Monday, 28 October 2013

Menai Straits - 27th October 2013

With the open sea being pretty wild, we opted to take cover in the Menai Straits for a short paddle between the two road bridges.

We launched at the slipway in Menai Bridge and headed off SW against the incoming tide and strong wind. We punched up through the fast flow under the arches of the Menai Bridge and picked our way up the Anglesey side keeping to eddies to allow us to make headway "upstream".

We had lunch in the woods just before the Britannia Bridge and once back on the water I hugged the bank and forced my way up against the flow and now very strong gusts to go through the bridge and around its central pillar. I rejoined Rachael and Jim and we headed back "downstream" playing about in the eddies breaking in and out of the flow.

Jim was due to be taking his 4* assessment this weekend, but it was cancelled due to the weather, but Rachael decided he could do with some rescue practice and threw herself in accordingly. With Rachael now rather cold we headed back to the slipway.

On the water for about 2 hours, just over 5km paddled.

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