March 2014 Newsletter
The sea is an ancient idiom I don't succeed in decrypting...
The brief excursion to
Palmaria to celebrate Mauro’s birthday has left us wanting
for more and we’ve decided to have a repeat as soon as possible:
we’ll be paddling there from the 9 to 11 March. As usual we’ll be
camping and in good company!
The following weekend we’ll be going to Aquileia, invited by
the locals Canoa Kayak Friuli for a presentation about our
excursions along the shores of the Mediterranean.
Then from the 21 to 23 March our itinerant kayaking instruction
school we will be in Palermo for the first BCU 3 star
course. There are still a few places available…
Other BCU 3 star courses
are planned for the coming months in Genoa, Rome,
Naples and Trieste. Check out the course calendar found
on the courses page on the Tatiyak website. Each course is limited
to a maximum of 6 participants and an internationally recognised
award - the British Canoe Union 3 star sea kayak award - is
bestowed. The participation “instructions” are made clear in the
syllabus, course and exam notes that have finally been translated
into Italian. They can be downloaded from the same page on our web
The plans for the International Symposium Venice Lagoon are
also taking shape.
It will be held in Chioggia from the 31 May to the 2 June: note this
in your calendar,
there will be some notable guests!
To be able to spend long hours paddling it is essential to have a
comfortable seat. Sometimes, all it takes is just to pad out the
cockpit seat with soft foam or latex, taking care to seal properly.
Doing so will avoid feeling that you’re sitting on rocks, at times
even the tiniest grain of sand can feel like sandpaper causing
discomfort and damaging materials. Ensure that before sealing
carefully with silicone, the material has been washed and dried out
properly. Use one or even more layers, you’ll be grateful!
Call of the Inuit
A few months ago I was given a present by a dear friend mine: a book
about games published by the Museo Nazionale della Montagna of
Giochi delle Montagne is a wonderful collection of card and
board games, the ones played with dice and special figurines...
There is also a chapter devoted to adventures in the Arctic and
Antarctic. Although penguins and polar bears often end up in the
same space, the images of the boards and boxes containing the games
are fascinating, yearning one to take part and play too.
Our passion for games has not abated and although the “Rolling
National Championship” is yet to be announced, we still intend
to play especially on the water: the appointment with kayak rolls in
the pool has been postponed to June, with lots of new features!
Over the horizon
is a 67 year Polish gentleman, a retired engineer and enthusiast for
long voyages and challenging crossings. Not much is know about him,
because as he admits, he dislikes being in the limelight. However,
he is certainly a determined character.
After crossing the Atlantic for the first time from Senegal to
Brazil, covering 3400 miles in 99 days, he’s now repeating the feat,
this time from Portugal to Florida!
Since the 20 December he has been unable to send any messages and
from the 15 January he has made little headway due to the storms
encountered in the Bermuda Triangle.
He’s well and intends to complete his 5400 mile voyage.
For now, after 125 days, he’s the kayaker with the most time at sea
of all time…
to Albert Gambina, we finally have a Newsletter written in English.
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