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by TheEcho
Tue May 30, 2017 7:32 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Keeping warm in summer
Replies: 28
Views: 2203

Re: Keeping warm in summer

As many layers as that? One of those items I don't use for most FW sessions anymore (still use for Polo and WW sessions and Sea). I think BC say you need to be 16.
This weekend there were hordes of under-16s (mostly under-10s) paddling around and jumping in wearing just 2 items - shorts and BAs!
by TheEcho
Fri May 19, 2017 11:03 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Keeping warm in summer
Replies: 28
Views: 2203

Re: Keeping warm in summer

Agreed, long john wetsuits are fab. I have a Palm one which is great (and women specific - I got it after going on courses which provided 'unisex' wetsuits which were, of course, men's, and simultaneously squished the chest while providing gaping flapping areas at the shoulders which let the water i...
by TheEcho
Tue Apr 25, 2017 10:14 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: astral seawolf
Replies: 12
Views: 1473

Re: astral seawolf

I have one and the radio goes into the big pocket. Can't comment on how it compares to other pocketed buoyancy aids as I upgraded from a basic version without a pocket. The clamshell is bulky but nice and smooth to slide over the deck. I tried on all the buoyancy aids in the shop and the seawolf (an...
by TheEcho
Mon Apr 10, 2017 6:28 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Peeing in women's drysuits, comparing the options
Replies: 14
Views: 2466

Re: Peeing in women's drysuits, comparing the options

I have a Kokatat drop seat. I bought the drysuit secondhand and wouldn't pay extra for a peeing option as I haven't needed to drop the seat yet, but I am sure it works fine for that. The zip doesn't seem to get in the way when in the boat. I felt discomfort in my hand when carrying a boat by its tog...
by TheEcho
Thu Apr 06, 2017 7:26 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Sheltered area Anglesey south wind
Replies: 4
Views: 653

Re: Sheltered area Anglesey south wind

The RNLI do a nice free map Paddling Around Anglesey which is colour-coded for craziness factor. Sadly it doesn't seem to be online but you could pick one up. It shows Treaddrur Bay as suitable for beginners with gentle onshore wind (don't go west of Porth Dafarch) Church Bay would also suit accordi...
by TheEcho
Wed Apr 05, 2017 10:55 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Much needed Advice from BC
Replies: 20
Views: 1341

Re: Much needed Advice from BC

I've never had attitude from Cam rowers. Could it be because I am female and they aren't rude to ladies? Either that, or it is good karma because I helped a bunch of them out by righting their capsized boat for them once when paddling by. But I must say I am surprised there aren't more rowing collis...
by TheEcho
Mon Mar 27, 2017 9:32 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: British Canoeing AGM
Replies: 70
Views: 7044

Re: British Canoeing AGM

So do you think the "Waters of Wales" independent campaign is futile too?
by TheEcho
Sun Mar 26, 2017 9:49 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: British Canoeing AGM
Replies: 70
Views: 7044

Re: British Canoeing AGM

The Rivers Chelmer and Blackwater are the obvious exceptions to the licence scheme near me in Essex. But more important still, I want to resolve the access issues for all the places where we are told we can't paddle at all.
by TheEcho
Sun Mar 26, 2017 5:25 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: British Canoeing AGM
Replies: 70
Views: 7044

Re: British Canoeing AGM

More benefits could also mean the licence being expanded to more rivers, but I am not holding my breath, handy as it would be as a paddler to be able to hold my breath indefinitely...

Anyway I see Ivan has been elected. Hopefully this will be the start of a much needed shake up.
by TheEcho
Mon Feb 06, 2017 12:07 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Missing kayaker, Portsoy, Scotland
Replies: 5
Views: 1902

Missing kayaker, Portsoy, Scotland

by TheEcho
Mon Jan 09, 2017 4:53 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Bow deck clutter
Replies: 8
Views: 1269

Re: Bow deck clutter

How does rear deck storage work with re-entry? You will be using the paddle float but do you have to move the pump and towline before climbing back on?
by TheEcho
Sat Jan 07, 2017 5:50 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Valley Skerray, Perception Sealion - any good?
Replies: 7
Views: 1697

Re: Valley Skerray, Perception Sealion - any good?

I have no experience with the Sealion. My paddling partner and I have a plastic Skerray and a more modern boat, Wilderness Systems Tempest 165, also plastic, which I have heard someone describe as a competitor to the Capella you were interested in. Pros of the skerray compared to the Tempest - more ...
by TheEcho
Thu Nov 10, 2016 1:10 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: PLB use
Replies: 33
Views: 3667

Re: PLB use

A related issue - does your VHF have DSC distress? It makes the radio bigger and more expensive, but it might make your rescue quicker if there are other boats nearby. I was on a sailing boat when I heard the coastguard's half of a radio call with a sea kayaker calling mayday on the south coast - hi...
by TheEcho
Wed Nov 09, 2016 8:44 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: pool sessions
Replies: 12
Views: 992

Re: pool sessions

Pool sessions are free at our club, and limited to 3 per member out of each block of 12 or so. There are coaches and a pool lifeguard. Unfortunately they all book up very quickly, which is frustrating when some people then don't turn up. I do wonder if a small charge would be fairer but appreciate t...
by TheEcho
Tue Nov 01, 2016 9:04 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Beginner q: Getting swamped boat out of the water
Replies: 6
Views: 670

Re: Beginner q: Getting swamped boat out of the water

Thanks for the suggestions. I will try them all out. I guess even when the swimmer is a kid it doesn't hurt to get them involved with rescuing the boat rather than have the parent on the bank do everything - it might keep them warm and maybe even make them more keen to stay in the boat next time!
by TheEcho
Mon Oct 31, 2016 10:51 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Beginner q: Getting swamped boat out of the water
Replies: 6
Views: 670

Beginner q: Getting swamped boat out of the water

So, someone has wet exited. I am on the bank or the side of the swimming pool. The boat is full of water. What is the best way of getting the boat drained and put away without damage to back or boat? If I turn the boat upside down, cockpit downwards, bow on the bank, stern in the water, the water se...
by TheEcho
Mon Jul 11, 2016 10:10 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Bl**dy Rolling
Replies: 370
Views: 43452

Re: Bl**dy Rolling

Hi gp.girl! I think we met in the bar at the end of the course - I was the woman who had just been out sea kayaking for five days and failed to do an outdoors sea kayak roll, having turned up with a dodgy flat water roll using a WW boat. I am now convinced about the need for proper instruction and h...
by TheEcho
Tue Mar 29, 2016 1:15 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Travel insurance.
Replies: 19
Views: 1687

Re: Travel insurance.

Worth investigating Austrian Alpine Club. It is primarily for covering rescue and medical costs for mountaineering in Europe, but whitewater boating is also covered. Membership covers an entire year of insurance and they don't care about medical preconditions so it can be much much cheaper than the ...
by TheEcho
Sat Mar 26, 2016 3:47 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: A cure for sore hands
Replies: 0
Views: 699

A cure for sore hands

First salty paddle of the year yesterday - around Northey Island and the Maldon loop, taken from British Canoeing's 100 paddles. My hands were feeling a bit rough and sore afterwards after the winter indoors, and at the takeout I was contemplating treating them to some hand cream when I got home. Th...
by TheEcho
Sat Mar 19, 2016 11:03 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: VHF DSC??????^
Replies: 35
Views: 3067

Re: VHF DSC??????

Pirates? On my bit of coastline we get the local youth sailing school rampaging up and down the estuary going 'Arrr' in suitable costumes every bank holiday weekend. The trick is to pack a bag of sweets.
by TheEcho
Sat Mar 19, 2016 5:30 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: VHF DSC??????^
Replies: 35
Views: 3067

Re: VHF DSC??????

I think in practice a button-only transmission does summon help, at least in the UK where rescue services are well funded. At the very least your position will be going 'Bing' on all the boats in the area so they could ask them to go to that position and take a look. But it's good to talk... "I'm dr...
by TheEcho
Sat Mar 19, 2016 12:48 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: VHF DSC??????^
Replies: 35
Views: 3067

Re: VHF DSC??????

The PLB will be one-shot hands free as long as it stays pointing upwards. Less so the DSC, as if you push the distress button and don't follow it up with a voice Mayday the coastguard will call you back asking the nature of the emergency. If you don't reply you risk being ignored. In extremis a shor...
by TheEcho
Thu Feb 18, 2016 8:49 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Personal Floatation Device
Replies: 20
Views: 4232

Re: Personal Floatation Device

I have an inflatable shoulder-worn lifejacket (not buoyancy aid) for offshore sailing. I am not sure if any of the waist-pack inflatable buoyancy aids are certified for sale in the EU. The lifejacket is enormous when inflated. You cannot swim normally - have to kick on your back. Getting onto a (ver...
by TheEcho
Sat Feb 13, 2016 6:15 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Valley Sirona^
Replies: 5
Views: 3417

Re: Valley Sirona

The Perception Carolina reminds me of an annoying song, and that has sold squillions, so maybe it is a conscious marketing strategy.
by TheEcho
Thu Feb 04, 2016 1:30 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking Gear For Sale
Topic: P&H Cetus LV
Replies: 8
Views: 1905

Re: P&H Cetus LV

You don't say where the boat is located.
by TheEcho
Thu Jan 28, 2016 12:09 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Unwell after paddling - any advice?
Replies: 16
Views: 2894

Re: Unwell after paddling - any advice?

I don't believe a can of Coke could do anything more than get the taste out of your mouth. But Pepto Bismol is proven to prevent about half of the cases of travellers diarrhoea so would be worth a try for frequent sufferers of river trots - probably similar bugs. Easier to get hold of than cholera v...
by TheEcho
Sun Jan 24, 2016 12:00 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Fecal matters
Replies: 12
Views: 2058

Re: Fecal matters

Oh and a solution for sanitary towels, which I didn't ask about but should have since they are an almighty inconvenience to manage in company! Yes they are. Better if at all possible to use a mooncup, then the problem is reduced to finding some un-overlooked bushes that look like they could use som...
by TheEcho
Sun Jan 03, 2016 2:49 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: where do you put all that kit when paddling
Replies: 18
Views: 2698

Re: where do you put all that kit when paddling

What about scissors instead of a knife? EMT shears are cheap, can't stab yourself/partner in a crisis, can keep with you all the time without worrying about explaining yourself to the police...
Not as good at opening tins, but better at trimming torn fingernails and odd shapes of duct tape.
by TheEcho
Thu Sep 24, 2015 9:50 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: P&H Skudder System
Replies: 8
Views: 2729

Re: P&H Skudder System

Very interesting!

Are experienced paddlers also faster paddling in Skeg-mode than rudder-mode, or is that specific to paddle sailing?

Are there any disadvantages compared to the same boat with a skeg, apart from the increased cost and risk of damage to the apparatus?
by TheEcho
Sun Jun 21, 2015 11:13 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Beginner with Skerray - outfitting and rolling
Replies: 2
Views: 982

Beginner with Skerray - outfitting and rolling

Hi folks, I am a beginner, having started kayaking about a year ago. Last week I bought a cheap old Valley Skerray with an ocean cockpit and I want to be able to roll it. Over the winter I managed to roll a club polo boat in the pool with the extended Greenland layback technique from "This is the Ro...