Sunday, June 28, 2009
Luckily for us kayakers there is someone out there who has done all the hard work and published a great easy to understand paper on this subject.
It seems that she is also an avid kayaker and photographer
Saturday, June 27, 2009
No symposiums to attend, no functions just your usual run of the mill week with paddling on monday, tuesday, wednesday, thursday, friday and saturday Thats a full week, how lucky we all are to be able to get so much time on the water. We planned a trip from Habonim beach back to Sdot Yam for Friday, but due to the rougher sea conditions we decided to postpone. To take a group of 30 mixed level kayakers out on a 25km trip in questionable conditions seemed like the wrong thing to do , so we changed plans and just played in the surf for the morning. But 4 of us who have our own kayaks decided to make the trip anyway, we left at 7am and paddled the 14 km to Nacholim , had a picnic on the beach and made the return trip. Total journey time about 5.5 hours, calories used up, who knows? Does anyone out there know how many calories you use when kayaking ?
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
Here's a progress report for the Petrel. No rush , no stress it just takes its own time. Some days a lot gets done others just a bit. But eventually progress is seen. I have just finished fiber glassing the deck and hull.This is a great stage as the wood really comes alive after it gets the epoxy on it. Now I have a small problem of some air bubbles on the deck where they are right in your face, I will have to sand them out and replace and repair them with new glass and epoxy. An added step but it has to be done.
I am pleased with the progress, from now on it should go a lot faster. I don't like to let the boat stand around too much at this time as the separate parts can distort and this makes joining them together more difficult.
Remember that we are trying to arrange a workshop with Nick Shade for anyone interested in building a strip built kayak, so if you are thinking about it nows the time to make the commitment. Just drop me a line if you are interested.
Thursday, June 11, 2009
Tuesday, June 9, 2009
When Rami comes paddling with us he brings Lola with as well. She waits on the shore or the reef and when we return she jumps into the water and swims to meet him. Sometimes he`s nice to her and gives her a ride
I did it through the internet , they promised 14 working days delivery, it came in less than one week. Not too bad, only problem is that its Pink. Not the ideal color for a boy, but what the hell, I know that it will only last a year if I`m lucky. Thats also the reason that I bought the cheapest model that I could find and stayed with Olympus so my old battery and card can still be used and I dont have to buy them too.
Lets see how long this Olympus lasts .
Wednesday, June 3, 2009
Well as we all know stuff happens, usually things go ok, but inevitably bad stuff comes our way and then there`s no excuse. If you usually bring along a spare paddle and never need it , be sure that the day you don't you will. That's how things work and I'm sure that someone coined a law that explains it all.
Today was that day.
The spare paddle was with Yossele, but he turned around early and didn't get to Jisser , fat lot of good that did.
When Aviv tried to roll and we all heard the CRACK I knew that his paddle had broken. Luckily we were only 6 km from home and the weather and sea was calm.He was determined to paddle back with half a paddle or even tried to hold the parts together and paddle.
The easiest thing to do was to tow, and so we did. With Aviv helping with his shortened paddle we managed to get home quite easily.
I even managed to get some video footage with my dying Olympus. Funny, it wont take stills but has no objection to video, albeit the quality is poor.
Ok, I know , always take along a spare paddle and at least one tow rope amongst the other emergency kit that you should ALWAYS have with you.