December 2012 Newsletter
someone consider us to be crazy because we make real what lot of people just dream...
December, the month of festivities,
opens with one of the most notable gatherings of sea kayakers in
Italy. The appropriately named
WISKIE, organised by Luciano Belloni,
meets at Bocca di Magra for a paddle amongst friends in the Gulf of
We’ll be remaining on dry land however, attending the largest
canoeists’ meeting in Italy held at the Canoa Club Milano. The event,
now in its 25th edition, will be hosting a video and photographic
exhibition titled “Canoes
exploring the world”. An evening will be
dedicated to sea kayaks and none other than our Sicilian friend
Giacomo della Gatta will be giving a talk about his memorable solo
expedition on the Niger river. A date not to be missed:
1 December at 19:30 at the Sala San Fedele, Via Hoepli 3-5, Milano.
We’ve also got quite a bit to celebrate
After a 6 month training period, on 19 November, Trenk and Tatiana
passed the final hurdle - assessments - and are now qualified
Level 2 coaches. This long day with Ashley
St.John-Claire concluded a very busy week dedicated to courses and
assessments leading to the
BCU 3 star paddler/canoeist certification. They
were held by Phil Hadley in the magnificent Isola della Cona nature
reserve, characterised by physically intense days rich in vivacity
and experiences whilst achieving new theoretical and practical
Friendship and fun were not lacking too, especially during the
memorable evenings when all gathered around tables adorned with the
delicious food prepared by “Mammut” the cook. The added-value of
these courses was not so much improving one’s English but more
importantly getting to know the content of the BCU syllabus, thanks
to the commitment
and motivation shown by Phil Hadley, one of the most renowned UK
We’re sure that there will be more to come in 2013!
How can you be sure of imparting the correct method to your students?
You should be clear, brief and incisive. A few key words should
introduce the technique followed by a double silent demonstration of the
manoeuvre on both sides of the craft.
Make sure that your students are placed so as to be able to observe
without the sun in their eyes, their head in the clouds or the boat
too far away.
Silence: the most effective method is one executed silently, leaving
free to concentrate on the technique being show without too much
Call of the
through your ears” is the title of a documentary
film by Alberto Sciamplicotti presented at the San Vito Climbing and
Kayaking Festival last October. The film narrates the life of Robert
Peroni who resides among the Inuit in the tiny community of Ammassalik.
It has also been shown at the The Village Doc Festival in Milan and
at the Orobie film festival, even winning a second prize at the
“Festival del Documentario Naturalistico Italiano” 2012.
This Italian explorer has lived in Tasilaq for about thirty years,
promoting ecologically-friendly tourism with a “human” face. At the
end of the documentary he says to himself: “life is looked at here
in a totally different way, perhaps I need to learn how to speak
with my ears and to hear with my nose. Things are unusual because
one does becomes a bit different...”
Over the horizon
is one of the most famous canoeists in the world.
He’s a real pro, capable of demonstrating technique and passion at
the same time.
An expert kayaker, he was the youngest kayaker to accomplish the
circumnavigation of Iceland and his life continues to be abundant
with adventure and innovation.
After publishing "Stepping stones" in 2009, he has recently put in
print a second volume with the suggestive title "Encounters
from a kayak". It chronicles the animals,
persons and special places that he encountered during his many
voyages around the world...
celebrating the magical experience of paddling one’s kayak!
Thanks to Albert Gambina, we finally have
a Newsletter written in English.
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