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by Andy_L
Sun Nov 22, 2009 3:07 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: River Dart tragedy 21/11/9
Replies: 199
Views: 39649

Re: River Dart tragedy 21/11/9 - PLEASE READ BEFORE POSTING

Rest in Peace, our friend Chris. You'll be sorely missed.

Andy
by Andy_L
Mon Jan 12, 2009 8:05 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Best touring river ...
Replies: 18
Views: 1089

Re: Best touring river ...

For me, it has to be the Thames. It has a rich history, nice scenery, interesting tidal sections, and some of the best play waves in the world (Hurley/Shepperton). It also passes through a world-class city. Just look at the number of books that have been written about the Thames.

Andy
by Andy_L
Sun Jan 11, 2009 10:28 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: SW/ South Devon get-together 09?
Replies: 139
Views: 11196

Re: SW/ South Devon get-together 09?

I'd be up for a weekend sea kayaking in the SW again. Keen to explore the coast between Plymouth and Hope Cove.
The venue last year was really good (Pig's Nose, East Prawle).

Andy
by Andy_L
Thu Jan 08, 2009 1:43 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Ribs, ooh, ouch, arrggh
Replies: 58
Views: 4600

Re: Ribs, ooh, ouch, arrggh

Mark - get better soon. I am glad that you've decided to see a GP. You might as well some value from all the taxes you pay.

I'm still having repercussions from the Porto pizza.

Andy
by Andy_L
Wed Sep 24, 2008 11:13 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Weirs at risk
Replies: 32
Views: 3113

Micro hydroelecrticity

Micro hydro schemes are perfectly feasible on the Thames weirs. In fact there is a micro scheme on the river Wey in Guildford. I did a tour of it a couple of weeks back as part of the Open Heritage weekend. Very interesting finding out how the thing worked. The Guildford Micro generates between 10 a...
by Andy_L
Fri Aug 29, 2008 8:11 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Las Aventuras centroamericanas surmanas
Replies: 15
Views: 1660

Rivers paddled

We spent the first week based around Turrialba and then moved the the Sarapiqui area. Here is what we ended up doing: Monday (11/8/2008) - Upper and lower Pejibaye Tuesday - Lower Pacuare Wednesday - Headwaters and top Pacuare (involving a 2.5 hour walk in with the boats on pack horses) Thursday - U...
by Andy_L
Wed Mar 05, 2008 8:30 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Wings
Replies: 16
Views: 3262

Re: Wings

Mark R wrote: I could almost be converted, although I'm assuming they're impossible to roll/brace with ... ? Does anyone else use Wings in serious sea paddling?
White water racers use Wings and often roll with them.

Andy
by Andy_L
Tue Jan 29, 2008 6:24 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Tidal Thames paddle through the city centre.
Replies: 4
Views: 1078

Tideway

There are a number of variations depending on tide times and how long you’ve got. Last summer, I did Putney Bridge to Woolwich and back. You get to see the Millennium Dome and the Thames Barrier. It gets quite serious around the Thames Barrier with mud backs and lack of get outs. You can do Teddingt...
by Andy_L
Sun Dec 09, 2007 10:09 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Saturday night
Replies: 21
Views: 3691

Great weekend

It was a really enjoyable weekend - thanks to Simon for organising. The talks and entertainment were top notch. Also, it was great meeting up with so many old friends.

Andy
by Andy_L
Sun Nov 18, 2007 6:33 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: November skies
Replies: 11
Views: 1800

K1 race

I decided to do a 10km K1 race on the river Wey today. I came 10th overall and the 1st veteran mens (only because I massively overestimated my handicap!). http://www.weykayak.co.uk/HareAndHounds/Results%202007-8/Results%2018th%20Nov%202007%20-%20Race%202.pdf What the world coming to? Hardened whitew...
by Andy_L
Wed Nov 07, 2007 4:55 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Wezzit
Replies: 23
Views: 2199

Plym

Is it the Plym just above Shaugh bridge?

Andy
by Andy_L
Fri Nov 02, 2007 5:20 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: My Favourite Lighthouse
Replies: 62
Views: 10724

Re: Beachy Head

Mark R wrote:
Andy_L wrote:For me, it's got to be the Beachy Head lighthouse.
Had a rough week, Andy?
There's a Beachy Head Chaplaincy team:
http://www.bhct.org.uk/index.php

It is a beautiful section of coastline that tends get overlooked by sea kayakers.

Andy
by Andy_L
Fri Nov 02, 2007 5:03 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: My Favourite Lighthouse
Replies: 62
Views: 10724

Beachy Head

For me, it's got to be the Beachy Head lighthouse.

http://web.mac.com/aplevick/iWeb/Site/S ... 0Head.html

Andy
by Andy_L
Mon Oct 22, 2007 12:53 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: British Airways - no kayaks policy
Replies: 211
Views: 52481

Poke wrote: "In the past I've chosen BA over other airlines (for flights to Nairobi and Bishkek amongst others) as I knew that although the ticket prices were slightly higher, you guaranteed carriage of kayaks. " That was the one big plus with BA - they would take our kayaks without any qualms. Almo...
by Andy_L
Mon Oct 22, 2007 9:27 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: British Airways - no kayaks policy
Replies: 211
Views: 52481

British Airways - no kayaks policy

Apparently BA will not allow kayaks and canoes from 6th November

http://www.britishairways.com/travel/ba ... blic/en_gb

This is a worrying precedent; other airlines might follow.

The windsurfing and surfing people are up in arms about this. Surf boards are also to be banned.

Andy
by Andy_L
Thu Oct 11, 2007 7:17 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Wezzit?
Replies: 33
Views: 3994

It's me

The above photos are all of me! We did a superb trip from Appledore to Watergate bay over 6 days back in August I borrowed Mark's Kaspian for the week. The boat is good condition - all the hatches seal well, there's a good keel strip, all the gel coat is in place and it has lots of padding. I was ve...
by Andy_L
Mon Sep 24, 2007 1:40 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Condor Ferries
Replies: 6
Views: 1168

Old Harry

Sounds like a good time was had by all.

Congratulations to Kevin and Alice!

Do they still do decent bacon sandwiches at Studland Bay cafe?

Andy
by Andy_L
Mon Aug 06, 2007 5:53 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: South west update
Replies: 66
Views: 8822

Great 6 days

It's been a great six days paddling with Mark from Appledore (nr Barnstable) to Newquay. Weather was good and coastal scenery spectacular. I have put some photos on my site: http://web.mac.com/aplevick/iWeb/Site/SW%20day%201.html Click on SW day 1 through 6 We took it slowly, exploring all the nooks...
by Andy_L
Tue Jul 24, 2007 7:33 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: South west update
Replies: 66
Views: 8822

South West

Holm islands were very pleasant. Not too many people visit them - Steep Holm sees about 1000 visitors per year according to the warden. It's interesting looking at the various websites about the islands after the visit; for example the ruined building on Flat Holm was in fact a cholera hosiptal. The...
by Andy_L
Tue Jul 10, 2007 8:26 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Website with my photos
Replies: 0
Views: 469

Website with my photos

I have just started a website of my sea kayaking photos:

http://web.mac.com/aplevick/iWeb/Site/Photos.html

Just purchased a MacBook and discovered how easy it is to create websites.

Andy
by Andy_L
Tue Jun 19, 2007 11:20 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Severn Bridges
Replies: 24
Views: 4676

A few photos

A few snap shots I took during the trip: http://img69.imageshack.us/img69/2850/imgp2709croppedxg0.jpg Old Severn bridge http://img187.imageshack.us/img187/5144/imgp2710croppedme7.jpg New Severn bridge with Mark in the foreground http://img296.imageshack.us/img296/9541/imgp2718croppedmp4.jpg Dangerou...
by Andy_L
Fri Jun 08, 2007 10:07 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Patrick Winterton
Replies: 4
Views: 966

Video diary

I saw Patrick present at the Skye Sea Kayak Symposium. He showed an excellent "video diary" of his Scottish Extremities trip. A lot of people at the Symposium put their names down to get a copy of the video (do they call them videos these days?). The trip sounded like the ultimate endurance test (e....
by Andy_L
Tue May 29, 2007 8:17 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Operation: Shoulder Boat
Replies: 24
Views: 4174

Have fun

Kev/Chris/Simon/Andy - Sounds like you're having an amazing time. Looks like some pretty serious white water. You're really pushing the boundaries (the photos make the Magpie look tame).

Look after yourselves and bring back lots of good photos.

Andy
by Andy_L
Tue May 08, 2007 9:41 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Ramsey report (long story!)
Replies: 17
Views: 3187

Photos

Here are a few photos taken with my Pentax waterproof camera: http://img512.imageshack.us/img512/3811/cnv0305ln5.jpg http://img455.imageshack.us/img455/4606/cnv0306gy9.jpg http://img112.imageshack.us/img112/7061/cnv0307sc2.jpg http://img458.imageshack.us/img458/3354/cnv0308ci4.jpg Colony of seals fr...
by Andy_L
Tue May 08, 2007 4:37 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Ramsey report (long story!)
Replies: 17
Views: 3187

Cuddly badgers

There is a UK Badger Trust. They do a nice range in toy badgers - you know you want one Claire: http://www.badger.org.uk/help/nfbg-shop.html I have found a couple of examples of badgers being vicious: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/devon/5018852.stm http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/hereford/wo...
by Andy_L
Mon Apr 23, 2007 9:40 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Thames
Replies: 23
Views: 6405

Re: Thames Tideway during the London Marathon

MarkR wrote:
Andy_L wrote: Thanks for keeping an eye on Greater London's fabulous scenery for us, Andy...
Life would be boring if it was all golden beaches, coastal cliffs and wildlife.

In any case, the Tate and Lyle factory is well known icon. You have to be there to appreciate it, photos do not do it justice.

Andy
by Andy_L
Mon Apr 23, 2007 7:27 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Thames
Replies: 23
Views: 6405

Thames Tideway during the London Marathon

Yesterday I paddled the Tideway from Putney to Woolwich and back in warm sunny weather. It's the first time I have paddled beyond Greenwich, so got some good views of the Millenium Dome and the Thames Barrier. While waiting for the tide to turn at Woolwich, I enjoyed the Marathon for a while. A few ...
by Andy_L
Sun Apr 22, 2007 9:38 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Soca, Slovenia over Easter
Replies: 3
Views: 906

Soca, Slovenia over Easter

A small group of us went to Slovenia over Easter for a few days. Here are a some photos: http://img124.imageshack.us/img124/6426/cnv0280bd5.jpg http://img48.imageshack.us/img48/6881/cnv0281pq3.jpg http://img114.imageshack.us/img114/5480/cnv0282fh3.jpg http://img46.imageshack.us/img46/1193/cnv0283lf0...
by Andy_L
Mon Apr 16, 2007 5:56 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Maroc
Replies: 70
Views: 33448

Nice photos

Great photos.

The group appears to be wearing dry cags on the river and puffa jackets on land. Was the water/weather cold?

Andy
by Andy_L
Wed Apr 04, 2007 12:46 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: This week, I will mostly be...
Replies: 17
Views: 3374

Up and down the Solent

It was a very pleasant trip, though the strong north easterly winds limited our aspirations somewhat. The trip went as follows: Sunday evening: Mark R and myself met up at Keyhaven and paddled across the Solent to Yarmouth. It was quite an exciting paddle with a strong wind against tide. Set up camp...