November - December 2015 Newsletter
I am not an Athenian or a Greek, but a citizen of the world (Socrates)
October was jam-packed with wonderful experiences.
In the first instance, a longish sojourn on the island of Menorca
allowed me to take part in the "X
Jornadas Menorca en kayak",
(nearly) complete a circumnavigation and then hold a
BCU 3-star course
that was lots of fun and also multilingual. A second away trip to
Vietri sul Mare rewarded me with an intense and fruitful week
helping out (together with Trenk Muller) Phil Hadley, where he held
BCU 4-star course
amongst one of the most beautiful stretches of coast in Italy.
I’ve also started the
training necessary to
become a level 3 BCU coach,
initial session in
one at the end of
I’ve already enlisted a few volunteer trainees but I’m always on the
lookout for more kayakers willing to help out with my
If you paddle at a level of BCU 3-star or above, you’re more than
I can arrange training days that would be suitable for you, call
In between all of this we’ve found time to paddle on
as well as publish our Sicily-expedition themed
2016 photo calendar.
If that isn’t enough, in November we held a double
BCU 4-star course,
in conjunction with Sardinian Discovery and led by none other than
Ella Wilkinson and Nigel Dennis: it was, to say the least, both
interesting and educative owing to the quite singular weather
The outlook for December indicates a month free of commitments, or
nearly so! It will leave us ample space to enjoy some family-time as
well as plan the programme for 2016. We’ve got lots of ideas on
what to do and I’m sure that a few will become reality. Of course,
we won’t leave you in dark so make sure to keep in touch via our
Meanwhile, dear friends, I wish you all a happy New Year, see you
soon on the water!
A friend of mine likes to say that the essence of life is change.
After 10 years of paddling, I’ve now have to accept the fact that I
need reading glasses, having never had the need for them
before. It wouldn’t be so much of a problem were it not for the fact
that I like to paddle and not only, navigate too. What’s the
difference, one might ask, but when I’m in my kayak I do spend quite
some time checking up on the charts and relating them to the buoys,
lights and landmarks around me. All printed in miniscule script!
Some time ago I had given Mauro
these reading glasses
as a present after a fellow kayaker made good use of them during the
They are light and practical to use and I took a liking to them
straight away. I’ve already sewn up a neoprene case, to be stowed in
a pfd pocket, ready for use. It’s an excellent gift for those
far-sighted expedition kayakers!
Call of the Inuit
"A kayak full of ghosts - Eskimo folk tales retold by Lawrence
Millman" is a wonderful compendium of tales of the Inuit people
(albeit that in the 2004 edition, the obsolete word “eskimo” is
The stories are a mix of fantasy, myth and even the macabre set in
the apparently cold and sterile Arctic. They narrate crude or even
cruel tales: children that devour their parents, men that marry
rocks, shamans that turn into animals at any time of the day…
They’re accounts that can be described as beneficial, even saving.
Enlightening. Especially in these times, what Tiziano Terzani wrote
in 2001, is even more true today: return to Nature to find peace!
Over the horizon
I’ve just taken delivery of the latest number of PAGAIANDO,
published by the “Federazione Italiana Canoa
I was impressed and really liked it! Not only for the front cover
depicting my friend Giancarlo in a textbook brace position but also
that we finally have the kayaking publication that I was hoping for!
The first number was a harbinger of what was to follow and the
latest one is a magazine that deals with all types of paddle sport -
from Canadian to canoe polo and surfski. There’s the latest news of
the various club gatherings but above all interesting articles that
deal with the technical aspects of our sport that sometimes are
forgotten (such as the latest laws and regulations, medical advice
etc.). What’s more the editors have committed themselves to improve
the content even further, to make it a publication that belongs to
to Albert Gambina, we finally have a Newsletter written in English.
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