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A Tiderace on the Tay - the Tay at Stanley that is! Just shows what can be done! Mike.

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My wife paddled the entire Spey in a sea kayak...
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There are a number of rivers that are particularly suitable for sea kayaks as you can run them clean without hitting the stern (same problem in WWR boats, but they are constructed to take the hit) and risking your skeg box.

The Tay could be run on either the (tougher) Grantully section from Aberfeldy to Grandtully or the Stanley section. The Wye from Builth to Boughrood is also good at higher water levels (if it's above the red line on the Llanstephan webcam gauge it's will be ok).

For a more sedate run the Severn is great from Ironbridge to Bewdley, or the lower Wye below Glasbury.

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Mark R wrote:My wife paddled the entire Spey in a sea kayak...
She did well getting out of the Loch!

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Nice little video.

There are several marathon races on the Tay every year. In fact, combined, they cover from Loch Tay to Perth so including the trickier areas such as Grandtully, Campsie Lynn, Stanley and Thistlebrig. Getting a K1(and indeed K2) down there is entirely possible. I'd have thought that something like a Taran is probably as quick (if not faster) than a WWR over a longer distance such as the marathon races.

It may already have been done.

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Sea kayaks K1's and K2's are part of the Tay Descent which runs from Dunkeld to Perth, as mentioned perviously there are also a Number of SCA run marathon races on the Tay in which K1's and 2's are the main particpants.

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Still it's nice to see someone playing the river a bit in a sea kayak. Is that Campsie Linn or Thistlebrig? I can't quite work out what I am looking at from the camera angle but it's a nice level!

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Jim wrote:Still it's nice to see someone playing the river a bit in a sea kayak. Is that Campsie Linn or Thistlebrig? I can't quite work out what I am looking at from the camera angle but it's a nice level!
Hi Jim - It's Tiderace Xtra at Thistlebrig and there is some more detail here: http://kayakbute.wordpress.com
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Not quite the Tay or Spey, but good fun...

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...the Kirkaig.

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The Tay Desecent this year had 20 sea kayaks on the Long (Dunkeld to Perth) course. Fastest home was one Gordon Brown.

I and a companion were "last sweepers" on the event, again in sea kayaks.

I've done the Stanley to Thistlebrig section several times in a sea kayak. Though I always worry about rocks, I've only once damaged my sea kayak here. Once is too many.

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WillH wrote:Not quite the Tay or Spey, but good fun...

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...the Kirkaig.

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Nice image Will.

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Sea Kayaks both singles & doubles along with open Canoes regularly take part in all 3 of the Highland Series of races on the Rivers Spey, Ness & Royal Dee.
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WillH wrote:Not quite the Tay or Spey, but good fun...

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...the Kirkaig.

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Arghhh, another post that makes me want a Taran! Great phot.

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Jim wrote:Still it's nice to see someone playing the river a bit in a sea kayak. Is that Campsie Linn or Thistlebrig? I can't quite work out what I am looking at from the camera angle but it's a nice level!
Hi Jim - It's Tiderace Xtra at Thistlebrig and there is some more detail here: http://kayakbute.wordpress.com
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River Doon with a Nordkapp LV in there somewhere.

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Come to think of it this looks suspiciously like Jim's Sea King in some fresh looking water.

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Now this has some impressive tides


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Douglas Wilcox wrote:Image
Come to think of it this looks suspiciously like Jim's Sea King in some fresh looking water.

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Little summer adventure. We regularly take the Dagger Alchemy down all sorts of fun runs.

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Really. Interesting. Factoid.

The hole at c45 seconds is called Phil's Hole, after the fellow who first dared surf it, in the 1970s. I've actually met the actual Phil...he was living in Costa Rica and hiring out broken creek boats, and seemingly shacked up with several local women considerably younger than himself.
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