Paddling Planet

July 28, 2016

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

Gaukværøy og Litløy fyr med Vesterålen Padleklubb del 1

Helgetur til Gaukværøy og Litløy, med Vesterålen Padleklubb. Vi var ni stykker som møtte opp ved Vinjesjøen fredag kveld. Et øyeblikk så det ut til at et uhell i verste fall kunne redusere oss til åtte, men en pose frosne erter og turvilje av stål gjorde susen. Alle ble med.

Jeg hadde grunn til å tro at ikke alle var like komfortable med å sette ut fra flytebrygge, så det ble selvfølgelig planen at vi skulle. Noen passelig sjokkerte ansiktsuttrykk da de skjønte det bekreftet at det var en god idé. Det var for øvrig grei plass på gjestebrygga til ni kajakker. Kunne nok fått skvist inn et par til, helt greit.

Foto: Mildrid Flø
Når man sørger for at andre må ut av komfortsonen, får man tvinge seg selv også. Bodø Radio ble derfor kalt opp før vi dro ut, for radiosjekk. Sjekket med det samme om de har AIS og kan se etter om det kommer båter, det tok sin tid. Sambandet fungerte ikke riktig like brillefint som jeg hadde håpet, men det gikk høvelig greit.

På turen var vi ikke bare deltakere fra egen klubb, men hadde besøk fra både Harstad, Bodø og vestlandet. Med to kilometers kryssing over og flere for meg ukjente deltakere, var det greit å ta en runde kameratredning før vi dro over – selv om det var et absolutt krav for å delta at man skulle beherske både det og padling i minst laber bris.

Jubelen gikk ikke i taket akkurat, men flere fikk seg nok en liten påminnelse om at dette bør øves på for å holde ferdighetene ved like – og dette var på flatt vann. Får man bruk for det i ruskevær er det greit at ting går automatisk, og at man ikke begynner å komle og lure på hvordan dette var. Samtidig fikk jeg frisket opp sjøl – kameratredning er vrient å øve på når man padler alene.

Ikke at vi regnet med ruskevær i kveld, Yr hadde skrytt på seg en masse vind det ikke ble noe av. Overfarten ble av den rolige typen, mens folk pratet og ble litt kjent på turen utover. Gaukværøy til venstre i bildet.

Vi kom oss greit over dit og til leirplassen ved stranda nord på øya. Der møtte vi Eirik fra Bø-klubben og et par feriepadlere, som hadde hatt plass nok til å ta med seg ei rive! Den fikk vi heldigvis låne for å fjerne sauebæsj, da gikk alt mye lettere når vi skulle sette opp teltene. Hjertelig takk for det!

Kveldens underholdning ble stakkars Wenches telt. Vi benket oss rundt med popkorn, vin og det vi generelt hadde av remedier, inkludert multitool, gaffatape og sikkerhetsnåler, for å se på om dette gikk an å fikse. Glidelåsen hennes røk nemlig på teltet som knapt er brukt før. Bergans imponerte ikke her nei. Veldig upraktisk i regnvær å ikke få lukket glidelåsen det minste. Reklamasjon.

12 kajakker på Gaukværøy. Vi fyrte et lite bål om kvelden, men det ble tidlig kveld. Ikke stasvær direkte, men ok.

Lørdag startet heller ikke med blå himmel, men det var peise stille. Ikke det minste drag i sjøen eller noenting. Lillian syntes det var så fenomenalt at hun sprang rett ut i havet for et bad. Det skal sies, hun var like snar å komme seg på land igjen.

Vi skulle til Litløy fyr i dag, og det var jo liten tvil om at vi skulle padle yttersiden av øyene dit. Så rolig har jeg vel knapt sett havet her ute før. Ikke snev av dønning før vi kom helt utenfor Litløy fyr – ikke rare greiene der heller, men vi hørte havlyd et bittelite øyeblikk.

Bildene mine er ikke allverdens denne gangen. Det vanntette kameraet hadde havnet under et telt jeg hadde til tørk hjemme, så der lå det. Iphone gjør liksom ikke helt susen, og speilrefleksen turte jeg ikke bruke i dette fuktige været.

Helt stille og tåke. Vi skulle gjerne hatt blå himmel, men det ga en litt mystisk og spesiell stemning dette, på sin måte. Vi kunne padle helt inne ved land og overalt hvor vi ville se nærmere på ting.

Her har Lillian funnet noe å se nærmere på.
Helt inn til brua kom vi oss uten problemer. Hovedveien på øya, for mange år siden.

Gunnhild kom helt fra Bodø for å padle med oss her ute, faktisk. Det er ikke verst.

Etter hvert rundet vi Litløy og fikk se hvor vi skulle spise lunsj. Men vi skulle gå i land på nordspissen av øya, så vi måtte padle litt til.

Vi snirklet oss videre langs land, imellom steiner og tang.

Da vi kom til Litløyvågen var mange av oss sultne og veldig klare for lunsj. Ikke visste vi (ennå) at planten på stranda skulle bli vår lunsj.

Her revner forresten halsmansjetten. Det var ikke noe særlig - jeg var klar over at den ene håndleddmansjetten var dårlig og har vært forsiktig med den, men den holdt. Ikke halsen. Uff, det er jo sååå kjeeedeeeliiig å bytte sånne. (Men ikke så vanskelig som man tror før man har prøvd.)

Tåka var såpass tett nå at vi så ikke mye til Gaukværøy litt lenger bort.

Vi skiftet på oss til vanlige turklær, og ruslet bort til fyret.

Her var det dekket på flotte bord innendørs til oss. (Her må man bestille på forhånd og høre om det passer, det er ikke bare å slenge tilfeldig innom og forvente full servering.)

Fiffig pynt på bordet, og mynte-te mens vi venter.

På tide å oppdatere Facebook!!! En så flott tur må ut til folket!!!

Lunsjen, pai med salat - laget blant annet av melde, som altså vokser på øya. Dette var steike godt!

Vanskelig å få med både folk og utsikt, så vi valgte folket denne gangen. Utsikten er det uansett best at du tar deg en tur og ser selv. (Vi setter nok opp denne turen flere ganger, tipper jeg.)

Til dessert var det rabarbrasuppe med krem og tiriltungepynt. Den smakte også aldeles utmerket!

Turen er slett ikke over ennå, men del to får komme senere. I mellomtiden kan du eventuelt kose deg med Stein-Evert sin blogg som ligger HER, han hadde med seg vanntettkamera også. ;)

by Miamaria Padlemia (noreply@blogger.com) at July 28, 2016 08:01 am

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

No Wake

They said "Go jump in a lake". So I did.

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by noreply@blogger.com (bonnie) at July 28, 2016 03:02 am

July 27, 2016

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

Towering Mt. Rainier Bathed in Golden Light

Mt. Rainier

It’s hard to believe that I’m going on my 28th year here in the Pacific Northwest. Especially when you consider that I was only coming up for a two week visit. When I think back to those first weeks and months I remember being amazed at some of the obvious differences from where I grew […]

The post Towering Mt. Rainier Bathed in Golden Light appeared first on Essex Media & Explorations.

by Steve Weileman at July 27, 2016 03:26 pm

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

More Woods Packs to restore

A few weeks back, happened to get a an email from a blog reader Mike E who informed me of a local paddling legend selling off most of his tripping gear. Amongst the lot were loads of Woods canvas canoe packs that had accompanied Michael Peake and members of the Hideaway Canoe Club. Some of their journeys were sponsored by Woods Canada in the 80s & 90s and these humble canvas packs have been used on dream Northern River trips down the Thelon, the Head, the Coppermine among others.

Anyway, these well used and abused packs were being offered at very reasonable prices. Ended up picking up 3 to work on and restore much like the Woods 200 done many years ago.

The pack in best condition was a later era Woods 200 with darker olive canvas. Thinner material than older ones but still sturdy enough. It was missing its tump and had a large repairable tear by the one tump buckle anchor as well as a growing hole on the front. The leather components were dried out but salvageable






Another 200 pack had much more sturdy canvas but was missing a buckle in the front as well as compromised leather. Almost all the original rivets had failed and had been replaced with bolts and nuts. Figured these would be simple to remove in order to replace the leather and do a complete "makeover".




The last pack was a Woods 100 that had been sent back to Woods Canada for repairs (back when they would do this). Tiny pinholes in the canvas were sewn up and reinforced, a corner patch added to the bottom and all the leather components replaced. Of the three this one looks to be in best shape since it could be used right away and came with a tump strap.




Slowly going to start restoring these over the summer

by Murat (noreply@blogger.com) at July 27, 2016 10:51 am

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

July 24 and 26 - Gordon Bay (#s 63 and 64)

Monica and I went to Gordon bay to do some camping in the trailer and also make a trip to the Carmanah Valley. While at the provincial campground, we made a couple of short kayak excursions. On Sunday afternoon we went west and put up with lots of boat wakes, seadoos etc. On Tuesday morning it seemed like we had the lake to ourselves. It was a nice change to paddle in warm fresh water.
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14 km, YTD 608 km

by Mike J (noreply@blogger.com) at July 27, 2016 08:19 am

July 26, 2016

Kanotisten.com
Kajak, Foto,Friluftsliv

Regn och glasögon är ingen bra mix

Måste nog skaffa linser så man ser bättre..ser skapligt utan men inte helt bra. När det regnar är glasögon helt hopplösa.

by Bengt Larsson at July 26, 2016 07:28 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!)

Qajaq Rolls
Dedicated to the Art of Greenland Style Kayak Rolling

Bomb proofing your roll

I help a lot of people learn how to roll their kayak. Many people come to a mentoring session and leave having completed a dozen or so rolls that they never dreamed they could do successfully. Many people come back to their next session saying their rolls vanished as soon as they left the first session. Mentors use some amazing mental pixie dust to get people to roll. I call it proximity assurance, the mental benefits of having a friendly mentor standing in the water next to you fills you with confidence and the secure knowledge that whatever happens you are safe and will recover. As soon as the distance increases between the mentor and roller the mental aspects of rolling take over and rolls start to fail. It’s fun to prove to people it’s a psychological effect. Sometimes I will do it by running away while some one is rolling so when they come up they see I am standing a dozen feet away from their kayak and did not help them at all.

Once someone has a roll that is reliable without a mentor being near them I like to put them through my bomb proofing routine. The purpose of the bomb proofing is to help people understand how they cope mentally and physically when they are stressed, tired and in situations that are more realistic than the shallow beach environment or pool where most of us mentors teach rolling. I believe all of us are between swims and it’s just a matter of time before our roll fails or a situation presents itself that is beyond our capabilities. Bomb proofing helps people understand how to recognize and respond to those situations.

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Step 1 – one becomes sixteen.

I believe everyone has a strongest “go-to” roll. This is the one roll on one side that is their most reliable. Mine is probably my right handed standard Greenland roll. When people are stressed they will tend to forget all the different rolls they have, and instead fall back on muscle and mental memory of their reliable happy place, their go-to roll. Rather than fight this behavior the first part of bomb proofing focuses on getting the roller to efficiently get into the setup for their go-to roll.

There are 16 basic setups for each roll individual roll (per side). I find it best to show people these 16 setups on land. Have a paddler sit in their kayak and then rotate their shoulders towards the right. Have them extend the paddle right (towards the stern) as if putting in a stern rudder while surfing. Then place the aft end of the paddle by the stern on the right side of the kayak. From this position the paddler can fall in forwards or backwards. (The 1st and 2nd setups). Then setup the same way but hook paddle over the stern so it is on the left side of the kayak (much like the setup for a reverse sweep roll). Then the paddler can fall in forwards and backwards (3rd and 4th setups). Now with the paddler still facing the right side have them extend the paddle forward and in on the right side, again fall in forwards and backwards (5th and 6th setups). Then repeat with the paddle hooked over the bow for the 7th and 8th setups. Then repeat the entire process with the paddler’s body rotated to the left side instead of the right side, this produces the setups for 9th through 16th. For every one of these setups have the paddler recover with their go-to roll. That means they recover on the same side every time (right side for me). Show the paddler how to efficiently move the paddle, sliding it forward and back, rotating their body not the paddle and efficiently getting into their setup position without a large amount of energy or time being spent underwater.

Mentor note: When leading this step keep a low roller to mentor ratio, so either have a group of helpers or control the sequence of who is rolling. Anticipate a lot of failures and the need for rescues. Hand of God or similar recoveries are preferable over wet-exits. Wet exits should be a last resort as they use a lot of energy both for the rescuer and the person being rescued. Only pair up rollers if you are confident that they have strong assisted rescue skills, otherwise keep this step safe by only having one person roll at a time and being ready to present a bow or other assisted rescue technique which you discuss ahead of time with the participants.

This sequence of rolls causes the rollers to do 16 rolls, assuming everyone is successful. This in itself is quite hard work and will tax many people. When someone is very competent and wants to bombproof both sides (a much more desirable situation) then have them repeat the 16 setups but make the recovery happen on the other side, for a total of 32 rolls.

Step two – surprise and stress

In step one the roller is talked through a sequence of rolls. There is setup time and mental preparation. The next step focuses on removing the opportunity to setup. In addition, this step’s process is designed to simulate conditions where there is no respite from the conditions and it becomes important to continue paddling (at least for support) immediately after recovering.

One paddler is designated the pace keeper, they paddle at a constant speed which elevates the heart rates of most paddlers, probably 4.5 mph is a good speed to aim for. The fleet of rollers paddles along behind the pace kayak maintaining position, behind them a mentor follows with a whistle. At random times the whistle is blown and the rollers have to roll in. No setup is allowed, where ever they are in the stroke they must maintain that position and just allow themselves to fall in. Throughout this step each roller again uses their go-to roll. As soon as they are up they must start paddling following after the pace kayak.

Mentor note: It is very helpful to have two or three (depending upon group size) sweepers, people paddling around the edge of the group to help recover people when they blow their roll. As this step progresses people will become more and more tired and consequently will start to fail more frequently. I recommend allowing no more than four failures and rescues  per person. After four they must retire from the training. This helps decrease the risk of injury both of the mentors and rollers. Pay particular attention for vertigo, some paddlers may loose their ability to balance after a lot of rolls (or just a few) these people should be escorted back to dry land by another paddler to ensure they are safe.

It is ideal that all of the training takes place in active water, one foot to eighteen inch waves are ideal, just enough to create a confused water surface and keep the kayaks moving. If the training is performed in calm water then expect to up the pace and duration to have the same effect.

In order to create a more realistic beat down simulation the mentor can do a quick series of whistle blows were people are barely up and they have to roll in again. This simulates the situation where a series of rolls keeps causing the paddler to capsize without respite.

As people become tired it is important they keep going as this is the point of this step, to simulate the stress that conditions and fatigue create. This is allowing people to experience how they perform and how things start to change from ideal conditions to simulated stressful conditions.

Step three – the variety show

People that make it through the first two steps are doing well and should be encouraged. Step three is circuit training. Position two mentors about 50 to 100 feet apart in their kayaks and have the rollers loop around each mentor. As the rollers pass each mentor they must perform a different roll. This can be a different type of roll a different side for recovery or a different setup when they enter. This is now allowing the rollers to experience the impact not just on their go-to roll but to understand which of their other rolls continues to work reliably and which ones are now marginal when attempted with muscle fatigue and shortness of breath.

Mentor note: If the group is easily doing this or too relaxed then turn this into a hair and hounds race with each roller racing to get ahead and roll faster than the kayak in front of them. Who can lap who? This training requires commitment from the paddlers to engage, if they just want to relax and watch what is happening the training will not be creating the learning it is designed to do, you need people to push themselves, so set that expectation early.

Step four – ocean motion

By now the vast majority of people will have failed, it is unusual to have more than a handful of people that make it through the first three steps. The final step happens back in shallow water and requires several strong people. Position a mentor at each end of the kayak standing in chest high water. They then alternate pushing a pulling the kayak up and down to simulate a hobbyhorse motion in short step waves. The kayak bow or stern should be moving through at least a three feet range creating an aggressive motion. The mentor at the stern (out of site of the roller) randomly flips the kayak over without warning. The two mentors continue to oscillate the kayak aggressively. The roller then practices rolling in confused waters and motion where it is challenging to find the surface or understand the kayaks orientation. In addition, the mentors can simulate current by making it so the roller is unable to roll up on one side and has to switch sides after a failed attempt.

This step is a visual spectacle and it is great to have people come and support, encourage and celebrate with the roller as they “graduate” by surviving the maelstrom.

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Summary

Bomb proofing is designed to tax and test people. It puts them through simulations that are designed to push them to the point of failure, without appropriate preparation and support this is potentially dangerous. As a mentor and as a roller participant it is important you are fully aware of the process and risks.

If you commit to the process it will improve your understanding of your own capabilities and allow you to improve the reliability of your rolling.

Using these four steps the bomb proofing session has become a mainstay at several traditional paddling events. Please feel free to adapt it and use it as a training technique at yours and let me know how you improve it – we are all learners.

by Christopher Crowhurst at July 26, 2016 12:33 pm

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

Slow-tur til Vesterhave

Hjemvendt fra ferie i det jyske uden kajak var lysten stor til at komme ud og ro en tur, og en af mine trofaste romakkere Jes var heldigvis frisk til en tur på vandet. Eneste problem var bare et hak i armen, som jeg fik af en propel på et modelfly. Såret der er syet sammen med et par sting måtte ikke blive vådt, så vi måtte lige vente på at det lokale apotek åbnede, så jeg kunne købe noget vandafvisende plaster.Plasteret blev sat på i klubben, og snart lå vi på vandet. Det kunne det vandafvisende plaster også nemt have gjort. Godt nok beskyttede de såret mod vand, men de dråber der landede på armen fik det hurtigt til at gå op i limningen. Heldigvis havde jeg købt et støttebind med, så ved kanaludmundingen blev plasteret pakket ind og arrangementet voldte ikke flere problemer på turen.
Vi blev hurtigt enige om at ro til Karrebæksminde, og for ikke at forstyrre de mange på fluepapiret på Enø, valgte vi at ro ind til stranden på Vesterhavesiden. Turens tempo var roligt - jeg havde en øm arm, og Jes var heldigvis i humør til en rolig tur. Den ellers dejlige strand var desværre præget af en en ret stram hørm fra rådnet tang både på land og i vandet, så pausen blev kort.
Vi valgte i stedet at tage ind til slæbestedet ved Inderhavnen og en tur på cafe. Her nød vi en kop kaffe - med påtår - et par hindbærsnitter og et par energikiks, så var kræfterne til hjemturen på plads ☺️.
Vinden, der havde været skråt imod os på udturen, var vendt, så den nu var imod os. Det gjorde nu ikke noget, for det var meget lummervarmt, så lidt vind i ansigtet var egentlig meget rart. Jeg valgte af hensyn til armen at droppe de ellers obligatoriske rul. Jes sprang også over i ren sympati.
Det blev til 18 km's afslappende rekreationsroning.

by Pouls kajakblog (noreply@blogger.com) at July 26, 2016 09:27 am

DIARIO DE KAYAK
Fotos,videos y relatos de mi navegaciones en kayak de mar

PALAS GROENLANDESAS DE CARBONO GEARLAB

El pasado domingo tuve la ocasion de palear con las palas groenlandesas de carbono Gearlab, aqui cuento mis sensacionesleer mas

July 26, 2016 07:02 am

July 25, 2016

Kanotisten.com
Kajak, Foto,Friluftsliv

Katrineholms kanotklubb rensar hyllorna

Katrineholms kanotklubb rensar hyllorna!! fynda innan de bränns upp…

angelholm

by Bengt Larsson at July 25, 2016 11:46 pm

July 26, 2016

josebelloseakayaking

Hecho

Ha sido durillo, pero muy interesante, desde Palma a Roma en 9 dias de paleo



by Jose Bello (noreply@blogger.com) at July 26, 2016 12:11 am

July 25, 2016

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

Solnedgång på Skälderviken

Släpper bryggan, glider förbi vassen och ut på öppet vatten

Släpper bryggan, glider förbi vassen och ut på öppet vatten

Igår blev det en liten solnedgångsrunda på Skälderviken igen. Gött ljus och framåt niosnåret var det lite mer lagom temperatur efter tokhettan tidigare på dagen. Blev en runda söderut och sen tillbaka igen. Nu har vi varsin kajak liggande nere hos ÄSSS i Skälderviken, det är smidigt att slippa lasta & lossa. Bara dra ut ur containern och bära ett par meter. Gött.

Skapligt med folk ute på pirarna, på stränderna, på krogarna och även lite båtar på vattnet.

Bilderna är som vanligt tagna med en Nikon AW-1 och en Canon Powershot D20

Båt & Kajak på Skälderviken i go solnedgång

Båt & Kajak på Skälderviken i go solnedgång

Gött häng på finvatten

Gött häng på finvatten

Klitterhus

Klitterhus

Fårdugaväder

Fårdugaväder

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

by Erik Sjöstedt at July 25, 2016 02:27 pm

Kanotisten.com
Kajak, Foto,Friluftsliv

Trollkobben

Väntar på att månen ska komma upp vid ön Trollkobben/ Biskopsö /Stockholm

by Bengt Larsson at July 25, 2016 10:27 am

Björn Thomasson Design

Frej på Helgelandskusten

Frej på Helgolandstur, Johan Elwing

En rapport från Johan Elwing med tre Frej (glasfiberversionen) i Norge:

Hej Björn
Vi kom just hem från en niodagars paddlingsresa till Helgelandskusten i Norge. Med på taket hade vi tre Frej. Bifogar två bilder från Traena Hawaii (Norra Sandön) med Traenastaven i bakgrunden.
Kajakerna har varit fantastiska att paddla. Två nybörjarpaddlare har utan problem kunnat hantera dem i både sjö och vind. Lätta att manövrera, sväljer packning i tillräcklig mängd, lätta att hantera på surfen och på plattvatten.
Tack Björn för att du utformat en kajak som har så fina egenskaper!
Att de dessutom är snygga förhöjer upplevelsen.
Bästa hälsningar

Frej på Helgelandskusten

by Björn Thomasson at July 25, 2016 06:08 am

July 24, 2016

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

Tusen Padleturer

tusen-padleturer

Med kajakk og kano Norge rundt

Tusen padleturer är ganska många… Här får man ligga i om man ska hinna med 😉 Stressigt det här med paddling… eller i alla fall att läsa böcker om paddling 🙂

Boken kom ut 2015. Jag köpte den härom månaden efter tips i nån facebooktråd. Eftersom många turer ska få plats på lite yta så blir det ganska ytliga turbeskrivningar men ändå inspirerande. Gott om fina bilder och informativ text.

Blanadade turer längs med hela Norge, både hav såklart men även sjöar, åar och älvar. Plattvatten, lite fors och lite vågor. Mycket ser verkligen underbart ut.

Jag blir helt klart (ännu) mer paddelsugen. Och såklart ännu mer norgepaddelsugen.

Boken är skriven av Per Roger Lauritzen som verkar ha paddlat och paddlar hur mycket som helst överallt i norge under många år. Imponerande!

ISBN: 9788292708392

310 sidor.

Boken finns hos Adlibris: http://www.adlibris.com/se/bok/tusen-padleturer-9788292708392

Sök efter Tusen Padleturer på Bokus

Inlägget Tusen Padleturer dök först upp på kajaknördar - paddling verkar kul.

by Erik Sjöstedt at July 24, 2016 11:06 am

July 23, 2016

Björn Thomasson Design

Frej – Johny Bolander

Frej – Johny Bolander

"Tog lång tid men nu är den äntligen invigd :)

Går fantastiskt fint :)

Med vänlig hälsning, Johny."

by Björn Thomasson at July 23, 2016 02:38 pm

The Ikkatsu Project
In the Service of the Ocean

Redux

I’m leaving early tomorrow morning for a week on the roadless coast. I’ll be meeting up with Marc Mahoney, long-time friend and paddling partner on many previous adventures, in Kalaloch. From there, we’ll drive together to Hobuck Beach and if all goes well, we should be on the water by early afternoon. I don’t know exactly where we’ll be staying that first night (or any of the others, really), not that it matters all that much. Marc is a strong paddler and I’m looking forward to making the trip with him.

I’m curious to see where the reality of marine debris is now compared to what it was when I did the trip back in 2012. With the International Coastal Cleanup scheduled for next month, updated information about where the flotsam is concentrated could be valuable information for prioritizing cleanup efforts. I’m also wondering how much of what has reached shore is actual tsunami debris, that can be identified in some way. The rotation cycle of the North Pacific Gyre is somewhere between 5 and 6 years, so it’s a bit early for the second round to be showing up. But it’s the ocean and you never know.

It will be good to sit by a crackling driftwood fire again, to listen to the night breezes in the trees and to taste the salt of the sea on my lips. It has been too long.

by Ken Campbell at July 23, 2016 01:52 pm

Horisont Kajak
Kajak i Stockholms Skärgård

3 star training

3 star training

Juli månads 3 star training förgylldes av James Stevenson från Wales. Egentligen brukar vi ju åka till honom och köra kurser, men den här gången bjöd vi in honom till oss i Stockholms Skärgård.

Lotta, Birgitta och Jessica fick två dagar av sköna förhållanden, användbara moves, räddningsövningar, vind, sol och #skrattgaranti. Lars och jag lärde oss som vanligt massor av James i vår resa mot 3* providerskapet enligt BCU-British Canoe Union.

3 star training - Sidoförflyttning under fart
3 star training - Sidoförflyttning under fart

Sidoförflyttning under fart. Svårt. Användbart. Kul.

Roll - Eskimåsväng

Ok, ska vi rolla nu då?

Räddningsövningar? Tummen upp!

De två kursdagarna följdes av en 3 star assessment. Den får bli en cliffhanger. Nu måste jag skynda ut till Norråva för att hålla kurs hela dagen. Högtrycket har lagt sej över oss och hela hyrflottan ska ut med kunder.

I morgon kör Sanna och Micke en TÅNG – introduktionskurs med ett gäng nyfikna.

Nästa gång vi får träffa James blir i oktober. Då har vi en fullbokad kurs i Wales och vi ser fram emot en salt och blöt kursvecka.

Och den 30 juli blir det BADKALAS. Läs mer om kurserna här:

TÅNG

BADKALAS

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by Carin at July 23, 2016 06:50 am

July 22, 2016

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

What Do You Do With Over 4,000 Gallons of Toxic Oil?

Viki Lyne II

Typically marine scaling and growth are a bane to any marine vessel but in the case of the 108’ trawler Viki Lyne II, that may be all that is holding in over 4,000 gallons of marine grade oil from discharging into Ladysmith Harbor in British Columbia. The residents of this small community are both alarmed and […]

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by Steve Weileman at July 22, 2016 03:50 pm

The Ikkatsu Project
In the Service of the Ocean

Tiny Bubbles

Anybody have an idea about what this might be? Just south of Point Defiance, in the Tacoma Narrows, there’s this line of escaping bubbles coming from below the water. I’ve seen them before, but on this occasion they were really firing. They form a fairly straight line of about 200 meters or so, possibly longer, and it seems like there is a lot of gas bubbling up over that distance.

My guess is some sort of fracture in the sub-marine layers, a pocket of methane or CO2, periodic changes in pressure bringing different levels of output… but I don’t really know anything. If you do, I’d love to hear about it.

by Ken Campbell at July 22, 2016 02:18 pm

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

July 22nd - Discovery Island (#62)

Dan and I went for an early morning paddle around the islands. There were strong winds in the forecast. There was not too much when we started, but it was definitely 15-20 kt by the time we returned. We found that the wind and current had made for some nice lumpy water on the way out across the channel and even better, lumpy and squirelly water on the way back. You can see by the track that the ebb current had taken us down to Jemmy Jones. At the Northeast corner of Chatham we saw the wolf again. He watched us for a while and then got up and moved towards us to watch us again as we rounded the NE corner. You can see the slow section of our track as we watched him (and vice versa!)
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15 km, YTD 594 km

by Mike J (noreply@blogger.com) at July 22, 2016 01:59 pm

Greenlandorbust.org
Greenland or Bust - Helen Wilson

What You Need to Know Before Your First Multi-Day Kayak Trip

This Blog can be found on Outdoor Research’s Verticulture site. Click HERE for the link. Thanks for reading! – Helen

by helen at July 22, 2016 12:10 pm

July 21, 2016

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

Woman on Water

Blog posts regularly run through my head.  Someday, I hope to get more of them written and posted but the reality is that being on the water is way more fun than being on the computer.  This summer, my hours on the water are many and quite varied.
Kayaking and playing in ocean rock gardens on the Mendocino Coast.
Photo by Jeff Laxier
It is a challenge to be competent at multiple disciplines of kayaking.  I don't profess to be the best at any of them.  I don't compete but love being on the water, challenging myself, building others' skills, and introducing kayaking and the outdoors to those who might not be inclined toward the outdoors.  There is really something magical about that first kayak experience, first wave surfed, first pour over ridden, or first rapid run.  I get to relive these experiences again and again through teaching, guiding, and coaching Liquid Fusion Kayaking's tours and classes.

Here are some personal highlights of the summer of 2016 in Sea, River, Surf - via - Liquid Fusion Kayaking.

Guiding dry and mild nature history tours on Fort Bragg's Noyo River.
Guiding a Sunset Bird Paddle - sharing the birds and magic of kayaking on the Noyo River.
Photo by Jeff Laxier
Family kayaking fun on the Mendocino Coast
Photo by Cate Hawthorne
The ocean continues to feed my body and soul - Swooshing along with the pulse of the sea, surfing, rock gardening, and catching dinner.
Rock Gardening fun at Nick's Nightmare on the Mendocino Coast.
Photo by Jeff Laxier

Oh - what a feeling - Carving on a wave in my hp surf kayak.
Photo by Jeff Laxier
Of course, I have to wash the salt off from time to time with some whitewater river kayaking.  This summer, we made it to the Stoneycreek and the Youghiogheny Rivers in Pennsylvania but also the Trinity River and Cache Creek in California.  I have to admit that I have gotten the whitewater bug back again after our California dry spell.  Getting to do some summer whitewater has helped too.  Boating in trunks and a rash guard or shorty top is a novelty to me.
Whitewater river kayaking on the Trinity River
Photo by Jeff Laxier
Kayaking through Hellhole on the Trinity River
Photo by Jeff Laxier
A super huge thank you to Jeff Laxier - founder/owner/partner of Liquid Fusion Kayaking and my kayak coach and partner in life, my family, my brothers and sisters in the Tsunami Rangers, my Mendo-Sonoma Foul Weather Friends, Immersion Research, Adventure Technology, Dagger Kayaks, Jackson Kayak, Maui Jim, HuppyBar, and the students and coaches and industry reps who have encouraged me in my pursuits as a woman on water.




by Cate Hawthorne (noreply@blogger.com) at July 21, 2016 08:02 pm

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

A close up of Mt. Iliamna from the coast. [Flickr]

Essex Explorations posted a photo:

A close up of Mt. Iliamna from the coast.

This was taken during our paddle up the Alaska Peninsula from Augustine Island to Chisik Island.

by Essex Explorations at July 21, 2016 03:28 pm

Kajakklúbburinn Kaj
Félag kajakræðara á Austurlandi

Fyrirlestur hjá Kaj

Fyrirlestur í Þórsskúr um kajakleiðangur frá Grænlandi til Skotlands.Föstudaginn 22. júlí kl:20:30, í félagsaðstöðu Kaj á NorðfirðiOpið hús hjá kajakklúbbnum og frír aðgangur.Félagarnir Olly Hicks og George Bullard frá Englandi eru að róa á tveggja manna kajak frá Grænlandi til Englands. Þeir eru nú u.þ.b. hálfnaðir, búnir að róa frá Grænlandi til Íslands og fara næst til Færeyja.Þeir komu til Neskaupstaðar 20. júlí og eru með aðsetur í félagsaðstöðu Kaj þar til um helgina en þá áætla þeir að halda áfram til Færeyja.Mynd af https://www.gramwire.com/greenlandtoscotlandHér eru heimasíður um leiðangurinn:http://www.ollyhicks.com/greenland-to-scotland-challenge/http://georgebullard.co.uk/work/greenland-to-scotland-by-kayak/

July 21, 2016 12:25 pm

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

Skäldervikskväll

Glad Pia i fårdugaväder

Glad Pia i fårdugaväder

Högsommar på riktigt igen. Vi körde ner till Skälderviken och tog en go kvällspaddling. Sjösatte vid niosnåret och tog en runda utåt Skepparkroken & Magnarp. Grymt fint kvällsljus. På tillbakavägen dök den gigiantiska månen upp.
Göttgött. Lite båtar ute, lite badare på stränderna och lite fiskare på den ena av pirarna. Träffade på fyra ÄSSS-paddlare som kom in strax innan oss, de hade haft en fin tur ut till Vejbystrand och tillbaka.

Plattplatt

Plattplatt

Fantastiskt fint kvällsljus

Fantastiskt fint kvällsljus

På väg österut

På väg österut

Suddigt mot solen

Suddigt mot solen

Stormåne på väg upp

Stormåne på väg upp

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

by Erik Sjöstedt at July 21, 2016 07:17 am

July 20, 2016

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!)

Worlds Collide - and it was fun!


OK, this is a bit out of order here, I wanted to get the more photo-heavy events (the sail on the 10th and of course City of Water day last weekend) up, but now I'm bouncing back to July 9th, when my paddling and music hobbies collided in a most delightful and totally surprising way. I spent the morning lazing about at home but in the afternoon, I got motivated to go for a paddle -- I was thinking of being a trip leader for City of Water Day and I wanted to test how my stamina is coming along, and I'd thought that I would do that by repeating the paddle I'd done when I paddled to Dead Horse Bay to see Hokule'a. That's a paddle that under ordinary circumstances I would've knocked off without really thinking twice, but that was my first paddle after my reconstruction surgery.

I'd gone on my own and I'd made a comment on the original post about that maybe not being the brightest thing I'd ever done, but the one good thing about going on my own was that I was absolutely free to paddle at whatever pace I wanted to. I paddled a reasonably good clip going out but then on the way home I kinda ran out of steam - got home under my own power but man, I craaaaawled the last couple of miles.

I figured that doing that again and seeing if I held up a little better would be a good test for whether I was ready to be a trip leader again.

But then I got to the club and a clubmate asked if I was there for the hoedown. Hoedown? OK, I'd seen a few emails with the topic "hoedown" but hadn't looked at them because I'd assumed they were about the annual square dance at the ACA camp at Lake Sebago, and I just don't get up to the lake that much these days.

So I walked out back and there was Megan Downes, one of my set dance instructors from back in the 90's when I was doing Irish music and dance at about the same level of intensity as I now paddle! Another old friend from Irish music was there too, along with a lovely trio of old-timey musicians, and other members of the City Stompers, NYC's premier Appalachian clogging group. One of my clubmates dances with them and I'd actually been meaning to surprise Megan by turning up at a class sometime, but this was even better, we both got to be surprised!

All plans for paddling were scratched and I had an absolutely great time dancing - it was all square dancing, with Megan teaching the moves and calling the sets. Sound like fun? Check out the schedule on the City Stompers page I just linked to, they're doing a number of similar events here and there for the NYC Parks Department. Tons of fun!

And as a bonus, I have now gone to 2 set dance classes with Megan, and it seems that my feet have not forgotten quite everything.

I didn't get to take many pictures because we had just enough dancers for 2 squares if everybody danced every dance, but here were the 2 I did get:



And here's a bit of video with Megan and Kathy (one of the Stompers) doing some clogging!


by noreply@blogger.com (bonnie) at July 20, 2016 10:35 pm

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

A Serene Evening at the Steilacoom Dock

Steilacoom Dock

Drive into the historic waterfront town of Steilacoom and the first thing you’re sure to notice is a large readerboard proclaiming all of its ‘firsts’. First incorporated city, first sawmill, first jail….and the list goes on. Not sure why anyone would advertise the first jail, but marketing isn’t my strong point. But get through all […]

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by Steve Weileman at July 20, 2016 03:29 pm

The Ikkatsu Project
In the Service of the Ocean

Back to the Beach

Last night, I started rereading Chris Duff’s excellent narrative, On Celtic Tides. It’s the story of his solo paddle around Ireland twenty years ago, and I’m interested to see if it has the same effect on me as it did when I first read it. It came out in 1999, as I was getting ready to go on a 3-month circumnavigation of my own around Newfoundland. I read it then not only for the stories of travel and the adventure of the wild paddling conditions, but also to glean what helpful tips I could that might come in handy on my own voyage.

I’m leaving next weekend for the roadless Washington coast, a reprise of sorts, back to the places that we surveyed on our very first Ikkatsu expedition. I’ll be doing a couple surveys at some of those earlier stops, and I’m trying to put together a snapshot of where the debris is now, which beaches, how much is there, the sort of meta-questions that are helpful to seeing to overall issue as it relates to Northwest shores.

I’ll be traveling more quickly on this trip than on the that previous one in 2012. What we took more than two weeks to do back then will be done in about six days, along with a planned trip out to Destruction Island, which we were not able to get to on that first journey. More hours out of each day will be spent on the water this time, which means that there will be less opportunity for beach cleanup activities, filming or late afternoon naps. (I expect I’ll be able to sneak a few lazy moments in here and there, however.)

I know more now than I did then. About marine debris, about currents, tsunamis, invasive aquatic species, Japan, sea stars, ocean acidification and warming, plastic and sea level rise. I’m not the same person who was paddling this stretch of coastline just four years ago and I’m curious to see how the experience will be different. It’s a centering exercise, as much as anything, grounding myself once again in the most spectacular, world-class kayaking in the Pacific Northwest. It’s a chance to visit some of the places that have literally changed the arc of my life, and I intend to learn all I can from it.

by Ken Campbell at July 20, 2016 01:42 pm

Mountain and Sea Scotland
Hillwalking and Sea Kayaking in Scotland

A good year for the roses


 It seems to have been a particularly good year for the wild roses - also known as Dog Rose (Rosa canina), at least here in the northeast of Scotland.  The bushes have been loaded with flowers all through June and July, a lovely sight in the hedgerows.





The delicate pink flowers don't have much of a scent but are a magnet for bees and other pollinating insects.  Later in the year the rosehips provide an important food source for birds, migratory thrushes such as Redwings and Fieldfares seeming to particularly enjoy them, and if you can get some ripened rosehips before the birds do, syrup made from wild rosehips contains twenty times as much Vitamin C as orange juice!

by Ian Johnston (noreply@blogger.com) at July 20, 2016 02:14 pm

Horisont Kajak
Kajak i Stockholms Skärgård

Bris Lyx på Svartlöga

Bris Lyx på Svartlöga

Johan och Jenny bor på Svartlöga när dom inte är fångna av plikter i stan. Resolut bjöd dom in oss för att hålla kurs i sina hemmavatten. Det blev en Tång för Svartlögaborna och en Bris Lyx för alla som ville.

Positiva, nyfikna paddlare som ville lära sej mer och förhålla sej till det Gröna Paddelpasset. Sol, blå himmel och lagom med vind för ändamålet borgade för en fin kajakkurs.

Massor av räddningsövningar, självräddningar och coola moves. Säkerhet är inte bara kamraträddning. Säkerhet är att kunna positionera sej och kunna förflytta sej och kajaken på ett snabbt och effektivt sätt i sjö för att undsätta en simmande kompis.

Låga, statiska stöd blandades med dynamiska moves såsom lågt-stöd-sväng, akterliga styrtag och sidoförflyttningar. Koncentrationen var enorm.

Söndagen lämnade oss med röda näsor, trötta kroppar och må-bra-luckorna fyllda av skratt och ny kunskap. Tack, Johan och Jenny för att vi fick komma till Svartlöga och kajakinvadera ert paradis. Vi ses igen. Snart.

Säsongen flyger förbi i en rasande fart. Till helgen blir det en Knop, dvs en kurs som förhåller sej till det Blå Paddelpasset enligt Euro Paddle Pass och BCUs 3 star. Och en Tång, för den som aldrig gått en kajakkurs förut.

Och den 30 juli blir det BADKALAS. Läs mer om kurserna här:

KNOP

TÅNG

BADKALAS

Inlägget Bris Lyx på Svartlöga dök först upp på Horisont Kajak.

by Carin at July 20, 2016 10:37 am

July 19, 2016

NORCAL YAK
Northern California kayaking adventures

Paddle over to see a Tomales Bay icon while you can

Despite appearances, the "S.S. Point Reyes" was no shipwreck -- it was going to be a fixer-upper  “Picturesque derelict” sounds like a contradiction... But any kayaker who’s ever paddled on Tomales...

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by Glenn Brank (noreply@blogger.com) at July 19, 2016 10:59 pm

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

July 19th - Cadboro Bay (#61)

I went for a morning "run" around the bay with my neighbour Dan's guest, Kenny. He paddled the F1 and I paddled the Tahe T and both of us used GPs. He was a quick study at using the GP and liked it. He has used surf skis and wing paddles a lot in Hawaii. Nice conditions, quite a low tide and still ebbing out at Cadboro Point. We kept up a good pace, 7.2 kph, and did not find any lumpy water.
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7 km, YTD 579 km

by Mike J (noreply@blogger.com) at July 19, 2016 09:33 pm

Horisont Kajak
Kajak i Stockholms Skärgård

BADKALAS IGEN

BADKALAS!

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Vi upprepar succén från förra året. BADKALAS uppstod spontant sommaren 2015. Det var så kul att vi gör det igen.

Vi ville ha en dag där innehållet bestäms av dej. En blöt dag. En dag där du får välja om du vill öva på att kapsejsa, kamraträdda eller självrädda. Eller om du vill rolla. Kanske träna på din första eskimåsväng eller din 14:e.

På BADKALAS finns inga rätt eller fel. På BADKALAS lovar vi ganska lite struktur och väldigt mycket flexibilitet. Och #skrattgaranti, förstås.

Boka? Det gör du här:

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  • Torrdräkt eller våtdräkt och kläder för att bli blöt i.
  • Torrt ombyte.
  • Fika

Datum: 30 juli

Tid: 12.00-17.00

Pris: 990:-

Behöver du hyra kajak kostar det 100:-

Allmänna villkor

Inlägget BADKALAS IGEN dök först upp på Horisont Kajak.

by Carin at July 19, 2016 03:00 pm

Mountain and Sea Scotland
Hillwalking and Sea Kayaking in Scotland

Days like these - Iona and the Ross of Mull


This Google Earth slide shows the track of our three day sea kayaking trip to Iona and the Ross of Mull.  We paddled a little over 100km during the three days, but the distance was really irrelevant - it was the stunning colours, light quality and beaches which really made the trip stand out - below are just a few of the highlights....





The "pink milepost" at Pennyghael, with Loch Scridain and Ben More beyond.







Dinner al fresco at our base - Fidden Farm camp site.








Breathtaking colour at Port Ban on Iona






Afloat on a sea of light......






Traigh na Margaidh, Ross of Mull







Taking in the view after a great day's sea kayaking






Bones of the land - Ross of Mull pink granite






Watercolour light - Eilean Annraidh





St Martin's cross, Iona Abbey





Sunsets at Fidden with the calls of Corncrakes and Snipe - magical evenings.








Days like these...memories to last forever.

by Ian Johnston (noreply@blogger.com) at July 19, 2016 12:03 pm

July 18, 2016

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

July 18th - Cadboro bay (#60)

I took the Hobie inflatable out for an after dinner peddle/paddle/sail in the bay. I had ordered a sail kit for the Hobie but was originally sent the wrong one. The correct one recently arrived, so this was a first test. The wind was in the 5-10 kph range so was good for testing but did not get things going too fast! When I combined pedalling and sailing, I was able to go reasonably fast.
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3km, YTD 572 km

by Mike J (noreply@blogger.com) at July 18, 2016 10:55 pm

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

Making Our Way to Layser Cave Despite Blown Shock

Layser Cave

Seems nothing comes easy when visiting Gifford Pinchot National Forest. Or at least that’s been my experience. It took multiple attempts to reach Spirit Lake and the same held true while trying to make our way to Layser Cave, an archeology significant site located just off the beaten track. Our first attempt at reaching the […]

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by Steve Weileman at July 18, 2016 05:47 pm

Liquid Fusion Kayaking
Cate's blog about the kayak adventures of Liquid Fusion Kayaking in Fort Bragg, on the Mendocino Coast, and beyond.

Summer Kayaking Fun!

From mild to wild, Liquid Fusion Kayaking's summer tours on the Mendocino Coast have been a blast.  On the dry and mild side, the Noyo River Estuary has been gorgeous with fun wildlife sightings.
A great blue heron watches observes LFK's Sunset Bird Paddle.
On both the Noyo River and in the Pacific Ocean, we are having fun introducing the sport of kayaking to first timers and facilitating some good old family fun out on the water.
Family kayaking fun!
On the wet and wild side, LFK's Whitewater of the Sea Adventures continue to delight paddlers who want to play and experience the thrills and spills of rock gardening in the Pacific Ocean.
The thrills and spills of Whitewater of the Sea
Last weekend, we had our third class in our Art of Sea Kayaking Mendocino Series.  This class was all about play as our students learned the skills and timing for playing in ocean rock garden features like pour-overs.  This class was called The Art of the Pour-Over
Rock Gardening on the Mendocino Coast of California
The class was super fun.  The students in the class worked well together as a team - supporting and cheering for one another.  They also played hard - working on their own personal skills, pushing their limits, and laughing and playing on ride after ride.
Teamwork make for fun rock gardening adventures
The class was so much fun that we decided to schedule another one for this fall.  If you are interested, check it out The Art of the Pour-Over.  Join us in September or rally your paddling pals and we will schedule a custom class for you.

We are still in the midst of summer and are looking forward to many more fine adventures on the water.
Kayaking through the Tunnel of Love Sea Cave

by Cate Hawthorne (noreply@blogger.com) at July 18, 2016 03:40 pm

Mountain and Sea Scotland
Hillwalking and Sea Kayaking in Scotland

From grey to gold on the Ross of Mull


The cloud sheet which we'd seen advancing across the Ross of Mull covered the sky as we headed from Eilean a' Chalmain towards Traigh Gheal (white beach), one of two beaches with the same name on this part of the coast.  Along with the cloud came a stiff ESE breeze which cooled us quite quickly.

I took no photographs at Traigh Gheal, after what we'd experienced over the previous days it seemed devoid of colour, and we were concentrating on getting some coffee and putting on extra layers.





Although the brilliant colours were muted without sunlight, there was still a subtle beauty to be seen in the pink granite as we headed back along the coast towards Fidden.





This is the beach at Port nam Ron (seal port) and, appropriately, we were escorted through the bay by numerous curious seals which did the usual seal thing of popping up just behind us then splashing off when we turned around.






The breeze which had chilled us down at Traigh Gheal did have one advantage - it was blowing in the direction we were paddling so our speed was very satisfactory as we passed inside the cluster of islands south of Erraid, then back north through Tinker's Hole......






......to arrive back at our camp site at Fidden.  To the north, signs of an improvement in the weather were encouraging, and as we made dinner the cloud sheet slowly broke up and the wind eased......






...to allow us one more stunning sunset.  Our paddling on the Ross of Mull and Iona was over, but what a great trip it had been!











by Ian Johnston (noreply@blogger.com) at July 18, 2016 09:59 am

Jimski's Blog

Summer Sea Races

These events at Ravenglass, Coquet Island, Conwy and Hilbre Island are becoming a well-established series of sea kayak races in England and Wales during the early part of the summer.

It all kicks off with the Ravenglass Seaquest which is run by Copeland Canoe Club. This event was inspired by the original Seaquest which is usually held in September on the Wyre Estuary at Fleetwood. It's an orienteering challenge on the tidal waters of the estuaries of the Irt, Mite and Esk. The start and finish is on the beach in Ravenglass where all three estuaries meet. Competitors need to visit as many controls as possible within a 3 hour time limit. It's an event for everyone with everything from racing K1 and performance sea kayaks to sit-on-tops and Canadian canoes.

The following weekend I met some members of Manchester Canoe Club for a weekend in Northumberland. On the Saturday we capitalised on the favourable weather and explored the Farne Islands. On the Sunday we headed south to Amble and the Coquet Island Race. The course begins in the estuary of the river Coquet. Paddlers then race out through Amble harbour, round Coquet Island then back into the estuary to finish at the Coquet Canoe Club Shorebase. The winds were really light but it was so misty that the island could not be seen from the harbour entrance. The race went ahead anyway without too many navigational difficulties, although one of the surf-ski racers finished unexpectedly late because he paddled round the island twice!

There was a gentle following wind for the Conwy Ascent race which was perfect for fast times. The main excitement was from racing past the booming cannons being fired from the pirate festival on Conwy Quay. It turns out that the winning K2 team broke a long-established course record.

Photo: Kathy Morton
Liverpool Canoe Club have been running a race in their local waters for the last 10 years. Its a challenging course on shallow choppy waters loaded with awkward currents. For the most part, competitors have to paddle against the tide. Its a great event with competitiveness taking second place to light hearted Scouse banter.

Photo: Kathy Morton
I always enjoy these races and in spite of the fact that I know I'll never win, I always look forward to the next one!



by Jim Krawiecki (noreply@blogger.com) at July 18, 2016 12:47 am

July 17, 2016

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.

Pyranha Octane PE surfski

This is the new Pyranha polyethylene surfski called the Octane. It will be available shortly at £1095. It is based on a Think composite surfski design. I had a good look at these in the GoKayaking store in Perth back in January. They look like fantastic boats and I had a good chat with Cam Allan about them. A lot of my friends are interested in surfskis but the thought of spending north of £

by Douglas Wilcox (noreply@blogger.com) at July 17, 2016 08:25 pm

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

July 15 and 17 - Mooring (#59)

I used the inflatable SUP to paddle to and from the mooring to get to Natural C-lection before and after a trip to Puget Sound. The SUP is handy to carry up and down the street and seems to be able to take a reasonable amount of cargo. It is definitely quite practical as a "tender"for one person.
click to enlarge
4x .3 km
1 km, YTD 569 km

by Mike J (noreply@blogger.com) at July 17, 2016 07:32 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!)

City of Water Day 2016 at Sebago Canoe Club - another good one!

Another good City of Water day at Sebago Canoe Club! We had a great variety of boats for people to try, kayaks, canoes, the new rowing gig, two sailboats and there was even a trainer K-1 (sporty little racing kayak) available for the adventurous and unafraid to swim. It was a pretty warm day but the breeze was just perfect, enough for cooling but not enough to push the boats around too much, and despite the fact that there wasn't much publicity, we had a pretty good turnout and a lot of people had a good time on the water with us. The thunderstorms that were supposed to come through tonight made an early appearance, but it wasn't terrible timing, things started looking ominous a little before 4:00, which was when the event was supposed to be over anyways. I was actually out in the container where I store my Romany when the rain started, and after a long and busy day of trip leading, I actually enjoyed sitting in there looking out the door and listening to the rain drumming on the roof. Eventually I did brave the rain, took a few pictures out on the dock, and then joined the rest of the gang in the clubhouse for a good post-event dinner of sandwiches from a good Italian deli in the area. Another good day at the club! 

















by noreply@blogger.com (bonnie) at July 17, 2016 11:58 am

July 16, 2016

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

!. tur fra Ekenäs ved Ronneby, Blekinge

Da resten af NKC søndag pakkede kajakker og telte ned og returnerende til Danmark, kørte Jan og jeg lidt videre i Blekinge sammen med vores samlevere. Vi camperede ved Ronneby for at holde lidt yderligere ferie i Sverige.
Ved Ekenäs er der en fin lille skærgård, og vores første rotur gik vestpå langs kysten. Det var en flot tur, hvor vi et par gange "kravlede" forsigtigt rundt mellem sten på lavt vand.
Også i dette område så vi spor af flådens aktiviteter flere steder. For at gemme observationsposterne var betonen beklædt med områdets sten, så man skulle tæt på for at se dem. Men, mon ikke russerne havde styr på dem - det er jo ganske tæt på de parkede en ubåd på en klippe
Der var også flot under vandet. Det var meget klart og jeg brugte en del tid på at kigge nedad. Desværre så jeg ingen fisk
Igen blev det en stille og rolig tur, fordi landskabet simpelt hen var meget smukt. Vi så rigtig mange fugle på turene. Der var masser af Canadagæs, lidt færre grågæs, men vi så også her havørn, rød glente, hejrer, lappedykkere, skalleslugere, terner mm. Et par traner blev det også til.
Af og til skal man jo i land og "afrime"
Det foregår med lidt forsigtighed for at skåne kajakkerne, for der er ikke mange sandstrande i området vest for Ronneby.
Vi sluttede som sædvanlig turen med lidt rulleri. For at forbedre teknikken lidt filmede vi hinanden. Desværre kan jeg ikke lige finde ud af at sætte videoer ind på bloggen. Men ved at finde tilbage til de gamle dyder, fik jeg gjort min rul bedre og sikrere. 

Dyderne består kort i at holde åren op til skulderen, få lavet et godt setup med åren i overfladen, vinkle den lidt ved at "give gas", føre den rundt i overfladen, så på den og få lænet godt bagover - jeg har lagt et par stykker underlag på sædet for at hæve min siddeposition, så jeg bedre kan læne mig bagover. Husker jeg det hele, kommer jeg stensikkert op - også i lidt bølger. Men der trænes videre :-)

Det blev til 20 km's roning inden rulleriet.

by Pouls kajakblog (noreply@blogger.com) at July 16, 2016 12:06 am

July 15, 2016

Essex Explorations
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Searching for Microplastics at 4000 feet

Collecting Microplastics Samples

As of late Theresa and I have been enjoying exploring the Gifford Pinchot National Forest. It’s staggering  just how much there is to see hidden away in this wilderness area. And, for me at least, it has such a remote feeling once you turn off the pavement. It’s no exaggeration to say there are hundreds […]

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by Steve Weileman at July 15, 2016 07:36 pm

Mountain and Sea Scotland
Hillwalking and Sea Kayaking in Scotland

Thunder and light


After an extended luncheon stop at Balfour's Bay on Erraid we got back into the boats to continue along the south coast of the Ross of Mull.  We had no specific goal in mind, just to explore the coast and then turn around to head back to Fidden.  If you visit this bay on a sunny day such this - you'll find it a hard spot to leave!





As we headed east along the rocky shore there were intruiging glimpses into other small sandy bays - it's a stretch of coast where many hours can be spent; short paddles between stunning beaches.





Donald went ahead in his F-RIB, intending to visit a couple of the larger skerries which form the inner part of the Torran Rocks.






As we followed at a slower pace, Douglas and I spotted a familiar silhouette through the haze on the horizon.....





 ...beyond the skerries and the low-lying shape of Colonsay rose the unmistakeable outline of the Paps of Jura. Our memories of a superb Spring trip to Jura still were still fresh - a place I'm very keen to return to!

In the foreground are some of the innermost skerries of the Torran Rocks.  This scattered group of rocks, islets and reefs lies to the south of the Ross of Mull to an extent of some 25 square kilometres.  They're well named - Torran is "Thunder" in Gaelic and a hint of the nature of the reef system can be found in some of the individual rock names such as "MacPhail's Anvil".  The largest of the rocks are up to 10 metres above high water but many are hidden and for every rock and hazard which shows above the surface there's as much shoal water below.  Hamish Haswell-Smith, in his indispensable guide "The Scottish Islands" describes the Torran Rocks as "scattered over a wide area like dragon's teeth.  They lurk menacingly just below the surface, occasionally showing themselves in a froth of white spittle".

Part of the reason that the Torrans are such a hazard to shipping is that they lie right in the track of vessels heading to and from the Firth of Lorn and up and down the west coast of Mull, as can be seen from this large scale map.   It was in response to the mounting toll of shipwrecks in the 19th century that the Northern Lighthouse Board authorised Thomas Stevenson to build the Dubh Artach light, one of the great "sea lights", it bridges the gap between the lighthouses at Rhinns of Islay and Skerryvore.

There is a passage between the Torran Rocks and the Ross of Mull, normally used by smaller vessels.  Coming up over our right shoulders, a rather larger vessel was rapidly overhauling us.....






 ..she's the Northern Lighthouse Board's tender "Pharos", one of two large vessels operated by the NLB.  She's 84 metres long with a beam of 16.5 metres, but a shallow draught of just 4.5 metres which enables her to operate close inshore.  We figured that if any vessel would have knowledge of the intricacies of the coastal routes around Scotland, it would be "Pharos"!






 We next came to Eilean a' Chalmain (Dove island), a rocky place where we found this rock formation resembling a frozen wave.





 Hidden on the east side of the island, Douglas knew of a possible landing place, and sure enough a flash of white sand backed with grass was tucked into in a corner of the island.





 At first the landing appeared to be blocked by boulders.......




 ...... but we found a strip of sand just large enough for us all to land and stretch our legs.






We now decided to head a little further along the coast to visit one of the two beaches named "Traigh Geal" (white beach) - there's always time on a  sunny day for another beach!  As we left Eilean a' Chalmain though, the sky to the north told of a coming change in the weather as a cloud-sheet reached across the Ross of Mull towards us.  Perhaps our luck with the sunshine had run out....


by Ian Johnston (noreply@blogger.com) at July 15, 2016 07:44 pm

josebelloseakayaking

De travesía rápida

Esta es una travesía diferente, acostumbrado a ir en autosuficiencia con kayak cargado, hay que aprovechar para un paleo más divertido al ir ligeros de equipaje. Cruzando de Mallorca a Menorca, con mar de cara.

by Jose Bello (noreply@blogger.com) at July 15, 2016 07:40 pm

Björn Thomasson Design

Första exemplaren av nya Frej 534

Nya Frej 534

Första leveransen av nya Frej 534 har kommit till Kanokajakcenter i Danmark, och kommer snart att finnas även hos Petruskajak.

Frej 534 är en lite längre och aningen högre kajak på samma skrov som den ursprungliga kajaken, som numera får heta Frej 504 – 30 cm längre och 2 cm högre. De något ökade måtten innebär att lastkapaciteten ökar från ca 135 till 145 kg, att den potentiella toppfarten ökar med 2,4%, att kajaken får en aning mer kursstabilitet (men inte mer än den fortfarande bär sig åt som en slalomkajak med skäddan helt uppdragen – lekfullheten finns kvar ;-).

Efter lanseringen av Frej 504 förra året har det kommit lite frågor om en lite rymligare version. Frågorna har kommit från två kategorier paddlare ur Frejs målgrupp: de som grund av vikt, längd och skostorlek verkligen har nytta av lite extra volym – och så de som fått för sig att mer plats automatisk ger mer säkerhet och komfort. Men i själva verket är det tvärtom. En kajak som passar är säkrare genom att man lättare behåller kontrollen över kajaken i besvärligt väder och mera bekväm genom att man inte behöver spänna fast sig mellan fot-, knä- och svankstöd för att bli kvar på sitsen. Ett enkelt riktmärke kan vara att överkanten av höftbenet när man sitter i kajaken helst inte skall hamna under sittbrunnssargen. Prova om du är tveksam.

Mer om bakgrunden till Frej.

by Björn Thomasson at July 15, 2016 05:58 pm

Kanotisten.com
Kajak, Foto,Friluftsliv

Fotstöd 100år gammalt

Smart fotstöd för den tidens kajaker. Lätt att anpassa och ligger bra mellan /under spanten. Funkar bra även på Grönlandskajaken. 

by Bengt Larsson at July 15, 2016 05:33 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!)

Saturday July 16th - It's City of Water Day!

Wow, this one kinda snuck up on me, but yes, it's once again time for NYC's annual City of Water day! This is a great day to get on the water in NYC, or just learn more about it; the main events are from 10 am to 4 pm on Governor's Island in NYC and Maxwell Place Park in Hoboken, and then there are "City of Water Day In Your Neighborhood" events all over the place, you'll find them in all five boroughs plus Yonkers and the New Jersey side of the Hudson River. Of course we'll be taking people out all day at Sebago, that's the flyer for ours above. Hey look, that's me in the yellow boat! :D

For more information on the festival, click here!

p.s. - cardboard kayak races are every bit as much fun as they sound!!!! 
p.p.s. - click on the City of Water Day label below for posts from previous City of Water Days - I've been participating in this Waterfront Alliance-sponsored event since 2009, there are a fair number of posts!
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by noreply@blogger.com (bonnie) at July 15, 2016 03:09 am

July 14, 2016

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

Kurseri i Blekinge

Varmt och finväder

Varmt och finväder

De senaste somrarna har Erik och Kennet kört kurser i paddelkompaniets regi. I år kunde inte Erik, av tidigare nämnda skäl, så jag hoppade in. 7st var anmälda till nybörjarkurs med utgång från Järnavik. Lite smånervöst till att börja med, men Kenneth höll i trådarna så det var bara att hänga på 🙂

Strålande solsken och en lätt bris från väst när vi gav oss iväg för att runda Tjärö. Gott om folk i skärgården och fullt i nyfixade hamnen på Tjärös ostsida. Himla trevligt. Lunch på Dragsö med badinslag, både med badkläder och kajaker, innan vi rundade sydsidan av Tjärö. Nu hade det börjat blåsa mer och det gick lite sjö som alla klarade galant. En bensträckare med fika på minifinstranden på ostsidan innan de sista kilometrarna tillbaka till fastlandet. Här blev det lite för jobbigt för en av deltagarna så det blev bogsering den sista biten. Väl i hamn var det middag och avslut i Gula Huset, som nu i dagarna byter ägare.

En rolig, lärorik och spännande runda med ett gäng nyblivna kajakentusiaster. Himla kul var det 😀

IMG_2964 IMG_2967

Inlägget Kurseri i Blekinge dök först upp på kajaknördar - paddling verkar kul.

by Pia Sjöstedt at July 14, 2016 06:54 pm

vincent kayak

dragging, wading, and hammering

dragging

  • if you haven't dragged your kayak, you are missing out - plastic is the preferred material here. 
  • my local national park has closed the access road to my nearest beach for a major upgrade so a longer drag was needed.
wading 

  • a lot of sand has been dragged away from rocks from an intense storm (east coast low) about 4 weeks ago............ so more water around rocks.
hammering

  • after 30 mins of dragging and wading i am confronted with shore break. 
  • I have noticed that if it takes some time and effort to get to a destination, one is more likely to go out and get hammered. 
  • funny enough i am paddling a P&H Hammer..........beats me why more paddlers don't get into Hammers (think of a lengthened playboat)
  • paddling in straight lines is fine, but i find a a bit of 'twitch' is hellish fun!   : )


or

by vincent (noreply@blogger.com) at July 14, 2016 03:04 pm

Kanotisten.com
Kajak, Foto,Friluftsliv

Freestyle

Släpper lite på tyglarna när jag bygger om min Qajaq. Bild på aktern!! 

by Bengt Larsson at July 14, 2016 01:53 pm

Horisont Kajak
Kajak i Stockholms Skärgård

GSRT för Boo Kanot

GSRT med Boo Kanot

GSRT

I söndags körde vi en GSRT, dvs Grundläggande Säkerhet och Räddningsteknik, för ledarna i Boo Kanot. Kursen syftar till att ledare ska bli duktigare på att göra ett förebyggande arbete inför en kanotaktivitet, oavsett om det gäller kanadensare, kajak eller en annan typ av kanot.

Bakgrunden till den här kursen är att man uppmärksammat allt fler allvarliga incidenter under de senaste åren där framförallt barn och ungdomar på olika aktiviteter, såsom konfirmationsläger eller paddlingar anordnade av skolor, blivit föremål för allvarliga olyckor och incidenter. Även dödsolyckorna bland vuxna har skjutit i höjden. En av de mest uppmärksammade olyckorna skedde förra sommaren i Jämtland, där en konfirmandgrupp råkade illa ut och två ungdomar vårdades på sjukhus för livshotande tillstånd under en längre tid. Läs mer om den här. 

Vi gick igenom och tränade på riskanalyser och hade en lång session på vattnet där vi övade på ”vanliga” kamraträddningar, olika typer av bogseringar, räddningar av kanadensare, Hand of God (uppvändning av medvetslös), tömning av en skottlös dubbelkajak och en hel massa annat. Det kanske mest intressanta av allt var när man fick beskriva hur man ”paddlar nära land” och följdaktligen fick simma in med kajaken från detta avstånd på vattnet in till land.

GSRT är nödvändig för att du ska kunna gå kursen Turledare 1, men även om du inte tänker dej att bli Turledare eller examinator i Paddelpasset enligt Svenska Kanotförbundet kommer du att gå från kursen med mer kunskap om risktänkande och räddningsteknik.

Läs mer om GSRT här. 

 

GSRT med Horisont Kajak
GSRT med Horisont Kajak

Inlägget GSRT för Boo Kanot dök först upp på Horisont Kajak.

by Carin at July 14, 2016 09:16 am

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

Mandagstur med Jes

Hjemkommet fra Blekinge skulle jeg da lige en tur på det lokale rovand. Heldigvis var Jes let at lokke med, så i ret blæsende vejr roede vi af sted.
Vi havde ikke roet længe før 3 gamle fly brummede forbi os. De kæmpede også i vinden og fløj næsten sidelæns. Jeg fik et skud af et af dem - den minder meget om en Piper Cub. Et fly jeg har haft en del versioner af som fjernstyret modelfly.
Vi fik kæmpet os ud til Karrebæksminde i modvinden. Undervejs holdt vi en lille spisepause - og her regnede det selvfølgeligt. Nå, kajakroning er vandsport, og man må forvente at blive våd. At strømmen også var imod generede os ikke.
Mellem molehovederne var der en del bølger. Ikke så slemt, men når strøm og vind er samme vej, er det sjældent så galt.
Vi hyggede os lidt i bølgerne inden turen gik mod Næstved. Vinden havde lagt sig lidt, men det blev til lidt hyggesurf ved båkerne midt på fjorden.
Traditionen tro rullede vi ved min bøje. Jes ruller fint til begge sider - jeg nøjes med at rulle til den ene side, da jeg ikke er meget for at belaste min venstre skulder, hvor et stort metalbeslag på kravebenet sætter grænser for bevægeligheden.

21 km - Ups der fik jeg lige rundet 14.000 roede km i mine kajakker gennem tiden

by Pouls kajakblog (noreply@blogger.com) at July 14, 2016 12:35 am

July 13, 2016

Essex Explorations
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North Head Lighthouse [Flickr]

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North Head Lighthouse

North Head Lighthouse at sunset during a winter storm. Photograph by Steve Weileman (www.xexplore.com)

by Essex Explorations at July 13, 2016 10:18 pm