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by jamesl2play
Sun Nov 29, 2020 9:56 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Anyone else sneaked out today?
Replies: 20
Views: 775

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: 940

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: 940

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: 30
Views: 1006

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: 936

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: 30
Views: 1006

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: 30
Views: 1006

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: 748

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...
by jamesl2play
Tue Nov 03, 2020 2:34 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Sea Kayak/surfski/OC1?
Replies: 10
Views: 413

Re: Sea Kayak/surfski/OC1?

Hah you beat me to it SJD.
by jamesl2play
Tue Nov 03, 2020 2:34 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Sea Kayak/surfski/OC1?
Replies: 10
Views: 413

Re: Sea Kayak/surfski/OC1?

Chris, I took OC1 to be Outrigger Canoe such as they use in Ocean Racing.
I think the float is called an Ama.

I may be wrong though.
by jamesl2play
Tue Nov 03, 2020 11:27 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Sea Kayak/surfski/OC1?
Replies: 10
Views: 413

Re: Sea Kayak/surfski/OC1?

That is quite an open question but, from your brief intro I would go for a surf ski. That would suit your background and get over the upsy downsy bit. Having said that the coastline of Scotland is awesome and would be better explored in a sea kayak. There is quite a strong surf ski community on the ...
by jamesl2play
Tue Oct 27, 2020 11:32 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Rolling
Replies: 53
Views: 1677

Re: Rolling

It was trying to learn the Storm Roll that messed me up. Turner makes it look effortless in 'This is the Roll' I thought learning that would make my old screw roll more solid. The problem is that in the Storm Roll the control hand switches over from the hand in the water to the hand on the boat. So ...
by jamesl2play
Tue Oct 27, 2020 10:23 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Rolling
Replies: 53
Views: 1677

Re: Rolling

I learnt to roll in the local river in 1969 and had a good solid roll for years.
I went on a weekend with Cheri and Turner to learn some fancy rolls.
My head got fried and now my roll is very hit n miss.
Seems you cannot teach an old dog new tricks.
by jamesl2play
Sun Oct 04, 2020 11:38 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Advice on stabilising a fibreglass kayak
Replies: 43
Views: 1412

Re: Advice on stabilising a fibreglass kayak

Ads, can I suggest you get a Balance Board. They are great for working on technique, strengthening your core and improving your sense of balance. All from the comfort of your home. Have a look on my blog at Paddle Awayblogspot.com, I have devised some drills for using one and we may resume our Zoom ...
by jamesl2play
Wed Sep 30, 2020 12:25 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Anyone used a RUK Load Assist?
Replies: 5
Views: 505

Re: Anyone used a RUK Load Assist?

I have the RUK gadget. Its an excellent bit of kit. I could not get my sea kayak on to the roof of my Van without it. It is really good value for money and does little to add to the drag of the roof rack. The only minus point is that the boat gets black rubber marks on it when sliding the hull onto ...
by jamesl2play
Mon Sep 28, 2020 10:56 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: What is better J bars or v bars
Replies: 21
Views: 878

Re: What is better J bars or v bars

Uprights or J bars for a sea kayak.
J Bars especially if using a Karitek type roof rack

V Bars for a ski or K1

The hull of a sea kayak is a bit too wide for V Bars which makes the boat sit a lot higher off the roof.
by jamesl2play
Tue Sep 15, 2020 11:27 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Advice on stabilising a fibreglass kayak
Replies: 43
Views: 1412

Re: Advice on stabilising a fibreglass kayak

There is a nice Tercel for sale on Racing Canoe Clubs Sales and Wants FB page. You will have to be quick though.
by jamesl2play
Thu Aug 13, 2020 2:53 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Changes to Moderate Water Sea kayak Leader (4*)
Replies: 7
Views: 638

Re: Changes to Moderate Water Sea kayak Leader (4*)

I went for the training a few years back and it cost me over £300 for a weekend. I came away so disillusioned by the quality of the training that I have never bothered going for assessment. It also occurs to me that given the restrictions placed on the Leader there are not many trips to be done with...
by jamesl2play
Tue Jul 07, 2020 7:56 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Advice on stabilising a fibreglass kayak
Replies: 43
Views: 1412

Re: Advice on stabilising a fibreglass kayak

I am dubious if a Masters K1 would suit. I recently sold an Elio Puma K1 which was listed as a Masters K1 and rated stability 6. It was a copy of a Kirton Tor also rated 6. The Puma was a nice boat but took a lot of paddling. Both the Puma and the Tor are fully fledged racing boats and as such I can...
by jamesl2play
Mon Jul 06, 2020 9:39 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Advice on stabilising a fibreglass kayak
Replies: 43
Views: 1412

Re: Advice on stabilising a fibreglass kayak

I would just like to second what Jim has just said. Venture Easky or old Capella is what I had in mind. I liked the look of that old Olymp 6. I had an Olymp 4 back in 1972 and strangely enough I was a member of Wey Kayak Club then. Good luck with your quest, don't be afraid to ask more questions. Yo...
by jamesl2play
Sun Jul 05, 2020 8:39 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Advice on stabilising a fibreglass kayak
Replies: 43
Views: 1412

Re: Advice on stabilising a fibreglass kayak

the club were against me joining as they thought i would be ‘off pace’ That statement is a pretty sad indictment, but I am not surprised. Elitist is probably the other word that you are looking for. How about looking at one of the shorter plastic sea kayaks. I am not that familiar with that sort of ...
by jamesl2play
Thu Jul 02, 2020 12:26 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Advice on stabilising a fibreglass kayak
Replies: 43
Views: 1412

Re: Advice on stabilising a fibreglass kayak

'old Avoncraft Slalom style kayak' I am not surprised the boat is twitchy and all over the place. That is what the boat is designed to do. Its a white water boat designed for a slalom course so as such it is fairly advanced for a beginner. 'fibreglass racing style kayak at a local club' Was this at ...
by jamesl2play
Thu Jun 04, 2020 2:50 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Too much torso rotation?
Replies: 11
Views: 829

Re: Too much torso rotation?

Who knows if this is correct but here goes. I read somewhere in, I think it was the Paddle Circles book that there are twenty five thousand muscle movements in a single kayak stroke. If we take an experienced paddler going at 80 spm over 1km that is 12 million muscle movements. That speed is also ab...
by jamesl2play
Tue May 12, 2020 3:29 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Boris says...
Replies: 27
Views: 1600

Re: Boris says...

For the first time ever, I am glad that we have a Devolved Parliament here in Wales.
by jamesl2play
Fri May 08, 2020 3:39 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Can anyone identify these kayaks?
Replies: 9
Views: 1185

Re: Can anyone identify these kayaks?

The red one is easy it has Perfekt written on it. The yellow one I think is an Olymp 4.
by jamesl2play
Sat Feb 29, 2020 3:27 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Exercises to improve strength for kayaking
Replies: 23
Views: 1738

Re: Exercises to improve strength for kayaking

Any thoughts on getting a Paddle Ergo ?. They do take up a bit of space though.
by jamesl2play
Fri Jan 24, 2020 4:56 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Seals riding on deck!
Replies: 12
Views: 1323

Re: Seals riding on deck!

Eighteen months ago I was invited, along with some friends to share lunch we some locals.
All I can say is that seal with boiled potatoes was stunning.
I probably look at seals differently to the most other sea kayakers now.
by jamesl2play
Sat Jan 04, 2020 5:20 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Eigg
Replies: 7
Views: 962

Re: Eigg

Paddled out to Eigg from Arisaig last May. Quite a straight forward crossing if the weather is right. We headed for the gap between Eigg and Rhum and then camped on the Singing Sands Beach at Cleadale. As mentioned above, the tide was only an issue as we got close to the island. The surf was up the ...
by jamesl2play
Wed Nov 27, 2019 12:05 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: BBC filler
Replies: 20
Views: 2522

Re: BBC filler

Thanks for the update Greg. I for one was interested just to see who was what.

I hope my comment about parties did not cause any offence. It was totally tongue in cheek and my
experience of Irish folk is the complete opposite.
by jamesl2play
Tue Nov 26, 2019 6:09 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: BBC filler
Replies: 20
Views: 2522

Re: BBC filler

I have two of the boats in the line up. I reckon Fozzy has all of them.

Ps. I bet they are a barrel of laughs at a party.