February 2014 Newsletter
are both the wave, individual and unique, and the ocean. Both. At the same time
Another year has begun! If New Year’s Day was spent paddling, then
it’s only natural we’ll spend the rest of the year likewise!
In the beginning of January we came back from our
winter trip to Sardinia, spending two weeks
paddling along the eastern seaboard of the island from Olbia to
It was a marvellous way to spend the holidays with family!
We couldn’t let January pass by without another small trip: a
weekend at Palmaria
to celebrate the 62 moons of the Man of Iron (62, nothing less!).
It was enjoyable, adventurous and fortuitous: the sea and winds were
favourable awarding us with unforgettable days.
The start of a new canoeing year couldn’t have been more promising:
towards the end of the month from the 22 to the 28th, Tatiana will
once again return to Wales to follow her long time friend Trenk
Mueller’s course for
Level 3 coach
(second part in April). The biggest attraction is the location: the
Plas y Brenin activity sports centre.
from the month of March, Tatiyak is introducing, for the first time
BCU 3 Star courses. They will be held in various
cities in Italy in keeping with the itinerant nature of our school. There
are still a few places available: if interested, make your mind up!
The language of instruction for the entire course and written
material is in Italian although you might come across English terms
such as briefing, contact-tow or edging...
I’m always feeling cold both ashore and afloat. Those who know me
are aware of
the Arctic sleeping bag and the fleecy pyjama... yet I always wake
up with frozen feet!
Mauro has come up with a simple but effective way to keep the feet
warm when out paddling:
pair of soles, made out of nylon, 1 millimetre
thick, inserted in the paddling shoes.
I bought a sheet of nylon, cut the soles out to fit and... hey
They are an isolating barrier both from the cold and rocky surfaces.
They can get wet without producing smelly feet and can be made to
fit any type of paddling shoe wear. In addition they’re cheap to
produce and recyclable – a simple way to always have warm feet.
Call of the Inuit
We got to know
Robert Peroni through the writings of Ottorino
Tosti. He has recently published, in Italy, his latest book with
stories of the Inuit people. The title is so evocative: “My
second life amongst the people of the ice”. The author,
originally from Alto Adige has, for the past thirty years, been
living in Tasillaq, eastern Greenland. Robert narrates, among other
things, how even when you think that you’ve arrived, you will never
get to your destination... The presentation of his book was held in
Milan in October 2013, unfortunately I was unable to attend. However
I bought the book as it became available and I was happy to publish
a synopsis. It’s an excellent read especially during these ‘cold’
winter Mediterranean months.
Over the horizon
has remained close to our heart and we’re going to talk about it
We had already completed the passage from Arzachena to Alghero in
the summer of 2006 and then the coast from Alghero to Cagliari
during the winter 2006-2007: we wanted to return not only to
complete the circumnavigation but also to enjoy and admire the
extraordinary beauty of the second largest island in the
short film by Erin and Mike egged us on to make the trip: rough
seas and strong wind.
Justine Curgenven’s film, inserted in her
is the Sea 5” DVD pays homage to Sardinia: we still have a few
copies for sale,
it would be worthwhile to see the eight kayaking voyages one by one...
Thanks to Albert
Gambina, we finally have a Newsletter written in English.
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