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by Allan Olesen
Tue Feb 12, 2019 8:20 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: "New personal performance awards" - Huh?
Replies: 14
Views: 1295

Re: "New personal performance awards" - Huh?

I think the new Sea Kayak award is at a good level. My intention with this thread was not really discussing if those levels are good or bad. The intention was discussing what they mean. I have a feeling that there is a very simple message hidden in all those pages of text: Sea kayakers can probably...
by Allan Olesen
Mon Feb 11, 2019 9:53 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: "New personal performance awards" - Huh?
Replies: 14
Views: 1295

Re: "New personal performance awards" - Huh?

You may very well be right. However, I followed the links from the newsletter and in this link...: https://www.britishcanoeingawarding.org.uk/download/348/ ... I found on the last page something which looks like a translation table between new and old awards. Here the old "Sea Kayak Leader" seems to...
by Allan Olesen
Mon Feb 11, 2019 8:32 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: "New personal performance awards" - Huh?
Replies: 14
Views: 1295

"New personal performance awards" - Huh?

I am confused. I am a BCU 3* who booked 4* training a couple of years ago. When the training was held, BCU 4* had changed its name to BC SKL, but content was more or less unchanged. No problem. Right now I am trying to prepare myself for the SKL assessment. A few days ago, I got a newsletter from BC...
by Allan Olesen
Fri Feb 08, 2019 7:29 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Safetrx - New CG and RYA vessel registration and tracking system
Replies: 47
Views: 5300

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

Not misunderstanding - just not fully understanding. Seems to me that I am understanding very well. Calling for help would be done using the device you have on your person. Not the device you have stowed away in a hatch. As I wrote in my latest post: As far as I know, there is no law against owning...
by Allan Olesen
Wed Feb 06, 2019 11:43 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Safetrx - New CG and RYA vessel registration and tracking system
Replies: 47
Views: 5300

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

Not misunderstanding - just not fully understanding. Seems to me that I am understanding very well. Calling for help would be done using the device you have on your person. Not the device you have stowed away in a hatch. As I wrote in my latest post: As far as I know, there is no law against owning...
by Allan Olesen
Mon Feb 04, 2019 9:54 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Look for recommendations - drybags
Replies: 24
Views: 1496

Re: Look for recommendations - drybags

I use the thinnest model from Lomo - the ones in red nylon. They are dirt cheap, easy to pack in the kayak because they are so flexible, and I have never had a puncture which I discovered. I also have some other, more expensive bags, such as Exped, but that is mainly because I want different drybag ...
by Allan Olesen
Sat Feb 02, 2019 4:12 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Should a 4* Leader be a 5* Follower?
Replies: 23
Views: 1379

Re: Should a 4* Leader be a 5* Follower?

I wonder if the subject line has been greatly misunderstood. I read it as "Should you set a higher standard for yourself when you are being lead, than when you are the leader?". Which I think is a good question. I consider myself a rather good leader, but I can honestly say that I am a pretty shitty...
by Allan Olesen
Sun Jan 27, 2019 10:01 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Lofoten - the drive
Replies: 13
Views: 1295

Re: Lofoten - the drive

JB-NL wrote:
Sun Jan 27, 2019 9:12 am
But my comment was meant for the TS. ;)
Then I see no reason for quoting me in your comment.
by Allan Olesen
Sat Jan 26, 2019 10:54 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Safetrx - New CG and RYA vessel registration and tracking system
Replies: 47
Views: 5300

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

The negatives about using it from a kayak... Most smart phones don't work with cold wet fingers, in heavy rain or spray or when they are wet. Mine, although waterproof, has no way of tethering it so if I drop it - it's gone! Battery life might be limited for a longer trip Phone signals are not reli...
by Allan Olesen
Sat Jan 26, 2019 10:46 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Lofoten - the drive
Replies: 13
Views: 1295

Re: Lofoten - the drive

JB-NL wrote:
Sat Jan 26, 2019 5:44 pm
As alternative you can take the ferry helsingbor-helsingor, no bridge but short brake....
JB
I think I have a pretty good idea of the transportation options in my home country.
by Allan Olesen
Fri Jan 25, 2019 5:32 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Lofoten - the drive
Replies: 13
Views: 1295

Re: Lofoten - the drive

On the way back we used the Bridge of Doom from Sweden to Copenhagen. So called because of how it feels when you're two hundred feet up in the sky for miles, in a gale, with 2 large canoes on the roof of the van, and the drivers knuckles turning white as he gripped the wheel to counteract the gusts...
by Allan Olesen
Tue Dec 11, 2018 7:24 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Safetrx - New CG and RYA vessel registration and tracking system
Replies: 47
Views: 5300

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

My reservations about the SafeTrx app are due to it's reliance on smart phones. I've used it while sailing but that's not a problem as I can get a bit of shelter to use my phone but I wouldn't consider using it in a kayak. My phone doesn't work if the screen or my hands are wet, there's no way of f...
by Allan Olesen
Wed Sep 26, 2018 5:30 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: New UK legislation on knives
Replies: 16
Views: 2834

Re: New UK legislation on knives

Sorry to hear that. We had similar experience with multi-tools and box cutters when we got a similar law here in Denmark a few years ago. A young man (also dark skinned) was stopped by the police in his car, and they found a box cutter in the car. He first faced 7 days in jail, but due to a sane jud...
by Allan Olesen
Mon Sep 17, 2018 4:30 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: BCU 3 star assessment questions
Replies: 12
Views: 1212

Re: BCU 3 star assessment questions

For my 3*, we stood on a beach, looking towards a coast on the other side of the water. We were asked to use our compasses to first take a bearing to a point on the opposite coast line and then use this bearing to find our own position along the beach on a map. I had both a compass mounted on the ka...
by Allan Olesen
Fri Aug 24, 2018 11:03 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Insurance and qualifications
Replies: 84
Views: 4256

Re: Insurance and qualifications

Therefore on the surface of it, it would appear that 'reasonable precautions' have been taken, so why am I now thinking that I don't want to do this anymore?????? I can't answer that. I can't even understand how you got that thought after reading this thread. Have you seen anything in this thread w...
by Allan Olesen
Sun Aug 19, 2018 11:15 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Domain name
Replies: 4
Views: 439

Re: Domain name

so in the short term you need to get your domains DNS records updated on the One.com DNS server to point to your new web host. Does the owner of a .co.uk domain have a self-service web interface at the overall .co.uk responsible organisation where they can move their domain away to another dns host...
by Allan Olesen
Sun Aug 19, 2018 10:38 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Insurance and qualifications
Replies: 84
Views: 4256

Re: Insurance and qualifications

Yes that is the £10 000 000 question If BCU insurance covers all members on all activities then "insurance rules" dont need to be restrictive and we can get out have fun and consider safety for its own sake. Again, I am not from the UK, but I assume that some insurance concepts are universal. So th...
by Allan Olesen
Sun Aug 19, 2018 10:27 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Insurance and qualifications
Replies: 84
Views: 4256

Re: Insurance and qualifications

Regarding peer paddles: As I understand the rules in UK (I am from Denmark, so I have no first hand experience with those rules), if an accident happens during a peer paddle, the group member with the highest formal qualifications will take all the heat from the authorities, no matter if he actuall...
by Allan Olesen
Fri Aug 17, 2018 8:48 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Insurance and qualifications
Replies: 84
Views: 4256

Re: Insurance and qualifications

Regarding peer paddles: As I understand the rules in UK (I am from Denmark, so I have no first hand experience with those rules), if an accident happens during a peer paddle, the group member with the highest formal qualifications will take all the heat from the authorities, no matter if he actually...
by Allan Olesen
Fri Aug 17, 2018 8:39 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Insurance and qualifications
Replies: 84
Views: 4256

Re: Insurance and qualifications

I think there is a leap in logic in the questions asked. You start out with "Why should I worry about my club's insurance. The insurance protects the club, not me." You then continue to "Why is my club limiting my activities in the club, stating insurance as a reason?" So you are jumping between loo...
by Allan Olesen
Wed Aug 15, 2018 10:26 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: I want to paddle in the sea - around the coast
Replies: 13
Views: 1166

Re: I want to paddle in the sea - around the coast

Anna Liffey wrote:
Sat Aug 11, 2018 2:23 pm
(Tilley hat???)
An absolutely indispensable piece of sea kayaking equipment.

If you are going on a kayaking trip and have to choose between bringing your paddles and bringing the Tilley hat, you should choose the hat and paddle with your hands or a piece of lumber.
by Allan Olesen
Mon Aug 06, 2018 8:38 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Best paddle for a positive index grip?
Replies: 21
Views: 1110

Re: Best paddle for a positive index grip?

This is not a matter of having a confident roll. I can't even say that I have one. I have used this technique since I started rolling. I am a self-trained roller, and from the very start I knew that there were two thing I would need to practice if I ever wanted to use the roll for anything else than...
by Allan Olesen
Sun Aug 05, 2018 6:42 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Expedition food - help!
Replies: 11
Views: 1201

Re: Expedition food - help!

I am very fond of hummus on kayak trips. Good taste and high nutrition (lots of protein and fat). The main ingredient is chickpeas which don't contain any gluten. I don't know how long it will last when cooked. The ingredients should be able to last quite long, since all of them except the lemons ha...
by Allan Olesen
Sun Aug 05, 2018 6:33 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Best paddle for a positive index grip?
Replies: 21
Views: 1110

Re: Best paddle for a positive index grip?

Of course, "rough conditions" is a relative term, but I have done successful rolls in anger in waves up to 1.5-2 meter. I have not had a problem feeling the blade. It happens that I am in doubt, but then I just make a short "test" sweep of 20-40 cm over the water surface. If the blade angle is incor...
by Allan Olesen
Sat Aug 04, 2018 11:03 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Best paddle for a positive index grip?
Replies: 21
Views: 1110

Re: Best paddle for a positive index grip?

Are you sure you need the indexing for a roll?

I find it much more efficient to simply "feel" the water with the paddle blade. It is very easy to lay the blade flat on the water surface and from there angle it a few degrees before starting the paddle motion.
by Allan Olesen
Mon Jul 23, 2018 8:54 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: New UK legislation on knives
Replies: 16
Views: 2834

Re: New UK legislation on knives

We have had a similar legislation in Denmark for a few years now, resulting in some strange verdicts. Not only is it forbidden to carry certain types of knives on your person - it is also forbidden to have them in your car if the car is in a public place. One person was sentenced for having a normal...
by Allan Olesen
Fri Jul 13, 2018 9:22 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Fitting Bilge Pump to Delphin 155
Replies: 136
Views: 8092

Re: Fitting Bilge Pump to Delphin 155

Excellent stuff guys. Thanks again. I think I would worry about a flat battery if I can't switch it off. How about an open skin fitting with a soft foam bung when you're on the water - would there be enough pressure for the 650 pump to squeeze it out? Still doesn't help with the pump not switching ...
by Allan Olesen
Fri Jul 13, 2018 8:57 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Fitting Bilge Pump to Delphin 155
Replies: 136
Views: 8092

Re: Fitting Bilge Pump to Delphin 155

I would like to leave the NRV out of the system but it is surprising how much water gets into the cockpit via the 19mm dia skin fitting and past the (static) pump impeller when paddling in swell. I had the same experience (also using an automatic pump, same model as suggested by Douglas Wilcox in t...
by Allan Olesen
Thu Jul 12, 2018 9:12 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Fitting Bilge Pump to Delphin 155
Replies: 136
Views: 8092

Re: Fitting Bilge Pump to Delphin 155

Seawolf, have you tried if your switch problem will go away if you remove the non return valve?

The slight back pressure from the non return valve could be the reason for the air pocket you describe.
by Allan Olesen
Mon Jul 09, 2018 9:38 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Adjusting Silva 70p compass
Replies: 9
Views: 909

Re: Adjusting Silva 70p compass

I would place it between the kayak and the brass frame.

I don't know the exact function of the brass frame. I have installed it because if I don't know what it is supposed to do, I can't know if I can remove it.

I guess the brass frame could prevent a lost compass if the plastic frame broke.