Monday, November 24, 2008

Silke's Atlantic crossing

She's off again! Follow here daily progress here

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Surfski Race Sunday 23rd

Local sea kayakers are encouraged to join in the annual NSRI Fundraiser surfski race at Seaforth beach. We normally compete in the 7km short course and the race is on the 23rd November at 9am.

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Old but still amusing if you hate Microsoft

The Top Ten Ways The Sport Would Be Different If Microsoft Built Kayaks:
10. A particular model year of kayak wouldn’t be available until AFTER that year, instead of before.
9. Every time you wanted to try a new paddle, you would have to buy a new kayak.
8. Occasionally your kayak would stop dead in the water for no apparent cause. No amount of paddling would budge it. You would have to tow it back to the launch site and restart your kayak. For some strange reason, you would simply just accept this.
7. Two people could not both paddle your kayak unless you paid extra for a ‘95 kayak or NT kayak in which case you would also have to buy an extra seat and expensive new charts.
6. A sophisticated marketing blitz would make you feel like a second-rate tasteless slacker for failing to upgrade your kayak. OOPS — wait a minute — that’s ALREADY happening.
5. Apple would make a kayak with 70% less hull drag, half the weight, watertight in all conditions and twice as stable. Unfortunately, it could be used on only 5% of the existing rivers.
4. Your Microsoft kayak’s compass, weather radio, and sump pump would be replaced with a single “General Kayak Fault” warning light.
3. The enthusiast press would get people excited about the “new” features of Microsoft kayaks, forgetting completely that they had been available in other brands for years.
2. Microsoft’s inconsiderable owners manual would spawn a whole cottage industry of outsiders who would write hundreds of books explaining how to paddle your Microsoft kayak. Amazingly, we would buy all they printed.
1. If you wanted to go kayaking in a group with your club members or friends (known as Network Kayaking), EVERYONE in the group will have BUY special group kayaking accessories; however, only one member of the group (known as the kaysysop) would have the foggiest notion of exactly what they did and no one else would be permitted to operate them.

Tuesday, November 04, 2008

Writs will be flying - or paddling

I stren-you-arsely deny these scurrilous accusations and can assure the writer of the previous article that I will be consulting with my lawyer, that notorious shark Paul Weber. You can be certain he will be suing the paddling pants off you, whoever you are.

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