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Roger Chandler Kayaking – Ken’s Training Weekend - Eventful Anglesey

Discussion in 'Non Fishing Chat' started by carpyken, Mar 8, 2010.

  1. carpyken

    carpyken New Member

    Totally enjoying the paddling at the moment, as a few of us are and while the fishing isn’t really very productive it’s a great opportunity to fit in a bit more training.

    I booked onto a BCU Four Star Leadership Award training weekend with Roger Chandler who runs a coaching business called Coastal Spirit over in North Wales. I had met Roger a couple of months earlier while I was attending a Navigation course and liking his manner I was keen to be coached by him.

    Well I shot up to North Wales Friday evening and it was dark when I got there, I had booked into a Youth Hostel and seriously guys for cheap good accommodation it cannot be beaten. Great atmosphere, drying rooms and comfy beds, beats sleeping in vans – certainly at this time of the year anyway. I awoke to an amazing view of the Snowdonian Mountains. Breathtaking….

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    Met Roger and a few of the other guys on the course not too far from Menia Bridge and after a coffee and a little bit of discussion we headed off to the north east corner of Anglesey to a small cove called Port Eilian. With a bit of rock hopping on the way we headed out towards Point Lynas

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    It was a beautiful morning and you could be forgiven in thinking spring was most definitely here, even the sea birds seemed to be taking in the suns rays. Not a cormorant but a shag no less.

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    The course is aimed at giving you the skills and leadership qualities required to lead a group of reasonably experienced paddles in moderate sea conditions. It covers all sorts of rescue and awareness issues as well as testing your own personal skills in moderate tidal and wind driven seas. The course is mandatory prior to a four star assessment and identifies areas the candidate may need to improve on.

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    We all had great fun and took part in different types of rescues including extracting paddlers from caves, assisted rescues, self rescues including recovering over the back deck, rolling, re-entry & rolling and using paddle floats in moderate water situations. A great deal was also taught on different towing techniques too.

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    We also had a bit of fun messing around, here’s me out of my cockpit, turned around and then laid down over the back of the boat and my nose on the very stern.

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    The notorious Anglesey tides had now started to gather pace and we headed out onto one of the many tidal races on the island that produces big standing waves, great fun for surfing.

    We had fun on the smaller stuff and as it built we ventured further out onto the bigger waves.

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    We started to catch a few big waves and was having great fun….but then disaster, I surfed straight into the side of another kayak…..oops the rotomoulded Valley Aquanaut went directly through the side of the composite Romany boat, the impact chucked us both into the water, we were well in the thick of it. Quick thinking by Roger and a few rescues later we were safely on the way back to the bay. The holed boat was towed while I came alongside to give support and two of us constantly pumped out the water. No one was hurt, the boat will repair and it was later laughed off, all good learning…

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    Sunday dawned much the same as the previous day, the sun was shining and it was another pleasant day on the water. This time we launched at the Northern End of Holy Island and paddled from Soldiers Point around to both North and South stack, the infamous Penryn Mawr tidal race was disappointedly given a wide birth today as a breeze had got up making it a little extreme for the course syllabus. We will be going back.

    A fun day was had with further coaching in leadership and navigation, a lovely day on the water. The coastline and caves are just amazing.

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    Finally as the day was slowly coming to an end we re-grouped in an eddy, I was the last to get back in as I was busy playing in the tide. I suddenly realised our group had grown by two in number, and then somebody spoke allowed and said “So hands up all those who have holed boats this weekend?” It was non other than two of the UKs best known sea kayakers and producer of ‘This is The Sea’ DVDs Justine Curgenven and Barry Shaw. Totally amazing, I was buzzing….

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    Thanks for reading, the North Wales coast is just fantastic, just cannot wait to get back over, which will be within the next few weeks as I have a boat to repair and return – well come on, any excuse will do.

    Ken
     
  2. langy

    langy Rockling

    Re: Eventful Anglesey

    Cracking report Ken enjoyed it :happy: sounds like you had some fun :wink: Langy
     
  3. Lindisfarne

    Lindisfarne New Member

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    Justine finaly meets her No 1 Stalker !!!! :laugh: :laugh:


    Great read Ken, sounds like you had a brilliant weekend. Those tide races sound awsome !

    Hope your ashamed of youself ramming that poor womans boat though......... :wounded:


    Neil.
     
  4. mattylamb

    mattylamb Rockling

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    awesome report Ken you look like you really enjoyed yourself, but remind me to steer clear of you in surf :cheesy:
     
  5. willybendit

    willybendit Rockling

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    Hi Ken thanks for posting the report and pictures looks like you had a great time bit to cold for me in the water ill stick with my boat yakkers are quackkers Ha Ha Alain
     
  6. newdave

    newdave Guest

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    welll done Ken you will soon be teaching Gordon Brown, we have been a bit busy the last few days, but when i get the time i am going to put together a post that might make you hate me :wink:
    watch this space
     
  7. Sambo

    Sambo To the MAX!

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    Cracking report Ken, nice to see you are really enjoying your kayaking and visiting some beautiful places. Top man :cool: :cool:
     
  8. Baramundi Bob

    Baramundi Bob Super Leeds United !!!

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    Yes, I really enjoyed reading that Ken. You do get about a bit. Great photography as well mate, excellent.
     
  9. rupert

    rupert Blenny

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    Thanks for that post Ken. It looks to be a great place for the Kayaks and maybe, at the right time of year, for fishing too?

    What's the crack with the Youth Hostels - Is there no age limit for using them? :tease:
     
  10. ducky

    ducky maybe one day...

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    Cracking report ken. Fancie crashing. Lol. Main thing is you were both ok.
     
  11. bigbadcol

    bigbadcol Whitby Fishing Forum _ Simply The Best

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    Fantastic read M8 and a great report. In an ideal world I'd live on the North WALES coast I just love the whole area.

    Col
     
  12. Mark Gelder

    Mark Gelder Rockling

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    Nice 1 Ken, great read fella, looks like you had a blast!!!!!!!!!
     
  13. biscuitlad

    biscuitlad Guest

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    Nice report Ken - given your new expertise, looks like you'll be in demand from now on as a "companion paddler" !
     
  14. big cliff

    big cliff Rockling

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    Top class report there Ken, some really nice photos , do you know the difference between a Cormorant and a Shag ? you can always get a
    good Cormorant :laugh: :laugh:
     
  15. mick webster

    mick webster Whitby Fishing Forum _ Simply The Best

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    Hi Ken, your pictures remind me of super hols we used to have on the Llyn Peninsular when my kids were little, i had an inflateable in those days and the fishing was brill. I did my power boat level 1 and2 on the Menai, it seems the place for boat tuition.
     
  16. carpyken

    carpyken New Member

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    Thank you for all the kind words guys, the kayaking has got me through this horrid winter while the fishing has been a bit naff, ready for warmer days (and waters) now though :happy:
     
  17. Ian Alexander

    Ian Alexander Whitby Fishing Forum _ Simply The Best

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    Great write up and photos Ken, I love Wales, I have some good memories from around the Lleyn. Hard lines about the crash but these things happen.
    Regards Ian
     
  18. gerry

    gerry Whitby Fishing Forum _ Simply The Best

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    Really enjoyable writeup Ken, thanks for that, I'll stick with my sot though :laugh: :laugh:
     
  19. DiscoMick

    DiscoMick Eat Fishing, Sleep Fishing, Drink BEER

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    Got to agree with you there mate stunning place!!spent a lot of years holidaying/fishing down there must get myself back down this year.. :yes:
     
  20. 09tindac

    09tindac Could'nt catch a cold

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    great report :yes:

    would like to try some kayaking courses myself.

    Does anyone know where there are any Kayaking Level 1 coaching courses about around the scarborough area. I have my cricket Level 1 but thought that Kayaking may be a fun one to do.

    Also, have any of you guys ever done BCU courses around this area. So far i can only find them down south.
     

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