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by lg18
Tue Aug 07, 2012 11:25 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)

Wow, Andrea - absolutely superb!
You have really brightened up my day no end - what amazing pics - my favourite places on the planet - thank you! Real inspiration to go there much much more often!

Lucy
by lg18
Tue Jul 31, 2012 10:30 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: research on kayakers
Replies: 3
Views: 509

Re: research on kayakers

Hi, I have filled in your questionnaire, but have some suggestions you should include in your Discussion of your thesis. Several of the A versus B questions I didn't at first fill in, because they were not mutually exclusive and neither statement even vaguely fit my point of view. However, to submit...
by lg18
Tue Jul 24, 2012 1:56 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Thank God I had that!
Replies: 19
Views: 2263

Re: Thank God I had that!

Some great ideas here - I think I'll buy one of those little tables, and drill Trangia-draining holes in a wooden fish slice! Talking of pillows - I never go camping (even in "Summer" (huh!)) without a down jacket. Apart from lovely warm evening wear that scrunches up to nothing in a dry bag, it mak...
by lg18
Sun Jul 22, 2012 10:34 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Share your birds
Replies: 59
Views: 6484

Re: Share your birds

HI Mary, Nice pic, and gorgeous bird(s)! It looks like a bar-headed goose to me from those photos. Not a native, they breed in high altitude central Asia (e.g. Tibet) and winter in S Asia (e.g. India), and are reknowned for their incredible high altitude migration routes over the Himalaya. Either yo...
by lg18
Thu Jul 19, 2012 2:50 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Share your waves
Replies: 46
Views: 3940

Re: Share your waves

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Another biggie, if it counts as a wave...
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and then things got even more insane:

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by lg18
Thu Jul 19, 2012 2:01 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Heavy petting
Replies: 19
Views: 2841

Re: Heavy petting

And another Ahhh.....
Hope you can see this link from Shetland Wildlife:
http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid= ... =1&theater
by lg18
Mon Jul 09, 2012 4:16 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Searching for the Finmen
Replies: 23
Views: 5823

Re: Searching for the Finmen

In case anyone is interested, I've just come across this fascinating website, which has various pages on the "Finmen" (i.e. sealskin clad men in kayaks) including descriptions of sightings in Orkney, and how Finmen, selkies and mermaids may merge into one and the same thing. http://www.orkneyjar.com...
by lg18
Thu Jul 05, 2012 6:46 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Searching for the Finmen
Replies: 23
Views: 5823

Re: Searching for the Finmen

Wow, thanks for alerting us to this book! I have seen the kayak in question, and have researched (online) as much as I can about this bloke in his kayak that landed nr Aberdeen, and also scanned the literature for records of the "Finn men" that occasionally turned up in Orkney and also Shetland and ...
by lg18
Wed Jun 13, 2012 9:54 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Share your waves
Replies: 46
Views: 3940

Re: Share your waves

Sorry no kayaker seal-landing on this particular wave -
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by lg18
Tue May 08, 2012 11:06 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Share your birds
Replies: 59
Views: 6484

Re: Share your birds

I couldn't agree more. They look right into your eyes. In fact, they are my favourite British seabird. Apparently they can live well into their 40s and I love to think that the fulmar that's studying me could be older (and probably wiser) than me.
by lg18
Wed May 02, 2012 5:29 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Basking Sharks
Replies: 27
Views: 2676

Re: Basking Sharks

Hi Mark, I'm not sure why "our" shark had 2 big notches in her dorsal fin - it looks to me like the sort of wound a propeller would make - any other suggestions? (I say "her" as the underwater video shows no sign of the claspers that males have, so I assume she's a she). This shark was in NW Mainlan...
by lg18
Tue May 01, 2012 12:40 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Basking Sharks
Replies: 27
Views: 2676

Re: Basking Sharks

Thanks Mary. I'd forgotten I also have this vid of the same shark, possibly better underwater view...

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by lg18
Tue May 01, 2012 11:52 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Basking Sharks
Replies: 27
Views: 2676

Re: Basking Sharks

We had an incredible basking shark encounter in Shetland - it was a big one (longer than the kayak) and kept circling us and swimming right underneath our kayaks several times. For the first time ever it occurred to me to use video and actually put my camera under the water - I had no idea if it wou...
by lg18
Tue Mar 13, 2012 2:23 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: fish farm off Gometra
Replies: 13
Views: 1164

Re: fish farm off Gometra

Kayaks'N'Beer wrote: I didn't realise they culled seals because of fish farms.
I'm afraid so. Many. e.g.:
http://www.theecologist.org/News/news_r ... _year.html
by lg18
Thu Mar 01, 2012 10:08 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Relief on t'sea: PoorPlanningProducesPissPoorPerformance
Replies: 63
Views: 7779

Re: Relief on t'sea: PoorPlanningProducesPissPoorPerformance

Another one from Fantastic Freya The Hoff from her South America voyage - obvious improvement from her Australian method as it seems she's found a "she-wee" type thing that actually works - This I've just copied and pasted from her blog: "I saw a small animal we call in Germany “Wiesel”, kind of a m...
by lg18
Wed Feb 22, 2012 10:05 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Which Sea Kayak
Replies: 24
Views: 3645

Re: Which Sea Kayak

I have paddled (well, demo'd) a Rockpool Alaw Bach and Tiderace Xplore S, but can't comment on the Cetus - supposed to be quite a voluminous expedition boat(?). The first 2 are quite different - it is the Tiderace Xcite that is most similar to the Rockpool Alaw Bach I think - they (Xcite and Alaw Ba...
by lg18
Wed Feb 08, 2012 6:12 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Who should pay for a rescue?
Replies: 88
Views: 4370

Re: Who should pay for a rescue?

... - that nature doesn't care, and that man is no better or worse than anything else in nature. The thing is that for every decent person in the world, there seems to be 100 that actually don't care. That's perception of course not fact, the ratio could be opposite but only the latter draw attenti...
by lg18
Wed Feb 01, 2012 4:19 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Circumnavigation of Svalbard ended by Polar bear attack
Replies: 35
Views: 3092

Re: Circumnavigation of Svalbard ended by Polar bear attack

This thread is a great excuse for trawling YouTube! Here's a rather disturbing video on several levels (walrus are dangerous too!): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3zJ5ovuf6X0 And this one of kayakers scaring off a bear with gun shots show that bears can be reluctant to be scared away - https://www....
by lg18
Wed Feb 01, 2012 10:55 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Circumnavigation of Svalbard ended by Polar bear attack
Replies: 35
Views: 3092

Re: Circumnavigation of Svalbard ended by Polar bear attack

When I was working in Svalbard on a small island in the NW (Danskoya), a couple of sea kayakers turned up on the island. (My memory thinks one of them was the prince of Norway, but my brain is generally addled and this was back in 1993, so don't trust me on that one!). Anyway, they had started off t...
by lg18
Wed Jan 11, 2012 12:36 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Comfort Zone
Replies: 40
Views: 2058

Re: Comfort Zone

This is a really interesting thread. I wish I was more like Mary, then I could relax and perhaps enjoy my paddling more. But some gremlin within me keeps telling me to "progress" (in inverted commas for a reason!) by (not very often admittedly) leaving my comfort zone. I think leaving the comfort zo...
by lg18
Thu Dec 15, 2011 2:14 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Heavy petting
Replies: 19
Views: 2841

Re: Heavy petting

One two three AHhhhhhh!

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-n ... d-16158762

(and there was me thinking a white-coated pup was strange being 100 miles out at sea, but in a field of sheep...?!
by lg18
Tue Nov 29, 2011 3:37 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Heavy petting
Replies: 19
Views: 2841

Re: Heavy petting

Since this thread has turned into lots of gorgeous pics of very cute seals, I thought this news item might be appropriate: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-north-east-orkney-shetland-15940058 Sammy the seal rescued! But what on earth was a white-coat doing 100 miles out to sea?! I was tempted t...
by lg18
Mon Nov 28, 2011 11:25 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Duirinish
Replies: 15
Views: 1683

Re: Duirinish

Then I end up with maps, charts and books all over the floor and suddenly find I've lost several hours when I should be doing housework. Ha haaa, yes, exactly - that is actually one of my favourite hobbies! I have planned, in great detail, many wonderful paddling trips, including one similar to you...
by lg18
Sun Nov 27, 2011 2:28 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Duirinish
Replies: 15
Views: 1683

Re: Duirinish

Absolutely wonderful - there is nothing better than a trip report and photos like that to whet the appetite for future adventure-planning (especially in winter, as a gale rages outside and the house is hammered by hail stones!) - thank you!
Lucy
by lg18
Thu Nov 24, 2011 9:44 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Sleat Rescue
Replies: 5
Views: 628

Re: Sleat Rescue

The article does mention a winkle picker out in her canoe needing a rescue: "Boats could not reach the woman, who had been in a canoe to go winkle picking, due to the rough sea. She was winched onboard the helicopter." I'm in Shetland at the moment, and the wind is really building now - all the gaps...
by lg18
Thu Nov 17, 2011 2:06 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Dunbar rescue - large casualty
Replies: 3
Views: 683

Re: Dunbar rescue - large casualty

What a superb rescue, it must have been incredibly difficult. Well done to everyone involved.
by lg18
Thu Nov 17, 2011 1:48 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Murmaration
Replies: 3
Views: 583

Re: Murmaration

Wow, I hadn't seen that before - absolutely fantastic, and filmed from a canoe to boot!
Thanks for posting, that has improved my day!
Lucy
by lg18
Mon Oct 24, 2011 10:05 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Paddle 2011 - Perth
Replies: 14
Views: 1167

Re: Paddle 2011 - Perth

While it may be frustrating for some Glasgow/Clyde/Edinburgh/Central belt folk having to go all the way to Perth, it is after all surely not much more than about 1-1.5hr drive/train (or half an hour from Stirling), and aren't there other kayak-wear outlets in the big cities/central belt to buy thing...
by lg18
Fri Oct 21, 2011 11:33 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Flamborough Head/ Bempton Cliffs
Replies: 11
Views: 1214

Re: Flamborough Head/ Bempton Cliffs

Mark, if you're going there at this time of year to hope to see gannets, they will have long left the cliffs for the winter.
But from May-Aug it is easy to get good views of the gannets just from the normal cliff path in the RSPB reserve, and obviously from kayak too around Bempton cliffs.
by lg18
Fri Oct 21, 2011 11:24 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: The Lost World of Scarborough
Replies: 18
Views: 1784

Re: The Lost World of Scarborough

If you can't kayak do you mean? the North York Moors is your oyster! Also quite nice coastal walks, although not a patch on Dorset (unless it's seabird season (when Bempton cliffs come into their own), which it isn't). Staithes is cute to visit. Whitby a must (especially for Goths). Quite nice to ge...