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by jamesl2play
Mon Feb 22, 2021 8:53 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Into strong head wind
Replies: 116
Views: 3089

Re: Into strong head wind

I cannot see why the points being discussed should not apply to Greenland Paddles. A paddle is a paddle. There will be less lock with a GP so more spillage therefore the DPS will be less and the SPM higher. The catch is also less aggressive so going upwind or towing a seal they are going to feel mor...
by jamesl2play
Sun Feb 21, 2021 8:54 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Into strong head wind
Replies: 116
Views: 3089

Re: Into strong head wind

I reckon that I got away quite light there Jim.

A diving top hand means no Pivot. This is why mrcharly's Coach is telling him to try and keep his hand up and parallel to the water.
The top stays high until it drops for the Catch.
by jamesl2play
Sun Feb 21, 2021 12:50 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Into strong head wind
Replies: 116
Views: 3089

Re: Into strong head wind

Ha ha so now we get to analyse Jim's paddle technique :-) On the subject of Cadence, Chris mentioned Liam Heath in an earlier post. Well he will complete the 200 m in about 80- strokes in about 33 secs. So this gives him a DPS of 2.5m. When I am cruising in flat conditions my DPS will be about 2.25 ...
by jamesl2play
Sat Feb 20, 2021 11:57 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Into strong head wind
Replies: 116
Views: 3089

Re: Into strong head wind

This is a great discussion and I do not mind admitting that I am a self confessed Nerd when it comes to the forward paddle stroke. Apparently, there are 25000 muscle movements in one stroke cycle so achieving the perfect stroke is like searching for the Holy Grail. Anyway Surface Tension. Water has ...
by jamesl2play
Thu Feb 18, 2021 8:22 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Into strong head wind
Replies: 116
Views: 3089

Re: Into strong head wind

and there Chris is the difference in our thinking. Viewed from the side a locked paddle blade will enter and leave the water in the same spot. If the paddle slides further back from the point of entry this is spillage. No different to slipping the clutch on car. This might feel more comfortable but ...
by jamesl2play
Thu Feb 18, 2021 7:05 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Into strong head wind
Replies: 116
Views: 3089

Re: Into strong head wind

There is no way I am going to accept that there is any worthwhile drive after the hip. After the hip the blade should be moving out and away from the hull. The knuckles should also be facing towards the stern. Attempting to drive from this position is the sort of stroke a slalom paddler would use to...
by jamesl2play
Mon Feb 15, 2021 5:36 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Into strong head wind
Replies: 116
Views: 3089

Re: Into strong head wind

Interesting discussion again. I also disagree with the long stroke philosophy. On the point about paddling past the hip, try this - sit perfectly still, place the paddle in the water behind your hip and then try to go forward. You might achieve a bit of a stern draw but you will not go forward. Once...
by jamesl2play
Sat Feb 13, 2021 2:03 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: How much better is a 14ft over an 11.5ft for going along the coast?
Replies: 29
Views: 909

Re: How much better is a 14ft over an 11.5ft for going along the coast?

Contrary to opinion it is not always about the length (of the boat)
I have a 5.5m boat for bimbling along with my mates and a 5m boat for zipping along on my own.
I enjoy getting obsessed with going fast, especially downwind.
by jamesl2play
Sun Jan 24, 2021 6:51 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Lockdown.
Replies: 19
Views: 931

Re: Lockdown.

From the Canoe Wales web site: 'Therefore, to comply with advice from Welsh Government, Canoe Wales advises that all paddlers stay off the water for as long as Wales remains in Alert Level 4. All Canoe Wales-affiliated clubs must close from 20 December 2020, and all paddlesport activities and events...
by jamesl2play
Sun Jan 24, 2021 10:15 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Lockdown.
Replies: 19
Views: 931

Re: Lockdown.

We cannot even paddle on a canal in Wales. No driving for exercise either.
If I could I would, if the surfers are local then good luck to them.
by jamesl2play
Thu Jan 21, 2021 3:24 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Into strong head wind
Replies: 116
Views: 3089

Re: Into strong head wind

My tips for turning upwind are: Lift the skeg or the rudder Make sure you keep the boat under way with forward strokes. Edge the boat as far away from the wind as you dare. Put in a long power strokes, on the opposite side to the wind and with plenty of rotation, up the wave face so that as the bow ...
by jamesl2play
Tue Jan 19, 2021 5:17 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Into strong head wind
Replies: 116
Views: 3089

Re: Into strong head wind

You should be going downwind in a wind like that. Much more fun.
by jamesl2play
Sun Jan 10, 2021 8:49 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Introduction and looking for advice.
Replies: 41
Views: 1535

Re: Introduction and looking for advice.

We are all between swims. It is a fact of life when kayaking.

I second what Jim P said. I have some good mates in Snowdonia Canoe Club.
by jamesl2play
Thu Dec 24, 2020 12:12 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Greenland paddles
Replies: 106
Views: 2502

Re: Greenland paddles

PD I have never said that I do not like Sticks. In fact if you have a peek at my Blog there is no one more into Greenland and its culture than me. Someone recently described the differing opinions on paddles as Tribal which to some extent is a good description. That is the bit I do not get and your ...
by jamesl2play
Wed Dec 23, 2020 7:01 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Greenland paddles
Replies: 106
Views: 2502

Re: Greenland paddles

It tickles me how we all have different philosophies. My spare paddles are definitely not just for emergency/backup. Why waste the space ? If I get in the proverbial and say lose my paddles it means the conditions are pretty extreme and I would want a good spare to get me out of that situation and n...
by jamesl2play
Mon Dec 21, 2020 5:04 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Energy drinks
Replies: 37
Views: 1029

Re: Energy drinks

I had to check if I was still on the sea kayak forum. It sounds like everyone is having a go at Devizes to Westminster 24 hr straight through. Now there is an event to test your limits and what works and what does not. I have never had any issues whilst paddling a sea kayak even on extended trips wh...
by jamesl2play
Wed Dec 16, 2020 4:31 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Energy drinks
Replies: 37
Views: 1029

Re: Energy drinks

The biggest issue I have is dehydration. On a normal day most if not all of my fluid intake comes out of a kettle. Once I start exercising I always try to take on water. Dehydration seems to creep up you during the day. I suggest that instead of looking at energy drinks you should be looking at repl...
by jamesl2play
Sun Dec 13, 2020 4:11 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Rudder and skeg on the same boat
Replies: 37
Views: 1189

Re: Rudder and skeg on the same boat

Thanks for the clarification Chris. I guessed that you would know.
by jamesl2play
Sun Dec 13, 2020 11:48 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Rudder and skeg on the same boat
Replies: 37
Views: 1189

Re: Rudder and skeg on the same boat

'Back to the Nordkapp. The designer didn't know anything about rudders or skegs.'

That is rather topical when he is in the photo on the banner at the top of the page.
by jamesl2play
Wed Dec 09, 2020 10:15 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Greenland paddles
Replies: 106
Views: 2502

Re: Greenland paddles

Horses have been used since 2000 BC so that is about the same time as Greenland sticks, apparently.
There must have been a lot of research, stirrups and saddles etc.
Then someone invented the internal combustion engine.

Technology moves on. Nothing wrong with a classic car though.
by jamesl2play
Mon Dec 07, 2020 9:59 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Greenland paddles
Replies: 106
Views: 2502

Re: Greenland paddles

Sorry Chris I missed out some words I meant cavitation on the back of the blade. I agree the top hand is fairly stationary. Once the power blade becomes behind the top hand the deed is done. The top hand then forms a pivot until the recovery blade rises and then it becomes the lower hand. A come mis...
by jamesl2play
Mon Dec 07, 2020 5:53 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Greenland paddles
Replies: 106
Views: 2502

Re: Greenland paddles

I am surprised no one has yet mentioned feet and leg drive. Pulling yourself past the blade is very 'old school' Rather like pushing with the top hand which is a massive no no. You have three fixed points in a kayak - foot, blade and top hand. Take either of these away and the kayak becomes unstable...
by jamesl2play
Sun Nov 29, 2020 9:56 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Anyone else sneaked out today?
Replies: 36
Views: 1527

Re: Anyone else sneaked out today?

Some of us do not need to 'sneak' out.
by jamesl2play
Thu Nov 26, 2020 6:37 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Greenland Paddles - suitable for a new kayaker
Replies: 24
Views: 1095

Re: Greenland Paddles - suitable for a new kayaker

Chris JK, I did read the original post.
Have you actually been on a Regatta Lake or a Slalom Course ?
I don't think beloved Euros get used much on a Regatta Lake these days.
by jamesl2play
Wed Nov 25, 2020 11:04 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Greenland Paddles - suitable for a new kayaker
Replies: 24
Views: 1095

Re: Greenland Paddles - suitable for a new kayaker

It all depends what sort of paddling they would prefer to do. Do you see a Stick being used on a regatta lake - no Do you see a stick being used on DW (Devizes to Westminster not Downwind) very rarely. Do you see a stick being used on a slalom course - no This is a sea kayaking thread so do you see ...
by jamesl2play
Thu Nov 19, 2020 8:44 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Advice and kayak wanted: for use with greenland paddle
Replies: 31
Views: 1213

Re: Advice and kayak wanted: for use with greenland paddle

James have you actually used a Greenland paddle?

Yes Chris, with tuition from an expert. I have also seen many real ones and they look nothing like the works of art produced and sold today.
They are very inefficient which is why GP paddlers spend so much time upside down and are expert rollers.
by jamesl2play
Tue Nov 17, 2020 5:57 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Ear question
Replies: 13
Views: 1036

Re: Ear question

Have a chat with Sonja at Cardiff Hearing she is an Audiologist and a specialist in this subject.

Cardiffhearing@gmail.com
by jamesl2play
Mon Nov 16, 2020 2:03 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Advice and kayak wanted: for use with greenland paddle
Replies: 31
Views: 1213

Re: Advice and kayak wanted: for use with greenland paddle

A Greenland paddle is primarily for rolling. That's got to be the dafted thing I've heard about a GP. I've never rolled and have used GPs for a couple of decades. A roll is a failed brace anyway. Ha ha I knew someone would bite, just wondered why it took so long. I could write a book on why the GP ...
by jamesl2play
Sat Nov 14, 2020 11:17 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Advice and kayak wanted: for use with greenland paddle
Replies: 31
Views: 1213

Re: Advice and kayak wanted: for use with greenland paddle

A Greenland paddle is primarily for rolling.
You will notice that most paddlers with a GP spend a lot of time upside down.
Pairing one with a modern design sea kayak is a bit counter productive.

If you want to use a GP then I suggest you buy get a kayak more suitable for practising your roll.
by jamesl2play
Wed Nov 11, 2020 8:23 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: cockpit fit out and jelly for hips.
Replies: 17
Views: 883

Re: cockpit fit out and jelly for hips.

I agree with Chris that a back band is not necessary for forward paddling. You should be pulling yourself forward not pushing you hips back. You can tell if this happening by looking to see if you have wear marks on the hull under your heals. How low is your seat ? if your heals are close to the sam...