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by Franky
Thu Jan 25, 2024 2:11 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Learning to roll
Replies: 34
Views: 2320

Re: Learning to roll

Most people I know call them nose plugs, although they're not plugs. I do the same out of habit.
by Franky
Fri Dec 29, 2023 8:48 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Motivational quotes.
Replies: 3
Views: 423

Re: Motivational quotes.

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by Franky
Thu Dec 21, 2023 11:11 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Does a drysuit provide extra flotation?
Replies: 37
Views: 2934

Re: Does a drysuit provide extra flotation?

For several years when I started WW paddling I didn't have a dry suit. I wore separates that filled with water whenever I swam, and I swam often enough. I didn't sink or feel as though I was going to. Obviously there was lots of drag, but that would have been true if they'd been filled with air. I w...
by Franky
Sun Nov 26, 2023 12:44 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: C to C roll
Replies: 10
Views: 1198

Re: C to C roll

on the rocks wrote:
Fri Nov 24, 2023 5:45 pm
The C to C roll seems to demand more flexibility and/or arm length to get its set up position (paddle at 90 degrees to boat) while the boat is fully upside down.
Realistically I I think 45 degrees is probably about what many people achieve (me included) - but it helps to aim for 90 :)
by Franky
Mon Nov 13, 2023 8:23 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Northampton or Holme Pierrepont use.
Replies: 11
Views: 682

Re: Northampton or Holme Pierrepont use.

Both Lee valley and the nene have “house” clubs you can join based at their sites if nobody can suggest one closer to your home. The LV Paddlesports Club requires you to have passed your Legacy assessment to go on the course on club nights (Wednesday): http://www.leevalleypaddlesportsclub.org/?page...
by Franky
Mon Nov 13, 2023 12:06 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Northampton or Holme Pierrepont use.
Replies: 11
Views: 682

Re: Northampton or Holme Pierrepont use.

If you're a beginner, Nene Valley (Northampton) is the better option. It's Grade 2 except for one Grade 3 drop, and good for developing skills such as eddying out. It's quite shallow though - if possible, restrict your rolling practice to the deep pool below the Grade 3 drop! Lots of beginners paddl...
by Franky
Mon Oct 16, 2023 9:39 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Tidal streams of Atlantic France
Replies: 12
Views: 658

Re: Tidal streams of Atlantic France

Thank you, Rich, that's a very impressive amount of work you've done to put that data into such a useful form. If only the UK government was as enlightened and made publicly developed data freely available; I doubt the income from selling it covers the costs of managing the sales, while making the ...
by Franky
Wed Oct 04, 2023 9:50 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Report: "Half of Scotland's Most Popular Beaches Plagued By Sewage"
Replies: 6
Views: 494

Re: Report: "Half of Scotland's Most Popular Beaches Plagued By Sewage"

I'm not saying that there isn't a problem, but there are some dubious statements in that article. "Campaigners told The Ferret..." Which campaigners? "Dog and gull faeces have been identified as two significant sources of the pollution there." These are weasel words. The report a...
by Franky
Wed Sep 13, 2023 9:54 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: C to C roll
Replies: 10
Views: 1198

Re: C to C roll

Therefore the new question is - is the C to C roll a Micky Mouse roll? and if so, why? I'd say it's easier to learn than the screw roll. It involves two relatively simple gestures (reaching out and pulling down), rather than one more complex gesture (moving your paddle in a screw motion at the corr...
by Franky
Fri Sep 08, 2023 11:03 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: LV lake assessments?
Replies: 29
Views: 12291

Re: LV lake assessments?

Oh well, looks like you'll have to wait for an introduction to WW course.

No reason you can't do it in autumn or winter - after all, in the UK, winter is the white water season. It's just that capsizing is a little less "fun" in cold water :)
by Franky
Fri Sep 08, 2023 12:40 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: LV lake assessments?
Replies: 29
Views: 12291

Re: LV lake assessments?

After watching your video from the sluice the other day, I didn't think you had much to worry about. Good news re. the roll.

If you want to do a white water course at LV, I'd recommend booking it now, before winter comes. It's nicer to learn in warmish water!
by Franky
Tue Sep 05, 2023 9:45 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: LV lake assessments?
Replies: 29
Views: 12291

Re: LV lake assessments?

I thought the high brace was deprecated. It can result in shoulder dislocation and so far as I know doesn't have any advantage over a low brace, particularly if using an active blade. I can't remember the last time I did a high brace. I was taught that you shouldn't use the high brace, and yet I've...
by Franky
Mon Sep 04, 2023 8:13 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: LV lake assessments?
Replies: 29
Views: 12291

Re: LV lake assessments?

I would feel l happier if I could roll before I hit the Legacy. The only eddie's I had I go on are the ones at weirs, I live in Norfolk, it's flat, we don't have any white water, so I can't even work in it to get at least some experience. I live in Cambridgeshire, so I was in a similar position to ...
by Franky
Mon Sep 04, 2023 12:42 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: LV lake assessments?
Replies: 29
Views: 12291

Re: LV lake assessments?

A further query if I may, having watched a good few legacy assessment videos, it appears that the roll is mandatory, do they teach this on the intro to white water, as its only 4 I'm thinking not? Perhaps I'd best get it dialed in before I even think about the intro course... Maybe the roll is mand...
by Franky
Tue Aug 29, 2023 9:25 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: LV lake assessments?
Replies: 29
Views: 12291

Re: LV lake assessments?

Hi Bashy, Apologies for my assumptions - I was just going by what I found on the LV web site. I don't know what a lake-only assessment is like. If you've got your 3-star, even if a long time go, I'd have thought you'd be fine. The lake is very sedate. There is some moving water (Grade 1) in the area...
by Franky
Mon Aug 28, 2023 11:23 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: LV lake assessments?
Replies: 29
Views: 12291

Re: LV lake assessments?

Looking at the Lee Valley booking pages - there is no lake assessment, only a Legacy/Lake assessment. So it sounds as though you will be paddling on the Legacy course. I took my Legacy assessment back in 2014, so things might have changed since then. But here's what I remember... The assessors will ...
by Franky
Mon Jul 31, 2023 4:16 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Clothing leakage
Replies: 13
Views: 1646

Re: Clothing leakage

If you're swimming in anything other than a dry suit, you will get wet. You can't change the laws of physics. Water goes through holes. For kayaking trousers to be watertight during a swim, they'd need a huge latex waist tube so tight that you wouldn't be able to paddle, or probably even to breathe!...
by Franky
Sun Jul 30, 2023 6:48 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring Kayaks For Sale
Topic: For sale: Dagger Mamba 8.1 (green) - now sold
Replies: 1
Views: 972

For sale: Dagger Mamba 8.1 (green) - now sold

Bought new in 2014. The last time I used it in earnest was 2019. It has the usual river rash, including a couple of shallow gouges, but it is structurally sound. Very comfortable Contour outfitting, with backband replaced. One of the left hip pad attachments is repaired with strong twine. Ergonomic ...
by Franky
Thu Jul 13, 2023 6:25 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Lightest Whitewater River Running Kayak
Replies: 11
Views: 1464

Re: Lightest Whitewater River Running Kayak

Since no one else has replied, I'll stick my oar in... There are lighter boats than the Dagger Juice, but for anything significantly lighter you'd be looking at a full playboat. Even then, you'd only be talking about a kilogram or two compared to the Juice. (E.g. Jackson Rockstar 4.0, medium - 13.2 ...
by Franky
Tue May 30, 2023 9:24 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Book recommendations
Replies: 16
Views: 1175

Re: Book recommendations

The story of Donald Crowhurst is another fascinating and disturbing seafaring story, which I thought had a very tenuous link to kayaking as I assumed he must be some relative of Nick's. (It turns out he isn't - Nick's got the book, but hasn't been able to trace any family connection to Donald.) The...
by Franky
Sat May 06, 2023 5:08 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Half slice seat position
Replies: 3
Views: 701

Re: Half slice seat position

I demoed an Antix 2 at Lee Valley recently. "Squirrely" certainly describes its behavior when I first got in it. I moved the seat forward and it felt much more stable. The problem then was that the stern was right out of the water. I'd cross eddylines like in my Nirvana, expecting the main...
by Franky
Fri Mar 24, 2023 11:47 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Failed Roll - Couldn't find the surface
Replies: 20
Views: 2065

Re: Failed Roll - Couldn't find the surface

I celebrated my first rolls this week after 4 years of not very committed trying. Three were with that sneaky assistance from the bottom of the pool and the 4th was a proper roll and a shout of YES from me as I pulled through. It'll need more practice but that's with goggles and nose clips. I can i...
by Franky
Thu Mar 23, 2023 8:16 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Failed Roll - Couldn't find the surface
Replies: 20
Views: 2065

Re: Failed Roll - Couldn't find the surface

adventureagent wrote:
Thu Mar 23, 2023 8:01 pm
I thinking it's not so much about the paddle, ... eh?
Ah, I'm with you. I couldn't manage that without a Jackson Happy Thruster. An 18-inch one of those would keep anybody buoyant and in the game.
by Franky
Thu Mar 23, 2023 2:50 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Failed Roll - Couldn't find the surface
Replies: 20
Views: 2065

Re: Failed Roll - Couldn't find the surface

Weigh (I was younger and lighter) back I had a bomb-proof river <span class="skimlinks-unlinked">roll.Both</span> sides. Getting onto 'flat water' intimidates me more. Funny thing about people - our personal perspective. Our coach always said all you need to do a roll was 18" depth. ...
by Franky
Sat Mar 11, 2023 12:58 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Whats happened to the Dagger Plastic??
Replies: 3
Views: 1163

Re: Whats happened to the Dagger Plastic??

Simple answer: the prices of parts, manufacture and transportation (of everything, not just kayaks) are skyrocking, and everybody's cutting costs. If crap £1600 kayaks are the only thing available, it's "Take it or leave it." On the plus side, it will bring the prices of second-hand Dagger...
by Franky
Mon Feb 20, 2023 11:13 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Failed Roll - Couldn't find the surface
Replies: 20
Views: 2065

Re: Failed Roll - Couldn't find the surface

Sea waves tend to bigger and steeper than river waves, and in my experience can be quite disorienting to be capsized in - you seem to be tossed around on multiple axes. Quite often while surfing in my playbost I've capsized in just a foot or two of water and there wasn't room to turn the boat round ...
by Franky
Tue Jan 03, 2023 10:49 am
Forum: Surf Kayaking
Topic: Cheap old boats that are good in surf!
Replies: 21
Views: 4014

Re: Cheap old boats that are good in surf!

Well, slow progress so far. I’ve been out with the new boat(s) 3 times now. First went to Hayle rivermouth. There wasn’t really any surf but it was a good chance to try both the inazone and the whip it. In the few tiny waves I caught the inazone seemed to be good fun. It was a bit of a shock paddli...
by Franky
Tue Nov 29, 2022 10:56 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Does having your skeg down make you more/less vulnerable to capsizing in waves?
Replies: 18
Views: 2450

Re: Does having your skeg down make you more/less vulnerable to capsizing in waves?

pathbrae wrote:
Tue Nov 29, 2022 6:28 pm
A skeg on a kayak is a fraction the size or weight of either of these devices.
I know. I was just wondering if, given its similarity in shape, its effect would be to stablise the boat in a similar way, even if by a barely consequential amount.
by Franky
Tue Nov 29, 2022 5:38 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Does having your skeg down make you more/less vulnerable to capsizing in waves?
Replies: 18
Views: 2450

Re: Does having your skeg down make you more/less vulnerable to capsizing in waves?

Imagine if a skeg were the size, relative to the boat, of a keel on a ship - basically it would then *be* a keel. So shouldn't it stablise the boat? Or would its position at the stern complicate things? If the underwater current is more or less uniform, a skeg/keel won't act as a lever - it will be ...

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