Friday, 19 September 2014

Macclesfield Canal - 14th September 2014

Club Hare and Hounds race, 4 miles, came in 7th in a time of 41:58. Didn't push it as my elbow is still sore, so only really paddling for the "attendance" points. Might be time for the physio.

Sunday, 7 September 2014

Cable Bay to Rhoscolyn Beacon - 7th September 2014

My elbow is still a bit sore, but I couldn't resist a good forecast and the offer of a trip to Anglesey. So I picked up Roger and Mark, and we set off to meet the other Macc paddlers at the services on the A5/A55 junction to work out where we were going to go.

I seem to have a reputation for not liking shuttles (they are such as waste of time aren't they?...), so Alan suggested launching at Cable Bay with a there and back trip to Rhoscolyn. Although the tide was ebbing all the time it doesn't have much flow in the Rhosneigr bay, and actually eddies to give us some assistance with the outward leg.

Ready for the off at Cable Bay
Only just made it through...
Bright sunshine and a northerly breeze accompanied us all day as we explored the skerries en route to Silver Bay for lunch. With the distant hills of Snowdonia on the horizon it reminded of some of the views I had seen in Vesteralen.

Lunch stop in Silver Bay
After lunch, we rock-hopped our way to Rhoscolyn and on to the islands referred to as Rhoscolyn Beacon (because the outer island has an old beacon tower on it). We weaved in and out of the islands in the company of a number of seals and other kayakers.


Rhoscolyn Beacon
The direct route back across the bay gave a wonderful backdrop of Snowdonia providing suitable transit points to keep us on track.

Just under 20km paddled. My elbow was sore at times, but the paddle didn't seem to make it any worse and feels fine now as I write this later in the evening....

Macclesfield Canal - 31st August 2014

One hour paddle on the canal, mainly to see how my elbow is behaving. Still hurts quite a it, so didn't push it. :(

Monday, 18 August 2014

Portland Harbour and the Fleet - 18th August 2014

Launched from Sandsfoot beach and paddled over towards Ferry Bridge and into the Fleet. The strong NW wind slowed me down somewhat, and I decided to have a look at the fishermen's huts on the Chesil side. I've seen these huts many times from the water, or from the coast path on the mainland, but never up close. They vary from ramshackle to plush...

Looking up the Fleet towards the bridging camp
Huts on Chesil

I got back in my boat and headed back towards Portland Harbour, this time with the wind and small waves on my back making progress easy. I turned right and headed over towards the Olympic centre and came across a kitesurfer in a spot of bother - his kite strings had broken, and so had his safety leash to his board. He was trying to swim back to the beach, but was making no real progress, so I towed him over to the breakwater by the Olympic centre. No sign of his board though... must have ended up over in the old naval base somewhere - hope he gets it back! After dropping him off I crossed the harbour into the wind and waves to return to Sandsfoot. On the water for about 90 minutes.

Portland Harbour - 17th August 2014

Half hour session with the boys in Portland harbour, short paddle around and I tried a few rolls. Right hand roll fine (see video), left hand roll needs some work! - all photo/video acknowledgements to Nancy.

Taking a breather
The boys and Roxy


Macclesfield Canal - 14th August 2014

The August round of the club Hare and Hounds - and I came in third again!... that's 6 third places in a row now. Managed another PB though, so my time is down to 38:10, which will not help the handicap at all!

Sunday, 10 August 2014

Macclesfield Canal - 10th August 2014

Hour long session on the canal paddling the Tor, 8.6km paddled, average speed 9.2kph. Had to wait about 15-20 minutes in the boathouse waiting for a heavy storm to pass over... if I had set off 5 minutes earlier I would have been drenched!