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by RichJ
Sun Nov 11, 2012 7:55 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Great customer service, Rockpool Kayaks
Replies: 1
Views: 521

Great customer service, Rockpool Kayaks

Hi All,

A dark saturday night and its started to rain. But Mike Webb of Rockpool has left the comfort of home to meet me and sort out some damage I have done to my tough Alaw Bach. Fantastic customer service !

Thank you,

Richard Janes
by RichJ
Sun Oct 07, 2012 5:49 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Barbed wire hazard, River Kent (Cumbria)
Replies: 49
Views: 10392

Re: Barbed wire hazard, River Kent (Cumbria)

Hi there, With the greatest repect to all involved, and I am sure my comments will illustrate my political ignorance in such matters .... but my inclination would be to take a photo (which you have done) and then cut the blXXdy thing out the way. Just (say) folk used our gardens as a short cut to (s...
by RichJ
Mon Sep 03, 2012 10:33 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Kayakers circumnavigate Anglesey ... swimming!
Replies: 8
Views: 599

Re: Kayakers circumnavigate Anglesey ... swimming!

A fantastic challenge and achievement. Many congratulations to you both!

Richard Janes
by RichJ
Mon Jul 23, 2012 12:32 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Serious risk to gel coat whilst landing?
Replies: 1
Views: 1657

Serious risk to gel coat whilst landing?

Hi All,
It could take more than a little filler:-

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-humber-18950721

Richard
by RichJ
Sun Jul 22, 2012 6:19 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Sea Kayakers in a positive light
Replies: 3
Views: 860

Re: Sea Kayakers in a positive light

Hi All,

We heard the rescue unfold over VHF whilst we were out at the Skerries. Well done to all (yellow kayak?) involved!

Richard
by RichJ
Thu Jul 19, 2012 11:17 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Typhoon Drysuit warranty^
Replies: 39
Views: 8180

Re: Typhoon Drysuit warranty

Neil, Thanks for that. My usage sounds very similar to yours with only some items of kit carrying similar longevity! As you say, we pays our money and take the chance. However, at the price I am upset when (assuming reasonable care) products do not last this long. Accurate reporting on this forum do...
by RichJ
Thu Jul 19, 2012 10:12 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Typhoon Drysuit warranty^
Replies: 39
Views: 8180

Re: Typhoon Drysuit warranty

Hi there, And interesting to hear the response from Typhoon. "Although the suit was two and a half years old they estimate it has had the equivalent usage of a suit that would be nearer six years old" ...... but has had excessive use for a suit of its age. All interesting stuff! As mentioned earlier...
by RichJ
Wed Jul 18, 2012 9:06 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Whitewater in Kent
Replies: 22
Views: 1662

Re: Whitewater in Kent

Hi Andy,

Yes, Kent is rather flat. However, do not forget the sea! You will find white water, rocks and surf. And with more regularity than you might on many rivers!

Good luck!

Richard
by RichJ
Sun Jul 08, 2012 1:54 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Holyhead rescue
Replies: 4
Views: 849

Re: Holyhead rescue

Speedy recovery and all the very best to the casualty. (He did look very sore!)
For reference, I think I am correct that VHF sigs were possible to the CG from Parliament cave?

Richard
by RichJ
Thu Jul 05, 2012 6:31 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Typhoon Drysuit warranty^
Replies: 39
Views: 8180

Re: Typhoon Drysuit warranty

Hi (wet) Neil, Oh gosh, I rather saw your suit as my next purchase. I have a lomo (my second, following delamination) suit with the layers held together with glue (purchased from lomo). Several of my friends have been pleased with the Typhoon model ... And especially with the 'guarantee'. Delaminati...
by RichJ
Tue May 08, 2012 9:16 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Anglesey Rescue (updated)
Replies: 24
Views: 5108

Re: Anglesey Rescue

Hi Mark,
We had previously had a practice letting off flares. Very glad I had!

Richard
by RichJ
Tue May 08, 2012 8:51 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Anglesey Rescue (updated)
Replies: 24
Views: 5108

Re: Anglesey Rescue

Hi All, Reflecting on the incident of 5th May at Point Lynas (Anglesey) I believe there are some important points that should be emphasised. Notably, the importance of providing a Passage Plan to the CG at the start of the day. To aid my explanation and add context, I will summarise our activities a...
by RichJ
Mon May 07, 2012 9:54 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Advice waterproof VHF radio.^
Replies: 19
Views: 3093

Re: Advice waterproof VHF radio.

Hi there, Another recommendation for the Icom M71. I have found this radio reliable, simple to use and easy to tuck into a pfd pocket. I do not contain it in a waterproof bag but I do rinse it with fresh water after each trip. No signs of corrosion following several years use, paddling most weekends...
by RichJ
Wed Apr 25, 2012 6:37 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: St David's rescue^
Replies: 214
Views: 21750

Re: St David's rescue

Hi All, Firstly, may I thank Taran for initiating this discussion. Clearly, there are many Sea Kayakers viewing the thread. Mostly, average weekend paddlers like me who can make errors. And it is to us, non professional folk I would like to reinforce: ·The CG encourage us to report our Passage Plans...
by RichJ
Wed Mar 28, 2012 10:24 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Navigation - "30 degree rule"
Replies: 45
Views: 2206

Re: Navigation - "30 degree rule"

Hi All,

We have found 20 degrees a consistently useful 'rule of thumb'.

Richard
by RichJ
Thu Feb 02, 2012 8:44 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Eric Soares of Tsunami Rangers
Replies: 10
Views: 1475

Re: Eric Soares of Tsunami Rangers

Hi Jersey kayak and thank you for the post, I am struggling how best to reply and I only wish I could have met Eric. Truly inspirational. A man paddling at the limits and who overcame illness and surgery. A man who inspired and maintained real fun in the game! You can feel the sense of fun in his ar...
by RichJ
Mon Jan 02, 2012 5:14 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Menai Straits New Year's Eve Paddle
Replies: 34
Views: 2392

Re: Menai Straits New Year's Eve Paddle

Hi John and many thanks for organising such an excellent day! Wishing you all a Happy New Year.

Richard
by RichJ
Mon Sep 26, 2011 8:35 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Fore deck hatchs
Replies: 25
Views: 1120

Re: Fore deck hatchs

Hi All, I paddle an Xcite and I find the small fore hatch incredibly useful! It will take a small bottle of water/hat/nav. bits and pieces/headtorch etc ... and all stored totally dry. The position does not interfere with my legs at all. It may be the unique position and of course excellent design a...
by RichJ
Sun May 15, 2011 9:54 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Alaw Bach, bungees
Replies: 11
Views: 837

Re: Alaw Bach, bungees

Hi bondo,
I have sent Email

Richard
by RichJ
Sun May 15, 2011 7:51 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Alaw Bach, bungees
Replies: 11
Views: 837

Re: Alaw Bach, bungees

Hi bondo, I know just what you mean! Alaw Bach is a superbly designed and built boat which I love to bits. BUT those bungees ain't the best for maps. I have three solutions! If I am using A4 laminates which lets be honest are always prone to join the ocean whatever system you use, I add an additiona...
by RichJ
Thu May 12, 2011 6:27 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Top Tips For Seakayakers Videos
Replies: 11
Views: 902

Re: Top Tips For Seakayakers Videos

Hi Jace,
To my simple way of thinking, please don't let the worry of technical excellence of presentation get in the way or prevent the production of 'top tips'. I feel like a sparrow on a breadcrumb and providing I can actually see or hear the information its good enough for me!

Richard Janes
by RichJ
Wed May 11, 2011 11:00 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Top Tips For Seakayakers Videos
Replies: 11
Views: 902

Re: Top Tips For Seakayakers Videos

Hi All, I have been lucky enough to paddle with Olly Sanders. Now, I am your ordinary sort of seakayaker. I paddle most weekends and work hard to improve my skills. Olly has that most excellent but subtle coaching skill of being able to pass on really useful and practical hints and tips. The sort of...
by RichJ
Tue Mar 22, 2011 8:22 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: help needed Alaw bach/Nordkapp LV
Replies: 5
Views: 1114

Re: help needed Alaw bach/Nordkapp LV

Hi Dave, I am 6'1 85Kg I have been paddling an Alaw Bach for approx 4 years. The boat is regularly used in tide races and surf and feels very comfortable and secure. I have paddled it for long periods of time (50/60 mile day) and also camped from the boat. It is easy to rol and re enter/rol. I have ...
by RichJ
Sun Jan 23, 2011 10:21 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Marine Phosphorescence?
Replies: 16
Views: 3047

Re: Marine Phosphorescence?

Hi all, In my ignorance I thought marine phosphorescence (bioluminescence) to be a phenomena associated with warmer, end of summer waters. Not so! On friday night (21st January) we had a beautiful display whilst paddling around the Great Orme (Llandudno). Sparkling flashes from the paddle and a brig...
by RichJ
Tue Dec 14, 2010 10:37 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Hand bearing (sighting) compass?
Replies: 32
Views: 1677

Re: Hand bearing (sighting) compass?

Many thanks for the replies. I am very familiar and practised using baseplate type compasses and stearing compass on the deck. I am also well practised and successful finding location using 'cocked hat' style triangulation (if thats the right word) on land and at sea during daylight hours. This tech...
by RichJ
Tue Dec 14, 2010 8:26 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Hand bearing (sighting) compass?
Replies: 32
Views: 1677

Hand bearing (sighting) compass?

Hi,

Anyone experience using a handbearing (sighting) compass such as Silva Expedition 54 or the Plastimo Iris 50? How easy are they to use from a kayak? Is it feasible to take bearings on say, a lighthouse at night?

Regards,
Richard
by RichJ
Thu Oct 21, 2010 11:16 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Composite Boat In A Swimming Pool
Replies: 12
Views: 869

Re: Composite Boat In A Swimming Pool

Hi,

Exposure to chlorine is highly likely to damage deck (or other) elastics. Strongly suggest very careful washing after each session .... that night!

Richard
by RichJ
Mon Oct 04, 2010 7:34 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Anglesey paddling 1-2-3 oct
Replies: 3
Views: 319

Re: Anglesey paddling 1-2-3 oct

Hi,
It was good to meet you guys on Sunday and you were clearly having such a good time! No doubt we will see you again.

Richard
(The older, good looking paddler with Gethin and Kirsty)
by RichJ
Thu Sep 02, 2010 4:32 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: South Coast of Mull
Replies: 6
Views: 575

Re: South Coast of Mull

Fantastic photos!

Those dolphins seem to have very high dorsal fins?

Rich
by RichJ
Fri Aug 06, 2010 6:53 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: MY NEW BOAT?
Replies: 2
Views: 539

Re: MY NEW BOAT?

Hi John, You say, 'I currently paddle a Capella RM and am not really capable of exploiting the boat's potential' The Capella RM is a very capable boat. It maybe all you ever want! Why not push it (and you) to the point it's not doing what you want ...... Then you will really know what you are lookin...