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by chrism
Wed Sep 07, 2011 4:08 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Porthcawl rescue
Replies: 28
Views: 1244

Re: Porthcawl rescue

Yes, it may have been right to call 999 in the situation, but before the situation got so bad, they should have been heading for shore. No disputing that - they probably shouldn't have headed out at all. See my other comments and the other thread. However you seem to be criticising them for not mak...
by chrism
Wed Sep 07, 2011 9:58 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Porthcawl rescue
Replies: 28
Views: 1244

Re: Porthcawl rescue

Wtf!? Half a mile from shore in an inflatable that still floated and they figured they'd need the RNLI? Paddle to shore. With your hands if need be. What if all your effort is going into staying upright and you're not in control enough to paddle back to shore (even with your hands)? Did you see the...
by chrism
Tue Sep 06, 2011 11:47 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Porthcawl rescue
Replies: 28
Views: 1244

Re: Porthcawl rescue

This was at Porthcawl on Saturday: http://www.ukriversguidebook.co.uk/forum/viewtopic.php?f=4&t=81649 Was also out yesterday, and a bit surprised by "the sea quickly turned from being calm to becoming quite choppy" as it was pretty rough out there all day - I was in Newton bay which was a bit more s...
by chrism
Tue Sep 06, 2011 11:38 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: SOTs, fishing, PFDs
Replies: 8
Views: 695

Re: SOTs, fishing, PFDs

Now I'm wishing I had commented - not that it would likely have made any difference. I didn't mention earlier that it was Porthcawl I was half a mile offshore at on Saturday when I met these two chaps in an inflatable - what do you think the chances are? http://www.ukriversguidebook.co.uk/forum/view...
by chrism
Tue Sep 06, 2011 12:46 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Several ways to end your days - an ill-advised open crossing
Replies: 37
Views: 3938

Re: Several ways to end your days - an ill-advised open cros

I had a relaxed chat with Mrs R on the VHF Naughty! A salutory tale - I empaphise with a lot of your decision making - can see myself making much the same decisions (and indeed have, hence some epics I've experienced). I'd argue that in a sense the fundamental mistake was the lack of wallet, result...
by chrism
Tue Sep 06, 2011 12:33 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Wirral search
Replies: 12
Views: 927

Re: Wirral search

is there a common sense lesson to be learned here? contact them and tell them their plans ... this should be our norm... if we are going to do anything that might alarm uninformed bystanders. I would suggest that heading out offshore alone in the dark comes under this heading. Yep - I think that's ...
by chrism
Tue Sep 06, 2011 12:09 pm
Forum: Competition
Topic: Wrong Anthem
Replies: 1
Views: 682

Re: Wrong Anthem

Well if they will keep using the same tune, but "erase" some of the words, what do they expect?
by chrism
Tue Sep 06, 2011 12:07 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: SOTs, fishing, PFDs
Replies: 8
Views: 695

SOTs, fishing, PFDs

Now I should start by pointing out I know there are many responsible kayak fishermen who use PFDs, have VHFs, know what they're doing etc., several of whom are members on here. However how common is it see the more irresponsible people out in kayaks going fishing? Out on Saturday in flattish seas - ...
by chrism
Sat Aug 13, 2011 4:56 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Unusual, apparently this is freestyle canoeing...
Replies: 16
Views: 1709

Re: Unusual, apparently this is freestyle canoeing...

Sickboy wrote: classic stuff from Tommy Hagg
I'm probably missing some important element of irony in that, but IMHO he makes himself look a complete t**t (and emphasises the skill level involved in the original).
by chrism
Thu Aug 11, 2011 1:32 am
Forum: England - Midlands
Topic: Worcester waterways
Replies: 20
Views: 6571

Re: Worcester waterways

Check a map for the railway bridge (hint - it's where the railway crosses the river ;) ) - more helpfully it's in Worcester City Centre, just upstream of the road bridge. Launching on the Teme is tricky - I tend to paddle upstream from the Severn - though you probably can sneak on from somewhere nea...
by chrism
Mon Aug 08, 2011 1:35 am
Forum: England - Midlands
Topic: Worcester waterways
Replies: 20
Views: 6571

Re: Worcester waterways

I do, but in a racing boat, so not much help to you for somebody to paddle with. Did see somebody inflating a boat down by the railway bridge last week though - that wasn't you by any chance? Definitely a very nice place to paddle though - do try and make a trip on the Teme as something a bit differ...
by chrism
Thu Aug 04, 2011 2:27 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Isle of Wight Circumnavigation
Replies: 27
Views: 2399

Re: Isle of Wight Circumnavigation

The other thing about different boats may well come from my ignorance of your motivations; I would conceder a speed record valid if it were in similar boat to the boat that set the record. Otherwise it becomes less about the paddler and more about the technology. Surely? That would make breaking re...
by chrism
Tue Aug 02, 2011 9:13 pm
Forum: Competition
Topic: Poole Harbour Race 2011
Replies: 20
Views: 2057

Re: Poole Harbour Race 2011

banburypaddler wrote:Is it suitable for marathon boats?
Depends on conditions and whether you have a pump - saw one sinking last year!
by chrism
Mon Jul 18, 2011 9:56 am
Forum: Competition
Topic: Skis in Sea Kayak Races: yes or no
Replies: 35
Views: 3616

Re: Skis in Sea Kayak Races: yes or no

The situation with flares is getting much worse; and I refer to getting rid of them once they expire every three years! So on the one hand we need to be safe, but on the other we also need to be responsible in their disposal, and on the west coast that is not easy or cheap with the cost of fuel and...
by chrism
Mon Jul 18, 2011 1:57 am
Forum: Competition
Topic: Skis in Sea Kayak Races: yes or no
Replies: 35
Views: 3616

Re: Skis in Sea Kayak Races: yes or no

Note that ski paddlers would not be able to carry the level of safety gear that was stipulated for the kayaks last year - it's largely a matter of what you can carry in your buoyancy aid [which is not to say that skis are "unsafe" - they are designed for rough water and personally I feel more confi...
by chrism
Wed Jul 13, 2011 1:21 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Basic strokes you never use..
Replies: 34
Views: 3430

Re: Basic strokes you never use..

Coming from a slalom/polo background where I had a pretty nailed bow rudder before I ever went near a proper river, what I'm wondering is what on earth stroke combination do you use to get in and out of eddies if you're not using a bow rudder? Well more than that I just don't see the point of it... ...
by chrism
Sat Jul 09, 2011 12:48 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: A gentle little paddle round Caldey Island
Replies: 0
Views: 563

A gentle little paddle round Caldey Island

Back from my week in SW Wales - for various reasons I only got out a couple of times, did one trip Pendine to Tenby and back, and then finally managed my Caldey Island circumnavigation. I presume it's a bit short for inclusion on JW's list, but just in case I'll stake a claim of 1:18 for the 11.75km...
by chrism
Sat Jul 09, 2011 12:08 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: South Wales Kayaker rescued by Porthcawl RNLI
Replies: 33
Views: 2394

Re: South Wales Kayaker rescued by Porthcawl RNLI

I've yet to find a SOT I can't turn the right way up and re-enter in less than 30 seconds. I suspect you might struggle a bit with mine in a big swell ;) What is the problem people have with getting back on a SOT? Just getting back on top of the thing from the water because of how high in the water...
by chrism
Sat Jul 02, 2011 11:40 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Solo dash around the Welsh Coast
Replies: 13
Views: 796

Re: Solo dash around the Welsh Coast

He was delighted that I'd taken the trouble to ask his permission but informed me that it was my right to come and go as I please. If they're firing they'll be looking out for you on radar and by eye and will stop firing to let you pass That more or less confirms what it says on the chart "The firi...
by chrism
Sat Jul 02, 2011 11:23 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Should I have a VHF?
Replies: 90
Views: 10567

Re: Should I have a VHF?

Thanks - paperwork is printed off and with me on holiday, but staying in the caravan (I have no intention of carrying unnecessary junk on a surfski - seems almost against the spirit of surfski to carry something as bulky as a VHF). CG66 also done. I'm hoping that "Sea kayak Epic" won't be too common...
by chrism
Fri Jul 01, 2011 2:06 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Should I have a VHF?
Replies: 90
Views: 10567

Re: Should I have a VHF?

Another numpty question - having registered my new radio with OFCOM, what am I supposed to do with the licence number and T number? Just ignore them, or put a sticker on my radio? Will I ever be asked to give these?
by chrism
Fri Jul 01, 2011 1:53 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Solo dash around the Welsh Coast
Replies: 13
Views: 796

Re: Solo dash around the Welsh Coast

If you're going round the coast, why are you going to Flat Holm? Others with more experience than me can comment on going out into the estuary to Flat Holm (I'd be interested in the comments, as I have a Cardiff to WSM via the Holms trip planned). However my experience of paddling the coast between ...
by chrism
Fri Jul 01, 2011 12:24 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Tenby/Pendine trips?
Replies: 1
Views: 177

Tenby/Pendine trips?

Staying at Pendine next week. Any suggestions of trips from there, places to go? I plan to make a trip to Tenby, and circumnavigate Caldy Island (I wonder if JW will accept a record claim for that? ;) ), but anywhere else worth going? The chart looks pretty featureless heading towards the Gower, apa...
by chrism
Fri Jul 01, 2011 12:13 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Roofrack loading... a bit of fun...
Replies: 4
Views: 871

Re: Roofrack loading... a bit of fun...

Anybody care to guess who a pink WWR with RAF stickers might belong to?

We seem to have done the standard couple of UKRGB roofrack pictures - thread closed!
by chrism
Thu Jun 30, 2011 1:33 pm
Forum: Competition
Topic: Eddystone Challenge 2011 - date change
Replies: 10
Views: 1537

Re: Eddystone Challenge 2011 - date change

Of course it now clashes with the Paddle Round the Pier 20 mile ski race - not that I'm doing either (had to fit family holidays in at some point).
by chrism
Thu Jun 30, 2011 1:26 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Roofrack loading... a bit of fun...
Replies: 4
Views: 871

Re: Roofrack loading... a bit of fun...

Not lots of boats, but big ones on a small car:
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by chrism
Tue Jun 28, 2011 1:06 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Council taken to court over ‘disturbing fish’ in River Conwy
Replies: 106
Views: 14008

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

DaveBland wrote: it sounds like it's all a bit of 'somebody said they saw something' and not based on any kind of real facts.
That wouldn't be at all surprising given the past history of those who appear to be behind this.
by chrism
Tue Jun 28, 2011 1:01 am
Forum: Competition
Topic: Cheshire Ring Race
Replies: 16
Views: 2506

Re: Cheshire Ring Race

A little birdie tells me a significant chunk was taken off the solo K1 record at the weekend.
by chrism
Fri Jun 24, 2011 10:20 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: A glimpse of the Tryweryn before the valley drowning
Replies: 17
Views: 2490

Re: A glimpse of the Tryweryn before the valley drowning

steveparry wrote:It's heartening to see the result nowadays is a great and well used resource for the paddling and local community.
I'm sure that's a huge consolation to those who used to live in Capel Celyn.