Capsize drill on cars

So just what is the right way up for a kayak on a car roof? Traditionally, most of us chuck kayaks upside down onto roof racks. It’s the only option if you don’t have J-bars, uprights or a cradle. But it’s by far the worst option aerodynamically. When you think about it, all the air…

An arctic adventure

Never one to sit down and read a magazine (although at times when I’m lying in an exhausted heap I so wish I did), I have been on yet another adventure. Raiding my adventure pot and using my flexible friend, I managed to find enough cash to take me to the arctic coast of Norway,…

Sea, wild camping and Betty Stogg

Undeterred from their last adventures in Cornwall with Jason Lomu and Richard the 1st, Toby–I can-now-drive-big-lorries-Bellinger and Yours Truly set off yet again for a weekend with SKC on the seas around Falmouth. We joined up with Richard the 2nd for a closed group paddle and wild camp weekend. At SKC HQ we packed our boats…

Croatia

In August, Simon, Jon, Chris P. and myself set off to sunny Croatia for a sea kayaking holiday. Personally my motivation was simple: paddling when capsized could only result in a warm bath. That proved irresistible. We did the ‘Island Hopping: The Elafiti Archipelago’ tour with Adriatic Kayak Tours. We stayed in a small hostel on the…

A trip to the nudist beach

We paddled out of the calm waters of Brixham Harbour and into a stiff wind. Beyond the sheltered wall of the marina the waves whipped up into frothy white caps. Our sea kayaks rose and dipped with the swell of the surf. A force 3 to 4 wind was driving at us from an angle….

Great White River

“Help!” It’s not something I’ve ever felt the urge to shout while on a river, but sitting half submerged under a siphoning rock, clinging on to the top of the rock as best I could with my gloved hands, it took a lot of self restraint not to yell for help. It’s not really the…

A hunt for red October

It is Sunday 28 October 2012. The call had gone out earlier in the week for club members to join in the annual “Autumn Colours” paddle from the club down to Maidenhead, passing the glorious woodlands of Cliveden in the hope of witnessing a splendid display of yellows, reds and browns. The clocks had gone…

Why it’s better to be open

Most of you who paddle on Sunday cannot fail to have noticed that Kelvin is always in his open canoe and never in a kayak. So at the end of one committee meeting we took him hostage, drove to Andy Maxted’s house and tortured Kelvin with Andy’s extensive collection of “Mel and Kim” LPs until…

Trip – French Alps

It is the first Sunday of July, day 1 in the Alps, and we have done 2 sections and no swims! We decided to do a gentle warm-up for the sake of those who have not done the Alps and so jumped on the Lower Guil (G2) and the Sunshine Run on the Durance, G2(3)….

The thrill of speed

Newer members will have noticed that we have the occasional paddler turn up at the club house and take one of the long fibreglass boats out from the far end of the racking and disappear – usually rather quickly – upstream or downstream. These paddlers often keep themselves very much to themselves but they’re not…

Lee Valley: dream day for a whitewater kayaker

About two weeks ago I received a surprise email. Matt Chadder, one of the organisers of the Youth Freestyle Series, was offering a day not to be missed. As part of the press day to launch the opening to the public of the Olympic Whitewater Stadium he had received an invite to run a one…