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Offline Diarmuid

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[Meath] Boyne - 2+/C
« on: May 02, 2017, 22:11:30 »
Grade: 2+/C

IWW Guide: http://iww.ie/river_guide/river.php?id=273

Get Ons:
Stackallen https://goo.gl/maps/ctDnFqeojKt

Get Offs:
Slane https://goo.gl/maps/FxF9hUbhe5x

Features:
Stackallen
Diagonal Weir
S-Bend
Big A http://forum.ucdcanoeclub.com/index.php/topic,12883.msg124441.html#msg124441
Slane Castle
Slane Village
« Last Edit: May 02, 2017, 23:07:46 by Diarmuid »

Offline Poopy Dick

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Re: [Meath] Boyne
« Reply #1 on: May 02, 2017, 22:40:20 »
Big A
So the general aim of this guide is to get the club down the Big A weir on the Boyne into the white dot eddy on river right. This can be done from various lines at various levels. Attached are two satellite photos, one is raw and one edited.

  • When the Weir is in high water, there's should only be one line that is be run. That is the blue line. It is as seen on t[/size]he far far left of the Weir face. This is the only part of the Weir where a terminal stopper is not formed. No other line should be ran with the club.
    This line is very doable, but disadvantages of this line include:
    • no ability to set up a rope on the side
    • strong flow from the right after shooting the Weir
    • Chute is opposite side of river too the eddy
    If in doubt while on the river: portage.

  • When the river is in medium flow it is best to go with the green line. At this level the orange stoppers are quite retentive, and the red stopper is dangerous. Important to know what is medium and high here, as if the river is high, the green chute will actually become a stopper and extend the orange line stopper Disadvantages of this line include:
    • Strong flow from the left after shooting the Weir
    • Rope rescue can be set up... But a swim will likely occur further than a throw will go (can be worth setting up anyway)
    At this level it is sometimes worth checking the blue line. Only lack of water stops this line from running and you can be assured that the orange stopper won't extend into here.

  • On a low water Boyne, a lot of the holes are less dangerous. None are deep, and smart paddling can get you out of them. Needless to say though, all the holes are still there and are best avoided. The best line choice here is the green chute as explained above. In low water this never creates a hole, and is more of a wave. Currents from the left after the chute can still catch people out however so keep an eye there.
    In low water another line also appears, as the red and orange holes have less of a draw. This line is the pink line as shown. Possibly entry routes include the pink line and the pink dotted line. Care must be taken here though, as depicted by the photo this line brings you very close to both the orange and red stopper. This should never be ran by people who are still getting comfortable with just river paddling itself.


« Last Edit: May 02, 2017, 22:50:41 by Poopy Dick »