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by Dave Gorman
Tue Apr 06, 2021 2:53 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Serious expedition kayaking books/manuals
Replies: 10
Views: 431

Re: Serious expedition kayaking books/manuals

Not manuals but worth a read are: Fearless: freya hofmeister A solo circumnavigation of Australia Included in that is camping near crocodiles, and a 3 days at sea open crossing of the gulf of carpenteria, and a really long section of coast with vertical cliffs and zero chance of a landing Blazing p...
by Dave Gorman
Thu Apr 01, 2021 4:35 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Outstanding customer service
Replies: 23
Views: 1980

Re: Outstanding customer service

I bought a very good set of roof bars for my Mercedes Vito from a company called Mick's Garage. It sounds like a back-alley outfit but they are a big company with lots of products. I have found the quality to be very good and the prices very reasonable, though I can't remember now what the price was...
by Dave Gorman
Mon Mar 29, 2021 3:08 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Walrus sightings in Pembroke
Replies: 13
Views: 965

Re: Walrus sightings in Pembroke

I doubt very much she set her dog on the seal. I'd bet she's heartbroken over it. Nothing entertaining about that suffering and tragedy. Very sad but who knows why the dog did that. Might have thought she was under threat. She made a mistake she has to live with. Who hasn't? I'd say she tried to con...
by Dave Gorman
Sun Mar 14, 2021 5:03 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Into strong head wind
Replies: 132
Views: 3828

Re: Into strong head wind

In the strongest gusts when I've found progress impossible when using a Euro blade 2-part paddle, going back to my 1950s 90 degree feather allowed some progress, particularly when combined with "nose on foredeck". My paddling buddy and I tested this when paddling side by side in a powerful headwind...
by Dave Gorman
Tue Mar 09, 2021 7:11 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Home made paddle floats - any tips
Replies: 44
Views: 1388

Re: Home made paddle floats - any tips

Thanks for all the input folks, there are some very good ideas and discussions, please keep them coming. Special thanks to Mick Allen for paying attention to my criteria and concerns and for his 'thinking outside the box' approach of converting a pocket to a sleeve - the idea that you can slide the...
by Dave Gorman
Mon Mar 08, 2021 11:20 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Home made paddle floats - any tips
Replies: 44
Views: 1388

Re: Home made paddle floats - any tips

.. BUT in these temperatures I'm only going to get one shot at a self rescue so .. For sure. You're unlikely to boost your confidence, quite the reverse actually, unless you can practice in reasonable comfort. So while we're denied the use of the indoor pools, that probably means waiting for warmer...
by Dave Gorman
Mon Mar 08, 2021 6:25 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Home made paddle floats - any tips
Replies: 44
Views: 1388

Re: Home made paddle floats - any tips

Just an idea. It's not something I've done myself but I had thought about trying it in the past and I think it would work with a little experimentation. I've seen similar but not exactly the same done very successfully by a highly experienced coach when I was a novice some thirty years ago. I wonder...
by Dave Gorman
Wed Mar 03, 2021 6:34 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Rescue techniques (split from Introduction and looking for advice)
Replies: 33
Views: 928

Re: Rescue techniques (split from Introduction and looking for advice)

No need to lift or slide anything, just grab the bow and roll under it until your kayak is on edge. As you do this flip the flooded kayak over and all the water flows out. Flip it upright and right your own kayak all in one movement. Job done, takes seconds. My worry about partially rolling my boat...
by Dave Gorman
Mon Mar 01, 2021 9:57 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Rescue techniques (split from Introduction and looking for advice)
Replies: 33
Views: 928

Re: Introduction and looking for advice.

The big takeaway from this for "Slope Soarer" is that the rescuee plays an active part of the rescue by holding on to his paddle and manoeuvring himself towards the bow of his swamped kayak. ^This. For an inexperienced paddler it's obvious that there are skills involved in rescuing someone else, bu...
by Dave Gorman
Fri Feb 19, 2021 4:30 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Into strong head wind
Replies: 132
Views: 3828

Re: Into strong head wind

For me a sustainable steady cadence, while maintaining sound, strong economical form is my tried, tested and proven method for driving the boat forward in normal conditions and into a headwind. Blade entering quietly with little splash or fuss close to the feet, following the wake line of the boat a...
by Dave Gorman
Wed Feb 17, 2021 10:46 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Into strong head wind
Replies: 132
Views: 3828

Re: Into strong head wind

With good locked in trunk rotation I do get a small addition to the drive by going slightly behind my hip. I will not take my paddle to the rear quadrant without going with it with trunk rotation (Kayakers safety box) to protect my arms and shoulders. Going slightly back with the blade also helps ta...
by Dave Gorman
Mon Feb 15, 2021 6:14 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Into strong head wind
Replies: 132
Views: 3828

Re: Into strong head wind

If you are already moving there is definitely a small amount of residual drive if you do come slightly past the hip. Think of the leg movements in the swimming breast stroke. In that case drive is largely achieved by bringing the legs together in a closing V which is centered at the groin. At no tim...
by Dave Gorman
Mon Feb 15, 2021 5:26 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Into strong head wind
Replies: 132
Views: 3828

Re: Into strong head wind

My maiden trip out on a sea loch last saturday was in force 4-5 (17knots, gusting to 37knots). I stayed in the loch, so there wasn't much of a fetch to raise wave height. There are numerous small islands in the loch, so the sea was quite confused at times, with waves refracting around the islands. ...
by Dave Gorman
Sun Feb 14, 2021 6:25 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Into strong head wind
Replies: 132
Views: 3828

Re: Into strong head wind

I'd say your estimated wind speeds are quite accurate. Serious conditions. βš“
by Dave Gorman
Sun Feb 14, 2021 4:16 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Into strong head wind
Replies: 132
Views: 3828

Re: Into strong head wind

This is an interesting discussion. Quite a few points I agree with and I'd like to contribute to what's been said. Paddling into strong winds or flows : The observations that were made by other posters, suggesting fast paddling and long strokes are both correct in my experience. The way I see it and...
by Dave Gorman
Sat Jan 23, 2021 4:37 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Why is it wind over tide?
Replies: 31
Views: 996

Re: Why is it wind over tide?

I have a very simple, reliable terminology for the lateral movement of water, be it in sea or river. It's FLOW. That's what I use for planning, coaching, and undertaking trips. I don't always understand the difference between tidal currents and tidal streams. I don't need to. Flow keeps it simple. T...
by Dave Gorman
Thu Aug 20, 2020 6:56 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Kayak storage rack
Replies: 49
Views: 5384

Re: Kayak storage rack

After years of making different types of Kayak racks, with varying degrees of satisfaction and complications. I recently constructed what I consider to be the perfect solution. It is made from 80cm lengths of flat iron. 50mm wide x 10mm thick. Bent in the middle to a ninety degree angle (no welding ...
by Dave Gorman
Sun May 31, 2020 6:22 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Should a 4* Leader be a 5* Follower?
Replies: 25
Views: 2317

Re: Should a 4* Leader be a 5* Follower?

It seems to me that when you assume the role of leader, you are assuming responsibility. That's the essence of leadership. It applies whether you are a good leader or a bad one. No one in a group has the responsibility to be a "good follower". In general, a good leader makes good followers. If a "f...
by Dave Gorman
Sat May 30, 2020 7:49 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Foam
Replies: 7
Views: 945

Re: Foam

I had an unnerving experience with sea foam in County Clare in the west coast of Ireland, a few years back. I was solo paddling in the area of Loophead and Bridge-of-Ross. I very rarely solo kayak. There was a moderate groundswell running, not massive, about 4ft-5ft just out a bit from the cliffs an...
by Dave Gorman
Mon Sep 09, 2019 4:32 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Recommend me a PLB
Replies: 13
Views: 1662

Re: Recommend me a PLB

ACR Rescue me, is my choice
by Dave Gorman
Mon Sep 09, 2019 4:13 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Waist Tow Recommendations ?
Replies: 17
Views: 2304

Re: Waist Tow Recommendations ?

Palm Ocean Pro for me. Same reasons as very well explained by Seawolf, and same minor alterations. βš“πŸ™‚
by Dave Gorman
Sat Mar 16, 2019 1:29 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Long weekend in Norway
Replies: 3
Views: 608

Re: Long weekend in Norway

May I suggest that you contact the West of Ireland Sea Kayak Association, a few of them did just that not too long ago. Their forum site is WISKA.IE. They are a good bunch and I'm sure they will be able to help you. If you can't get hold of them for any reason feel free to contact me : Digger7315@gm...
by Dave Gorman
Sat Mar 09, 2019 3:25 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: waterproof camera for sea kayaking
Replies: 13
Views: 2315

Re: waterproof camera for sea kayaking

I use the TG5. I'm very pleased with it. I'm careful with it and I rinse it with fresh water whenever it's been used on the sea. I keep it in the airing cupboard when I'm at home, along with my other electronic equipment such as VHF and PLB. I chose the TG5 because of the stated robustness and the g...
by Dave Gorman
Wed Feb 27, 2019 9:26 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Water proof torch for sea caves
Replies: 8
Views: 1126

Re: Water proof torch for sea caves

Thank you, Mcgruff. A couple to start the research with. πŸ‘βš“πŸ™‚
by Dave Gorman
Tue Feb 26, 2019 9:02 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Water proof torch for sea caves
Replies: 8
Views: 1126

Water proof torch for sea caves

Hi all, can anyone please recommend a good, bright, robust, water proof torch. To be used mainly for sea caves but also as a general flashlight. I have a cheap yellow plastic, Shallow Dive brand one that has served me well for a few years but has now given up the ghost. It was alright and fairly bri...
by Dave Gorman
Tue Nov 25, 2014 7:54 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Life jacket /bouyancy aid
Replies: 35
Views: 5768

Re: Life jacket /bouyancy aid

B/a is my choice, although I have no personal experience of using a life jacket I have seen a few canister jackets owned by other people who were fishermen that were discovered to have had empty cylinders for no apparent reason. A b/a always works provided it fits properly, is fitted correctly, is n...
by Dave Gorman
Tue Nov 18, 2014 8:27 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Low Telemark Turn
Replies: 8
Views: 2036

Re: Low Telemark Turn

Jim wrote:THE Dave Gorman?

If so you'll find plenty of poems in here :)
No, Just a Dave Gorman. :-(
by Dave Gorman
Tue Nov 18, 2014 12:10 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Low Telemark Turn
Replies: 8
Views: 2036

Re: Low Telemark Turn

Thank you all for your very rapid replies to my query. It seems from what I can gather, that the Low Telemark Turn is the foundation of the stroke that is now the Low Brace Turn . When I was taught the low brace turn it was simply planted in the water at 90 degrees to the hips and held there, with s...
by Dave Gorman
Mon Nov 17, 2014 8:29 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Low Telemark Turn
Replies: 8
Views: 2036

Low Telemark Turn

Does anyone know anything about a technique called the Low Telemark Turn? I saw a line drawing in a book in the late nineteen eightees. I think it may have been in Derek Hutchinson's book Sea Canoeing, I'm not sure. I don't think there was any kind of explanation with the drawing but it looked like ...
by Dave Gorman
Thu Aug 28, 2014 9:34 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: South West Sea Kayaking Meet 2014?
Replies: 71
Views: 10930

Re: South West Sea Kayaking Meet 2014?

Hi folks, This is my first post on this forum, having returned from living in the west of Ireland for over ten years, where I did a lot of sea kayaking on both the North Atlantic and the Shannon Estuary (I started kayaking in 1987). I would like to join in with your gathering if that is ok. I paddle...