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by Kate D
Thu Nov 29, 2018 12:08 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Stiff hands
Replies: 23
Views: 1104

Re: Stiff hands

I can't help thinking that this is due to gripping too tightly. You mention that the stiff hands occur when you are working hard paddling into tide/wind. How about experimenting with how loosely you can grip and still make good progress? It should be possible to open your top hand and straighten out...
by Kate D
Wed Aug 29, 2018 6:01 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Puffin Island Advice
Replies: 5
Views: 541

Re: Puffin Island Advice

Hi Kassie, I admire your enthusiasm and hope it will lead to a long term love of sea kayaking. I would encourage the pair of you to get some training before venturing further afield. You might book some time with a professional coach (there are lots working round Anglesey) or join a club and access ...
by Kate D
Tue Jun 13, 2017 5:55 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: High risk sports research - FREE Tablet worth £160
Replies: 11
Views: 1022

Re: High risk sports research - FREE Tablet worth £160

I would be more likely to complete your survey if you use your name rather than hiding behind a pseudonym.
by Kate D
Tue Apr 25, 2017 3:13 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: 4* out. 'Paddlesport leader' in.
Replies: 19
Views: 2015

Re: 4* out. 'Paddlesport leader' in.

In Reply to AllanC, the only change that affects you is that the 4* sea kayak award is now called sea kayak leader. Your training course is valid for the full 3 years. When you are ready for assessment you will do a 'sea kayak leader' assessment rather than a 4* sea assessment. The awards are the sa...
by Kate D
Tue Jan 26, 2016 7:08 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Morecambe Bay
Replies: 6
Views: 1901

Re: Morecambe Bay

My 2012 'Cumberland Ring' trip, a circumnavigation of the Lake District, included a crossing of Morecambe Bay. We launched at Skerton weir in Lancaster, paddled down the Lune estuary, past Sunderland point, followed the channel markers and then across to Piel Island. I'll see if I can find any pictu...
by Kate D
Tue Jun 23, 2015 10:45 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Capella 173 and Quest - help with choice please
Replies: 12
Views: 1796

Re: Capella 173 and Quest - help with choice please

The answer to all 'which boat' questions is always going to be to try before you buy. Your kayak should fit you like your favourite jeans so try and have a go in the two boats to decide which suits your shape best. The Quest is not the same as a big Capella. Both are big boats, suited to the bigger,...
by Kate D
Sun Jun 21, 2015 11:02 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Oh dear
Replies: 22
Views: 3772

Oh dear

I have just made the mistake of visiting my local Aldi store just as it opened. Outside, waiting for the doors to open was a mass of people who all made a charge for the special offers section the second the doors opened. What they were all after were inflatable kayaks at £39 a time. Also for sale w...
by Kate D
Mon Apr 06, 2015 3:41 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Tiderace XPLORE M V P&H Cetus MV
Replies: 6
Views: 2068

Re: Tiderace XPLORE M V P&H Cetus MV

Don't forget that a custom bulkhead not only increases the dry hatch space you have for gear carrying, it also reduces the amount of water in your cockpit if you should need rescuing. This is in addition to the benefit of increased comfort from the full width footrest. You can customise the bulkhead...
by Kate D
Wed Mar 25, 2015 8:40 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Tiderace XPLORE M V P&H Cetus MV
Replies: 6
Views: 2068

Re: Tiderace XPLORE M V P&H Cetus MV

You need to go for comfort every time. You are likely to be spending many hours in whichever boat you end up with. No matter what others say, your body is a different size, shape, build etc and only you will know which is for you. In terms of practical carrying capacity and speed I suspect they are ...
by Kate D
Wed Mar 25, 2015 8:32 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Kayak-based Dissertation 2015: Participants wanted
Replies: 39
Views: 5821

Re: Kayak-based Dissertation 2015: Participants wanted

Kamala, Please accept my apologies. I had not read your post carefully enough. Your pseudonym is not gender specific and in a thread dominated by masculine comment I'm afraid I had jumped to a conclusion. Apologies again if kamala is not a pseudonym! Please go on and express more of your opinions. T...
by Kate D
Mon Mar 23, 2015 5:19 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Kayak-based Dissertation 2015: Participants wanted
Replies: 39
Views: 5821

Re: Kayak-based Dissertation 2015: Participants wanted

It's odd how a thread that has become a discussion about women only paddlesport events has been commented on only by men. I'm going to put my head above the parapet and provide the first female point of view. Lisa, I've completed your survey. I though it was refreshing that you have asked for writte...
by Kate D
Thu Jan 22, 2015 12:44 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Kayak paddles and flying
Replies: 13
Views: 2252

Re: Kayak paddles and flying

I have bought myself a bag intended for carrying golf clubs on planes. It's 130cm long and about 30 x30 cm. Paddle will fit in along with all my other kit for a week away.
Thanks for all the advice and ideas,
Kate
by Kate D
Wed Jan 14, 2015 9:38 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Kayak paddles and flying
Replies: 13
Views: 2252

Re: Kayak paddles and flying

Thanks everyone, I have done as technoengineer suggested and found another airline that doesn't seem quite as picky. I have also found a bag that will fit my paddle and all my other kit. Think it's intended for golfers to take clubs on flights.Many thanks for all your help.
Kate
by Kate D
Wed Jan 14, 2015 12:29 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Kayak paddles and flying
Replies: 13
Views: 2252

Kayak paddles and flying

Help! I'm tearing my hair out by the handful. I can't make any sense of Ryanair's website. I'm planning to fly by Ryanair and need to take my 2 piece kayak paddle with me. It measures 123cm in length. Ryan air state that for health and safety reasons baggage cannot be more than 32kg or have combined...
by Kate D
Thu Sep 04, 2014 2:32 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Beginners Lesson Plans
Replies: 5
Views: 963

Re: Beginners Lesson Plans

Have a think about the fundamentals of paddlesport, i.e. posture, connectivity, power transfer and feel. Spend a bit of time at the start to make sure everyone has a boat of suitable size and with footrests adjusted and backrest in the right place. Appropriate sized paddles too. Demonstrate good pos...
by Kate D
Thu Sep 04, 2014 2:11 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Lifeproof warranty returns
Replies: 5
Views: 1829

Re: Lifeproof warranty returns

I bought my lifeproof case through Amazon. Amazon were useless but lifeproof were great. New case in the post within a couple of days. My case was only 3 weeks old when it broke but I would expect a case that costs as much as a lifeproof to last longer than your has.
by Kate D
Wed Sep 03, 2014 9:38 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: South West Sea Kayaking Meet 2014?
Replies: 71
Views: 9670

Re: South West Sea Kayaking Meet 2014?

Payment should be with you.
by Kate D
Tue Sep 02, 2014 12:44 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: South West Sea Kayaking Meet 2014?
Replies: 71
Views: 9670

Re: South West Sea Kayaking Meet 2014?

I've been too busy paddling to read the forums recently. Is there space for one more?
by Kate D
Mon Aug 11, 2014 10:17 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Very cheap wetsuit socks
Replies: 1
Views: 804

Very cheap wetsuit socks

Aldi have a promotion of fishing gear at the moment and this includes neoprene socks for just £5. I bought a pair and they seem to be pretty good, perhaps a bit on the small side for the size they say but good value.
by Kate D
Mon Aug 11, 2014 10:15 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Cheap wetsuit socks at Aldi
Replies: 0
Views: 551

Cheap wetsuit socks at Aldi

As in the title. Aldi currently have a promotion of fishing gear, and this includes neoprene socks. I bought a pair just to see if they were any good and am really impressed. For just £5 they appear to be well made and are comfortable. The sizing is on the small side so maybe buy bigger than you thi...
by Kate D
Sun Aug 10, 2014 7:52 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Some Advice
Replies: 19
Views: 2202

Re: Some Advice

It's always a good idea to leave a trip plan with the coastguard. Don't think that they will come looking for you if you fail to complete your trip, or fail to inform them that you have finished because they won't, but it does give them an idea of who is in the area in case a mayday call is received...
by Kate D
Mon Jul 28, 2014 9:54 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: A Jiggle of Jellyfish
Replies: 4
Views: 1157

A Jiggle of Jellyfish

Yesterday, paddling near Cromarty I came across a soup of jellyfish. It was hard to paddle without hitting them.

Image
by Kate D
Mon Jul 07, 2014 10:08 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Karitek Easy Load- Roof Rails or bolt on to roof bars?
Replies: 13
Views: 2811

Re: Karitek Easy Load- Roof Rails or bolt on to roof bars?

I have a Renault trafic van, standard wheelbase. I use the easiload roofrack with the karitek rails. The mounting points for roofbars were too close together for sea kayaks so I didn't even try this option. The karitek rails allow you to mount the easiload bars wherever you want so you can have them...
by Kate D
Sun Apr 20, 2014 5:57 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Wing Paddle or Not^
Replies: 42
Views: 7947

Re: Wing Paddle or Not

I use a wing paddle with my sea kayak almost all the time both for racing, touring, guiding and coaching. The wing is my paddle of choice for almost every occasion. I find that the wing encourages a more efficient stroke, so that without thinking too much about technique I can paddle fairly efficien...
by Kate D
Sun Apr 20, 2014 10:23 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Book for the Women's Sea Kayak Festival in August
Replies: 1
Views: 498

Re: Book for the Women's Sea Kayak Festival in August

If you want to make the most of your travel to Bute you could join us for a post festival expedition to explore the islands of the Clyde. Starting straight after the festival we will paddle and explore from Tuesday to Saturday, camping in a different place each night. A great chance to put into prac...
by Kate D
Sun Apr 13, 2014 4:58 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: BCU Rebranded - British Canoeing
Replies: 123
Views: 11274

Re: BCU Rebranded - British Canoeing

Another thought... The 'can do' brand campaign... isn't 'can do' a brand of wet bog paper intended for potty training children?
by Kate D
Sun Apr 13, 2014 4:56 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: BCU Rebranded - British Canoeing
Replies: 123
Views: 11274

Re: BCU Rebranded - British Canoeing

I think the new logo looks at first glance like a small dog looking to the left. Can't for the life of me work out the significance of the giant R.
by Kate D
Thu Apr 03, 2014 7:02 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: I've got a week in Pembrokeshire...
Replies: 20
Views: 1751

Re: I've got a week in Pembrokeshire...

This is what I did with a week in Pembrokeshire.

http://katespaddlingblog.blogspot.co.uk ... le-to.html

Hope you have a great time, it's a fantastic coastline.
by Kate D
Thu Jan 30, 2014 8:51 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Longest consistent section of hard whitewater in the UK?
Replies: 40
Views: 4270

Re: Longest consistent section of hard whitewater in the UK?

I think the Sprint near Kendal might be a contender. From S bends to the bottom of Sprint mill is about 4.5km. I can't remember any flat bits.
by Kate D
Thu Jan 30, 2014 8:38 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring Kayaks For Sale
Topic: Anyone want to buy my paddlewaggon?
Replies: 5
Views: 872

Re: Anyone want to buy my paddlewaggon?

I should add that the missing trim on the right side of the van has been replaced.