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by Zoe Newsam
Wed Nov 12, 2008 9:42 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Nordkapp LV or Nordkapp
Replies: 25
Views: 4864

Despite being of small build I don't find the cockpit ergonomics ideal. I have a bulkhead footrest and paddle with my legs together quite comfortably but when I want a bit more control in rough water I find the thigh grips useless, so I had to put quite thick foam on these to get a decent purchase....
by Zoe Newsam
Tue Nov 04, 2008 8:39 pm
Forum: England - Southwest
Topic: Dart Levels
Replies: 2357
Views: 90797

It's here
by Zoe Newsam
Mon Nov 03, 2008 7:27 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Ladies Palm Element Drysuit
Replies: 9
Views: 777

Performance Kayaks wrote: These suits come into the country and go out of stock very quickly!
Just shows that there should be more gear for girls out there- when it's available, we buy it!
by Zoe Newsam
Mon Nov 03, 2008 7:12 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Ladies Palm Element Drysuit
Replies: 9
Views: 777

I've just replaced my faithful old orange element drysuit with a new purple one (ordered today) after 3 years of reasonably heavy wear and tear. The socks were very robust- in fact I actually wore tiny holes in the knees from walking shuttles & portaging, but the socks showed virtually no signs of w...
by Zoe Newsam
Sun Nov 02, 2008 3:46 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: solar chargers
Replies: 7
Views: 1290

Hi Claire,

Did you invest in one in the end? I have a 'Power Monkey Explorer' which served me really well this summer, in the Alps (solar power) and Shetland (stored power) and I'll be taking it to Nepal at Christmas.

Look here
by Zoe Newsam
Mon Oct 13, 2008 9:15 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: How many boats HAVE you owned? In total?
Replies: 215
Views: 24743

Six in five years, plus one on order.
by Zoe Newsam
Thu Oct 09, 2008 7:20 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Lurvely Dart day
Replies: 33
Views: 6574

morsey wrote: This Sunday looks like it might go off again! :-)
Really?? All the forecasts I can find are predicting zero rain for Dartmoor...
by Zoe Newsam
Wed Oct 08, 2008 7:07 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: I felt ashamed
Replies: 17
Views: 3226

Shameful - a poor memorial to Andy Jackson indeed! Agreed. It might be useful to remind a few people of the generous spirit of the person for whom the weekend is a memorial. If you didn't know Andy and don't know why there is a weekend dedicated to his memory, read this If you left without paying o...
by Zoe Newsam
Wed Oct 08, 2008 6:19 pm
Forum: England - Southwest
Topic: Dart Levels
Replies: 2357
Views: 90797

Any updates on how the level's looking now (ie how fast it's dropping)? Anyone dare to make a prediction for Saturday?
by Zoe Newsam
Wed Oct 08, 2008 7:19 am
Forum: England - Southwest
Topic: Dart Levels
Replies: 2357
Views: 90797

In case any of you missed it, this is a thread on the 'Paddling Conditions' forum- do you think we could stick to that, and make your arrangements either on the 'Paddling Partners' forum or by PM, please?

Of the last 8 posts, only one has had anything to do with the level of the Dart...
by Zoe Newsam
Mon Oct 06, 2008 8:52 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Lurvely Dart day
Replies: 33
Views: 6574

at 9am it was washing on to the second step. Thats where it peaked. Yep. 2nd step was just peeking above the water when we got on the loop just before 10. 'Twas loverly :0) Our second run down was made a little more entertaining by some 'runoff' boat chasing left over from the carnage on the Upper,...
by Zoe Newsam
Sat Aug 16, 2008 11:09 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Cumbria to Cape Wrath ...
Replies: 162
Views: 24980

It's a nice little village with a great pub that does good beer and lovely food. I'm not jealous, no not me...

Probably a 2-day (very exposed with only a couple of landing places all in one area) paddle from there to the first landing place after Cape Wrath.
by Zoe Newsam
Fri Aug 15, 2008 4:50 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Cumbria to Cape Wrath ...
Replies: 162
Views: 24980

Well, if you do make it that far, then Mark & I will be on Shetland from a week on Sunday. No specific plans as to what we'll do when we're there- we'll see what the weather does.
by Zoe Newsam
Fri Aug 15, 2008 7:14 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Cumbria to Cape Wrath ...
Replies: 162
Views: 24980

If possible don't miss the west coast of Handa island, it really is special. Seconded. And when you get to Kinlochbervie, the Fisherman's Mission does great fish & chips! The campsite at Scourie is a good jumping-off point for the trip round Handa and up to Kinlochbervie before the Cape Wrath bit. ...
by Zoe Newsam
Sun Jun 01, 2008 9:09 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Boats in Cars
Replies: 62
Views: 6660

Mark Gawler wrote:We managed to get a small Burn in a new shape Micra, there was a about 1" between the boat and the rear window. We thought second gear was going to be out of action, but putting it in bow first sorted that problem.
Yep, worked just fine- and the seatbelt fits nicely to keep the boat in place.
by Zoe Newsam
Tue May 13, 2008 7:59 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Madagascar
Replies: 2
Views: 549

You can get in touch with Simon at www.seakayakingcornwall.com

The 750km long surf beach Simon told me about didn't sound quite so great...!
by Zoe Newsam
Tue Apr 29, 2008 6:57 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: North by North East
Replies: 34
Views: 4766

They didn't get the tide wrong, one of them simply decided that even though the sign said the causeway was uncrossable, that he would be able to drive it anyway. He was wrong, they ended up in the refuge... Funny, my godparents lost a car in exactly that manner- a very long time ago. They weren't t...
by Zoe Newsam
Mon Apr 28, 2008 10:02 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: North by North East
Replies: 34
Views: 4766

Jim wrote:I see the macam - geordie hatred is still strong in some quarters?


Jim
Oh dear Jim... I assume you're referring to SteelRiverRunner- who's a Teesider!!!
by Zoe Newsam
Mon Apr 28, 2008 9:57 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: North by North East
Replies: 34
Views: 4766

Northumbria, or at least Tyneside as far as I know still has that most wonderful of sandwich condiments - pease pudding. Teeside has it too. My dad loves it - I can't stand the stuff. Although I was born & bred in the area I've never paddled there- yet. One thing I'm sure you'll notice though is th...
by Zoe Newsam
Sun Apr 27, 2008 9:52 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: River Shoes
Replies: 19
Views: 2935

The North Face 'Sieve'. Not sold as water shoes, but they're mesh- just like the Teva & Merrell shoes- and have unbelievably grippy soles. Highly recommended.

http://www.snowandrock.com/Activity/Hik ... NF0411.htm
by Zoe Newsam
Tue Apr 22, 2008 7:18 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Anglesey Symposium- who's going?
Replies: 11
Views: 1455

Anglesey Symposium- who's going?

Having been away from sea paddling for a few months, I'm really looking forward to the Anglesey symposium in a couple of weeks- it'll be great to catch up with people I haven't seen in ages.

Who else 'from here' will be there?
by Zoe Newsam
Wed Mar 26, 2008 8:43 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Leaning back while bracing
Replies: 81
Views: 8635

Oooh, no- my knees take enough abuse already!
by Zoe Newsam
Wed Mar 26, 2008 7:24 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Leaning back while bracing
Replies: 81
Views: 8635

I haven't had the chance to thoroughly read all the posts in this thread, but... I have hypermobile joints, and so was never taught to high brace- deliberately, as I would be prone to shoulder dislocations. My instinctive support stroke is a leaning-forward low brace, and I haven't yet found a situa...
by Zoe Newsam
Wed Mar 26, 2008 7:12 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: 5* sea at Anglesey symposium
Replies: 2
Views: 613

I'm going to the symposium- see you there! I did my 5* training with Nigel, although not at the symposium, and I think he's one of the best coaches in the UK to go to for that level of training/ assessment. Things can seem a little disorganised if you're an analy-retentive organised person like me- ...
by Zoe Newsam
Wed Mar 05, 2008 6:11 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Perforated eardrum
Replies: 30
Views: 5479

Well, after the infection has cleared up, it seems that I have a rather large hole in my right eardrum, which is showing signs that it is still bleeding, and is not healing in a hurry. I've been referred to an ENT surgeon, in 3 weeks' time. So, if this is going to be a long-term thing- which it seem...
by Zoe Newsam
Thu Feb 28, 2008 4:23 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Perforated eardrum
Replies: 30
Views: 5479

Thanks all. Ironically I already wear an earwig, and I have some earplugs- though admittedly I haven't worn them for a while. I never realised you could do this to your ear just by getting an infection- apparently the pus bursts its way out, a bit like a spot... Lovely!! I'll be drugged up to the ey...
by Zoe Newsam
Thu Feb 28, 2008 3:37 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Perforated eardrum
Replies: 30
Views: 5479

Ryan Clements wrote:Hi Zoe,

Hope you get better quick time.
So do I- I'm going to Slovenia in 6 weeks!
by Zoe Newsam
Thu Feb 28, 2008 2:56 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Perforated eardrum
Replies: 30
Views: 5479

Perforated eardrum

Only tenuously paddling-related I know, but... The first rain we've had in ages is forecast for tomorrow; We'd got a trip to North Wales sorted for the weekend, and then... I've had flu all week, and now I have a 'well and truly burst' eardrum, according to the Doc. Which, guess what? I have to keep...
by Zoe Newsam
Tue Feb 26, 2008 6:15 pm
Forum: Everywhere else
Topic: Devon or Wales?
Replies: 5
Views: 1202

Hiya Tom. What does 'over the slab by 6 inches' mean for the Llugwy? D'you reckon we'll get anything else for the weekend?

Any ideas what the Aberglaslyn/ Ogwen/ Conwy/ Lledr are up to?

Ta!
by Zoe Newsam
Mon Feb 25, 2008 1:57 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Demoing a Burn: Am I being a numpty or is it the boat?
Replies: 16
Views: 3367

So the general consensus is the boat does handle differently compared to what I am used to but a bit more practice in the boat and I will get used to it. And a booster seat may help too with the rolling. Funnily enough, I bought a small burn a few months ago, and it took me a couple of days to get ...