Monthly Archives: October 2012

Villes Martin to La Banche Lighthouse

Tide Coefficient 82 Low Tide St Nazaire 11.00am Destination: La Banche Lighthouse With winds up to Bf 7 in the days running up to the weekend, it was good to see a ridge of high pressure move into the bay … Continue reading

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Deck reinforcement for the sail

When I described installing the sail, I was rather optimistic with my assessment of the strength and suitability of the front deck of the Tahe Wind 585. I was completely preoccupied with the ‘downward’ forces acting on the mast base, … Continue reading

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Playspots on the Etel

Here’s a  google earth view of the area showing the two Islets creating the white water on the Flood tide. Below these two Islets is another rocky clump which creates a powerful wave on the Ebb.  The current flows around … Continue reading

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Ria D’Etel … Spring Tides !

The Ria d’Etel has been mentioned several times in this blog …. just three weeks ago we paddled from the source to Pont Lorois and back, this week it was a ‘good’ spring tide. This time we took the playboats … Continue reading

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A few minutes video of my first Kayak Paddle Sail

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Paddling with the Sail again

Well worth mentioning is the article written by Rob Mercer in Australia covering Kayak Sailing Safety, it’s an excellent text which has given me plenty of food for thought. Another day with a depression just off the West coast of … Continue reading

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First trip on the water with the Flat Earth Sail

My first choice to test out the new Flat Earth rig was my local beach at Villes Martin,  Magic Seaweed was predicting Bf4 along this stretch of coast all morning, I was a bit concerned that this may be a … Continue reading

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Nantes to Saint-Nazaire on the River Loire, 60 km of Art, History and Nature

I have paddle the Loire Estuary below the bridge at Saint-Nazaire on many occasions, but have never ventured further up river. It’s time we took a look. We arrived at Nantes just before dawn, the lights reflecting on the water … Continue reading

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Installing a keel strip….. and stainless steel cables

This post is not an instructional post …  but is here to give me a record which I can refer back to when I find I need to do the job again. So, by way of introduction I have previously … Continue reading

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