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by active4seasons
Mon May 09, 2011 8:28 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Northshore
Replies: 5
Views: 702

Re: Northshore

Still up and run by Mike but owned by Valley - contact them through facebook page if necessary:
https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1606651137

Hope this helps

Ollie
www.active4seasons.co.uk
by active4seasons
Wed May 04, 2011 3:28 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Demo boats
Replies: 36
Views: 3208

Re: Demo boats

Just for peoples information the 4th pic in Douglas' first post is not of Stuart and Cathy just incase people were wondering? There are other places you can find demo boats around and about and the more demand there is the more likely we (the providers) are to provide a service and be able to obtain...
by active4seasons
Wed May 04, 2011 12:11 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Sat Map
Replies: 10
Views: 1396

Re: Sat Map

I am just considering purchasing the Adventurer 3500 specifically for sea kayaking use. Over the years I have tried all sorts of GPS including the Magellan, various Garmins and the Satmap and was quite taken by the Satmap Active 10 when it first appeared and have been working with them to try and pr...
by active4seasons
Fri Jan 07, 2011 11:06 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Tides that don't behave^
Replies: 40
Views: 10148

Re: Tides that don't behave

Just a very small point Zoe - I think the water flooding into the North sea continues all the way to the wash where it meets the flooding tide from the Dover straight. High water slack is is nearly two hours after local high water up here. The best place to see this is to take a walk on one of the b...
by active4seasons
Fri Jan 07, 2011 10:03 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Your best day on the sea in 2010?
Replies: 58
Views: 3742

Re: Your best day on the sea in 2010?

That is not fair Mark - you know you may well have opened the flood gates!
by active4seasons
Thu Jan 06, 2011 7:42 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Your best day on the sea in 2010?
Replies: 58
Views: 3742

Re: Your best day on the sea in 2010?

Very difficult this one - best paddling year yet, just for the pic and location a day adventure off Cassablanca:

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What a great year everyone has had by the looks of it - here's to another one!

Ollie Jay
by active4seasons
Tue Dec 07, 2010 11:19 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Top Ten Expeditioning tips?
Replies: 30
Views: 2081

Re: Top Ten Expeditioning tips?

Bet you thought you were asking a simple question - Top Ten tips My ten penneth: 1. Pick your fellows with care 2. Ensure you have the ability to create hot food/liquids 3. Keep your sleeping bag dry 4. Have a variety of food available - both quality hot food and emergency food (consumed cold if nec...
by active4seasons
Tue Dec 07, 2010 8:40 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Sea Kayak / Touring boat hire North East?
Replies: 13
Views: 759

Re: Sea Kayak / Touring boat hire North East?

Hi paul, How are things in the frozen north? managed to get out for a paddle on Sunday from Eyemouth up to St. Abbs on a Spring tide so had a bit of fun here: http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10150134479829918&set=a.10150134479724918.331859.602849917#!/album.php?fbid=1738423182726&id=130303277...
by active4seasons
Mon Dec 06, 2010 5:35 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Sea Kayak / Touring boat hire North East?
Replies: 13
Views: 759

Re: Sea Kayak / Touring boat hire North East?

Hi Jennie, I have PM'd you. Jim - Most of us like to call it Northumberland now, I say most as I am sure now I have said that there will be a barrage of replies! I don't tend to hire out my sea kayaks unless I have paddled with or have a personal recommendation that the person in question is compete...
by active4seasons
Wed Nov 17, 2010 8:43 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Bouyancy aid recommendations?^
Replies: 24
Views: 4294

Re: Bouyancy aid recommendations?

I have found over the years that my front pockets have had more and more use but the down side of this is highlighted when trying to re-enter my kayak. I am now moving away from everything in the pockets and now use a deck bag for all the stuff I might need. It is worth considering a bag that can be...
by active4seasons
Tue Nov 16, 2010 8:30 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Ark^
Replies: 21
Views: 3749

Re: Ark

Fantastic as always Douglas!!!
by active4seasons
Mon Nov 15, 2010 9:02 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Baaaaaa
Replies: 5
Views: 1130

Re: Baaaaaa

There is some excellent stuff in there - very relavant to all who paddle in a group situation. As a leader I am always asking people to let me know how they are feeling and when I am aware that the situation is likely to change I always try and let my clients know before so they can make a more info...
by active4seasons
Mon Nov 15, 2010 8:52 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Latex V. Neoprene
Replies: 14
Views: 4735

Re: Latex V. Neoprene

I think we should just ignore that comment Ian!
by active4seasons
Thu Nov 11, 2010 2:49 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Latex V. Neoprene
Replies: 14
Views: 4735

Re: Latex V. Neoprene

Something not mentioned is seal size - If you buy off the shelf you have no choice a medium suit tends to have medium sized seals but when re-newing make sure you get the size correct to you - or alternatively order a made to measure suit for guaranteed fit. First time I wore my Lomo renagade with o...
by active4seasons
Tue Nov 02, 2010 10:06 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Storm Gathering. 2010 ?
Replies: 48
Views: 5037

Re: Storm Gathering. 2010 ?

Thanks for all the kind words but it would have been nothing with out you lot coming along. A BIG personal thank you to Brian and Neil for all their help and support!!! Thanks too to the coaches and helpers - Mark I tried. Dont forget to get your pics in - there seems to be some good ones around! Mu...
by active4seasons
Thu Oct 28, 2010 9:26 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Shortening a towline.
Replies: 23
Views: 1746

Re: Shortening a towline.

I do the same as Erling but have two sections of Daisy chain in the system of different lengths so I have three length options available quickly. As to clipping through the deck line or lines? If you clip under both and back on itself there is a chance that if the toggle or deck fitting comes off th...
by active4seasons
Thu Oct 28, 2010 8:36 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Isles of Scilly 2011 who's done it
Replies: 20
Views: 1394

Re: Isles of Scilley 2011 who's done it

Mark, Sounds just like the Pentland Firth - during our two crossing this year we struggled with getting the exact timing of slack water - doesn't realy happen and seems to vary by up to an hour on published data! On the way North I had to get the GPS on to check what was going on and the flow was wa...
by active4seasons
Wed Oct 27, 2010 7:39 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Palm drysuits
Replies: 26
Views: 4840

Re: Palm drysuits

As Al says: You might want to have a look at the new Typhoon PS220 extreme drysuit We were kindly given some to test (Big5kayakchallenge) and they are great - material is a bit more stiff than Lomo Renegade (have one of these too) but obviously the Typhoon is a far higher speck with a very good hood...
by active4seasons
Wed Oct 27, 2010 7:33 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Isles of Scilly 2011 who's done it
Replies: 20
Views: 1394

Re: Isles of Scilley 2011 who's done it

Parking issues and also getting gear and camera crew on the support boat!
by active4seasons
Wed Oct 27, 2010 7:12 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Isles of Scilly 2011 who's done it
Replies: 20
Views: 1394

Re: Isles of Scilley 2011 who's done it

Hi Horis, Has anyone paddled to or from the Scillies? Did it as part of the Big5kayakchallenge last May. Had to leave it a day later than planned due to hgh winds and had to leave from Lamorna too as there was large Swell running from the North - the night previous they had to move the Senna lifeboa...
by active4seasons
Thu Oct 21, 2010 8:51 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: What to wear?^
Replies: 16
Views: 2733

Re: What to wear?

Just to add a few points, I have quite a few clients each year and the main decision as to wearing a drysuit seems to be wether or not they like having a tight neck seal! As a relative beginner it is likely you might spend a bit of time in the water but not loads hopefully. I recommend my guys wear ...
by active4seasons
Tue Oct 12, 2010 4:44 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Nanny state
Replies: 21
Views: 1850

Re: Nanny state

Just to confuse the issue even more we (Britain) also have voluntary coastguards on the ground who can only help from the mainland. I can remember one occasion where an inshore lifeboat crew claimed they could not leave me out there after rescuing someone out with me and escorted me back to shore ev...
by active4seasons
Fri Oct 08, 2010 2:19 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Roll: the getting in
Replies: 25
Views: 1272

Re: Roll: the getting in

as a river runner primarily I consider the screw roll the first one to learn since it is most useful This is where I think we might not agree, I think also there may be a definition problem - I think I am calling your put across a C to C and would not use any sculling at any point of the roll. The ...
by active4seasons
Thu Oct 07, 2010 9:31 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Roll: the getting in
Replies: 25
Views: 1272

Re: Roll: the getting in

Jim, this assumes you are advocating the screw roll - I find some people struggle more with this than the C to C. With less experienced paddlers I find they have less paddle control and so often go with the C to C in the first instance. Sculling is fine but it is more the hip action required to get ...
by active4seasons
Wed Oct 06, 2010 7:13 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Roll: the getting in
Replies: 25
Views: 1272

Re: Roll: the getting in

Hi Arno, Richard's advice about getting your chin to your knees will help you invert. Nothing wrong with extending the paddle by sliding your grip towards the back blade to help you learn. On your weaker side check your blade angle - that is the most likely cause of failure in my experience. As ment...
by active4seasons
Wed Sep 29, 2010 12:11 pm
Forum: Dates and Events
Topic: 5th UK Storm Gathering - Wild Northumberland 30th & 31st Oct
Replies: 1
Views: 557

5th UK Storm Gathering - Wild Northumberland 30th & 31st Oct

It is only a month till the 5th UK Storm gathering. It is taking place this Autumn on the fantastic North Northumberland and Scottish borders coastline - An Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). It is going to be a smallish event with the usual guest coaches appearing to provide guided trips in...
by active4seasons
Wed Sep 29, 2010 10:03 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Dry suit + BA options
Replies: 6
Views: 575

Re: Dry suit + BA options

Having used the new Typoon drysuit for two wild camping trips on the West coast this year I would highly recommend them - as always though good absorbant base layers required as they all get moisture inside if you are working hard! I wouldn't say we tested them to distruction but they seem to be hol...
by active4seasons
Tue Sep 28, 2010 12:50 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Storm Gathering. 2010 ?
Replies: 48
Views: 5037

Re: Storm Gathering. 2010 ?

The 5th UK Storm Gathering - Wild Northumberland 30th & 31st Oct 2010. Now taking bookings and the weekend is going to be based at the Pot-a-doodle-do wigwam village just south of Berwick upon Tweed (http://www.northumbrianwigwams.com/index.html). Evening entertainment on Sat night will come from Ji...
by active4seasons
Mon Jul 19, 2010 8:19 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Romany S rm
Replies: 6
Views: 951

Re: Romany S rm

Dont do it Neil, try before you buy!

Ollie
by active4seasons
Mon Jul 19, 2010 8:11 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: How do they search large areas?
Replies: 11
Views: 832

Re: How do they search large areas?

At the 3rd Storm Gathering on Angelsey a couple of years ago we took a group to the Holyhead Coastgaurd station and was shown all the gear. The software was fantastic - they input the 'Man over board' coordinate information and the current weather conditions and the software already has all the tida...