Archive for October, 2008


Glasbury to Hay


Class I to II. Last Sunday saw a welcome return to the first river that I ever paddled. It was the River Wye, from Glasbury to Hay. I hadn’t done this run for…oooo…18 years. It’s a good beginner run with one section that should be approached with caution, because of a log. We took the river left channel, without incidence.


Photo: Aw, feel the love- Amy and her Dad, Steve, having a bit of fun


The trip was organized by Cardiff Canoe Club and was part of the assessment for the BCU 3 star award system. While Sue and Phil were busy with the assessments, I had the fortune to paddle with two of the Canoe Club’s younger members, Amy and Kerri. The girls are talented paddlers and both of them completed two rolls on the river. Nice work ladies!



Photos Lto R: Kerri practicing sculling draw; rope work; the weir


As part of the assessment, throw-bag work and defensive swimming were practiced. This, in my opinion, is a fantastic addition to the 3-star award. Well done WCA for introducing this.



About 1 week ago, Chris, Steve and I headed to Caswell Bay, Gower, SW Wales. The swell was 2-3 ft with on-shore breeze and a short period. I wasn’t expecting too much, but to my pleasant surprise, the waves were much better than they looked. This was a great time to practice blunts and I was doing quite well until I wound up my torso a bit too much and twisted a muscle in my back. Chris and I traded kayak and board and I got board surf for about ½ hr. Good times.


Photos (L to R): Caswell; Chris in my all star; Cafe