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by Mike_M
Fri Mar 23, 2012 10:41 am
Forum: Competition
Topic: DW 2012
Replies: 195
Views: 11919

Re: DW 2012

Big Pete, For comparison we are at the moment paddling a Kirton Mustang, which is horrendous, and we are possibly getting a slightly more stable Marsport Stiletto to use a week before the race. What we would prefer is a much more stable boat that we can paddle comfortably! If you can can stay uprigh...
by Mike_M
Mon Feb 27, 2012 8:07 am
Forum: Competition
Topic: DW 2012
Replies: 195
Views: 11919

Re: DW 2012

Best conitions for B I can remember.
by Mike_M
Thu Nov 10, 2011 1:38 pm
Forum: Competition
Topic: DW 2012
Replies: 195
Views: 11919

Re: DW 2012

Jimbo-Hamble I have used cross country running spikes without the spikes and they work well. The Walsh PB trainers are also popular as they have very little heal. I am currently using the Vibram five finger shoes which are the most comftable shoes I have ever worn in the boat, but they do not have m...
by Mike_M
Fri Nov 04, 2011 1:30 pm
Forum: Competition
Topic: DW 2012
Replies: 195
Views: 11919

Re: DW 2012

On the 31st of July at the Richmond hasler kayak race, a paddler from Tonbridge, Will Carus, tragically lost his life. He was 17 years old and a rising star in the sport. Will had a passion for kayaking. He excelled as a division 4 marathon paddler and in boys B sprint. His unexpected loss at such a...
by Mike_M
Fri Oct 21, 2011 7:59 am
Forum: Competition
Topic: Which design of boat has been in production the longest ...?
Replies: 12
Views: 1402

Re: Which design of boat has been in production the longest

Another boat that has been in production for a long time is the Accord.

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This boat has been made by several manufacturers in South Africa but I do not know the history.

Regards

Mike
by Mike_M
Thu Oct 20, 2011 8:09 am
Forum: Competition
Topic: Which design of boat has been in production the longest ...?
Replies: 12
Views: 1402

Re: Which design of boat has been in production the longest

I dont think the Delta is still produced the last boats were probally made in 99 just pre the width changes.
A design life of 35 years is a long time.

Regards

Mike.
by Mike_M
Mon Oct 17, 2011 4:28 pm
Forum: Competition
Topic: DW 2012
Replies: 195
Views: 11919

Re: DW 2012

http://banburycanoeclub.com/images/stor ... 202010.pdf

These details should be similar except for the date. Which will be 21st November

Regards

mike
by Mike_M
Thu Oct 13, 2011 12:56 pm
Forum: Competition
Topic: wobble factor
Replies: 13
Views: 3831

Re: wobble factor

Michiel
I do not think paddle length is the reason. It is true that it harder to put weight on the blade in the wider boat.

I think it is probally that the wobble factor 9 / 10 boats do not move as expected when I shift my weight through the stroke.

Regards
Mike
by Mike_M
Mon Oct 10, 2011 8:09 am
Forum: Competition
Topic: wobble factor
Replies: 13
Views: 3831

Re: wobble factor

Stability is very subjective and cannot really be described by a single number. At our club we had two Stilleto K2's one labeled Canoe sport and one labeled by Baron they were both manufactured by Baron. Several people refused to paddle the Baron as it was far more wobbly? I currently paddle a Nelo ...
by Mike_M
Fri Aug 19, 2011 1:59 pm
Forum: Competition
Topic: Do I need to be in a tippier boat?
Replies: 5
Views: 1270

Re: Do I need to be in a tippier boat?

At races I often see paddlers fighting with tippy boats and compromising their performance. There seems to be a culture in UK racing that you should paddle the most unstable boat you can stay up in. The Hobby is based upon the Danish touring boat rules. In Denmark there are separate classes for thes...
by Mike_M
Fri Jun 03, 2011 8:09 am
Forum: Competition
Topic: Overstern vs understern
Replies: 5
Views: 1025

Re: Overstern vs understern

I can see no reason that a overstern is any slower than an understern.In fact some sprint boats have a rudder on the end of the boat http://www.epickayaks.com/download?id=20 Why did you place the rudder at the stern of your sprint boats? Our drag calculations show that a rudder at the stern of the b...
by Mike_M
Tue May 10, 2011 12:45 pm
Forum: Competition
Topic: Flatwater Racing - High Kneel C1's?
Replies: 5
Views: 2756

Re: Flatwater Racing - High Kneel C1's?

Contact James Wingfield at Dyffryn Conwy paddlers.

http://www.dcpaddlers.co.uk/welcome.htm

He is currently involved with white water C1 but he has paddled High kneel in the past.

Regards

Mike
by Mike_M
Thu Apr 28, 2011 12:48 pm
Forum: Competition
Topic: DW2011....
Replies: 370
Views: 18787

Re: DW2011....

Craig,
Have you told Paul yet?
by Mike_M
Thu Apr 21, 2011 12:58 pm
Forum: Competition
Topic: DW2011....
Replies: 370
Views: 18787

Re: DW2011....

Good luck to everybody who are taking part.

I will marshalling at Shepperton so I will try and give you all some encouragement as you come through.

Mike
by Mike_M
Mon Apr 18, 2011 8:37 am
Forum: Competition
Topic: DW2011....
Replies: 370
Views: 18787

Re: DW2011....

One year I was stood under Windsor bridge to watch the junior race come through. I was not a support crew so I had no kit with me. A junior crew came though and fell in front of me.They swam safely to the bank. One crew member got out of the water and I helped the other empty the boat. By the time t...
by Mike_M
Thu Apr 07, 2011 1:01 pm
Forum: Competition
Topic: DW2011....
Replies: 370
Views: 18787

Re: DW2011....

I find weed deflectors work well when you are on your own. However washes tend to push the weed between the wire and the nose. I used to use them when I trained on the Basingstoke canal which tends to be full of leaves from about September to Febuary. I have always made mine from a wire coat hanger ...
by Mike_M
Thu Apr 07, 2011 8:05 am
Forum: Competition
Topic: DW2011....
Replies: 370
Views: 18787

Re: DW2011....

Regards glow sticks. It is important to get white glow sticks. Red and Green are used by Port of Lomdon Athority for navigation. Red lights to mark the port side of the channel and green lights for the starboard side of the channel. They tend to get a bit upset if red and green lights come bobbing d...
by Mike_M
Mon Apr 04, 2011 8:22 am
Forum: Competition
Topic: Waterside C - rather pleasant
Replies: 11
Views: 916

Re: Waterside C - rather pleasant

Ivan, I agree with you that the vibram 5 fingers are the best compromise for paddlers who normally paddle in bare feet. Over the years I have tried lots if diierent shoes and always struggled. I used them for the first three days of DW K1 last year without any problems.I reverted to bare feet for th...
by Mike_M
Wed Mar 23, 2011 12:36 pm
Forum: Competition
Topic: DW2011....
Replies: 370
Views: 18787

Re: DW2011....

For some of us a day out on the water is a Mother's Day treat! Beats having the Mother in Law round!
Eliza,
My mother in law has a habit of turning up at races. This is probally the downside to meeting your wife on a canal bank.

Mike
by Mike_M
Mon Mar 14, 2011 8:18 am
Forum: Competition
Topic: Waterside B 2011 – a bumpy ride
Replies: 7
Views: 670

Re: Waterside B 2011 – a bumpy ride

I think that yesterday went well considering such a large entry of over 200 K2s and C2s. It is good to see the C2s developing into a large class.

Well done Ivan on breaking the record.

Mike.
by Mike_M
Fri Mar 11, 2011 1:54 pm
Forum: Competition
Topic: DW2011....
Replies: 370
Views: 18787

Re: DW2011....

I have used a second footrest mounted behind the the rear footrest of a k2. I have then tie wrapped a drybag to it contaning the compusary kit. I am always reluctant to attach much kit to the seats as this increases the load on the seat increaseing the likelyhood of a seat breaking. I would recomend...
by Mike_M
Tue Mar 01, 2011 8:11 am
Forum: Competition
Topic: Waterside A - a grand day out
Replies: 20
Views: 1154

Re: Waterside A - a grand day out

Well said Ivan.
These kind of incidents happen a lot. It is a shame that you were singled out because you are a well known.
As BK66 stated penaltys should only be given if the action was malicious which this clearly was not.
by Mike_M
Mon Feb 28, 2011 8:30 am
Forum: Competition
Topic: Waterside A - a grand day out
Replies: 20
Views: 1154

Re: Waterside A - a grand day out

I had a ok paddle considering I am full of cold ( I am just too tight to waste the entry money). Had a go at sitting on fast washes a couple of times but just started coughing so I gave this up as a bad idea. It is strange just to watch other paddlers rather than paddle hard. Passed Craig in his Chi...
by Mike_M
Tue Feb 15, 2011 8:20 am
Forum: Competition
Topic: DW2011....
Replies: 370
Views: 18787

Re: DW2011....

As Wheezy says little and often is key. Avoid sugary and highly processed foods. A sugur high will lead to a sugar low. :-( As stated above make sure that you test the food you will be using for the race to check you can digest it. I tend to eat squares of jam sandwiches, flatjack, ocasional banana ...
by Mike_M
Wed Feb 09, 2011 1:25 pm
Forum: Competition
Topic: DW2011....
Replies: 370
Views: 18787

Re: DW2011....

Wheezy,
In the past I have used blood bags instead of camel back bladers. These have the advantage that they are disposable but the disadvantage they are difficult to fill.
I am not sure if you are able buy them in the UK.

Regards

Mike.
by Mike_M
Tue Feb 01, 2011 9:03 am
Forum: Competition
Topic: DW2011....
Replies: 370
Views: 18787

Re: DW2011....

Barmy, There is plenty of time for your pace to improve before easter. Sometimes small technique improvements can make a big difference. The key to a good DW is efficiency not speed. You need paddle hard for a couple of hours to gain 5 minutes but you can easly loose 20 minutes by a slow kit change ...
by Mike_M
Mon Jan 31, 2011 8:31 am
Forum: Competition
Topic: Running for marathon paddlers
Replies: 9
Views: 1115

Re: Running for marathon paddlers

Lots of South African paddlers do long runs with the boat. This is because of the long hard portages on the Dusi. http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_JQEl9IYz-cY/S5oKu-CNokI/AAAAAAAAAcM/vPGjVN5WYS0/s320/Dusi_300x2000q75.jpg This SA guy is planning to run the whole of the Dusi. http://www.sagoodnews.co.za/envi...
by Mike_M
Thu Jan 20, 2011 8:18 am
Forum: Canoeing
Topic: DW 2011 - ICF Classic Marathon Series
Replies: 3
Views: 652

Re: DW 2011 - ICF Classic Marathon Series

It is odd that Tour de Gudena is not on the list.
by Mike_M
Wed Jan 19, 2011 7:59 am
Forum: Competition
Topic: DW2011....
Replies: 370
Views: 18787

Re: DW2011....

JDW72,
It is important to get to the tide before Richmond barrier is closed as this is a slow slippy portage,
In 2007 we lost about 10 minutes getting through as we had to wait several minutes for other crews.

Regards

Mike.