Orkney's landscape is treeless. There are no rivers. The low hills allow the almost constant summer F3 or F4 breeze to proceed uninhibited across the exposed lochs. Orkney is made for sea kayaking rather than canoeing, but a-canoeing we must go if four of us local coaches are to fulfill the criteria for the L2 coach assessment in June.
|Kristian coaches single blade skills.|
Canoeing brings to mind mountains, lakes, rivers and forests; camping and bushcraft skills, not street lights and ferry terminals. However finding a bit of flat water in a sheltered spot in our windswept islands can be a big problem Boat, body, blade and WIND can be a discouraging combination. So off we go to Kirkwall Marina, though it is still pretty exposed, on a good day the water is relatively flat.
|Peter coaches sea kayak skills.|
We miss having access to a local quarry which is sheltered from most wind directions - a rare reliability which rewards the efforts we put in to our endeavours and allows us to make real gains in skills.
Hopefully Northern Kayaker has returned from the Coach Development weekend at Glenmore Lodge with lots of hints and tips!