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by kvin
Sat Oct 07, 2017 11:37 am
Forum: Competition
Topic: K1 Training for Devizes to Westminister
Replies: 3
Views: 888

Re: K1 Training for Devizes to Westminister

Our Club (Devizes) run a training regime over the winter for DW. We hope by now to have new paddlers fairly stable in a k1 (!) We run two evening paddling sessions a week where we do intervals, short fast paddles, wash hanging, portage practice and technique sessions including ergo and slider sessio...
by kvin
Wed Jan 27, 2016 9:45 pm
Forum: Competition
Topic: I've just ordered my first "Masters" marathon K1
Replies: 63
Views: 34926

Re: I've just ordered my first "Masters" marathon K1

I just happened across this thread again - then realised I posted on it back in 2008. Crivens. And I still have my tor, and I still occasionally fall out of it (I suspect with a surprised expression on my face). And I still have canoes - having done DW in a Jensen 18, a Wenonah J203 and a pro boat. ...
by kvin
Mon Oct 13, 2014 8:46 pm
Forum: Competition
Topic: Devizes to Westminster 2015
Replies: 7
Views: 3004

Re: Devizes to Westminster 2015

For what it's worth...our Club (Devizes) have just started our DW training, we do sessions from 6.30 to 8 on a Tuesday and Thursday evening. Usually hard intervals and some portage training. Sundays we do a long paddle and work our way down the course so that we learn it (or at least see most of it)...
by kvin
Wed May 28, 2014 7:39 pm
Forum: Canoeing
Topic: solo C1 wanted and advice!!!
Replies: 8
Views: 3588

Re: solo C1 wanted and advice!!!

Might be worth a look at www.darksidecanoes.com - Nick posts on here and has developed a cheaper sit and switch c1. I've got a Wenonah j203, and haven't tried his boat but two ladies completed the Devizes Westminster this year in them which was a pretty good marketing idea and a good endorsement.......
by kvin
Sat Apr 26, 2014 8:37 pm
Forum: Competition
Topic: Devizes to Westminster 2014
Replies: 58
Views: 11042

Re: Devizes to Westminster 2014

Aye, well done to those who did it this year! My fifth go, this time straight through in a racy black C2 pro boat, bit more tippy than the Jensen but not as bad as an ICF boat. We had two sessions on the river before the race in a bit of flow and wind, which was a good thing as the wind was unpleasa...
by kvin
Mon Mar 24, 2014 7:57 pm
Forum: Canoeing
Topic: Racing K1 to Racing C1 build - Mk V
Replies: 79
Views: 22305

Re: Racing K1 to Racing C1 build - Mk V

Interesting as a Club boat then Nick - a Club could use it to introduce paddlers to and to train for kayak, sit and switch canoe and as a high kneeler. Most of our Club paddle kayak for marathon and sprint though I'm trying hard to get more to do c1 and c2, a multi purpose boat would be a useful add...
by kvin
Sun Feb 02, 2014 6:13 pm
Forum: Competition
Topic: Devizes to Westminster 2014
Replies: 58
Views: 11042

Re: Devizes to Westminster 2014

23 miles today All Cannings to Kintbury, bit busy out there on the water! Using my heart rate monitor for the first time on a longer paddle, relatively stable at 120 - 130 bpm until a spike at Honeystreet - the Honeystreet swan flew at us three times from behind which put my heart rate up to 140! Me...
by kvin
Tue Jan 14, 2014 6:38 pm
Forum: Competition
Topic: Devizes to Westminster 2014
Replies: 58
Views: 11042

Re: Devizes to Westminster 2014

The joy of Easter - heatstroke one day and hypothermia the next morning. Winter training I wear craft or helly hansen thermal top, cycling tights or leggings, sealskinz waterproof socks with cross county running shoes with a small heel (shoes are a subject all of their own and I can use bigger shoes...
by kvin
Mon Dec 09, 2013 5:17 pm
Forum: Competition
Topic: Devizes to Westminster 2014
Replies: 58
Views: 11042

Re: Devizes to Westminster 2014

My tuppence worth - to avoid the fear of the impending tideway I'd go for something with stability you are comfortable with - you'll have better paddling technique too if you're able to rotate and not keep splashing about doing support strokes. I reckon it's entirely possible to get a comfy marathon...
by kvin
Mon Dec 02, 2013 7:46 pm
Forum: Competition
Topic: Devizes to Westminster 2014
Replies: 58
Views: 11042

Re: Devizes to Westminster 2014

11 Crews out from Dreadnought Reach to Boulters on Sunday - river flat calm and didn't look like a lot of flow! Having played with my Garmin and found the display average speed setting then spent a lot of time looking at it....hovering at 6mph, which was at first very gratifying, then as it dipped t...
by kvin
Wed Nov 27, 2013 9:36 pm
Forum: Competition
Topic: Devizes to Westminster 2014
Replies: 58
Views: 11042

Re: Devizes to Westminster 2014

Still out there paddling the course at weekends..... 20 miles Newbury Reading on Sunday, 20 locks. Tyle Mill a pain as there's work afoot and a detour with fencing and many sharp bends not designed for portaging a boat around. Fobney the get in is now under the bridge as the river bank is overgrown,...
by kvin
Sun Nov 10, 2013 4:59 pm
Forum: Competition
Topic: Devizes to Westminster 2014
Replies: 58
Views: 11042

Re: Devizes to Westminster 2014

The Pound this morning - 14 boats, Devizes to Wootton Rivers, 15 miles and just the one portage at All Cannings swing bridge. Lovely sunny clear morning, gentle breeze, perfect conditions (apart from all the reed and leaves and other debris in the water). Chased down several k2's whilst being caught...
by kvin
Mon Nov 04, 2013 6:04 pm
Forum: Competition
Topic: I've just ordered my first "Masters" marathon K1
Replies: 63
Views: 34926

Re: I've just ordered my first "Masters" marathon K1

I find the j203 very stable now compared to almost any kayak! Having done Devizes Westminster in a k1 and in the c1 I've spent a good few hours in them both. On a scale of 1 - 10 with 10 the most stable I'm happy in a marsport laance or a marsport hobby (8 and 7 respectively) and they are the neares...
by kvin
Mon Nov 04, 2013 2:50 pm
Forum: Competition
Topic: Devizes to Westminster 2014
Replies: 58
Views: 11042

Re: Devizes to Westminster 2014

We keep paddling East - all very well in this wind but quite a lot of towing trailers full of boats and driving back wards and forwards before and after paddles! Great Bedwyn to Newbury on sunday - 13.5 miles, 21 locks. 18 boats on the water this time, which was a bit unfortunate for the anglers at ...
by kvin
Mon Oct 28, 2013 5:29 pm
Forum: Competition
Topic: Devizes to Westminster 2014
Replies: 58
Views: 11042

Re: Devizes to Westminster 2014

9 miles, Pewsey to Great Bedwyn on Sunday. 13 locks including Crofton and the tunnel. 16 Club crews out, most times under 2 hours, we managed 1 hr 44 which ain't bad....mind you there was a good tail wind, made getting in on Crofton instead of portaging it a good option (which is good for me as my d...
by kvin
Mon Oct 14, 2013 10:33 pm
Forum: Competition
Topic: Devizes to Westminster 2014
Replies: 58
Views: 11042

Re: Devizes to Westminster 2014

Let us know how you get on lemming! First club DW paddle Sunday, 8 miles in the rain Devizes to Honeystreet. 32 paddlers turned out!! Mix of K1's and K2's, a C1 and a C2 and a good mix of ages. We were cruising at 5.5 mph/11 minute miles in the new C2, but trying to get the technique to go faster wi...
by kvin
Fri Oct 04, 2013 9:34 pm
Forum: Competition
Topic: I've just ordered my first "Masters" marathon K1
Replies: 63
Views: 34926

Re: I've just ordered my first "Masters" marathon K1

I've never progressed beyond a kirton tor and I definitely get the wobbles so bad every now and then that I hate paddling it. Same in a k2. So why not just use a stable boat? At our Club we get lots of paddlers who insist on getting in to the tippiest radical exciting boat which they can only just k...
by kvin
Wed Oct 02, 2013 8:34 pm
Forum: Competition
Topic: Devizes to Westminster 2014
Replies: 58
Views: 11042

Re: Devizes to Westminster 2014

Haven't been on this site for a while!! Just about to start our Club's training sessions for DW 2014, 8 miles on the 13th October is our first official Sunday paddle. Intervals on the canal in the dark tuesday and thursday night just to get us in the mood.... Got a snazzy new black kevlar wenonah pr...
by kvin
Wed Oct 02, 2013 8:28 pm
Forum: Competition
Topic: Difference Kirton Meister / Marsport Condor?
Replies: 2
Views: 1166

Re: Difference Kirton Meister / Marsport Condor?

Our Club has had both for some years and for what it's worth I'd say that the Meister is indeed very slightly tippier and quicker. That's based on them having the same height seats mind - we've a couple of Condors with high seats which are quite tippy. The meister is a very popular boat at Club as i...
by kvin
Tue Aug 07, 2012 11:18 am
Forum: Competition
Topic: Olympic sprint
Replies: 2
Views: 725

Olympic sprint

Had a good day spectating at Eton Dorney yesterday, but many in the audience around us were surprised at the lack of GB boats. I understood that as host nation we were entitled to enter each category (?) so can anyone on here explain - if that's the case - why we didn't enter a mens K2 or K4?
by kvin
Wed Apr 25, 2012 10:12 pm
Forum: Competition
Topic: Best GPS watch for marathon training?
Replies: 5
Views: 1011

Re: Best GPS watch for marathon training?

We have a garmin edge 205 and a forerunner 205 - the forerunner is the watch with strap etc but comes with a mount and is the best of the two. It is relatively small and light - for a gps though it's big for a watch - but with an adequate display. I can see it ok and I struggle with close vision (it...
by kvin
Mon Apr 16, 2012 10:57 am
Forum: Competition
Topic: marathon training without a boat or an ergo or a gym
Replies: 5
Views: 889

Re: marathon training without a boat or an ergo or a gym

Well it wasn't down to me - if you look at the boat online you'll see. It's a wenonah J203 so is 18 feet long and all kevlar/carbon construction, only weights 11kg and runs like a k1 - and it's stable. The perfect c1 for DW, all I had to do was keep it going forward in a straight(ish) line. (as you ...
by kvin
Mon Apr 09, 2012 9:08 pm
Forum: Competition
Topic: DW 2012
Replies: 195
Views: 14945

Re: DW 2012

Just sitting at home enjoying not paddling and not having to paddle tomorrow.... although the straight through last year was tough I hated having to get up and get to the start four times this year plus all the faffing about in between. Day two was hard as my shoulders cramped up at Marsh, it was ti...
by kvin
Thu Apr 05, 2012 4:28 pm
Forum: Competition
Topic: marathon training without a boat or an ergo or a gym
Replies: 5
Views: 889

Re: marathon training without a boat or an ergo or a gym

It's good to see that you're back racing - I saw your post and remembered back to doing DW in a k1 in 2007 (when you beat me!!). Currently feeling very nervous as about to start it again tomorrow in a C1. Would echo that you need to work on your "core", plus pull ups and press ups and side arm raise...
by kvin
Tue Mar 20, 2012 2:25 pm
Forum: Competition
Topic: DW 2012
Replies: 195
Views: 14945

Re: DW 2012

Hi wheezy - not me! I'm paddling a c1 this year so I hang on to the slower k2 crews that I train with (usually by sitting on their washes trying not to be too obvious or hit their rudders when I change sides.....)
by kvin
Sun Mar 18, 2012 5:54 pm
Forum: Competition
Topic: DW 2012
Replies: 195
Views: 14945

Re: DW 2012

We did Aldermaston to Reading yesterday - the Aldermaston diversion is a pain, and Tyle Mill as well is inaccessible to cars from the A4 and the car park will be closed until June...... There is a particularly territorial swan at County lock, he apparently had someone "pinned against the wall" last ...
by kvin
Wed Feb 01, 2012 11:30 pm
Forum: Competition
Topic: DW 2012
Replies: 195
Views: 14945

Re: DW 2012 - ice on the K & A

Devizes end of the K & A was frozen in parts when we paddled yesterday and I was out and walk/running from All Cannings due to the ice. It's only going to get worse in the next few days.... we wondered about the section below Newbury being better where there is flow but you'll still get ice in the l...
by kvin
Tue Jan 31, 2012 11:15 am
Forum: Competition
Topic: DW 2012
Replies: 195
Views: 14945

Re: DW 2012

We did the waterside a course on sunday - the lock on the common before Hungerford (Hungerford Marsh) is being repaired so a good run round some metal fencing on the right. Some people support there and the bridge is blocked so only worth doing if you can get to the south side. And the gate in the f...
by kvin
Thu Oct 13, 2011 11:43 pm
Forum: Competition
Topic: DW 2012
Replies: 195
Views: 14945

Re: DW 2012

We've started our DW training at Devizes - looks like we might do better than our 13 crews last year and a good mix of k1's k2's a c2 and maybe even a c1...(that'll be me huffing and puffing along at the back trying to sit on the k2's wash in a c1). The training schedule is already up to 9 miles inc...
by kvin
Thu Jun 16, 2011 1:45 pm
Forum: Competition
Topic: DW 2012
Replies: 195
Views: 14945

Re: DW 2012

I'm certainly no expert but did DW in a jensen 18 this year - I thought it was a fantastic boat and definitely the model to aim for - or as similar to it as you can. Fast yet stable and light too. We did one or two training paddles with some fast guys in a racy model - think it was a v1 or similar -...