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by BristolBob
Thu Sep 11, 2014 2:34 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: dee access
Replies: 89
Views: 10134

Re: dee access

The Attorney General has the exclusive right to bring court actions in defence of a public right. That's not quite correct. You can bring an action for public nuisance (for example, obstruction of a public right of navigation) if you belong to a particular class of the public harmed by the nuisance...
by BristolBob
Sat Aug 16, 2014 9:25 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Angling Trust - More Saber rattling, or serious this time?
Replies: 89
Views: 9734

Re: Angling Trust - More Saber rattling, or serious this tim

This is an empty threat. The AT cannot bring proceedings of this nature. The fundamental dispute is whether there is a public right of navigation on the rivers of England and Wales. If we're right, riparian owners commit a tort (a non-contractual civil wrong) by trying to stop us paddling. If they'r...
by BristolBob
Fri Jul 04, 2014 4:36 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Volunteers needed for PhD into sitting height in ww kayaks
Replies: 25
Views: 2475

Re: Volunteers needed for PhD into sitting height in ww kaya

If you do a session in Bristol I'd be up for helping.
by BristolBob
Sat Apr 19, 2014 8:33 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Hurley Level?
Replies: 7
Views: 628

Re: Hurley Level?

Anybody been to Hurley today? Is it still holding? Might go tomorrow but not sure if it's worth the trip.
by BristolBob
Fri Aug 02, 2013 5:28 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: U-gone-da
Replies: 13
Views: 1819

Re: U-gone-da

So it'll flood Nile Special and Kula Shaker and Hair of the Dog. Then all we'll have left will be Vengeance and the Itanda/Kallagala/Hypoxia bit, plus Superhole and the stuff around it. Guess the Hairy Lemon would be underwater too. That's pretty dreadful. Don't think I'd go all the way to Uganda ju...
by BristolBob
Fri Aug 02, 2013 4:43 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: U-gone-da
Replies: 13
Views: 1819

Re: U-gone-da

It's supposed to be 40 km down from Bujagali. Isn't that far enough to stop it backing up to the whitewater?

Or am I being hopelessly optimistic?
by BristolBob
Tue May 28, 2013 11:10 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Lyon in the autumn
Replies: 3
Views: 959

Re: Lyon in the autumn

Thanks for the link. Would love to hit Uganda but it's a little too pricey :(
by BristolBob
Fri May 24, 2013 10:04 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Lyon in the autumn
Replies: 3
Views: 959

Lyon in the autumn

Hi all, I may get some time off in October/November and am looking for a cheap-ish playboating holiday. Anyone know what the Lyon area's like at that time of year? Will Hawaii-sur-Rhone be running, and what are the artificial courses like? Is it worth travelling there, or am I better just going to H...
by BristolBob
Wed Nov 14, 2012 10:12 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Tall kayaker. HELP
Replies: 12
Views: 576

Re: Tall kayaker. HELP

I second the Rockstar L. I'm 6'3 with size 10 feet and 34" inside leg, and it fits me with no trouble. I'm struggling with flat water moves but it's a heck of a lot better than nothing.
by BristolBob
Wed Oct 17, 2012 10:41 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: What to do with a free week in November?
Replies: 5
Views: 540

What to do with a free week in November?

I just found out I can probably get a week off work in early November. It'd be great to do some kayaking but it's a struggle to think of what. None of my friends are free on such short notice , the Alps will be frozen, it's not enough time to justify going to Uganda or the Zam. Anyone got suggestion...
by BristolBob
Wed Sep 19, 2012 8:29 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Any one heading out to uganda before new year?
Replies: 5
Views: 613

Re: Any one heading out to uganda before new year?

I'd like to go out in December but none of my mates are up for it.

What are your plans?
by BristolBob
Sun Sep 09, 2012 4:43 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Angut - show your support
Replies: 59
Views: 5072

Re: Angut - show your support

I don't want to sound too pessimistic. I still think we'd win a court case. But it would be a monumental effort and we only get one go. We need to make sure we do it at the right time, and get everything right. Every year that passes, more paddlers believe in our rights and more fishermen realise ka...
by BristolBob
Sun Sep 09, 2012 9:34 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Angut - show your support
Replies: 59
Views: 5072

Re: Angut - show your support

Hi Dougdew I don't want to get in a massive argument. We're both on the same side -- we're both in favour of river access -- but unhappily I cannot agree that Angut did a good thing. He didn't research the law. If he had he probably wouldn't have been struck out, because the Defendants' point seems ...
by BristolBob
Sun Sep 09, 2012 8:59 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Angut - show your support
Replies: 59
Views: 5072

Re: Angut - show your support

I'm a barrister. ... If we're going to bring a claim to establish navigation rights, ... Are you able to comment on the Rev Caffyns work please? Thank you in advance. First, I'm not an expert in rights of way or land law. Sometimes I've dealt with public nuisance claims. It's wrong to say that only...
by BristolBob
Sat Sep 08, 2012 1:43 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Angut - show your support
Replies: 59
Views: 5072

Re: Angut - show your support

I'm a barrister. This is my take on the situation. Angut brought a fairly ranty claim against a fishing club saying they had interfered with his public right of navigation. They filed a defence saying (1) you don't have a right of navigation and (2) in any event we haven't done any interfering. It s...
by BristolBob
Fri Jul 13, 2012 3:12 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Flying to the Ottawa
Replies: 10
Views: 615

Re: Flying to the Ottawa

I'm at the Ottawa now (just looking forward to a nice run down McKoy's) and none of us could get flights with kayaks -- officially. US Airways will carry them long-haul to New York but they won't do the short-haul run to Ottawa. We rented kayaks from Wilderness Tours, who were pretty good about rese...
by BristolBob
Sun Jun 17, 2012 9:53 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Hurley on 4 gates
Replies: 3
Views: 595

Re: Hurley on 4 gates

Thanks, Pete, that's really helpful. Think I'll give it a miss today -- last time I expected 2 gates but got 3, and I found it quite challenging (but very good fun). Sounds like 4 gates would be challenging enough that I should get a bit more practice on 3 first.

See you on the river some time!
by BristolBob
Sun Jun 17, 2012 8:36 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Hurley on 4 gates
Replies: 3
Views: 595

Hurley on 4 gates

I'm fairly new to playboating and I've only been to Hurley once, on 3 gates. I might wander along today but the levels will be a lot higher. None of my mates are free so I'd go on my own. Is this stupid? Are there any features at high level that'll retain a capsized boater or swimmer? Will the under...
by BristolBob
Fri Jun 08, 2012 8:52 am
Forum: Paddling Partners
Topic: Bristol Paddlers
Replies: 7
Views: 1315

Re: Bristol Paddlers

Hey Jemma! I didn't realise you and Anton were looking for partners. I've been moaning about how the cheeky Friday club has become very quiet. There's a few of us heading out on Saturday & you guys would be welcome to join. Send me a Facebook message if you're free today - I took the day off! Cardif...
by BristolBob
Wed Apr 11, 2012 2:35 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Kayak Paddles on Planes
Replies: 7
Views: 948

Re: Kayak Paddles on Planes

Will you post your experience on here?

I'm going to Ottawa with Canadian Affair/Transat this summer and would very much like to take my paddle. I'd appreciate finding out if they'll let me.
by BristolBob
Thu Mar 01, 2012 4:47 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Ever used a knife?
Replies: 19
Views: 1456

Ever used a knife?

"If you carry a rope, you carry a knife." Sensible advice, I'm sure, and I've heard it from pretty much everyone. A knife is cheap, light, and easy to carry. I can imagine a whole bunch of situations where a knife might be useful in an emergency. I carry one myself. I'm interested in how often those...
by BristolBob
Thu Feb 09, 2012 2:20 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Canoe England and getting involved
Replies: 11
Views: 655

Re: Canoe England and getting involved

It's all about numbers. With the current BCU structure we can't get anywhere, because -- as you say -- the competitive guys aren't bothered about access and their voices count for too much. But we can change the structure. All it takes is a simple majority to call an EGM and pass amendments to the c...
by BristolBob
Wed Feb 08, 2012 6:04 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Canoe England and getting involved
Replies: 11
Views: 655

Re: Canoe England and getting involved

The BCU is a membership organisation and its constitution requires officers -- particularly the President -- to be elected. Now the officers are useless because most BCU members are not interested in access, only sporting development. If we want the BCU to change then we have to join it in sufficien...
by BristolBob
Fri Dec 09, 2011 11:21 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: EA Prosecution
Replies: 123
Views: 11149

Re: EA Prosecution

Isn't the basic problem here the fact that there is no access agreement in place for paddling on any of the rivers except Glaslyn and Tryweryn? SAFFA doesn't come into it really. Until CW / Canoeclubs can agree terms with landwoners, angling clubs etc for access then there should be no paddling on ...
by BristolBob
Fri Dec 09, 2011 11:03 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: New e-petition for waterway access
Replies: 25
Views: 1399

Re: New e-petition for waterway access

Signed.

And posted in my Facebook paddling group, and emailed to everyone in my club. Every paddler in the country should know about this. Let's make it viral.
by BristolBob
Sun Nov 27, 2011 7:25 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Choosing me a playboat
Replies: 36
Views: 2204

Re: Choosing me a playboat

I hate to add to your list, but have you considered a Rockstar? I bought one a month or two ago and really never looked back.
by BristolBob
Sun Oct 16, 2011 5:25 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Terry Pratchett on riparian rights
Replies: 9
Views: 1365

Terry Pratchett on riparian rights

Vimes knew how you could own a pub but he wondered how you could own a trout stream because, if that was your bit, it had already gurgled off downstream while you were watching it, yes? That meant somebody else was now fishing in your water, the bastard! And the bit in front of you now had recently...
by BristolBob
Mon Sep 26, 2011 9:08 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: New Access Campaign!
Replies: 22
Views: 1166

Re: New Access Campaign!

The BCU is hopeless, but it doesn't have to be. The constitution provides for a directly elected president and a Board of Directors appointed from the different sporting disciplines. Whoever controls a majority on the Board controls the BCU. At the moment that's the sporting appointees, because they...
by BristolBob
Sat Sep 24, 2011 8:40 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Access: the way forward
Replies: 2
Views: 362

Re: Access: the way forward

That wasn't just sarcasm. The BCU could be a powerful force representing the views of all paddlers. It isn't -- yet. I looked at the BCU constitution. I don't know if it changed now it's CE, but it's run by a board of directors, largely appointed, with a directly elected president. It seems to get a...
by BristolBob
Sat Sep 24, 2011 8:34 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Access: the way forward
Replies: 2
Views: 362

Access: the way forward

The whole thing leaves me fuming. Our wants are perfectly reasonable. Kayaking does no environmental damage and no harm to fish stocks. We don't even disrupt the fishing. There's no good reason for fishermen to want kayaking banned. Their real reason is a bad one: they just don't want to share. They...