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News from October, 2009

Bassängövning med ny roll

Burlövbadet

Höstens andra bassängövning med Malmö Kanotklubb (den första missade jag på grund av andra inbokade engagemang) innebar ett genombrott (hoppas jag i alla fall ) - jag satte för första gången en handroll framåt-framåt - dvs framåtlutad under hela rollen. Det är lite svårare än att gå upp bakåtlutad eftersom fördäcket är högre och det är svårt att få ner tyngdpunkten lika mycket. Rollen är därför beroende av en mera kraftfull höftvridning för att räta upp kajaken, och den är också svårare att få till framåtlutad än bakåtlutad.

Men som sagt, en lyckades. Hur många som misslyckades höll jag inte räkning på.

Däremot missade jag inte en enda norsaqroll framåt, vilket också är ett framsteg.

Som vanlig blev det gott om tid för undervisning också - både nybörjare på de första stapplande stegen mot höga stöd och roll och mera erfarna som behövde hjälp att fintrimma norsaqroll och handroll.

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Realise that I have neglected...

... my strength training for the last thirty years or so

(Found on Global Surfski)

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Hunter - Katarina Reiz

Katarinas nya Hunter
Katarinas nya Hunter

"Hej Björn!

Här kommer lite sena bilder på min Hunter. Den blev klar två dagar innan semestern och sjösattes i Stödesjön den 17 juli. Efter det blev det semesterpaddling i Söderarms skärgård. Den kändes verkligen kul att paddla, lekfull och lätt och kommer att bli något att utvecklas i för mig som inte paddlat så mycket.

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Nomad med spännande roderlösning

Jonas i sin smala Nomad

"Hej Björn,

Idag sjösatte jag min smala Nomad i Umeå. Den visade sig ha isklass 0,5 vilket räckte att bryta en ränna i den tunna isen men inte till närmare utvärdering av sjöegenskaperna.

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An incredible late fall sunday

'Backafall' along the south of island Ven
'Backafall' along the south of island Ven

A quick decision on a tour aroung island Ven (Ven en is an island on Öresund between Denmark and Sweden). Jakob phoned and in spite a of daunting workload (or perhaps because of it) I let myself willingly be talked into participating.

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Isfjord mini - Torbjörn Andersson

Torbjörn Anderssons Isfjord mini
Torbjörn Anderssons Isfjord mini

Hello, have just launched my latest - an Isfjord mini - after 111 hours building time. The weigth is 14 kg.

The building was finished without problems, there are a lot of tips and advices online, including your eminent pages.

I think the kids have to wait until next season before trying the paddling qualities, it is gettingcold in the waters in Gävlebukten.

Regards
Torbjörn

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Black Pearl - Ulrich Bick

Ulrich i ny BP

"Hej Björn

Nu er min Black Pearl endelig kommet i sit rette element. Der har ikke været de store problemer under bygningsperioden, små fejl kunne rettes og resultatet ligner i hvert fald en kajak.

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Njord in pieces...

Take a look at Horisontkajak for an exciting project - a three-piece take-apart Njord... (Swedish only - but the pics are nice!)

Daniels three-piece take-apart Njord

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Black Pearl - Simon Kindt

Black Pearl på besök i Karlskrona

"Hej Björn!

Nu är den Black Pearl jag påbörjade i mitten av mars klar och sjösatt! Premiärturen gjordes i Limhamn och bilderna kommer från en helgpaddling i Karlskrona.

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Se där...

Vem kunde väl ana ;-)

Tidningen Paddling har gjort en banbrytande insats i upplysningens tjänst, avslöjat irrlärornas profeter med byxorna nere och i ett slag skingrat de vilsenhetens dimmor som tätnat över en viss tråd på utsidans forum de senaste veckorna. Erik Wallgren med grönlandspaddel mot Jonas Hollander med vingpaddel i ett kort race. Lars Larsson kommenterar den spännande uppgörelsen - en riktig nagelbitare! Gissa hur det gick...

Missa inte den spännande fortsättningen i en utförlig rapport som är utlovad i ett kommande nummer av Paddling.

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Kavat - Peter Schylander

Peters new Kavat

"Hello

Launched my new Kavat today. Fun!!
Now I can go on with the finishing tasks.

Regards
Peter Schylander"

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Havsracer - Roar Berge

Roars havsracer i sin rätta miljö

"Hei Björn

Havsraceren ble endelig ferdig og sjøsatt 31.8.09. Den ble egentlig påbegynt i Juli i fjor men pga. uforutsette hendelser fikk jeg bare satt opp skroget på spantemallene før jeg måtte ta en pause. Jeg begynte på igjen rundt påsketider.

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Black Pearl - Henrik Petersson

Henriks new Black Pearl

I am slightly behind schedule with posting - assigments have been piling up lately. Henrik launched his beautiful Pearl on september 25 and mailed his report and pics the same day. But here it is...

"Hello Björn. Today I launched my pearl for a test run on the river. Everything was fine and I am now waiting for larger waters. On tuesday I guess it will be paddling at Petrus Kajak in lake Sommen and probably some roll practice.

I started on the strongback on august 18 after three days of impatient waiting for the plans :-) unemployment and a wish to try the kayak before water temp gets too low, has speeded up the project.

Thanks for a nice kayak.

MVH Henrik"

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Njord - Jonathan Rose

Jonathan in his blue Njord off the New Hampshire coast

Nor exactly a recent launching, but a comment from Jonathan Rose on the Njord that Dan Caouette of CSFW built for him a year ago.

"Hello Bjorn,

I noticed that a new Njord owner mentioned his Njord "still feels a little tippy in waves" (9/16).

I have found that true as well in my Njord which I starting paddling almost a year ago. It does take time, balance and alertness. My method has been to be very attentive to the Njord's reactions to the waves and to paddle as if you were picking through these waves with extra power on whatever side needs it. I have found the Njord more and more fun in rougher and windy conditions. (If you recall, my Njord is 17' and less than 20" wide and has no skeg.)

The picture below is going out to the Isles of Shoals off the New Hampshire coast. You can just see one of the islands to the right and above my bow.

Best wishes and I continue to enjoy your design very much!

Jon"

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