New cranked paddles
The 'Luger' what it would have looked like when new
I live and work in Orkney where I was born. Brought up on the Island of Shapinsay in a small cottage on the shores of Elwick bay I am happiest in or on the sea playing in all sorts of boats. kayaking is now a large part of my life I help run Kirkwall kayak Club, mainly enjoying sea kayaking but also playing Canoe Polo, run rivers, surf and plenty of socialising!
Instead I worked on the old Polo boats that kirkwall Kayak Club bought earlier in the year. This one is Carbon/ Fiber Glass and extremely light, but also this makes it a bit more vunerable to cracks.
I had to build a makeshift tent out of insulation and old bed sheets to contain the heat. Fiberglass needs warmth to set and it is currently -5 in the evenings!!
Cant wait to go try out some of my new coaching techniques!!
Peter guarding my Hepworth goals..
Mine was the lightest so we worked with them as we didn't have much time to spare. Hepworth sink drain pipe was what i used, Graham opted for 2 Inch scaffold pole with key clamp corners! having proper goals will hopefully improve everyone's shooting skills. No one needs that more than myself!Graham looking pleased with himself..(I'm scared when he is smiling!)
hope you don't mind me putting this in MR B. you were almost up here, after Peter had handed you the paddle when you were already capsized great effort! We all do it though when under pressure for a breath ofair sit up a bit quicker than we would normaly..
Lots of folk put in good work tonight and it was all smiles when in helgies for an apre paddle beverage!
On Saturday morning Myself, peter Woodward, Ansgar and Mary(The later two are from the 'Far side', Orkney Sea Kayaking Assoiciation, Orkneys other canoe club) on the pentelina accross the pentland firth.
We motored straight down to the get in for river Findhorn where there was 8 inch of snow at the bell tower. this meant carrying boats for 500 meter doon hill. I didnt think it was a day fo a dip but obviously the 'Farsiders' did and I had to chase one half of them down some of the rapids!
As we got of the snow started and dark came down. we hastened back to our youth hostel in aviemore and quickly got fed and watered with some Curry and Guinness!
Next Morning we fired down the A9 and jumped on the Stanley section of the Tay. mary was feeling a little warm so went for a wee' boatless drift down the river for a short while..! we bounced merrily down the rest of the stretch quickly with our napier freinds Ric and Shorty.
We had no time to spare as me and Peter were meeting the rest of the orkney polo team in glenrothes. Peter, Torquil, Graham, Me and Colin
This started really well ,beating the team on top of the league and Stirling Uni. unfortunatly we lost our way and lost the next game with a sending off and both teams conceeding a penalty. hard faught but not good enough. next game was FifeCAG who have played togethr for years and grown in size and strength although still only teenagers. They played extremley defensive game scoring all there goals on the break. turning out eventuall winners.
More practice needed. this is the first time that the team has played together since Scottish championships last May so all in all not a disgracefull performance.
Back in Orkney and normal pool training continued on tuesday evening. This was CRAZIEST attendance ever! 40 people were counted. pretty much half Junior half adults.. breaking it up into 15 each in boats I hope that they all feel they got something out of the session. Malcom scott did his first handroll after 30 seconds tuition! We also got some more juniors on the padle power scheme..
reminder to self.. tak more photos!