Reflections on San Francisco Bay: A Kayakers Tall Tales, Vol. 3

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The event was such a success and has received so much positive feedback that they have already set the dates for the event for September By Roger Chandler. On August 20, In Expeditions. Justine Curgenven, Barry Shaw and my self had only one main headland between us and the finish, with either 14 or 18 nm to go.

The distance depended on whether we could cut straight across Dublin Bay or due to the winds had to hug the coast. But for today I was beat and happy to come ashore. I was looking forward to food and an early night and considering we had got on the water after 12 and in just after 6pm, 18nm was respectable. The next morning after breakfast, we were on the water for 6am, forecast was a F5 and gusting up to F7.

For me this was the most physical part of our journey and as we clawed our way in to the harbor, 18nm and 6 hours from our start. I felt a mix of relief and warm satisfaction. In the last few days, life is almost back to normal. A few more stats. The biggest mileage was 34 nm and there was 2 of these.

While the smallest distance was 10nm as we rounded Clogher and Sybil Head and experienced a significant mt Atlantic swell, confused reflected waves and sustained clapotis. It was an exciting as well as a gripping morning. Overall we had fantastic conditions and more days than expected with stunning silky seas and blue-sky days. And I feel we got the balance right, based on the 50 days I had available before going back to work.

From exploring, caves, gullies and tunnels, outer islands, villages and time with local people.

To paddling from headland to headland and making the most of conditions, to get the mileage in. From paddlers, following our journey and those we just met who opened their house to us, and welcomed us in. I feel very fortunate to have been able to take the time out to complete this expedition and thank my partner Sonja for managing mission control, with updating my Blog and managing the bookings for Coastal Spirit. My Cetus HV carried the load and felt secure and stable in rough seas and challenging winds. Being able to trust that my boat was up for the job, was a big weight off my mind.

On July 18, In News , Reviews. Woodmill Sea Symposium th July, Our trip leader Pete Brown had jokingly replied that I could always paddle around Hayling Island our particular trip in a Burn!? Many a true word spoken in jest it seemed. The kayak itself has a fairly pronounced rocker at the front; not unlike a river runner. Following back towards the cockpit the manufacturers have thoughtfully put two recesses for resting the ends of your split paddles into.

A little further on is a forward hatch with more than enough space to store a fair amount of kit. The deck elastics continue on before you arrive at the cockpit. The hull is a planning type with a skeg recess towards the rear.


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Again the end of the hull here has been given rocker but in a more subtle way. I also got a few little off the cuff remarks about my new sea kayak playboat! The Hammer did not disappoint. First impressions?

On launching through a gentle swell I found the Hammer to be very stable with none of the slight twitchiness that some sea kayaks have. This includes following along the coast with a beam on sea; a situation that for some novices is not always comfortable to be in. The weather for the trip could not have been better. Interestingly I noticed that my cadence rate for paddling was no greater than that of my fellow paddlers.

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I was now starting to see what the Hammer was all about as I gleefully bounced over the first wave to execute a low brace turn with a surprising turn of speed for a longer boat. No such luck in Langstone harbour! Making our way through Chichester harbour back towards the open sea I noticed that Jim was having no trouble keeping up with the group. For me this would make a great day trip boat with the ability to keep up with the pack for the shorter distances.

Unfortunately I have had nothing else to compare the Hammer against as a bench mark for comparison purposes. On June 12, In News , Trip Reports. The East coast is alive with paddlers. Christopher Lockyer www. It was great to have 30 plus enthusiastic paddlers out on the water during the sessions. This is a new paddle symposium on Vancouver Island. It is the newest symposium for Paddle Canada. Janette and her crew sold this event out in a little over 12 days. The event took place at Pearson Collage. The area had so many options for an event like this. Race Rock one of the most exposed tide races on the Vancouver Island was going to be used by plenty of the session during the event.

We had plenty of fun during the event. Friday was a coach update fun day, Saturday and Sunday were a mix of sessions on and off the water. A talented coach and an up and comer for sure. It is the newest symposium for Paddle Canada. Janette and her crew sold this event out in a little over 12 days. The event took place at Pearson Collage. The area had so many options for an event like this. Race Rock one of the most exposed tide races on the Vancouver Island was going to be used by plenty of the session during the event.

We had plenty of fun during the event. Friday was a coach update fun day, Saturday and Sunday were a mix of sessions on and off the water. A talented coach and an up and comer for sure.

MEC has been running Paddlefest for many years. It started in Toronto and has spread across the country. I was invited by Erik to take part in the Instructor development program that would run at Harbor Front on Friday. We had a great turnout of 20 or so Paddle Canada instructors. I was only able to attend day of of Paddlefest but it turned out to be a great day. Plenty of eager students and people walking around looking at gear and boats. The event was very well organized.

SUP portion of that instructor development day. After jumping on the plane at pm in Toronto I got home repacked and headed down to Tangier Nova Scotia to take part in day two of the Coastal Adventures Kayakers meeting. After hearing the stories from Day one I was kind of glad to have missed the driving rains and winds they experienced.


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We spent the morning working on skills development and then heading out for a little rock hopping session in the afternoon. The swell was kicking up which provided a great deal of energy for us to play. Watching the swell — photo by Ryan Brake.

On June 11, Friday evening traffic was kind enough to allow me a jam free journey to the north Yorkshire coast for the Sea Kayak Expedition Gathering. On my arrival I was greeted with a hot meal and a beer Always a good start. As night fell on Friday evening there were tall tales and ghost stories round the fire just to make sure we all slept soundly in our beds.

In the morning everyone split into different groups for workshops on trip planning, fishing and foraging for wild foods. At lunchtime the organisers laid on a fantastic spread of food cooked freshly on the beach. Fried fish, malt loaf fritters and stewed fruit re-replenished our energy reserves for the afternoon incident management sessions. The local RNLI lifeboat crew from Staithes joined us to try different techniques for rescuing kayakers.

Sunday was more about journeying with everyone splitting into smaller groups focusing on boat handling and navigation on the move. As we entered Staithes harbour we were once again treated to freshly prepared food before completing the final leg to finish in Runswick Bay. On June 10, In Reviews. By Kate Duffus. On June 9, The sun shone as paddlers descended on the Braid country park in the Northumberland town of Amble.