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Review: Necky Chatham Composite 16 August 07 2016

Crazy season is ramping up here at Windermere Canoe Kayak, the kids are off school and the hotels are all full just waiting for the sun now! Today’s review is about Necky’s Chatham 16 Composite boat that I luckily got to paddle in Scotland on a 5-day wild camping expedition back in April. Before the trip I had paddled quite a few sea kayaks and had a solid base level of knowledge towards boat performance, however this was my first extended sea kayaking trip.

After a long drive to Loch Feochan from Ambleside we were all eager to get on the water, unfortunately due to being away for the days running up to the trip I didn’t actually know whether the boat would take all of my kit. To be honest I’m not the most organised packer at the best of times and I was quite apprehensive as I packed, however I was pleasantly surprised as the Chatham storage (3 divided bulkheads) took all my kit for 5 days. The Chatham doesn’t claim to be a boat for longer trips but after using it for 5 days I would say with careful packing you could push an extra couple of days out of it. After the inevitable faf that is part and parcel of packing boats we set of for Seil Sound to set up camp at the start of the sound, with murmurings of a pub spirits were high.

We set off down Seil Sound with the ebbing tide the next morning, the first thing I noticed about the Chatham was how well balanced and reassuring the boat felt, this allowed me to really push the boat in playful situations, the outfitting and full-chined hulled allowed me to really engage my edges and which in turn allowed for great manoeuvrability and exceptional surfing capabilities which would turn out to very handy in the rough conditions we had on day 3 as we came round Deigness Point. After five days of amazing paddling I have an almost sentimental attachment to Chatham, the Chatham is simply a joy to paddle in wind and waves and exploring tight coastlines. At 16 feet, she truly fits her billing as more of an ocean play- boat than a long-distance tourer however depending on how comfortable you want to be and your ability to ignore general hygiene while on expeditions you can push the amount of time you spend in it. On edge it was simply a dream allowing for spins in place or carve 90-degree turns with one or two well-placed strokes. Do yourself a favour and paddle this boat I can assure you won’t be disappointed! We currently have one in stock on sale! So call in and check it out or CLICK HERE to find out more.

Specs

  • Fiberglass
  • 5 feet
  • 22” wide
  • Fiberglass weight: 23.1kgs
  • Cockpit: 30.75” x 14.25”
  • Bow hatch: 16” x 9”
  • Stern hatch: 16” x 9”
  • Day hatch: 7.5”
  • Storage Capacity: 143.8L
  • Max Capacity: 275-325 lbs/ 124.7-147.4 kg.

 

Until next time, Happy paddling Ollie!


Review: Dagger Axiom July 18 2016

Dagger Axiom

Kayaking can be a lot of things to a broad spectrum of people and we all fall in to the habit of turning it in to something it’s not, usually for me anyway I have the unfortunate habit of turning it to a serious and regimented activity with a tick list or rivers, rapids and grades I must complete.

Paddling media doesn’t help this misconception either which the vast majority of popular edits showcasing carnage and big water excursions. I say misconception because as much as it can be dressed up to be this serious activity at the end of the day when you strip it down the reason we all paddle is because it’s FUN! Which leads me to nicely into our next boat review, the Dagger Axiom.

13 years ago dagger killed off a cult legend the dagger RPM, which to this day you still see on the water. The RPM was so popular due to its playful river cruising feel and many companies since then have tried to emulate the playboat/river runner crossover but have never quite captured the feeling of the RPM until now!

Dagger have resurrected the RPM under the guise of the Dagger Axiom. The Axiom manages to take all the brilliants traits of the RPM and inject it into a modern planning hull, designer Mark Robertson says it’s a “River Cruiser” that sits somewhere between the river running Mamba and the Agent playboat. What this gives us is a boat that paddles like a river runner on a diet and surfs like a playboat on steroids!

The Axioms bow takes its inspiration from the Mamba although it is noticeably slimmer it does provide enough volume for a dry and comfortable ride. The Tapered stern is where most of the volume loss is, which allows for easy back deck moves. The Axioms playful designs leans more towards waves and eddy moves as opposed to vertical hole play, this means surfing this boat is a dream and you will find it hard to resist stern squirting every eddy line it sight!

Once you’ve done all the playing and surfing you can muster the axiom relaxes itself back into a superior river runner with superb tracking and speed it makes eddy hoping a dream which means it is equally capable in the hands of beginners and established white-water racers.

We currently have a medium in stock which is aimed at mid sixed paddlers, call in and have a look!

Happy Paddling, Ollie.


DAGGER AXIOM SPECIFICATIONS
Contour Ergo Outfitting
Ratchet Adjustable Back band
Roto Molded Seating with Leg Lifter
Welded-In Seat Track
Contour Adjustable Bulkhead Foot Brace with Foam Padding
Precision Adjustable Thigh Braces
Multi-Adjustable, Contour Hip Pads and Security Grab Handles

LENGTH:
8' 6" / 259 cm
COCKPIT WIDTH:
19" / 48 cm
WIDTH:
25.5" / 65 cm
DECK HEIGHT:
13.5" / 34 cm
COCKPIT LENGTH:
34" / 86 cm
BOAT WEIGHT:
42 lbs. / 19 kg
VOLUME:
63 gal / 238 L

PADDLER WEIGHT:
130 - 210 lbs. / 59 - 95 kg


Review: New Dagger Nomad July 12 2016

What a wonderfully wet couple of weeks, I hope everyone’s been out taken advantage of some “summer” paddling. Exciting news! We have just taken delivery of the new, redefined 2016 Dagger Nomad (#Newmad).

Dagger Nomad 2016

A review by our Ollie

The Nomad has been a staple in daggers line-up for the last 12 years and 2016 sees the arrival of a redesigned boat. The nomad has always been renowned as a stable and forgiving creek boat that would deliver a predictable performance every time you were on the river. The 2016 model is no different and its feels familiar from the get go, however with the adjustments have brought the Nomad bang up to date. Adding more rocker to the bow allows the Nomad to keep to the surface which allows the boat to skip through holes. Lowering the stern rocker and flattening out through the tail effectively pushes the boat out from drops allowing you to power out and carry speed away from drops.
Full disclosure I had my reservations about the nomad when the new design was announced, I personally felt like it wasn’t moving in the right direction with paddlers demanding faster boats and lighter boats. These reservations were put to rest the minute I got the nomad on the water. Firstly, it is a lot more predictable then the new breed of race inspired creek boats, it also delivered the right amount of speed without it feeling like it was running away from me. Granted you’re not going to see it winning the Moriston or sick-line any time soon, but if you want a boat that’s going be predictable when your running tough white water then this boat is for you! Call in to the shop and have a look for yourself, currently we have a medium in a very striking orange (blaze) in stock.
Happy paddling, Ollie!

 

View the Dagger nomad in our on-line shop here

Dagger Nomad Features

Roto-moulded tank seat for added durability.
Multiple gear loops with quick clip access.
Contour ergo creek outfitting.
Adjustable ratchet back-band and thigh braces

7.5cm of seat adjustment.
Adjustable quick release hip pads.
Seat padding with additional seat booster insert.
Ratchet leg lifter for increase comfort and contact.
Auto adjusting bulkhead footrest.


Specifications

 

Length

Width

Weight

Nomad Small 8.2

251cm

65cm

20kg

Nomad Medium 8.6

259cm

66cm

22kg

Nomad Large 9.0

274cm

69cm

23kg


New products May 17 2016

New buoyancy aids from Palm Equipment

Peyto £99.95

We love these new all season touring buoyancy aids from Palm not only because they are top quality but they are packed with really useful features including:

Hidden fleece lined hand warmers
Good sized front pockets
Rear pocket to fit hydration bladder
Men's and women's fit and colours
               
For more information and to buy this product click here:-

FX £89.95

The new FX is comfy and cool in looks with plenty of storage.  We have a choice of colours and sizes.  In particular, if you are instructing on flat water you will love this product.
     
For more information on his product click here

Hydro £79.95

The Hydro has a classic shape with front zip.  It has a large rear pocket (option to fit hydration bladder) as well as two ample front pockets with additional clips inside.
For more info please click here.
          

A taster of our new Robson paddle range April 26 2016

 

A taster of our new Robson paddle range

We have just received a great selection of new paddles from Robson.  Robson paddles are well made and well liked by our staff.  Here is a taster of our new range.

NB: When selecting a new paddle you will need to consider the paddle length, what materials are used and most importantly the shape of the blade.  Here we focus on the different blades available in our Robson range.

White water paddles

We keep a variety of White Water specific paddles in stock. Two of these, the Pogo (3&6) and the Haida (2) from Robson can be seen in this picture.

The Haida, with it's "Downturned" blade and funky design uses a "Flow Tech" material which is lighter and more durable than the more traditional glass fibre blades making it ideal for the more expert / technical white water paddler. £204.99

If you are looking for a more intermediate white water paddle, take a look at the Pogo which we chose for its very strong glass blade and excellent price £175.99 making it ideal for intermediate white water use.

Touring paddles

The other 5 paddles in this picture are what we refer to as "touring" paddles.  Their blades are ergonomically designed for longer distance, flat water paddling on lakes or the sea.  Our touring paddles here have two types of blade:-

Low angle blades - these blades are longer and have a narrower profile.  Ideal for those of you with a more relaxed paddling style or who are looking for comfort on longer distances.

High angle blades - these blades improve power and acceleration when using high angle strokes.  More suitable for those of you who are focussed on improving your technique and want a higher performance blade.

Low angle blades:

The Zephyr low angle blades are gentle on the joints yet provide a well balanced, power stroke when needed. 

The Zephyr fibreglass (4) is priced at £179.99 and the high performance Zephyr Carbon (8) which is lighter and stiffer than the fibreglass option, costs £269.99

High angle blades: 

Our Synergy high angle blades are designed for performance paddlers looking to manoeuvre the blade quickly.  The Synergy comes in two options - Synergy fibreglass (5) £179.99 or Synergy carbon (1) £269.99 which is lighter and stiffer for improved comfort & performance.

The high angle Chlorophyll (7) with "FlowTech Foam Core Technology" is lighter than the Synergy with improved buoyancy meaning a less fatiguing stroke. £204.99

Other paddles in our range

We also keep more entry level white water paddles at a lower price point in stock for those keen on getting into the sport without having to break the bank. 

For greater shaft adjustability, we have 2 piece variations for the Synergy, Zephyr Carbon and Chlorophyll models.

We also have a range of more specialist ex-demo paddles with carbon fibre shafts and / or blades.


Summer Solstice Race Results 2015 June 22 2015

Long Course

Placing

Name

Boat

Time

1

Ian & Alan Tordoff

K2

1:18:33

2

Kenny Fraser & Gilbert Speirs

K2

1:20:25

3

Duddon Canoe Club

K4

1:22:50

4

Patrick Winterton

K1

1:24:18

5

Tom Dawson

K1

1:26:04

6

Micky McDonald

K1

1:34:04

7

Andrew Morton

K1

1:34:08

8

Paul Hill

K1

1:37:53

9

Doug Hardie & Ben Heslop

Tandem Canoe

1:38:52

10

Stuart Jolly

K1

1:38:54

11

Kate Duffus

K1

1:42:54

12

Steve Whipp

K1

1:43:24

13

Martin Tonge

K1

1:44:24

14

Lizelle Kemp

K1

1:45:28

15

Alan Paterson

K1

1:45:50

16

Malcolm Stubbs

K1

1:47:31

17

Andy Rowley

K1

1:47:31

18

Pete Astles

K1

1:49:00

19

Paul Vousden

K1

1:50:36

20

Emma Dunlop & Ione Russell

K2

1:50:38

21

Mike Dagley

K1

1:58:39

22

Cat Sutherland

K1

1:59:48

23

Graham Eccles

K1

2:01:32

24

Brian Hull

K1

2:01:50

25

Simon Dunton

SUP

2:02:45

26

Alan Taylor

SUP

2:05:35

27

Amanda Spavin

K1

2:09:31

28

Paddlers for Life - Lucy

Dragon Boat

2:10:10

29

Paddlers for Life - Phyllis

Dragon Boat

2:15:20

30

Julian & Claire Maclaine

Tandem Canoe

2:20:01

31

Dave Cardwell & Paul Binks

Tandem Canoe

2:23:53

32

Lucy Pearce

SUP

2:27:32

33

Alistair Swinsco

SUP

2:30:10

34

Ian Cormack

SUP

2:32:33

35

Jamie Harman

SUP

2:34:32

36

Dean Dunbar

SUP

2:34:32

37

Clive Purchase

K1

2:46:57

38

Kenneth Hartley

K1

3:07:26

39

Michael Duncan

K1

3:07:26

40

Cathy Winterton

SUP

3:10:29

41

Belinda Randall

SUP

3:24:36

42

Senga Blackmore

SUP

3:29:55

43

Alison Rennie

SUP

3:29:56

 

Short Course

Placing

Name

Boat

Time

1

Gilbert Speirs

K1

35:49

2

Duddon Canoe Club Senior

K4

35:52

3

Kenny Fraser

K1

38:29

4

Micky McDonald

K1

39:43

5

Duddon Canoe Club Junior

K4

42:23

6

Paul Hill

K1

43:47

7

Alan Paterson

K1

46:19

8

Malcolm Stubbs

K1

47:38

9

Peter Roscoe

K1

51:55

10

Amanda Spavin

K1

55:59

11

Sara Whelan

K1

56:39

12

Alistair Shawcross

K1

58:01

13

Norman Coburn

SUP

59:47

14

Allistair Swinsco

SUP

1:01:29

15

Tim Donovan

K1

1:02:20

16

Stef Kerek

SUP

1:06:24

17

Andy Rowley & Angela Martin

Tandem Canoe

1:07:08

18

Mick Pratt

K1

1:10:48

19

Albert & Kathy Risely

Tandem Canoe

1:12:30

20

Ian Mcloud

K1

1:17:14

21

Kain Mcloud

K1

1:17:21

22

Richard Grave

SUP

1:20:34

23

Simon Gunton

SUP

1:22:55


Tahe Marine Kickstarts The Season March 11 2015

 

Fancy getting yourself some Tahe Marine kit? Give us a call on 015394 44451 or email us at office@windermerecanoekayak.com.

 


Windermere Canoe Kayak Summer Solstice Race Report 2014 March 03 2015

June 2014 saw the 6th Annual Summer Solstice race organised by Windermere Canoe Kayak. We were super excited for this event as it was going to be bigger an better than before with races happening over the weekend as well as boat and paddle demos from Fell Foot Park.
The race involves paddlers of all abilities completing the 10.5 mile long paddle down Lake Windermere. 2014 saw a huge variety of boats participate including K1's, Sea Kayaks, Stand up Paddleboards, Dragon Boats, Canoes, Outriggers and many more.
Our aim is to get as many paddlers involved in this spectacular event to celebrate the longest day of the year by paddling Englands longest lake.
1 hour 19minutes was the time to beat, and that we did this year!

Registration was held at Waterhead and we couldn't have predicted better weather. The sunshine and mild tail wind was something new to our Solstice Race compared to the usual torrential rain and high head winds.
With the weather brought more and more competitors, we had never had so many before. We also saw Stand up Paddleboards compete for the first time, and boy did they do well.
At 11am it was all go, the racers were off and event staff had to pack up and race them, to the finish line. They made it, but only just with Ian and Alan Tordoff crossing the line in 1:14:00 and the GB Dragon Boat team in close pursuit hitting the line at 1:14:15.
Our first solo paddler Colin Cartwright crossed the line just 4 mins later with a time of 1:18:30 only just beating the solo race record by 30seconds.
We basked in the sunshine cheering the racers over the line, with everyone finishing within 3:17:00 (which in itself is a record!)

Prizegiving, food, beer and music finished off the day over at Fell Foot Wood Campsite. Some amazing prizes were donated by Peak UK, Ainsworth Paddles, Palm Equipment and SUP North, we couldn't have asked for better support.

While all this was happening we also had a Demo Weekend taking place in the North Field at Fell Foot Park. We had a lot of support from our suppliers who made the effort to come up to the lakes and show off all their lovely boats, paddle and kit. Boats and paddles were available for free demo on the water and there was kit up for sale for those keen to take up the sport.

Sunday saw our 5.5mile race happen, again with more participants than previous years, as well as more demos in the sunshine.

2015 can only get better! Keep an eye on the website and our Facebook page for more details and booking information.
    
                           

Summer Solstice 2014 Results June 25 2014

Long Course

Placing Name Boat Time
1 Ian & Alan Tordoff Tandem Kayak 01:14:00
2 GB Dragonboat Team Dragonboat 01:14:15
3 Colin Cartwright Single Kayak 01:18:30
4 Alan & Ursula Macintosh Tandem Kayak 01:25:05
5 Andrew Morton Single Kayak 01:25:13
6 Kenny Fraser Single Kayak 01:25:13
7 Jeff Parker Single Kayak 01:33:26
8 Kevin Locke Single Kayak 01:33:27
9 Kate Duffus Single Kayak 01:37:19
10 Paul Vousden & Tim Austin Tandem Kayak 01:37:32
11 Martin Tonge Single Kayak 01:37:44
12 Steve Whipp Single Kayak 01:37:51
13 John Wennington Outrigger Canoe 01:39:22
14 Ben Nelson Single Kayak 01:39:22
15 Malcolm Goodall Single Kayak 01:40:09
16 Alex Pilkington Single Kayak 01:40:44
17 David Kay Single Kayak 01:41:13
18 Trisha Corless Outrigger Canoe 01:44:01
19 Alan Paterson Single Kayak 01:44:18
20 Lizelle kemp Single Kayak 01:45:58
21 Ben Beachell Single Kayak 01:46:01
22 Martin Lucas Single Kayak 01:47:22
23 Roswitha Wagenknecht Single Kayak 01:47:32
24 Daniel Finlayson Outrigger Canoe 01:49:16
25 Paul Hill Single Kayak 01:49:26
26 Mitch Dunne Single Kayak 01:50:40
27 John Court Outrigger Canoe 01:51:30
28 Dan Hopwood Outrigger Canoe 01:51:32
29 Stuart Bates Single Kayak 01:52:36
30 Malcolm Stubbs Single Kayak 01:52:40
31 Adam & Steve Tandem Canoe 01:53:09
32 Dave Spence Single Kayak 01:54:16
33 Mike Dagley Single Kayak 01:54:21
34 Pete Astles Single Kayak 01:55:53
35 Lawrence Harris Single Kayak 01:55:54
36 Paddlers for Life Dragonboat 01:59:09
37 David Oates Single Kayak 02:00:30
38 Rob Britton Outrigger Canoe 02:07:45
39 Julia Kay Single Kayak 02:08:24
40 Dinah Ramenbusd Single Kayak 02:10:47
41 Jane Parker Single Kayak 02:12:02
42 Roger Butterfield Single Kayak 02:12:06
43 Simon Dunton SUP 02:12:26
44 Alistair Swinsco SUP 02:17:55
45 Alan & Mags Tandem Canoe 02:18:01
46 Lucy Pearce SUP 02:21:10
47 Bill Stephens Single Canoe 02:25:20
48 Julian Maclaine Single Kayak 02:25:24
49 Claire Maclaine Single Kayak 02:25:25
50 Richard Butler Single Kayak 02:29:10
51 Stephen Odonell SUP 02:34:45
52 Ben & Britta Tandem Kayak 02:45:04
53 Belinda Randall SUP 03:15:06
54 Simon Johnson Single SOT Kayak 03:15:11
55 Dan Jones Single Kayak 03:15:42
56 Ella Jones Single Kayak 03:15:49
57 Catherine & Family Canoe 03:16:01

Short Course

Placing Name Boat Time
1 Kenny Fraser Single Kayak 00:43:42
2 Kevin Locke Single Kayak 00:45:47
3 Alan Paterson Single Kayak 00:48:34
4 Kate Duffus Single Kayak 00:48:54
5 Lizelle Kemp Single Kayak 00:52:47
6 Stuart Bates Single Kayak 00:53:41
7 Paul Hill Single Kayak 00:54:44
8 Mike Dagley Single Kayak 00:54:58
9 Malcolm Stubbs Single Kayak 00:56:37
10 Amanda Spavin Single Kayak 01:00:14
11 Natalie & William & Dog Tandem Kayak 01:04:05
12 Geoff & Rory Tandem Kayak 01:08:24
13 Alistair Swinsco SUP 01:15:08
14 Keith Houldsworth Single Kayak 01:23:45
15 Alison Rennie SUP 01:25:56
16 Senga Blackmore SUP 01:34:15
17 Richard Grave SUP 02:04:49

Windermere Canoe and Kayak Presents the 6th Annual Summer Solstice Race April 05 2014

 

The Summer Solstice has always been a time for celebration; we are reminded of Pagan rituals and bonfires. Why not create your own Solstice tradition and join us on the water for the 6th annual Windermere Canoe Kayak Summer Solstice Festival.
This year is going to be bigger and better then ever. We will be celebrating the longest day by paddling the longest lake in England. All man powered boats/boards are welcome to paddle the 10.5 mile course or 5 mile course over the weekend. There will be prizes for each category as well as a BBQ finale and evening entertainment.
Joining us will be the folks from GoCanoeing, Palm Equipment, We-no-Nah, Grey Owl, SUP North, Peak UK and Fyne Boat Kits.
There will be canoes, kayaks, SUPs, and paddles all available for demo or taster sessions throughout the weekend. Everyone is welcome! There is something to do whether you’re just getting into the sport, or an accomplished paddler!
Enter the race solo, come as a pair, or even a team.

The Windermere Summer Solstice Lake Race is an exciting event held on England’s longest lake, at the heart of the beautiful Lake District National Park. The race involves paddlers of all abilities completing either the half or full length of Windermere, and is open to an array of boats from surf skis to canoes. Over the years we have seen everything from whitewater rafts and dragon boats, through to sit-on-top kayaks and handmade wooden canoes. The aim of the game is to get as many paddlers involved, enjoying England’s longest lake on the longest day of the year (or as near to as possible) – some are there just for the journey and some are there to beat the race record!

There will be a BBQ and evening entertainment after the Long race on Saturday night. Camping is available at Fell Foot Wood Camping. To make a booking or for further details, please contact Barry Houghton on 015395 31014 or barryhoughton@btconnect.com.

These are the two options for paddlers to choose from before the day of the Windermere Canoe Kayak Solstice Race. There is an option for you regardless of your paddling ability:-
1.) Long Course (10.5 Miles) – (Experienced only) Taking place on Saturday 21st June from Waterhead to Fell Foot
2.) Standard Course (5.5 Miles)- (Most participants with reasonable experience) Taking place on Sunday 22nd June from Fell Foot to Ferry Nab

Entrance Fee: £16 (Per Applicant) or £25 (with hire)

Registration for the long course will open from 9am – 10:45 at Waterhead. The race will aim to start at 11am.
The short course registration will be held at Fell Foot Park on the 22nd June from 9:30am – 11am for an 11:30 start

If you are interested in joining in then have a read of the race information and terms & conditions. Once you’ve had a look at these then download an application form and send it in before the day.

WCK Summer Solstice Application 2014

Race Information & Terms and Conditions 2014

Please ensure you read all the information provided before returning your application form. Return your application forms by post or email.

By Post: Windermere Canoe Kayak, Ferry Nab Road, Bowness-on-Windermere, LA23 3JH

By Email: office@windermerecanoekayak.com

All cheques must be payable to “Total Adventure Ltd”

You can also pay over the phone or pop in to the shop!

We look forward to celebrating another successful event. Good luck!