An adventure in Greenland

By Wayne Busby For the many of you who won’t recognise my name, I have had the pleasure of paddling with some of your sea kayaking members on occasions over recent years. I’ve been invited to share with you some of my experiences on a recent kayaking trip in the fjords of southwest Greenland. Greenland….

Tandem canoeing

On the 26th September, myself and six others took to the River Wye on an open canoe paddling adventure. The trip was in two parts: the first a comforting and pleasant journey from Ross on Wye through to Symonds Yat East; the second, a less leisurely ‘play’ in the rapids at Symonds Yat. Despite having…

Scilly Isles Club Trip, July 2016

I was expecting a tame and relaxing week on the club’s sea kayaking trip to the Scilly Isles – an idyllic setting about 30 miles west of the Cornish coast. But what transpired was a memorable adventure with an occasional splash of terror. Nine club members signed up for the trip – Andy and Liz…

Safe paddling in high water levels

Members are reminded to take extra care at times of high water levels and high flow speeds. Duty Officer’s duties do not extend to being responsible for club sessions on the water so members attending need to ensure they are operating in a safe manner. A large group during a club session will probably want…

Newbies at Symonds Yat

A few Saturdays ago some of us newbies drove terrified towards what we believed to be certain injury at Symonds Yat. After Andy’s unexpected advice on what to do to avoid smashing into rocks in the likely event of a capsize, we carried our kayaks to the river’s edge where I expected the gentle step-into-boat of Hurley, but instead faced a 50 foot (…?)…

Chainsaw powered canoeing

When I accepted the Maidenhead Waterways Restoration Group’s invitation to join the Maidenhead Canoe Cavalcade I imagined a brief half-hour paddle down a benign stretch of water to Bray.  What I was not expecting was an adventurous battle through the Maidonian rain-forest.  But that, and a fun-packed morning, is kinda what I got. Invitations to…

Palm factory

I had mentioned on more than one occasion how much I enjoyed one of the club’s most recent acquisitions – a Dagger KATANA 9.7.  So much so that, after a few paddles, I ordered one for myself.  Stock of these boats had run pretty low, so I had to wait for mine, and Jeff at…

Kayaks on the rack

Review: Prorack Whispbars, Prorack kayak holder, Thule Quickdraw lines and Playboater cockpit cover

Inland tour – Abingdon to Marlow

Earlier in the week my ‘get up and go’ had ‘got up and gone’. But somehow I’ve found it again, and it was a rush to throw a few things together and load the boat. With the exception of my mini stove (which has chosen a most inopportune moment to take a rest) I’m hoping…