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by Franky
Wed Aug 05, 2020 10:39 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Phoenix
Replies: 6
Views: 390

Re: Phoenix

I got 2 out of 3 in the pool in a boat set up for someone a foot taller and 30 kg heavier than me! It was hard to capsize ;) He loves his Phoenix. Well yes, it does have decent primary stability, but it was easy enough to capsize on the LV Olympic, and I don't think I got a 2:3 roll ratio there eit...
by Franky
Tue Aug 04, 2020 9:31 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Phoenix
Replies: 6
Views: 390

Re: Phoenix

I demoed one at Lee Valley last year. I didn't get on with it, though I can't remember exactly why. I just remember that it felt big and heavy and lacking in agility. It was also difficult to roll.

But I don't like the Machno either, so what do I know.
by Franky
Sun Jul 26, 2020 10:52 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Leeds Liverpool canal
Replies: 5
Views: 258

Re: Leeds Liverpool canal

I paddled a stretch of the LL Canal near Farnhill yesterday. It's pleasant and it's quite a way off the valley floor, so there are some good views in the gaps between trees. There are quite a lot of swing bridges - every mile or so on the section I paddled. Most people will have to portage these, al...
by Franky
Wed Jul 22, 2020 11:28 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Reva Reservoir, West Yorkshire
Replies: 0
Views: 225

Reva Reservoir, West Yorkshire

Does anyone know if kayaking is allowed on Reva Reservoir, north of Bradford?

There's a scout sailing club there and a blue sailing symbol on the map. Don't know how Yorkshire Water feels about random punters putting on there though.
by Franky
Thu Jul 02, 2020 1:53 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Advice on stabilising a fibreglass kayak
Replies: 31
Views: 953

Re: Advice on stabilising a fibreglass kayak

When I started paddling, my club had a limited number of boats, and a couple of times the only one available was a (plastic) slalom kayak. So I went out in that. I didn't know what type of boat it was, and I couldn't work out why I couldn't keep it in anything like a straight line. This was at a tim...
by Franky
Sun Jun 21, 2020 10:10 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Advice: Jackson Fun or All/Rock Star
Replies: 4
Views: 270

Re: Advice: Jackson Fun or All/Rock Star

Thanks. Decided on a Rockstar; no need to comprise as want to learn, so might as well do it properly. Probably a good choice. I didn't mention this before, but I have a Rockstar and have a lot of fun in it, even if I can't do proper stunts (I'm probably too old!). A Rockstar will certainly keep you...
by Franky
Wed Jun 17, 2020 11:52 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Advice: Jackson Fun or All/Rock Star
Replies: 4
Views: 270

Re: Advice: Jackson Fun or All/Rock Star

There's no easy answer to those questions. It's not just about fit, it's also about handling. You can only know if a boat's for you by paddling it. For what it's worth, I have paddled an Allstar. It's a one-size-fits-all boat; I found it too big to feel like a proper playboat. I'm about the same hei...
by Franky
Sat Jun 06, 2020 12:21 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Beginner Solo Sea Kayaking Safety
Replies: 8
Views: 683

Re: Beginner Solo Sea Kayaking Safety

If a paddler is inexperienced, they shouldn't underestimate the ease with which a small wave can overturn their boat. It'll then be bye-bye boat at best, and if they're far out at sea or not a strong swimmer or the tide/current is adverse, a lot worse. There's a 95% chance that on a single trip they...
by Franky
Thu May 28, 2020 9:34 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Is this the best time ever to go paddling?
Replies: 6
Views: 608

Re: Is this the best time ever to go paddling?

A prime example must be the river Cam and the famous, historic "Backs" at Cambridge - normally mobbed with tourists and students at this time of year. Before anyone tries this, they should know that as of this year, the Cam Conservators require paddlers on this stretch to possess a waterways licenc...
by Franky
Tue May 05, 2020 10:37 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: First time boat buying, sizing help?
Replies: 8
Views: 577

Re: First time boat buying, sizing help?

What Robert C says is true, but I'd add that having a twitchier boat will improve your forward paddling technique! If you're thinking of paddling upstream on a river with a significant flow, though, a touring kayak (something like the P&H Scorpio) would be better. Unfortunately, touring boats are a ...
by Franky
Sun May 03, 2020 11:38 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Palm buoyancy aid
Replies: 5
Views: 719

Re: Palm buoyancy aid

The Quest actually looks quite different from the Amp. The Amp is a white water BA. The Quest is a flat water/sea BA. It doesn't look anywhere near as bulky as the Amp. You should be able to adjust the tightness using the straps on the side, though I assume you've already tried that. It could be tha...
by Franky
Sun May 03, 2020 10:26 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Palm buoyancy aid
Replies: 5
Views: 719

Re: Palm buoyancy aid

What is the model of the BA? I once bought a Palm Amp. I tried it on in the shop, but when I got home and put it on again I decided it was too uncomfortable. There was excessive pressure on the abdomen, and the foam felt very rigid, almost like cardboard. Fortunately I hadn't worn it on water, so I ...
by Franky
Fri Apr 17, 2020 2:39 pm
Forum: Competition
Topic: Boating up -river
Replies: 12
Views: 720

Re: Boating up -river

Maybe it's just me, but I don't see the appeal of an activity which requires nothing but brute strength and the ability to eddy-hop on very easy water. I'd rather work on my technique and have ten times the fun paddling proper rapids downstream! For anything above Grade 1, paddling upstream means us...
by Franky
Tue Apr 14, 2020 6:56 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Ecuador's classic waterfall has disappeared
Replies: 17
Views: 1616

Re: Ecuador's classic waterfall has disappeared

Possibly now cutting through ash layers (they would erode very quickly), after a lava flow (more resistant) created the original waterfall. My (amateur) hypothesis is that the shoulder of rock from which the waterfall dropped is limestone. That would explain the light hue of the rock (see Poke's se...
by Franky
Thu Apr 09, 2020 12:52 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Ecuador's classic waterfall has disappeared
Replies: 17
Views: 1616

Re: Ecuador's classic waterfall has disappeared

Fascinating to watch a geological transformation happening before your eyes. Bits are falling off the banks every second in that video! I wonder how long it will take to "settle down". It certainly looks like an exciting run at the moment!
by Franky
Mon Apr 06, 2020 12:15 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Ecuador's classic waterfall has disappeared
Replies: 17
Views: 1616

Re: Ecuador's classic waterfall has disappeared

I haven't yet seen any indication where that flow reappears. That's a fairly large flow of water into a cave that's not immediately flowing where the plunge pool was.. Apparently, it flows under the undercutting behind the waterfall, which is now an arch. Actually, I guess the undercutting must hav...
by Franky
Mon Mar 23, 2020 8:43 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Burn, Machno, 9R???
Replies: 11
Views: 1054

Re: Burn, Machno, 9R???

I demoed the Machno and had the same feelings as Dr. Robin. It's very stable, and it is manoevrable, but rather too much, I'd say: I found it hard to keep in a straight line. It's designed to respond to constant forward paddling; rudders are really hard work. I've had a Nirvana since last summer and...
by Franky
Mon Mar 02, 2020 11:58 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Exercises to improve strength for kayaking
Replies: 23
Views: 1713

Re: Exercises to improve strength for kayaking

Swimming 4 or 5 times a week works very well for me. A mixture of breast stroke and crawl seems to develop all the right muscles for kayaking, with the exception perhaps of the hips. I recently went to the Lee Valley Olympic after 10 days of not swimming, and my paddling was awful. I just didn't hav...
by Franky
Fri Feb 28, 2020 4:33 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: BC consultation
Replies: 47
Views: 3697

Re: BC consultation

I can assure you that I'm just as liable as a paid provider with regards to health & safety and duty of care for our participants. I'm not a lawyer. If you're right, are BC (or their insurer) right to ask for compulsory qualifications for club leaders at the same standard as commercial centres? Sur...
by Franky
Wed Feb 26, 2020 1:55 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: new from British Canoeing
Replies: 17
Views: 1608

Re: new from British Canoeing

On the other hand if the change encouraged clubs to place more emphasis on developing and retaining more experienced members it might not be such a bad thing. Clubs develop and retain more experienced members by being good clubs, not by papering their club house walls with certificates. And still l...
by Franky
Tue Feb 25, 2020 6:07 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: new from British Canoeing
Replies: 17
Views: 1608

Re: new from British Canoeing

Who decided they were the national governing body anyway? That's an interesting question! They would appear to be self-appointed. Note that the BC Wikipedia entry calls them " a governing body". They wouldn't exist without affiliated clubs & individual members. I'm guessing they would. In the paral...
by Franky
Mon Feb 24, 2020 6:45 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: BC consultation
Replies: 47
Views: 3697

Re: BC consultation

(C) running a membership organisation which is almost entirely club and volunteer based. [...] (C) is unworkable (in my opinion) without a lot of flexibility and judgement Hm. If you're right, that falsifies my suggestion that the BCU's origins were in the grass roots of the canoeing community. Whi...
by Franky
Mon Feb 24, 2020 5:05 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: BC consultation
Replies: 47
Views: 3697

Re: BC consultation

Whilst they are described and describe themselves as the governing body, this is really only in relation to competitive sports. Yes... but that's not the general perception of club members, and it doesn't seem to be the impression they want to convey. On the contrary, they seem intent on making the...
by Franky
Mon Feb 24, 2020 4:26 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: BC consultation
Replies: 47
Views: 3697

Re: BC consultation

This has got me thinking... What actual authority does BC have to "govern" canoe clubs? I've just looked at the Wikipedia page for it, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/British_Canoeing, and it would appear to be nothing more than a limited company. As such, one would expect that its central aim, and pe...
by Franky
Fri Feb 21, 2020 8:42 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Pyranha 9R '2' - what's the difference?
Replies: 15
Views: 3068

Re: Pyranha 9R '2' - what's the difference?

So while we are talking about boat design, the 9R was stated that it was faster? How is this quantified? In mph? In a dynamic environment how is this recorded or is it just a feel how it gets down a rapid? I've always assumed that "faster" means "accelerates faster". Without anyone paddling them, a...
by Franky
Wed Feb 19, 2020 5:46 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: BC consultation
Replies: 47
Views: 3697

Re: BC consultation

The only purpose of a consultation is to be able to say that there was a consultation. If punters are cynical about consultations, all the better: punters don't engage, and if they complain afterwards, they're told, "You should have expressed your concerns during the consultation." You can't prove t...
by Franky
Wed Feb 19, 2020 9:50 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: BC consultation
Replies: 47
Views: 3697

Re: BC consultation

I'm stating the obvious here, but the fact that this discussion is even taking place is a sad indictment of the abandonment of trust and goodwill in our "society". If everyone were as greedy and mean-spirited as now seems to be taken for granted, nobody would help anybody do anything for fear of bei...
by Franky
Tue Feb 18, 2020 8:20 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Carbon/Kevlar vs Carbon shafts
Replies: 13
Views: 1063

Re: Carbon/Kevlar vs Carbon shafts

I don't know the difference between carbon and carbon/kevlar in terms of feel, but I have a carbon-shafted, straight VE paddle, and have never had any problems with wrist strain. You can definitely feel the stiffness but I quite like the "crisp" sensation you get from that. Carbon shafts are extreme...
by Franky
Mon Feb 17, 2020 7:33 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: BC consultation
Replies: 47
Views: 3697

Re: BC consultation

I was taught to paddle by enthusiastic volunteers who did their teaching for the love of it and the desire to give something back. I haven't coached as such, but I've helped out on club beginners' courses, and I certainly wouldn't have bothered if I'd had to jump through hoops getting qualifications...
by Franky
Thu Feb 06, 2020 7:48 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: A boat to start off with
Replies: 37
Views: 1683

Re: A boat to start off with

James Ward wrote:
Thu Feb 06, 2020 2:08 pm
Thanks so much for that. He checked and got back to me. He says its a GTX so ive said I'll have it. I'm picking it up on Sunday :)
Nice one - enjoy the boat!