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News from March, 2004

Ny kajaksajt

Cherri Perry som i en tidigare nyhetsnotis rollade med armarna i kors, har lagt ut en egen sajt med rollar, paddelberättelser, bilder mm. Med sajten försöker Cherri hitta sponsorer för att kunna tävla på Grönland i sommar. På sajten finns ett antal videosnuttar av rollar - för det mesta av det lite underligare slaget - men som säkert samlar poäng vid grönlandsmästerskapen i sommar.

www.whitemountainweb.com/kayakerperry/index.html

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Red iceberg

Ett rödmålat isberg!A danish artist with 780 gallons of red paint, three fire hoses and a 20-member crew at his disposal went to Greenland to paint an iceberg. "We all have a need to decorate Mother Nature because it belongs to all us," Danish artist Marco Evaristti said. "This is my iceberg; it belongs to me."

http://cnews.canoe.ca/CNEWS/WeirdNews/2004/03/25/395508-ap.html

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Build a folding kayak

Tom YostTom Yosts 'Sea Ranger' have a superb site on building folding kayaks. Here a prospective builder will find everything, from complete plans for a number of good designs to an exhaustive step-by-step manual, with instructive photographs of every step. Toms building method results in strong, light folding kayaks that can be assembled in about half an hour.

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Ny forskanadensare på gång / A new ww canoe

den nya kanadensaren Tillsammans med en beställare jobbar jag med en snabb och lättmanövrerad kanadensare för fors och strömmande vatten.

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A classic re-read

The Complete Book of Sea KayakingI have re-read The Complete Book of Sea Kayaking by Derek Hutchinson, now in its fifth edition. I bought my first, the third edition, some ten years ago as a new paddler, and learned a lot. But I was also slightly disappointed that some chapters felt outdated at the time and transferred my interest to books that appeared more modern.

Now after reading the fifth edition, I can conclude that Derek Hutchinson is still going strong and that it is time to retire my previous view. This is really a complete book of sea kayaking. It is heavily updated, rewritten, the illustrations are colored and the photos are new. A couple of new chapters are added - one on racing technique and wing paddle and one on using pools practises in innovative ways to increase your sea kayaking skills. The chapter on kayak and paddel history is also updated and have some very exciting old photographs added. Buy it even if you have one or more of the older editions!

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The first spring tour

Sunny and warm and a 10-mile tour in the black kayak along the coast today. With every tour I learn more about the kayaks behavior in different condition. In a following sea it is very fast with minimal effort and "microsurfs" on almost anything except mirror flat water. Against the wind it is slightly slower than my Nomad and in a confused sea with steep waves in different directions it is hard to maintain speed and the going is wet. The directional stability is quite good considering the excellent manoeverability, and luffing in side wind is minimal. I am quite satisfied so far.

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Allt och lite till om rollar

Från Qajaqusa meddelas att Michael Dalys innehållsrika lista över rollar och deras ursprung är tillbaka på nätet med ny adress: www.greatlakeskayaker.ca/kayakRollingXref.htm.

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A sea tour in the little black

Thick ice at the club float necessitated portage and I discovered how easily a greenland kayak is carried on the head and the shoulders. A little later I noted that a plastic tube reaching 4" above the surface does not hinder a greenland kayak - a little speed is all it takes to jump over.

Out at sea we had a nice 10 mile tour in light wind, a pale sun and 34° F. The little black (and still unnamed) kayak behaved beutifully and I am very satisfied with it. Very fast with little effort, good directional stability combined with excellent turning (a bow rudder plus a little leaning turns the kayak 90° in a kayak length) and a surpricingly dry ride, considering the low deck. A little to low as it turned out - I forgot to wear my thick neoprene boots when I modeled the cockpit! After an hour or so I welcome a pause ashore.

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