Jaws drop and eyebrows are raised when I mention that I've done this. Head over to https://ahoy-boats.biz/nordic/ to learn more about this great sliding-seat, recreational, coastal, sculling (rowing) boat, the NORDIC EXPLORER, which ships all over the world. Ask me for a quote. Thanks are due to Connor Weaver for his assistance as my videographer on this super day.
Eyebrows are raised whenever I mention that I've done this! The Mersey is a mighty river with a 10.7m tidal range that creates very strong currents. Go to https://ahoy-boats.biz/nordic/ to learn more about this magnificent sliding seat, open water, recreational sculling boat. Many thanks to Connor Weaver, my videographer on this super day, when the conditions were perfect for undertaking this feat.
2018 Chester Regatta. Needle match between local rival clubs, Grosvenor Rowing Club and Royal Chester Rowing Club, that are only 100 yards apart. Who will win?
5 minutes basic instruction and away he goes. This TS515 Training Scull https://www.ahoy-boats.biz inspires confidence.
The best boat in the world for teaching and learning sculling, whether you are 7 or 70.
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Listen to these two experienced scullers' comments about the Nordic Explorer. Then order one quickly https://ahoy-boats.biz/nordic/. There's a queue.
Steve Walker, founder of https://www.Ahoy-Boats.co.uk, introduces the new ASTUS 20.5 Trimaran Day Boat. A 20ft boat with 4 berths!
It is 40% more powerful than the previous 20.2 with bigger floats and even better use of the space that 20ft affords.
Detailed views and description of the NEW Astus 16.5 Trimaran available through http://ahoy-boats.com. Steve Walker guides you through the features of this up to date family day boat. This is a great boat to start your adventures in trimarans and is the bottom of the range of Astus Boats that go up as far as 24ft. There is also a tantalising glimpse of a scale model of the next new boat in the range, the 20.5, that will be on show at the Düsseldorf Boat Show early in 2018.
Steve Walker, founder of http://ahoy-boats.com and http://scullingacademy.com and author of How to Win - The Sports Competitor's Guide to Success, takes the twins, Elly and Kate from Chester, for a spin in a new Nordic Explorer https://ahoy-boats.biz/nordic/ at Henley-on-Thames on finals day of the 2017 regatta.
Steve Walker, founder of Sculling Academy, http://scullingacademy.com, partners with his regular training partner, Diane Moore in Mixed F double sculls at the 2017 World Rowing Masters Regatta in Bled, Slovenia. Watch the drama unfold.
Founder of Ahoy-Boats and http//scullingacademy.com, Steve Walker, racing at the World Rowing Masters Regatta in Bled, Slovenia, 2017. What a great regatta! A race every 3 minutes has meant there are always 2 races on the course at any one time. And racing from 07.00 to 19.00. This was Steve's race in G single sculls. Watch to see what happened.
With a record number of athletes at the World Rowing Masters Regatta this year, 2017, in Bled, Slovenia, there is a VERY large number of racing boats too.
The day before racing begins in the World Rowing Masters Regatta we took a walk around the most iconic rowing venue in the world, Lake Bled.
Steve Walker, founder of http://scullingacademy.com and Ahoy-Boats and author of "How to Win - the Sports Competitor's Guide to Success" https://www.amazon.co.uk/How-Win-Sports-Competitors-Success/dp/1478189320/ takes a Nordic Explorer https://ahoy-boats.biz/nordic/ for a sea trial. No water was taken on board! Not a drop. The usual sea birds were encountered, gulls, terns, a shy guillemot but also an unusual flock of turnstones, just a stone's throw from beach but out of sight or everybody except those in boats. Steve sculls out to the green Rhosneigr buoy and from there to the Little Orme where there is a flock of herring gulls gorging on whitebait along with mackerel, also feeding on them.
Why launch one when you can launch 2 Nordic Explorers https://ahoy-boats.biz/nordic/ at once? The honours must be preformed by a lady and my friends Helen Marriott and Sue Corbin stepped up to the plate willingly. A good excuse to pop open a bottle of bubbly.
On the maiden voyage of the Nordic Explorer https://ahoy-boats.biz/nordic Steve Walker plucked two young maidens from the towpath and gave them a ride down to Temple Island and all the way up past the course to Henley Bridge. They seemed to enjoy themselves.
Not a lot of people realise that on the towpath side only unpowered craft are allowed, apart from officials. And so rowing is undoubtedly the quickest way of getting about on race days as the towpath becomes so congested. It also means that you can get up close and personal with the racing crews, separated from them by only the booms.
There are some unsual things to see on the river when I go sculling but then there is the TOTALLY UNEXPECTED. Watch to the end then please share this video, sponsored by http://ScullingAcademy.com/
NEW sliding seat single sculling boat (rowboat). Although built for comfort rather than speed you can nevertheless row all day at 4 knots and sprint at 5kn. https://ahoy-boats.biz/nordic/explorer/
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International Master Sculler, Steve Walker outlines his cure for the modern plague of obesity that is cripling the British National Health Service. Founder of Ahoy-Boats https://ahoy-boats.biz/nordic/explorer/ and author of "How to Win - The Sports Competitor's Guide to Success", Steve expounds the virtue and value of JOY in exercise.
You can BUY at http://www.ahoy-boats.info/lists/Ahoy-Boats_latest-rowing-prices.htm and there is more information at http://www.ahoy-boats.biz/. Learn to scull well at http://scullingacademy.com.
When Steve Walker, founder of http://scullingacademy.com, and author of https://www.amazon.co.uk/How-Sports-Competitors-Guide-Success-ebook/dp/1478189320/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1474386627&sr=1-1&keywords=how+to+win+sports+competitors+guide+success+Stephen+Walker How to Win - The Sports Competitors Guide to Success, was at the World Rowing Masters Regatta, where he won two gold medals, he noticed that an awful lot of crews were making a fundamental, novice error! Watch and learn about Racecraft.
Founder of http://scullingacademy.com, Steve Walker, and his two training partners, Diane Moore and Janet Vorberg, won Masters G1x, Women's D2x and Mixed F2x at the World Masters in Copenhagen. Steve had towed the trailer from Chester in England across the Pennines to Hull then caught the P&O overnight ferry to Rotterdam, driven to Lübeck and the next day caught another ferry from Puttgarden to Rødby and thence to Copenhagen. This is the video of the return journey via Ratzeburg, the most exciting parts being associated with ferries!
Another win at the 2016 World Rowing Masters Regatta for http://scullingacademy.com founder, Steve Walker, this time with his training partner Diane Moore.
"We were ahead from the start and had complete faith in each other, despite not having trained in the same boat", said Steve.
"We just had to make sure that we didn't make any mistakes once we were in the lead", added Di.
Steve explained, "Between 150 and 250m we were a bit close to the buoys but we managed to steer clear of them and had a consistent line from then on."
"I feel that this win, my win in G singles on Friday and Di and Janet's win in women's D doubles are a complete vindication of my training methods. They prove that my win in F singles at Duisberg in 2012 and a couple of second places since at Varese and Hazewinkel are not flukes or merely luck."
So if you want to know more then read https://www.amazon.co.uk/How-Sports-Competitors-Guide-Success-ebook/dp/1478189320/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1474386627&sr=1-1&keywords=how+to+win+sports+competitors+guide+success+Stephen+Walker How to Win - The Sports Competitors Guide to Success by Stephen Walker and invest in Sculling Academy's "Lazy Sculler's Guide to Mastery" when you get the chance.
Steve Walker, founder of Sculling Academy, http://www.scullingacademy.com, wins G1x at the 2016 World Rowing Masters Regatta (WRMR) in Copenhagen. The medal has a mermaid (THE mermaid) on it. Very nice.
Chatting away to his training partner whilst warming up on the River Dee, Steve Walker's cool is rudely interrupted by a semi-submerged tree. The same tree he inadvertently hit the previous day! Go to http://scullingacademy.com to learn how to avoid capsize.
Go to http://www.ahoy-boats.biz for learn more about (or buy) the TS515 Training Scull featured in this video of the Gibaud family reunion/launch of the Jubilee Project. Chris Gibaud has been training in this boat and on his erg in preparation for the challenge of rowing down the River Thames from Lechlade to Putney. Listen to the comments made about the boat by his sons and daughter. Anybody can row this boat.
Buy my book: https://www.amazon.com/How-Win-Sports-Competitors-Success/dp/1478189320/ then goto http://www.scullingacademy.com to get a taste of my coaching before enrolling. British Masters Championship silver medalist, Steve Walker, invites you to consider what was the most important factor that contributed to this result, the MAGIC factor.
Click this link: http://www.scullingacademy.com/what-am-i-doing-in-this-video/ to get an explanation of my actions here at Northwich Head. I was doing something that I've never done before but will definitely do again. What was it?
I often get asked whether it is possible to put a TS515 Training Scull, http://www.ahoy-boats.biz, on top of a car roof. And it is. I think it's really easy. But I'm strong and always up for the challenge. So, what if you're not strong e.g. you're a woman? Here's the solution: A KariTek easy load roof rack, http://www.karitek.co.uk. Surprisingly you can easily load, not just one of these boats on this rack but 3 of them. In fact you could carry 6! It's a really neat system so now you have no excuse for not buying a TS515 Training Scull. This boat is ideal for recreational rowing, for teaching or learning sculling, for rowing in challenging water. It's swift, stable and safe, rewarding and reassuring at the same time.
Order a TS515 Training Scull now from http://www.ahoy-boats.biz. This is how to inspire the uninitiated without frightening them. The stabilisers turn a fast boat into a stable boat. For a boat to be fast and to give you the thrill that you get from a racing boat then it needs to be slim but that makes it unstable and scary. So putting stabilisers on the boat really do help you to learn quickly and give you confidence. There are other benefits with this boat so check out the web site: http://www.ahoy-boats.biz and place your order now.
Watch this video then click: http://www.ahoy-boats.biz to learn more about this excellent boat. It is responsive, rewarding and reassuring all at once. Furthermore it is realistic because in it you feel the need to balance the boat yet the stabilsers give you the confidence to try.
We encountered our first flooded road at Deganwy of all places! December 2015 was the warmest and wettest on record in the UK and a metre of rain had fallen in Capel Curig, the source of the water for Swallow Falls. The A55, a major artery road, giving access to Anglesey, and Ireland was closed due to flooding. The road to Llanrwst from Llandudno was closed due to flooing of the Conwy River. Getting about in these conditions was difficult and we had to go high.
Girl nearly drowned! She was under water for nearly 5 minutes.
I went to the Crook O'Dee today (by car) and then on to Aldford and Farndon to see the flooding of the flood plains. The River Dee was higher than this in 2000 when The Meadows in Chester were thoroughly flooded. Now they are only partially flooded. Amazing how the old bridges stand up to the stresses placed on them. Watch out for John McMahon's boat in this video! He had to abandon it yesterday at the Crook when he fell out whilst trying to extracate himself from the bushes! I persuaded him that it was not worth the risk to life and limb to attempt a recovery yet. Ask him about it. Quite a story. Good job he once trained with the SAS.
There was a severe gale in the Irish Sea today so I drove to my childhood home town of Wallasey for an exciting drive along the promenade to New Brighton with Julie where we then had Scouse for lunch at a friendly cafe, "Remember When".
My Dad used to take me and my sisters down to the prom when there was a storm like this and today there were people from far and wide doing the very same thing.
Steve Walker races himself in the same event. Watch how.
The full video will be added as a bonus available to those who enrol in Sculling Academy's "Lazy Sculler's Guide to Mastery". Watch http://scullingacademy.com to get into that.
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Steve Walker, founder of Sculling Academy http://scullingacademy.com, winning F/G 1x at Nottingham Autumn Head, a 6km race held on the River Trent in FOG this year.
"Raced in FOG yesterday and won F/G 1x at Nottingham Autumn Head. Because of the conditions the starter left 15-20 sec gaps between each competitor.
It was a 6000m course but the stream was fast and I managed to pass the two guys ahead of me by half way, one of whom used to win elite all around the NW when I was a novice, many years ago. We virtually went three abreast under a bridge with a central support that was smack bang in the middle of the river! Exciting.
Julie managed to snatch a little video of me from the suspension bridge. Normally you'd be able to see Trent Bridge from there but one could barely see each bank!
I paced myself better than I have of late, starting at 31, settling quickly at 28, then cruising at 29 and finishing with a great spurt past the Nottingham boathouses at 31 or maybe higher.
Had a great race and great hospitality from Nottingham Rowing Clubs and from my friends Ian and Gill Wilson with whom we stayed for Halloween."
The new video of the Catri 25 hydrofoiling trimaran is here: http://www.ahoy-boats.info/archives/sailing/cat_catri_trimarans.html#000532. Learn more about the TS515 Training Scull at http://www.ahoy-boats.biz. Yes you can still buy on-line. But like I said, most people prefer to chat with me and send money directly from their bank to mine. Watch some taster videos at http://www.scullingacademy.com and then enrol in Sculling Academy or at the very least buy my book, How to Win - The Sports Competitor's Guide to Success by clicking this 1st link for the Kindle Version: http://www.amazon.co.uk/How-Sports-Competitors-Guide-Success-ebook/dp/B009ETNF8W and this 2nd link for the paperback: http://www.amazon.co.uk/How-Win-Sports-Competitors-Success-x/dp/1478189320/.
This is a video about one or two of those things that happens when you go out sculling or rowing or sailing in a boat. Check out: http://www.ahoy-boats.biz, http://scullingacademy.com, http://ahoy-boats.co.uk, http://www.ahoy-boats.info, http://www.ahoy-boats.com.
The World Masters Rowing Regatta at Hazewinkel, Belgium, Sept 10th - 13th 2015 was a great event. Such a friendly atmosphere and an extremely high standard of competition with former internationals gracing us with their awesome performances here there and everywhere. We had wonderful sunshine to start with but we were dodging heavy showers on Sat & Sun. This short video encapsulates some of the action of my crew. We had the fastest start I'd ever experienced in any boat in my entire life and were ahead of everybody after it but inevitably paid the price for it shortly afterwards. You cannot run a fast mile if you run the first lap in a personal best time! Overall we had a great time, topped and tailed by an exciting overnight ferry journey between Hull and Zebrugge.
Rowing on the sea is a rare pleasure. Steve Walker, founder of Sculling Academy, http://scullingacademy.com, shows how the TS515 Training Scull, built in Australia by EDON Industries, and available in Europe from Ahoy-Boats, http://www.ahoy-boats.biz, performs in coastal situations and advises on simple precautions to take.
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Matthew is 11, average height and has good natural balance. His Dad, Rob Purves, said, "I gave him about 5 mins of instruction on the erg before he climbed into the Training Scull. We are fortunate to have a big piece of open water with no current and very little traffic. So, after teaching him how to stop the boat and to how to spin it, I pretty much let him scull where he liked, while his brother and I followed him round in a launch. My goal for this outing was simple. I wanted him to get a feel for the boat, and most importantly to have fun. So he had encouragement but no coaching input, apart from the occasional steering suggestion. As you pointed out, he's sculling 'right over left', which I confess I did not notice at the time. He had a great outing and has been back out several time since. I suspect we will soon have a third sculler in the family!
Earlier today I went for a rather special outing. My elder son (who is 14) has just graduated from club quads and doubles into a fine single. Today we went out together for the first time with both of us in singles. Sculling side by side with him on a glass-smooth lake, under a summer sky, is not an experience I will forget. Aside from the 'Dad' moment, I am really impressed by how easily he has transitioned into the single. I give much of the credit for that to the TS515, in which he learned to scull. It gave him a safe and stable platform on which he quickly learned good technique. It taught him to love sculling."
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If you have a duty of care for young people whom you are teaching to scull then this is the boat you need. It's light and fast so it's rewarding to scull. It's tough and durable. It's stable and reassuring. It's practical as it fits in the average garage and it is car-toppable and also stackable - handy in a crowded boathouse. BUY through: http://www.ahoy-boats.biz.
If you'd like Steve Walker to coach you sculling or sweep rowing then please complete this application form: http://www.ahoy-boats.biz/ApplicationForm.html. In this video Steve Walker, author of "How to Win - The Sports Competitor's Guide to Success", http://www.amazon.com/How-Win-Sports-Competitors-Success/dp/1478189320/ref=sr_1_2 and founder of Sculling Academy, http://scullingacademy.com, explains the difference between instruction and coaching. He shows that the mathematics that proves the importance of the role of feedback from a good coach also proves the importance of the efforts of the athlete to act upon the feedback received.
Rewarding - Reassuring - Realistic - Fast - Fun - Stable - Swift - Safe
Ideal whether you're learning for the 1st time or returning to the sport.
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I'm Steve Walker, founder of Ahoy-Boats http://www.ahoy-boats.biz and Sculling Academy http://scullingacademy.com and also author of How to Win - The Sports Competitor's Guide to Success. This is what it's like to be at this amazing regatta. It's my opinion that the TV coverage on YouTube this year has not detracted from the regatta at all. Indeed I believe it has enhanced it. Not only can one watch a whole race on screen, live, in the Stewards Enclosure, but outside that enclosure one can watch on one's phone or tablet and still soak up the incredible atmosphere and cheer on every close race that passes by. And having the racing permanently on YouTube in perpetuity is great for the analysis of technique. This helps both the competing athletes and aspiring athletes. Bravo HRR!
To download the Astus price lists go to: http://www.ahoy-boats.co.uk/. To find out why trimarans are so fast follow this link: http://www.ahoy-boats.info/. To contact me please go to http://www.ahoy-boats.info/call-me.htm. Day boats have changed! There is a whole new genre of them out there. This video is about the history of the biggest revolution in day boat design that was led by the late Noel Louvët, a brilliant businessman and lateral thinker. Since that revolution in 2000 this new genre of day boats has continued to evolve and the French remain world leaders.
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I first rowed in the 1st Eight for the University College of North Wales Boat Club, Bangor at the Head of the River Race on the Tideway in London in 1970. We finished 139th out of the 360 crews that rowed. In 2000 we had a reunion of that crew and we've had one every 5 years since. Over this bank holiday weekend, we climbed Snowdon, well half of it because it was too dangerous near the top, had two evening dinners, one of which was a black tie do, ate magnificent scones with clotted cream at the end of Bangor pier, which was closed when we were all at university together, drove over the Britannia Bridge, which was also closed the whole time we were at Bangor following a fire, visited Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch, visited Dickie's Boat yard which has moved to Penrhyn Harbour and inspected the mussel fishing boats, because one of our number is a world authority on mussels, were entertained by a Roman soldier during afternoon tea on a barge on the Shropshire Union Canal in Chester, where I live, and finally rowed with a couple of worthy substitutes, also from UCNWBC, on the River Dee in a boat provided by Grosvenor RC, finishing with lunch together at The Moorings, formerly the Famous Blue Moon Cafe. It was fantastic! Meeting up again with old friends and picking up where we'd left off. We talked a lot. The majority of the crew had not rowed for 40 years and Trish, our cox, had never ever coxed before! She found it impossible to steer and give orders at the same time! The oldest crew member was 71, one of the crew had had a heart attack and also was sporting a new hip! Bravo everybody. One of the things that struck me was the combined intellect of the assembled throng. So many had achieved so much already in their lives and were still interested in so much and are still as interesting as I remember them being at University. I felt that together we could have solved all the world's problems. Thank you all for being my friends.
Monohull sailing through 4 tidal gates from Pwllheli to Conwy through Bardsey Sound and the Menai Straits with my good friends Mike & Louise Dellar in their well found and well maintained yacht, "VELA". This beautiful passage is the antithesis of Sailing from Southampton towards Skye in "CLYDE" https://youtu.be/8WYN8kycUu4. As I write this Mike and Louise are sailing for a second summer in the Baltic Sea, having left VELA there during the winter. If you want to pick up a flavour of the Baltic then check out my voyage in the hydrofoil stabilised Catri 24 trimaran "TARDIS" from Ventspils in Latvia to England in 2005: https://youtu.be/y-qsz_Ye4RU and if you want to see the latest Catri 25 trimaran then watch https://youtu.be/ZbVH6rFqVpY. To my utter amazement I was the only person who joined Mike and Louise during their trip around Britain despite their invitations to all and sundry. It was a memorable and delightful 3 nights and days that finished in the seaside resort of Llandudno and the fortress town of Conwy.
Steve Walker combines a salutary tale with a demonstration of how to tie a TS515 Training Scull on top of a car. Buy a TS515 at http://www.ahoy-boats.biz
Epic rowing race from Beaumaris to Caernarfon against 20 - 30 knots winds. http://scullingacademy.com founder, Steve Walker, races also the next day in Northwich Head (twice!) and finally recommends the TS515 Training Scull http://www.ahoy-boats.biz/TS515/index.html.