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by Adrian Cooper
Mon Feb 24, 2020 4:35 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: BC consultation
Replies: 36
Views: 1480

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: 821

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: 12
Views: 1869

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: 36
Views: 1480

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: 552

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: 36
Views: 1480

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: 36
Views: 1480

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: 36
Views: 1480

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: 930

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: 2251

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: 390

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: 1553

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: 648

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: 1040

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: 421

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: 527

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: 599

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: 686

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: 903

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: 903

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...
by Adrian Cooper
Thu Oct 24, 2019 10:07 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Usk - SennyBridge to Brecon
Replies: 9
Views: 1040

Re: Usk - SennyBridge to Brecon

I have often challenged the idea that there is a 'long flat bit' between Aberbran and Brecon so, last Saturday, I monitored it. Levels were low medium and, after Aberbran there was constant fast flowing water interspersed with simple grade 2 rapids to within 5 minutes of Brecon when the weir holds t...
by Adrian Cooper
Mon Oct 14, 2019 4:34 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Which Drysuit?
Replies: 18
Views: 1882

Re: Which Drysuit?

Mark Mulrain wrote:
Mon Oct 14, 2019 10:37 am
The cut of the suit and the zip placement is super important with both comfort and warmth (if you have less excess air inside the suit it'll warm up quicker and breath more effectively).
Really, but most of these are sold 'off the peg', and then worn under a BA and spray deck.
by Adrian Cooper
Mon Oct 07, 2019 4:10 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Which Drysuit?
Replies: 18
Views: 1882

Re: Which Drysuit?

I've been please with my Nookie suit, on my second one. I don't rate fabric for socks so my first one I changed to latex but my current one is fine to date.
by Adrian Cooper
Mon Oct 07, 2019 3:21 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Gone very quiet
Replies: 26
Views: 2483

Re: Gone very quiet

Completely agree. I use a couple of facebook groups for information, and the replies to questions are often completely nonsensical. I've given up with most of them to be honest. For me, I prefer the UKRGB style of considered responses, rather than the majority of incoherent rubbish on facebook. I w...
by Adrian Cooper
Fri Sep 13, 2019 9:28 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Nepal- realistic itinerary?
Replies: 12
Views: 1155

Re: Nepal- realistic itinerary?

I've no experience of Nepal but it surprises me how few days you plan paddling. If I'm on a trip I object to a 'rest day' which others so often suggest.
by Adrian Cooper
Wed Sep 11, 2019 5:40 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Kayak Paddle Length and width of grip
Replies: 16
Views: 1481

Re: Kayak Paddle Length and width of grip

Jim, it's always a height problem, not a weight problem. It's the issue with BMI.
by Adrian Cooper
Tue Sep 10, 2019 5:06 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: new kayak brands
Replies: 6
Views: 1283

Re: new kayak brands

Spade are made by blow moulded process like Prijon so should be stronger
by Adrian Cooper
Tue Sep 10, 2019 4:29 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Kayak Paddle Length and width of grip
Replies: 16
Views: 1481

Re: Kayak Paddle Length and width of grip

I'm not offering an answer here but it is worth bearing in mind that dedicated slalom paddlers will work on building significant muscle strength to enable good use of larger blades and maybe longer shafts. In this context we often recommend people only opt for large blade areas like the Powerhouse, ...