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by orkfay
Sat Jan 17, 2015 4:04 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Crossing to Arran on a short winter day.
Replies: 13
Views: 2092

Re: Crossing to Arran on a short winter day.

Great photos and sounds like a great trip
by orkfay
Wed Jul 02, 2014 9:21 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Northlink and Flares^
Replies: 7
Views: 1840

Re: Northlink and Flares^

But leaving a teenager about to go on a sailing holiday with life jacket without the CO2 cylinder was not a clever safety strategy!
by orkfay
Wed Jul 02, 2014 5:36 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Northlink and Flares^
Replies: 7
Views: 1840

Re: Northlink and Flares^

To obey Northlink rules, it is required that you complete a dangerous goods declaration complete with UN numbers. To save others the hassle the relevant UN numbers are UN0191(red), UN0197 (smoke) and UN0403 (parachute red) A copy needs to be with Northlink office 24h before sailing and original carr...
by orkfay
Sat Jun 28, 2014 10:05 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Northlink and Flares^
Replies: 7
Views: 1840

Re: Northlink and Flares^

but NorthLink are now actually questioning any car with kayaks whether they are carrying flares
by orkfay
Sat Jun 28, 2014 9:06 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Orkney incident
Replies: 1
Views: 741

Re: Orkney incident

Not really a kayaking incident.
Kayakers went to aid of swimmer in trouble. Onlooker called for help. Kayakers may or may not have capsized but all back on beach by the time rescue services arrived. Only swimmer (+ 2 pals) actually taken in helicopter. No local kayakers involved.
by orkfay
Thu May 29, 2014 5:31 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Northlink and Flares^
Replies: 7
Views: 1840

Northlink and Flares^

Anyone travelling to Orkney or Shetland using Northlink: "Thank you for your email. Since you are travelling with marine flares which are classed as dangerous goods, you will need to declare this through a “Dangerous Goods Declaration Form”. We would require for you to send us your dangerous goods f...
by orkfay
Wed May 21, 2014 8:18 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Troon-Larne Fast Cat Ferry
Replies: 8
Views: 1106

Re: Northlink Ferry

New concern over flares is not limited to the NI Troon ferry. The last 2 times we have travelled with kayaks on the Northlink Scrabster-Stromness route, we have been asked whether we were carrying pyrotechnics. We answered yes- expecting just to be told to hand them in for secure stowage. However we...
by orkfay
Sun Oct 13, 2013 12:13 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Valley - model customer service!
Replies: 7
Views: 1252

Re: Valley - model customer service! (NOT)

Valley ( and its retailers) not always so good. Glad to hear that they've improved A few years ago, I bought a new Plastic Valley Skerray - after 3 months normal use (NO abuse), the bonded fronthatch rim cracked and separated (probably hairline fracture). This could have been more serious had it bee...
by orkfay
Mon Aug 05, 2013 10:09 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Orcadian Adventures
Replies: 5
Views: 877

Re: Orcadian Adventures

If you're looking for company, get in touch when you're up, Barry ...
by orkfay
Mon Jul 15, 2013 9:44 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Shetland-Norway crossing
Replies: 74
Views: 8657

Re: Shetland-Norway crossing

good luck to them.
by orkfay
Thu Apr 04, 2013 3:42 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: How to lock your Kayak????^
Replies: 33
Views: 11367

Re: How to lock your Kayak????

Have not so far found kayak locks to be necessary in parts of Scotland outside the major cities.
I am somewat more wary in the central belt or south of Hadrian's wall.
by orkfay
Sun Feb 03, 2013 1:05 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Local advice please!! Orkney & Shetlands weather advice
Replies: 10
Views: 771

Re: Local advice please!! Orkney & Shetlands weather advice

And the man himself, RichardF:

Image

[Think this may have been Kirsty's Hole on West coast Papa Stour]
by orkfay
Wed Jan 23, 2013 8:32 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Local advice please!! Orkney & Shetlands weather advice
Replies: 10
Views: 771

Re: Local advice please!! Orkney & Shetlands weather advice

May June are generally the best months with long days and more varieties of bird life Ditto all the above for Orkney (not that I know Orkney very well), except it is more difficult to escape the wind because it is lower-lying, and the tidal flows are horrendous! This is not actually true. Shetland e...
by orkfay
Tue Jan 01, 2013 3:06 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Waterproof camera - Fuji Finepix XP100
Replies: 10
Views: 1239

Re: Waterproof camera - Fuji Finepix XP100

Haven't used the XP100 but have its predecessor the XP30 Good points certainly waterproof (I swim with mine on a lanyard) easy to use with cold hands Not so good Colour rendition not always accurate. Doesn't float without additional buoyancy Battery life is short unless you switch off the GPS Have h...
by orkfay
Sat Oct 13, 2012 3:43 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Derek Hutchinson RIP
Replies: 28
Views: 6597

Re: Derek Hutchinson RIP

His book was a formative influence in my early paddling years.
He has no doubt inspired many people into kayaking.
RIP
by orkfay
Tue Aug 28, 2012 8:28 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Shetland is the best place on earth!
Replies: 15
Views: 1645

Re: Shetland is the best place on earth!

Lots of great photos of mostly familiar places. Thanks Kate for posting
by orkfay
Fri Jun 01, 2012 4:48 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Be careful of those rock throwers
Replies: 7
Views: 972

Re: Be careful of those rock throwers

This is not funny - a stone thrown from that height can easily be lethal
by orkfay
Tue May 29, 2012 12:55 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Pevensey call-out
Replies: 35
Views: 3567

Re: Pevensey call-out

Well said, Budgester
by orkfay
Tue May 29, 2012 10:18 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Pevensey call-out
Replies: 35
Views: 3567

Re: Pevensey call-out

Can I just say that I (and many others, I suspect) appreciate the posts from Mark regarding kayak incidents. We have a lot to learn from these and most if not all are in the public domain already. If this post was indeed from a member of the kayaking community, rather than a mindless troll, then I w...
by orkfay
Thu Apr 19, 2012 12:49 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Aberystwyth rescue
Replies: 2
Views: 619

Re: Aberystwyth rescue

Alerts from concerned members of the public DO happen. It happened inappropriately to me a few months back when I was out paddling with my adult daughter, in good conditions and in easy view of main road . We were were aware we were being watched and were met by the police on our return to the jetty...
by orkfay
Sun Apr 08, 2012 9:17 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Good place to eat in Fort william
Replies: 9
Views: 739

Re: Good place to eat in Fort william

A bit out but 4 Seasons at Inchree is excellent.
by orkfay
Fri Mar 09, 2012 11:51 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Carbonlite repairs^
Replies: 14
Views: 1210

Re: Carbonlite repairs^

Good repair by Kari-Tek (Thanks) plus strategically placed additional starfish. The repair with transport was done entirely at expense of carrier. The carriers also knocked a significant amount off their bill. All in all quite reasonable. Maiden launch last Sunday http://www.runnersworld.co.uk/membe...
by orkfay
Tue Feb 28, 2012 4:57 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Carbonlite repairs^
Replies: 14
Views: 1210

Re: Carbonlite repairs

Boat has now been checked and repaired by Kari-Tek.
It apparently has no evidence of structural damage
and has been repaired with "slight" colour mismatch.
Now awaiting transport back to Orkney, hopefully before weekend.
by orkfay
Fri Feb 10, 2012 2:29 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Carbonlite repairs^
Replies: 14
Views: 1210

Re: Carbonlite repairs

Rockpool confident that boat, repaired properly, will be just as strong as original. However there is likely to be cosmetic evidence of repair. Am awaiting response from carrier having said to them that transport to and from Ayrshire, repair of boat and some degree of compensation (for boat no longe...
by orkfay
Tue Feb 07, 2012 6:44 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Carbonlite repairs^
Replies: 14
Views: 1210

Re: Carbonlite repairs

Thanks for all the responses. Due to our location (Orkney), I organised the courier which makes it a bit more complicated - any damage is not the responsibility of retailer. Another concern is the impact is very close to the seam and with somme damage to the seam. Ideally I would like a replacement ...
by orkfay
Tue Feb 07, 2012 11:49 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Carbonlite repairs^
Replies: 14
Views: 1210

Carbonlite repairs^

Just got a new Alaw Bach TCC back home - unfortunately damaged in transit. Courier appears to be doing the decent thing (But may not stretch to replacement new kayak at full price + delivery). Kayak has 2 irregular ~1cm x 1cm chips, 1mm deep on left side on left side of cockpit with no obvious damag...
by orkfay
Mon Dec 19, 2011 11:42 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Share your lighthouses...
Replies: 98
Views: 12529

Re: Share your lighthouses...

Mid Clyth, Caithness https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-RcCeBaVpCUU/TdFqU0v76FI/AAAAAAAABig/Lv_coRf2i-0/s640/P5141004.JPG Muckle Flugga https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-ohROVm-wrZg/TlFlrto646I/AAAAAAAAB4U/KhNswpdFjSA/s640/P8141025.JPG Muckle Flugga https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-uo4IcP4ncmQ/Tl...
by orkfay
Fri Jun 03, 2011 8:50 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Paddling from Scotland to Norway... fancy it?
Replies: 4
Views: 753

Re: Paddling from Scotland to Norway... fancy it?

er ... no!
but good luck to them
by orkfay
Wed May 25, 2011 4:42 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: RIP SCA Touring Calendar
Replies: 112
Views: 5405

Re: RIP SCA Touring Calendar

Here's one set of minutes
http://www.canoescotland.org/LinkClick. ... D&tabid=81
suspect next one is the relevant one