Me and Dinny, after much deliberating in the weeks running up to this trip, decided to do the classic sea paddle, the “Bishops and Clerks.” Reading the guidebook it shows you a pretty red line, which way to go and a few comments along the lines of “a committing paddle“, “if the sea looks bumpy when you can see out past Ramsey then turn around” and “it can take from 4 hours to a 14 hr epic.” hmmmmmm. Also, it has icons to illustrate choppiness of the sea: it shows Ramsey sound as flat, and way out at sea between south bishop and Ramsey as extremely choppy. Anyone who has seen Ramsey sound on a normal day can understand why we were both excited yet cautious of what awaited us way out at sea.
Maybe someone will post a paddling report or a weather report or a surf report. This is the cake report from Helen, Laura, Chris, Leo and Anna. We listened to the Welsh National Orchestra practice some nice music in the Cathedral. Then we ate this:
It is chocolate and walnut brownie from “The Refectory.” It is very hard to choose between this and Guiness cake. So we ate both.
Ade, Dan and I had two very pleasant runs down the Washburn yesterday, what a lovely May evening. We bumped into the uni contigent long enough for them to witness my technical “drop-paddles-while-in-an-eddie-and-then-get-wet-scrambling-for-the-bank.” Not a swim. Oh no. The rest of the trip was uneventful, cos I followed Dan’s perfect lines. Cheers Ade for mending all these club paddles! xh
Me and Cath went to Portugal second city Porto the home of Port wine.
After catching the Ryanair from Liverpool which landed 50 mins ahead of schedule due to strong tail-wind then taking a taxi from the airport to our accommodation we realised there are bigger nutters out there than me
After all the usual checks (see whole article), we start CPR at 30 compressions then 2 breaths.
Handy Hint of the day: 30 compressions is two verses of “Nelly the elephant”, quite fast.
Eight of us attended Ian Bell’s aquatic first aid course this week. We learned a lot of things, many thanks Ian!
Saint David: patron saint of Wales. Saint Justinian: lived on Ramsay Island. Saint Eusoria: saint of nice weather. There is no saint of “The Bitches.” St Walburga: saint of “dogs, rabies and hydrophobia.” St Isidore of Seville: saint of surfing…the internet. There is no patron saint of “White Stuff” or “Fatface,” but San Juan Bosco is the patron saint of Patagonia.
Looking forward to a lovely bank holiday weekend.
One thing they mentioned which I’d never thought about, was the importance of eye contact and body language when you are giving instructions to a swimmer. Making eye contact with the swimmer puts them “under your control”! How cool is that? They will feel compelled to look at you, as long as you maintain eye contact! They have a better chance to hear your instruction. And then they’ll do as you say! …
… At least, they might do as you say, if they trust you, if you stay calm with your arms fairly low, and don’t look like an arm flailing, wittering MADMAN!
Who do you trust?
Pics of Claire and Ade running this year’s London Marathon, April. Claire ran for the charity “Young minds,” (donate via justgiving).
"I had a great day on sunday despite the heat
and am pleased to say I managed to run the
whole way round (however slowly at times!)
and finished in 4 hours 52.
I really appreciate all your sponsorship
and I know Young Minds do too. Thankyou!
If any of you fancy running the marathon
next year let me know as spectating looked
great fun so I'd like to give that a go now!!!"
‘Barbed Wire & Babushkas’ by Paul Grogan. Two English kayakers set off to run the Amur river of Siberia, source to sea. Thats over 4000km of mosquitos, forests and surreal bureaucratic barriers - the Amur is a sensitive China-Russia border. It can only really be paddled by people who are able to talk themselves out of various “AK47″ situations and live on a mixture of weevils, porridge and mystery tins. The story is interspersed with visits from a series of colourful, mostly incredibly kind and generous people who tend to adopt the two kayakers and ply them with vodka. This is what makes the journey, and the book.
A treat to read, get it.
After loading and unloading Penny’s car for only the sixth time we finally managed to pack all the paraphernalia required for a top weekend in Anglesey. With me comfortably lodged between a windsurf sail and a paddle we were off! First, through the Wirral’s “ring of steel” to follow the route of the North wales visual telegraph, across one of the richest mussel beds in the world to Anglesey. Arriving in Holyhead just in time for last orders, we met up with Helen, Rachel, Will, Cath and Dinny.
A late night was followed by an early morning for Dinny, Cath and Will. They set off on a 30 mile (45 minute, by the wookie-calculator) paddle out to the Skerries.
Helen and Rachel felt almost guilty waving them off from the windy beach - carrying a boat in that wind was taxing enough, let alone paddling! Meanwhile Tamsin, Penny and I were dining on fried eggs and bacon at Tesco Cafe.
Upcoming aquatic first aid course is at Liverpool University Guild training room, Monday 14th and Monday 21st May, 7pm-9pm. Usually we just tag along to local club FOA’s courses, but those are often in the outskirts, which is difficult for the students in terms of transport. For that reason, this one has been organised in the Guild.
There may be one or two places still on the course for students or olds – contact HelenH if you would like to attend.
Other first aid resources:
St. John’s ambulance have a very impressive website of first aid stuff, you can even download podcasts, imagine that.