... the inexperienced become courageous and the experienced learn finesse...
After the long weekend on
Palmaria (an island situated in the Ligurian
Sea, at the westernmost end of the Gulf of La Spezia) we propose
another outing to the seaside: four days amongst the creeks and
inlets of the French coast between
Cassis and Marseille. Enough to recharge the
batteries in time for the forthcoming
BCU instruction courses.
The following is on the cards for November:
sea kayak course and assessment from the 13 to 15
November with Phil Hadley
open canoe course and assessment from the 16 to the
18 November with Phil Hadely
coach – final assessment - 19 November with Ashley
Once the above is over, we relocate for a ten-day sojurn to the
nature reserve on the Isola della Cona in the Friuli Venezia Giulia
region. Together with the
local club C.K.F. we hope to transform the
courses that we will be holding into an annual sea kayaking event.
November is also when
pool-based rolling classes will be resumed.
Thanks to the support of the acclaimed Canoa Club Milano, the
Legnano public swimming pool will be available to all kayaking
enthusiasts. From 8 November onwards,
from 9.30pm to 10.30pm, rolling courses for river,
sea and Greenland-style paddlers will be held in the heated and
chlorinated main pool. You can even have a go at freestyle swimming
if you enter the water an hour before at 8.30pm. What more could you
Something else on rolling, specifically the
After the inspiring
San Vito Climbing & Sea Kayaking Festival in October,
I’ve realised once again the strict relationship between body, kayak
and paddle. Some instructors start off teaching the roll through
mastering the balance brace, others hand rolling, however I would
rather one concentrates on a continuous high brace in order to
perfect the final phase of the roll. As I once remarked, let the sea
be your bed and the waves your pillow, fully relaxed while you gaze
at the skies, scored with the furrows of your dreams!
Call of the Inuit
This snippet and other
information regarding traditional Greenland craft can be found in
the books written by Robert Gessain, colleague to
the French explorer Paul-Emile Victor.
"The Inuit kayak is the lightest and most narrow craft of its kind
in the world. A kayak belonging to a hunter 1.6 metre tall should be
about 5.75 metres long and 45cm wide..."
Gessain was a medical doctor, anthropologist and photographer, who
visited Ammassalik for the first time in 1934 and returning several
times until 1972, accumulating invaluable stories about the Inuit
way of life in the process. Excerpts from 1950, 1969 e 2007, have
inserted in our website.
Over the horizon
one of the founding fathers of the modern kayak, sadly passed away
on the 10 October, surrounded by family and friends, aged 79. He was
responsible for the world-wide dissemination of the kayak and
inspired many to take up paddling.
He also designed tens of kayaks and paddles as well as (something
not too well known)
Greenland-inspired pictures and views, some of which still adorn
the bows of our kayaks.
He was a brilliant innovator, a highly regarded teacher and a
productive writer, as attested last year by Eric Soares (since then
also passed away) of the
Thanks to Albert Gambina, we finally have a Newsletter written in English.
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