Tips to avoid an on water collision
Sunday, 09 September 2007

This morning I came upon this article which shook me up. It seems that a body was found about two miles offshore from Rye in the English Channel. The kayaker's boat was found floating near by. The coastguard said that man's injuries and the damage to the canoe suggested he had been run down by a ship and killed. Over the past summer, there have been several different reports of large boats running over canoe, kayaks and small sail boats. Before, I could never understand how a paddler could get run over by a boat. I always figured that one could always move out of the way in time. My opinion of it changed this summer after hearing about a friend of the family whose little fishing boat was run over by a large powerboat. According to them, they were out fishing on a clear, calm day when they looked up just in time to see a large boat bearing down on them. They just had enough time to dive off the side of the boat before impact. They were fine but sadly the boat was quite damaged. It is schedule to go to court this fall. So, how can we keep ourselves from getting hit on the water? The first thing is to be vigilant on the water. Watch the other boaters and assume that they can't see you. To be honest, the majority probably can't. They are big so it is easy for you to see them but a canoe or kayak is barely three feet out of the water. When there are medium swells and you are in the trough of the wave, you are even lower in the water. Keep that in mind. Follow the rules of the road. Just because you are in a canoe or kayak doesn't mean that you need to follow the rules like everybody else. If possible, avoide the shipping channels since that is where the large boats are going to be. Consider a radar reflector.  There are several different commercial models on the market with various levels of success. Basically…
In late August 2007, Epicocity Project team members Howard "Trip" Jennings, Kyle Dickman, Brian Eustis, Matt Fields Johnson, Andy Maser, and Scott Feindell joined a team of scientists and cavers for a six week exploration of the Hargy Caldera in New Britain, Papua New Guinea. This National Geographic expedition will give voice to the recommendations of the United Nations Environmental Fund that this area be conserved.

Shark rescued by lifeguard
Wednesday, 05 September 2007

I saw this article on The Scotsman's website and couldn't help but post it: Shark rescued by lifeguard Sand Shark Photo by USGS © A LIFEGUARD at New York's Coney Island beach came to the rescue of a two-foot sand shark being attacked by frightened swimmers. Marisu Mironescu, 39, of Brooklyn, said he saw about 100 people circling the shark off Coney Island's beach. "Some were hitting him, smacking his face," said Miro-nescu. "I wasn't going to let them hurt the poor thing." He grabbed the largely harmless fish in his arms and carried it, backstroking out to sea, where he let it go. "Then he tried to bite me," said Mironescu.

Paddling Raft-Up - September 4, 2007
Tuesday, 04 September 2007

rSeptember 28-30, Naturally Superior Adventures will be hosting the annual Surfing Superior Confluence. Located at the mouth of the Michipicoten River on Lake Superior, the wind can kick up some fantastic standing waves against the river current. Here is the description from their site: Enjoy laid back soul surfin' or intense ender sessions in the freshwater surf playground at the mouth of the Michipicoten River. This informal gathering of surf-seeking intermediate to advanced paddlers takes advantage of autumnal gales and late summer warm water to provide an informal, instructional and by all means entertaining way to cap off your paddling season in late September. You'll be wishing the weekend will never end. [Link: Naturally Superior Adventures] Surfing Record Smashed Speaking about surfing, Brazil recently set the record for the number of surfers on a single wave. The next time you try to break the record you will now need more then 84 people on it! The old record was 71 people set in Cape Town. The record breaking attempt was made during the Earthwave Festival de Surf Ecorodovias, a three day festival of wave-riding events that featured a professional longboarding surfing contest, outrigger canoe paddling and demonstrations of stand up paddling, the latest discipline of surfing that is sweeping the world. [Link:] That no log, that a bone! David Boyers was standing in about two feet of water in the South Fork of the Licking River when he saw what appeared to be a funny-looking log. After examining it, he thought it might be a bone so he took a trip down to the museum where he eventually met with a palaeontologist at the Cincinnati Museum Center. The "log" was not a dinosaur bone. But it was the partial right ulna - think foreleg - of a mastodon, circa 20,000 years ago, said Dr. Glenn Storrs, assistant vice president for natural history and science at the museum. Storrs said the museum, which is a federal repository for bones and fossils, receives numerous phone calls from people who think they've found ancient bones. Usually they turn out to be from…
Experienced whitewater kayakers who have never boated the Upper or Lower Gauley have a golden opportunity this fall to take their maiden voyage down the legendary river with top pro paddlers. On the morning of Saturday, Sept. 22, winners of the "Am I Ready For the Gauley Yet" drawing will meet in the park across the street from the put-in road to the Summerville Dam. Pairs of pro paddlers will guide groups of up to four paddlers down the river during the annual Gauley Fest.

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