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by andy g
Thu Aug 05, 2010 8:57 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Great North Swim: Safety Cover
Replies: 3
Views: 409

Great North Swim: Safety Cover

Are any of you providing safety cover for the Great North Swim in September? If so please be warned that payment for your services is likey to be very very late. 60 of us were retained by Nova International (the event organisers on behalf of the sponsors British Gas) for the Great London Swim more t...
by andy g
Thu Aug 05, 2010 8:05 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Any kayak shops to pop into on my way to london?
Replies: 6
Views: 364

Re: Any kayak shops to pop into on my way to london?

Definitely second the above recommendations. The White Water Centre is rather more paddling orientated, with excellent advice and help, and even demos possible in the nearby River Thames. However is on the western side of London and on the worst part of the M25 for traffic snarl ups. Brookbank is al...
by andy g
Wed Jun 30, 2010 7:13 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Can you recommend a course/coach
Replies: 6
Views: 709

Re: Can you recommend a course/coach

Epona Keep an eye open on the Meridian Club website for local trips . We often go to the River Medway , where there are now several canoe chutes to give you a safe taste of white water, and sometimes to the tidal Thames . Each trip has an experienced river leader who will will give you tips and enco...
by andy g
Wed Jun 30, 2010 7:03 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Sad News - please read
Replies: 9
Views: 4394

Re: Sad News - please read

That is indeed very sad news and my sincerest condolences to you all.
We knew Graham mainly from the polo side when we first went up to the National Champs at Doncaster. He was one of nature's unflappable gentlemen and will be sorely missed by all.
Andy G
by andy g
Wed May 19, 2010 10:25 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Bell Boats and Locks
Replies: 18
Views: 1225

Re: Bell Boats and Locks

I ran a DoE Silver expedition on the River Wey with 2 disabled paddlers so we had to transit through the locks. Although some powered craft made discouraging noises initially, they soon shut up when told that we had disabled paddlers in the group (You can't identify them when sitting in a boat of co...
by andy g
Wed May 12, 2010 4:12 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: canoe & kayaking magazines
Replies: 10
Views: 1252

Re: canoe & kayaking magazines

Kelvin
Not sure about worldwide but in France "Canoe et Kayak" has a wide circulation , and in Germany it is "Kanu".
Both publications are in the respective language of course.
Regards
Andy
by andy g
Tue May 11, 2010 5:44 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Water safety Cover 15th May Ashdown Forest
Replies: 2
Views: 310

Re: Water safety Cover 15th May Ashdown Forest

Email sent Stewart.

Regards
Andy
by andy g
Mon May 10, 2010 9:17 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Symonds Yat Management plan
Replies: 29
Views: 1866

Re: Symonds Yat Management plan

Ali There are some sensible ideas in the management plan, but as others have stated it does seem a little light on managing the resource. I don't think commercial groups would be willing to pay £100 per day, and when I am touring the Wye from Hereford to Monmouth with a DoE group I am not going stop...
by andy g
Thu May 06, 2010 1:26 pm
Forum: Competition
Topic: Polo - getting started
Replies: 5
Views: 1118

Re: Polo - getting started

Chris The nearest clubs to you would be: Bere Forest , their base is at Botley near Southampton. Blackwater , I think they are based around the Guildford area Marlett, based at Crawley All 3 have teams playing in National Leagues. If you want to play in National Leagues , even at Div 4 level, you re...
by andy g
Tue Apr 13, 2010 12:30 pm
Forum: Competition
Topic: DW 2010
Replies: 178
Views: 10473

Re: DW 2010

Heng, I took one photo of our crew at the Newbury swing bridge , not very impressive I am afraid. I hope this link will show you the result untouched . "http://picasaweb.google.co.uk/lh/photo/-VHMPI6mbKH_8OgGuBPDMA?feat=embedwebsite"><img src="http://lh6.ggpht.com/_4xVJkkNqtEo/S7jh8QDQPgI/AAAAAAAAAf...
by andy g
Wed Apr 07, 2010 9:03 am
Forum: Competition
Topic: DW 2010
Replies: 178
Views: 10473

Re: DW 2010

Liz I am not sure if it was us , we certainly dispensed a lot of food and sweets to other crews as the conditions seemed so hostile that it was the least we could do to help. It was probably my son who fed you, I was busy with my camera, and relaying messages to our other support crew. Nice to know ...
by andy g
Mon Apr 05, 2010 4:56 pm
Forum: Competition
Topic: DW 2010
Replies: 178
Views: 10473

Re: DW 2010

Thanks Liz , Lemming and Hackworth I learned a lot from being part of a really good suport crew, and had a great time into the bargain. I see what you mean about not eating their food Liz , I thought we had far too much , but at the end there was hardly anything left. We just pumped it into them at ...
by andy g
Mon Mar 29, 2010 12:28 pm
Forum: Competition
Topic: DW 2010
Replies: 178
Views: 10473

Re: DW 2010

I appreciate that this thread is mainly about competing in the race, but does anyone here who has previously done the support crew role have any tips for someone doing it for the first time this year. Thank goodness the crew are very experienced, but therefore are looking to do it in a competitive t...
by andy g
Thu Mar 25, 2010 9:41 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Safety Knowledge
Replies: 27
Views: 1020

Re: Safety Knowledge

Despite having paddled with each other for many a year and having some excellent coaches and river leaders , our club (Meridian CC) decided that it was time that most of our regular white water paddlers went on a WW S & R course. We did it last weekend (with the excellent Tom Parker and Chris Eastab...
by andy g
Fri Mar 12, 2010 5:43 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: First roll in 12 years
Replies: 7
Views: 1075

Re: First roll in 12 years

Tim Many congratulations. I am pleased that Nigel and others looked after you at the pool and sorry to have missed you. It sounds as if you have a good solid foundation on which to build now. It might be an idea to go through some of the newer techniques which might have changed from when you were l...
by andy g
Fri Mar 05, 2010 8:28 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: The Bore - Incredible aerial fotage...
Replies: 21
Views: 2144

Re: The Bore - Incredible aerial fotage...

Beautiful , and just awesome flying so low over the waves.
Great find and thanks to the pilot/photographer.
Andy
Meridian CC
by andy g
Fri Mar 05, 2010 8:20 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Pool Sessions - London Area
Replies: 10
Views: 418

Re: Pool Sessions - London Area

Hello Epona It all depends where you are in London , as cross travel can be long and frustrating, as opposed to radial travel which is normally quite quick. Central London South sounds like Battersea or Clapham, both of which have clubs , which are possibly more geared to polo and I am afraid I don'...
by andy g
Fri Mar 05, 2010 8:09 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Broxbourne WWCC Meeting
Replies: 19
Views: 1640

Re: Broxbourne WWCC Meeting

Will and others interested These are the freehand notes that I made at the meeting and posted to the Meridian CC's website At the meeting last night the plans for the new WW course were outlined. The course is due for civils completion in Autumn 2010 and will handed to the Lee Valley Regional Park A...
by andy g
Tue Mar 02, 2010 2:46 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Another canoe slide for the Medway
Replies: 2
Views: 401

Re: Another canoe slide for the Medway

Yes the EA are doing a great job on the Medway , I think we have to thank White Water Action Medway (or WAM as they are more usually known) for much of this, they have kept the pressure on the EA to open up the Medway as a resource for paddlers from London and the SE. There used to be just the one c...
by andy g
Tue Mar 02, 2010 9:55 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Broxbourne WWCC Meeting
Replies: 19
Views: 1640

Re: Broxbourne WWCC Meeting

Dan I am planning to go to represent Meridian CC , and I know that the BCU RDO Clive Whitton is also attending In fact I am hoping to get a lift with him as I temporarily car-less. I do hope others from London/Home Counties and the wider SE will take this opportunity to find out more about this faci...
by andy g
Mon Mar 01, 2010 12:39 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Problem with my new kayak and spraydeck.....
Replies: 17
Views: 1546

Re: Problem with my new kayak and spraydeck.....

Michael When I bought my (second hand ) H3 245 I used my old Playboater deck which was a stretch but I could manage it single handed (just!) After it started leaking a bit too much I replaced it with a new one , and I just could not get it on at all without at least 2 helpers, fine on our training l...
by andy g
Sun Feb 28, 2010 9:23 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: No sign of March storms.
Replies: 18
Views: 956

Re: No sign of March storms.

[quoteEh? I was driving through many and deep floods near Tonbridge today, water coming up over the bonnet was really pretty unerving! The Medway was a heaving muddy mass of fast moving water and was flooding the local fields and testing the Leigh flood defences to their limit I suspect today - and ...
by andy g
Thu Feb 18, 2010 6:37 pm
Forum: Competition
Topic: Blade edge safety sealant
Replies: 4
Views: 605

Re: Blade edge safety sealant

Nick
I think the tape is similar to that used for seams but more flexible so that it can be folded over the blade edge.
Regards
Andy
by andy g
Thu Feb 18, 2010 11:55 am
Forum: Competition
Topic: Blade edge safety sealant
Replies: 4
Views: 605

Re: Blade edge safety sealant

Nick I have always used the quick setting Araldite epoxy resin. As ever the secret of a good repair is in the preparation. Cut away all the loose fibres and feather down any rough edges. Then dry the blade totally , so there is no water to interfere with the setting process. I have even used a solve...
by andy g
Tue Feb 09, 2010 8:20 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Practise Practise Practise
Replies: 26
Views: 2657

Re: Practise Practise Practise

Saturday Just above the Strid on the River Lune. It was the first time that I have used a throw line in anger and was delighted to hit the swimmer first time and give him some support while other closer recuers worked out how to recover him and his boat. His paddles did a clean descent of the rest o...
by andy g
Tue Feb 09, 2010 12:25 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: D of E Gold Expedition Advice
Replies: 5
Views: 634

Re: D of E Gold Expedition Advice

Gary The link that Mark has provided will give you a lot of what you need. I was asked to run a Silver Expedition with a Group of 3 and refused, on the grounds that I wanted at least 4 paddlers in at least 3 craft. I think the maximum number is set more to keep the group small and self-reliant rathe...
by andy g
Tue Jan 26, 2010 8:54 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Seakaying on the Thames ?
Replies: 12
Views: 611

Re: Seakaying on the Thames ?

Meridian CC run trips on the tidal Thames as a unique experience of "urban paddling". They are very popular among our younger members as the views of the city are so different from the water. An experience that I can thoroughly recommend. We tend to run from Greenwich up to Westminster/Pimlico, or v...
by andy g
Mon Jan 18, 2010 1:30 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: It's started...
Replies: 19
Views: 2145

Re: It's started...

Dave Can confirm Devon was great over the weekend. Dart run on on Friday with water just below ledge at put in , but lapping above when we went back for the car. On Saturday Tavy was at a very high level at the get on. It was huge and bouncy all the way down to Denham Bridge, but portaged last weir ...
by andy g
Tue Dec 15, 2009 8:52 pm
Forum: Wales - South
Topic: Other levels requests
Replies: 73
Views: 3862

Re: Usk levels - Dec 19/20

Andy I think it is a new one (but perhaps local paddlers will correct me? ) as it certainly was not there last December when we ran it . Also I think the position , although similar, is now a little closer to the centre as there did appear to be a possible line on the far side of it (which we did no...
by andy g
Mon Dec 14, 2009 5:28 pm
Forum: Wales - South
Topic: Other levels requests
Replies: 73
Views: 3862

Re: Usk levels - Dec 19/20

Elveys Just a word of caution if you are not famliar with this river. On the first weekend of December there was a big tree stuck in the 3rd ledge down from Sennybridge. By the size and position I would guess it is still there. You will see it clearly on the river right , blocking most of the option...