For Sale Kari-Tek Easy Load Roof Rack

NOW SOLD
The Kari-Tek Easy Load Roof Rack is both a kayak roof rack and a canoe roof rack. It fits on to your vehicle’s existing roof bars and lowers to the side for safe, easy and secure loading of kayaks and canoes.

Sold complete with two sets of Kari-Tec  ‘J’ bars complete with additional supports and is suitable for most cars. It will bolt directly onto your own roof bars (roof bars not included) and the unit can be easily removed attached to your roof bars when not in use.

Price £300.00.

Steve’s mobile; 07788870588
Or
Sarah’s mobile; 07786238076

For more info visit, http://www.karitek.co.uk/shop/roof-racks-rails/easy-load-roof-racks

Half the paddle, twice the paddlers

Recent open boat course (3 dock sessions and a trip) went really well.

A mix of new and more experienced paddlers met for the first session in conditions that can only be described as diabolical. It was lashing down with rain and blowing an absoloute hoollie (opens dont like wind unless we have the sail up), but everyone got stuck in and just did it.

Session two was glorious sunshine as the group worked on trimming the boat, tandem and solo paddling, hunting, and balance. Everyone did great.

Session three focused on the ability to rescue these very large craft in a safe way, ie how to empty a boat whilst not using any muscle power, and how to get back in without using any effort. This was followed by some poling, and prying and generally progressing to such an extent that everyone is safe to join a session / trip.

Session four was the trip, Farndon to Chester (12 miles), glorious sunshine, but headwind (ouch). Everyone did really well.

WELL done to all!

Unfortunatley there are not too many photos, but for some great 1970’s instructional videos then I strongly recomment the link below to the Path of the Paddle series. Excuse the 1970’s music, fashion and non uk health and safety, but the skills are just as valid now as then.

Top tip for tandem boaters, listen out for how much communication there is!!!!!!!!

Enjoy – but remember a felt hat is not as good as a crash hat in protecting your head from rocks, and PFD’s should not be quite so faded.

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For sale, Reed Aquatherm spray deck and gauntlet pogies.

For sale, Reed Aquatherm spray deck and gauntlet pogies. Can bring to Anglesey

The spraydeck fits the cockpit of the following boats (and probably more): Avocet, Northshore Ocean and Prijon Yak. It does not fit my waist tho! it says 36″ and I can get it on but it is too tight for comfort. So slim people only need apply! It is in good condition. New costs £61. Selling for £30 ono

Gauntlet Pogies are also aquatherm and in excellent condition. I just didn’t get on with them. Cost new £30. Selling for £15

I am coming to Anglesey this weekend and can bring them

Pen Godber
Email pen.godber AT gmail.com

For Sale Roof Bars £40 and £100

Thule roof bars with Ekla J bars fitted. These are the Thule bars to fit cars with roof bars rather than roof rails. I will take £100 for them to make some space in the garage.

Wide bars for carrying two open boats. I had these bars made for me so I could take both my open boats on trips. The clamps are designed to fit over standard Thule bars. The bars are very strong. £40.

Pick up Little Neston or I can drop off to marina.

Mark Steward
Email:  mark_steward AT sky.com

Abersoch and St Tudwals Sea Kayak Trip by Hannah Bellamy

On bank holiday Monday, a sea trip was planned from Abersoch out to the St Tudwals islands on the Llŷn Peninsula at the western end of Tremadog Bay, west Wales.

Most of us met at Queensferry so we could car share across to Abersoch and after a scenic drive we unloaded the boats at Abersoch beach. Andy Garland briefed us on the planned route, the expected weather and tides and the 9 of us launched about midday.

Weather was cloudy with a slight breeze, a nd the water quite still as we paddled out to the St Tudwals Islands. We paddled first to the east island, and around the far edge where we met a couple of seals perched on a rock. We then paddled across to the east island around which I completed my first circumnavigation! This island is owned by Bear Grylls as a holiday home and we could see where he had complied to take down the slide he had built before Gwynedd Council spotted it.

As the Islands are privately owned we couldn’t land on them so, as we were all getting peckish, we headed to a beach a little south to where we had launched. The surf was a too strong to get all 9 of us on and off safely, especially with a few of us who had never tried a surf landing, but Pete Thomas beautifully demonstrated before we started back around the headland. We were now paddling against the tide, working up an appetite, and the swell was great fun; there was even a bit of surfing.

We stopped at a little beach for lunch and sat and watched the clouds clear as the afternoon sun came out. A family, also on the beach, said they had seen dolphins at a similar time the day before and we kept an eye out but sadly they didn’t come out for us.

One of the brilliant things about this club is it’s wonderfully encouraging and generous members. So far, I had been paddling a great new club purchase, a small delphin, and to paddle back to Abersoch beach Mark Pawley offered his Greenland boat, a wonderfully sleek and responsive boat complete with Greenland paddle!

We paddled gently back, landed on the beach, and spent some time trying out each other’s boats and playing a little more before packing away about 5pm. Accompanied by a round of tea and Eccles cakes, courtesy of Mark and Dave, we loaded up and watched the refined art of Mark getting four sea boats on the roof of his van.

A superb days paddling, many thanks to all my fellow paddlers (and the bin men of Allerton who helped me get the boat on the car!) for a delightful bank holiday on the water.

For Sale Pyranha karnali, medium £425

One Pyranha karnali, medium size for sale it has the full connect 30 rig, plus airbags.

This boat has never been used for white water running and only has surface scrapes that would be expected from being used a few times. This kayak is in excellent condition and has been stored inside, as you will see by the photos and also on inspection when viewing the kayak. The price that i am asking is £425, so looking for a quick sale.

Also for sale is a composite gorilla paddle, also in good condition (right hander ) £100.

Paul Wilson
Email paulawillo113 AT hotmail.co.uk

For Sale: Pyranha Fusion (Medium) £390

“A versatile boat, suitable for rivers or touring, estuaries/sheltered coastal venues”.  The 78 litre hatch is spacious enough for weekend camping gear. It has been well looked after and is In very good condition, just a few minor scratches on underside.  Comes with paddle, spraydeck and deck pod.  It is the River Tour model.  Full spec at http://www.pyranha.com/kayaks.php?kayak=Fusion%20River%20Tour.

Nigel Waddington
07810 095 157

River Orchy by Hannah Bellamy

Friday 14th April – River Orchy

On the first day of our Scottish Easter break we were to paddle the river Orchy, a 9km stretch from the Bridge of Orchy to the Falls of Orchy. A small group had an early start to paddle the Upper Etive first at 6am, and the rest of us set off at 9am, to meet with the Etive crew at the get in. As a new white water paddler, this was my third river trip and I was a little nervous, but very excited to be paddling (described by the UK rivers guidebook) ‘one of the best trips at this grade [3-5] in the UK!’

Our get-in was by the Bridge of Orchy hotel, about a half hour drive from the hostel. We changed whilst the drivers ran the shuttle and then divided up into groups of 5 or 6, each with a combination of abilities and an instructor. We played in the waves under the bridge until everyone was ready to set off.

The trip began gently, getting used to being back on the water and being in a new boat (I had borrowed a small burn, a perfect fit), until we reached the first rapid. There are a great variety of rapids on this river, nicely spread out, with the opportunity to portage any of them on paths river left. I’m glad that at the time that I didn’t know their names, as I might have been rather more apprehensive!

The first rapid, ‘Big Rock’, was what is says on the tin with lines either side, a great start to the paddle and a rapid that I think everyone did. The next, ‘Chicken Chute’, a fair few of us portaged, but it was great to watch our fellow paddlers. Next came ‘Sheep Trolley Gorge’, a nice lengthy rapid with opportunities to stop and play, followed by Easan Dubha (Black Falls), a grade 5 drop which was another portage for most but again super to watch. To follow, I’ve found out, came a plethora of crazy names; ‘Sore Tooth’, ‘Roller Coaster’ and ‘End of Civilisation’ (!).  I’m struggling now to distinguish between the rapids, as the whole river was 9km of fun and I did portage some, but on one of these I remember throw lines dotted around to catch any

swimmers – I missed the eddy halfway down the rapid and carried straight on to the bottom, playing limbo under one of them.

Before the final rapid came Eas a’ Chathaidh (spray waterfall), a 4-metre waterfall. It was amazing to watch fellow paddlers run this, firstly their getting out looking at and discussing the lines and then running it beautifully. I wouldn’t have thought it could be done, but I look forward to trying it myself in a few years’ time!

The get out was straight after ‘Witches Step’, a nice lengthy and bouncy rapid to finish with just before the Falls of Orchy, and the sun came out just in time for lunch.

The instructors and all my fellow paddlers made this a wonderful first experience of a proper Scottish river and my faith in my ability grew with each rapid. There was always someone keen to show me the line, offer advice and ready at the bottom either with a throw line or a camera! Due to great support, a constant ‘paddle, paddle, paddle!’ inside my head and portaging the higher-grade rapids I managed not to swim on the Orchy and couldn’t wait for the next day (when I was not to stay so dry…).

Before this fantastic full immersion course to white water, I was a novice paddler, but after these 4 days of superb rivers I think I can call myself an ‘improver’! Thank you to everyone who made this trip happen, I’m looking forward to next year!

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