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by OldNick
Wed Aug 13, 2014 9:35 am
Forum: Canoeing
Topic: Racing K2 conversion to racing sit&switch C2
Replies: 0
Views: 1207

Racing K2 conversion to racing sit&switch C2

Over the last three or four years, I have developed “The Darkness”, a sit&switch racing C1 which is now in production. I started with a K1 to help develop and test concepts. I published the whole process on this forum and found the feedback, suggestions and encouragement extremely helpful over the y...
by OldNick
Thu May 29, 2014 6:49 pm
Forum: Canoeing
Topic: solo C1 wanted and advice!!!
Replies: 8
Views: 2999

Re: solo C1 wanted and advice!!!

Any time you (or anyone else) would like to try out The Darkness racing C1, please give me a call and we can arrange something. It also works really well as an entry level high-kneeler. I have recently transitioned and although challenging, it’s actually quite good fun. I’ve completed 12 sessions no...
by OldNick
Mon May 05, 2014 2:48 pm
Forum: Canoeing
Topic: Training high kneeler to sit and switch c1
Replies: 6
Views: 1527

Re: Training high kneeler to sit and switch c1

Hi Eagles97, If you are serious about paddling a fast sit&switch, please consider “The Darkness” and save yourself considerable frustration, time and expense. I spent three years in development with six prototypes, trying all sort of different permutations. It has just won the C1 class in the DW by ...
by OldNick
Thu Apr 24, 2014 1:07 pm
Forum: Canoeing
Topic: Racing K1 to Racing C1 build - Mk V
Replies: 79
Views: 20927

Re: Racing K1 to Racing C1 build - Mk V

Thanks Pete.

I now need to sell a few to recoup some of my investment.......interested?

One day I'll develop a C2 version.

Nick
by OldNick
Tue Mar 25, 2014 8:34 pm
Forum: Competition
Topic: Ivan Lawler smashes the Great Glen Paddle Race
Replies: 3
Views: 1374

Re: Ivan Lawler smashes the Great Glen Paddle Race

Ivan,

Could you please deliver a K2 to Devizes wharf on Friday 18th April. Being as you are there, you may as well help me paddle it to London thus saving the bother of driving back!

Just trying to help!! :-)
by OldNick
Thu Mar 20, 2014 6:34 pm
Forum: Canoeing
Topic: Racing K1 to Racing C1 build - Mk V
Replies: 79
Views: 20927

Re: Racing K1 to Racing C1 build - Mk V

Just when I thought I had got as much out of The Darkness as possible, along comes a new aspect to the boat. It performs well as a kayak and a sit&switch canoe, but the missing element was the path to high kneeling. It is a big step and usually involves the investment in a boat specifically designed...
by OldNick
Sun Feb 02, 2014 8:49 pm
Forum: Competition
Topic: Devizes to Westminster 2014
Replies: 58
Views: 9358

Re: Devizes to Westminster 2014

Loads of boats out today, yes it was me in The Darkness, Pewsey to Honeystreet and back. That swan is becoming a menace, attached me out and back. He is a coward though; he swam off when I threw a couple of sticks towards him. I thought maybe it was because I was wearing white but he doesn’t seem co...
by OldNick
Thu Jan 23, 2014 5:18 pm
Forum: Canoeing
Topic: calling Tom Ward................
Replies: 2
Views: 931

Re: calling Tom Ward................

Nope, the message is definitely signed "Tom Ward".
by OldNick
Sat Jan 18, 2014 5:35 pm
Forum: Canoeing
Topic: calling Tom Ward................
Replies: 2
Views: 931

calling Tom Ward................

Apparently I had an e-mail on “my account” but I can't for the life of me access it.

So, Tom Ward please get in touch via my AOL account: nickadnitt@aol.com

Thanks

Nick
by OldNick
Wed Jan 15, 2014 10:07 am
Forum: Competition
Topic: Devizes to Westminster 2014
Replies: 58
Views: 9358

Re: Devizes to Westminster 2014

I'm with Kevin. Cycling kit made from lycra (and derivatives) has made huge technological progress over the last 10 years and is easily adaptable for canoeing. The pockets on the back of cycle tops are especially useful. I use a micro fleece with the sleeves chopped off and a gillet which is also sl...
by OldNick
Sun Jan 12, 2014 12:09 pm
Forum: Competition
Topic: Devizes to Westminster 2014
Replies: 58
Views: 9358

Re: Devizes to Westminster 2014

Paddled the Waterside A course yesterday in brilliant sunshine. The water on the K&A is so high. There is a good current on the long pound from Kintbury and you have to be aware of the River Kennet joining the canal and even the outfalls have to be given some respect. Setting out from Great Bedwyn h...
by OldNick
Sat Jan 11, 2014 10:07 pm
Forum: Competition
Topic: DW 2014 - blogs
Replies: 0
Views: 787

DW 2014 - blogs

I don’t know about anyone else, but I do find the blogs about training for and participating in the DW absolutely fascinating and it’s interesting to read how different people approach it from those who have paddled DW a few times to those first-timers who are “a bit mad” and probably sponsored for ...
by OldNick
Sat Jan 04, 2014 10:43 am
Forum: Competition
Topic: Devizes to Westminster 2014
Replies: 58
Views: 9358

Re: Devizes to Westminster 2014

Hi Mark, Theoretically there are no restrictions and you can see a fascinating range of different types of boats on the race from canvas, homemade plywood, tourers, river runners, surf ski, sea kayaks, we even had a couple of stand-up paddle boards once. It isn’t an ICF (International Canoe Federati...
by OldNick
Thu Jan 02, 2014 9:40 am
Forum: Competition
Topic: Devizes to Westminster 2014
Replies: 58
Views: 9358

Re: Devizes to Westminster 2014

An increasing number of K2s appearing on E-bay for anyone looking for a boat for the DW this year including: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Marsport-Stilleto-Racing-Kayak-K2-/301057337369?ssPageName=ADME:B:SS:GB:1120 http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Marsport-Falcon-Racing-K2-/301057345201?ssPageName=ADME:B:SS:G...
by OldNick
Wed Dec 18, 2013 10:11 am
Forum: Canoeing
Topic: Racing K1 to Racing C1 build - Mk V
Replies: 79
Views: 20927

Re: Racing K1 to Racing C1 build - Mk V

Hi Colin, You did try to persuade me to paddle but it would have been unreasonable of me to expect you to "nursemaid" me to Westminster and with the injury and the toll of the previous three days, I simply wasn’t up to the job, but thanks anyway. Two of my boats will be in the 2014 DW paddled by two...
by OldNick
Thu Nov 07, 2013 4:02 pm
Forum: Competition
Topic: I've just ordered my first "Masters" marathon K1
Replies: 62
Views: 31977

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

Hi Redline, What you need is a hybrid! A canoe which also performs well as a kayak and it just so happens that I know of just the boat for you. The Darkness : • Made of carbon fibre • Weighs 8kgs • ICF compliant for racing • Stability about 4 – 5 • Low profile to avoid wind effect • Stunningly beaut...
by OldNick
Wed Nov 06, 2013 10:00 am
Forum: Competition
Topic: Devizes to Westminster 2014
Replies: 58
Views: 9358

Re: Devizes to Westminster 2014

Hi Sprucey, First off, Marsport are closed on Mondays but they are good at answering the phone. You are doing everything right at the moment by starting early as long as you maintain a good training schedule and remember there is no substitute for time on the water. Good idea to join Southampton CC,...
by OldNick
Tue Oct 29, 2013 8:58 pm
Forum: Competition
Topic: Devizes to Westminster 2014
Replies: 58
Views: 9358

Re: Devizes to Westminster 2014

Did Newbury down to Woolhampton and back on Sunday. Saw a couple of K2 crews out looking in very good shape with still five months to go. Down wind, down stream was great, but on the return I met a huge headwind (introduction to St. Jude mega storm me thinks). I was actually stationary several times...
by OldNick
Fri Oct 25, 2013 6:26 pm
Forum: Competition
Topic: Autumn leaves stuck on the bow
Replies: 2
Views: 838

Autumn leaves stuck on the bow

Autumn leaves stuck on the bow Autumn and the leaves fall from the trees and it’s like paddling in soup! Worst still is the “small rain forest” of leaves and weed which catches on the bow slowing the boat and making forward motion a greater effort. http://i675.photobucket.com/albums/vv116/nickadnitt...
by OldNick
Thu Oct 17, 2013 7:20 pm
Forum: Canoeing
Topic: Racing K1 to Racing C1 build - Mk V
Replies: 79
Views: 20927

Re: Racing K1 to Racing C1 build - Mk V

After the initial trials with footrests and a seat I cobbled together, I returned the boat to the builder for the proper installation of seat rails and footrest supports. The seat rails are carbon and the seat platform is also carbon. It has the “sides” to support the foam seat pad which I’m convinc...
by OldNick
Mon Oct 07, 2013 8:24 pm
Forum: Competition
Topic: Switching back n forth between stable & tippy boats...bad?
Replies: 3
Views: 1047

Re: Switching back n forth between stable & tippy boats...ba

Just had a flash-back to 2009 when I posted the following comment…… "After a recent crisis of confidence in my K1 Jaguar, having lost my balance, I have acquired a C1." http://www.ukriversguidebook.co.uk/forum/viewtopic.php?f=11&t=52136 And thus started a four year journey towards the dark side. I’m...
by OldNick
Wed Sep 25, 2013 8:15 am
Forum: Canoeing
Topic: Racing K1 to Racing C1 build - Mk V
Replies: 79
Views: 20927

Re: Racing K1 to Racing C1 build - Mk V

Hi Chris, I'm afraid you've spotted the weakest link ie: the paddler!! Since the videos (which to be fair was only the second time I'd paddled the boat) I have lowered the seat and moved it back and yes, stability has improved further. I would certainly benefit from some coaching but who coaches sit...
by OldNick
Mon Sep 23, 2013 7:45 pm
Forum: Competition
Topic: Wanted: Two lady paddlers for 2014 WS/DW in C1
Replies: 0
Views: 1023

Wanted: Two lady paddlers for 2014 WS/DW in C1

In the history of the Devizes to Westminster canoe race, there is no record of a lady paddler ever completing the event in a single Canadian canoe – C1. In fact only 15 people have the proud boast of a DW finish on the dark side. It is a similar story with the Waterside Series. Why? Well first reaso...
by OldNick
Sun Sep 22, 2013 8:37 pm
Forum: Canoeing
Topic: Racing K1 to Racing C1 build - Mk V
Replies: 79
Views: 20927

Re: Racing K1 to Racing C1 build - Mk V

Hi Hengle, I took your advice and moved the seat and footrests back by 10 cms. It would appear that your were right, it has made a difference and it does run better, thanks. I got my mate to give it a go, I’m 74 kgs and he’s 80 kgs (sorry about his taste in hats, apparently his wife bought it for hi...
by OldNick
Tue Sep 17, 2013 2:14 pm
Forum: Canoeing
Topic: Racing K1 to Racing C1 build - Mk V
Replies: 79
Views: 20927

Re: Racing K1 to Racing C1 build - Mk V

I managed to get out at the weekend and persuade my daughter to take some video. It’s not great (Hollywood can relax!) and conditions were a tad windy but I hope it gives some impression of how it looks on the water. I was particularly interested in the waterline and how it sits on the water. First ...
by OldNick
Tue Sep 10, 2013 1:51 pm
Forum: Canoeing
Topic: Racing K1 to Racing C1 build - Mk V
Replies: 79
Views: 20927

Re: Racing K1 to Racing C1 build - Mk V

Hi AHPP, a quick update just for you (and any others who are kind enough to view the thread). The first boat popped out of the mould last week. It is a beauty and weighs in at 5.5 kgs. This will increase slightly with the flange around the cockpit plus the seat, thwarts, footrests and buoyancy but w...
by OldNick
Sun Aug 25, 2013 9:37 pm
Forum: Competition
Topic: K&A portage improvements
Replies: 0
Views: 625

K&A portage improvements

It was a nice day for a paddle last Friday so I put in at Great Bedwyn and set off for Newbury. I noticed a significant amount of construction traffic at some of the early locks and was impressed with some of the on-going improvements. Particularly striking were the changes to the third lock from Gr...
by OldNick
Thu Aug 22, 2013 8:05 am
Forum: Canoeing
Topic: Racing K1 to Racing C1 build - Mk V
Replies: 79
Views: 20927

Re: Racing K1 to Racing C1 build - Mk V

Hi Liz, You will indeed be one of the first to be invited to try The Darkness, because after all. it was with your help in July 2009 that I got a candidate kayak to convert to my first C1 and the whole thing kicked off: by Eliza Dolittle » Sun Jul 05, 2009 12:40 pm “I was at a party last night and d...
by OldNick
Mon Aug 19, 2013 10:10 pm
Forum: Canoeing
Topic: Racing K1 to Racing C1 build - Mk V
Replies: 79
Views: 20927

Re: Racing K1 to Racing C1 build - Mk V

Hi Chris, thanks for the feedback. Yeah “lay-person” poor choice of words, but hey-ho, I got a response. ;-) Pete, Plan A is to use the boat for flat water training/racing particularly targeting Waterside, Thameside, DW and other longer distance challenges, to provide a Canadian which is not high-kn...
by OldNick
Mon Aug 19, 2013 10:10 pm
Forum: Canoeing
Topic: Racing K1 to Racing C1 build - Mk V
Replies: 79
Views: 20927

Re: Racing K1 to Racing C1 build - Mk V

Oops, posted it twice! now deleted.