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by andreadawn
Sun Mar 16, 2014 3:28 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: A perfect day.
Replies: 19
Views: 909

Re: A perfect day.

Nice. I think your sensor needs a clean Jim. They look suspiciously like dust spots. One of the joys of DSLRs. I hate poking about inside mine.

Andrea Collins
by andreadawn
Sun Mar 16, 2014 3:00 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Back on the salty stuff
Replies: 7
Views: 786

Back on the salty stuff

Not having been out on the salty stuff for months it was a real pleasure to get two days of fine weather together recently, combined with time off work, and the right tides to do my nearest local trip which starts from the end of my road. Cumbria’s coastline may not have any classic paddling trips, ...
by andreadawn
Mon Feb 24, 2014 2:18 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: What do you do when you can't get out paddling?
Replies: 12
Views: 1040

Re: What do you do when you can't get out paddling?

What does everyone else do when wind and rain stops play? Go beachcombing/coastal walking; sit in the shelter of the dunes listening to the roar of the surf; look through photographs of past trips; browse books, maps and charts, and plan future trips most of which will never happen...... Andrea Col...
by andreadawn
Mon Feb 24, 2014 2:09 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: End of a seven month break.
Replies: 56
Views: 2090

Re: End of a seven month break.

Welcome back Douglas. Some really lovely photos there.

Andrea Collins
by andreadawn
Wed Feb 19, 2014 6:51 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: tow line
Replies: 57
Views: 5215

Re: tow line

Sorry to bring the thread back to panic attacks again but there seems to be some confusion here between people struggling to cope with challenging environmental conditions and the medical condition called panic attack. Now dealing with something immediately scary such as a challenging sea state may ...
by andreadawn
Wed Feb 12, 2014 11:04 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: tow line
Replies: 57
Views: 5215

Re: tow line

Hi Douglas. Apology not needed thank you. I thought it might just be a good point to highlight an issue about which there is little awareness, & which could crop up completely unexpectedly on the water. In my own case they were nothing to do with environmental conditions at the time & just seemed to...
by andreadawn
Wed Feb 12, 2014 6:33 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: tow line
Replies: 57
Views: 5215

Re: tow line

Getting a bit off topic I know. Several years ago I went through a long spell of having severe panic attacks for no apparent reason that I could see at the time. The cause turned out to be psychological: general life issues not relevant to this forum rather than a response to challenging outdoors si...
by andreadawn
Sun Feb 09, 2014 6:34 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: The perfect loch
Replies: 16
Views: 975

Re: The perfect loch

Loch Moidart. Plenty of trees, secret channels to explore, secluded sandy beaches, abundant wildlife, a bit of tidal planning, lovely views........

Andrea Collins
by andreadawn
Fri Nov 08, 2013 10:42 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Share your stormy skies and rainbows
Replies: 18
Views: 2315

Re: Share your stormy skies and rainbows

Two pics which sum up my "summer" holiday on Skye back in April. Looking south from the coast between Tianaviag Bay and Portree. Paddling downwind in one of these squalls was one of the most "exciting" bits of paddling I've ever done. Coming back was one of the most frustrating and exhausting! http:...
by andreadawn
Wed Oct 16, 2013 5:38 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Stuff on seals
Replies: 4
Views: 824

Re: Stuff on seals

Excellent stuff. I learnt several things I didn't know about seals from that.

Andrea Collins
by andreadawn
Mon Aug 26, 2013 5:23 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Gruinard bay to Oldshoremore
Replies: 15
Views: 1561

Re: Gruinard bay to Oldshoremore

Great photos of one of my favourite areas.

Thank you.

Andrea Collins
by andreadawn
Mon Aug 12, 2013 2:34 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Best Cag?
Replies: 17
Views: 2489

Re: Best Cag?

I've had the Peak Explorer Double for a few months; not long enough to comment on its durability but it feels extremely well made. I use it with the Kokatat Whirlpool Bibs. The waist seals mate extremely well. It is very comfortable to wear. The hood is reasonably good for a lightweight roll-away af...
by andreadawn
Mon Aug 12, 2013 2:10 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: A couple of birdy trips and a gentle potter about
Replies: 18
Views: 1411

Re: A couple of birdy trips and a gentle potter about

Thank you for the kind words about the photos. I haven't paddled that much recently due to an elbow injury last year and then a really lousy "summer" holiday, weather wise, on Skye back in April; so not many photos to share really. Now we're into the school hols and everywhere is too busy for my lik...
by andreadawn
Thu Aug 01, 2013 4:33 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: A couple of birdy trips and a gentle potter about
Replies: 18
Views: 1411

A couple of birdy trips and a gentle potter about

The little town of North Berwick was almost deserted when I set off from Milsey Bay to paddle out to Bass Rock, in complete contrast to my return later. First, I headed out to Craigleith with its noisy colonies of kittiwakes and auks. http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2847/9416616440_089743fb20_o.jpg Ro...
by andreadawn
Wed Apr 10, 2013 11:00 am
Forum: Kayaks for Private Sale - Whitewater and touring
Topic: Valley Avocet sea kayak for sale
Replies: 5
Views: 1548

Re: Valley Avocet sea kayak for sale

Boat is currently still for sale. If any new members are not yet able to use the private message system I can be contacted by email at

andreasavocet@btinternet.com
by andreadawn
Fri Apr 05, 2013 3:24 pm
Forum: Kayaks for Private Sale - Whitewater and touring
Topic: Valley Avocet sea kayak for sale
Replies: 5
Views: 1548

Re: Valley Avocet sea kayak for sale

Yes, Avocet is still for sale; not advertised anywhere else.

I'm not sure how old it is. I'm the second owner. I've had it for about five years. I've probably paddled it less than thirty times during that time. It's been kept in a dry garage when not in use.
by andreadawn
Thu Apr 04, 2013 4:39 pm
Forum: Kayaks for Private Sale - Whitewater and touring
Topic: Valley Avocet sea kayak for sale
Replies: 5
Views: 1548

Valley Avocet sea kayak for sale

Composite Valley Avocet for sale; Red deck/white hull. Includes a Silva compass and a very snug fitting spray deck. Like all good sales people, I’ll emphasise the negative points to try to put off prospective buyers! This particular boat is a bit on the heavy side for an Avocet; about 28 kg includin...
by andreadawn
Wed Mar 20, 2013 5:20 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Anglesey Circumnavigation Nuclear Protest Paddle...
Replies: 49
Views: 2466

Re: Anglesey Circumnavigation Nuclear Protest Paddle...

I don't think I'm up to a full circumnavigation of Anglesey, but best wishes for your protest.

Andrea Collins
by andreadawn
Wed Dec 19, 2012 5:05 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: From dawn till dusk.
Replies: 9
Views: 904

Re: From dawn till dusk.

Beautiful pics as always Douglas. The sky in the sixth one is wonderful: looks almost as though you could just reach up and touch the clouds. The driftwood pic is perhaps my favourite though. Wonder what that says about my sea kayaking aspirations. Perhaps a reflection that I find poking about along...
by andreadawn
Mon Nov 12, 2012 10:06 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Words and Pictures from Lizard Point..
Replies: 7
Views: 647

Re: Words and Pictures from Lizard Point..

Very nice, thank you.

Andrea Collins
by andreadawn
Mon Nov 12, 2012 10:02 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Those lazy days of summer
Replies: 12
Views: 855

Re: Those lazy days of summer

Thanks for the replies.

Jim, nothing wrong with your memory! Much of my summer was wet and windy too. We just got lucky with that little window. The forecast was actually for moderate easterly winds for those few days.

Andrea Collins
by andreadawn
Mon Nov 12, 2012 9:39 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Hardship on the Solway.
Replies: 12
Views: 910

Re: Hardship on the Solway.

Gorgeous photos of a lovely area Douglas. Thanks for sharing.

Andrea Collins
by andreadawn
Thu Nov 08, 2012 7:44 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Those lazy days of summer
Replies: 12
Views: 855

Those lazy days of summer

Having been out of action due to an elbow injury since the summer, I’m desperate to get back in my boat. My elbow is finally mended but every day off work seems to be accompanied by gales lately. Back in the summer, the weather was gorgeous every day wasn’t it? OK, perhaps not every day, but there w...
by andreadawn
Sat Aug 25, 2012 5:15 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Drysuits and She Wee(ing)
Replies: 15
Views: 1518

Re: Drysuits and She Wee(ing)

I have a men's Kokatat drysuit with relief zipper (it was cheap, in a sale). The zip is definitely positioned a bit high up but there is enough slack in the material to pull it down a bit. I still find it a bit fiddly to get my grandly named Female Urinary Device through my inner layers and into pos...
by andreadawn
Fri Aug 24, 2012 2:22 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Shetland is the best place on earth!
Replies: 15
Views: 1253

Re: Shetland is the best place on earth!

Great photos; looks fantastic. Any chance of seeing some more?

Andrea Collins
by andreadawn
Tue Aug 21, 2012 6:38 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Sea caves at Flamborough Head
Replies: 2
Views: 688

Re: Sea caves at Flamborough Head

Great video. Thanks for sharing. Flamborough is such an amazing place. Wish i was there now.

Andrea Collins
by andreadawn
Sun Aug 12, 2012 8:31 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Kayaks and sharks in Cornwall
Replies: 47
Views: 3328

Re: Kayaks and sharks in Cornwall

I think there is a serious issue here, which has the potential to restrict our paddling activities at some point in the future if we don't keep our house in order. At present we can pretty much go anywhere we like, anytime we like; a somewhat rare freedom these days which I value greatly. The unique...
by andreadawn
Wed Aug 08, 2012 4:19 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Glimpses of Sutherland (with a bit of Wester Ross)
Replies: 24
Views: 1476

Re: Glimpses of Sutherland (with a bit of Wester Ross)

Thank you for the kind words about the pictures. Helen, I'm well thank you. How are you? Up to anything interesting this year? Bobt & Lucy; I hadn't realised that Whiten Head was the location of Tom Patey's fatal accident. I've just had a search around for information. It was the left hand stack in ...
by andreadawn
Mon Aug 06, 2012 11:48 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Glimpses of Sutherland (with a bit of Wester Ross)
Replies: 24
Views: 1476

Glimpses of Sutherland (with a bit of Wester Ross)

Being not long back from a lengthy spell in the north west of Scotland, I really ought to be cleaning kit and doing a spot of maintenance, but I’d rather be reliving some of my experiences instead. The weather wasn’t particularly good. There wasn’t much rain, but nor was there much sun. The wind ble...