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by Franky
Fri Mar 05, 2021 12:34 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Paddling in Wales - or lack thereof - Senedd petition
Replies: 5
Views: 161

Re: Paddling in Wales - or lack thereof - Senedd petition

Sean_soup: thanks for the clarification. Absurd to say that paddling anywhere carries "a significant degree of risk"; I mean, cycling isn't banned, but from my experience of Welsh roads, that certainly carries a significant degree of risk! I've signed the petition.
by Franky
Thu Mar 04, 2021 10:42 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Paddling in Wales - or lack thereof - Senedd petition
Replies: 5
Views: 161

Re: Paddling in Wales - or lack thereof - Senedd petition

What is "the phrase that suggests all water sports are banned during lockdown"? It's hard to say one disagrees with it if one doesn't know its exact wording.
by Franky
Wed Feb 24, 2021 12:03 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Rescue techniques (split from Introduction and looking for advice)
Replies: 28
Views: 621

Re: Introduction and looking for advice.

The video above, a rescue on a beautiful calm, sunny, day with a light and empty (of gear) kayak. So why would anyone capsize in those conditions? Carelessness, inexperience, tiredness, hunger. Many of my capsizes, on both sea and rivers, have been due to me letting my guard down on easy water, oft...
by Franky
Mon Feb 22, 2021 11:20 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Into strong head wind
Replies: 118
Views: 3265

Re: Into strong head wind

Unless you're trying to push your boat backwards, pushing with the top hand only means you have to pull harder with the bottom hand to balance the force on the paddle. You certainly need to hold the top hand in position to support the paddle, but not positively push - although, if your arm is strai...
by Franky
Mon Feb 22, 2021 5:35 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Into strong head wind
Replies: 118
Views: 3265

Re: Into strong head wind

mrcharly wrote:
Mon Feb 22, 2021 10:14 am
Ivan puts it more bluntly "The top hand does nothing. If it does anything, it just stuffs it up." (paraphrasing a bit).
I sometimes push with the top hand (or more precisely, the top arm, keeping it straight) for some extra power as I rotate. It doesn't seem to stuff anything up.
by Franky
Sun Feb 21, 2021 11:38 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Into strong head wind
Replies: 118
Views: 3265

Re: Into strong head wind

This is a pretty good example of what will happen if you don't let the blade slip sideways as you pull on it. It is only slipping back. Interesting observation. As it happens, that probably wasn't a terribly good example, as I was not doing a normal forward stroke, but was swivelling onto a wave th...
by Franky
Sat Feb 20, 2021 10:37 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Into strong head wind
Replies: 118
Views: 3265

Re: Into strong head wind

As Dave G says it should be a smooth entry with downwards pressure on the blade to counteract the surface tension of the water. Is it surface tension? I would assume that the resistance is due to the high density of water compared to air. Surface tension is a very weak force, unless you're a pond s...
by Franky
Sat Feb 20, 2021 10:28 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Into strong head wind
Replies: 118
Views: 3265

Re: Into strong head wind

I do not think it holds true for 'flat' paddles, I don't think they ever grip enough to only slide sideways. My gut feeling (so often wrong in physics, I know) is that this is the case. I think flat paddles must slip back a little because they are displacing water. They'd only stay put if they were...
by Franky
Fri Feb 12, 2021 12:17 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Into strong head wind
Replies: 118
Views: 3265

Re: Into strong head wind

Pogies all the way. I never used to get on with them - I had the same issue of feeling my hands were trapped on the paddle, especially when I was a white water novice and grabbed for rocks a lot. Pogies do feel unnatural and constricted at first, but you get used to them, and in terms of warmth ther...
by Franky
Wed Feb 03, 2021 12:16 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Kayaking clothing - does cost = quality?
Replies: 15
Views: 852

Re: Kayaking clothing - does cost = quality?

Some sports are more fashion conscious than others, more accurately fashion is is exploited by manufacturers more in some sports than others. I think the first statement is more accurate! It's more to do with the predilection of a sports' practitioners for posing, and manufacturers taking advantage...
by Franky
Tue Jan 19, 2021 3:22 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Into strong head wind
Replies: 118
Views: 3265

Re: Into strong head wind

That's a strange question. The obvious answer is don't go onto the sea in 45 mph winds.
by Franky
Fri Jan 01, 2021 8:37 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Leaky Drysuit
Replies: 43
Views: 1734

Re: Leaky Drysuit

I appreciate that if one takes a swim what one is wearing could be a matter of life and death but perhaps if you are heading out into heavy winds and working hard possibly it could be perspiration rather than leakage? Different activity, but in winter when I'm cycling I wear 4 layers on top and 3 l...
by Franky
Fri Jan 01, 2021 3:52 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Leaky Drysuit
Replies: 43
Views: 1734

Re: Leaky Drysuit

Maybe an obvious thing, but if it's leaking around the thighs, are you sure the relief zip is done up properly? A few times when I first got my dry suit, it leaked and I discovered it was because I hadn't given a strong enough yank. EDIT: Looks like the Hypercurve doesn't have a relief zip so I gues...
by Franky
Sun Dec 20, 2020 6:59 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Energy drinks
Replies: 37
Views: 1043

Re: Energy drinks

I wouldn’t be too quick to dose yourself just because you feel hungry or tired. Try pushing through to see if it is a genuine need for some replacement or just a habit your constitution has got used to. I’ve two reasons to put forward this idea... One period of my life I used nothing but a bicycle ...
by Franky
Thu Dec 17, 2020 6:47 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Energy drinks
Replies: 37
Views: 1043

Re: Energy drinks

I was very withering about selling water for more than no pence when it first became fashionable. But now its the lesser of two evils... Who said anything about selling it for more than no pence? I fill up my water bottle from a tap before I set out. Obviously, it's not literally no pence, unless y...
by Franky
Wed Dec 16, 2020 10:55 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Energy drinks
Replies: 37
Views: 1043

Re: Energy drinks

Why do you want to avoid sugar? If it's to reduce calorie intake, well (apologies if I'm stating the obvious) energy is calories. Theoretically you could drink something made with potatoes or wheat, but they're not any less calorific than sugar, and all the energy in them ends up as sugar (glucose) ...
by Franky
Tue Dec 08, 2020 9:58 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Lightest Large Creeker?
Replies: 8
Views: 671

Re: Lightest Large Creeker?

Italian boater Michele Ramazza has a good web site on which he compares the most popular modern boats. One of the criteria is "Lightness": https://www.micheleramazza.com/en/creek-kayak-test You can compare boats side by side by clicking the "Compare" icons. For what it's worth, I've demoed several c...
by Franky
Sat Dec 05, 2020 11:17 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Rainchasers - app.alling decision
Replies: 9
Views: 827

Re: Rainchasers - app.alling decision

Websites have to be capable of adapting to screen size now. If you have a lot on an old website, you have to rewrite from scratch, probably having to learn a platform like WordPress. Apps only have to run on phones so my guess is that's an easier way to avoid shutting down entirely and losing the c...
by Franky
Fri Dec 04, 2020 10:22 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: New member.
Replies: 11
Views: 483

Re: New member.

I wasn't wearing a nose plug on the L-L canal, since I didn't anticipate immersion. I'm normally OK capsizing with a nose plug, but even so I avoid capsizing deliberately on manky water (canals, Holme Pierrepont WW course, etc.), if only because of the smell it leaves on my kit.
by Franky
Fri Dec 04, 2020 5:13 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: New member.
Replies: 11
Views: 483

Re: New member.

Don't even think about practising capsizing in a canal! I got ill just from getting splashed with water on a seal launch on the Leeds-Liverpool Canal this summer. (I seem particularly susceptible to water bugs, but the mere smell of canal water tells you enough.)
by Franky
Sun Nov 29, 2020 7:50 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Confused by Rainchsers gauges - Yorkshire, NE
Replies: 9
Views: 727

Re: Confused by Rainchsers gauges - Yorkshire, NE

Sorry if I sounded snarky. I realise it's up to the person made Rainchasers (can't remember who it is) what they do with their site. I was just a bit disappointed (but then, it's not as though I'm paddling any rivers anyway at the moment).
by Franky
Sat Nov 28, 2020 8:52 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Confused by Rainchsers gauges - Yorkshire, NE
Replies: 9
Views: 727

Re: Confused by Rainchsers gauges - Yorkshire, NE

Does anyone know why the Rainchasers web site has been effectively dismantled, as of today? Is it to push people into downloading the app? What about those who want to view it on a computer? There is a minimal web interface, but it's virtually unusable.
by Franky
Tue Nov 24, 2020 10:22 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Which kayak should I be looking at?
Replies: 24
Views: 687

Re: Which kayak should I be looking at?

Thanks both of you, it sounds like a dagger GT might be what I should look at as a decent starter allrounder? I only mentioned the GT because it's what I learned in. There are others - Pyranha Burn, Wavesport Diesel, Dagger Axiom - all available second-hand for good prices because they've been maki...
by Franky
Mon Nov 23, 2020 10:01 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Which kayak should I be looking at?
Replies: 24
Views: 687

Re: Which kayak should I be looking at?

All the boats thomaspkayaks mentioned are playboats. Something gives me the impression he likes playboats :) A playboat definitely *isn't* a boat for touring in, unless you're a masochist. On flat water it will travel at a fraction of the speed of a touring boat or even a crossover. You can however ...
by Franky
Sun Nov 22, 2020 4:37 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Which kayak should I be looking at?
Replies: 24
Views: 687

Re: Which kayak should I be looking at?

MartinP wrote:
Sun Nov 22, 2020 3:39 pm
I would say for my height I have a fairly normal leg length but are longer in the body.
Surely if your legs are normal length, your body (torso?) must be normal length as well? Unless you have a small head.
by Franky
Thu Nov 12, 2020 11:35 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: cockpit fit out and jelly for hips.
Replies: 17
Views: 909

Re: cockpit fit out and jelly for hips.

but I don't think I followed it with that, you will feel the strain initially. I used to feel a backband was essential; I do have a dodgy disc and couldn't drive a car without a lumbar support so I spent a while making ever more supportive backbands. [...] I found the backband was in the way someti...
by Franky
Wed Nov 11, 2020 6:54 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: cockpit fit out and jelly for hips.
Replies: 17
Views: 909

Re: cockpit fit out and jelly for hips.

I've had the same issue, and for me it was definitely the absence of a backband that was the problem. I know that some people manage without backbands, but whenever I paddle with a loose backband, or none at all, I feel a lot of strain in my lower back and hips. I think somebody on this forum once m...
by Franky
Fri Oct 30, 2020 1:52 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Rolling
Replies: 59
Views: 2384

Re: Rolling

In the good old days when swimming pools were open and we could practice our kayaking skills and drills in the comfort of a warm pool, the first thing newbies wanted to do was learn to roll. Our most experienced and cherished coach always used to say to them "learn the skills that will prevent you ...
by Franky
Thu Oct 29, 2020 4:45 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Rolling
Replies: 59
Views: 2384

Re: Rolling

In the original description, I was confused by
the method of roll we were shown was to hold the paddle parallel with the kayak
But it looks as though you hold the paddle perpendicular to the kayak, not parallel with it?