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by GregS
Tue Jul 10, 2012 2:11 pm
Forum: Canoeing
Topic: Advice on solo canoe
Replies: 14
Views: 5876

Re: Advice on solo canoe

porspectors [...] will cope with whitewater, can be paddled tandem or solo, can take a sailing rig, can carry big loads or not much atall [...] the Mad River Reflection as a slightly better lake boat than the prospectors Many years ago, designer John Winters digitized the lines of an original Chest...
by GregS
Tue Jul 10, 2012 7:49 am
Forum: Canoeing
Topic: Advice on solo canoe
Replies: 14
Views: 5876

Re: Advice on solo canoe

To get significantly more capacity in a touring canoe, as you suggest you might... OK, re-reading... I'm assuming your total load, including yourself, would be 100Kg... so 220lbs (as opposed to that being the load you want to haul): makes more sense - not sure why I thought otherwise last night! If...
by GregS
Mon Jul 09, 2012 10:49 pm
Forum: Canoeing
Topic: Advice on solo canoe
Replies: 14
Views: 5876

Re: Advice on solo canoe

OK... let's start with whittling down the selection, starting with the observation that at 6' and "not very wide around the middle"... you're probably well set for most solo canoe designs: the folk who struggle tend to be the little folk... Anyway, whilst you want a touring canoe, you want to do WW,...
by GregS
Mon Jul 09, 2012 7:02 pm
Forum: Canoeing
Topic: Advice on solo canoe
Replies: 14
Views: 5876

Re: Advice on solo canoe

A man called Greg will show you the path. I'm always happy to promote solo canoeing... and that extends to "touring"... but choosing a solo canoe is rather like choosing a sea kayak... in that you ideally want something that's appropriate the purpose (touring)... but which also fits you... and whic...
by GregS
Tue Jul 03, 2012 11:28 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Circumnavigation of Britain 2012 - attempts
Replies: 183
Views: 13859

Re: Circumnavigation of Britain 2012 - attempts

Gavin's making progress once again. This far he's managed to get from Southampton to Saltfleet Haven (Lincolnshire).... http://a7.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc7/295330_253886294722370_1392980657_n.jpg Gavin must have crossed Joe going the other way at some point: I'm not sure where. Ps. I crea...
by GregS
Tue Jul 03, 2012 10:04 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Round Britain By Sailing Canoe
Replies: 3
Views: 1720

Re: Round Britain By Sailing Canoe

As some will have noted, Gavin Millar launched his canoe from his back garden in Southampton on 6th June... and set off to see how far around Britain he could get before his scheduled return to work in September... having downsized from yachts to a 16' sailing canoe :) http://a4.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net...
by GregS
Mon May 28, 2012 8:23 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Round Britain By Sailing Canoe
Replies: 3
Views: 1720

Re: Round Britain By Sailing Canoe

For those not familiar with canoe sailing... this photo (Bala, 2001) shows what was "state of the art" until fairly recently: http://a6.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash3/560365_10150947394667423_116879172422_10059235_166419725_n.jpg The modern "revival" in the 19th C past-time of sailing rather t...
by GregS
Sun May 27, 2012 11:10 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Circumnavigation of Britain 2012 - attempts
Replies: 183
Views: 13859

Re: Circumnavigation of Britain 2012 - attempts

I've just added a thread on a slightly different 2012 round-Britain attempt...

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by GregS
Sun May 27, 2012 11:01 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Round Britain By Sailing Canoe
Replies: 3
Views: 1720

Round Britain By Sailing Canoe

http://canoesailor.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/CSblogheader4agri.jpg OK - we're looking at most of (rather than all of) mainland Britain... and limited window of opportunity (a 3 month sabbatical c/o a supportive employer)... but Gavin Millar's about to join the ranks of Circumnavigation of...
by GregS
Mon May 14, 2012 2:58 pm
Forum: Competition
Topic: A super-awesome CIWW Challenge?
Replies: 36
Views: 2763

Re: A super-awesome CIWW Challenge?

Have an "Old School" day: slalom in ancient boats - open canoe or kayak, but nothing < 4m long.. with bonus points for the most "retro" boat :)
by GregS
Sun May 13, 2012 10:22 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: High cross technique
Replies: 23
Views: 1492

Re: High cross technique

in the Old,Old 5* back in the day of the Advanced proff. test. the 5* was very hard to get purely because it was about using the water to maximum effect It was a bench mark for Div1 and prem slalom paddlers You mean back in the days when being Div 3 slalom (perhaps several years after taking up the...
by GregS
Thu May 10, 2012 2:31 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Introducing the kids
Replies: 34
Views: 3153

Re: Introducing the kids

That looks hilarious! As a family, do you just like making things difficult for yourselves?! Re. "making life difficult" - isn't that what nearly all kayakers do these days? Paddle overgrown kitchen washtubs on waters where they'd be better off in a sea kayak, WWR, marathon boat or sprint boat? Re....
by GregS
Mon May 07, 2012 11:08 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Introducing the kids
Replies: 34
Views: 3153

Re: Introducing the kids

A rather better approach... https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-1rVONd_4x-M/TywJBU_qcTI/AAAAAAAAFoI/TeuD64LFp7k/s640/CEW%2520photo%2520of%2520Pat%2520Moore%2520Adventurer%2520%2528titled%2520EFS%252004%2520Drake%2529%2520.jpg That's from here . The canoe is a Patrick Moore designed Adventurer - 10' l...
by GregS
Mon May 07, 2012 11:00 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Introducing the kids
Replies: 34
Views: 3153

Re: Introducing the kids

The only snag we find with the Dynamo at our club is that it is quite difficult to keep in a straight line This thought crossed my mind as I set my 7 year old in her Dagger Dynamo at the Open Canoe Festival in France: seat removed, saddle fitted, kneeling with a single blade.... http://www.villecou...
by GregS
Mon Mar 26, 2012 10:19 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Creekboats, a requirement or not?
Replies: 65
Views: 5012

Re: Creekboats, a requirement or not?

SimonMW wrote:Something I can run most rivers with up to G4, but that won't be spongey and lifeless on G2. Something I can progress my kayaking in.

Sounds like you should be paddling a competition slalom boat...
by GregS
Sun Mar 11, 2012 9:18 pm
Forum: Canoeing
Topic: Open Canoe Festival on the Drôme
Replies: 1
Views: 923

Re: Open Canoe Festival on the Drôme

We're heading back this year because last year's Festival was so great. For our blog see here . The official video was pretty classy. See here . The programme.... Friday April 6 (evening) : 

- 17H : welcome to the first arrivals (camping office). Registrations and pick up of the Goodies Bag contain...
by GregS
Sun Mar 11, 2012 9:13 pm
Forum: Canoeing
Topic: Open Canoe Festival on the Drôme
Replies: 1
Views: 923

Open Canoe Festival on the Drôme

C/o organiser Paul Villecourt... an invitation! Europe’s Premier Canoe Rendez-Vous
 - April 7/8/9 2012. Mirabel-et-Blacons, Drome river, France. http://opencanoefestival.com/images/stories/OCF2012/france-lineart.jpg After only 3 years, the Open Canoe Festival is today the biggest Rendez-Vous dedicat...
by GregS
Wed Feb 29, 2012 1:37 pm
Forum: Canoeing
Topic: Reasonable sail area for canoe
Replies: 1
Views: 913

Re: Reasonable sail area for canoe

Several top coaches use Solway Dory Expedition Rigs . IIRC, these were originally developed long, long ago for Steve Robinson when he wanted something decent to use for his 5 Star. As a sailor you'll presumably appreciate the following... but many don't: If the wind is blowing at 6 knots towards you...
by GregS
Tue Feb 28, 2012 8:16 am
Forum: Canoeing
Topic: Some (attempted) Sailing on the River Lea
Replies: 3
Views: 815

Re: Some (attempted) Sailing on the River Lea

Some (attempted) sailing on the River Lea, helps if you have some wind and that the wind doesn't run across the river Hi Martin, Many of us would regard wind across the river as ideal... but if you want to do this effectively please get in touch with the OCSG : you'll find folk who have sailed VERY...
by GregS
Fri Feb 10, 2012 6:38 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: The Welsh Rivers GuideBook
Replies: 79
Views: 3533

Re: The Welsh Rivers GuideBook

DaveBland wrote:Totally agree with this, only No 1 is a better cover visually. Tough choices.
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Yes - visually a class apart as a cover: unrepresentative - but superb :)