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by Jim
Fri Mar 20, 2020 9:23 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Annoyed, fed up. BC don't get it?
Replies: 27
Views: 1326

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

stonercanoe wrote:
Fri Mar 20, 2020 2:05 pm
Every one again thanks for the comments.
Would have been nice if some one from BC had given input?
I think you may find that Pam is on the BC working group... or maybe CW?
by Jim
Mon Mar 16, 2020 12:51 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Annoyed, fed up. BC don't get it?
Replies: 27
Views: 1326

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

Personally BC need to do more. A lot more. Their priority should be something like Scottish access. It is worth understanding that having a law that enshrines access does not automatically prevent incidents like the one you describe, they are getting fewer but there are still landowners and others ...
by Jim
Sun Mar 15, 2020 1:04 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Karitek - is everything ok?
Replies: 7
Views: 687

Re: Karitek - is everything ok?

Karitek manufacture their own products themselves as well as fitting skegs etc. Sometimes no-one can get to the phone because they are up to their wrists in resin or otherwise engaged.
by Jim
Fri Feb 28, 2020 11:27 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Exercises to improve strength for kayaking
Replies: 23
Views: 1199

Re: Exercises to improve strength for kayaking

Oh right, we are in the sea forum - you will presumably have a suitable boat then. Drills for sea kayak would probably be edging to turn, double strokes and stuff like that appropriate to long boats. Spinning on the spot in a tail squirt should not be attempted in a sea kayak :) By the way, I actual...
by Jim
Fri Feb 28, 2020 11:13 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Exercises to improve strength for kayaking
Replies: 23
Views: 1199

Re: Exercises to improve strength for kayaking

I have some dumbells, I hardly ever use them. I would start on core excercises, step throughs and windscreen wipers, also get ups for which you can use a dumbell although I find a kettlebell more comfortable. Check technique for get ups carefully, it is complicated, and for gods sake look at the dum...
by Jim
Fri Feb 28, 2020 9:54 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: BC consultation
Replies: 45
Views: 2686

Re: BC consultation

Interestingly there is absolutely no check on whether a person submitting a response is a member of an English club or even BC. I would encourage SCA, CW and CANI members who have views, particularly concerns that the bad aspects of this might be rolled out to them later (SCA already has some of it)...
by Jim
Fri Feb 28, 2020 7:17 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: BC consultation
Replies: 45
Views: 2686

Re: BC consultation

I expect that is what the insurers have said. There seems to be a rumour going around that this is not being driven by the insurers. I do understand that a couple of years ago the insurers did ask BC how they are ensuring that events run by clubs under BC insurance are not exposing the insurer to u...
by Jim
Thu Feb 27, 2020 1:24 pm
Forum: Competition
Topic: Scottish WWR Champs River Tay 7 & 8 March 2020
Replies: 0
Views: 214

Scottish WWR Champs River Tay 7 & 8 March 2020

Exact timings to be confirmed but general programme as follows: 7 March - Scottish WWR Sprint Champs on the rapid above Grandtully, approx 300m length. The start will be river right upstream of the small rapid where the hydro intake (river left) is situated, and the finish will be mid-way down the s...
by Jim
Wed Feb 26, 2020 1:48 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: new from British Canoeing
Replies: 17
Views: 1269

Re: new from British Canoeing

Who decided they were the national governing body anyway? That's an interesting question! They would appear to be self-appointed. Note that the BC Wikipedia entry calls them " a governing body". I remember some talk about how this works when there was a battle for who would become the NGB for kite ...
by Jim
Tue Feb 25, 2020 1:09 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: NERDS! Rapids whose line changes drastically with levels
Replies: 9
Views: 1122

Re: NERDS! Rapids whose line changes drastically with levels

Just noticed this is not limited to the UK... Boulder drop on the Skykomish, when we did it in 2003 it was too high for the normal lines right to left described in the guidebook, we found a route all the way down the right which was much more feasible. Crystal on the Colorado, river right sneak line...
by Jim
Mon Feb 24, 2020 9:39 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: NERDS! Rapids whose line changes drastically with levels
Replies: 9
Views: 1122

Re: NERDS! Rapids whose line changes drastically with levels

It may have been a temporary change because of a tree in low water or something, but I remember that Right is Right and Left is Wrong on the Spean didn't always go the way it's name suggested. That tree root ball is long gone, it isn't even a rapid any more from what I can remember... I recall one ...
by Jim
Sat Feb 22, 2020 6:23 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Carbon/Kevlar vs Carbon shafts
Replies: 13
Views: 774

Re: Carbon/Kevlar vs Carbon shafts

Not all that is black is carbon. As far as I can tell most Werner whitewater shafts are fibreglass, not carbon. I'm fairly certain that the Werner Paddles I have (Powerhouses) have a carbon shaft, it was certainly sold as such and you can see the carbon weave. I have used Werner fibreglass shafts b...
by Jim
Thu Feb 20, 2020 1:52 pm
Forum: Competition
Topic: Teith WWR Sun 23 Feb 2020
Replies: 1
Views: 160

Re: Teith WWR 2020

In light of current river conditions and the weather forecast, the race is cancelled / postponed to a date yet to be decided.
by Jim
Tue Feb 18, 2020 12:30 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Carbon/Kevlar vs Carbon shafts
Replies: 13
Views: 774

Re: Carbon/Kevlar vs Carbon shafts

Not all that is black is carbon.
As far as I can tell most Werner whitewater shafts are fibreglass, not carbon. However, if this is what you are used to, it is probably what you should stick to unless you can get a reasonably long term demo of a carbon shaft.
by Jim
Mon Feb 17, 2020 1:35 pm
Forum: Competition
Topic: Teith WWR Sun 23 Feb 2020
Replies: 1
Views: 160

Teith WWR Sun 23 Feb 2020

The organisers are currently monitoring river levels in case high water and high wind make conditions unsuitable for inexperienced paddlers, or indeed for all, but assuming things are more or less normal by Sunday the race advert reads like this: Lovely gd2/3 river. Race 1 at 1030 is a 4k classic ti...
by Jim
Thu Feb 13, 2020 1:05 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Pyrotechnic Flares – past their sell-by date?
Replies: 15
Views: 1073

Re: Pyrotechnic Flares – past their sell-by date?

I don't know which law might or might not apply, but the MCA in the link from the original RYA link state that it is illegal to let off flares other than in an emergency, but just because the press officer says so doesn't necessarily mean it is 100% accurate. People do seem to have an idea that hand...
by Jim
Thu Feb 13, 2020 12:54 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Carbon/Kevlar vs Carbon shafts
Replies: 13
Views: 774

Re: Carbon/Kevlar vs Carbon shafts

C/K are harder to break but usually slightly heavier. I normally only use C/K for polo shafts now, have used it for river running in the past (and still have some C/K split shafts I might use sometimes) but most of mine are Carbon now, which is to say mostly a mix of carbon and glass depending on th...
by Jim
Wed Feb 12, 2020 11:46 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Toggles
Replies: 9
Views: 569

Re: Toggles

Not quite the same thing, but Parrel Beads from the rope stopper section of F4 website would probably have done the job just as well.
https://www.force4.co.uk/department/cha ... ppers.html
by Jim
Mon Feb 10, 2020 9:49 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Best emergency splits for Whitewater
Replies: 5
Views: 498

Re: Best emergency splits for Whitewater

The same paddle you use normally, except if you normally use a 1-piece you will need one with 1-3 split joints in it. I used 4 piece Lendal (now Celtic) splits for almost all my paddling for years, these days most of my paddling, and when work or injury doesn't screw me up that is every day, is done...
by Jim
Mon Feb 10, 2020 10:33 am
Forum: Competition
Topic: EXO XP3 Polo fault
Replies: 1
Views: 140

Re: EXO XP3 Polo fault

Don't think I've seen one of these in the flesh - how well integrated is the seat, would it be feasible to just cut them out and bolt seats for PE revenge in instead? The cockpit is probably a litter thicker where the seats bolt into the revenge, you might want to weld a doubler on the underside or ...
by Jim
Mon Feb 10, 2020 10:20 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Pyrotechnic Flares – past their sell-by date?
Replies: 15
Views: 1073

Re: Pyrotechnic Flares – past their sell-by date?

I think it's fine to just let handheld flares off in your back garden to dispose of them No it isn't. I know people in MRTs that have spent nights searching hillsides on account of out of date flares being let off in back gardens. Also a handheld flare still spits hot phosphor (or similar) in rando...
by Jim
Mon Feb 10, 2020 10:13 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Waterproof smartwatches?
Replies: 9
Views: 526

Re: Waterproof smartwatches?

Dunno, I won't/can't wear a watch when paddling, but most of the WWR group I train with use some kind of Garmin smartwatch to track their training. Most of them are doing 2 sessions on the water most days now (except rest days and gym days) and I haven't heard of any problems with them letting water...
by Jim
Fri Feb 07, 2020 10:34 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: NERDS! Rapids whose line changes drastically with levels
Replies: 9
Views: 1122

Re: NERDS! Rapids whose line changes drastically with levels

When the central line on Eas a Chataidh is running properly, you probably need to take Sore Tooth hard left, the rest always appears to be a river wide keeper. Of course at that level anything goes on Easan Dubh because it is just a wave train... Can think of a few rapids where alternative routes op...
by Jim
Wed Feb 05, 2020 8:56 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Group shelter size
Replies: 9
Views: 513

Re: Group shelter size

8 min. Who realistically sticks to BC group sizes? Most of us paddle with a group of mates we like, and group size depends who can make it. I have used group shelters more for waiting for shuttles in crappy weather than for paddling incidents. I have also used mine when sea kayaking to sleep between...
by Jim
Thu Jan 30, 2020 1:00 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Norse kayaks from Norway- anyone know much about these?
Replies: 16
Views: 1164

Re: Norse kayaks from Norway- anyone know much about these?

PeterG wrote:
Thu Jan 30, 2020 11:46 am
Looks like someone is reinventing the Anas acuta, I'd love to try one.
I was thinking Sea King on the Bylgja, except I think both have a little more deadwood aft than Anas Acuta or Sea King?
If I hadn't moved on to the Taran I would probably be thinking they look worth a test paddle too!
by Jim
Tue Jan 21, 2020 2:38 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Checking PLB Accuracy
Replies: 14
Views: 772

Re: Checking PLB Accuracy

Not sure about PLBs but I recall with some DSC enabled VHF if the one touch emergency button was pressed when the unit didn't have a GPS fix it would broadcast it's last known position. Is it possible the PLB may have done something like that?
by Jim
Mon Jan 13, 2020 9:12 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: SafeTrx - Drop In Accuracy
Replies: 9
Views: 810

Re: SafeTrx - Drop In Accuracy

Seems to be due to dumbing down of OS messages, along with a change in the way things work. If Apple had worded the options about whether the app is running in the foreground or in the background, even if most mac and windows users are not familiar with the correct terminology, I'm pretty sure you w...
by Jim
Thu Jan 09, 2020 10:00 pm
Forum: Competition
Topic: Forth WWR 12 Jan 2020
Replies: 0
Views: 198

Forth WWR 12 Jan 2020

The first race of the 2020 Scottish season is on the river Forth, Stirling near M9 junction 10, on Sunday 12th January. Meet in the carpark (see map below) at 10am. There will be a mass start classic at 11am followed by a sprint at approx 1pm. The classic starts at the carpark, paddle upstream to th...
by Jim
Thu Jan 09, 2020 6:55 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Nordkapp Forti bilge pump storage
Replies: 15
Views: 744

Re: Nordkapp Forti bilge pump storage

The attwood is portable and can be swapped from boat to boat easily.
This is the first link from google:
https://www.force4.co.uk/attwood-waterb ... jkQAvD_BwE
by Jim
Thu Jan 09, 2020 12:23 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Nordkapp Forti bilge pump storage
Replies: 15
Views: 744

Re: Nordkapp Forti bilge pump storage

Don't want to fit electric in order to keep the weight down... you must be thinking of the carrying weight because when paddling you have the weight of whichever pump you choose. Assuming weight when paddling is not an issue, just size/shape storage, have a think about an Attwood water buster portab...