Tuesday, 30 August 2011

A typical bank holiday monday

Inshore waters was forecasting North Westerly 4 or 5, occasionally 6 in North - i.e. Anglesey, where we were. Ideal conditions then to take out a complete beginner (aged 12) and someone who last paddled in the early seventies, and that was on a flat bit of the river Medway (aged somewhat more).

Said beginner did very well in the stealth boat, before swapping to the one with a built-in engine.

Rich and India in the Anglesey Stick Double
and her dad paddled happily away in the Wild One.

Pies and tea on Tim's Beach, with a bit more work on the way back as the tide began to ebb.

About 8k paddled.

Tuesday, 23 August 2011

Low tide, low key

Tide is nearly always a factor when you plan a trip on the Anglesey coast, and sometimes low tide options seem scarce unless you are happy to carry/trolley your kayak over what seems like several miles of soft sand.

Last week's option was simple - launch at Foel (by the old Mermaid), dodge through the sandbanks to Caernarfon and head off to Belan.

Caernarfon to Belan
Then across to Abermenai point (some excitement for those new to seakayaking as the flooding tide began to exercise its antipathy to the wind direction) before a blast back along the Anglesey shore with a magnificent backdrop.

Snowdonia backdrop
and return to Foel as the light was fading.

Foel, Anglesey

about 12k paddled.

Always happy to paddle the straits and look at the wildlife, and in this instance help Frank get to grips with an Anglesey Stick. The route needs no explanation, so I will let the pictures do the talking.

Trying out Frank's Delphin - good fun

Riding the tide at Felinheli

Frank getting into the rhythm

Grey Heron

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