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by Mark Gawler
Wed May 13, 2020 6:51 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Boris says...
Replies: 27
Views: 1402

Re: Boris says...

I for one am glad I live in a part of the country where we are being treated like adults and being allowed to make our own decisions based on the published guidelines. Canoe England have published guidelines, which include sensible advice to stay local, take extra care and only experienced paddlers ...
by Mark Gawler
Mon Apr 27, 2020 10:41 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Brownsea Island
Replies: 0
Views: 516

Brownsea Island

This morning I received the following message from National Trust Brownsea Island, who asked be so share this on the forum. We know it might be tempting to get out onto the water at the moment, but this is a reminder to everyone that Brownsea Island is currently closed to visitors. For the safety of...
by Mark Gawler
Fri Feb 21, 2020 6:13 pm
Forum: England - Northeast
Topic: River Cotter
Replies: 0
Views: 297

River Cotter

Gide to the River Cotter Read the Guide
by Mark Gawler
Thu Jan 09, 2020 8:20 pm
Forum: England - Southwest
Topic: RIVER FAL
Replies: 3
Views: 3203

Re: RIVER FAL

StoneWeasel wrote:
Fri Feb 06, 2015 1:09 pm
I have spent many a frustrated hour trying to figure out when the playspot works. Any tips on when it goes?
A new Guide:
River Fal Play Wave (Sett Bridge)
by Mark Gawler
Sat Nov 09, 2019 4:28 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Converting to a 3-piece Kayak - PART I^
Replies: 23
Views: 6558

Re: Converting to a 3-piece Kayak - PART I^

The images have now vanished..this seemed like a great resource..is there any way to restore the images to this thread ? If the original images can be located the can now be hosted on this site. Unfortunately photo bucket stopped allowing images hosted on there site being shared to other sites. Mar...
by Mark Gawler
Sat Oct 26, 2019 10:15 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Washed up Kayak - Swanage Area
Replies: 1
Views: 881

Washed up Kayak - Swanage Area

WASHED UP KAYAK
The Coastguard Team is currently attending to a washed up kayak north of Ocean Bay.
Is it yours? Do you know who owns it? Any information would be really helpful.

by Mark Gawler
Wed Oct 16, 2019 6:52 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Gone very quiet
Replies: 26
Views: 3108

Re: Gone very quiet

Another forum i use not water related was on yahoo for years but have migrated to groups.io much better not sure if it would facilitate all that is on here. I've not come across groups.io before, It probably would do all we need if we chose for the Enterprise version at $2200/year! I have no plans ...
by Mark Gawler
Tue Oct 08, 2019 1:13 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: community forum for coaching and committees
Replies: 2
Views: 584

Re: community forum for coaching and committees

Thankyou for posting, this is the best place to post pending the creation of a "Clubs, Coaching and Bureaucracy" section. There as been talk of a "General Discussion" / "Cross Discipline" forum to catch these "don’t quite fit" topics, but the issue previously was the additional moderator workload it...
by Mark Gawler
Mon Oct 07, 2019 6:58 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Gone very quiet
Replies: 26
Views: 3108

Re: Gone very quiet

I think it needs to be a group rather than a page. I deliberately did not set up a group to avoid creating yet another place to post thus splitting the content. I automatically post from the forum to the page to give visibility of the UKRGB on FB. I do not encourage commenting on the automatic post...
by Mark Gawler
Sat Oct 05, 2019 10:34 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Gone very quiet
Replies: 26
Views: 3108

Re: Gone very quiet

by Mark Gawler
Thu Oct 03, 2019 12:52 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Gone very quiet
Replies: 26
Views: 3108

Re: Gone very quiet

Without a doubt Facebook has taken a significant proportion of traffic from specialist forums like this one. The strength of Facebook is it makes it simple for a group of paddles to start a Group and live in there own isolated paddling bubble. Facebook Groups are great for exchanging banter and cont...
by Mark Gawler
Mon Sep 16, 2019 1:55 pm
Forum: England - Southeast
Topic: River Avon - Avon Tyrell to Christchurch Harbour
Replies: 13
Views: 8018

Re: River Avon - Avon Tyrell to Christchurch Harbour

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/River_Avon,_Hampshire The "Act for making the River Avon navigable from Christchurch to the city of New Sarum" was enacted in 1664 under Charles II.[6] This act has not been repealed, hence remains in force and might provide a legal right of navigation. Body armour requ...
by Mark Gawler
Mon Sep 16, 2019 11:30 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Lighter weight plastic whitewater boats
Replies: 23
Views: 2127

Re: Lighter weight plastic whitewater boats

jmmoxon wrote:
Sun Sep 15, 2019 8:47 am
20 years ago, we'd see hardly anyone else on the Upper Dart - now you're unlikely to have it to yourselves when it's running.
I think this was largely down to the highly restrictive access agreement (two groups of max eight paddles a day? and pay for the privilege) that people used to accept.
by Mark Gawler
Mon Aug 05, 2019 12:28 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Aerials?
Replies: 2
Views: 530

Re: Aerials?

by Mark Gawler
Mon Jun 03, 2019 9:04 pm
Forum: England - Southeast
Topic: River Blackwater - Greys Mill to Langford
Replies: 2
Views: 4721

Re: River Blackwater - Greys Mill to Langford

I have received reports via a third party of issues between paddlers and the landowner at one of the portages in the Kelvedon to Langford section. The landowner claims that they have been physically threatened by paddlers, if this is the case it is obviously unacceptable. The incident (or incidents)...
by Mark Gawler
Fri May 31, 2019 6:54 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: New Marine Conservation Zones
Replies: 1
Views: 390

New Marine Conservation Zones

New wave of protection for the sea announced today

https://www.wildlifetrusts.org/news/new ... nced-today
by Mark Gawler
Mon May 27, 2019 11:06 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Recommend me a river?
Replies: 2
Views: 605

Re: Recommend me a river?

Paddle the Thames: A Guide for Canoes, Kayaks and Sups
by Mark Gawler
Thu Apr 25, 2019 6:49 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Kayakers rescued from Bitches Reif in Ramsey Sound.
Replies: 0
Views: 655

Kayakers rescued from Bitches Reif in Ramsey Sound.

Sr Davids lifeboat assistec four kayakers in difficulties in Ramsey Sound. The lifeboats were launched after coastguards at Milford Haven received a call from the kayakers to say that one of the kayaks had been holed by rocks on the Bitches reef and was rapidly filling with water - they would be una...
by Mark Gawler
Wed Mar 27, 2019 9:03 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Which way North
Replies: 2
Views: 595

Which way North

If you rely on your compass this is worth a read...

Magnetic north continues its march to the east
https://www.ordnancesurvey.co.uk/blog/2 ... -the-east/
by Mark Gawler
Tue Mar 05, 2019 12:20 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Play the sea
Replies: 20
Views: 1721

Re: Play the sea

Billy g wrote:
Mon Mar 04, 2019 12:44 pm
As I'm only 5'6" and seventy kg I'm looking for a boat with small cockpit, lowish volume. Most boats seem to be designed with bigger people in mind.
You should look out for an Avocet LV, my wife paddles one, she is a simalar size. A Rockpool Isel may be worth a look.
by Mark Gawler
Tue Jan 29, 2019 7:48 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Plan B
Replies: 4
Views: 895

Plan B

Having the correct equipment makes a big difference...

Falmouth RNLI crew rescue kayaker from the Carrick Roads

by Mark Gawler
Tue Jan 22, 2019 7:48 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Do we even need a grading system any more?
Replies: 30
Views: 2905

Re: Do we even need a grading system any more?

I guess my point is if you could paddle a river youve not seen or heard of before, would you rather see a vid of it to get an idea or heat that its a grade x of whatever character? As the exploration side of running a new river is the main goal for me, I would go with the aproxiamte grade and chara...
by Mark Gawler
Thu Jan 03, 2019 12:14 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Left-handed paddlers
Replies: 29
Views: 3252

Re: Left-handed paddlers

I'm generally confused when it comes to dominance hand, foot and eye, so the fact that I am right handed (mostly) and use a left handed blade seems quite natural to me. I learnt with a 90 degree feather, so there was not coaching bias in my case. I would recommend people learn with a right handed bl...
by Mark Gawler
Wed Jan 02, 2019 2:51 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Dry suit zip/latex fluid
Replies: 4
Views: 467

Re: Dry suit zip/latex fluid

Jockel wrote:
Wed Jan 02, 2019 2:22 pm
Metal zips need fat (spray, oil, grease).
Do not use petroleum based lubricants on the zip , it may damage the fabric, use Beeswax.
by Mark Gawler
Wed Jan 02, 2019 6:42 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: River Perth - New Zealand
Replies: 5
Views: 773

Re: River Perth - New Zealand

Thanks for posting, I have fond memories of paddling the West Cost 10+ years ago. Looking at the video reminds me my choice of boat back then was sub-optimal (Pyranha I3), which did mean I portaged at least one drop.