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by chrism
Thu Jun 23, 2011 11:46 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Tides on the Internet - gone?
Replies: 28
Views: 2250

Re: Tides on the Internet - gone?

Robert Craig wrote:However, I can't copy the tent.
Actually, unless they've protected the design in some other way, yes you can - tent designs aren't covered by copyright (well they might be if they're written down, but I presume you'd be copying from the tent you have rather than their design plans).
by chrism
Thu Jun 23, 2011 11:53 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Should I have a VHF?
Replies: 90
Views: 10567

Re: Should I have a VHF?

Just a thought - how do Ofcom view your military radio qualifications (or is it simply a case of being told how to use a radio?) The latter - I'm a civvy and if there is an official qualification it passed me by (as the techy making their radios work there's an assumption you know what you're doing...
by chrism
Thu Jun 23, 2011 10:00 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Should I have a VHF?
Replies: 90
Views: 10567

Re: Should I have a VHF?

Just about to splash out on a VHF radio, so a question on the legality of using one without doing the course. I appreciate there's not an issue with making a distress call, but what about the routine call to the CG to let them know what you're doing? It seems to be the recommended thing to do on her...
by chrism
Mon Jun 20, 2011 4:59 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Water safety campaign
Replies: 12
Views: 1008

Re: Water safety campaign

Wildswimmer Pete wrote:
That would be you at 1:14? I have to admit I don't all the advice there - I do swim alone (still more dangerous driving to my swimming spot).

Anyway, as others have said, there doesn't seem to be a big knee jerk here, just a call for better information.
by chrism
Mon Jun 20, 2011 10:08 am
Forum: Competition
Topic: Menai Straits Challenge
Replies: 57
Views: 9050

Re: Menai Straits Challenge

I wonder where the idea for that came from? ;)
by chrism
Mon Jun 20, 2011 10:04 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: What Stroke?
Replies: 26
Views: 1442

Re: What Stroke?

I have a couple of points to raise here: 1) Forget the paddler, the orientation of the poles in relation to the flow is questionable. In my experience slalom gate are always perpendicular to the flow. You clearly have relatively limited experience. Quite common nowadays to put gates parallel to the...
by chrism
Mon Jun 20, 2011 9:54 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Richard Benyon Speaks
Replies: 4
Views: 421

Re: Richard Benyon Speaks

The usual lies. I considered my use of words carefully there, and can't think of any other way to describe suggestions that VAA are going to improve access given the results of the government's own studies.
by chrism
Sat Jun 18, 2011 11:38 pm
Forum: Competition
Topic: DW 2012
Replies: 195
Views: 12664

Re: DW 2012

Is it just me, or would others on here not buy a racing boat from somebody who starts their page about the racing boat they've made with: I should start by saying that I hate racing kayaks. Fragile, expensive, tippy, and enough wetted surface to insure that each stroke feels like it's planted in mol...
by chrism
Fri Jun 17, 2011 12:23 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Speed of Plastic boats
Replies: 22
Views: 1892

Re: Speed of Plastic boats

Any plastic paddled by this guy... http://www.ukriversguidebook.co.uk/forum/viewtopic.php?f=4&t=78455 Love that reply I appreciate some boats by design can be quicker but agree it’s down to the engine compartment Though as I've proved once this year, a sufficiently fast boat can more than make up f...
by chrism
Fri Jun 17, 2011 12:13 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: 456 incidents, 9 fatalities
Replies: 99
Views: 6924

Re: 456 incidents, 9 fatalities

One thing though. I paddle a couple of different boats and CG66 seems to be vessel specific. So I have been a little vague in my description when registering, saying only sea kayak. Otherwise they might expect to see a yellow boat when I'm out in the 'darth' q. chillipepper, which is black. I'll tr...
by chrism
Tue Jun 14, 2011 1:51 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Wigtown Bay, massive "offshore" windfarm development.
Replies: 124
Views: 6887

Re: Wigtown Bay, massive "offshore" windfarm development.

Jim wrote:looks like the start and end of months is best for kite buggying and the middle best for sea kayaking :-)
Depends what your idea of sea kayaking is ;)
by chrism
Sat Jun 11, 2011 12:10 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: What Stroke?
Replies: 26
Views: 1442

Re: What Stroke?

Though if it were a bow rudder shouldn't the body be twisted? It it a bit - the body untwists through the stroke ready for the transition to forward power which is just about to happen, hence not looking into the turn any more. Not a normal power stroke as the top hand is too far across, and also y...
by chrism
Sat Jun 11, 2011 1:17 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Reverse Ferrys
Replies: 81
Views: 3604

Re: Reverse Ferrys

No picture, but I once ran most of a rapid on the Royal Dee backwards in a flatwater racing K1. Not intentional.
by chrism
Sat Jun 11, 2011 12:43 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: What Stroke?
Replies: 26
Views: 1442

Re: What Stroke?

Slalom boat, nose in the air, top hand crossed right over: bow rudder.
by chrism
Thu Jun 09, 2011 4:10 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Flatwater Grand Prix?
Replies: 5
Views: 532

Re: Flatwater Grand Prix?

What one in green?
by chrism
Tue Jun 07, 2011 1:47 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Sea kayak on Streetview at Old Dornie, The Summer Isles
Replies: 8
Views: 629

Re: Sea kayak on Streetview at Old Dornie, The Summer Isles

The people might have been down the slope, in the process of moving kit to the water. Nope http://local.google.co.uk/maps?f=q&source=s_q&hl=en&geocode=&q=Altandhu,+Achiltibuie,+Ullapool,+UK&aq=1&sll=57.262426,-5.587765&sspn=0.188637,0.572662&ie=UTF8&hq=&hnear=Altandhu,+Achiltibuie,+Ullapool,+Highla...
by chrism
Sun Jun 05, 2011 9:53 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Clogher Head rescue
Replies: 1
Views: 353

Re: Clogher Head rescue

Are we supposed to be completely non-judgemental about these things regarding those rescued nowadays? There seems a rather obvious comment to make about this one...
by chrism
Sun Jun 05, 2011 9:51 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Left hand or Right hand
Replies: 48
Views: 2979

Re: Left hand or Right hand

Am I just more ambidextrous than I thought? As I've suggested a few times, most people are more ambidextrous than they think - or at least the paddling control hand requires less in the way of fine control than people seem to think. After all, which hand do you use to change gear in a car, which ha...
by chrism
Sat Jun 04, 2011 10:41 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Council taken to court over ‘disturbing fish’ in River Conwy
Replies: 106
Views: 14006

Re: Council taken to court over ‘disturbing fish’ in River C

Does this mean that fishing is now illegal I was thinking just that, if they pursue the line he's suggesting. Of course in reality what he wants will never happen. It's quite amusing in a way, because whatever he might think this one is a no-win situation for the anglers - if the council wins it se...
by chrism
Sat Jun 04, 2011 9:32 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: what boat do you instruct from?
Replies: 23
Views: 1598

Re: what boat do you instruct from?

Pretty sure these things sometimes happen for the assessor's amusement, on my L2 assessment we did an all-in rescue in rec kayaks blindfolded, Because so often one can end up conducting a coaching session in the complete dark so much so that you cannot see a thing. It is however pretty useful to ha...
by chrism
Sat Jun 04, 2011 9:22 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Balance
Replies: 22
Views: 1625

Re: Balance

When I learnt to paddle a tippy K1, a technique which helped me a lot was finding something to focus on a bit above the horizon - ideally a bridge or a building directly above the river, but failing that a tree off to the side. If you concentrate on staring at that it keeps your head still and stead...
by chrism
Thu Jun 02, 2011 11:24 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Cranks and paddle length
Replies: 4
Views: 720

Cranks and paddle length

I have a set of wings with a cranked shaft, and contemplating shortening them a bit for use with a surfski - I always feel bogged down going upwind. The thing is, the cranked bit is already as far out as I can get it, and I hold onto the outer end of the cranked bit. The question is, if I shorten th...
by chrism
Tue May 31, 2011 11:45 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Left hand or Right hand
Replies: 48
Views: 2979

Re: Left hand or Right hand

I disagree I rode goofy for years, still do on occasional embarassments in fact, and I've been right handed all my life... go figure? Yeah, but I ride regular and paddle left handed. It's a preference thing rather than something you can only do one way or the other - just like the control hand in p...
by chrism
Tue May 31, 2011 10:03 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Left hand or Right hand
Replies: 48
Views: 2979

Re: Left hand or Right hand

Anyway, I just thought of a related issue from the worlds of board sports - for many sports (surfing and snowboarding are the main ones but it comes into kiteboarding in some ways*, and presumably things like wakeboarding with fixed bindings) it makes a difference whether you lead with your left fo...
by chrism
Tue May 31, 2011 10:02 pm
Forum: Competition
Topic: Anglesey Ocean Kayak Race 2011
Replies: 27
Views: 2162

Re: Anglesey Ocean Kayak Race 2011

by chrism
Sat May 28, 2011 1:30 am
Forum: Competition
Topic: Sea Kayak Racing
Replies: 5
Views: 695

Re: Sea Kayak Racing

Geebee wrote:Sit in rather than on.
What exactly is wrong with sitting on? Hope you're not going to exclude us!
by chrism
Sat May 28, 2011 1:28 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Whats the fastest way to CIWW from the Bridge???
Replies: 41
Views: 1509

Re: Whats the fastest way to CIWW from the Bridge???

Tom_Laws wrote:Sorry Rich, can't let that go. King's Cross has 9 and 3/4. Paddington just had a bear. Wise up!
Ah - that would explain why I've never found platform 9 3/4 at Paddington when I've looked.
by chrism
Fri May 27, 2011 10:32 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Left hand or Right hand
Replies: 48
Views: 2979

Re: Left hand or Right hand

I do think it is something that can be learned, scientists may disagree if they like but I'm pretty sure that if I set out to learn to do something left handed I could. Whether or not having learned to use the non natural hand for control is the reason the OP's partner struggles to combine strokes ...
by chrism
Fri May 27, 2011 1:21 am
Forum: Canoeing
Topic: Using a Kayak paddle in a Canoe. Heresy ?
Replies: 16
Views: 1510

Re: Using a Kayak paddle in a Canoe. Heresy ?

Having done races where we used the supplied canoes but were allowed to use our own paddles, and no restriction on what paddle you can use, I've also used a kayak paddle in a canoe - it's faster! My preference would be for such events to only allow the use of single bladed paddles though, as it felt...
by chrism
Thu May 26, 2011 9:43 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Left hand or Right hand
Replies: 48
Views: 2979

Re: Left hand or Right hand

I'm right handed and paddle left handed. Am fairly ambidextrous on a lot of things, but anything needing fine control (ie writing) is right hand only. Paddling though is fairly coarse movements - even what might seem complex strokes aren't that complex in terms of your wrist movements. I actually st...