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by GrahamC
Tue Mar 30, 2010 12:25 pm
Forum: Lost and Found
Topic: Stolen Canoe - burgundy + yellowish skidplates
Replies: 1
Views: 400

Re: Stolen Canoe - burgundy + yellowish skidplates

The great news is that this canoe has now been recovered. There was a very large amount of publicity about it from those on Song of the Paddle and this appears to have paid off.

Graham
by GrahamC
Sun Mar 28, 2010 7:23 pm
Forum: Lost and Found
Topic: Stolen Canoe - burgundy + yellowish skidplates
Replies: 1
Views: 400

Stolen Canoe - burgundy + yellowish skidplates

Sadly posting this on behalf of a friend, 16ft Wenonah Aurora in burgundy with yellowish skidplates was stolen from car top in St.Helens on Friday night 26th / 27th March. A full description and photograph can be found posted on Song Of The Paddle at http://www.songofthepaddle.co.uk/forum/showthread...
by GrahamC
Tue Mar 16, 2010 12:42 pm
Forum: Competition
Topic: DW 2010
Replies: 178
Views: 10473

Re: DW 2010

I have used the cut off bottle trick to mount a front light. It has the great advantage that the light can be mounted well forward so that there is no bright glare off the deck (my boat is bright white!) and, unlike a head torch, there is no flashing of the reflected light in your eyes with each str...
by GrahamC
Tue Mar 02, 2010 4:21 pm
Forum: Competition
Topic: leeds -liverpool canal
Replies: 12
Views: 1907

Re: leeds -liverpool canal

ringmaster wrote:Graham......definately a good break after the Cheshire Ring....r u doing it this year?
I am hoping to, if I can get a willing support crew.
by GrahamC
Tue Mar 02, 2010 12:39 pm
Forum: Competition
Topic: leeds -liverpool canal
Replies: 12
Views: 1907

Re: leeds -liverpool canal

I'd certainly be interested in racing the Leeds-Liverpool. Maybe there would be more support for a race later in the season, say September (or at least well after the Cheshire ring at end of June), this would give people time to practice in good weather and may attract more general teams as well as ...
by GrahamC
Sat Oct 31, 2009 7:26 pm
Forum: Competition
Topic: Useful tool for measuring distances for training
Replies: 7
Views: 769

Re: Useful tool for measuring distances for training

I have Google latitude running constantly on my mobile. Sometimes it works and sometimes it is a bit slow to update. My wife finds it quite useful as she can see where I am. On those days when you feel like you can paddle forever I don't need to break my rhythm to phone her and say I will be late, m...
by GrahamC
Sat Oct 31, 2009 1:19 pm
Forum: Competition
Topic: Useful tool for measuring distances for training
Replies: 7
Views: 769

Re: Useful tool for measuring distances for training

I've used this site and it is very useful. Currently I am looking at this little device http://www.mlands.co.uk/acatalog/Gadgets.html . (The link is to a general gadgets page so it may not work in time). The thing (ventus G730 GPS logger) is a GPS built into a USB memory stick and, supposedly, will ...
by GrahamC
Thu Oct 29, 2009 10:27 pm
Forum: Competition
Topic: Which bouyancy aid for racing
Replies: 5
Views: 610

Re: Which bouyancy aid for racing

Thanks for the suggestions. Next time I am down south I will drop in and have a look at the Astral. At the moment it is just for night training and "fast touring". Maybe next year I will have a go at the Cheshire ring race (as it is local to me) but like the DW a support crew could carry the majorit...
by GrahamC
Sat Oct 24, 2009 2:53 pm
Forum: Competition
Topic: Which bouyancy aid for racing
Replies: 5
Views: 610

Which bouyancy aid for racing

Training alone and in the dark in the winter I think that a BA is pretty much essential gear. I currently wear a Delta Ranger which is more suited to leisurely open boating and has the annoying habit of catching on the cockpit edge - this really bugs me. Apart from this, it is very comfortable. Does...
by GrahamC
Sun Aug 16, 2009 10:33 am
Forum: Competition
Topic: flatwater training with bungees
Replies: 5
Views: 852

Re: flatwater training with bungees

On our canal bungees are not required, extra resistance is supplied by leaves and chip papers :-)
by GrahamC
Mon Jun 01, 2009 2:26 pm
Forum: Competition
Topic: Being too light for the boat
Replies: 1
Views: 433

Being too light for the boat

I wonder if anyone could enlighten me on the effects of being too light for a given boat. I can see that there is a definite effect on tracking (and wasted energy) and maybe on the maximum hull speed (if I ever get there!). What about stability, does it make the boat more or less stable than for a p...
by GrahamC
Thu Apr 16, 2009 9:20 am
Forum: Competition
Topic: wooden seats
Replies: 5
Views: 821

Re: wooden seats

I tried the bag trick, sitting on two layers of Tesco carrier bag, it certainly helped rotation but I felt that it may havev been just a little two slippy. I didn't get wet but I did feel detacted. Thanks for the advice, I will be trying every seat I can find! The main problem is that I only tend to...
by GrahamC
Sat Apr 11, 2009 9:09 pm
Forum: Competition
Topic: wooden seats
Replies: 5
Views: 821

Re: wooden seats

Yes I think that I will have to try both. I hope to be down to Reading sometime in May or June so I'll be giving you a call Craig to try out some seats - after all it is you I am spending the money with :-) I had not really questioned it before but after some serious distance this last week I notice...
by GrahamC
Thu Apr 09, 2009 9:58 pm
Forum: Competition
Topic: wooden seats
Replies: 5
Views: 821

wooden seats

I am about to specify my first new k1 and would like to know people's views on wooden seats. Are they any better than fibreglass ones and if so what are the advantages? The main one I can think of is that I could sand it to fit my bum (my current fibreglass one has a bit that rubs my tail bone awkwa...
by GrahamC
Fri Nov 07, 2008 9:39 pm
Forum: Competition
Topic: Guidance needed on weight training for kayaking improvement
Replies: 11
Views: 1883

Re: Exercise

If your going to the gym skip the weights and head straight for the rowing machine most gym`s have concept 2 rowers which are excellent and use all the major muscles that you would use in kayaking ,would also help your cardio and endurance where heavy weight training would`nt. I have a Concept 2 at...
by GrahamC
Sat Oct 25, 2008 1:14 pm
Forum: Competition
Topic: Night Paddling
Replies: 7
Views: 904

Thanks for the pointer to the DW thread. I like the idea of modifying a pop bottle to take a bike light, but I'm not so keen on the idea of looking skywards for a point of reference; I think I may end up looking at the canal bed! (but I'll give it a try - anything that helps me tell which way is up ...
by GrahamC
Fri Oct 24, 2008 9:30 pm
Forum: Competition
Topic: Night Paddling
Replies: 7
Views: 904

Night Paddling

Hi all, this is my first post here! I am a recent convert to K1 paddling (previously rowed and now a sedate open canoeist) and am getting addicted to taking out my very stable kayak (a Nottingham KC trimmer boat). I generally do a 4 mile paddle a few evenings a week (this takes me about 45 minutes s...