Author: Duncan

Two Circumnavigations Underway

Two circumnavigations, one of the UK and the other of Ireland, have recently begun and may be of interest to folks. Round Ireland Justine Curgenven, along with Barry Shaw and Roger Chandler, are now 5 days into their circumnavigation of Ireland. The trip seems to be going well so far, despite Justine suffering from a minor illness for a couple of days. Taking a look at the photos on the various blogs/facebook there seem to be Go-Pro cameras mounted on all the boats – here’s hoping the footage will form part of ‘This Is The Sea 6’?? Their progress...

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Sea States For Sea Kayakers

Sea State – A Definition Sea State refers to the conditions found on the surface of the water as caused by the combination of levels of wind and/or swell (or lack of). Sea State Descriptions The Douglas Sea Scale was devised by a Royal Navy Admiral in 1917, H.P. Douglas. It is a system for estimating the sea’s roughness for navigation purposes. It has been adopted by the Met Office, and in kayaking circles by paddlers and the BCU who refer to it when trip planning and for the remit of various awards. His scale runs from 0 (0.0m...

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Greenland Intensive With Cheri Perry & Turner Wilson

This weekend I had the absolute pleasure of attending a ‘Greenland Intensive’ course – two days of first class coaching from world renown Greenland experts Cheri Perry and Turner Wilson. The course was booked and organised by Steve and Jackie from NFKCC, who had already attended a course with Kayak Ways and were keen for more. They did an excellent job of sorting out all the details and assembling a keen bunch of paddlers for Cheri and Turner to coach. The venue for the weekend was Lymington where we made use of the grassy recreation ground for dry land...

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Kayak Ways

Kayak Ways is the online home of Cheri Perry and Turner Wilson. Together they provide a range of Greenland skills and greenland rolling courses as well as boat building/paddle making workshops and yoga for paddlers. They have also produced the first in a series of instructional DVD with Justine Curgenven. Cheri & Turner joke that although they own a property in Maine, they actually live in a rental car as they spend a significant period of the year touring the world coaching. Cherri Perry A paddler for 22 years, Cheri has taught Greenland-style kayaking for seven years at several...

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Technique: Forward Paddling – Nick Cunliffe

This video is a short (3min) taster from the excellent Kayak Essentials DVD. Featuring L5 Coach Nick Cunliffe and filmed by Matt Giblin. It makes use of good slo-mo sections and annotated clips to run through the essentials of a solid forward paddling stroke and does a very good job of breaking the stroke down into constituent parts. The full clip or entire Kayak Essentials DVD can be purchased as a digital download from the Kayak Essentials website or an order placed for a physical...

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