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Offline strang

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Watersports!
« on: December 23, 2013, 08:43:45 pm »
Steady at the back! on a serious note, and having just seen Hippydave's picture with the Canadian canoe on his motor, and, remembering that Icy 'did' have a couple of kayaks, and I too have a kayak, just wondered if there would be any interest in a camping/paddling type weekend?

All I do with mine these days is just paddle on the local canal, but would like to take it away somewhere to a nice bit of river where I could camp alongside - does anyone know such a place, and would anyone be interested in something like this?
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Re: Watersports!
« Reply #1 on: December 23, 2013, 08:47:30 pm »
The river Wye is a fantastic paddle for a few days with camping in between, a pub stop at the saracens head at symonds yat, its a very good weekend of mainly easy paddling, myself and Andy (sourcers apprentice) have done it a few times now.
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Re: Watersports!
« Reply #2 on: December 23, 2013, 08:49:20 pm »
i also have access to a lot of kayaks and 3 canoes and all the safety gear needed (Buoyancy Aids and helmets)
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Re: Watersports!
« Reply #3 on: December 23, 2013, 08:50:16 pm »
Sounds good Dave - hmm, could be a plan!
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Re: Watersports!
« Reply #4 on: December 23, 2013, 09:09:48 pm »
~Out of seasonish ...

there is a cracking spot in the Coed-Y-Brenin forest near to a Disused Gold mine ....Wild camping in the car park FTW !!!!

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Re: Watersports!
« Reply #5 on: December 26, 2013, 12:23:07 pm »
it's been many years since i last sat in a canoe (and i can't swim) but the last time was actually on the Wye around Symonds Yat, i do have a tatty old glass canoe and paddle (no spraydeck or safety gear though), i'm by no stretch of the mind an "experienced canoeist" (more a beginner) but i'm also not overly afraid of water although i've never gone over particularly turbulent water (we didn't get to the white water section around Symonds)

i could very much be interested in a weekend of silly buggers on water/wild camping, personally i prefer a little current to still waters having canoed on both

maybe i ought to see if my canoe still floats if there's space for another idiot and it doesn't conflict with other events i plan on attending this coming year  ;D

as long as you lot can cope with having an irritating novice along please pencil me in

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Re: Watersports!
« Reply #6 on: December 26, 2013, 12:33:43 pm »
You wont need an old fiberglass kayak, i have access to some very good plastic boats and all the safety gear and paddles needed and i have my own kayak trailer that holds about 20 kayaks and a couple of canoes. Myself, Simon and Andy (sourcers apprentice) are all experienced kayakers so we can handle novices and the Wye is an easy river to paddle, even Symmons Yat. Although i have had to rescue a few people who hire canoes and tip them in the rapids with their wee kids on board.
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Re: Watersports!
« Reply #7 on: December 26, 2013, 12:45:05 pm »
Cheers Dave, i think it was one of the stubby plastic canoe things i used on the Wye, i/it had absolutely no sense of direction for the first ten minutes or so  jwdrp

great fun although tiring if i recall correctly, i'm definitely interested  Rock
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Re: Watersports!
« Reply #8 on: December 26, 2013, 12:52:18 pm »
Novices are better with longer boats as are they are easier to control and less prone to tipping. Before i take anyone on the water they get a practice so i can see who i need to keep and eye one and who needs to be given paddling practice as moving water is totally different to still water paddling, and everybody will get the obligatory river safety talk.
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Re: Watersports!
« Reply #9 on: December 26, 2013, 01:15:20 pm »
i understand and accept the need for instruction/assessment, also understand the directional thing with lengths as the first canoe i ever got in was a fabric covered timber framed job (i think they're best looking but that may be just my visual taste) that actually sat "in" the water rather than bobbed about like a cork, i did get to play on the "step" in the river where the current sped up learning to control the boat directionally so i do have a little idea of the risks along with reasonable balance

my self preservation is also in a higher gear than it used to be  jwdrp

if you "think" i may be too old/stupid/unfit to play on the water i'll accept that decision and just burn all the wood/drink your beer  ;D

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if you really want to play in strong multidirectional currents may i suggest the entrance to Southampton with the tide rising, it's scarey enough in a 30plus foot motorcruiser with twin engines  :o
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Re: Watersports!
« Reply #10 on: December 26, 2013, 01:29:39 pm »
i have taken 8yr olds down the yat so i think you would more than mange it.
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Re: Watersports!
« Reply #11 on: December 26, 2013, 01:33:41 pm »
Cheers, looking forward to it already  Rock
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Re: Watersports!
« Reply #12 on: December 26, 2013, 01:55:47 pm »
We will have to get some dates sorted then
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Re: Watersports!
« Reply #13 on: December 26, 2013, 04:54:52 pm »
Do they still have that water taxi with the hand line to take people across the river to the pub?
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Re: Watersports!
« Reply #14 on: December 26, 2013, 05:05:51 pm »
yer they do and its still fun to cross on it
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