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by Jim
Thu Jun 15, 2017 11:53 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Whitewater or White Water
Replies: 40
Views: 906

Re: Whitewater or White Water

English comes from a Germanic root right? When something new comes along, German takes the nouns for the component parts and concatenates them to create a new single word noun that describes the thing. I think therefore that it is OK to make whitewater as a single word in English, but not necessaril...
by Jim
Thu Jun 15, 2017 11:40 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Access for All
Replies: 25
Views: 797

Re: Access for All

The knowledge of angling displayed here is laughable and full of misconceptions... and I don't really see what it has to do with the access for all subject line? There are plenty of killjoy riparian owners with angling connections at all.
by Jim
Thu Jun 15, 2017 11:15 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Keeping warm in summer
Replies: 28
Views: 1356

Re: Keeping warm in summer

morsey wrote:Skins for the win.
Sun's out, guns out.
by Jim
Thu Jun 15, 2017 1:14 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Can I use my Bliss Slick Blitz for river running?
Replies: 7
Views: 289

Re: Can I use my Bliss Slick Blitz for river running?

Back in the day (late 90’s early 2000’s) everyone paddled boats like that on everything. I had an Inzone 230, which I used on everything, He did! Just as I used my Glide on everything and a little later my Session+ Quite a few of us used to run steep rocky stuff with significant pin potential in sl...
by Jim
Thu Jun 15, 2017 12:56 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: High risk sports research - FREE Tablet worth £160
Replies: 20
Views: 527

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

davebrads wrote:The other thing to bear in mind is that the OP is asking us ordinary Joes, not those at the cutting edge.
I think that is the key point I was trying to make....
by Jim
Tue Jun 13, 2017 11:03 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Whitewater or White Water
Replies: 40
Views: 906

Re: Whitewater or White Water

Ah but Jim are you not forgetting the Wibbly Wobbly Racers? Not at all, I am one now. I chose to leave out wild and several other types of water in order not to digress too far (including but probably not limited to: hard, soft, heavy, gripe, mineral) We either use the term wild water racing, or ri...
by Jim
Tue Jun 13, 2017 2:18 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Whitewater or White Water
Replies: 40
Views: 906

Re: Whitewater or White Water

It's simple, if you are publising in British & World English it is "white water", if you are publishing in North American English "whitewater" is also acceptable, in either case hyphenisation seems to be permissible but not acceptable to paddlers. I will continue to use both whitewater and white wat...
by Jim
Tue Jun 13, 2017 1:59 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: High risk sports research - FREE Tablet worth £160
Replies: 20
Views: 527

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

What has training got to do with it? tombstoning requires no training and even with training is still much higher risk than almost all canoeing and kayaking. Drivers are well trained but continuously at risk from other drivers who ignore their training, or are reckless etc. We are assumed risk sport...
by Jim
Mon Jun 12, 2017 11:32 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: High risk sports research - FREE Tablet worth £160
Replies: 20
Views: 527

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

If it is about high risk sports, why have you chosen paddling instead of a high risk sport?
by Jim
Thu Jun 08, 2017 11:55 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Sport only travel insurance
Replies: 12
Views: 425

Re: Sport only travel insurance

Check with your bank if you can extend their cover to grade 5, Like Ian I am with Natwest and pay something like £30 or 40 per year to extend my free insurance (well I have a fee paying account so its not totally free) for trips up to 30 days at a time.
by Jim
Tue Jun 06, 2017 9:48 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Keeping warm in summer
Replies: 28
Views: 1356

Re: Keeping warm in summer

Hmm, regular neoprene shorts.... Advantages: - Inexpensive - Quick to cange into/out of - Help grip the seat of my kayak(s) - Act as seat cushion on composite seats - Stop above the knees so don't cause problems paddling C1 or OC1 - Most, including the Peak ones I use, are designed to fit well when ...
by Jim
Mon Jun 05, 2017 1:52 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Keeping warm in summer
Replies: 28
Views: 1356

Re: Keeping warm in summer

Had 2 swims yesterday, one in long sleeves, one in shorty (I did change into a spare set of dry shorty kit after the first swim because I had an hour or so to stand around on the bank). I was not bothered by the cold, but it did wash the midge repellant off :)
by Jim
Tue May 30, 2017 12:47 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: Gelcoat repair - explained
Replies: 9
Views: 636

Re: Gelcoat repair - explained

Star cracking is from impacts, in itself it is nothing to worry about and I probably wouldn't bother to repair them, but first I would inspect the area thoroughly (inside as well if possible) and make sure there is no damage to the underlying laminate. If there is damage I would probably chip or san...
by Jim
Tue May 30, 2017 12:30 am
Forum: Canoeing
Topic: How to attach buoyancy pillows to canoe
Replies: 1
Views: 111

Re: How to attach buoyancy pillows to canoe

If you post on Song of the Paddle forum you will probably get more responses - Greg Spencer has experience with mounting side air bags, particularly in Solways Dories and other sailing canoes. My choice would be to glue 4 D-rings each side (are you using sailing dinghy bags - they often have loops n...
by Jim
Tue May 30, 2017 12:13 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Keeping warm in summer
Replies: 28
Views: 1356

Re: Keeping warm in summer

I'm surprised that you had 3 layers on today on flat water. It's shorts, rashvest & BA weather - 3 layers is madness!! As many layers as that? One of those items I don't use for most FW sessions anymore (still use for Polo and WW sessions and Sea). I think BC say you need to be 16 before you can ma...
by Jim
Fri May 26, 2017 1:37 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Keeping warm in summer
Replies: 28
Views: 1356

Re: Keeping warm in summer

In some boats I've been paddling in shorts right through the last couple of winters, my shorty cag got its first outing of this year back in March (OK, there was also hail at some point that day, I think I was wearing my drysuit at that point), and I haven't even used a cag at all in over a week now...
by Jim
Tue May 23, 2017 10:41 pm
Forum: Competition
Topic: Flat water slalom, longer boats better?
Replies: 5
Views: 235

Re: Flat water slalom, longer boats better?

Good job! You can use any boat up to div 1, you only need to shop when your old skool boats stop you progressing (but it will be nicer racing in more modern boats). I have seen a div 3 race won by a creek boat. Lots of second hand slalom boats around, you will usually find some for sale at races but...
by Jim
Tue May 23, 2017 10:13 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Direct mobile to mobile communication?
Replies: 17
Views: 642

Re: Direct mobile to mobile communication?

The DW marshals had a WhatsApp group this year ..... WhatsApp uses an internet connection so that would miss the point of my question (which is about what's possible when no main phone signal, and therefore no internet connection, is available). But you were specifically talking about "overall even...
by Jim
Mon May 15, 2017 10:07 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Mull info
Replies: 9
Views: 736

Re: Mull info

Owen wrote:There are tidal streams around the Treshnish Isles and between Rubha Chaoil and Gometra. Tried paddling against that one once and got nowhere.
Thats right, it flows like a river between some of the northern Treshnish at times. Can't beleive I forgot that!
by Jim
Mon May 15, 2017 10:03 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: low angle technique
Replies: 8
Views: 494

Re: low angle technique

Just isolate the paddle angle from the mix when trying to implement the principles Ivan covers. The key thing for almost every kind of paddling is to engage the back muscles instead of the arm muscles, the tips on rotation and using your legs properly can all be applied equally well to a low paddle ...
by Jim
Sun May 14, 2017 2:13 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Advice - Technique or Paddle Length Issue?
Replies: 12
Views: 557

Re: Advice - Technique or Paddle Length Issue?

Inflatable kayak or canoe? Apart from the width issue, it looks like the seating position is pretty high, in fact it looks like it is more set up as a double canoe than a double kayak? I think it will be pretty difficult to completely emulate the technique of top racers in that boat with that width ...
by Jim
Thu May 11, 2017 10:38 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: Gelcoat repair - explained
Replies: 9
Views: 636

Re: Gelcoat repair - explained

thesambaman wrote:One thing they never tell you (of course) is that acetone is widely/cheaply available in the form of nail varnish remover.
Can you seriously buy nail varnish remover more cheaply than buying acetone by the litre or 5 litres? Seems unlikely.
by Jim
Thu May 11, 2017 10:31 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: DSLR camera bag??
Replies: 7
Views: 351

Re: DSLR camera bag??

Ortileb aquazoom for me, for many years. Only had one accident and that was when I squashed it and popped the seal open on a river trip and didn't notice until I took it out of my car some hours later.... The camera body was done for, the lens is still fine. I'm only on my second bag and it has had ...
by Jim
Thu May 11, 2017 12:44 am
Forum: Competition
Topic: Flat water slalom, longer boats better?
Replies: 5
Views: 235

Re: Flat water slalom, longer boats better?

Straight line the old boats might be a little faster, but around gates almost certainly not. The modern 3.5m boats handle better in lots of ways. If you have a chance, try paddling yours and a club one back to back to experience the difference for yourself. Thinking about it, I've only really compar...
by Jim
Thu May 04, 2017 11:02 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Mull info
Replies: 9
Views: 736

Re: Mull info

The Chuckster wrote:We did a trip on Mull a couple of years ago. Indidnt notice much tidal movement on the south or West coast's and found whatever we were against, we could paddle against easy enouhj
A circumnavigation will have to include the east coast (by definition) where there are strong tides...
by Jim
Wed May 03, 2017 2:04 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Calling out the BS
Replies: 17
Views: 1419

Re: Calling out the BS

To be fair you have some good stuff its mostly just backed up with some dubious physics. Effective top speed - this is something yachties have used as a guide for years based on Froude number, the problem I have with it is that it is all dependant on how much power you are prepared to use. In terms ...
by Jim
Wed May 03, 2017 12:07 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Dagger RPM Advice
Replies: 1
Views: 349

Re: Dagger RPM Advice

For airbags you probably want 2 x 30l in the rear (won't fully inflate but should be about right length) and probably 2 x 10l in front of the footrest. For bulkhead footrest try a dagger dealer, they should be able to get one if not in stock. If you just want to add foam to existing bulkhead, most p...
by Jim
Tue May 02, 2017 10:53 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Calling out the BS
Replies: 17
Views: 1419

Re: Calling out the BS

I probably shouldn't let most of that go unchallenged, but I'm going to.
by Jim
Tue May 02, 2017 12:55 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: River and Campsite
Replies: 3
Views: 403

Re: River and Campsite

Holme Pierrepont. Admittedly I drove from the campsite to the WW course, but it is only a short walk. Symonds Yat - small campsite at Wyedean Canoes, or the youth camp at Biblins if your club is eligible to use it. Washburn & Woodyard campsite (only when there is a release obviously) Tryweryn - I fo...