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by Eliza Dolittle
Fri Nov 07, 2014 10:32 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Touring Boats - Where can they go?
Replies: 18
Views: 1425

Re: Touring Boats - Where can they go?

The wild water racing paddlers regularly take 4.5m long composite boats down Grade 3. As has been said before, the longer boats go faster, although you pay for that with less manoeuvrability. If eating up the miles on still or green moving water is your aim then look at something longer than 11 feet.
by Eliza Dolittle
Thu Sep 11, 2014 5:34 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: 'White' water?
Replies: 33
Views: 3204

Re: 'White' water?

Opportunity plays a big part. This summer I went with a group of Girl Guides to Uganda. We took them rafting with Nile River Explorers. All the safety kayakers and all bar one of the raft guides were black. In the village near Kampala where we spent most of our time the kids hadn't even seen a pictu...
by Eliza Dolittle
Sat Jul 26, 2014 12:33 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Thames locks above Oxford
Replies: 11
Views: 1356

Re: Thames locks above Oxford

Take your BCU card though, the first lock on the Thames at St Johns is the only one where I have been asked to prove BCU membership.
by Eliza Dolittle
Mon Jul 07, 2014 8:24 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Flat water coaching
Replies: 10
Views: 1187

Re: Flat water coaching

The document that Adrian is referring to is the "Terms of Reference" , you can read it here http://www.canoe-england.org.uk/media/p ... 20V4-1.pdf Page 16 covers site specific guidance for L1s.
by Eliza Dolittle
Thu Jun 26, 2014 10:06 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking Gear For Sale
Topic: Anas Acuta for Sale
Replies: 2
Views: 647

Re: Anas Acuta for Sale

Now sold.
by Eliza Dolittle
Sun Jun 22, 2014 9:51 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking Gear For Sale
Topic: Anas Acuta for Sale
Replies: 2
Views: 647

Anas Acuta for Sale

Basingstoke Canal CC are selling their Anas Acuta for £150.
Made by Valley, this is one of the early boats which comes with ocean cockpit and no bulkheads. Pump fitted. Decklines and elastics have been replaced. Based Surrey Hants border. Pictures here http://www.b3c.org.uk/buyandsell/
by Eliza Dolittle
Tue Jun 17, 2014 10:06 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring Kayaks For Sale
Topic: FS Junior kayak
Replies: 2
Views: 233

Re: FS Junior kayak

No sorry,probably the furthest north I will get in the next few weeks is Leighton Buzzard or Milton Keynes.
by Eliza Dolittle
Mon Jun 16, 2014 1:58 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring Kayaks For Sale
Topic: FS Junior kayak
Replies: 2
Views: 233

FS Junior kayak

Junior Harrier, one of the very early general purpose kayaks designed for children. Length 3m27, beam 57cm . Will take kids up to about 5 foot tall/age 11 or 12. Used mostly on the canal with very few scratches. Only £35
Based Surrey/Hants border.
by Eliza Dolittle
Thu Jun 05, 2014 3:01 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Water Temperatures
Replies: 281
Views: 51140

Re: Water Temperatures

The wild swimmer we saw getting out of the Thames this morning was wearing considerably less than you, a definite shortage of fig leaves along the bank.
by Eliza Dolittle
Wed May 28, 2014 9:25 pm
Forum: Canoeing
Topic: solo C1 wanted and advice!!!
Replies: 8
Views: 3125

Re: solo C1 wanted and advice!!!

The marathon canoeing website is here http://canoeracing.org.uk/marathon/index.php/race-results/ (but it is mostly kayak racing) Marathon racing is not as popular in the North as it is in the South. It may be worth looking at the historical results to find a racing club near you, Runcorn or Chester ...
by Eliza Dolittle
Fri May 16, 2014 9:11 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: A matter of interpretation
Replies: 31
Views: 3716

Re: A matter of interpretation

In reference to "swede" form, I think this refers to the country. The first edition of the BCU Canoeing handbook (1981) refers to "Swedish Form" craft and "Fish Form" . I think subsequent references have just got lazy and dropped the capitalisation. I wouldn't get too hung up about the use of Englis...
by Eliza Dolittle
Tue Apr 22, 2014 10:03 pm
Forum: Competition
Topic: Devizes to Westminster 2014
Replies: 58
Views: 9579

Re: Devizes to Westminster 2014

I did it too - 21:34 in a K1. Not bad for a 52 year old fat sea kayaker Sprucey I have just looked at the results and see you are from Southampton- so you must be the guy in the spotty boat we chatted to on the pound who said he was the slow one in his team. 21.34 is not slow in my book, well done....
by Eliza Dolittle
Mon Apr 21, 2014 9:10 pm
Forum: Competition
Topic: Devizes to Westminster 2014
Replies: 58
Views: 9579

Re: Devizes to Westminster 2014

My buoyancy aid did the course this year with a friend and I've decided that next year I should be wearing it. ... Liz I wrote that last Easter and I am pleased to say that my buoyancy aid made it down the course again, this time with me inside. Well done to everyone who finished, including from th...
by Eliza Dolittle
Mon Apr 21, 2014 8:49 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Ladies paddling
Replies: 26
Views: 2114

Re: Ladies paddling

3 ladies entered the Devizes to Westminster Canoe Race this year in single canoe, they all beat the 2 blokes who entered in C1 :) http://www.dwrace.org.uk/results/2014/Results/MondaySubClassResults.html I went to the LPS and had a great time. It was fun paddling whitewater with other ladies and with...
by Eliza Dolittle
Wed Mar 19, 2014 3:24 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: The future of kayak manufacture?
Replies: 3
Views: 689

Re: The future of kayak manufacture?

I am not sure how they got their costs so low given the number of days it took to print and all the time involved to screw it together. You could get an "Elmer the elephant" colour scheme in composites if that takes your fancy.
by Eliza Dolittle
Wed Mar 05, 2014 10:19 am
Forum: Competition
Topic: [review request] DW portage list
Replies: 11
Views: 2226

Re: [review request] DW portage list

West Mills Swing bridge at Newbury and the low one just before Bulls lock are listed as compulsory portages on the Watersides website http://www.watersideseries.org.uk/documents/Rules2014.pdf Rule 15. I remember watching a K1 going under the latter before it was a compulsory portage, he couldn't hav...
by Eliza Dolittle
Mon Mar 03, 2014 5:26 pm
Forum: Competition
Topic: [review request] DW portage list
Replies: 11
Views: 2226

Re: [review request] DW portage list

Have you planned a journey using Canalplan and cross referenced it against your list? http://canalplan.org.uk/index.html
You show West Mills Swing bridge as a portage, taking the total for Devizes to Newbury as 37 whereas the Watersides website cites 35.
by Eliza Dolittle
Mon Mar 03, 2014 4:41 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: UKCC level 1 coach
Replies: 5
Views: 971

Re: UKCC level 1 coach

Paddle tandem?
by Eliza Dolittle
Fri Feb 07, 2014 9:54 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Grants etc for clubs?
Replies: 11
Views: 1056

Re: Grants etc for clubs?

You need to have a clear idea of what you want money for, as grant giving bodies are often quite specifically focussed on their targets. If you have a lot of young people in the club then the Youth Opportunities Fund is quite good, but the young folk need to apply. We have had £4500 for white water ...
by Eliza Dolittle
Tue Feb 04, 2014 2:58 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Longest... and shortest... shuttles
Replies: 21
Views: 2577

Re: Longest... and shortest... shuttles

There are a number of touring loops in the Midlands region which use the canals to get back almost to the beginning. From Swarkestone you can go down the Trent, through Kings Mills and back along the Trent and Mersey canal to within a few 100m. From Hayton in Notts you go along the Chesterfield cana...
by Eliza Dolittle
Sun Jan 12, 2014 8:55 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Do I need Wings?
Replies: 110
Views: 7145

Re: Do I need Wings?

Is this another DW question by any chance? I use wings for marathon, sea and wavehopper. I use flats for slalom, polo and my Burn. It takes me a few mins to adjust from wings to flats. Wings are very positive on the catch and don't flutter when pulling hard. When first learning with wings , they do ...
by Eliza Dolittle
Mon Jan 06, 2014 7:49 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: 2014 challenges
Replies: 36
Views: 4343

Re: 2014 challenges

There looks to be a nice piece of flat deck between the stern toggle and the entry point for the rudder wires...
but I can understand you not wanting to make modifications to your new toy.
by Eliza Dolittle
Mon Jan 06, 2014 9:59 am
Forum: Competition
Topic: Shaft length for canoe erg?
Replies: 5
Views: 1432

Re: Shaft length for canoe erg?

Sorry. I was thinking of you having just read your post on the DW thread and didn't check who the original poster was.
Liz
by Eliza Dolittle
Mon Jan 06, 2014 9:53 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: 2014 challenges
Replies: 36
Views: 4343

Re: 2014 challenges

A photo, such a simple request! I will have a look. It was a technique used by some friends of mine when they did the DW in 2009 in a canoe. The truck of the mountain board was screwed to a small piece of wood which was fixed between the gunwhales very close to the stern. There being sufficient free...
by Eliza Dolittle
Sun Jan 05, 2014 8:46 pm
Forum: Competition
Topic: Shaft length for canoe erg?
Replies: 5
Views: 1432

Re: Shaft length for canoe erg?

Hi Lennart,
If you are on Facebook have a look for Sam Rippington. she paddles at Wokingham Watersports Centre and I know they have a Canoe Ergo there. Craig Hill from Marsport is the other person who may be able to help.
by Eliza Dolittle
Sun Jan 05, 2014 8:43 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: 2014 challenges
Replies: 36
Views: 4343

Re: 2014 challenges

Mark, Get a pair of wheels off a mountain board and mount on the stern deck so on the portages once the boat is out the water, flip it over and pull it. This is much quicker than faffing with a trolley. Don't bother with refitting the spraydeck after each portage on the canal section, you are better...
by Eliza Dolittle
Sun Jan 05, 2014 8:31 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Kayak colours
Replies: 17
Views: 2454

Re: Kayak colours

I think it's probably to do with when rotomoulding solid colours, changing from one to another the first few out the mould are not true to the new colour but carry some smears of the old colour. If you run some mixed colours this doesn't show.
by Eliza Dolittle
Sun Jan 05, 2014 5:40 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: kayak instructors
Replies: 14
Views: 1430

Re: kayak instructors

BCU terms of reference here http://www.canoe-england.org.uk/media/pdf/BCU%20TERMS%20OF%20REFERENCE%20V4-0.pdf Read page 11 about the need to check about AALA licenses if the coaching will include "Moderate waters" . I think it should do for 3 star WW. (You have already said that under 18s will be co...