SEA KAYAK EXPEDITION GATHERING 2013 REPORT (SKEG)   Leave a comment

The Jurassic coast of North Yorkshire was the scene for this year’s expedition gathering at East Barnby. The weather was fine as paddlers descended from Portsmouth, Fort William and even America.
As the title suggests the emphasis is a sharing of expedition ideas, skills and practice, with the Saturday seeing groups paddling along the coastline stopping to forage for different seaweeds, shellfish and coastal plants. Simultaneously there were groups on the water learning top tips for fishing, dropping lobster pots and a group surfing the reefs in order to gain experience for surf landings with laden boats during expeditions.

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Groups gathered on the beach to look at various cooking methods, spicy Pollock burgers were cooked followed by malt loaf fritters and caramelised rum plums.
The local lifeboat from Staithes joined the gathering for the afternoon and groups took to the water and took turns to call up the lifeboat with VHF and then work through a variety of scenarios such as injured paddlers, multiple capsizes, and some lucky folk got high speed rides in the RIB.
Back at the centre there was the opportunity to learn how to apply keel strips, shop for gear at Wet and Wild and Reed trade shops, before an evening of great variety; A talk from Jim about his recent trip to Greenland, cooking of foraged items and campfire goodies by Ang ……. Seaweed and mushroom risotto, limpet chowder, chocolate brownie filled oranges and strawberry with white chocolate briche rolls for the campfire (oh yes … and not forgetting the lobster!), and for some folk an exercise on the planning stages of an expedition was looked at. The evening ended as all good expeditions do with a big campfire and a tipple or three!!

lobster

Sunday saw everyone on a journey from Skinningrove heading south trying different boats provided by P&H and Rockpool with groups splitting to look at efficient forward paddling tips, navigation on the move , and “how to go in and in style” choosing the more interesting routes along the coast. Lunch was again a culinary affair on the beach at Staithes with a Pollock, chorizo and gnocchi stew cooked from fresh followed by a boozy baileys pud which undoubtably keeps well!

staithes

There was a chance to swap boats and gain further skills in the afternoon as the group headed to Runswick bay, there was an air of learning as people paddled on bearings, timed distances, checked speed and consulted charts along the way.
Runswick bay was bathed in sunshine as the groups finally arrived on the beach for a welcome cup of tea.

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The gathering was a great success thanks to many people …. If you are interested in attending SKEG 2014 please email angbullamore@northyorks.gov.uk

lifeboat rescue

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Posted June 13, 2013 by eastbarnby in Uncategorized

KIT SWAP / SALE   Leave a comment

Bring any unwanted kit this weekend … you might find a buyer !

Posted June 5, 2013 by eastbarnby in Uncategorized

Photo competition   Leave a comment

DON T FORGET TO BRING YOUR CAMERAS FOLKS ………..

Posted June 3, 2013 by eastbarnby in Uncategorized

Programme- SKEG 2013   Leave a comment

SKEG 2013

FRIDAY 7TH 3PM ONWARDS- ARRIVALS
BOAT ALLOCATION

7PM DINNER (BAR OPENS)

8PM MEET TO DISCUSS WORKSHOPS
EVENING SOCIAL-SHOPS OPEN!

SAT 8TH 8-8.30AM BREAKFAST
9AM MEET TO DISCUSS DAY
9.30AM LEAVE FOR RUNSWICK
5PM RETURN
6PM DINNER (BAR)
7PM MEET TO DISCUSS SUNDAY 7.30PM EVENING ACTIVITIES!!

SUN 9TH 8-8.30AM BREAKFAST
9AM MEET TO DISCUSS DAY
9.30 LEAVE CENTRE
4PM RETURN TO CENTRE
5.30 DEPART

Posted June 3, 2013 by eastbarnby in Uncategorized

WEEKEND DETAILS – (Domestic arrangements)   1 comment

Dormitory rooms will be allocated on arrival .
I will try and spread you out as much as possible ! – Some rooms now have TV s!!! BUT … you won t need those as the weekend will be far too exciting !!

Dinner on Friday will be 7pm – If you are going to be late please give centre a ring and we will endeavour to plate you up some food .

There will be a bar during the evenings serving beer and wine at reasonable prices.

Posted May 19, 2013 by eastbarnby in Uncategorized

WORKSHOPS   Leave a comment

For those of you booked onto SKEG and getting excited ………. looking at popularity of the workshops offered , the incident management exercise with the RNLI seems to be at the top.
It was a great success last year with particpants calling up the Lifeboat with VHF and then dealing with various scenarios from lost and injured paddlers to damaged boats. “Bodies” and boats were hauled aboard and situations sorted under the guidance of coaches.

Posted May 19, 2013 by eastbarnby in Uncategorized

GUEST COACHES   Leave a comment

We havwe a fantastic line up of guest coaches coming to share their wealth of skills at SKEG this year !

Jim Krawiecki, author of many sea kayak guidebooks , James Stevenson of Adventure Elements North Wales, Howard Jeffs, and Kim Bull – and possibly more.

More details to follow Read the rest of this entry »

Posted May 15, 2013 by eastbarnby in Uncategorized