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by lg18
Thu Apr 18, 2013 3:47 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Which Expedition Sea Kayak?
Replies: 13
Views: 2053

Re: Which Expedition Sea Kayak?

Hi Gordon, I can't give much advice on the best expedition kayak for you, other than I really liked the Nordkapp LV and Xplore S when I tried them... but I would say that if Shetland is the catalyst for treating yourself to a new kayak, get a very manoevrable (sp?!) one as the main attraction of She...
by lg18
Wed Apr 17, 2013 11:42 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Baltic Sea 4/2013
Replies: 2
Views: 461

Re: Baltic Sea 4/2013

Brrrrr, looks Baltic!
by lg18
Wed Apr 17, 2013 11:40 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: NE seal row
Replies: 17
Views: 4712

Re: NE seal row

Just for the record Usan Fisheries do not farm salmon, they are one of the very few companies that still net wild salmon, generally near the mouth of salmon rivers in the NE. I have heard anti-seal "pingers" from some salmon nets (no idea if they were owned by Usan or not). I bought a delicious wild...
by lg18
Thu Mar 14, 2013 10:38 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: "It's too early in the year!" - an island journey
Replies: 71
Views: 4659

Re: "It's too early in the year!" - an island journey

Thank you both for such a superb trip report and gorgeous photos - truly inspiring. And also interesting for me that you felt the exposure round the back of Muck - did you feel strange or uneasy at all? I'm asking because I have sometimes felt very exposed - e.g. the far corner of Papa Stour, outsid...
by lg18
Tue Mar 12, 2013 1:35 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Shetland tides-Yell and Bluemull sounds
Replies: 9
Views: 1959

Re: Shetland tides-Yell and Bluemull sounds

To be fair, turning round to look which way the tide is flowing is not useful if you launch miles away and need to pre-time your eventual crossing of the sound for slack. When you get to Yell, you could try asking the inter-island ferry crew when slack is. (If that can be relied on, as Douglas and K...
by lg18
Thu Feb 14, 2013 1:41 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: A fishy "wossit"
Replies: 10
Views: 1456

Re: A fishy "wossit"

Atlantic cod?
The length of mouth relative to the skull, and size and type of teeth look similar....
http://www.abdn.ac.uk/zoohons/struthers ... _skull.jpg

They can be huge:
http://www.gofishing.co.uk/upload/25861 ... ck%201.jpg
by lg18
Thu Feb 07, 2013 1:57 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Fair Isle
Replies: 8
Views: 1175

Re: Fair Isle

Rather you than me, Ian - I would need to have several pairs of knickers with me! Where in the world did you experience such enormous seas, out of interest, and how commonly encountered are they by ocean-going vessels? There was an article (BBC website? Can't remember) saying that NW of Scotland get...
by lg18
Wed Feb 06, 2013 11:54 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Fair Isle
Replies: 8
Views: 1175

Re: Fair Isle

Crikey, look at the comment below this article on the waves in the Shetland Times - the oil rig vessel Petrojarl Foinaven that works 100miles W of Shetland reported waves of 25m. I can't even imagine what it must be like to work on those vessels - totally mad! http://www.shetlandtimes.co.uk/2013/02/...
by lg18
Wed Feb 06, 2013 11:24 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Fair Isle
Replies: 8
Views: 1175

Re: Fair Isle

This video also shows the power of the huge waves generated from the same storm, this time mainland Shetland not Fair Isle.
For those of you who have paddled through Dore Holm or the Hols of Scraada it has particular meaning!

by lg18
Tue Jan 29, 2013 10:38 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Local advice please!! Orkney & Shetlands weather advice
Replies: 10
Views: 789

Re: Local advice please!! Orkney & Shetlands weather advice

One piece of advice - Tom Smith tends to underplay the enormity of it all and many of the caves are rather large, so a normal head torch for normal caves just won't cut the mustard. We take big powerful dive torches and strap them to the front deck (as well as head torches), and even then I sometime...
by lg18
Wed Jan 23, 2013 7:17 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Local advice please!! Orkney & Shetlands weather advice
Replies: 10
Views: 789

Re: Local advice please!! Orkney & Shetlands weather advice

Wind - it can be very windy at any time, but any time in the summer is better, generally, than other seasons, for wind. The old books say that July is generally the calmest month, but in recent years (maybe the last 4-5 years?) it has been calmer earlier, e.g. May-June. Wind direction varies enormou...
by lg18
Wed Jan 16, 2013 1:58 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: clarification of my request for feedback by XP18 owners
Replies: 5
Views: 903

Re: clarification of my request for feedback by XP18 owners

Hi, I'm sorry I have zero experience of the XP18, but I did used to have a very old fibreglass kayak with no deck lines. Our solution was to fibreglass in some lines around the deck, and across with bungie-cord. We'd never done any fibreglassing before, it looked a mess, but it worked fine for just ...
by lg18
Thu Jan 10, 2013 5:10 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Orcas. Not good.
Replies: 23
Views: 2607

Re: Orcas. Not good.

Mark (Sleepybubble), do you have something against researchers? They are certainly not "highly paid" and I think they would be extremely upset by their field seasons being thought of as a "2 week summer holiday" when they work every waking hour often in horrible conditions. Further, don't get confus...
by lg18
Thu Jan 10, 2013 2:26 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Orcas. Not good.
Replies: 23
Views: 2607

Re: Orcas. Not good.

I too have seen youngsters among adults in Shetland. Re-reading the news article it seems to be referring to just one group of 9 individuals (presumably well known from photo-ID) - the article claims they are "the only known resident group in the UK" - I wonder how they define "resident" and "known"...
by lg18
Thu Jan 03, 2013 5:50 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Aberdeen tidal flow charts.
Replies: 3
Views: 596

Re: Aberdeen tidal flow charts.

There are also current strengths (where significant) for some Aberdeenshire paddle trips in the book Scottish Sea Kayaking by Doug Couper and George Reid.

Lucy
by lg18
Thu Nov 15, 2012 6:19 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Hebridies to Orkney crossing
Replies: 13
Views: 1492

Re: Hebridies to Orkney crossing

I am sure he managed to row all the way to Iceland this summer. Michal Unfortunately not, poor Chris got thwarted again by terrible weather this summer: http://www.olypen.com/cduff/Frames.html Copied and pasted from his blog: "July 23rd, 2012 - Going home is the best part of the adventure .....The ...
by lg18
Wed Nov 14, 2012 10:19 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Hebridies to Orkney crossing
Replies: 13
Views: 1492

Re: Hebridies to Orkney crossing

Chris Duff (on his return from his failed attempt to row to Iceland) Are you sure? I had heard that this was a success? This year he successfully got as far as the northern Faeroes (starting from Lewis) but the weather was too bad for the attempted crossing to Iceland. Last year he attempted rowing...
by lg18
Wed Nov 14, 2012 10:13 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2003 Review
Replies: 17
Views: 1166

Re: Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2003 Review

The tragedy of the commons is not confined to Common land or overgrazing by livestock. The tragedy of the commons considers what happens where there is shared ownership of a scarce resource. . Yes the tragedy of the commons can be widely applied and is even applied to evolutionary biology such as g...
by lg18
Tue Nov 13, 2012 11:40 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2003 Review
Replies: 17
Views: 1166

Re: Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2003 Review

Bob, This isn't something I know a lot about, but have colleagues that are social scientists working in this area, so I've absorbed some stuff from coffee room chit-chat... What I have gathered is that community ownerships in the Highlands and Islands are not at all the same thing as common lands - ...
by lg18
Tue Nov 13, 2012 10:53 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Hebridies to Orkney crossing
Replies: 13
Views: 1492

Re: Hebridies to Orkney crossing

Patrick Winterton plus companion set off from Lewis to get to Faeroes via North Rona (failed first attempt, succeeded on the second attempt). Did he also attempt to get to Orkney on another occasion? Chris Duff (on his return from his failed attempt to row to Iceland) was planning on rowing from Ork...
by lg18
Fri Sep 28, 2012 2:05 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: One for the Mantelpiece
Replies: 1
Views: 556

Re: One for the Mantelpiece

Phwoor, what a beauty!
It went for $398 US to some very lucky person.
by lg18
Fri Aug 24, 2012 12:32 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Pintail
Replies: 13
Views: 1145

Re: Pintail

Oh No, What a complete disaster!

A bit more detail I found here:
http://solentseakayaking.co.uk/2012/08/ ... ea-kayaks/

Well, someone with enough money and storage space must order loads and then keep them to sell!

Gutted!
by lg18
Fri Aug 24, 2012 10:04 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Share your birds
Replies: 59
Views: 6485

Re: Share your birds

Mark Gawler wrote:No picture, just the call
http://upload.ukriversguidebook.co.uk/m ... ce0003.mp3

Can anyone guess what it is?
Ah, that's absolutely wonderful - Reminds me of a magical night I spent inside Mousa broch, being sung to sleep by these tiny chaps!
by lg18
Fri Aug 24, 2012 9:55 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Shetland is the best place on earth!
Replies: 15
Views: 1721

Re: Shetland is the best place on earth!

Ah, blasted Fogla Skerry! There is a very long tunnel that goes right through the middle of it (actually the map says 3, but we only tried one), with a smallish entrance on the west side, then it opens out into an awesomely huge wide and tall tunnel, but the exit to the E is narrow and when we tried...
by lg18
Thu Aug 23, 2012 10:47 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Pintail
Replies: 13
Views: 1145

Re: Pintail

Hi Wenley, I'm not the best person on here to comment on Pintail vs Nordkapp (LV) vs AA (Alan Telemark probably is!), but in my limited experience paddling the Nordy I'd say the Pintail is much much naughtier than the Nordkapp LV, and possibly slightly naughtier, although smoother edging, than the A...
by lg18
Thu Aug 23, 2012 10:38 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Shetland is the best place on earth!
Replies: 15
Views: 1721

Re: Shetland is the beast place on earth!

Hey Kate, love the fish!
I'm struggling to recognise the arches/cave - where round Papa is that? (In Fogla Skerry...?).
I'm very much hoping there's more to come...?!

Lucy
by lg18
Wed Aug 22, 2012 10:21 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Pintail
Replies: 13
Views: 1145

Re: Pintail

Hi Stan,

Where exactly are you in the "northern part of the UK" - I have a Pintail which you'd be welcome to try - I'll be in Shetland over the next 3 weeks, or if you didn't mean quite that far north, I live in Aberdeenshire if that's any help?

Lucy
by lg18
Fri Aug 10, 2012 11:33 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Armchair paddlers - share yours
Replies: 17
Views: 1541

Re: Armchair paddlers - share yours

Mal - I like that pic too - where is it? http://i1171.photobucket.com/albums/r542/lg5727/Shetland%2009%20hilights/DSC_3218.jpg http://i1171.photobucket.com/albums/r542/lg5727/DSC_5794.jpg http://i1171.photobucket.com/albums/r542/lg5727/Shetland%2009%20hilights/DSC_3148.jpg http://i1171.photobucket.c...
by lg18
Wed Aug 08, 2012 9:32 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Glimpses of Sutherland (with a bit of Wester Ross)
Replies: 24
Views: 2234

Re: Glimpses of Sutherland (with a bit of Wester Ross)

...and he was in the first team of climbers to ever climb the stack (Am Buachaille) photographed by Andrea at the W end of Sandwood Bay!
by lg18
Tue Aug 07, 2012 11:48 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: DIY leg lifters? dead leg
Replies: 14
Views: 2357

Re: DIY leg lifters? dead leg

Hi, this is a problem that many people get. For me it improved when I (i) loosened my seating position (less tight in boat), (ii) did lots of warm-ups and ham-string stretches before kayaking, (iii) improved my paddle technique (body rotation). But everyone is different! Here's some previous threads...