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by JohnK
Fri Jan 06, 2012 10:58 pm
Forum: Competition
Topic: Slalom gates (for X stream challenge)
Replies: 6
Views: 1307

Re: Slalom gates (for X stream challenge)

From the USA rules: The gates consist of two suspended poles painted with five green and five white rings for downstream gates, and five red and five white rings for upstream gates, with the bottom rings always being white. Gates flush to the current may be either red or green, whichever seems more...
by JohnK
Fri Jan 06, 2012 10:27 pm
Forum: Competition
Topic: Slalom gates (for X stream challenge)
Replies: 6
Views: 1307

Re: Slalom gates (for X stream challenge)

Let's not mix up Cross Stream Challenge with slalom (ranking competition). For Cross Stream Challenge you can do whatever you like. You can make gates or markers with whatever you want and whatever size. For ranking slalom (UK) the rules to follow for gates are here http://www.canoeslalom.co.uk/comm...
by JohnK
Fri Dec 23, 2011 7:29 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Ugly Boat Contest
Replies: 34
Views: 5462

Re: Ugly Boat Contest

http://www.crappie.com/crappie/attachments/kayaks-canoes-other-small-watercraft/59459d1302729170-wavewalk-500-mike_paddling_his_fishing_kayak_ny.jpg Better in every way than a conventional kayak. Excels in the surf. Yes, but only when standing up . PS. Don't watch the video unless you enjoy watchin...
by JohnK
Tue Nov 29, 2011 10:11 pm
Forum: Competition
Topic: Flat water slalom gate drills.
Replies: 6
Views: 2315

Re: Flat water slalom gate drills.

You haven't given us much information. With one gate firstly practice staggers (see slalomtechnique). Vary your line of approach and your line of exit. Secondly treat your gate as an upstream (Regular Upstream) and again vary your line of approach and line of exit although close to the gate you will...
by JohnK
Sat Oct 29, 2011 6:26 pm
Forum: Competition
Topic: Which design of boat has been in production the longest ...?
Replies: 12
Views: 1571

Re: Which design of boat has been in production the longest

Andy the Barracuda was an old marathon racing (LD?) Class 4. Rich's double at LF is a Barracuda. Shorter and wider than a K2. When I started I used to aspire to an Accord (whilst racing a DWK on the Tamar estuary). It looked the same with the same gunwhale line but did not have the lines on the deck...
by JohnK
Fri Aug 19, 2011 4:16 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Layup Question
Replies: 8
Views: 1356

Re: Layup Question

I don't know what the design is like or what you intend to use it for but the above seems a bit excessive. When I used to make 4m fibreglass slalom/GP kayaks, for the hull I used 1 layer 1.5 oz (equivalent to 450g) CSM and 1 layer 8oz (equivalent to current 300g?) woven roving (not cloth), with CSM ...
by JohnK
Sun Jul 17, 2011 11:22 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Avoncliff,Staverton and Bradford on Avon Weirs........advice
Replies: 17
Views: 2337

Re: Avoncliff,Staverton and Bradford on Avon Weirs........ad

... You could continue down to limpley sloke weir and the small drop below the road bridge, then portage up to the canal at Dundass aqueduct and return to BoA on the canal. JohnK - Can I pinch your photos for use on my river guide blog? : http://www.bristolavon.blogspot.com/ Cheers Martin, take you...
by JohnK
Sun Jul 10, 2011 5:18 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Access to Langham farm, Rode
Replies: 4
Views: 470

Re: Access to Langham farm, Rode

Club membership runs for a year from when you join.

Farmer (Richard Arney) tel no. in the telephone directory.
by JohnK
Sun Jul 10, 2011 4:30 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Access to Langham farm, Rode
Replies: 4
Views: 470

Re: Access to Langham farm, Rode

Yes that's right, the track to the right of the large gate posts.

Frome Canoe Club has an arrangement for organised club sessions only. Anything else you need to contact the farmer direct.
by JohnK
Sun Jul 10, 2011 4:19 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Avoncliff,Staverton and Bradford on Avon Weirs........advice
Replies: 17
Views: 2337

Re: Avoncliff,Staverton and Bradford on Avon Weirs........ad

We only hire the pool during the winter due to the extortionate hire charge. We make a loss of around 50% which is balanced out by the Summer sessions. I believe Wiltshire Youth (Melksham) use a pool at Colerne. I know nothing of the details. I'll PM you his tel no. It may be a lot further for you b...
by JohnK
Sun Jul 10, 2011 1:35 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Avoncliff,Staverton and Bradford on Avon Weirs........advice
Replies: 17
Views: 2337

Re: Avoncliff,Staverton and Bradford on Avon Weirs........ad

Below is all about Summer levels. BoA weir. Shoot about a third of the way in from river left. There is a slight dip in the top of the weir. You can portage up the face of the weir far river right. http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4119/4882923831_2bc7f3da5d.jpg Avoncliffe weir. Shoot towards the right...
by JohnK
Sat Jun 11, 2011 6:58 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Reverse Ferrys
Replies: 81
Views: 3607

Re: Reverse Ferrys

Jim wrote:...running right angle backwards by mistake...
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by JohnK
Fri Jun 03, 2011 8:25 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Cranks and paddle length
Replies: 4
Views: 724

Re: Cranks and paddle length

On another forum some time ago I was advised "For efficient paddling technique, it is recomended that the distance between the knuckles of your 2 middle fingers is at least equal to, preferably slightly greater than 1/3 of the entire paddle length. [Calculated by some German sports scientists!]". I ...
by JohnK
Fri Apr 15, 2011 7:15 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Suggestions of a good paddle where no shuttle is needed!
Replies: 21
Views: 1032

Re: Suggestions of a good paddle where no shuttle is needed!

jmmoxon wrote:The Wye down to Symonds Yat may be a loop, but have you seen the hill in between???

Mike
I've done that loop when you could carry your boats along the old railway track under the hill.
by JohnK
Tue Mar 01, 2011 1:20 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: What is this Surf Boat?
Replies: 23
Views: 2177

Re: What is this Surf Boat?

Home made?
by JohnK
Fri Feb 25, 2011 5:32 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: The shuttle.
Replies: 8
Views: 942

Re: The shuttle.

John N wrote:Whoops! I meant SATURN - the really big ones that took off so slowly that real time looked like slow motion. But some interesting stuff on the Atlas, thanks Capt. S.
Yes, having watched the moon missions on the telly as they happened, Saturn V is the most awesome phrase in the English language.
by JohnK
Fri Feb 25, 2011 5:13 pm
Forum: Competition
Topic: How to....
Replies: 6
Views: 698

Re: How to....

Yes we're running Langham Farm in June and Market Yard in July. If you need any more info just post on our message board.
by JohnK
Sun Feb 20, 2011 2:00 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Bradford on Avon/Dundas stretch
Replies: 3
Views: 387

Re: Bradford on Avon/Dundas stretch

From BoA and back is getting on for 8 miles. Possibly too far for 10 year olds and you may not want them shooting the weir at Avoncliffe. Last year we got in under the aqueduct at Avoncliffe, downstream, over Limpley Stoke weir a simple drop (with opportunity for portaging down the weir in normal le...
by JohnK
Tue Feb 15, 2011 9:19 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Top 10 surf spots in the UK!!
Replies: 4
Views: 636

Re: Top 10 surf spots in the UK!!

What's this thing with hotels? I just want to know where I can park up my van without getting moved on.
by JohnK
Sun Jan 09, 2011 4:14 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Paddling down the waves
Replies: 42
Views: 2869

Re: Paddling down the waves

I'm looking for a set of words to instruct and encourace an improver paddler paddling down the waves. Context I have in mind is what we were paddling in on the Clyde last Monday- F3, 600 mm steep but not breaking waves, just surfable if you tried hard. The improver was finding it all wobbly, and fo...
by JohnK
Thu Dec 23, 2010 8:13 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: High Bracing . . .
Replies: 34
Views: 2249

Re: High Bracing . . .

Starkins wrote:... I generally have a stern rudder in place ...
Do you really mean stern rudder? You should try a low brace turn.

You should have said that in your OP.
by JohnK
Sun Nov 28, 2010 2:23 pm
Forum: Competition
Topic: Building slalom gates...
Replies: 6
Views: 1883

Re: Building slalom gates...

If it's for a “youth project” I assume it's not a ranking slalom so you can basically do what you want. However, you might as well make it look like a proper set of gates. This is what I do: Wire (4mm) if you can afford it otherwise the cheap blue plastic rope. Two poles per gate, poles made from 32...
by JohnK
Tue Nov 23, 2010 7:29 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Replacement Zip on Drysuit
Replies: 5
Views: 387

Re: Replacement Zip on Drysuit

Thanks guys. I hadn't thought about Rubberman.
by JohnK
Mon Nov 22, 2010 10:17 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Replacement Zip on Drysuit
Replies: 5
Views: 387

Replacement Zip on Drysuit

My Tizip has broken on my Paddlesuit. They can't even look at it until the New year. Any suggestions as to how I can get a new zip fitted?
by JohnK
Sun Nov 14, 2010 1:39 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Yet another request for boat advice
Replies: 8
Views: 480

Re: Yet another request for boat advice

I have a Java and I know what you mean about it being heavy. Sometimes after a trip I can't lift it on my van. I then bought a Lil' Joe. Much lighter, and if, as you say, you're still getting to grips with Grade 2/3, you don't need a Java. However, you say you are a "short arse" and you should find ...
by JohnK
Fri Nov 12, 2010 7:21 am
Forum: Competition
Topic: 2010 British Surf Kayak Open
Replies: 10
Views: 881

Re: 2010 British Surf Kayak Open

That's probably the best surf kayak video I've seen. Great waves, great surfing, and achievable. Well apart from the end of wave IC manoeuvres.
by JohnK
Thu Nov 11, 2010 7:07 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: More kayaking presenters
Replies: 14
Views: 1122

Re: More kayaking presenters

...wearing helmets...
But they were Ace helmets. Where did they get those from?
by JohnK
Thu Nov 04, 2010 7:39 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: What on earth are they??? (kayaks!!!)
Replies: 36
Views: 6336

Re: What on earth are they??? (kayaks!!!)

andya wrote: EDIT - what about this one
I saw that, particularly as it's so close. But I fear it will go too high with the number of bidders for yet another boat.

Denzil, that Moccasin is just an update of the original Shoe. Surely you've got one of those.
by JohnK
Wed Nov 03, 2010 7:00 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Photo thread....
Replies: 137
Views: 14070

Re: Photo thread....

Failed to get back up the weir

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