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  1. SMjumpingYay - Yipppeeeee - Something else...

    SMjumpingYay - Yipppeeeee - Something else begging with "Y" SMnana SMhail


    Will be great to see you....

    ...and that means that after all these years we finally get a stupendous SoTP Blog...
  2. Open Canoe Festival - 10th Anniversary - May 2020 - River Drôme

    http://eleripaddles.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/61/2019/08/OCF-2020.jpg


    SMbirthday So it's official SMhappy99We have a date SMbirthday

    Opens ~ 6pm pm on Thursday 30th April
    Ends ~ 4pm on...
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    Earlier in the year we were told levels were at...

    Earlier in the year we were told levels were at least 10% down on the extrene drought levels of last year - and began to despair - but that was the worst bit!

    Because of the engineering works at...
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    Washburn Boaterfest 2019

    http://boaterfest.singleblade.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/sites/62/2019/07/Washburn-Boaterfest-2019.jpg


    This past year or so, Washburn releases have been rarer than water in rivers... but all of a...
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    For most open canoeing you want a sea kayaker's...

    For most open canoeing you want a sea kayaker's drysuit rather than a white water kayaker's drysuit: something with an open neck or neoprene neck seal that can be opened up - as you ain't going to be...
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    Hmmm - I suspect the Pirates would have a truly...

    Hmmm - I suspect the Pirates would have a truly wonderful time exploring the Vercors Plateau (walks, climbs, via ferrata, etc.) and at the OCF (in and out of boats) - Tobey is certainly now old...
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    Once you get above 15' you're getting into the...

    Once you get above 15' you're getting into the size of craft where lighter materials really matters. OK, it's significant even in a 10' white water boat... but at 16' or 17' you may find yourself...
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    If you're big enough the Hou Prospector can work...

    If you're big enough the Hou Prospector can work even as a solo. It works best as a tandem with a good load: two larger adults or equivalent.

    The hull is very flat bottomed so primary stability is...
  9. I'm working near Masham / Ripon most weeks and...

    I'm working near Masham / Ripon most weeks and could easily find an evening or two: drop me a line :)
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    https://vimeo.com/146105095 ...

    https://vimeo.com/146105095

    https://vimeo.com/146105095
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    OK - on 18th and 19th August I've got two days of...

    OK - on 18th and 19th August I've got two days of guaranteed water on the River Washburn...


    https://vimeo.com/202568000

    Of course, when we publish photos we always choose the most dramatic....
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    The Silverbirch Firefly is very much a "trad"...

    The Silverbirch Firefly is very much a "trad" boat and is very much aimed at your "trad" market!

    If you mostly paddle solo (perhaps with a big load, perhaps occasionally picking up a swimmer) this...
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    The Venture Afon is very much an OC2 (specialist...

    The Venture Afon is very much an OC2 (specialist WW tandem): great fun two up on moving water, especially if you want to run dry even through the biggest wave trains!

    I wouldn't consider one for...
  14. OK - you need to be looking at a minimum of two...

    OK - you need to be looking at a minimum of two boats!

    Most canoes sold in the UK are tandems: you can go solo but they do better when you are joined by a partner. Beyond that, most boats starts...
  15. How old are the two "little ones"?

    How old are the two "little ones"?
  16. A Kevlar Prospector might weigh as little as...

    A Kevlar Prospector might weigh as little as 41lbs... or might be almost double that.

    Switching to a solo can certainly get the weight WAY down... but how light do you want to go? Give us an idea!
  17. Canoe Wales is indepedent, as are the Scottish...

    Canoe Wales is indepedent, as are the Scottish Canoe Association and the Canoe Association of Northern Ireland. They work together based on a Federal Agreement. Each Home Nation appoints to the Board...
  18. The Supernova can work well for Trad boaters who...

    The Supernova can work well for Trad boaters who are wedded to the big boat feel... and yes, it spins around like a trad boat on edge even when it's paddled flat!

    Re. Standing / poling: start with...
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    C/o Gareth Wilson - Racing Canoe Clubs on FB...

    C/o Gareth Wilson - Racing Canoe Clubs on FB: videos which might be worth a watch...

    This one has some great slow motion footage from 2:06...


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e0kC7NhN6fM
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  20. This is an expedition rig on a Bell era Black...

    This is an expedition rig on a Bell era Black Gold Flashfire - 13' carbon boat...


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eOGZT_k6_G0

    Your Gatz boat will sail rather better than my Flashfire... and...
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    You can recover a boat quite effectively with an...

    You can recover a boat quite effectively with an attachment or two around the hull: commonly puts less strain on the boat and works nicely.

    Loops are far from essential but if they're in place we...
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    It's the finest canoeing tradition in the UK......

    It's the finest canoeing tradition in the UK... as celebrated in a book titled "Over the sea to Skye"... and in the history of the Clyde Canoe Club:
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    Even basic Ash gunwales are lighter than vinyl...

    Even basic Ash gunwales are lighter than vinyl gunwales. E.g. on the Silverbirch Broadland 15:
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  24. Hmmm - I suspect you'd have found a more...

    Hmmm - I suspect you'd have found a more impressive volunteer side to the organisation 20 years ago... and a lot of staff lived and worked away from Bingham - including the then CEO - but I take your...
  25. Song-of-the-Paddle is certainly known in Italy:...

    Song-of-the-Paddle is certainly known in Italy: it's followed by a fair few from the Associazione Italiana Canoa Canadese.

    If you've followed the OCA Facebook page over the years you'll probably...
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