Tuesday, May 31, 2011
Today we set off from beyond Carnsore Point and after 3 hours we reached Killmore Quay and stopped for a quick lunch. When we got back on the water the wind began to pick up. We paddled on for another 3 hours but gained little ground with the wind the wind reaching force 6 and a 3 metre swell. We called it a day and made it on shore with a bit of rough landing pushed by the dumping waves. We covered 12 nautical miles.
Monday, May 30, 2011
Luckily when there are 2 people in the group we can blame each other and nobody is to blame. Today started off beautifully with a crossing from Wexford bay to Rosslare harbour. We then cruised around Greenore Point with the tide at our backs. We pulled into a slipway a few miles after and chilled out for a couple of hours so the tide would be with us going around Carnsore Point. However, after rounding the point we soon discovered that a monstrously strong tide was against us and the wind escalated to a force 6 head wind in our face!! After paddling for an hour and a half we made zero ground and decided to hit the beach. Apparently someone made a mistake with the tides...who? No one knows. To be continued....Paddy
Sunday, May 29, 2011
We left Courttown at 10am, slept on and missed the morning tide. We paddled for 3 hours until the tide turned against us. Had a kip on the beach, then back on the water at 5pm. Paddled til 9pm and arrived at Raven head. The place could be mistaken for somewhere in Scandinavia. A beautiful long beach surrounded by a forest of pine trees. Camping there for tonight.
Saturday, May 28, 2011
the day started off with a mellow Force3-4 westerly breeze and by lunch time it had built up to a fresh F6 headwind. We battled on anyhow and by 3pm it had dropped again to a force 4 and continued to drop in the evening. Good day overall covering just under 60k and finishing near Cahore head Co.Wexford. Hopefully the good weather continues!...Later Paddy
Left Howth head at 7.30am and headed straight across Dublin Bay. Near death experience no.1: Stena Line ferry, keep clear. The tide then pushed us right through Dalkey Island and sailed through Bray, Stopped it Greystones for a bit of lunch and then headed for the long slog all the way to Wicklow town. Tent up, dinner on, dinner eaten, bed! 30 nautical miles, alls good.
Wednesday, May 25, 2011
...Already this summer there has been once sucessful circumnavigation of Ireland by sea kayak(destroying the previous record by another Kokatat tem)http://roundireland2011.blogspot.com/, a second well underway http://canoearoundireland.com/ and so myself and Dan are starting the third one..
Over the last few weeks we have seen quite a mixture of weather in Ireland with nice highs in early April and with very mixed windy days during the last few weeks. And this week has been no different with over 70knots recorded in Belmullet on Monday. Weather of this strength and blowing this frequently wasn't expected however it has given us extra time to prepare for the adventure. So over the last two weeks myself and Dan have been putting the finishing touches to our boats adding new keelstrips and fitting bilge pumps. Dan has written up a handy step by step guide on installing the Henderson pump in your sea kayak here:http://teami-canoe.blogspot.com/2011/05/how-to-install-henderson-foot-pump-kit.html
Finally there seems to be a small break in the forecasted gales and on Friday morning we are going to make a break for it, setting off from Howth slipway just North of Dublin Bay.
Here, this shot displays the majority of the kit needed for our 1600km journey around the coast. Included are our safety equipment, camping, cooking gear, food for 5 days and water for two:
Some of our goals for the trip include:
1. Most importantly growing sea kayakers beards.
2. Paddle with some whale's.
3. Finish the trip!
Some of the key pieces of equipment we have chosen for this expedition to keep safe and warm include:
The Kokatat Tectour Gore-tex cag-
Kokatats gore-tex whirlpool bib-
and the Ronin Pro PFD-
The expedition is being carried out in aid of the Irish Hospice Foundation, a charity working to improve end of life care in Irish Hospitals. So far the fundraising has been very successful raising a total of €975 online and off.
Updates and photos from the journey will be located on the I-canoe blog @: http://teami-canoe.blogspot.com/
If you would like to donate a few euros to the Irish Hospice Foundation please visit: http://www.mycharity.ie/event/timpeall_na_tire/
Tuesday, May 24, 2011
Sunday, May 22, 2011
Friday, May 20, 2011
Thursday, May 19, 2011
See below for details of some of the newest additions to the range.
Tuesday, May 17, 2011
Get em while they're hot
See here to order:
Monday, May 16, 2011
Today I took out rockhoppers as part of my push to introduce freestyle basics to clubs and groups.
We headed up to Templemills Weir Affectionately known as Bernies Hole after its discovery by the famous Tricky Woo of www.walshyway.blogspot.com
The group arrived 11in total we spent the first part of the session discussing boat outfitting before getting everyone snug in their boats
bum- hips- feet- thighs- backrest…
we then worked together to float test the boats and look at trim.
Once on the water we went through basic skills and techniques to develop including, spins, Stern squirt, supercleans, bobbing the boat, edge control and looking at the fun scoresheet, before dropping down the weir to have a play in the stopper
in the stopper we used what had previously been learnt to have fun and use the feature.
heres the video and a few photos.
Sunday, May 15, 2011
registration and home to the 'Green Dragon' boat
getting ready for the start
The race begun at Spanish Arch in the city centre in an effort to draw in some local spectators. And we then sprinted off on a two lap downwind course across the bay. The racers flew downwind riding a small swell, then had to battle straight into the wind only to know you'd have to do it all again in a few minutes. I paddled in the 8 k class competing against Wongy, JP and many other quick sea paddlers to finish up in fourth place.
the uber quick skis
Sea kayak races are relatively young in Ireland, yet over the last few years a bunch of them have popped up across the country. Now Dublin, Galway, Cork, Donegal and soon Mayo will have their own sea kayak race.
The next race is on the 25th of June in Killala Bay Co. Mayo: http://www.runireland.com/events/atlantic-challenge-sea-kayak-race
It was a great location, a really enjoyable day and a well run event by Jim from kayak mór. The event caters for every level of paddler and I'd highly recommend competing in it next year! Full results will be up soon on: http://www.galwaybayseakayakrace.com/
Thursday, May 12, 2011
Saturday, May 7, 2011
Since finding this drop whilst visiting the area every visit means a trip to have a look.
This day was different all set to walk the river to see what was upstream. As we arrived we noticed a little more water than expected so today was the day!
A little more water would of been nice!
1st video was not saved (Camera girl still training)
Heres the 2nd Attempt!
Thanks to Fiona, the Camera girl in training!