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by Steve Holmes
Sun Jun 09, 2019 6:20 am
Forum: Rants and Raves
Topic: Sshhh – it’s a secret! The Pan Celtic
Replies: 26
Views: 2271

Re: Sshhh – it’s a secret! The Pan Celtic

i Understand it’s a long way from Scotland. However,the travelling time for one competition in London for a Scottish paddler is less than that of three competitions in Tully, Bala and Nottingham for a paddler based in the South of England. A one off at Tees would be more central, maybe move the Brit...
by Steve Holmes
Mon Jun 03, 2019 5:18 pm
Forum: Rants and Raves
Topic: Sshhh – it’s a secret! The Pan Celtic
Replies: 26
Views: 2271

Re: Sshhh – it’s a secret! The Pan Celtic

I like Dee’s suggestion. Alongside the British open for J16 and above, and the J14 and J12 alongside the div 2 on the Sunday?
by Steve Holmes
Thu May 30, 2019 3:06 pm
Forum: Rants and Raves
Topic: Sshhh – it’s a secret! The Pan Celtic
Replies: 26
Views: 2271

Re: Sshhh – it’s a secret! The Pan Celtic

As the parent of a potential J12 team member, then absolutely it should be a thing. I’m not sure of the format it should take, but I am not convinced by the venues for the current format, at least for J12. Chloe is currently the 4th highest ranked J11 in the rankings, 3rd in England. This would plac...
by Steve Holmes
Wed May 22, 2019 9:20 am
Forum: Rants and Raves
Topic: Div4 promotions
Replies: 16
Views: 773

Re: Div4 promotions

So the downsides of the system, as I see it. There would be no promotions from flat water events, and it would be harder in general to get into div 3. This is not necessarily a bad thing. But does div 3 rely on the influx of these paddlers to keep events at a decent size? Smaller events at div 3 wou...
by Steve Holmes
Tue May 21, 2019 11:09 pm
Forum: Rants and Raves
Topic: Div4 promotions
Replies: 16
Views: 773

Re: Div4 promotions

I like some of Andy’s ideas. You could just scrap the current system for promotion and use the 140% of the top 3 idea for promotion. Looking back, Chloe was one of the few that didn’t meet the standard, but she would have been promoted the next day. One bonus to this is that div 4 paddlers (and thei...
by Steve Holmes
Mon May 20, 2019 12:52 pm
Forum: Rants and Raves
Topic: Div4 promotions
Replies: 16
Views: 773

Re: Div4 promotions

I’m not convinced by the up automatically after 5 races. For example, that would put little Peter from Manvers into div 3 and he clearly isn’t ready, great little confident paddler though he is.
by Steve Holmes
Mon May 20, 2019 12:49 pm
Forum: Rants and Raves
Topic: Div4 promotions
Replies: 16
Views: 773

Re: Div4 promotions

Paddlers who would finish in the top 60% of the field of div 3 are promoted. Presumably this was introduced in case there are a few good paddlers all of whom deserve promotion. Could the rule not be applied the other way? If a paddler would have finished in the top 60% of div 3 they are promoted and...
by Steve Holmes
Mon May 20, 2019 11:07 am
Forum: Rants and Raves
Topic: Div4 promotions
Replies: 16
Views: 773

Re: Div4 promotions

I agree it’s frustrating, but Olivia will go up at some point, and in a way the transition will be easier if it takes longer as the gap from her to the main group of div 3 paddlers will be less. The girl that beat her by taking a tactical 50 is really going to struggle in div 3 for a while. If you w...
by Steve Holmes
Wed May 15, 2019 3:45 pm
Forum: Rants and Raves
Topic: Vets' Points
Replies: 59
Views: 3369

Re: Vets' Points

We could use an alternative system for working out times to compare with the class? Ever paddled for GB? x1.1 Ever paddled in the Olympics? x1.2 Divide by 1.1 for every grandchild/major operation/free bus pass you have. I feel sure we can think of more if we're inventive. I'm happy with the current ...
by Steve Holmes
Mon May 13, 2019 5:24 pm
Forum: Rants and Raves
Topic: Canoe Slalom photo
Replies: 5
Views: 569

Re: Canoe Slalom photo

Joel is pulling what Chloe describes as a “Poo Face”, which she normally (quite fairly) uses to describe my face when attempting to compete!
by Steve Holmes
Mon May 13, 2019 11:27 am
Forum: Rants and Raves
Topic: Canoe Slalom photo
Replies: 5
Views: 569

Re: Canoe Slalom photo

I agree, love this picture of Benja!
by Steve Holmes
Sun Apr 28, 2019 7:45 pm
Forum: Rants and Raves
Topic: Encouraging volunteers
Replies: 6
Views: 723

Re: Encouraging volunteers

I am sorry that I came across as angry, and I realise the K1M was judging. However, if boats are slotted in they should go between classes - there were only 7 K1W. And my thanks to him for helping to take the course down at the end, and to all the other volunteers, who are amazing. My point however,...
by Steve Holmes
Sun Apr 28, 2019 5:58 pm
Forum: Rants and Raves
Topic: Encouraging volunteers
Replies: 6
Views: 723

Encouraging volunteers

Or how not to encourage me to volunteer in future. Today there was an issue with my daughter’s first run that we wanted to protest (it probably would have been rejected, in in the end her second run was awesome rendering even the improved first run irrelevant). However, I ran off to judge straight a...
by Steve Holmes
Fri Mar 29, 2019 3:26 pm
Forum: Rants and Raves
Topic: Division 2/3 Veterans Trophy
Replies: 17
Views: 1207

Re: Division 2/3 Veterans Trophy

I agree with Joel, I’m not motivated by points or prizes (though when I went second vet nationally yesterday you can bet I shared the hell out of it on Facebook!) I just enjoy racing at events where otherwise I would just be carrying boats around. It’s also a way of meeting some great people, partic...
by Steve Holmes
Mon Mar 04, 2019 7:47 am
Forum: Rants and Raves
Topic: Fins on boats
Replies: 20
Views: 2288

Re: Fins on boats

I think it could be argued that the hull begins below the seam tape? However, a repair that protruded from the original hull would technically fall foul of this rule.