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Advanced Manoeuvres

There is more to sea kayaking than just forward paddling. You will enjoy paddling even more when you are fully in control of your boat.  You will be able to get closer in and around things when having certain abilities.  It’s a lot more fun too.  This time we have put some of the most important manoeuvring techniques in one video.  It is not a training video, therefor it is to short and it lacks some explanation of the details.  But we will let you see what is possible with a sea kayak and a good paddle in your hands.  As you can see in our others videos, those techniques are working well in the rougher stuff or in the surf zone.  It sure will take some time to master those manoeuvring techniques but it will be worth the while.  The video contains footage of some draw strokes, turning a sea kayak, both low and high brace, bow and stern rudder.  We filmed from different angles to show you how it’s done.  We’ve put a lot of effort and time in this video and we sincerely hope that it may be of use to other paddlers.  Paddle safe and take care of each other!


London Kayakathon

London Kayakathon

London Kayakathon was sponsored by Venture Canoes and Kayaks.

This Marathon length paddle on London Marathon Day, took the entrants up through the amazing cites of London’s Royal River. A lovely sunny day, tremendously well organised by Simon Osbourne and Matt Loots from Paddlesports C.I.C

Based from the hospitable Shadwell Basin Outdoor Activity Centre, who also used their safety boats, and staff. Many thanks to them and all the on water marshalls.

Paddlers needed to be 3 star and above, and came from not just the UK, but one chap had come from Frankfurt and a couple had come from Galway, that I bumped in to.

Pete Scutt from Whitewater The Canoe Centre and I (Graham Mackereth) were testing pre-production Jura MV’s. Tim Lambert paddled a P&H Cetus LV and there was a great showing of  P&H, and Venture designs throughout the fleet it was particularly good to see some of the older kayaks such as an Orca.

We launched on to the flooding tide about 11.15, and paddled up river under Tower Bridge and through the city with crowds cheering for the London Marathon, and those that saw us, for us; shades of HM’s Diamond Jubilee Pageant. I could have done with a Klaxon!

London Kayakathon

Due to safety we had to keep paddling, and were not allowed to take photos in the city. With Clippers and Trippers, crossing, turning and generally putting up large washes, it is a very busy stretch of water. This is then compounded by a fast running tide at about 3-4 knots, sweeping you to obstructions and dangers of bridge arches, moored barges and boats. Easy to keep clear of, but you need to stay watchful that you are staying away from a potential danger.

London Kayakathon

The sights of the city are awesome, unique. Paddling along it is hard not to let your concentration wander to the Tower of London, London Eye, St Pauls Cathedral, the Shard, the Globe, Lambeth Palace, and historic boats a plenty. Thames Barges, the vast HMS Belfast, the Golden Hind, and numerous historic paddle steamers and exploration ships, now used as bars and restaurants.

This large group of slow moving sea kayaks had to be tightly marshalled.

Once through to Westminster we had a short break, and got cameras out, after that it was a steady cruise up to Chiswick Bridge, and always sights to see, Battersea Power Station, classic bridges and new housing developments a plenty. Then a lunch stop at the Ship at Mortlake, mooring over the flooded road. A very civilized way to do a Marathon.

Simon timed it perfectly, so as soon as lunch was finished the tide had turned and was running well, talking us back towards the city.

Under London Bridge we encountered large standing waves, probably about 1 metre high, then we had some large washes to contend with to liven the paddle up. The return leg seemed even faster, and a finish about 5.00pm

A Fantastic day, and a brilliant job of organisation. A kayakathon event is very recommendable, and I have no doubt will be a tremendous way for paddlers to help charities in the future.

Thanks to everyone we shared it with, we’re looking forward to the next one.

Bay of Fundy Sea Kayak Symposium 2013

Photo Credit: Sue Hutchins

Photo Credit: Sue Hutchins

On September 20-23 paddlers converged upon the first annual Bay of Fundy Sea Kayak Symposium hosted at the Ye Olde Argyler Lodge in Argyle, Nova Scotia.  The event jumped in with both feet and welcomed over 120 paddlers to the picturesque Bay of Fundy coast.

The diverse locations found in Nova Scotia’s Yarmouth and Argyle counties were utilized to introduce paddlers from as far as Europe and the United States and from all across Canada to dynamic paddling environments created by the largest tides in the world.

Photo Credit: Nate Hanson

Photo Credit: Nate Hanson

The event brought guest coaches offering a variety of skill development sessions including rock hopping, surfing, coastal journeys and introductions to paddling in lumpy waters, however, the highlight was certainly focused on the paddling environment provided by the tides in the area.  Multiple sessions focused on paddling tide races and overfalls as well as finding fun and operating in the tidal currents that flow between the Tusket Islands and the archipelago within Lobster Bay. Team Paddles Paul Kuthe, Matt Nelson and Christopher Lockyer were at the event waving the Flag for P&H. Lots of people got a chnace to try the Hammer.

Photo Credit: Sue Hutchins

Photo Credit: Sue Hutchins

One of the highlights for attendees was the Saturday evening guest presentation from Justine Curgenven.   She provided a riveting and engaging recount of her adventure around Tierra del Fuego.  She finished her presentation with a brief video from only a few days earlier while she paddled amongst humpback whales in the Bay of Fundy with Christopher Lockyer, the Executive Director for the Bay of Fundy Sea Kayak Symposium.

Photo Credit: Sue Hutchins

Photo Credit: Sue Hutchins

The event started early for some with sessions on the tidal races and overfalls within the Shubenacadie Tidal Bore.  Guest coaches worked with keen and excited students on one of the most exhilarating 3 hours of paddling in the world, working on paddling in moving waters as well as surfing on big brown glassy waves and crossing strong eddy lines.

Photo Credit Clif Pratt

Photo Credit Clif Pratt

Coaches at Play

Coaches at Play

The coaches all had a go at the Walton Whopper as well Off 2 the Races Vol 1

The event was such a success and has received so much positive feedback that they have already set the dates for the 2014 event for September 12-15.


Around Ireland 2013 – AKA The Hospitality Tour 2013!

874 nautical miles or 1620km, a total of 43 days, with 37 paddling days and 6 days off (2 due to weather, 3 due to illness and 1 while waiting for a new tent pole to arrive in the post). Justine Curgenven, Barry Shaw and my self had only one main headland between us and the finish, with either 14 or 18 nm to go.  The distance depended on whether we could cut straight across Dublin Bay or due to the winds had to hug the coast.  But for today I was beat and happy to come ashore.  I would deal with the stronger winds, which where likely to be from the side/following and into wind, in the morning. I was looking forward to food and an early night and considering we had got on the water after 12 and in just after 6pm, 18nm was respectable.

The next morning after breakfast, we were on the water for 6am, forecast was a F5 and gusting up to F7. For me this was the most physical part of our journey and as we clawed our way in to the harbor, 18nm and 6 hours from our start.  I felt a mix of relief and warm satisfaction. 
In the last few days, life is almost back to normal. I’ve been sorting through all my kit, washing and repacking and looking over video clips and photos.


A few more stats. The biggest mileage was 34 nm and there was 2 of these. Day 26 round the Mullet Peninsular, up in the NW and day 39 from Belfast Lough to St Johns Point.  While the smallest distance was 10nm as we rounded Clogher and Sybil Head and experienced a significant 3-4mt Atlantic swell, confused reflected waves and sustained clapotis. It was an exciting as well as a gripping morning.   Overall we had fantastic conditions and more days than expected with stunning silky seas and blue-sky days.


I’ve seen first hand just how spectacular the coastline and wildlife around Ireland is. And I feel we got the balance right, based on the 50 days I had available before going back to work.  From exploring, caves, gullies and tunnels, outer islands, villages and time with local people.  To paddling from headland to headland and making the most of conditions, to get the mileage in.  Overall I’ve been blown away by the generosity, kindness and hospitality of the people we’ve met along the journey. From paddlers, following our journey and those we just met who opened their house to us, and welcomed us in.


I feel very fortunate to have been able to take the time out to complete this expedition and thank my partner Sonja for managing mission control, with updating my Blog and managing the bookings for Coastal Spirit.


Fundraising for my chosen charity, Cancer Research UK now stands at over £1,200, so thank you to those who donated. 

My Cetus HV carried the load and felt secure and stable in rough seas and challenging winds.  Being able to trust that my boat was up for the job, was a big weight off my mind.








Lofoten Norway

We have been on a trip to the Lofoten Island chain in northern Norway.

The landscape is beatifully stunning, but have met the worst somme weather in quite some time, which means two weeks rain and strong wind. Just a view sunny spells. But meeting a pod of orcas payed back back one of the most fantastic paddling moment in our lives.



Björn Nehrhof

Paddle Challenge – England to Finland

This summer Alice Lawson, Erin Dunn and Mark Waddoups will paddle from the UK to Finland. The team from Warwick University plan to kayak the 1600 miles from Dover to Helsinki, the route will take them across the British Channel to France around in the European Coast, along the side of the North Sea, before taking the Kiel Canal through Germany, then continuing along the coast of Denmark and Sweden, before finally arriving in Finland.

The team are usually found on the white water rivers of the UK but will be using the Cetus and Cetus LV for their expedition and are currently training with P&H paddler Roger Chandler on Anglesey.

Leaving – Dover, July 2012

Arriving – Helsinki, September 2012

Solo Scotland Expedition

Alan has wanted to do this trip since school after reading about Nigel Dennis and Paul Caffin kayaking round the UK back in 1980. Loving the idea of the adventure they spoke of and the amazing places they passed he had an idea of kayaking out of the Clyde and back into the forth, this has grown into this trip.

Alan plans to kayak from the Solway Firth around the coast of Scotland taking in as many islands as possible and the Outer Hebrides, finishing in Eyemouth 3 months later. Alan paddles on behalf of three charities, The Erbs Palsy Group, The Children’s Hand Surgery and The Brachial Plexus Injury Service after their support and help in giving his son Cameron the use of his arm after he was born with Erbs palsy injury to his left arm.

Leaving – Solway Firth – Mid April

Return – Eyemouth – Mid July

P&H Support Eat, Sleep, Paddle – UK Circumnavigation

P&H are pleased to be able to support the Eat, Sleep, Paddle – UK Circumnavigation – Paul Barrett and Eurion Brown

In spring 2012 Paul Barrett (left) and Eurion Brown (right) will set off on a 2700 mile paddle around mainland Britain in aid of Barnardo’s and the RNLI. Barnardo’s helps vulnerable children across the UK and helped Paul as a youngster so raising money for them was a natural choice. Eurion is a RNLI crew member. The trip will use only the ‘Best of British’ equipment to highlight the quality manufacture and companies based in the

Leaving – Sandbanks in Dorset around the 16th April 2012

Return – Dorset – Less than 120 Days later


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