June 2013 Newsletter
seas have never made one a sailor... (Anonymous)
The month of May was extremely busy, at the same time fun and
The first week was spent in Wales attending the
Anglesey Symposium: marvellous!
Then transferring to the Ticino River for the Open
Canoe course conducted by Phil Hadley.
Hot on its heels was the
BCU L1 coaching course run by Phil Hadley and
Ashley St.John-Claire on Lake Maggiore.
It was a perfect fit of emotions, advancement and new experiences!
For the month of June we have loads of courses in store:
the first weekend will be dedicated to the
basic skills course on the 1st and 2nd;
the following weekend,
8 and 9 June, is assigned to an
Greenland rolling meet is planned to take place
on 15 and 16 June.
There are still places available on each of the courses. The meeting
place is at Cerro di Laveno on the Lombardia side of
Lake Maggiore. A great excuse to
improve your Italian ;-)
If interested, donít hesitate to contact us!
To end a month replete with courses and learning activities, we will
be away for a whole week in
to complete the Moderate Water Endorsement under the expert guidance
of the evergreen Phil Hadley. The crystal waters of the Sporades are
the location for a trio of BCU courses - 3 star sea kayak level
Neil McAra of Kayaking Skopelos.
There are still places available; an excellent opportunity to
improve kayaking skills whilst holidaying in the sun... Contact us
or Neil for more info.
Paddling is an activity that is recreational and athletic at the
same time; straightforward but complex. Thereís the contact with the
water, cadence of the paddle, measured respiration, tiredness... With
time, I have come to realise that paddling is fun not only
in a kayak but also
in a canoe! Iíve
also learnt that switching from one kind of paddle to the other Ė double
blade Greenland paddle to single blade Canadian paddle - helps
improve oneís paddling technique.
This is one of the reason why the BCU syllabus for Level 1 Coach
requires competency in more than one type of paddle: the instructor
should be able to coach in any type of craft, transferring and
improving kayaking skills to the canoe and vice versa...
Call of the Inuit
Greenland Manhattan: Iíve fallen in love with
It is the perfect union of art, history and literature, making one
dream and reflect.
Itís beautiful! The French graphic author, Chloť Cruchaudet, tells
the true story of little Minik, the Inuit uprooted from his native
Greenland and taken to Manhattan by the explorer Robert Peary... This
book was launched in Italy in 2010 by the eclectic Bolognese
publishing house Coconino Press, specialising in graphic novels by
renowned artists. This graphic novel portrays a bitter-sweet story,
underscored by the magisterial use of watercolours that comes to the
fore in its portrayal of the landscapes of the Arctic north...
Minik is an unforgettable character!
Over the horizon
Vassallo are a Maltese kayaking duo that are
Since 2008 they have carried out long sea-crossings with their K2 in
aid of charitable causes: this year they are embarking on a new
venture to collect funds for the Malta Community
Chest Fund. In the last week of June they will leave Malta and
follow the route that St Paul travelled when he left this island for
Rome: 600 nautical miles towards Sicily and then north through the
Straits of Messina and thence along the Tyrrhenian coast to the
via the Tiber, completing the voyage at Castel Sant'Angelo. Weather
permitting, they are hoping to complete this endeavour within 30
days. You can track their progress
along the route on their Facebook page
Kayak for Charity Ė Malta!
Thanks to Albert Gambina, we finally have
a Newsletter written in English
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