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by lg18
Wed Jan 07, 2015 12:00 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Patagonia Expedition
Replies: 8
Views: 1651

Re: Patagonia Expedition

Hi Erin, thanks - The correct link for the blog: http://www.palmequipmenteurope.com/blog/en/making-adventure-happen Looking forward to reading it! Lucy EDIT - have just read it - WOW! Truly inspirational. I laughed at this bit at the end: "It’s not just for the epically hard core folk we read about ...
by lg18
Thu Dec 11, 2014 12:24 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: weather
Replies: 22
Views: 2476

Re: weather

Ooh that Loop Head photo is magnificent - what beautiful light! Here's a video (not mine) of Grind o' the Navir, Eshaness, from the Shetland Times News web page: http://www.shetlandtimes.co.uk/2014/12/10/school-closures For those that don't know this amazing place, the big ridge of boulders in the f...
by lg18
Thu Dec 11, 2014 10:43 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: weather
Replies: 22
Views: 2476

Re: weather

Reports on the radio this morning include a fishing boat having the bridge windows smashed by huge waves. And here's the Stromness RNLI video of it - very impressive - well done RNLI! https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=10152145813422168&fref=nf To the other Jim (Tait): I don't have a photo of Esh...
by lg18
Fri Dec 05, 2014 5:49 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Safety at sea radio programme
Replies: 1
Views: 774

Safety at sea radio programme

Not specific to kayaking (it focuses on inshore fishing) but a really moving, fascinating and top quality radio programme from Radio Shetland suggesting what factors can improve survival chances after an accident at sea, e.g. EPIRBs, survival suits (presumably read drysuits for us?), relfective stri...
by lg18
Thu Nov 20, 2014 1:58 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: whats so great about kevlar carbon kayaks
Replies: 24
Views: 6296

Re: whats so great about kevlar carbon kayaks

Hi Jim, this is a frequent situation for me as my main love of sea kayaking is rock-hopping (e.g. need to pick up speed to get through a v narrow passage with a sharp right-angle turn at the end (or hit the wall!). I just totally cocked up, forgot I was paddling a very heavily loaded boat full of ca...
by lg18
Wed Nov 19, 2014 3:56 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: whats so great about kevlar carbon kayaks
Replies: 24
Views: 6296

Re: whats so great about kevlar carbon kayaks

For lighter weight paddlers that need to greatly ballast the boat (for day trips) to avoid bobbing around like a cork, getting blown around like a feather, or easily tipped in, a lightweight boat can be a PITA. Yes it is easier to lift on to the car, but it also necessitates more heavy ballast (wate...
by lg18
Tue Jun 10, 2014 2:05 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Sardinia Maddalena Archipelago
Replies: 4
Views: 1000

Re: Sardinia Maddalena Archipelago

That's very useful, Maarten, thank you!
Shame about Ryanair - it really seems to have a terrible reputation!
by lg18
Fri Jun 06, 2014 11:30 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Sardinia Maddalena Archipelago
Replies: 4
Views: 1000

Re: Sardinia Maddalena Archipelago

Looks absolutely brilliant!

We are hoping to go to Sardinia in September - which camp site did you use and would you recommend it? How many days paddling rental did you have? (don't they have a minimum no. of days - their website says "sorry no daily rentals"?).

Any other tips would be great!

Lucy
by lg18
Tue Apr 29, 2014 1:08 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Kayaker circumnavigates New Zealand
Replies: 3
Views: 588

Re: Kayaker circumnavigates New Zealand

Thanks for posting that, I hadn't heard about her.
I've just read her blog post on her circumnavigation of Stewart Island - very very wow, on many levels! (not least the kakapo!!!!).

Lucy
by lg18
Wed Apr 23, 2014 4:49 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: NE seal row
Replies: 17
Views: 4711

Re: NE seal row

An update on the NE Scotland seal-shooting row (the wild salmon netters say they're not going to kill seals any more!):
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-n ... d-27109912

Lucy
by lg18
Tue Mar 25, 2014 6:02 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Patagonia
Replies: 13
Views: 1266

Re: Patagonia

Hello again Erin, Freya's blog is here if you haven't already seen it: http://freyahoffmeister.com/expeditions/south-america/sa-trip-reports/ Chile 2 and 3 - really amazing stuff. Bear in mind she is super-human and does triple the distance in a day of a real human! Here's some pics of the coast: ht...
by lg18
Tue Mar 25, 2014 5:08 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Feedback from sea kayak survey
Replies: 40
Views: 2366

Re: Feedback from sea kayak survey

What surprises me is that almost 20% of people say they take a container to carry away their faeces with them. I would expect it to be less. Very admirable and noble, but I confess I don't, and I don't know anyone else that does either. Something has just occurred to me, about peer pressure - I bet ...
by lg18
Mon Mar 24, 2014 6:28 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Patagonia
Replies: 13
Views: 1266

Re: Patagonia

Hello Erin, I have never paddled in Patagonia, but I have travelled by boat (the Navimag ferry) from Puerto Montt to Puerto Natales, which includes most of the area you mention, and I constantly scanned the coastline with a kayaker's eye! So I can't be of much help at all, but if you've never been t...
by lg18
Thu Mar 13, 2014 5:01 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Massive Oyster Farm in Loch Moidart
Replies: 13
Views: 2242

Re: Massive Oyster Farm in Loch Moidart

Hello Simon, What is the likely impact on kayakers? I know virtually nothing about oyster farms and have never knowingly seen one. I imagine them to be lots of underwater shelves (visible at low water)? Is the impact mainly ugly visual impact at low tide, and will it also prevent us from paddling th...
by lg18
Thu Jan 09, 2014 12:46 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Wee beasties?
Replies: 11
Views: 1140

Re: Wee beasties?

Shetland is nowhere near as bad as Scotland when it comes to midgies, chances are you'll be absolutely fine camping. (as Jim says, they CAN be bad, but it is unusual, and normally later in the summer. I would not say the same of the West coast of Scotland!). The tents for the symposium are right by ...
by lg18
Tue Jan 07, 2014 5:45 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Oban vs Pembrokeshire for a guided day trip
Replies: 10
Views: 888

Re: Oban vs Pembrokeshire for a guided day trip

For how long are you visiting the UK and where else (apart from Oban) are you planning to go? Pembrokeshire is absolutely fantastic, but it is a very long drive from Oban (or anywhere - it's even a long slow drive from North or South Wales!), so unless you are planning on being in Wales anyway, it m...
by lg18
Tue Dec 24, 2013 10:16 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Sardinia Adventure
Replies: 14
Views: 1403

Re: Sardinia Adventure

Thanks Erin and SnuggleBunny for your tips - now I just have to get out there! It really does look fantastic.
HAPPY FESTIVE SEASON!
L
by lg18
Fri Dec 20, 2013 2:04 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Sardinia Adventure
Replies: 14
Views: 1403

Re: Sardinia Adventure

Superb trip and video, Erin!

Which bit of coast do you think was the best - or, if you had only 3 days paddling, which bit would you choose? (loaded question as we are thinking of going to Sardinia for mountain biking and kayaking, but nothing epic!).

thanks,
Lucy
by lg18
Thu Dec 19, 2013 4:41 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: More L Lomond photos
Replies: 10
Views: 782

Re: More L Lomond photos

Allan, those are some of the most beautiful photos from a kayak I've ever seen.
Thank you for posting and cheering up these dark winter days!
Lucy
by lg18
Wed Dec 18, 2013 4:49 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Tiderace xcite and p&h info
Replies: 13
Views: 1841

Re: Tiderace xcite and p&h info

Hello Pete, my partner has an Xcite. He is 6 ft and 90kg and is probably approaching towards the upper end of weight for it. When fully loaded and with him in it, it sits quite low in the water (so I generally take the heavier but smaller stuff in my Pintail!), but he says it still handles really we...
by lg18
Mon Aug 26, 2013 10:43 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Gruinard bay to Oldshoremore
Replies: 15
Views: 2352

Re: Gruinard bay to Oldshoremore

My favourite part of the UK too!
That photo of the kayak in oily water with a back-drop of Stac Pollaidh, Cul Mor etc is out of this world! Thank you for sharing.

Lucy
by lg18
Fri Aug 09, 2013 1:31 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Shetland-Norway crossing
Replies: 74
Views: 9099

Re: Shetland-Norway crossing

Here's a write-up, finally, in the Shetland Times
http://www.shetlandtimes.co.uk/2013/08/ ... -north-sea
by lg18
Fri Aug 02, 2013 4:37 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: A couple of birdy trips and a gentle potter about
Replies: 18
Views: 1992

Re: A couple of birdy trips and a gentle potter about

Lovely lovely lovely lovely.
Thank you so much, that is the nicest thing that's happened in my computer for at least a month.
just... LOVELY!
by lg18
Mon Jul 15, 2013 11:35 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Numb Lower Half
Replies: 11
Views: 1241

Re: Numb Lower Half

I also used to have this problem and cured it through much of the above-listed suggestions, particularly: not being too tight in the cockpit, custom-making an angled foot rest (as per Debbie's suggestions) for slacker foot angle, lots of movement when paddling, i.e. rotation and "cycling" the legs a...
by lg18
Mon Jun 24, 2013 10:16 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Odd
Replies: 3
Views: 979

Re: Odd

Very realistic-looking - except for the give-away blow hole being on the wrong side of the head - sperm whales have a blow hole asymmetrically located on the left side of the head, not the right as in this model! (or maybe that mutation is why it stranded?!).
by lg18
Wed Jun 19, 2013 12:36 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: St Martin's
Replies: 10
Views: 1405

Re: St Martin's

All these beautiful pics of the Isles of Scilly are making me feel very wistful! I camped a few nights each on Bryher, St Agnes and St Martins several years ago (sadly with no kayaks, but it was October and the sea was very wild indeed!). Truly magical places, unlike anywhere else in the UK, and I j...
by lg18
Mon May 20, 2013 11:45 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Accommodation on the shetland isles
Replies: 5
Views: 627

Re: Accommodation on the shetland isles

Ditto all the above... plus plenty of self-caterings (and hotels/B&Bs etc) listed on http://visit.shetland.org (And another plug for Beth and Ian Cummings, Windward, Scalloway - simply the nicest people and sea kayakers to boot!). I would also say to not underestimate how big Shetland is (at least 7...
by lg18
Sat May 11, 2013 5:26 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: NE seal row
Replies: 17
Views: 4711

Re: NE seal row

More bad news for seals, this time Shetland -
http://www.shetnews.co.uk/news/6751-alm ... er-licence
by lg18
Mon Apr 29, 2013 5:59 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Fatality Loch Morar
Replies: 6
Views: 1595

Fatality Loch Morar

by lg18
Thu Apr 18, 2013 5:27 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Carbon skeg , what do you think ?
Replies: 33
Views: 3978

Re: Carbon skeg , what do you think ?

We recently had a hugely enjoyable Speyside whisky weekend at Aberlour/Craigellachie - 22 whiskies were sampled, all from about a 5 mile radius (yum!) - the pubs had tasting notes and recommendations from their expert tasters. Before that weekend I would never normally have added water to a non-cask...