Mallaig Canoe Club

Kayak Trip Planning Aids

Mallaig and District Canoe Club



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Weather forecast:

Windfinder

XC Weather

Metcheck (weather forecast and inshore waters forecast)

Magic Seaweed - animated wind and swell maps

Windy

Synoptic charts

Inshore waters forecast - Met. Office

Forecast via mobile phone - Marine Call



Tide tables:

Easy Tide

BBC tide tables

Imray Tidal Planner phone app (£2.99 for 1 year's tides inc. secondary ports)

Mobilegeographics - free year's tides major ports worldwide.

 

Wind speeds reference chart (see below)

Method For Approximately Grading the Sea - MAGS (Gordon Brown)

Scottish water levels

UK sea kayak guidebook - trip reports, tons of info.

Grid Magnetic Angle Calculator

MDCC Trip Organiser Planning sheet

Tidal planning guide/tutorial


Trip planning sheet - Pesda Press

Basic Kit Information for Club Members

Simon Willis's Podcast library - paddle routes, technique, expeditions & people

Towing tips


Wind Speed - quick reference chart (Beaufort Scale)

Force Km/h Mph Knots Wind Probable sea state
0 less than 1 less than 1 less than 1 Still Like a mirror
1 1-5 1-3 1-3 Very light Ripples with appearance of scales. No crests.
2 6-11 4-7 4-6 Light breeze Small wavelets. Glassy crests that don't break.
3 12-19 8-12 7-10 Gentle breeze Crests begin to break
4 20-29 13-18 11-16 Moderate breeze Waves becoming larger, frequent white horses
5 30-39 19-24 17-21 Fresh breeze Moderate waves, many white horses, some spray
6 40-50 25-31 22-27 Strong breeze Large waves, extensive white horses
7 51-61 32-38 28-33 Near gale Sea heaps up, waves breaking, white foam blown in streaks
8 62-74 39-46 34-40 Gale Moderate high waves, crests break into spindrift, white foam
9 75-87 47-54 41-47 Strong gale High waves, crests topple spray affects visibility
10 88-101 55-63 48-55 Storm Very high breaking waves, dense foam streaks

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Hebridean Whale & Dolphin Trust