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Here we aim to maintain a long-term collection of wide-ranging paddling interest, information and insight, in this world of ‘instant-fix’, and ‘instant-forget’.
We have articles of sea-kayak records, tales from long-distance expeditions, stories from historic first-attempts, along with paddling guides and training-tips.
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by John Willacy The Taran was designed from the outset as a performance sea kayak for paddling on moving water. To gain the best of that performance in the moving water environment I believe you need a snug fit with good physical contact inside the boat. You want the boat to respond instantly and with …
Continue reading “Padding the Cockpit – Rockpool Taran”
by John Willacy Here we take a look at the fitting of Bow and Stern guards to the Rockpool Taran. But before we get in to the how-to maybe we should take a look at the why (or why not). First take some time to consider the nature of the Taran and your paddling style. …
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by Pascale Eichenmuller Fridel who? Why haven’t I heard of her, you may well ask? Well, Fridel Meyer was born 1908 in Kitzingen am Main in Bavaria, Southern Germany and was introduced to watersports by her grandfather, the lifeguard of the towns swimming baths. In 1932 Fridel arrived in London in style – by kayak. …
Continue reading “‘A Little German Girl’ — Fridel Meyer’s attempt to circumnavigate the UK”
These are the slides from the presentation of my 2nd (counter-clockwise) UK Circumnavigation. These are just the ‘bare slides’, no explanatory notes or text.
These are the slides from the presentation of my first (clockwise) UK Circumnavigation. These are just the ‘bare slides’, no explanatory notes or text.
The Menai Straits: Back in July 2020, someone decided to celebrate the NHS by lighting up the Menai Straits bridges for an evening. A worthy idea for a fantastic organisation no doubt, though just after the longest day seemed a little strange scheduling. Of course this was a unique paddling opportunity for an unusual perspective. …
Continue reading “Video – Midnight Climbs and Menai Illuminations”
GPS Question Recently I was asked for a suggestion for choice of GPS unit. It’s a tricky one to answer. I’m not too keen to suggest a specific model, I think it is so much down to personal preference and paddling style. In my reply I try to highlight the thoughts behind my choice. You …
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A short snippet from a play in Puffin Sound. Paddling with Mirco. YouTube: Facebook:
by John Willacy (Originally from the 2020 Lockdown – Things To Do post) There’s a lot to this one! For sea kayakers the use of GPS units is rather ‘marmite’ – it’s either love or hate. For a Performance Sea Kayaker you could argue that the GPS is an important, if not essential tool. Some …
Continue reading “Get A Grip With The GPS”
by John Willacy To paddle the 100K Day Challenge, you may need to tweak your GPS settings – both to save battery life and to optimise memory usage. Here’s a quick look. Work out how long you think the 100K is going to take – in paddling hours. It’s useful to anticipate required memory settings. …
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