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by Jerry Tracey
Sun Oct 06, 2019 1:44 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Tees Barrage Configuration
Replies: 4
Views: 425

Tees Barrage Configuration

I personally regret the loss of the Valentines Wave and would like to see its return. Am I alone in this? I know that many will possibly prefer the current retentive hole, but a feature of this type is already available at the Cruncher. In my view the course is at its best when a range of features i...
by Jerry Tracey
Tue May 21, 2019 1:12 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Tees Barrage June Closure!
Replies: 15
Views: 1751

Re: Tees Barrage June Closure!

I asked when I was there on Saturday! The only information that Tees Active are able to give is that this is a 'private booking'. The background is that the venue was originally built and later modernised with public funds and is managed by a social enterprise. A core purpose is to provide open publ...
by Jerry Tracey
Mon May 20, 2019 5:14 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Tees Barrage June Closure!
Replies: 15
Views: 1751

Re: Tees Barrage June Closure!

This is an interesting silence!
Are all of you out there bound like Tees Active by a confidentiality clause about this extended four week 'private booking'?
by Jerry Tracey
Sun May 19, 2019 8:28 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Tees Barrage June Closure!
Replies: 15
Views: 1751

Tees Barrage June Closure!

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by Jerry Tracey
Fri Apr 19, 2019 10:57 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: New access charge for the Dee???
Replies: 62
Views: 4679

Re: New access charge for the Dee???

I paddled at Mile End Mill earlier this week, for the first time for a couple of years. The experience was very positive - the new proprietors were very friendly and helpful and I was happy to pay a reasonable small fee for use of the site/facilities on a park & play basis. My wife, who was not padd...
by Jerry Tracey
Sun Mar 31, 2019 11:26 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Ian Beecroft - a tribute page
Replies: 60
Views: 16298

Re: Ian Beecroft - a tribute page

Those were the days, my friend.....

God speed, Croft. I suspect you are permanently surfing an amazing standing wave somewhere!

Congratulations to Nora and family. The next generation.....

Best Wishes!
Jerry.
by Jerry Tracey
Fri Jan 11, 2019 4:28 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Left-handed paddlers
Replies: 29
Views: 2085

Re: Left-handed paddlers

It is good to hear that I am not alone!! I am another right hander who has always used left feather. This began when I was a boy, as I was recovering from a broken right wrist and therefore started with left feather paddles (90 degrees in those days). I think that left paddles can actually be natura...
by Jerry Tracey
Sun Dec 16, 2018 10:40 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: First descent of Fairy Glen
Replies: 8
Views: 1411

Re: First descent of Fairy Glen

Hi Molly! I worked for a while in the late '70s at an outdoor centre in North Wales. At that time there was a mythology about 'the gorge below Conway Falls', but no known actual attempted descents. I tried a solo run in October 1979. I can't claim it, however, since I crawled out from around halfway...
by Jerry Tracey
Sun Nov 25, 2018 11:27 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: New access charge for the Dee???
Replies: 62
Views: 4679

Re: New access charge for the Dee???

I too am supportive of the current arrangements at Mile End Mill, having used the site for many years whenever I am in the area. There seems to have been an unfortunate breakdown of communication in this case; the per head charge is for paddlers using this private land to reach the river and is very...
by Jerry Tracey
Sun Oct 28, 2018 10:31 am
Forum: Dates and Events
Topic: Erik Boomer Greenland talks
Replies: 3
Views: 487

Re: Erik Boomer Greenland talks

Are any details on the Edinburgh venue and time available yet?
by Jerry Tracey
Sun Oct 14, 2018 10:27 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: White water kayak that's also good for sea surfing
Replies: 5
Views: 748

Re: White water kayak that's also good for sea surfing

I enjoy surfing in my Pyranha Loki. It has sufficient length and sharp enough rails to track along a shoulder, but will also do the 'blast' type move to run directly forwards ahead of a breaker.
by Jerry Tracey
Sun Feb 18, 2018 10:40 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Companies that rock
Replies: 521
Views: 87983

Re: Companies that rock

I've been using North Shore at the Tees Barrage almost entirely for my gear needs for a few years now.
Kevin is always helpful, has immense product knowledge and is very customer focussed.
Highly recommended!
Jerry.
by Jerry Tracey
Wed Dec 27, 2017 6:09 pm
Forum: Surf Kayaking
Topic: Where to surf on the Continent?
Replies: 5
Views: 1132

Re: Where to surf on the Continent?

I would recommend the Quiberon Peninsular (France).
Even in a flat spell good rock-hopping etc. can be found on the exposed side.
Conversely, if conditions are huge, mellow waves wrap round to the sheltered side.

Have a good trip, wherever you end up!
by Jerry Tracey
Sun Dec 17, 2017 10:58 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Only Allowed 2 Boats
Replies: 29
Views: 2625

Re: Only Allowed 2 Boats

Unlike Gordon, I am not personally from the Thunderbirds, owing to the presence of an 'e', although the kids I teach often make this connection!! My two boats would be a Pyranha Loki for play and surf (which I have) and a decent competition slalom kayak for events (that I can't afford at present). J...
by Jerry Tracey
Sun Dec 03, 2017 11:10 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: End of a dream?
Replies: 20
Views: 2725

Re: End of a dream?

Tees has things right, using mainly tidal flow and then pumps when needed. The pumps at the Tees Barrage can also reverse to generate power when tidal conditions and river flow are favourable. I don't know details of the energy use/generation balance, but this clever innovation doubtless helps with...
by Jerry Tracey
Sun Nov 05, 2017 11:09 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Feather angle recommendations
Replies: 18
Views: 2492

Re: Feather angle recommendations

I think feather angle can make a difference to rolling on the side of the non-feather hand.
If you have changed feather angle, I would advise testing your roll before you next hit anything epic!
Enjoy!
Jerry.
by Jerry Tracey
Sat Oct 28, 2017 12:07 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Some scary sumps but great white water in NZ
Replies: 5
Views: 1123

Re: Some scary sumps but great white water in NZ

Thanks, Patrick. this support would be greatly appreciated.
I'll contact you nearer the time, once plans firm up a bit. I'm probably looking at the Xmas period 2018/19.
Best Wishes!
Jerry.
by Jerry Tracey
Sun Oct 15, 2017 5:09 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Some scary sumps but great white water in NZ
Replies: 5
Views: 1123

Re: Some scary sumps but great white water in NZ

Many thanks, that seems to be just what I was looking for - I'll order it!

Jerry.
by Jerry Tracey
Sat Oct 14, 2017 5:21 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Some scary sumps but great white water in NZ
Replies: 5
Views: 1123

Re: Some scary sumps but great white water in NZ

I'm looking at the idea of a trip to NZ in 2018/19 (when one of my pensions pays out a lump sum!!).
Is there a guidebook available to NZ white-water?
by Jerry Tracey
Sat Sep 02, 2017 10:00 pm
Forum: Products and Media
Topic: Searching for a William Nealy cartoon
Replies: 3
Views: 578

Re: Searching for a William Nealy cartoon

I can vaguely remember seeing this sometime.
Nealy also did at least one cartoon book on mountain biking and it could have been here - the idea being that his alter ego was getting rid of his boat to take up biking instead!
by Jerry Tracey
Sun Aug 06, 2017 10:45 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: I think I might paddle too much because....
Replies: 23
Views: 1905

Re: I think I might paddle too much because....

...... my shoulders are sore (again)!!
by Jerry Tracey
Sat Jul 22, 2017 5:31 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring Kayaks For Sale
Topic: Fluid Donsa Plastic Slalom Kayak
Replies: 5
Views: 459

Re: Fluid Donsa Plastic Slalom Kayak

I can certainly give you first refusal and will consult you first if there are any other offers. There's no need for a deposit at this stage. I'll be at the 'Tully Div.1 on the Saturday, so that would suit me best, but I could deliver to the 'Tully Div.2 or Fairnilee if needed. Thanks & Best Wishes!...
by Jerry Tracey
Fri Jul 21, 2017 11:53 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring Kayaks For Sale
Topic: Fluid Donsa Plastic Slalom Kayak
Replies: 5
Views: 459

Re: Fluid Donsa Plastic Slalom Kayak

Thanks for your interest. I'm afraid that I can't get down to Lee Valley anytime soon. I could perhaps meet you at Nottingham, if you could get up as far as there. Alternatively, do you know anyone who is coming up to any of the Scottish slaloms in August who could pick the boat up for you? Best wis...
by Jerry Tracey
Sun Jul 16, 2017 10:13 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring Kayaks For Sale
Topic: Fluid Donsa Plastic Slalom Kayak
Replies: 5
Views: 459

Fluid Donsa Plastic Slalom Kayak

Yellow Fluid Donsa plastic slalom kayak.
£100
Good condition - light scratching to hull and a small dint in the nose.
Footrest replaced by a foam block.
Ideal for a beginner or club/youth group use, etc.
Located in Berwick-upon-Tweed, but could deliver to Tees Barrage, etc.
by Jerry Tracey
Sun Jul 09, 2017 9:27 am
Forum: Competition
Topic: Supplier of WWR boats?
Replies: 5
Views: 1461

Re: Supplier of WWR boats?

Hi Jim, Many thanks for the information and advice. I am indeed the Jerry Tracey that you know! I used to be a serious river racer back in the day and I am thinking of making a return, although probably only for classic races rather than sprints! I can't make Pinkston today, I'm afraid, but good luc...
by Jerry Tracey
Thu Jul 06, 2017 8:57 pm
Forum: Competition
Topic: Supplier of WWR boats?
Replies: 5
Views: 1461

Supplier of WWR boats?

Hi All,

Can anyone tell me who makes or imports wild-water racing kayaks these days?

With Thanks!
Jerry.
by Jerry Tracey
Tue Jun 07, 2016 1:00 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Mile End Mill
Replies: 12
Views: 3790

Re: Mile End Mill

I was pleased to discover during a return visit at the weekend that this site is now under very positive and paddler-friendly new management, with a long-term lease. I would therefore like to encourage other paddlers to return to using this venue. Note that the small park-and-play charge is for park...
by Jerry Tracey
Sat Apr 02, 2016 9:08 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Mile End Mill
Replies: 12
Views: 3790

Mile End Mill

I was disappointed to discover during a visit today that Llangollen Outdoors are pulling out of Mile End Mill at the end of this month. I would like to thank them for providing a valuable bankside park and play facilty, with a low key and very welcoming atmosphere. I hope that whoever takes over wil...
by Jerry Tracey
Sun Mar 06, 2016 10:56 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Artificial courses
Replies: 58
Views: 5086

Re: Artificial courses

Is it always the case that hydro-power schemes are a bad thing? As well as contributing to a reduction in the use of fossil fuels, they can potentially provide opportunities for dam-controlled white-water venues, such as the Tryweryn, Washburn or Isere. In my view they should not be automatically op...
by Jerry Tracey
Sun Mar 06, 2016 10:27 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Underwater strokes
Replies: 3
Views: 871

Re: Underwater strokes

An underwater stroke occurs during a trashing after a power-flip. Whilst attempting to set up for a roll, one or other blade is grabbed by the water and you are suddenly flung back upright. This is disorienting, but looks great to spectators, especially if you flukily end up back on the crest of the...