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by neilfarmer
Sun Mar 12, 2017 3:07 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: WWPF '17?
Replies: 10
Views: 938

Re: WWPF '17?

https://www.facebook.com/events/1807443616246455/
The link/page is public (i.e. you can see it from websites without a fb page).

Friday 8th to Sunday 10th September 2017.
Moriston Saturday, Garry Sunday.
by neilfarmer
Sat Mar 12, 2016 7:56 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: When will the release dates for the Garry be published??
Replies: 7
Views: 754

Re: When will the release dates for the Garry be published??

Hi Peter, Yes WWPF is 10th/11th September 2016, Moriston Saturday and Garry Sunday. All overwhelmed just now so didn't get the dates out before the freshet releases published! Hopefully a much faster turnaround next year, SEPA are asking for all requests to be in by 31/12/16 which is great! There ar...
by neilfarmer
Sun Mar 06, 2016 9:59 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: When will the release dates for the Garry be published??
Replies: 7
Views: 754

Re: When will the release dates for the Garry be published??

There is a "final draft" that has been circulated by SEPA and the final date for comments to go back to them was Friday 4th March. I would expect that the final version will be issued this week, as soon as it is, will put it on the SCA site and mention it here. If you email me (neil.farmer at canoes...
by neilfarmer
Wed Mar 02, 2016 9:26 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: British Canoeing has a new CEO
Replies: 20
Views: 1687

Re: British Canoeing has a new CEO

I would say that he should be given a chance to prove his credentials. The job is certainly "more professional" than before, something that comes with funding and our government wants medals - how many of us wanted 'medals' at the London Olympics - it is the sports governing bodies that got them! As...
by neilfarmer
Tue Jan 05, 2016 11:25 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Paul Owen OBE
Replies: 21
Views: 2344

Re: Paul Owen OBE

I am writing as a competitor and coach (or at least I used to) at what you would call the grass roots of slalom. As far as I am aware the only service the BCU provides for our sport is as a conduit for funding, and all this goes to the elite coaches and squad. A very small amount is trickled down t...
by neilfarmer
Tue Jan 05, 2016 11:15 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Paul Owen OBE
Replies: 21
Views: 2344

Re: Paul Owen OBE

Agree with the majority of all the above on the role of the BCU. The solution seems quite simple if they had their heads screwed on... Split the organization into two 'divisions' – "BCU Recreation" and "BCU Competitive", each with a different remit. The Competitive division, can focus on Olympic ex...
by neilfarmer
Sun Nov 08, 2015 7:04 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Orchy path
Replies: 3
Views: 966

Re: Orchy path

We all have Robin Cole from the SCA to thank for this, he suggested it initially and worked tirelessly to get it completed...
by neilfarmer
Mon Jun 15, 2015 12:11 am
Forum: Lost and Found
Topic: River Cree: kit and money left at Bargrennan Bridge
Replies: 0
Views: 559

River Cree: kit and money left at Bargrennan Bridge

A bag of Kayaking kit + some money was left towards the end of last year at the Egress of the River Cree, Bargrennan Bridge. A local landowner passed it onto the police who have heard nothing, so it has gone back to him. If this applies to anyone, please get in contact with me with some information ...
by neilfarmer
Thu Jan 15, 2015 9:42 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: 2015 SEPA dam release dates
Replies: 2
Views: 694

Re: 2015 SEPA dam release dates

They have not been finalised and are currently under discussion. In all honesty I doubt that they will be finalised before somewhere near the end of February, maybe later.
by neilfarmer
Fri Aug 01, 2014 1:25 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: The Etive spanking a paddler at monstrous flows!!!
Replies: 48
Views: 5434

Re: The Etive spanking a paddler at monstrous flows!!!

UKRGB and other forums sometimes feel "unfriendly to new paddlers". Read over the comments and put yourself in the position of a "new relatively inexperienced paddler", would you ask for advice now......? Ryan, yes lives were at risk, but better that it goes up, supportive comments are made and they...
by neilfarmer
Wed Jul 02, 2014 12:44 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Save the Conwy campaign - action needed!
Replies: 13
Views: 1469

Re: Save the Conwy campaign - action needed!

So a feedback point would be the need to return the water much higher upstream, which might in turn scupper the whole thing. Not really... efficient hydro needs maximal vertical drop over minimal distance. The longer the distance, the more expensive and complex it is to build. Most of the vertical ...
by neilfarmer
Sat May 31, 2014 10:57 pm
Forum: Scotland - Far North
Topic: River Conan
Replies: 5
Views: 2597

Re: River Conan

I will try and find the picture "carnage on the Connon". Much of it features on "Dangerous When Wet", available on youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IdtKRiAbWWk First paddled rapid is at 1:28 and elsewhere, many put on just below that and ran the long rapid also in the video. You are very very...
by neilfarmer
Fri May 09, 2014 10:32 pm
Forum: Scotland - Southern Uplands
Topic: RIVER CLYDE: City Centre to the Sea
Replies: 11
Views: 3232

Re: RIVER CLYDE: City Centre to the Sea

Lots of questions here and I am only just up to speed on where the Clyde is!!
Will make Robin Cole (SCA Access Director) aware of this and see if he can clarify....
by neilfarmer
Mon Apr 28, 2014 11:07 pm
Forum: Scotland - Northeast
Topic: RIVER SPEY (Ballindalloch to Tandhu Distillery)
Replies: 1
Views: 2523

Re: RIVER SPEY (Ballindalloch to Tandhu Distillery)

I believe that this is the correct section of the Spey..... I would like to give notice for an upcoming training event to be held on the 28th and 29th May [2-14] at Boat of Garten on the Spey. We have a level/flow monitoring station on the banks of the Spey just downstream of the road bridge East of...
by neilfarmer
Fri Apr 18, 2014 1:18 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Help save the Brann!
Replies: 17
Views: 2245

Re: Help save the Brann!

SCA were consulted and I met the developers several times. Andy Laird was consulted on the safe return of water to the river. Geology allowing, the return should be visible from Rumbling Bridge. More information can be found here: http://www.rwe.com/web/cms/en/307086/rwe-innogy/sites/hydroelectric-p...
by neilfarmer
Tue Apr 08, 2014 3:03 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: scottish dam release dates
Replies: 13
Views: 1983

Re: scottish dam release dates

I am not sure. If I can find one, will look at old SEPA freshet documents and see what was released then. To be honest though, it is going to be a "look and see".....
by neilfarmer
Fri Feb 28, 2014 9:37 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: scottish dam release dates
Replies: 13
Views: 1983

Re: scottish dam release dates

Looking at those release dates I see that the Moriston is releasing on Saturday 13th September and the Garry on Sunday 14th September. Are we able to deduce from this information that the WWPF will be held on this weekend? Yes, just seen this too: http://www.ukriversguidebook.co.uk/forum/viewtopic....
by neilfarmer
Sat Feb 22, 2014 1:06 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Where to stow a throw line?
Replies: 15
Views: 2519

Re: Where to stow a throw line?

Andy McMahon may have a few positive things to say about having a throwline attached to him, after a swim in a non-accessible drop in Peru - sure the article is on here somewhere. That convinced me to carry it on my waist, where it remains today (although not just now!), inconvenience of restricted ...
by neilfarmer
Sat Feb 22, 2014 12:48 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Andy Jackson Fund for Access
Replies: 3
Views: 856

Re: Andy Jackson Fund for Access

Hi Brian, Good to hear from you! You are absolutely correct. I agree, paddlers/groups can apply to the AJ Trust for grants to spend the money on access related work. People, get out there, get ideas, apply and improve access! As Brian says, money is there, not an infinite amount, but it is there.....
by neilfarmer
Mon Feb 10, 2014 12:54 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: EPIRBS on sale
Replies: 16
Views: 2445

Re: EPIRBS on sale

I am thinking of buying the fastfind220 for diving (& mountain/mountain biking days alone - often end up a long way from civilisation!). I know it has GPS for quicker location, the price is good-ish at 189, but what do people think of it? Are there any good alternatives that I should consider? I've...
by neilfarmer
Mon Feb 10, 2014 12:44 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: EPIRBS on sale
Replies: 16
Views: 2445

Re: EPIRBS on sale

Mark R wrote:I have one. Terrible value for money - I've had it years, and never used it once.
mmmm, when I told the wife what I was thinking of buying, and more importantly the price, she said "you had better make good use of it...."......
by neilfarmer
Sun Feb 02, 2014 1:07 am
Forum: Scotland - Central Highlands
Topic: River Tilt
Replies: 3
Views: 2427

Re: River Tilt

Atholl Estates welcomes paddlers to the estate and the River Tilt. However, we would like to remind you that no vehicle access is allowed up Glen Tilt. Closest parking is at the Glen Tilt Car Park. This applies to all recreational users of the glen: hillwalkers, backpackers, mountain bikers and you...
by neilfarmer
Mon Nov 18, 2013 11:06 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Stoneybyres - The Clyde
Replies: 3
Views: 577

Re: Stoneybyres - The Clyde

No, I do not think anyone has run StoneyByres falls. Not been to look at them for a long while, but fairly sure they are quite tall and land on rocks. It is slightly possible that they land on rocks "pointing in the right direction (ie slabs)", so one day someone with a indestructable back or a limi...
by neilfarmer
Sun Oct 20, 2013 10:13 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Changes to Level 2 from 1st January
Replies: 42
Views: 3123

Re: Changes to Level 2 from 1st January

I'm not aware of there having been "multiple complaints" about separate canoe and kayak coaching awards... anyone else got an opinion? Anyone here ever complained? I can't have been clear, sorry. I meant what you have said, ie we agree! I thought there were lots of complaints about having to do bot...
by neilfarmer
Fri Oct 18, 2013 5:27 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: SCA President?
Replies: 70
Views: 3950

Re: SCA President?

With apologies for repeating myself, I'd suggest that (for many people) the preface you've quoted is a response to perception. The discussion we've had within this thread proves my point. I just can't see why it was necessary to have a veil of secrecy over who was to be the new president - and whil...
by neilfarmer
Thu Oct 17, 2013 7:29 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: SCA President?
Replies: 70
Views: 3950

Re: SCA President?

- - now at the stage where I am starting to be put off volunteering for the SCA. It may be an election and as board members we do represent the membership, but we also have a responsibility to the company. I also actually have a job, family life and recreational interests of my own and cannot spend...
by neilfarmer
Thu Oct 17, 2013 3:11 am
Forum: Scotland - West Highlands
Topic: Allt Kinglass
Replies: 8
Views: 3012

Re: Allt Kinglass

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by neilfarmer
Thu Oct 17, 2013 2:15 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: SCA President?
Replies: 70
Views: 3950

Re: SCA President?

Let us not forgot that we live in the People's Republic of Scotland - - - with wee Eck in control, what "we" want may well be low on the agenda and his minions certainly haven't made a name for themselves in that context! ... my point exactly. I have a suspicion that it's a self-supporting spiral -...