Tuesday, 26 June 2007 05:02

Transparent Canoe

Transparent Canoe I saw this canoe that was recently developed by Hammacher Schlemmer. It is made from a transparent polymer hull made from the same stuff as the canopy on jet fighters, which allows you to get a great view of life under the water.

$1495 will get you the boat, two kayak paddles, bilge pump and flotation bags.

I think it's a cool idea though I think that I would spend more time looking down then looking around at the personal watercraft bearing down on me. That probably won't be the case for you, just me. I had the same experience with a GPS while out on a daytrip. I spent the whole time stating at my calculated speed, I missed everything!

Source: i4u.com

You have met Liz, she shot some of the great photos on this site. I recently found this clip that she took up at her cottage. You need to watch it right to the end. The first time I saw it, I nearly peed my pants, I was laughing so hard. Sorry there is no music but you can pretend that there is some old time bar piano music in the background.

Click "Read More" to view the video.

Monday, 25 June 2007 18:31

How safe is too safe?

Sean demonstrating the safest way to cross a shipping channel.
Sean demonstrating the safest way to cross a shipping channel. Photo: Liz Burnside.
Liz Burnside sent me this great photo of my friends Erik and Conehead Sean. They are currently working on a new program to teach youngsters about the dangers of crossing shipping lanes. They figure that this will enable ship captains to see them better.

You can find this photo and more at www.seakayakontario.com
Canadians have an opportunity to experience first hand the seven wonders of Algonquin Park, accessible only by canoe. Travelers will discover why the canoe was selected as one of Canada’s Seven Wonders in a national contest and learn why Algonquin Park was recognized as being Canada's 2nd Most Priceless National Park.
Jetboil is pleased to announced that their Personal Cooking System (PCS) has been named this month's "Innovation Rocks!" winner.

Innovation Rocks! is co-sponsored by the New Hampshire Business Resource Center and WGIR-FM. Each month an innovative company is chosen to be promoted on the air.
World Kayak LogoParticipation in whitewater kayaking will double in the next five years if the newly established World Kayak organization is successful in meeting its ambitious goals. World Kayak's initiative to grow the sport is based primarily on the belief - widely held by many sports organizations - that providing new and intermediate boaters more opportunities to paddle will convert them from occasional participants to frequent enthusiasts.

"The goal of the program is to give more opportunities to paddlers to get out in a good communal setting," said World Kayak coordinator Colin Kemp.
Wednesday, 13 June 2007 18:38

Cross-Canada Tour

Oh Canada... Let's take a quick tour across Canada and see what is going in the Provincial/Territorial paddling Associations:

RCABC Receives MEC Grant
Mountain Equipment Co-op recently announced a grant of $6088 (cdn) for the Recreational Canoeing Association of British Columbia. It is going to be used to help create fish habitat and paddling features on the Seymour River in North Vancouver, BC. This is the second year that MEC has contributed to this project and would not have been possible without their support.

Paddle Manitoba
The Government of Canada has committed to expanding Nahanni National Park Reserve. Parks Canada is launching a series of public meetings this summer and fall on what the new boundary should look like. This is the best opportunity yet for Canadians to show their support for protecting the entire South Nahanni Watershed and Nahanni karstlands. Show your support! Write or call the federal government and let them know you support full watershed protection!

More info here.

New Brunswick Canoe & Kayak Association
You need to pay up your 2007 memberships. It's $15...Pay up deadbeats. More info.

Kayak Newfoundland and Labrador
They have a great article on Icebergs. Makes sense...Read it here.

Canoe Kayak Nova Scotia
People from across the province will have the opportunity to enjoy guided tours of some of Nova Scotia's protected areas again this summer.

The Department of Environment and Labour, in partnership with community groups, will offer several free tours to participants interested in exploring the province's unique wilderness areas and nature reserves.

Two tours are scheduled for Sunday, June 10, on Canadian Rivers Day.

A paddling tour of the Margaree-Lake Ainslie Canadian Heritage River, Inverness County, will begin at 1 p.m. Paddlers are invited to experience a great Canadian river with a guide by paddling the 13-kilometre section of slow-moving river between Margaree Forks and Margaree Harbour. More info.


Wednesday, 13 June 2007 18:08

Calendar of Events

If you have events that you are organizing this year, we want to hear about it. You can promote your event for free via our events calendar. To post, you just need to register first.

Contact me if you have any questions or run into any problems...
Sunday, 10 June 2007 18:50

Using video in your Coaching

Preparing to use video in coaching.
Preparing to use video in coaching.

Introduction:
Video is a flexible and powerful tool for the coach, its level of use is dictated by the coaches ability with the camera and confidence in it's application as part of the normal coaching process. The strength of video lies in it's ability to capture movement and speed rather than fixed shots. Many coaches are, needlessly, nervous because of the technology involved and it's application. The video should be built into normal coaching activity and viewed as additional to coaching activity.

Saturday, 09 June 2007 18:06

2007 is the Year of the Island Trip

It seems these days everybody is paddling around islands. Derek and Taino are paddling around Puerto Rico this August, the guys from Terra Santa Kayak Expeditions are currently paddling around Newfoundland, Freya and Greg are leaving next week to paddling around Iceland and finally, Erik is still paddling around the Toronto Islands.

Erik's trip is only 12 km round trip but he has been working on it for 5 years. I think that he is on his 1000th attempt...

Gilligans Island I was recently reading a transcript of an interview of Bob Denver from 1994. Bob Denver is known for his role as Gilligan from "Gilligan's Island". It ran for 98 episodes from 1964 to 1967.

I had to read the following quote 4 times because I couldn't believe it:

Radio Station: Yet I understand, looking through some trivia books, that some people did take it kind of seriously. I understand the U.S. Coast Guard got some calls from concerned viewers who suggested that they try and rescue you guys off the island.

Bob: There was an Admiral in the East here somewhere. He's was a retired Admiral and he was in his 70s and he got the coordinates. We gave them out one time. The longitude and latitude, which if you looked it up was in the middle of nowhere in the Pacific Ocean. He knew the chain of command, so he called Washington and Washington called Hawaii and pretty soon they had one of the cutters steaming up. One of the young sailors came up to the Captain and said, "Sir, I think it's a TV show." And he said, "what, son!" He says, "I think it's a TV show, sir." They checked it out again and found out of course that it was. They came on the set, the Commander did, with this huge stack of memorandums and everything else that came out of Washington. We almost really got rescued.


For this who don't believe me, here is the original interview.

What does this tell us? Well, anybody who is planning a major trip around an island this year, if you run into trouble and help doesn't seem to be coming, your best chance for rescue is probably to start a television show and get it into syndication.

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