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by Randy Fandango
Fri Sep 11, 2015 9:18 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Best way to store a lot of kayak paddles?
Replies: 17
Views: 2960

Re: Best way to store a lot of kayak paddles?

Giles, for your next rack get a 1/2" router with a guide bush and a worktop cutter, make up 1 side of a rack the way you described but oversized for the difference in diameter between the guide bush and cutter, and then clamp it to each of the other bits (might get 2, 3 or even 4 at a time) and rou...
by Randy Fandango
Fri Sep 11, 2015 8:15 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Best way to store a lot of kayak paddles?
Replies: 17
Views: 2960

Re: Best way to store a lot of kayak paddles?

Somehow I forgot to add that you can actually access individual paddles pretty easily: The gaps between each paddle in its row are big enough that if you lift up the paddle in front of the one you want and pull it forward a little you can then lift up the paddle you want, twist it 90 degrees and it ...
by Randy Fandango
Fri Sep 11, 2015 6:13 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Best way to store a lot of kayak paddles?
Replies: 17
Views: 2960

Re: Best way to store a lot of kayak paddles?

Giles, for your next rack get a 1/2" router with a guide bush and a worktop cutter, make up 1 side of a rack the way you described but oversized for the difference in diameter between the guide bush and cutter, and then clamp it to each of the other bits (might get 2, 3 or even 4 at a time) and rou...
by Randy Fandango
Thu Sep 10, 2015 2:45 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Best way to store a lot of kayak paddles?
Replies: 17
Views: 2960

Re: Best way to store a lot of kayak paddles?

Right, so here we have a view of the rack in its entirety. It can hold 70 paddles but we generally leave a gap at the outside end in case someone fails to reach as far back as possible when putting their paddle away: http://i80.photobucket.com/albums/j187/RandyFandango/Mobile%20Uploads/07595180-E32B...
by Randy Fandango
Wed Sep 09, 2015 5:32 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Best way to store a lot of kayak paddles?
Replies: 17
Views: 2960

Re: Best way to store a lot of kayak paddles?

I have created precisely what you need for my centre and it works really well and could easily hold the numbers of paddles you're referring to.
Sadly I haven't taken any photos of it but I will try to amend that for you tomorrow :-)
Giles
by Randy Fandango
Mon Jun 29, 2015 5:52 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Lee Valley Feature Names?
Replies: 12
Views: 2069

Re: Lee Valley Feature Names?

.................... ...I've always heard Jaws, Boom, Main Event, Sideshow, etc. Giles Is it true 'Jaws' had another name before which was deemed politically incorrect and so was changed? :-) Again -- I've only ever heard this here on UKRGB. I've never heard anyone refer to it as that at LV. I have...
by Randy Fandango
Tue Jun 16, 2015 4:17 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Lee Valley Feature Names?
Replies: 12
Views: 2069

Re: Lee Valley Feature Names?

Got this from the UK Slalom forum Piccadilly is the river wide stopper drop Big Ben is the first of the 2 big drops. Then there's the Oval, named due to the cut out eddies on both sides. This is reminiscent of the current middle section of HPP. The stopper in this section is called Sideshow (the LV...
by Randy Fandango
Sun Jun 14, 2015 6:34 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Coaching forward paddling
Replies: 10
Views: 1394

Re: Coaching forward paddling

Oh yes -- this use of 'sweeps' when going off course: It's worth bearing in mind that when a kayak skids off course it's the stern that skids -- the bow stays pretty well where it's meant to be. This means that the bit of a forward sweep that has most correctional effect is really the last half as t...
by Randy Fandango
Sun Jun 14, 2015 6:16 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Coaching forward paddling
Replies: 10
Views: 1394

Re: Coaching forward paddling

Last night one lad got to the giving up stage just as the wind began blowing and we all headed into it and suddenly learned to paddle in a mostly straight line rather than the lots of circles, wiggles and going the wrong way he been doing up until then. I have no idea what clicked but it was a love...
by Randy Fandango
Tue May 26, 2015 6:45 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: The words 'Easy to roll' on a kayak for sale ad...
Replies: 31
Views: 4063

Re: The words 'Easy to roll' on a kayak for sale ad...

And therefore they're all potentially easy to roll?
Which makes the statement true :-)
-- Bear in mind the blurb on an ad is usually there to help sell the kayak so that might encourage someone to part with their money.
Giles
by Randy Fandango
Tue May 19, 2015 5:14 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Inconsistent assessments at LVWWC - money making exercise?
Replies: 61
Views: 6404

Re: Inconsistent assessments at LVWWC - money making exercis

Probably because there's much less chance of a stray paddle ending up in the pumps at other sites. Some sort of mesh would be in order then surely? It wouldn't have to be small - 6" squares would catch paddles and not affect the flow at all...... :-) C All interesting stuff :-) As regards a mesh --...
by Randy Fandango
Wed Apr 01, 2015 6:30 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: What have you found in the river while paddling
Replies: 31
Views: 4917

Re: What have you found in the river while paddling

I found two fairly rotted dead bodies on the Bhote Kosi once. Very cheery...... Giles My poor ageing memory -- it was actually the Kali Gandaki..... On another note I've found numerous snakes taking a dip or sunbathing on the banks of the 'canals' of sunny Thamesmead -- very entertaining if you're ...
by Randy Fandango
Sun Mar 29, 2015 4:20 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: What have you found in the river while paddling
Replies: 31
Views: 4917

Re: What have you found in the river while paddling

I found two fairly rotted dead bodies on the Bhote Kosi once.
Very cheery......
Giles
by Randy Fandango
Sun Dec 14, 2014 9:33 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: LV Coach Saturday 13/12
Replies: 2
Views: 749

Re: LV Coach Saturday 13/12

If you pm me your contact details I'll pass them onto her if she's at LV when I'm working there later today.
Giles
by Randy Fandango
Sun Dec 07, 2014 5:32 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Lee Valley Closed to Kayaks till March
Replies: 22
Views: 3542

Re: Lee Valley Closed to Kayaks till March

Today there was plenty of room on every legacy session and the Olympic hour -- c'est la vie :-)
Giles
by Randy Fandango
Sat Dec 06, 2014 3:59 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Lee Valley Closed to Kayaks till March
Replies: 22
Views: 3542

Re: Lee Valley Closed to Kayaks till March

The centre's booking page shows that available slots for the next month are: Legacy Course: Sat & Sun: 3 hours (11.00, 12.00 & 1.00) each day. Friday's: 3 hours: 6.00, 7.00 & 8.00pm. Olympic Course: Sat & Sun 1 hour each day (2.00). No activity at all Monday 22/12/14 until Thursday 15/1/15 inclusive...
by Randy Fandango
Wed Dec 03, 2014 4:26 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Lee Valley Closed to Kayaks till March
Replies: 22
Views: 3542

Re: Lee Valley Closed to Kayaks till March

I believe it's the usual winter shut down -- rafting has finished for the season and doesn't re-start until March so the Olympic course is just open for the usual year-round kayaks and canoes only session: one hour each on Saturday and Sunday. Paddling is only ever possible outside those hours on th...
by Randy Fandango
Tue Dec 02, 2014 8:35 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Steve Fisher tour cancelled
Replies: 47
Views: 7636

Re: Steve Fisher tour cancelled

It seems to me he could have gone some way towards reparing the PR clusterf*uck he created by attempting to make a personal on-line appearance to answer people's grievances face to face (or at least keyboard to keyboard). This forum would have been a good place to start -- considering how internet s...
by Randy Fandango
Thu Nov 27, 2014 6:59 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Forum problem
Replies: 18
Views: 2551

Re: Forum problem

It does it to me on some threads but not others -- weird.
It's been this way for a while for me.
Viewing on an iphone.
Giles
by Randy Fandango
Sat Nov 22, 2014 6:30 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Infinity Wezzit
Replies: 2764
Views: 129330

Re: Infinity Wezzit

Is it the Upper Bhote Kosi?
Giles
by Randy Fandango
Thu Nov 13, 2014 8:06 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: raft runs over kayaker
Replies: 16
Views: 2599

Re: raft runs over kayaker

My god -- what a crap bit of paddling :-) The raft was clearly playing in Sideshow and therefore not only blatantly visible but VERY easily avoided on either side. Personally that's not a spot I'd care to share with a great big rubber bus -- although I did like the paddler leaving it for ages then ...
by Randy Fandango
Thu Nov 13, 2014 10:34 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: raft runs over kayaker
Replies: 16
Views: 2599

Re: raft runs over kayaker

My god -- what a crap bit of paddling :-) The raft was clearly playing in Sideshow and therefore not only blatantly visible but VERY easily avoided on either side. Personally that's not a spot I'd care to share with a great big rubber bus -- although I did like the paddler leaving it for ages then c...
by Randy Fandango
Tue Oct 07, 2014 5:31 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Best paddles without a Shuttle
Replies: 18
Views: 1967

Re: Best paddles without a Shuttle

Glaslyn Gorge, Etive, Coe, Erme, East Lyn, Upper or Lower Morriston.
It would probably help if you gave some idea of the grade you're after?
Giles
by Randy Fandango
Tue Sep 23, 2014 10:04 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Sanna Video
Replies: 3
Views: 993

Re: Sanna Video

The paddling was looking good but I had to switch off. The speeded up sections ruin the video and should be cut out altogether to just show normal paddling. Just my opinion, others may disagree but I don't see what purpose it serves. I believe you paddled the whole section if you say you did I don'...
by Randy Fandango
Fri Sep 19, 2014 4:34 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Angling Trust - More Saber rattling, or serious this time?
Replies: 89
Views: 9371

Re: Angling Trust - More Saber rattling, or serious this tim

The sheer gobsmacking arrogance of Mark Lloyd's: "It is important to stress that any access to rivers by canoes must be agreed on a river-by-river basis by the landowners and angling clubs concerned, to reflect the local fishing seasons and to protect fish and fishing." It's always 'refreshing' to b...
by Randy Fandango
Wed Sep 17, 2014 6:58 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: New kayak company
Replies: 16
Views: 3506

Re: New kayak company

Another development in the rise of the contract moulding solution. In Europe, first was Zet, then Waka and now Spade Kayaks. It is certainly exciting times. Spade Kayaks USP is meant to be both strong hulls as blow moulded and light, 16Kg is the aim!! If they succeed a strong light weight boat, is ...
by Randy Fandango
Mon Sep 15, 2014 9:26 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Scottish river adventure on the train
Replies: 11
Views: 2209

Re: Scottish river adventure on the train

That sounds like the Ossian and Ghuilbinn to me.
Giles
by Randy Fandango
Fri Aug 01, 2014 7:46 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: WW paddling. Why do you do it?
Replies: 28
Views: 1748

Re: WW paddling. Why do you do it?

So I can walk that little bit taller than mere mortals....
Giles
by Randy Fandango
Thu Jul 31, 2014 5:36 pm
Forum: Lost and Found
Topic: stolen burn on the Durance
Replies: 2
Views: 986

Re: stolen burn on the Durance

Oh no -- gutted for Jack :-(
Looks like Steve Pitch owes him a new boat then?
Giles
by Randy Fandango
Wed Jul 23, 2014 12:59 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: sacrilege
Replies: 22
Views: 2753

Re: sacrilege

Nobody has mentioned the whole ramming rocks on purpose thing, otherwise known as boofing..... We're supposed to take that as a joke right? i.e. observational comedy based on some technique you have seen people using when they can't actually boof? Could be some fairly honest self-analysis perhaps??...