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by David P
Sun Nov 22, 2009 3:28 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: River Dart tragedy 21/11/9
Replies: 199
Views: 39943

Re: River Dart tragedy 21/11/9 - PLEASE READ BEFORE POSTING

Dreadfully sorry to hear this news. My sympathies to Chris's family and friends, and to all those involved in this incident.
by David P
Thu Dec 18, 2008 11:10 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: New Forum
Replies: 230
Views: 9720

Re: New Forum

Not that I've read all of this, but I've a feeling I'm with Steve B (not for the first time I suspect...). I cursed and swore when another phpBB site I frequent dropped the former "opens links in new window or tab or whatever" - but I've now got used to it. I've a tiny feeling that forums are a bit ...
by David P
Wed Dec 17, 2008 10:08 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Descend upper Dart in Sea kayak
Replies: 10
Views: 1729

Re: Descend upper Dart in Sea kayak

I've done Euthanasia in a Dancer a few times (the usual mixed group thing - some people decide to walk round, you get to paddle their boats down!) with no problems. But for a longish boat they're pretty manouevrable... Sea boat doesn't sound like a nice idea at all.
by David P
Tue Mar 18, 2008 11:19 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Getting weighed
Replies: 30
Views: 3733

I'd also encourage the "evening before check in" if at all possible. That way, the check in staff don't get to see your hand luggage!! Then the morning after, provided you're of a physique to make 15kg look light as a feather whilst hoisted onto your shoulder, Virgin are less likely to be interested...
by David P
Sun Sep 23, 2007 10:12 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Condor Ferries
Replies: 6
Views: 1189

Yeah, and Old Harry is a favourite place to be caught out by them. It's like a tidal wave if you're sitting casually on the beach there...
by David P
Tue Sep 11, 2007 9:46 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Service Not Self
Replies: 17
Views: 3332

Mark - I'm amazed this has passed you by. I'll find and send you a copy of the (fairly recent) BBC documentary on this - you must see it. It's VERY moving. What's most impressive is the calm, controlled (recorded) VHF radio voice from the coxswain of the Solomon Browne, reporting to the coastguard w...
by David P
Sat Jul 21, 2007 10:24 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Ocean Paddler
Replies: 87
Views: 20157

Wot he said - ordered mine, posted next day, arrived today, looks v impressive! Excellent service...
by David P
Thu Jul 19, 2007 8:26 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: A like total virgaan on the sea.
Replies: 25
Views: 3139

Buying rounds for the leader? That kinda thing?
by David P
Tue Jul 03, 2007 6:03 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: In-Uit Kayaks change name
Replies: 27
Views: 2794

No - just one page as far as I can see - but four of Douglas's fine pix in the heading if you click it...!
by David P
Wed Jun 20, 2007 10:03 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Canoeing welcomes public consultation into coastal access
Replies: 14
Views: 1556

I was intrigued by your comments - I, too, am concerned about websites (not least Govt) providing information in proprietary formats - I run enough websites for eg sports events myself and typically use Word forms for events, entries etc - so I did some delving. First, there's a response proforma in...
by David P
Sun Jun 10, 2007 10:44 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Scilly ness
Replies: 37
Views: 4453

I'm not sure I even want to know, lest it spoils the magic - nice pic.

(OK, tell us, do! Surely, as Jim says, it's half-way posed, or zoo or whatever?)
by David P
Sun Jun 10, 2007 10:41 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Devon and Dorset on BBC 'Coast' this evening.
Replies: 7
Views: 1061

I reckon she's OK! Good communicator... You know she surfs, too, albeit board? :-) Good prog. No kayaking as such - but some gorgeous photography of much of the Dorset and S Devon coast (and some useful points for Mark R to cross-check for the book - whilst I knew (lots) about Operation Tiger, I was...
by David P
Mon May 21, 2007 8:53 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: How close is your sea?
Replies: 62
Views: 7253

It's not just how far from home but how far from where the boat is! From Chiswick - tidal Thames 400 yards; Brighton 1hr 30; Poole 1hr 30 - no contest...
by David P
Thu Apr 19, 2007 10:10 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: What questions should I ask the Coastguard?
Replies: 40
Views: 9593

Hence the brackets - it felt a slightly risky subject to get into!!
by David P
Tue Apr 17, 2007 11:51 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: What questions should I ask the Coastguard?
Replies: 40
Views: 9593

(You could ask about disposal of flares?!)
by David P
Wed Apr 04, 2007 9:22 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Access Issue.. on Meridian TV 2/4/07..
Replies: 4
Views: 1015

Looked fine, Mark (and others)! Good coverage, the canoeists' side came across as very fair and decent. No one queried the fact that buying land costs money as well as buying rivers - but people are well used to the concept of rights of way.
by David P
Tue Apr 03, 2007 8:45 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: This week, I will mostly be...
Replies: 17
Views: 3420

I thought he said "unsecured" - ie not paying any money. The Yarmouth solution looks like money needs to change hands...?
by David P
Sun Mar 11, 2007 7:19 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Poole Harbour access
Replies: 6
Views: 1393

Best reference I've found is http://www.phc.co.uk/32.htm: Boat owners are welcome to explore Brownsea Island and can land on the western-end by dinghy at Pottery Pier or on the South Shore. Landing is not permitted at East Pier at the eastern end of the island or on the northern shore which is a Nat...
by David P
Tue Mar 06, 2007 10:45 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Thats it then end of RDCP
Replies: 97
Views: 19753

Were the actions of a few individuals really key to us losing this facility? I agree that it's not that simple, and I don't think it would be in any way fair just to blame a few individuals or incidents. As I said Saturday evening, I think this is the cumulative impact of hassles over the past coup...
by David P
Sat Mar 03, 2007 10:13 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Thats it then end of RDCP
Replies: 97
Views: 19753

A sad day indeed. It must be more than "one or two" people - it's surely the cumulative impact - when, overall, the hassle starts significantly to outweigh any benefit - though it may be a small number of incidents (not individuals as such) that stick in people's minds... I have to say that judging ...
by David P
Sat Feb 24, 2007 1:03 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Dart, source to sea
Replies: 12
Views: 2086

That would be a Dancer then?! I'm sure I've taken one down Euthanasia at some stage in the dim and distant past ...

(Actually, I think doing the whole trip in one go should be a nice, rewarding day trip if you could get the tides right at Totnes!)
by David P
Fri Feb 23, 2007 7:34 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Country land and Business association against legislation
Replies: 13
Views: 2009

CLA views - from the south west! - cited here http://www.fwi.co.uk/Articles/2007/02/2 ... ights.html
by David P
Wed Feb 14, 2007 9:35 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: <rant> BCU web site </rant>
Replies: 57
Views: 8941

So little to add to others' thoughts - but I loved the bit on the home page that said "Canoe Focus Magazine will be delivered to members within the next couple of days. Apologies for the delay" but with no idea when this was published (and no date on the home page).
by David P
Tue Jan 30, 2007 10:55 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Access Seminar 27/1. What was said edit
Replies: 23
Views: 2977

FOI?! Doubt they'd buy it ... Probably doesn't apply in law - just in spirit (publicly-funded body and all that).
by David P
Tue Jan 30, 2007 7:38 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Herniawheel
Replies: 6
Views: 1438

Stunning!
by David P
Mon Jan 29, 2007 11:21 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Risk to Jurassic Coast
Replies: 47
Views: 6771

Presumably, searching blogs for references to the Napoli? I was going to say http://www.google.co.uk/blogsearch?hl=e ... arch+Blogs or http://www.technorati.com/search/napoli ... uthority=n is your friend... but neither seems to readily find any of these posts. Curious.
by David P
Mon Jan 29, 2007 11:11 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Bloggin' (shameless self promotion)
Replies: 93
Views: 12381

I think categories may well be useful over time - but only if there are natural groupings that develop - helps people scan back over previous posts on the same theme. As Mark says, there's little point in herding stuff for the sake of it. I'll be watching some of these with professional interest... ...
by David P
Thu Jan 25, 2007 11:41 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: A January tab Conwy to Prestatyn
Replies: 6
Views: 1299

Nice pics - but they really are very large, so that I can't enjoy them to the full even on my enormous monitor. See this topic for some advice on sizes...!
by David P
Wed Jan 24, 2007 10:46 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Risk to Jurassic Coast
Replies: 47
Views: 6771

It was http://www.premar-atlantique.gouv.fr/galeries/MSC-Napoli/DSC07212 that struck me that it was "bent" (broken back) even when under tow. http://www.premar-atlantique.gouv.fr/galeries/MSC-Napoli/07BST22NB002_JOHANN_GUIAVARCH also seems to show this as does http://www.premar-atlantique.gouv.fr/ga...