November 2013 Newsletter
for someone the Arctic introduces an irritating unavailability to the
collaboration with the white man... (Barry Lopez)
The month of October went by in a flash. The
guided tour of Ponza and Palmarola
was particularly unforgettable for the sea, islands and people we
four days of seaside camping that filled the rest of the month up
and memories that still thrill the twelve participating paddlers.
week loitering about the streets of Naples, my city of choice and
our homecoming was spent in an enjoyable
meet on the Lago di Garda organised by
the enduring Luciano Belloni: two days of total relaxation in
The month of November starts with the
Instructor’s course organized by the Italian
Canoe-Kayak Federation in Rome: a new experience that peaks my
interest even though
we will be spending four long days around a table. The make-up of
the working group
is to say the least, interesting, ensuring a lively discussion and
cause for development,
individually and collectively... to be updated!
The highlight of the month is surely the
BCU week on the island of Vulcano.
It’s the right opportunity to combine a holiday with family or
paddling friends and improving personal skills through courses that
will be held by the two of the most qualified British instructors:
Ben Keen and Phil Hadley, who is back amongst us for the fourth time,
as usual with Tatiyak. This will be a wonderful gathering and we’ll
be sure to tell you all about it soon!
During a slow and meditative passage in a sea kayak breathing
properly is essential.
Your respiration takes on the rhythm of the sea, the cadence of the
waves and the timing of the currents. Breathing and paddling can
merge into one until the dividing line becomes nearly blurred. To
keep oneself in a physical equilibrium, it is essential to
respiration sequence and thus paddle in a simple but effective way:
inhale for two strokes and exhale on the third, repeating the
sequence on the opposite side and back again until we return to the
original side, thereby balancing the lateral movement of the trunk
and the forward motion of the kayak. After a while we will discover
the pleasure of relaxation, our respiration in concurrence with our
kayak and the sea.
Call of the Inuit
is well known speleologist from Genoa specialising in glaciers and
an avid Arctic explorer. In 2012 he founded the
ItaliAmmassalik Association, which includes, besides other
activities, a travelling exhibition entitled "Ammassalik, the hidden
side of Greenland”, a journey amongst the silences, smiles and
solitude of eastern Greenland. The exhibition is once again on show
in Genova at the Biblioteca Berio from 21 October to the 2 November.
The inauguration of the exhibition coincided with a book launch – “Angmagssalik
- Là dove ci sono i pesci” - authored by
Ottorino. The format is that of a narrative story in order to
document the four trips Ottorino undertook in the region and is the
culmination of his passion for the widely dispersed Inuit
community. Proceeds from the book will be utilised to purchase
artefacts produced by the Angmagssalik Inuit and will supplement the
other artefacts in the exhibition. We’ll talk about the book and the
association in the near future...
one expedition that we would all like to go on:
a sea kayak trip in
Greenland! Once again it will be eastern coast of
Greenland in the inhabited areas of Tasiilaq and Ammassalik.
Giancarlo Albertari, an expert paddler with a
great passion for adventure has invited us to follow his
preparations. This expedition will take Giancarlo to paddle along
the frozen coastline of this region that is at once both
inhospitable and fascinating. The trip is planned for next July, but
in the best tradition, the excitement of the trip has overwhelmed
and infected us: stay tuned! In the meantime we can support
Giancarlo in a tangible way
by making a small donation through
this link: by donating we will be making it
possible for Giancarlo to record his Arctic voyage on film. In turn
he will share his adventures with us,
of video-talks during Arctic-themed evenings...
Thanks to Albert
Gambina, we finally have a Newsletter written in English.
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