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Wednesday, 28 July 2010

Kayaking



I suppose this comes back to my growing obsession with messing about in boats: I've always loved the water, but aside from one teenage attempt at dragon boat racing, I haven't had much boating experience. I learnt to sail last year, and loved it, but (being me...) I'm always looking for new experiences.

We saw some traditional kayaks being built in Greenland, and met some people who had just got back from a kayaking-camping trip. It looked fun. I happen to have a couple of friends who go paddling regularly, so when they had a day off work and the chance came up, I naturally jumped at the opportunity to join them and learn something new.

Kayaking

Getting in to the boat was quite possibly the hardest part, and the point where I felt I was most at risk of ending up in the water. Once you're settled inside the kayak, it's surprisingly stable, especially since we went out on a canal, on a calm day - we just had to pay a little more attention when a narrowboat came past.

For the first few minutes, I found I could steer to the left but not to the right - meaning I ended up doing several 360-degree turns just to get back on a straight line. The funny thing was, even though I was clearly a pathetic excuse for a kayaker, it was really fun. Being hopeless at something isn't usually quite so enjoyable!

By the end of a couple of hours - including a short ball game, which caused Andy to capsize in an overenthusiastic attempt to win - I was starting to feel I was getting the hang of it. I could certainly see some improvement - even if I won't be looking for white water any time soon! Now, I just have to resist the urge to buy a kayak (along with resisting the urge to buy a sailing boat, which also requires a lot of willpower).

24 comments:

Red-haired hiker said...

SkippyUK is contemplating buying an inflatable one from here: http://www.inflatable-kayaks.co.uk/ as a cheaper and more portable intro to the sport than a "proper" rigid ones. Worth a look?

Tractor Mom said...

I'm glad you didn't turn the kayak over getting in! They are fun!

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Writing Without Periods! said...

Looks like so much fun!!
Mary

Louiz said...

They are fun, aren't they! I have really fond memories of learning to kayak on the Norfolk Broads one blazing hot summer.

Emma said...

I love Kayaking....it's soooo much fun!!! Glad you enjoyed it :-)

liliannattel said...

I've never been kayaking, but one of my kids wants to try it, so it might be in the cards.

Holly said...

Kayaking is so much fun. I rarely get to do it, but love when I do..of course there is always a capsize.

Sarah (Chez Lee) said...

Good for you! Hubbie and I had our first real taste of kayaking in the Abel Tasman, NZ. We'd never done it before and yet booked ourselves a double kayak and all the gear for a 3 day adventure! We were given an hour's lesson, including how to get ashore through the break waves and back out to sea, a map, paddles and off we went! We had a fabulous time! :) x

Chef E said...

How cool, Robert and I got in his brothers two seater and we actually rowed out into the bay behind their house and then made it back, we got in on the beach- was absolutely fantastic ride, and I plan on doing it again when I lose weight!

You look like a natural and I am sure you will get back in any seat you try, and will master :)

~Dana said...

Good for you! Me, and my family LOVE kayaking as well!

ScoMan said...

I went kayaking once with scouts. It was a lot of hard work but a lot of fun.

I think owning a sailing boat would be cool.. which probably isn't helping your will power. My bad.

Kelly at Home said...

Oh Rachel, that is FABULOUS! Okay, I have to admit, sheepishly, that your blog thrils me because of where you live!

Have a lovely weekend!!

Kelly
www.kellyathomeblog.com

Deirdre said...

I should be more adventurous and try things like this out.

!!!

carma said...

you are very brave. I'd go with the kayak purchase in lieu of the sailboat. I've noticed that the few people I've known to have sailboats eventually tire of all the upkeep...

Kel said...

How fun! I haven't been Kayaking since I got married, which is strange since my husband used to work for the National Park service and loves the outdoors.

Mama Hen said...

I love kayaking Rachel! I used to have a kayak when I lived at the beach. It was the best thing! I went out every day at least a couple of times! Great picture! Have a great day!

Mama Hen

Velva said...

Cheers to your Kayak experience. I was born in South Florida and grew up surrounded by water. My fear with the kayak? Is turning over and not being able to upright myself before i panic :-)

Great blog post!

Kristin said...

I'm with Velva. It looks so fun yet terrifies me!

LambAround said...

You're much more brave than me! It looks like you were having a blast :)

Bitsy Baby Photography said...

ooh this sounded like it was a blast! love that "getting in" photos too =) good times!!

Alice Braga said...

It's nice to see you let yourself go and have fun regardless of your skill level. FYI, Martha Beck says kayaks are the best vessel (metaphorically speaking) to navigate the changes of our time, so it's a good choice all around!

Joey @ Big Teeth and Clouds said...

Kayaking does look awesome. I often wonder if it would look awesome while I was doing it.

Bec said...

We go kayaking at the lake we vacation at and my mom ends up butt first in the lake a lot trying to get into the kayak. Always entertaining :)

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cornflakegirl74 said...

This looks like so much fun! I've always wanted to try but am deathly afraid of tipping (I have a very bizarre fear of the water, even though I was a coxswain for a crew team, oddly enough).

I bet that once you get the hang of it, it would be an amazing experience though :)

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