June 2012 Newsletter
is one of the forms of the female courage... (Victor Hugo)
June is the month of long-distance
swimming events on the lakes of Northern Italy.
Sea kayaks contribute to the safety of these events in the role of
escort craft for swimmers.
This year seems to be exceptional in the number of events we have been
requested to participate in: 17th June, the
Grand Prix Lido di Bagnera on the Lago D’Orta with swimming
distances of 1, 2 and 5 kilometres; and a week later on the
23rd June, the same lake will host the
Traverlonga with a
challenging distance of 14 kilometres.
We are sure to be there, and anyone is most welcome to come and join
Please let us know if you intend coming, the more the merrier!
We also look forward to the 21st July where once
again we will be kakaying ambassadors in the
Nuotata dell’Eremo or Hermitage swimming event. This popular
swim takes place on the Lago Maggiore and participants swim across
the water from Stresa to Reno, Lombardy to Piedmont and West to
June is also the best month of the year
to join one of
our courses that take place on the lake, all
details can be found on the website and you will surely be spoilt
for choice. Besides basic, advanced and specialisation courses held
to the Italian national kayaking standard, we also have new courses
to BCU standard. The water of the lake will be at a decent
temperature and we can even enjoy camping on the weekends. The "scuola”
our website will carry all the specifics, with
our blog and
This month we are going to talk about
paddling slowly. Slowing down our fast-paced existence is sometimes
forgotten - or perhaps even lost - in our modern society. In
contrast, when inside our kayak it is very important to paddle
slowly. The benefits of executing a slow paddling movement helps
avoid muscular problems as well as to better concentrate on what we
are doing. A slow paddling cadence allows us the
time to reflect on all aspects of the paddling movement thereby
helping us evaluate errors in technique and eventually overcoming
A kayak is the perfect way to rediscover the joys of living slow...
The call of the Inuit
Tatiyak’s library has recently been
enhanced with the addition of a publication in two volumes that has
the culture of the Inuit as its theme. Paul-Émile Victor and Joëlle
Robert-Lamblin are the authors of "The seal civilisation". The
first volume deals, as the title implies, with the games, gestures
and techniques, whilst the second recounts the legends, rituals and
beliefs of the Ammassalimiut, the Inuit of Ammassalik in
We have already mentioned these books in
our blog and will, with the aim of spreading Inuit culture,
continue to reproduce excerpts on our website. Happy reading!
Over the horizon
is the national association of our French
cousins "kayakistes de mer".
It was established in 1981 to promote awareness, self-sufficiency
and responsible open-sea kayaking and publishes a quarterly bulletin,
a monthly newsletter and has its own website.
To celebrate thirty years of activity (thirty!!!) a kayaking rally
is being organised between
18th and 26th August
of this year. It will be held at the Ile Grande
Pleumeur - Bodou
in the district of Cotes d'Armor in Brittany (see photo): it is a
favourite haunt of Corto Maltese
(an Italian comic-book character) and also where, incidentally,
tidal streams are very strong.
An ideal location to spend your summer holidays – in a sea kayak of
Thanks to Albert Gambina, we finally have a Newsletter written in English.
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