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by Adrian Cooper
Tue Mar 24, 2020 9:20 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Question for Ethos 10 owners
Replies: 6
Views: 274

Re: Question for Ethos 10 owners

"easy white water"

Go onto the Wavesport site for this product and there is a video of the boat in use. It's a bit long and rather a lot of chat but some really nice video of the boat handling some fairly challenging water.
by Adrian Cooper
Mon Mar 23, 2020 3:53 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Question for Ethos 10 owners
Replies: 6
Views: 274

Re: Question for Ethos 10 owners

Sometimes you need to consider what your range of compromises comprise ( ;-) ). The Ethos is a similar length to the Perception Overflow which was used on the first expedition down the Zambezi. Indeed, you might argue it has better whitewater profile with a good front rocker profile and progressive ...
by Adrian Cooper
Tue Mar 17, 2020 12:49 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Annoyed, fed up. BC don't get it?
Replies: 27
Views: 1259

Re: Annoyed, fed up. BC don't get it?

We won't convince Government to make a new law by arguing that there already is one, particularly as they have increased the stakes by proposing to make trespass criminal. I'm suggesting we don't try for a new law, we continue to argue the existence of a right. Do you have a source for that (it wou...
by Adrian Cooper
Mon Mar 16, 2020 2:48 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Annoyed, fed up. BC don't get it?
Replies: 27
Views: 1259

Re: Annoyed, fed up. BC don't get it?

The 4% statement reinforces, for the objecting user groups, the validity of their argument that they have the rights and we do not. The 4% is the exception to their general interpretation. We should move to the 100% argument with vigour.

Please excuse the 'us and them' but it is relevant.
by Adrian Cooper
Mon Mar 16, 2020 10:35 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Annoyed, fed up. BC don't get it?
Replies: 27
Views: 1259

Re: Annoyed, fed up. BC don't get it?

Access the petition and scroll down, poster reads "less than 4% of rivers in England and wales have clear access or uncontested right to paddle". You might argue that this is fact insofar as the rights are contested but it gave the much more prominent and vocal George Mombiot the opportunity for an ...
by Adrian Cooper
Mon Mar 16, 2020 10:19 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Annoyed, fed up. BC don't get it?
Replies: 27
Views: 1259

Re: Annoyed, fed up. BC don't get it?

The latest petition asks for a "review of current policy towards access on waters in England and Wales, including consideration of new legislation to establish a public right for fair, shared ... access". Is this really what paddlers have been asking for? I thought we had moved on from this about 10...
by Adrian Cooper
Thu Mar 12, 2020 3:00 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Anyone tried a pyranha ozone yet?
Replies: 7
Views: 476

Re: Anyone tried a pyranha ozone yet?

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by Adrian Cooper
Tue Mar 10, 2020 10:27 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Talla Spillway
Replies: 6
Views: 449

Re: Talla Spillway

I understand that the term 'low head dam' is simply an American expression for 'weir'. The nature of the risk needs to be assessed on an individual basis
by Adrian Cooper
Mon Feb 24, 2020 4:35 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: BC consultation
Replies: 45
Views: 2666

Re: BC consultation

Whilst they are described and describe themselves as the governing body, this is really only in relation to competitive sports. As far as recreational paddling is concerned, there is no need for government and this is where members get wound up by their imposed rules. If you weren't a member of BC, ...
by Adrian Cooper
Mon Feb 24, 2020 11:59 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: NERDS! Rapids whose line changes drastically with levels
Replies: 9
Views: 1086

Re: NERDS! Rapids whose line changes drastically with levels

When Mill Falls gets really big you end up going where the water wants you. Really quite tricky to control your line in a traditional boat

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by Adrian Cooper
Fri Feb 21, 2020 11:09 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Pyranha 9R '2' - what's the difference?
Replies: 14
Views: 2309

Re: Pyranha 9R '2' - what's the difference?

It would be possible to measure the speed of a boat, or at least to provide a measure which would convey this. But, since the speed is ultimately determined by the engine, you need to take this out of the equation. What you need is a combined drag coefficient. Now, it would need to be conducted at a...
by Adrian Cooper
Thu Feb 20, 2020 9:55 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: BC consultation
Replies: 45
Views: 2666

Re: BC consultation

You organise a trip for next month but this month your first aid runs out, you can't get on a course before the trip, presumably you cancel it? 'Fraid so! The new skills awards are aimed at making paddlers independent, helping them make their own decisions, allowing them to feel confident about emb...
by Adrian Cooper
Tue Feb 18, 2020 10:34 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Carbon/Kevlar vs Carbon shafts
Replies: 13
Views: 753

Re: Carbon/Kevlar vs Carbon shafts

Indeed, Franky, one of the reasons I hate the Ainsworth RIM paddles is that they are so buoyant, you need to physically push them into the water
by Adrian Cooper
Tue Feb 18, 2020 10:32 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: BC consultation
Replies: 45
Views: 2666

Re: BC consultation

Robert Craig wrote:
Tue Feb 18, 2020 9:31 am
My view is that insurance is a good servant but a bad master. We need to decide what activities we want to do, and then find an insurer to cover those activities - not the other way round.
Of course, we expect that BC will know what we do?
by Adrian Cooper
Tue Feb 18, 2020 10:30 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: BC consultation
Replies: 45
Views: 2666

Re: BC consultation

A good set of questions, Dave, but no that you have the answers I am sure you can think of a number of follow-up questions. You organise a trip, club activity, you are a kayak leader, six people turn up on the day, three kayaks, two canoes and one SUP. You presumably send the three home? You organis...
by Adrian Cooper
Mon Feb 17, 2020 5:24 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: BC consultation
Replies: 45
Views: 2666

Re: BC consultation

Yes but I think it has only been sent to clubs rather than individuals, item 9 will likely lead to quite a number of clubs ceasing to be affiliated but where would they obtain their PL insurance?
by Adrian Cooper
Wed Feb 05, 2020 5:16 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: A boat to start off with
Replies: 37
Views: 1164

Re: A boat to start off with

The boat will have a name on it on the back deck under the paddle
by Adrian Cooper
Wed Feb 05, 2020 12:08 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Dreamline video - Kickstarter
Replies: 21
Views: 2414

Re: Dreamline video - Kickstarter

I'm not sure why I thought of this but has anyone seen any news?

I see there is a Dreamliner Blind but that looks like a different project, more of a story.
by Adrian Cooper
Wed Feb 05, 2020 9:24 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Group shelter size
Replies: 9
Views: 503

Re: Group shelter size

Got one for 4-6, had it for over 20 years, never used
by Adrian Cooper
Wed Jan 29, 2020 10:23 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: EJ resigns
Replies: 18
Views: 1906

Re: EJ resigns

But for all this doom and gloom Silverbirch are building a business on whitewater open canoes and no-one is telling me they are doing this for charity.

A carbon Jed is £1,750 and a plastic Rockstar is £1,250
by Adrian Cooper
Thu Dec 05, 2019 10:05 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Helen Skelton on Tees WW course
Replies: 2
Views: 685

Re: Helen Skelton on Tees WW course

You remember she paddled 2,000 miles on the Amazon :-)
by Adrian Cooper
Tue Dec 03, 2019 4:48 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Usk - SennyBridge to Brecon
Replies: 9
Views: 1133

Re: Usk - SennyBridge to Brecon

The repair work has taken over a year to even get started so I don't think they can blame the weather for that. The owners have an obligation to ensure that their bridge is made safe for people passing under it and they should get on and do this. We paddled under it in October this year having previ...
by Adrian Cooper
Tue Dec 03, 2019 10:14 am
Forum: Canoeing
Topic: 'Goolie' thongs
Replies: 3
Views: 461

Re: 'Goolie' thongs

B&Q used to make a loop of bungee with a ball joining the ends, is that the sort of thing you mean? If so, you should be able to tie a monkey fist with the double strands to make your own, it might be a bit fiddly with the two ends but you would need to do it that way to get rid of the other free end.
by Adrian Cooper
Tue Dec 03, 2019 10:01 am
Forum: Canoeing
Topic: Pulling left
Replies: 11
Views: 589

Re: Pulling left

Video sounds like it might be complicated but you could just get a mate to use his phone whilst you paddle towards him

There is also a free app called Coach's Eye or something like that and you can put two videos side by side. Maybe you could compare yours with your mate's
by Adrian Cooper
Tue Dec 03, 2019 9:57 am
Forum: Paddling Partners
Topic: New Years Eve Extinction Rebellion fireworks paddle Thames fo
Replies: 6
Views: 661

Re: New Years Eve Extinction Rebellion fireworks paddle Thames fo

There is the possibility that they will not issue you with a licence. It might not just be a money gathering exercise but a numbers management exercise. There's something a little bit hypocritical about supporters of extinction rebellion indulging with the wanton burning of a load of noxious chemicals
by Adrian Cooper
Tue Nov 12, 2019 3:44 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: First aid kit contents
Replies: 7
Views: 762

Re: First aid kit contents

Agreed, on an expedition it was important that everyone carried their own first aid supplies which might have included blister treatment, bug cream, pills and repellent, etc. No point in reducing the leader's supplies.
by Adrian Cooper
Thu Oct 31, 2019 9:28 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Over a 500% increase on the cost of boating on the Soca.
Replies: 8
Views: 1033

Re: Over a 500% increase on the cost of boating on the Soca.

tape34 wrote:
Thu Oct 31, 2019 8:49 am
facilities no doubt need improving.
If we're lucky we sometimes get a layby.
by Adrian Cooper
Wed Oct 30, 2019 3:12 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Over a 500% increase on the cost of boating on the Soca.
Replies: 8
Views: 1033

Re: Over a 500% increase on the cost of boating on the Soca.

I don't know what the history is although I see from a post in 2008 it was quoted as 'just over a Euro', maybe there was a weekly charge. 3 Euros looks like a bargain for the facilities but I agree that, in the context of a countryside town, 20 Euros sounds pretty steep. Maybe the better way to appr...