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by Douglas Wilcox
Thu Sep 27, 2018 8:37 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: A slap in the face !
Replies: 4
Views: 383

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: 273

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: 4
Views: 265

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: 391

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: 391

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: 375

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: 512

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: 723

Re: Leaving a vehicle

by Douglas Wilcox
Tue Aug 14, 2018 8:47 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Leaving a vehicle
Replies: 11
Views: 723

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: 285

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: 645

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: 1326

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: 6725

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: 645

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: 870

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: 870

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...
by Douglas Wilcox
Sun Mar 25, 2018 9:40 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Padding - how snug
Replies: 18
Views: 1295

Re: Padding - how snug

Hello Grian when I paddled WW boats I used to pad my kayaks really tight. When I moved to sea kayaking I still padded out the contact points pretty snugly. I have recently lost 4 stone and am enjoying the freedom and comfort of more space. I have no intention of increasing the padding to make up for...
by Douglas Wilcox
Sat Mar 03, 2018 12:02 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Bass Strait Crossing - Video
Replies: 11
Views: 1064

Re: Bass Strait Crossing - Video

Absolutely wonderful video of a great trip

Thanks Mark

Douglas :o)
by Douglas Wilcox
Wed Feb 28, 2018 1:56 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Register your EPIRB
Replies: 18
Views: 1239

Re: Register your EPIRB

A sobering read Rod, thank you. We should never underestimate the risks run by others to put fish on our plates. One of my family was lost at sea when he fell overboard from a commercial fishing boat. In this sad MAIB case there was a 43 minute delay between the EPIRB signal being received and SAR t...
by Douglas Wilcox
Tue Feb 27, 2018 9:22 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Three piece kayak
Replies: 8
Views: 778

Re: Three piece kayak

Hi Sean My friend has a sectional Valley which uses bolts through the bulkheads. It was considerably more expensive than a one piece. The boat is significantly heavier than a one piece making it a brute to get onto a roof rack if assembled. It is also a real faff to assemble, especially if there is ...
by Douglas Wilcox
Tue Feb 27, 2018 8:58 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Drogues for landing in surf?
Replies: 13
Views: 1334

Re: Drogues for landing in surf?

Greetings Macgruff, I do have a drogue and have deployed it only once in earnest, when caught by a savage hailstone squall between Easdale and Mull. Three of us rafted up set the drogue off the stern and sat with our backs to the hail with our hoods up till it passed. I would never use one to land o...
by Douglas Wilcox
Tue Feb 27, 2018 8:03 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Cameras and salt water
Replies: 22
Views: 1674

Re: Cameras and salt water

Hi Grian I use a number of different cameras and unfortunately the more expensive magnesium bodied ones are most likely to be damaged by salt water on your hands and spray in the air. I use a microfibre cloth to dry my hands before I take the camera out of its bag. On a day trip I probably get throu...
by Douglas Wilcox
Tue Feb 27, 2018 7:33 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Register your EPIRB
Replies: 18
Views: 1239

Re: Register your EPIRB

Hi Ron just heard about this from a coastguard friend. Apparently the EPIRB's position was quickly found to be in the marina but it took some time to find out which of the many boats it was in because it was not registered. I am certainly not binning my PLB yet!

Douglas
by Douglas Wilcox
Tue Feb 20, 2018 8:46 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Patterns on loch's surface
Replies: 11
Views: 964

Re: Patterns on loch's surface

Jim> and I'm told fish shoaling can create a surface pattern too, but I can't claim to have ever identified such a phenomenon Hi Jim back in the sixties the seas used to boil with shoals of mackerel quite commonly though nowadays it is rare. Last year we were traversing the Corryvreckan west to east...
by Douglas Wilcox
Mon Feb 19, 2018 8:04 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Carrying flares
Replies: 50
Views: 3299

Re: Carrying flares

Hi Phil the history of "EPIRBs" is long and complex and in the past not all EPIRBs broadcast an analogue 121.5Mhz signal. Indeed not all of them broadcast a digital 406Mhz signal either. There was at least one rival system to the current system which used the IMMARSAT satellites. This is still used ...
by Douglas Wilcox
Thu Feb 15, 2018 10:48 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Carrying flares
Replies: 50
Views: 3299

Re: Carrying flares

Hi Ian/Jim I never thought of that (different regs applying to different ships, even in the same fleet) but for those that do not know, the MV Caledonian Isles is the Arran ferry and yes it does carry a mixture of private and commercial vehicles including fuel tankers. This also might be why the car...
by Douglas Wilcox
Wed Feb 14, 2018 8:57 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Carrying flares
Replies: 50
Views: 3299

Re: Carrying flares

Hi Rick, You have made some great points in defence of flares. I guess I am just playing Devil's Advocate. As I said above, I am out on a limb. Perceived wisdom is that leaders/professionals should carry flares, there is a terrible inertia to change within organisations such as BC. I am lucky I just...
by Douglas Wilcox
Wed Feb 14, 2018 5:41 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Carrying flares
Replies: 50
Views: 3299

Re: Carrying flares

Hi Rick, Unlike flares, the satellite technology is improving all the time and by the end of 2018 the MEOSAR satellite system (that initiated in 2016) should be fully operational and this will greatly speed the transmission of both the emergency alert and your position even in gullies. Prior to the ...
by Douglas Wilcox
Sun Feb 11, 2018 1:23 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Carrying flares
Replies: 50
Views: 3299

Re: Carrying flares

Hi Chris at a demo day a few years ago I asked one of the sea king pilots at RN Gannet how important smoke would be in a rescue. His answer was "Not that important but nice to have if you have a flare. The unpredictable wind rescuing people in mountains causes much more problems for the pilot and fe...
by Douglas Wilcox
Fri Feb 09, 2018 6:43 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Carrying flares
Replies: 50
Views: 3299

Re: Carrying flares

That was the Moelfre RNLI that rescued that kayaker and yes indeed it was an orange smoke flare that alerted the public. Personally if I had no flares and no PLB I would put my money into a PLB first. A flare burns for a very short period of time and unless you are close to someone on the shore or a...