Activities Friday 10th April

A Little Quiz:


How old is the oldest known kayak?

Kayak (qajaq) and Umaiak by Gordon Miller
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The kayak has a history that stretches back around 4000 years to the common understanding. Archaeological evidence suggests 2000 years of history, but oral tradition proposes a history dating much farther. More Information

Who built the first kayak?

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The Inuit and Aleut tribes of Arctic North America were the first people to build and use kayaks. More Information

What is is the curvature of the hull from bow to stern called?

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The Rocker: The name rocker comes from the fact that the more rocker a hull has, the more likely it is to rock from front (bow) to back (stern). More rocker allows for greater maneuverability because the bow and stern have to face less resistance as less of the boat is in the water. For this same reason, hulls with more rocker are less effective at tracking than hulls with less rocker. More Information

Which hull is is best for speed?
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V Shaped: Compared to rounded hulls, these hulls have a sharper ‘V’ shape that allows the hull to better cut through the water, making them more effective at tracking in straight lines. These hulls are generally fast as well and sometimes considered ‘tippy’ as they offer more secondary than primary stability. More Information

Why would you feather a paddle?

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Feathering is the action of positioning your blades at opposite angles to one another to reduce the wind resistance while paddling. (assuming you have an adjustable paddle. Most Paddles are feathered for you. More Information

True or false: In World War II, kayaks were used by British special forces.

Oulds, D C (Lt), Royal Navy official photographer
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Royal Marines canoed almost 100 miles behind enemy lines to blow up ships in a daring World War II raid. More Information

What does the word kayak mean?

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Kajak, from Danish kajak, from Greenland Eskimo qayaq, literally "small boat of skins." The verb is attested from 1875, from the noun. Related: Kayaking; kayaker (1856). More Information

Which European country was the first to use the kayak for recreation?
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Intrepid Scottish barrister, John MacGregor was the first European to use an Inuit Kayak for tourism and excursion purposes, he also formed the first-ever kayak club “The Royal Canoe Club of London” on the 25 July 1866 in London. More Information

Which Olympic Games was canoeing first introduced?

Original author: Pierre de Coubertin (1863-1937) / Public domain
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Canoe Sprint became a full medal sport at the 1936 Berlin Games with the Women’s category being added to the Olympic programme in 1948.More Information

What is one of the main distinctions between a canoe and a kayak?

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The main way to know the difference is by looking at the type of paddle being used. Canoeists use a paddle with a blade at just one end, whereas kayakers paddle with a blade at each end. But there’s much more to it than that… Here’s our top five ways of telling canoes and kayaks apart More Information

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Each answer has a link, to more information so go why not take a look at the links.

Training Video

We will post a new video each week. Now we know you may not have a kayak to practice in but why not pretend by sitting on the floor holding a wrapping paper tube (if it is not your wrapping paper then please ask the owner first!).

Canoeing Pools

Okay you are not going to win loads of money with this one… Just a mention next week. 

The picture below has had the ball cunningly removed…

Submit to us (using the form below) the grid reference where you think the majority of the ball is in the picture below: