can read about the incident here in the National Post.

Bottom line is, anyone -- even these experienced campers -- can have an accident while on a wilderness trip. (Heck, it's possible to have an accident in Oak Bay a hundred yards from The Esplanade, but five dog-walking seniors will see it happen and you will be soooooo embarrassed.) This pair of adventurers had a satellite tracking device and the search began on the day they went missing. It simply took eight days for the survivor to be found.

Memo to self: when camping, there's gotta be a knife, a space blanket, and firestarting kit on me, not just in the boat. Always.
Anyone who doesn't know what a space blanket is, go to this link to read about it, and then get someone to take you to an outdoor sports supply store. There's one in my dunk bag, one in my day pack, another in my purse... one year at Christmas I put little space blanket bundles on presents instead of bows.

by noreply@blogger.com (Paula) at August 29, 2014 10:23 PM

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

Upwind paddle sailing with the P&H Aries 155 with forward fin, first test and review.

This striking pillar box red metallic with turquoise trim P&H Aries 155 is the latest addition to the seakayakphoto quiver. Not only has it a Flat Earth kayak sail, it has an other interesting addition.. Note the central cord and cleat...  ...which operates a large carbon fibre... ...forward fin for upwind paddle sailing.The fin is 30cm long and measures 11cm fore and aft at its mid

by Douglas Wilcox (noreply@blogger.com) at August 29, 2014 11:03 PM

Kanotisten.com
Kajak, Foto,Friluftsliv

Västra Svinskären utanför Biskopsö

Juli 2014 var varmt och soligt! Här var en trevlig liten ö.

 

by Bengt Larsson at August 29, 2014 07:31 PM

Kanotisten.com
Kajak, Foto,Friluftsliv

Spanat på nätet

Det här fångat mitt intresse  under sommaren:

kajaker som tar ordentligt med last. Artisan 5 G   Artisan är fortfarande en bra kajak. Andra kajaker med volym runt 370-400 lit +

Artisan 5g

Surfski som är skapligt stadiga, kollat in märken som Fenn och Epic

Tiderace Extra, provpaddlade den och gillade den på något sätt, inte så snabb men trevlig.

Tiderace Pace 17 T( som jag köpt)

Olika skapliga mjukplast kajaker som Vortex och de från P&H och Valley.

Blocket surfing:  träkajaker och SOF. Men även snabba motionskajaker

by Bengt Larsson at August 29, 2014 07:11 PM

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

Picking....


 Wind. A strong system pushed in the past few days of unabated strong winds and surf. So instead of the sea; we took to the land. Day and night Rob and I searched of chantrelle mushrooms. Kilometers of silent wilderness under cloudy dark skies. Light dancing across the forest floor; hunting.


Today we finally stumbled upon a nice patch and picked a few ripe ones to dehydrate for our winter provisions. As the dehydrator now hums doing it's work I'm slowly getting packed for tomorrows launch into Placentia bay. 3 days of camping and paddling.

I'll be back with a yarn and a few pic's in a few days.

Enjoy the long weekend!

by Lee (noreply@blogger.com) at August 29, 2014 07:42 PM

Kanotisten.com
Kajak, Foto,Friluftsliv

Arkivet Artisan 2000 SC

Från arkivet: Artisan 2000Sc  Paddling 1994

Artisan 2000 sc

by Bengt Larsson at August 29, 2014 03:41 PM

Tiderace pace 17 tour

Är så fantastiskt nöjd med nya kajaken! Är jäkligt kul att paddla. Lättdriven och väldigt lättsvängd. Utseendet lurar en lite då man lätt tror det är kajak mest paddling rakt fram som en del andra kajaker av den här typen. Trixett är det kraftiga språnget på köllinjen som gör den så otroligt lätt att manövrera. Några har undrat hur snabbt den går, kajaken är ingen havsracer men har bra fart som snabb långfärds kajak. Lite lustigt är att den påminner lite om Epic V 8 i känslan när man paddlar den.

Mobil uppladdningar

by Bengt Larsson at August 29, 2014 12:03 PM

SimonWillis.net
Cycling, sea kayaking and life in the Scottish highlands

Kayak Race With $10k Prize

Except it's not just a kayak race.  Race To Alaska (R2AK) allows competitors to sail, row or paddle from Washington State to Alaska - you could even swim!  The event is next summer and the promotional video is honestly one of the best I've seen.  It's made by Zach Carver. Anyone from the UK going?

by Simon (noreply@blogger.com) at August 29, 2014 11:47 AM

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

Islay be back!


Leaving Port Ellen
McArthur's Head lighthouse
A long way down
The wee Bothy
Room with a view

The next morning we were heading back along the south of the island passing the three distillers again, not stopping this time! The weather was nice and calm at this point so we decided to carry on round the outside of the skerries. It was at this point the northerly wind decided to blow hard right down the Sound of Islay. We had a hard battle into a F5. We had hoped to pitch on the flat area below the lighthouse at McArthur's Head, however after landing and clambering to the base of the light, we decided we'd possibly be blown away, certainly we wouldn't be bothered with midges!

Nice and tidy
 We carried on to the bothy at Chladaich. It was nice getting a fire going, draping kit around and not having to bother about pitching a tent.

Looking over to Jura

Next morning was glorious. The wind had died, the sun was out and the tide was going in the right direction - perfect! We paddled out into the middle of the flow and had a gentle, but fairly fast paddle up past Port Askaig, passing the lighthouse at Rhuvaal and round the corner to watch another otter blissfully unaware of us, diving then coming up happily playing with his catch. After that we landed on the beach at Dhoruis over looking Oronsay and Colonsay,(another trip is calling).
 

 Lunch over,we went for a wee explore through the massive interlinking caves. We could only go so far in as we hadn't taken torches. When you see the size of them, it's a wonder they haven't all just collapsed, I guess they will eventually. Again it was good to see the stretch of coast we hadn't managed to paddle, it'll still be there for another trip! It was now time to turn and head back down the Sound, with the Bunnahabhain distillers being the first one to come our way. It would be rude not to stop, so we did. Up in the tiny visitors room, no comfy chairs to snooze in here, we (Alice and myself) sampled their lovely rich handcream, before we all had our obligatory tasting of a couple of whiskies, the 12 year is particularly tasty.
Arriving at Bunnahabhain
Don't ask - again!
No. 7
Back in the boats, we made our way the short distance to Caol Ila where we had a tour through the wonderful glass fronted still room, unfortunately photos weren't allowed here, it was then out into the warm sunshine for our tastings with another 4 being forced down our throats. Somehow we got  back in our boats for the very short drift back to Port Askaig where we pitched our tents in the garden of the hotel owner. A lovely fish tea in the hotel that evening (recommend it) was washed down with an Ardbeg, the only distillers we hadn't had a taste from.
No. 8 - Last one for Islay

Made it back

And the next one

And Ansgar


The next morning, our last,  the mingin' weather which was forecast had arrived. We had already decided not to paddle, but to take the ferry over to Jura. It would be a shame to try all the Islay distillers and not Jura. Hubby dear managed a double tasting as I would be driving.
Jura - No. 1

Our lunch spot


It wasn't long before we were loading the boats on the ferry back to Kennacraig with the anticipation of seeing if Ansgar's van was still there or if it had exploded after leaving fresh beefburgers in it for a week!

On the big boat
Another long drive home to tackle 2 weeks worth of wet, salty kit and possibly calling AA, but well worth it! Yet another fantastic trip, great paddling, great company, lots of giggles (nothing to do with the whisky!) Cheers Alice and Ansgar for organising it and as you said, we'll see you in a whirlpool soon!

by Sarah's Soggy Scenarios (noreply@blogger.com) at August 29, 2014 10:35 AM