Showing posts with label Paddle07. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Paddle07. Show all posts

New TideRace Expedition Sea Kayak

It was utterly impossible to get online at Paddle '07. My apologies if you were expecting regular posts - I was too! Lack of wi-fi anywhere in the vicinity and a highly temperamental local government network at the venue kept me off my computer.

But by popular agreement the newest thing at the show, and certainly the sexiest (boat) was the expedition kayak from TideRace. The sodium lighting in the old sports hall is awful (and played havoc with Douglas Wilcox's otherwise excellent slide presentation). Try to ignore that and look at the lines on this baby.

Around 10th November I'll try to put live the podcast I recorded with its designer Aled Williams who talked me through the changes to the boat and what makes it special.




Friday Night Paddle 07 - Perth

The storm before the bigger storm.
People are very busy here, putting up stands, carting kayaks around the hall and blocking the car park. Good healthy activity.
Wired kayaking workshop might be a bit odd - both my PC and Mac connect to the network here but, because there's a local government security firewall, I can't use the browsers. So this is being written on a borrowed laptop, on which I'll have to run the workshop.
Inspecting the places where Justine and Patrick will give their presentations I found no cable to connect their computers to the pa. Someone has promissed to bring the right lead tomorrow. Everyone being very helpful, and it sounds like it's going to be a good event.

Canoe Boys Presentation at Paddle 07 next Sunday


This image of the Canoe Boys, from 1934, comes from Alastair Dunnett's personal scrapbook.
Next Sunday at 1pm I'll give a presentation about them at Paddle 07 in Perth.
I'll have a load of stills like this courtesy of Ninian Dunnett, Alastair's son who has republished his Dad's book.
On video, I'll have a feature about the trip I made with Cailean MacLeod, paddling key sections of the original route for three radio documentaries. The feature goes out on BBC-2 Scotland's Adventure Show on 7th November. Cailean is also taking a workshop at this event.
Also on video, I'll have two extended interviews.
The first is with Ninian Dunnett, who takes us through the famiuly album and explains how the Canoe Boys trip fit into his Father's busy life.
The second is with SCA Honorary President Duncan Winning, who met the original Canoe Boys and puts their achievement into historical context.
Between these, I'll talk for about twenty minutes about what we were trying to do in our radio programmes, what we found, and what has changed since the Canoe Boys days.
I've never done anything like this before, so if you want to throw things or heckle, please don't come!

Wired Kayaking

I've agreed to take a workshop at the Perth Paddlefest called "Wired Kayaking".

This is not about drinking a double espresso and a Red Bull before going on the water.

"Blogging, Podcasting and getting noticed on the net. Share ideas on publicising expeditions, earning money from adverts, and sending content from remote places" is how I described it.

The plan suffered a set-back yesterday when the organisers were told there was no internet access in the Bell's Sports Centre. It would be rather difficult to take this workshop in such circumstances! Today, the ever helpful Jakki e-mailed to say someone would run a cable into a room where I could go on-line. High-tech, eh?

Incidentally, in my description of this workshop, note the use of the word "share". I do not have a monopoly on wisdom when it comes to this area. I understand very little about computers, and only want to know how to make them work for me.

I'm delighted to take ideas and suggestions from wherever I can. So please add a comment, e-mail, or come to the workshop in Perth at 2pm on the Saturday.

Oh, I'm also giving a presentation on the Canoe Boys on the Sunday, but more about that later.

Paddlefest programme

The programme is taking shape for "PaddleFest", or Paddle '07 as it's known. I e-mailed the organisers last week to find out who'd be there as I was looking for potential Podcast interviewees. A couple of days later I find myself giving one workshop (about Blogging & Podcasting) and a Presentation about making our programmes on The Canoe Boys.

Here's a list of the current Presentations and Workshops lifted from the SCA Website.

Presentations
Saturday
10am ADVENTURES OF AN EXPEDITION PADDLER AND FILMMAKER Justine Curgenven
11am CANOEING AROUND THE CAIRNGORMS Robbie Nicol
12pm JOURNEYING SHARK BAY - WESTERN AUSTRALIA Chris Scott

1pm ABORIGINAL CANOES - THE BRITISH COLUMBIAN COAST Chris Cooper
2pm OPEN CANOEING IN SOUTH AFRICA Nancy Roberts

3pm JUSTINE MEETS THE QUEEN CHARLOTTE ISLANDS(UK PREMIERE !) Justine Curgenven
4pm TITLE TBC Patrick Winterton
5pm SCOTTISH CANOE ASOCIATION AGM

Sunday
11am SEA KAYAKING IN SOUTH GREENLAND Shaun Roberts
1pm THE CANOE BOYS - THEN AND NOW Simon Willis
3pm AN INDIAN ADVENTURE Claire Scott and Dave Girling


Workshops
Saturday
10am AN INTRODUCTION TO WHITEWATER SAFETY Shaun Roberts
11am KAYAK FISHING Andy Winter / Ray Fill
12pm PATHWAY TO PERFORMANCE SCA Performance Director Kevin McHugh
1pm LOOKING AFTER YOUR KIT - TROUBLESHOOTING AND REPAIRS SURGERY Richard Cree
4pm HOW TO USE A VHF RADIO CONFIDENTLY Cailean McCloud

Sunday
10.15am FISHING FROM A KAYAK Andy Winter and Ray Fill
12pm SCOTTISH SEA KAYAKING PHOTO EXTRAVAGANZA Doug Wilcox
2pm KAYAK REPAIRS Richard Cree
3pm WIRED KAYAKING Simon Willis

I also see my fellow Canoe Boy Cailean MacLeod is taking a workshop on using a VHF radio correctly (sorry 'confidently' - see below). I wonder if I can rope him into the Canoe Boys presentation...