Ok, so when its too cold outside & I'm being a bit of a pussy (hangs head in shame) I can always head to the pool for some rolling practice.
In fact I think its invaluable for honing your technique & building your confidance. I do still roll outside throughout the winter & its important to do so but usually two rolls in this weather is quite enough whereas in the pool you can just keep on rolling :)
The pool session is a regular Wednesday event run by my local club the Glam Boaters. You may notice a cameo appearance in the video of Andy one of the many special Olympians in our club & a mean roller.
The club is based in Cardiff, South Wales & always looking for new members ;)
Check the club website out here...
And the club facebook page here...
I'll be doing an outdoors skills video soon :)
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Thursday, 28 February 2013
Monday, 25 February 2013
I was meeting up with Gareth today as he wanted to practice his navigation in preparation for a 4 star assessment.
We met up in Penarth & left a car there as we were paddling from Barry to Penarth, one way:)
Once at Barry we used Myvanwy as a mobile classroom as it was a little warmer than outside. I started by showing how I prepare a tidal plan & where I get the information from. As a brief overveiw of my plan I've listed the route, distance, weather, tidal port & local port tide times, flow start times, tidal estimated max speed, 50/90 rule & rule of twelfths for the tidal heights.
Gareth had brought a sheet with the tide times & tidal diamond info from a sea chart which is a good start.
Then we had a look at the route on the map & I asked him to show me where the potential hazards were which he managed fine. I also explained the difference between a tide race & an overfall as we'd be passing a few of these on route.
Finally before hitting the water I got him to take a bearing from the map for our first section of the trip & how to measure the distance with the roamer.
I had a fab day playing as 'coach Taran' just wish I could afford to do my level 2 training or my 5 star assessment come to think off it. Maybe in a few months.
Saturday, 16 February 2013
Into The Dragons Breath...
I planned this trip on a wave of optimism, yes there was fog forecast but surely it wouldn't be bad & it'll clear early, or so I thought?
The plan was to meet with Noel & paddle out to Flat Holm then onto Monkstone lighthouse in the middle of the channel.
Noel for ages & he was keen to get on the water despite the conditions. This would be his first journey to Flat Holm.
|Flat Holm coming into sight, just!...|
|Signs of life on the Island. I wonder if they could see us?|
A new location for Noel & another Island bagged :)
We round the South side of the Island so as to do a near complete circumnavigation.
Thats Castle rock just behind Noel though its pretty static at the moment.
Again it was tricky holding course with bugger all to aim off at but eventually Lavernock Outfall Buoy came into view on our left. We were well on track.
Finally, within 490 metres of land we made out the very faint shadow of Lavernock & could relax & ease off the pace a bit. I evan had time for a couple of rolls, a very bad idea, brrrr!
Then just a short & lazy paddle back to Sully for a cup of tea in Myvanwy.
It wasn't quite the paddle we had planned but you should always be ready to change your plans on the sea & we had a bloody awesome paddle anyway & it was great to get out with Noel again...
Monday, 11 February 2013
Severn Bore, The Rematch...
Bit of a dull blog post this, picture wise at least. Just as I was getting on the water I manages to knock off my Go Pro mount & as it was a stick on surf mount there was no fixing it :(
Paddling wise though it was an awesome morning on the water!
I met up with Andy at about 05:45, he was late as usual :P and I then managed to get us lost looking for the finish point where we were going to leave a car, I overshot the spot by several miles (whoops), well it was dark!
It was getting a bit nippy too as there was some light snowfall.
We did make it to Newnham in plenty of time though & tentatively made our way onto the water. Being my second time on the wave I knew I was in for a beating :oS
Andy getting ready.
Both me & Andy missed the wave as we were in the middle of the river, I managed to paddle hard across to the wave & hook into the second wave & it was rocking :D I got some lovely clean surfs with very little rudder & the bow burying into the trough, nice. In fact I think Andy & me did better than some of the surfers as the main wave broke on the shallows & Andy saw some go over as they hit bottom.
As I dropped back there was a maelstrom of messy waves following the bore & these were a hoot to surf in. Its quite amazing how the calm river prior to the bore can change so quickly & evan more cool is how the ebbing water so quickly turns to flood. The dynamics of the water are something very special here.
Interestingly the best waves of the day were further upstream quite sometime after the bore had passed. The shear speed of flow was kicking up some stunning standing waves & I had one of my best surfs ever on them. Sitting gently in the wave with little rudder my spare paddles were singing to me as they vibrated on the submerged bow & still the kayak kept surfing, awesome!
Cheers for the company Andy ;)
Saturday, 9 February 2013
Today I was meeting up with Andy today for a freshwater paddle with the Glam Boaters so I could help in supervising the kids as it was a junior paddle, problem was only Arron & David turned up :oS
Easy day I guess!
Andy got on first,
I don't know what this is or why it making Andy deranged but I saw quite a few of them?
I really should do some more of these river trips, their really not that bad :D
Sunday, 3 February 2013
Who's Bloody Idea Was This?
So here I was at Barry Old Harbour on a cold, wet & windy Sunday ready to meet up with some fellow Glam Boaters for something? weren't sure what till we met up but as they are relatively inexperianced it was gonna be a skills/confidence building based day.
Not much of a paddle but the guys certainly benefited from it & I actually enjoyed myself too, spot on☺
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