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by Mark Thompson
Fri Jul 03, 2015 7:08 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking Gear For Sale
Topic: Perception Expression 14 for sale
Replies: 1
Views: 532

Re: Perception Expression 14 for sale

Could you send me a few pics, in chelt very interested. What is the cockpit size? Opc1@live.co.uk
by Mark Thompson
Fri May 01, 2015 6:58 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring Kayaks For Sale
Topic: For Sale Pyranha fusion L in C30 spec +.
Replies: 4
Views: 397

Re: For Sale Pyranha fusion L in C30 spec +.

Are you interested I selling as have nothing to swap but after monstar?
by Mark Thompson
Sun Apr 26, 2015 4:19 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring Kayaks For Sale
Topic: FS: Jackson Superstar
Replies: 4
Views: 776

Re: FS: Jackson Superstar

Can you send me picks to opc1@live.co.uk plus confirm size and if still for sale? Finally what is your postcode to work out distance to drive
by Mark Thompson
Sun Jun 15, 2014 9:52 am
Forum: Open Canoeing Gear For Sale
Topic: Kit clear out
Replies: 1
Views: 748

Kit clear out

Paddles 1 x Lendal sea touring Kinetic straigh shaft Carbon fiber paddle 210cm- £130 (used once). 6x Palm Drift 205cm mango kayak paddle £27 each (4 brand new, 2 used nearly new) 1x Answorth hydro 210cm ww paddles-£25 Helmets 8x AP4000 red helmets- £22 Boyancy aids 7x Palm Re Universal Buoyancy Adul...
by Mark Thompson
Sun Jun 15, 2014 9:52 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring Gear For Sale
Topic: Kit clear out
Replies: 0
Views: 281

Kit clear out

Paddles 1 x Lendal sea touring Kinetic straigh shaft Carbon fiber paddle 210cm- £130 (used once). 6x Palm Drift 205cm mango kayak paddle £27 each (4 brand new, 2 used nearly new) 1x Answorth hydro 210cm ww paddles-£25 Helmets 8x AP4000 red helmets- £22 Boyancy aids 7x Palm Re Universal Buoyancy Adul...
by Mark Thompson
Sun Jun 15, 2014 9:51 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring Kayaks For Sale
Topic: Ww kit for sale (boats, paddles, clothing)
Replies: 0
Views: 302

Ww kit for sale (boats, paddles, clothing)

Paddles 1 x Lendal sea touring Kinetic straigh shaft Carbon fiber paddle 210cm- £130 (used once). 6x Palm Drift 205cm mango kayak paddle £27 each (4 brand new, 2 used nearly new) 1x Answorth hydro 210cm ww paddles-£25 Helmets 8x AP4000 red helmets- £22 Boyancy aids 7x Palm Re Universal Buoyancy Adul...
by Mark Thompson
Sun Sep 16, 2012 7:09 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring Kayaks For Sale
Topic: 16ft Clear water- Algonguin open boat.
Replies: 0
Views: 107

16ft Clear water- Algonguin open boat.

For sale a 16ft Clear water open canoe. It has a small keel that runs along the hull that helps keep the boat tracking and on course and with the stable hull design it is perfect for touring, fishing or leisurely paddling. As a plastic boat this is very durable and very robust. This was purchased se...
by Mark Thompson
Sun Sep 16, 2012 12:40 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring Kayaks For Sale
Topic: 14ft solo open boat.
Replies: 0
Views: 169

14ft solo open boat.

Selling 14ft solo openboat, built by Rodger Watkinson, a canoe builder based in the lake district that runs Aiguille AlpineEquipment. ( http://aiguillealpine.blogspot.co.uk/search?updated-min=2011-01-01T00:00:00Z&updated-max=2012-01-01T00:00:00Z&max-results=2 ) The canoe is approximatly a year and a...
by Mark Thompson
Sun Sep 16, 2012 12:35 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring Kayaks For Sale
Topic: Pyranha Burn Medium
Replies: 1
Views: 272

Pyranha Burn Medium

For sale- a late 2009 Pyranha Burn (medium) Orange jaffa with connect 30 outfit. Used & well loved so has signs of use and wear. Has a repaired split under seat (by Pyranha- have reciepts) and since then has only been used 2-3 times and not been used in over 1.5 years. I saved to introduce my fiance...
by Mark Thompson
Sun Nov 20, 2011 6:21 pm
Forum: England - Midlands
Topic: Monnow (Monmouth) Levels
Replies: 1
Views: 2439

Re: Monnow (Monmouth) Levels

Visist The Wye Usk Foundation website for live webcam.

http://www.wyeuskfoundation.org/conditions/gauge5.php
by Mark Thompson
Sun Nov 20, 2011 6:18 pm
Forum: England - Midlands
Topic: Worcester waterways
Replies: 20
Views: 5689

Re: Worcester waterways

If you want some white water to play in locally, just up from Eckington is Nafford Weir. this is great for practicing ferry glidding, breaking in and out, tail squirts and even cart wheeling. There is also the weir below Eckington if you paddle down stream, but this is less interesting. I recently p...
by Mark Thompson
Fri Oct 21, 2011 8:34 am
Forum: Canoeing
Topic: Kayaker Looking to Learn One Blade Craft
Replies: 3
Views: 806

Re: Kayaker Looking to Learn One Blade Craft

There is an event in Teskbury this sunday paddling on the Avon. I will be there and am happy to bring a spare boat and coaching cross over/ open boat skills if you want to take a small drive. Email or ring me if your interested. Failing this i could run a 2 star course for you and prep you for a 3 s...
by Mark Thompson
Wed Oct 19, 2011 1:57 pm
Forum: Courses, Trips and Guiding
Topic: 1, 2 3 Star Training and Assessments for small groups
Replies: 1
Views: 200

1, 2 3 Star Training and Assessments for small groups

If you would like a 1, 2 or 3 star course run for a small group (3+) but are struggling to find a course providor who caters for smaller groups, then please visit my website or email me. I generally run 1 & 2 star course within Gloucestershire and the Forest of Dean area (but will travel further if ...
by Mark Thompson
Tue Oct 18, 2011 8:24 pm
Forum: Courses, Trips and Guiding
Topic: Insurance
Replies: 9
Views: 596

Re: Insurance

The BCU are often unhelpful. As a coach i have been told by the BCU as log as your qualifications are validated with first aid certificate you have insurance cover as long as you dont earn over £25 from paddle coaching or go outside your remit. I would ring them back and ask for clarification becuas...
by Mark Thompson
Sat Oct 15, 2011 6:24 pm
Forum: England - Midlands
Topic: RIVER WYE (Hereford to Ross on Wye)
Replies: 3
Views: 4025

Re: RIVER WYE (Hereford to Ross on Wye)

This section can also be spit up so that it is not so long. i have taken many friends on trips from Hoarswithy to Ross, and from Monmouth to Hoarwithy. Ther eis a pub and campsite with good parcking and makes the trip much more accessable for non or new paddlers. There is still plenty of variation t...
by Mark Thompson
Sat Oct 15, 2011 6:20 pm
Forum: England - Midlands
Topic: Nafford Weir
Replies: 9
Views: 4046

Re: Nafford Weir

Nafford weir always runs, however if the Avon is in flood this is the best time to catch it for surfing the wave at the bottom of the sloping weir face. We often paddle their in the summer which is still great for cartwheeling, tail squirting, breaking in and out stalling and there is a deep pool if...
by Mark Thompson
Sat Oct 15, 2011 6:16 pm
Forum: England - Midlands
Topic: RIVER WYE (Symonds Yat East to Monmouth)
Replies: 7
Views: 6674

Re: RIVER WYE (Symonds Yat East to Monmouth)

Since the work undertaken jointly by the local canoe clubs and BCU funding, the rapids have now been improved and well worth a visit if you are new to white water or just returning or are local and dont want to travel for white water. The funding resulted in fixed big boulders creating good groynes ...
by Mark Thompson
Sat Oct 15, 2011 6:00 pm
Forum: England - Midlands
Topic: River Wye - Ross on Wye to Symonds Yat East
Replies: 5
Views: 5251

Re: RIVER WYE (Ross on Wye to Symonds Yat East)

You can always shorten this journey for younger paddlers or those new to the sport by accessing the wye at Lower Lydbrook. As you approach from Ross on Wye into lower Lydbrook) there are two carparks on the right hand side past the pub on a right hand bend. This provides carparking for approx 15 car...
by Mark Thompson
Sat Oct 15, 2011 5:50 pm
Forum: England - Midlands
Topic: RIVER WYE (Monmouth to Redbrook)
Replies: 3
Views: 4130

Re: RIVER WYE (Monmouth to Redbrook)

There is a car park just by the bridge on your right as you drive from Monmouth to Chepstow where the get out is with free parking. This section is really nice and quite as the open boat highway ends at monmouth. We have always found the fisherman here friendly, including the fly fisherman as long a...
by Mark Thompson
Sat Oct 15, 2011 12:48 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Avon Paddle - Tweskbury
Replies: 1
Views: 378

Avon Paddle - Tweskbury

Hi all, There is an organising paddle event on the River Avon in Tewkesbury for anyone nearby wanting to come along to raise paddling awareness of access/ egress points and show the paddling communities use of the river. Local clubs have been envited and said they will support, as have many others. ...
by Mark Thompson
Sat Oct 15, 2011 12:48 pm
Forum: Dates and Events
Topic: Tewkesbury Avon Paddle (Gloucestershire)
Replies: 0
Views: 506

Tewkesbury Avon Paddle (Gloucestershire)

Hi all, There is an organising paddle event on the River Avon in Tewkesbury for anyone nearby wanting to come along to raise paddling awareness of access/ egress points and show the paddling communities use of the river. Local clubs have been envited and said they will support, as have many others. ...
by Mark Thompson
Tue Oct 11, 2011 2:03 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Boat advise - River running playboat
Replies: 8
Views: 392

Re: Boat advise - River running playboat

I am 6,1 and size 12 and own a old large Pyrhanan 4 twenty. i can get in with wetsuit boots on and last about 45-50 mins before my legs go dead.If i wear trainers i can jam my feet in but after 15-20 they have gone to sleep. If i use the playboat on a river journey (very rare these days as i will ta...
by Mark Thompson
Mon Oct 10, 2011 7:49 pm
Forum: England - Midlands
Topic: Paddle Help for a New Member to suit Pyranha H3
Replies: 3
Views: 2569

Re: Paddle Help for a New Member to suit Pyranha H3

You should see if you can try a few and then you can buy both what you like and the best you can afford. I would look in the comunity sales section of this site for a good deal. I started off with fiber glass shafted paddles. If you can afford buy kevlar they are stronger, but glass are also a good ...
by Mark Thompson
Sun Oct 09, 2011 9:32 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: River leading canoes and kayaks
Replies: 5
Views: 608

Re: River leading canoes and kayaks

The award says you are competant to paddle on a set grade in a particular craft. If you hold both kayak and canoe then the answer is eaily yes. However logistically this can be difficult to manage and speed difference and tiredness can become a problem on trips. Clubs like to stick by qualifications...
by Mark Thompson
Sun Oct 09, 2011 9:28 pm
Forum: Canoeing
Topic: River Trips (canoe)
Replies: 3
Views: 793

Re: River Trips (canoe)

I agree with the sentiments above. If you have doen very little the Wye has good guides on and is easy paddleable in a open boat. If you want flat and rivers, head towards the lakes, there is lots to do ther and many rivers that you easily get an open boat down splitting journeys up. Happy exploring.
by Mark Thompson
Sun Oct 09, 2011 9:17 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Boat Help
Replies: 8
Views: 440

Re: Boat Help

The best advice i can give you is to try as many boats as you can both on the bank and on the river. Often people recomend boats they have loved but they often dont always give the next person the same feel. If you are after something to be comfortable in, useful to have some speed try creek type bo...
by Mark Thompson
Sun Oct 09, 2011 9:02 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Coaching
Replies: 1
Views: 222

Re: Coaching

Often local canoe clubs run session in swimming pools durring the winter months. Your local club would be Worcester. The link you need is http://www.worcestercanoeclub.org.uk/ and the chair man is Stuart West. At clubs often other memebers will go out paddling locally and give you advise or helpful ...
by Mark Thompson
Sun Oct 09, 2011 8:58 pm
Forum: England - Midlands
Topic: Worcester waterways
Replies: 20
Views: 5689

Re: Worcester waterways

You could also visit Worcester canoe club. Memebers often go out and make small journeys in the are and its a good way of meeting other boaters and getting out and exploring waterways. The Chairman there is Stuart West and teh website is http://www.worcestercanoeclub.org.uk/, contact: worcestercc@ya...
by Mark Thompson
Sun Oct 09, 2011 8:54 pm
Forum: England - Midlands
Topic: River Wye campsites
Replies: 1
Views: 2498

Re: River Wye campsites

This post was posted along time ago. Did you find what you were after? There is now a waterproof guide available for the wye with campsites, access and egress listed in it and os map extracts, well worth the money, giving a clear rive guide to the Wye. I have used the campsite at Hoarworthy campsite...