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by Douglas Wilcox
Wed Dec 12, 2018 9:54 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: VHF Inshore Forecast Coverage?
Replies: 2
Views: 39

Re: VHF Inshore Forecast Coverage?

I do have an VHF(FM)/LW/MW radio and a phone but there are lots of blackspots for both. I also listen to the coastguard MSI broadcasts on my marine VHF handheld but again there are blackspots on the west coast. I get my wife to text the forecast and because I leave my phone on during the day while p...
by Douglas Wilcox
Mon Dec 10, 2018 11:51 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: xtra or aries
Replies: 4
Views: 316

Re: xtra or aries

Hi Billy the Aries 150 is only 1cm narrower than the 155 and shares the same cockpit rim and seat. I paddled both the same day and remember being surprised that the 150 didn’t feel tighter given that my thighs do not fit an Anas Acuta or a Rockpool Isel. I suspect there is little difference in deck ...
by Douglas Wilcox
Sat Dec 08, 2018 1:54 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: xtra or aries
Replies: 4
Views: 316

Re: xtra or aries

Hello Billy I have paddled both the Aries 150 and the Xtra and at 5'8" and 72kg I found them equally great for your intended use of day trips surf and rough water. I certainly did not feel I was on the small side for either. Indeed I currently paddle the larger Aries 155! I have not paddled the Xcit...
by Douglas Wilcox
Sat Dec 08, 2018 8:02 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Safetrx - New CG and RYA vessel registration and tracking system
Replies: 36
Views: 2462

Re: Safetrx - New CG and RYA vessel registration and tracking system

I agree, I do not use SafeTRX when paddling either.

Douglas
by Douglas Wilcox
Fri Dec 07, 2018 5:05 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Safetrx - New CG and RYA vessel registration and tracking system
Replies: 36
Views: 2462

Re: Safetrx - New CG and RYA vessel registration and tracking system

A few days ago I was talking to one of the Solway Sector coastguards about SafeTRX. The coastguards like it as it encourages people to make a float plan and leave it with their shore contact who is the person who will ultimately raise the alarm if the water user is unable to do so themselves. It was...
by Douglas Wilcox
Tue Nov 13, 2018 11:06 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Stiff hands
Replies: 23
Views: 1104

Re: Stiff hands

https://media.ukriversguidebook.co.uk/uploads/737/1542150114219-0943.png I like neoprene pogies which you can just see at the bottom of the photo. This was sea water so it was quite nippy. You get a nice warm damp microclimate inside neoprene pogies, even when it is cold as this. Your hands do get ...
by Douglas Wilcox
Tue Nov 13, 2018 8:13 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: River white water training for sea kayaking?
Replies: 33
Views: 1357

Re: River white water training for sea kayaking?

Can't think of a better training for sea kayaking than paddling in a white water river. Although I wanted to become a seakayaker I intentionally dabbled in WW for several years before taking to the sea.
Image

Douglas :o)
by Douglas Wilcox
Thu Nov 08, 2018 8:27 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Sea kayak speed
Replies: 28
Views: 1525

Re: Sea kayak speed

Most people here probably think of me as a seakayaker but my main sport (since 1977) has been windsurfing and I have always liked catching waves. https://media.ukriversguidebook.co.uk/uploads/737/1541666326283-3465.png So as a sea kayaker I have always found it frustrating not to be able to catch fa...
by Douglas Wilcox
Thu Nov 08, 2018 7:28 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Stiff hands
Replies: 23
Views: 1104

Re: Stiff hands

Jim is right I do have bad arthritis in my hands which particularly bothers me windsurfing in winter and so I blamed that. However, I also have haemochromatosis which causes particular problems with arthritis causing pain and stiffness in the hands. Like Mike I found cranks help but more recently I ...
by Douglas Wilcox
Wed Nov 07, 2018 10:08 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Sea kayak speed
Replies: 28
Views: 1525

Re: Sea kayak speed

Some great information from Aled and Jim :o). For 7 months of the year I live within 100m of the beach and store my kayaks/surfski under an old oak tree which overhangs the beach. We had sustained high pressure with calm conditions in spring and early summer which made for excellent comparative test...
by Douglas Wilcox
Tue Nov 06, 2018 10:45 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Sea kayak speed
Replies: 28
Views: 1525

Re: Sea kayak speed

I will have a exact answer for you tomorrow when I get back to where my gpx files are stored. I have data with just me paddling the same route non stop, a distance of 11.8km, no wind same state of tide at a comfortable but fast pace. There is not a lot of difference between the Aries and the Cetus b...
by Douglas Wilcox
Tue Nov 06, 2018 9:52 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Sea kayak speed
Replies: 28
Views: 1525

Re: Sea kayak speed

Hi James, If you just enjoy dawdling along the coast going in and out of every nook, then a whole range of kayaks can paddle together and no one gets tired. However, if you are on a longer camping trip with loaded boats, adverse tide, paddling against the wind, a bigger distance to cover, perhaps a ...
by Douglas Wilcox
Tue Nov 06, 2018 7:37 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Suboptimal trip end - Medway Forts
Replies: 8
Views: 463

Re: Suboptimal trip end - Medway Forts

Yikes Mark, that reminds me of many parts of the Solway at low tide. Hopefully it was not too smelly? Was there a hosepipe anywhere near where you left the cars?

Douglas
by Douglas Wilcox
Tue Nov 06, 2018 7:31 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Sea kayak speed
Replies: 28
Views: 1525

Re: Sea kayak speed

Hi James, I have an Aries 155 and a Cetus MV. I also have a wealth of GPS data and health data (stroke rate/HR/calories burned) from my Garmin Fenix 5 watch. https://media.ukriversguidebook.co.uk/uploads/737/1541532261587-2392.png As you would expect and the others have reported the longer Cetus is ...
by Douglas Wilcox
Thu Sep 27, 2018 8:37 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: A slap in the face !
Replies: 4
Views: 479

Re: A slap in the face !

Stunning :o)

Douglas
by Douglas Wilcox
Thu Sep 27, 2018 8:36 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Don't mess with the seals
Replies: 1
Views: 367

Re: Don't mess with the seals

Stunning :o)

Douglas
by Douglas Wilcox
Tue Sep 25, 2018 8:01 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Loch Tarbert, Jura: tidal currents?
Replies: 6
Views: 544

Re: Loch Tarbert, Jura: tidal currents?

Greetings McGruff, like Ian said... https://media.ukriversguidebook.co.uk/uploads/737/1537858491411-2137.png Cumnann Beag I do a fair bit of wild swimming in an area which has less strong currents than here and one of the problems is getting washed onto barnacle covered rocks. I hope you have tough ...
by Douglas Wilcox
Mon Sep 24, 2018 10:51 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Drifting Kayak Recovered - Workington Lifeboat
Replies: 5
Views: 492

Re: Drifting Kayak Recovered - Workington Lifeboat

Well you would be alright if you were a woman. The wording of that act is so up itself that it does not consider that a person using such wireless telegraphy equipment might be a she!

Douglas
by Douglas Wilcox
Mon Sep 24, 2018 4:22 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Drifting Kayak Recovered - Workington Lifeboat
Replies: 5
Views: 492

Re: Drifting Kayak Recovered - Workington Lifeboat

Hi NB, I just missed you by one day! I paddle round the Islands of Fleet most days but just returned from two weeks in Turkey yesterday evening. There was a good drying breeze on Tuesday. My anemometer on an island at the edge of Fleet Bay recorded a maximum wind speed of 75 knots (86mph)... https:/...
by Douglas Wilcox
Tue Sep 11, 2018 8:37 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Bioluminescence
Replies: 2
Views: 438

Re: Bioluminescence

Hi Mike we had amazing bioluminescence in the Solway in the second half of August and I experienced it both when swimming and kayaking. I have never managed to photograph it.

Douglas
by Douglas Wilcox
Tue Sep 11, 2018 8:34 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Scottish Sea Lochs
Replies: 7
Views: 618

Re: Scottish Sea Lochs

I have been in a fair few sea lochs but have never thought of ticking them off. There are certainly a lot to explore and some of them like Loch Fyne are very underrated. It would be very difficult to pick a favourite but (West) Loch Tarbert on Jura ticks a lot of boxes if that is your thing :o) http...
by Douglas Wilcox
Wed Aug 15, 2018 5:39 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Leaving a vehicle
Replies: 11
Views: 823

Re: Leaving a vehicle

by Douglas Wilcox
Tue Aug 14, 2018 8:47 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Leaving a vehicle
Replies: 11
Views: 823

Re: Leaving a vehicle

https://media.ukriversguidebook.co.uk/uploads/737/1534232760964-6435.png I have done this trip several times. It is most enjoyable. The hotel are very used to paddlers. If you do not stay at the hotel before or after the trip there is a small charge (I think it was £5 for 3 nights in October 2016)....
by Douglas Wilcox
Tue Jun 19, 2018 12:22 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: New Flat Earth Kayak Sails Footloose '80.
Replies: 1
Views: 313

New Flat Earth Kayak Sails Footloose '80.

https://media.ukriversguidebook.co.uk/uploads/737/1529407121842-7863.png https://media.ukriversguidebook.co.uk/uploads/737/1529407154098-7124.png I have managed to get my hands on one of the new Flat Earth Kayak Sails Footloose ’80 sails. It is not intended to replace the current Trade Wind ’80, wh...
by Douglas Wilcox
Thu May 10, 2018 11:37 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Fresh water - Treshnish Isles
Replies: 5
Views: 681

Re: Fresh water - Treshnish Isles

Thank you Fozzy, I used that photo because the razorbill and puffin were perched above one of the old water collecting channels! The Treshnish Isles are a truly wonderful spot... https://media.ukriversguidebook.co.uk/uploads/737/1525948217455-0259.png ...especially if you can camp and... https://med...
by Douglas Wilcox
Thu May 10, 2018 6:50 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Toilets at Ulva Ferry
Replies: 18
Views: 1417

Re: Toilets at Ulva Ferry

My first reaction was to say "Aw Pish, how could someone do that?" but on reflection I realise that is not quite biologically correct. I recently saw similar on a beach at low tide, which also revealed oyster cages...

Douglas
by Douglas Wilcox
Wed May 09, 2018 10:34 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Flat earth sails for the UK
Replies: 33
Views: 6812

Re: Flat earth sails for the UK

Great news Mark!

Douglas :o)
by Douglas Wilcox
Wed May 09, 2018 10:27 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Fresh water - Treshnish Isles
Replies: 5
Views: 681

Re: Fresh water - Treshnish Isles

Hi Fozzy lovely spot, take your own water. The former inhabitants captured rain/surface water in channels. There are so many birds there at this time of year that any surface pools you find will be heavily contaminated. https://media.ukriversguidebook.co.uk/uploads/737/1525901177055-5624.png Enjoy y...
by Douglas Wilcox
Sun Apr 01, 2018 8:23 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Duncan Winning - RIP
Replies: 7
Views: 904

Re: Duncan Winning - RIP

Duncan also had a great sense of humour. Since it was exactly 5 years ago today, I think Duncan would have enjoyed seeing this April 1st spoof (which we worked on together) again.... The Greenland Roller paddle: https://media.ukriversguidebook.co.uk/uploads/737/1522567305323-3385.png https://media.u...
by Douglas Wilcox
Sun Apr 01, 2018 8:14 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Duncan Winning - RIP
Replies: 7
Views: 904

Re: Duncan Winning - RIP

https://media.ukriversguidebook.co.uk/uploads/737/1522566799700-9016.png What a loss his passing is. He was a thoroughly decent and modest family man. His influence in his chosen recreation of sea kayaking is immeasurable due to his gift of time to others, willingness to share knowledge and quiet l...