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by Roddy McDowell
Wed Nov 07, 2018 1:31 pm
Forum: Products and Media
Topic: Tiderace Demo Day this Saturday
Replies: 0
Views: 227

Tiderace Demo Day this Saturday

Tiderace Sea Kayak Demo Day (Scotland) Saturday 10th November
9:30am- 2:30 Largs Marina
2:30- 5pm Silver Sands, Aberdour
You can demo the new Xceed range plus Pace Tour S and Xtra
Contact Roddy McDowell 077652 41686[/size]
by Roddy McDowell
Wed Feb 22, 2017 12:42 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Sea Survival for Sea Kayakers
Replies: 3
Views: 1223

Sea Survival for Sea Kayakers

Sometimes we imagine bad things could happen! Here is a short video setting out our thoughts on survival strategies for sea kayakers. We hope you or possibly your club find it useful.
by Roddy McDowell
Tue Jul 21, 2015 5:23 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Sea Kayak Guide to the Isles of Bute and Surrounding Waters
Replies: 0
Views: 1161

Sea Kayak Guide to the Isles of Bute and Surrounding Waters

A big thanks to Simon Willis for editing and hosting on his site my Sea Kayak Guide to the Isle of Bute and surrounding waters. The guide is aimed at those who are making the transition from being day paddlers to overnight journeying in their kayaks. It is free and is my thanks to the wonderful Isle...
by Roddy McDowell
Thu Dec 18, 2014 11:19 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: why don't they make sea kayaks like this
Replies: 38
Views: 5741

Re: why don't they make sea kayaks like this

its interesting that you can pay £750 for a cheap sea kayak which has a very comfortable fully adjustable WW seat and adjustable thigh braces but when you pay £3000 you get a fixed uncomfortable seat and unadjustable thigh braces which are in many cases poorly finished and as sharp as a knife I reg...
by Roddy McDowell
Thu Aug 07, 2014 9:20 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Venture Jura^
Replies: 13
Views: 4700

Re: Venture Jura

Hi, you might like to try one of our free demos with a little coaching thrown in - then buy the kayak that makes you smile most - who ever the manufacturer is. Details of Loch Lomond demos here: http://www.kayakbute.co.uk/demos.php
by Roddy McDowell
Thu Aug 07, 2014 9:12 am
Forum: Products and Media
Topic: Tiderace Sea Kayak Demos in Scotland
Replies: 0
Views: 388

Tiderace Sea Kayak Demos in Scotland

A whole raft of new Kayak Bute Tiderace demo days on Loch Lomond http://www.kayakbute.co.uk/demos.php
by Roddy McDowell
Tue Apr 01, 2014 8:44 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Eco Shelter for Sea Kayakers on Isle of Bute
Replies: 5
Views: 988

Eco Shelter for Sea Kayakers on Isle of Bute

Thought this great new stop off facility for sea kayakers at the north end of the Isle of Bute might be of general interest.https://www.facebook.com/kayakbute
by Roddy McDowell
Fri Feb 07, 2014 10:35 am
Forum: Courses, Trips and Guiding
Topic: Tiderace Pace Series Demo, Loch Lomond
Replies: 2
Views: 458

Re: Tiderace Pace Series Demo, Loch Lomond

Hi,
You will find a link to google map on the demo page of Kayak Bute's web site here: http://www.kayakbute.co.uk/event-details.php?id=1001 Many thanks for the enquiry. Roddy
by Roddy McDowell
Thu Feb 06, 2014 12:28 pm
Forum: Courses, Trips and Guiding
Topic: Tiderace Pace Series Demo, Loch Lomond
Replies: 2
Views: 458

Tiderace Pace Series Demo, Loch Lomond

Scotland's Tiderace dealer will will have the new generation Pace Series models on demo at Loch Lomond, Duncan Memorial Slip, Lomond Shore, Loch lomond on Sunday 16the February 10 am - 1 pm. other Tiderace models, Xplore, Xcape, Xcite Xtra and Vortex also available for demo http://www.kayakbute.co.u...
by Roddy McDowell
Wed Jan 29, 2014 1:26 pm
Forum: Courses, Trips and Guiding
Topic: Tiderace Scotland in Lomo Watersport's, Glasgow
Replies: 0
Views: 397

Tiderace Scotland in Lomo Watersport's, Glasgow

Scotland's Tiderace dealer looking forward to being in Lomo Watersports this Saturday, 10:30am - 1:30pm. We have a rack full of gorgeous new boats, Xplore M and L, Xcite, Xcape, Xtra and Vortex. Also Tiderace demo this Sunday at Silver Sands Beach, Aberdour, Fife. http://www.kayakbute.co.uk/demos.php
by Roddy McDowell
Tue Dec 03, 2013 9:03 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: The Tiderace Xtra
Replies: 0
Views: 574

The Tiderace Xtra

A tiderace Xtra owner shares some thoughts and a brilliant image of her kayak - click here to read more - - -
by Roddy McDowell
Fri Nov 01, 2013 4:25 pm
Forum: Dates and Events
Topic: Tiderace Scotland Demo Days
Replies: 0
Views: 751

Tiderace Scotland Demo Days

All systems go for Tiderace Scotland demos at Loch Lomond http://www.kayakbute.co.uk/demos.php
by Roddy McDowell
Thu Sep 05, 2013 10:32 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: sea kayak for big guys
Replies: 34
Views: 5936

Re: sea kayak for big guys

If that Scottish dimension works for you happy to put a Tiderace Xplore X or Xcape X out for demo at Loch Lomond or on the Isle of Bute http://www.kayakbute.co.uk for details.
by Roddy McDowell
Thu Sep 05, 2013 10:17 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Thank You Isle Of Bute
Replies: 0
Views: 428

Thank You Isle Of Bute

Our weekly newspaper, The Buteman, ran an article about the success of last weekends Women's Scottish Sea Kayak Festival, https://www.facebook.com/groups/579266552126320/ and its importance for sea kayaking and for the island. Justine Curgenven, sea kayaker, adeventure and film maker was quoted abou...
by Roddy McDowell
Tue Sep 03, 2013 11:06 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Hey girls
Replies: 11
Views: 1343

Re: Hey girls

We were on Bute anyway, paddling back from Campbeltown, Mrs big Ade just getting back into sea kayaking. This event would have fitted in at virtually no extra effort, minimal expense and been a worthwhile exercise for a returnee. Best get the year planner out early for the next one then Mr and Mrs ...
by Roddy McDowell
Tue Sep 03, 2013 1:53 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Vinegar Solution for Tent Poles
Replies: 23
Views: 3172

Re: Vinegar Solution for Tent Poles

Jim wrote:
MikeB wrote: Wot's this got to do with paddling? Nothing - - -
Makes a refreshing change then, vinegar refreshes the posts other solutions cannot reach! It's virtues know no bounds ....
by Roddy McDowell
Thu Aug 29, 2013 12:00 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Tips On Packing a Sea Kayak
Replies: 31
Views: 3559

Re: Tips On Packing a Sea Kayak

Total top tip re the tent poles Colin - vinegar solution is the way to go!
by Roddy McDowell
Wed Aug 28, 2013 9:36 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Tips On Packing a Sea Kayak
Replies: 31
Views: 3559

Re: Tips On Packing a Sea Kayak

Great added value Douglas, thanks for adding. Like you I re pack when the gear is cleaned and keep the down bag loose stored in the wardrobe. Huge apologies and to Howard Jeffs http://www.howardjeffs.com/flashband-repair-kit/ re the repair kit contents - and big thanks to Paul 75 for pointing out th...
by Roddy McDowell
Wed Aug 28, 2013 9:43 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Tips On Packing a Sea Kayak
Replies: 31
Views: 3559

Re: Tips On Packing a Sea Kayak

Hi All, Have to admit that every time I watch the video I think, "Hell, why did I say that, why didn't I say that! The boots that are in the blue coloured stuff bag are ultra light 'Inov Rocktight,' brilliant on wet rocky beaches. The camera I carry is a very simple waterproof Canon Power Shot D10, ...
by Roddy McDowell
Tue Aug 27, 2013 10:35 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Tips On Packing a Sea Kayak
Replies: 31
Views: 3559

Tips On Packing a Sea Kayak

Thought some of the folk at the beginning of their sea kayaking journey might find this videohttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rvD59n3AWRY we have just finished interesting. Any additional tips and comments from old hands more than welcome.
by Roddy McDowell
Thu Jul 25, 2013 9:38 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Resignations from SCA Board of Directors
Replies: 137
Views: 12593

Resignations from SCA Board of Directors

SCA Recreation Director for Sea and Coast, Peter Baker and General Secretary, Roddy McDowell resigned their posts on July 12th. At that point they had asked that a brief statement be released as a news item on the SCA web site regarding their reasons for doing so but this has not happened. The reaso...
by Roddy McDowell
Mon Jun 24, 2013 10:45 pm
Forum: Courses, Trips and Guiding
Topic: Free Coaching and Tiderace Demo
Replies: 0
Views: 599

Free Coaching and Tiderace Demo

Have some fun and share some skills. http://www.kayakbute.co.uk/event-details.php?id=695 Coaches and guides Carol Lang and Roddy McDowell will be on the water and will contribute to any skills session you want set up. Greenland rolling specialists Pam and Alan Carter will be there too with those ski...
by Roddy McDowell
Sat Apr 20, 2013 4:28 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Tiderace Vortex Review
Replies: 0
Views: 815

Tiderace Vortex Review

Published this review of the Tiderace Vortex a couple of days ago http://kayakbute.wordpress.com/2013/04/ ... -reviewed/
by Roddy McDowell
Fri Apr 19, 2013 3:52 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Which Expedition Sea Kayak?
Replies: 13
Views: 1969

Re: Which Expedition Sea Kayak?

Hi - if you want to try out the Tiderace options and the Xplore M you mentioned you may be interested to note the that they are on demo most Saturdays at Loch Lomond http://www.kayakbute.co.uk/demos.php I have also used the Tiderace Xcite extensively touring in Shetland. Cheers Roddy.
by Roddy McDowell
Tue Jan 29, 2013 7:49 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: SCA / BCU - changes at the top - -
Replies: 30
Views: 4741

Re: SCA / BCU - changes at the top - -

Hi Seedy and thanks for the positive feedback re being open. Much appreciated. As to accessibility of the meeting on the 16 April and work time etc I guess it is never going to be easy. Each of us as volunteers on the board give up work time and our evenings so appreciate time geography and travel a...
by Roddy McDowell
Thu Jan 10, 2013 10:29 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Tiderace Sea Kayak - river rapids - -
Replies: 20
Views: 2261

Re: Tiderace Sea Kayak - river rapids - -

WillH wrote:Not quite the Tay or Spey, but good fun...

Image

...the Kirkaig.

Cheers
W
Nice image Will.
by Roddy McDowell
Tue Jan 08, 2013 9:50 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Tiderace Sea Kayak - river rapids - -
Replies: 20
Views: 2261

Re: Tiderace Sea Kayak - river rapids - -

Still it's nice to see someone playing the river a bit in a sea kayak. Is that Campsie Linn or Thistlebrig? I can't quite work out what I am looking at from the camera angle but it's a nice level! Hi Jim - It's Tiderace Xtra at Thistlebrig and there is some more detail here: http://kayakbute.wordpr...
by Roddy McDowell
Fri Oct 05, 2012 8:53 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Ballot Papers for Post of General Secretary SCA
Replies: 21
Views: 1340

Ballot Papers for Post of General Secretary SCA

Scottish Paddler magazine from the SCA dropped through the letter box to day. Opened only to find no ballot paper or so I thought. Quick phone call to the SCA office and a little embarrassed to find that I had missed the ballot paper. Its printed on the reverse side of the address sheet which I had ...
by Roddy McDowell
Thu Oct 04, 2012 4:34 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Bute advice, please
Replies: 8
Views: 2010

Re: Bute advice, please

Give me a call and will chat through options with you - there are plenty. Contact numbers on web site. Roddy
by Roddy McDowell
Sun Sep 23, 2012 11:36 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Election of SCA General Secretary
Replies: 93
Views: 6438

Re: Election of SCA General Secretary

Good evening Calafate I would like to put on record how impressed I am with the detail you have at your disposal re SCA committees and their deliberations. Your inside knowledge and tenacity in formulating questions of a negative nature is most impressive. Here are some positive answers to your ques...