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by johnb
Fri Jan 16, 2015 5:07 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Kayak paddles and flying
Replies: 13
Views: 2501

Re: Kayak paddles and flying

I flew with Scandinavian last year and they only allowed one bag, but it could be a sports bag. So I borrowed a snow board bag off a friend that took two pairs of splits and all my camping and paddling gear that I needed.
by johnb
Sat Nov 29, 2014 10:26 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Support Ferry to Norway campaign
Replies: 12
Views: 3401

Re: Support Ferry to Norway campaign

I've registered interest, I'm keen to get back to Norway with my own kit!
by johnb
Wed Nov 19, 2014 12:45 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: 2015 Events and Symposiums etc
Replies: 48
Views: 7505

Re: 2015 Events and Symposiums etc

Ravenglass Seaquest: From the Copeland Canoe Club website....... (http://www.copelandcanoe.org.uk/seaquest.html) SeaQuest 2015! We have set Sunday 17 May 2015 with a start time of 1000 the date for SeaQuest. (The tides are not wonderful in either May or June, this is about the best on offer..) Make ...
by johnb
Fri Sep 12, 2014 12:12 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Norwegian marine chart app
Replies: 4
Views: 1159

Re: Norwegian marine chart app

Flights are quite cheap (~£200 return to Tromso!!!), but it's a pain getting kit over and renting boats, so I'd love to be able to take a car. Keep us informed please Erling!
by johnb
Wed Aug 20, 2014 10:43 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Rescue of 'drifting kayak' at Needles
Replies: 13
Views: 2496

Re: Rescue of 'drifting kayak' at Needles

"kayak" can mean anything from inflatable kayak, sit on top through to decked varieties, so it's difficult to know what happened and how quickly the swimmer was parted from their boat.
by johnb
Wed Aug 20, 2014 10:40 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Sea kayakers to the rescue
Replies: 10
Views: 1871

Re: Sea kayakers to the rescue

It was very hard work... took about 15 minutes to go a few hundred metres. Wind was on my beam, so I was continually paddling on the lee side to try and hold a route slightly into the wind. Kitesurfer was a fairly large chap, and my boat is an Xplore S with relatively low volume stern, so I didn't f...
by johnb
Tue Aug 19, 2014 9:01 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Sea kayakers to the rescue
Replies: 10
Views: 1871

Re: Sea kayakers to the rescue

I towed a kitesurfer back to the Olympic centre in Portland Harbour yesterday... kite line(s) broke, then his board leash also broke, so he lost his board. He was optimistically trying to swim back with his part inflated kite, but wouldn't have got back without assistance.
by johnb
Mon Jun 30, 2014 12:34 pm
Forum: Competition
Topic: Cheshire Ring Race 2014 28th-29 June
Replies: 10
Views: 2713

Re: Cheshire Ring Race 2014 28th-29 June

Well, that was my first go at the Cheshire Ring... will it be my last?.... I went round in a team of 4 doing a K1 relay, changing paddler at each of the recognised "changeover" points. I paddled 5 legs, about 25 miles, portaged 4 tunnels and loads of locks. our combined time was 18 hours 22 minutes....
by johnb
Fri May 16, 2014 4:49 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: What GPS do people use?
Replies: 21
Views: 2198

Re: What GPS do people use?

Perhaps I need to look at some of these map based Garmins... don't worry, I'll still have a compass and paper (laminated) maps too!
by johnb
Thu May 15, 2014 9:35 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: What GPS do people use?
Replies: 21
Views: 2198

Re: What GPS do people use?

Thanks for the responses.... keep the suggestions coming!
by johnb
Wed May 14, 2014 1:20 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: What GPS do people use?
Replies: 21
Views: 2198

What GPS do people use?

Couldn't find a recent post on this topic, so... My Garmin Etrex is giving up the ghost after years of faithful service. What do people use for a GPS nowadays? I don't particularly need a detailed map, I mainly use a GPS for checking groundspeed, getting occasional accurate position fix and checking...
by johnb
Fri Apr 04, 2014 1:08 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Eco Shelter for Sea Kayakers on Isle of Bute
Replies: 5
Views: 1023

Re: Eco Shelter for Sea Kayakers on Isle of Bute

You guys are talking crap.

Funny, I was planning of camping near there this weekend, but bailed out because of the weather forecast.
by johnb
Wed Feb 26, 2014 4:39 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Forum split
Replies: 81
Views: 5818

Re: Forum split

I'd like a "sea" sub-forum on events - symposiums, races etc. I've always thought discussion on great events like the Ravenglass Seaquest or the Eddystone Challenge get missed because they are buried in the general competition forum.
by johnb
Wed Feb 05, 2014 7:15 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Chesil Beach...
Replies: 6
Views: 939

Re: Chesil Beach...

Nice pub the Cove House Inn, hope they manage to get it back into business soon.
by johnb
Mon Oct 21, 2013 12:46 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Disposing of flares^
Replies: 22
Views: 5066

Re: Disposing of flares

i think the premier league football clubs will also be offering such a service soon....
by johnb
Sun Sep 22, 2013 7:13 pm
Forum: Competition
Topic: Sea Kayak Race Hilbre Island 22nd September 2013
Replies: 5
Views: 1390

Re: Sea Kayak Race Hilbre Island 22nd September 2013

Great event today, thanks to Liverpool canoe club, Dee sailing club, and whoever is in charge of the weather.
The longer course is a good distance, and the new venue is a great place to hold the event.
by johnb
Fri Sep 13, 2013 7:24 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Frank Conway / Tarbert Church Bothy
Replies: 19
Views: 5248

Re: RIP Frank Conway / Tarbert Church Bothy

.... And of course his singing deer head!
by johnb
Fri Aug 30, 2013 7:39 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Roofrack? Inform your insurer
Replies: 20
Views: 11036

Re: Roofrack? Inform your insurer

Thanks for raising this, I'd forgotten to tell DL about a tow bar I'd had fitted to carry a bike rack. I asked about roof racks and she said she'd put it on the policy at no charge and it means it is then covered by the policy. Didn't sound as though it invalidated anything by not registering it, bu...
by johnb
Wed Jul 24, 2013 1:37 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Glueing things to gelcoat
Replies: 10
Views: 1670

Re: Glueing things to gelcoat

Hmmm... Evo-stik is a massive brand now covering a range of products. Which one is the bog standard glue we are talking about here?
by johnb
Tue Jul 23, 2013 6:33 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Glueing things to gelcoat
Replies: 10
Views: 1670

Re: Glueing things to gelcoat

On the same topic - I've rigged up a deck mounted tow on my rear deck but the velcro pads that the towline bag sticks to have peeled off the deck. What should I glue them back on with?
by johnb
Fri Jul 19, 2013 9:34 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Shetland-Norway crossing
Replies: 74
Views: 9099

Re: Shetland-Norway crossing

I presume they are paddling back?.. :)
by johnb
Fri Jul 19, 2013 4:27 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Shetland-Norway crossing
Replies: 74
Views: 9099

Re: Shetland-Norway crossing

I think they can smell the beer. Should be on dry land before closing!
by johnb
Thu Jul 18, 2013 9:06 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Shetland-Norway crossing
Replies: 74
Views: 9099

Re: Shetland-Norway crossing

Halfway!... no point turning back now!
http://www.kayaksonshetlandbus.org/Pages/tracking.html
by johnb
Wed Jul 17, 2013 12:28 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Shetland-Norway crossing
Replies: 74
Views: 9099

Re: Shetland-Norway crossing

Looks like they are on their way?....
http://www.kayaksonshetlandbus.org/Pages/tracking.html
by johnb
Tue Jun 18, 2013 3:35 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Race off Dorset Coast.
Replies: 23
Views: 4523

Re: Race off Dorset Coast.

I don't think the RNLI was actually involved, just the coastguard and the Lulworth range safety boat (see corrected post on FB). Comparing the 90% figure to normal extreme events is a bit unfair... I would have thought that non finishers/injuries etc in extreme events are expected and well drilled s...
by johnb
Mon Jun 17, 2013 12:44 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Rock Hopping California + Video
Replies: 7
Views: 838

Re: Rock Hopping California + Video

We are not worthy!

The film of Olga on the pour over is pretty amazing.
by johnb
Sat Jun 15, 2013 10:47 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Race off Dorset Coast.
Replies: 23
Views: 4523

Re: Race off Dorset Coast.

Surprised the army ranges were in use on a saturday in June???
by johnb
Thu Jun 13, 2013 1:06 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Which one to buy
Replies: 20
Views: 2725

Re: Which one to buy

Hi Mia - great fan of your blog (made even more amusing by some of the Google translations). I have a Tiderace Xplore S and really like the fit and performance of it. It is slightly "twitchy" when still, so not as stable as say an Alaw when stopped, but great once going and in waves. I've packed it ...
by johnb
Tue Apr 30, 2013 11:18 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Big fall near Durdle Door
Replies: 3
Views: 753

Re: Big fall near Durdle Door

Scary, I walked that section of the path on Easter Sunday along with the many hordes form Lulworth. Could have been very nasty on a busy day. As the article says, there was evidence of other slips on the White Nothe cliffs, so there must be some general instability at the moment.