Wednesday, 23 October 2013

Sea Kayaking Courses North Wales - IntroMediate + Bespoke

The last few weeks have been pretty busy and I'm just about up to date with admin and Blog.  Glynis was up for a Bespoke 1 to 1 day and with a windy forecast we set out from Moel y don, on the Menai Straits after coffees and a chat.  It was straight into a head wind, the bonus was it would help us back.  It had the feeling of winter as the day was bitter, but the light was great.  Just before slack water we paddled up into the Swellies, and worked on eddy turns.  Efficiency was the aim of the day, and we set off reducing the amount of reverse strokes to correct the kayak.  Hot chocolates to finish over a reflection on the day and looking back at the video clips ...   Great progress

The weekend saw John, Keith and Jeremy on the IntroMediate sea kayaking course and again it was windy, but we found appropriate conditions on the Straits, and we spent the day refreshing skills, with the main focus on managing a following sea, through the use of forward power, stern rudder, sweep strokes and edging (skeg was introduced right at the end)  Sunday was from Trearddur Bay to Rhoscolyn and back and we made the most of the rocky channels and gullies, working hard with various turns.  These turns we then moved into the flow and made our way out to the Beacon and its small islands, soon discovering a seal or two.

Paul had A Bespoke sea kayaking day and put a lot of preparation in prior to the day.  Considering he has just been paddling for a year Paul has progressed very well.  He wanted a challenge and with us being on a Spring tide and The Swellies so close to us, we were soon paddling our way to Menai Bridge, after a warm up.  Throughout the day Paul hit the turns well, maintaining a good constant lean. As the current slowed we gently made our way back up the eddies, to Menai Bridge.  Paul clearly chuffed by his achievements, and rightly so.

Tavi was up for a Bespoke sea kayaking day and it was a mixture of some rough water handling and trying new kit.  A ferry glide out to Harry Furlongs buoy, using transits and then back into the race.  A couple of points to locate on her new map and then back up to the race for a roll.  Great day and super to see Tavi's progress.


roger chandler

North Wales Sea Kayaking

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