September - October 2015
Every day is a school day…
Two trips abroad in September: the first to Helsinki for
three days of mentoring
- required for 3-star leader training - in the company of Lee Pooley,
Trenk Muller and Eva-Lotta Backman. Followed by an equal number of
on the Finnish lakes and the Baltic Sea. Then to Naples,
specifically to Casapulla, to
retrieve the Mauromobile…
Travelling for various courses will continue in the subsequent
BCU 3-star course in Savona
from Monday 28 to Wednesday 30 September (only one place available
and note that it’s being held mid-week!)
- another BCU 3-star course in Menorca, just after a week
paddling around the most beautiful island in the Mediterranean with
“Menorca en Kayak” (the
full programme of the event
- in Spanish - can be found on their blog).
- and a final
BCU 3-star at Vietri sul Mare
(Salerno) from 17 to 19 October (places still available but note
that it will take place on Saturday, Sunday and Monday!).
Then it will be the turn of the
BCU 4-star with Phil Hadley,
again at Vietri sul Mare, that includes a one-day coastal voyage, on
the 23 October.
Tatiyak will be organising 3 courses in Sardinia,
to be held in the bay of Cannigione, Arzachena gulf, and around
- BCU 3-star (only one person has signed up; a minimum of two
persons is necessary to hold the course - anyone interested?);
- BCU 4-star course with Ella Wilkinson e Nigel Dennis from
Wales (six places available but you need to book before the 15
- BCU 4-star assessment with the above coaches (available
only to those who have done the training and satisfy the assessment
There will soon be other little announcements - stay tuned!
Kayak Tour 2015”
was completed within the allotted 5-week time frame but it was
remarkable for the meteorological phenomena encountered. More than
anything else, it was notable for the frequent and prolonged
thunderstorms, both forecast and not, that we experienced, luckily
never at night! Technical foul weather gear (oilskin jacket
and hat) was stowed in the Voyager’s third hatch, not thinking that
it would ever be needed.
We were proved wrong as the weather is unpredictable - just like
The most important lesson we learnt this summer is to keep all that
is necessary for a kayaking expedition close at hand in the third
The sea is full of surprises and nothing was more welcome,
after landing ashore, to have a quick fortifying alcoholic shot!
Call of the
After five years of preparation, the second volume of the DVD
Is The Roll 2”
has been published by the acclaimed
together with the two masters of Greenland-style rolling,
Cheri Perry and Turner Wilson.
is very appealing, just as the various explanations given by Justine
in her blog post
dedicated to the launch of the DVD. “This Is The Roll 2” will be
available as from the 25 September: it contains 3 hours of
instruction comprising 22 different rolls, from the butterfly to
norsaq and hand rolls right up to the straight jacket!
Tatiyak has already ordered a few copies, drop us a line
if you’re interested in receiving one!
Over the horizon
They’ve done it! They are the first to have
completed the circumnavigation of the Svalbard
north of the the 80th parallel, paddling 2200 kilometers in 71 days!
“They” are two Kiwis, Tara Mulvaney and Jaime Sharp
and the Norwegian PG Porsanger who have battled glaciers,
polar bears and walruses, crossing fjords some of which were 65
kilometers long and requiring 15 hours of paddling.
Tara has kept a blog of the expedition
that includes some curious and engaging anecdotes,
including one of the 28 August
where she describes a close encounter with a total of nine bears!
Tara is no newcomer to extraordinary adventures: she was the first
woman to complete the circumnavigation of New Zealand’s three main
and is an accomplished writer with a captivating pen.
It was a real pleasure to follow their compelling kayak voyage!
to Albert Gambina, we finally have a Newsletter written in English.
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