Flamborough Dec 2016

2016-12-04 Flamborough

“My last paddle of the season” (possibly). Well that’s what I told my wife! Still it won’t be long before I can use the excuse of it being the “first paddle of the season”! hehehe… Well I blame this trip all on Mick Hargreaves. Having already told Andy Sloan there is no way I...

Rhoscolyn with view to the Llyn

2016-10-20 Rhoscolyn Solo

The start of my four day weekend saw me doing a chilled out solo paddle from Rhoscolyn down to the Airfield for a bit of surfing, then back up to the Beacon. The weather was excellent with light winds and a clear blue sky. Near to the Cymyran straits there were some fairly reasonable...

PM - not a lot happening

2016-10-09 Penrhyn Mawr Again!

Penrhyn Mawr again with Brian, Andy Sloan and Dave Blake’s group. We all got there far too early. We (Brian and moi) told them it was far too early the night before, but they insisted on a 9:30 on the water. Hey ho. Another hour in bed would have been nice. When we arrived...

2016-09-04 Rhosneigr Surf Session

After a wet night (internally) in the Paddler’s Return bar at Anglesey Outdoors, with Dave Blake and few others, we decided a surfing session at Rhosneigr was in order for Sunday. Just ten minutes into the session, Mike was hit by another Sea kayaker, resulting in a very nasty cut from his neck out...

Menai Straits

2016-09-03 Menai Straits Up and Down

The weather forecast for North Wales was very poor, with high winds and rain for much of the day.  So Michael Hargreaves in his new boat and I decided to meet up on the Menai Straits at Moel-y-Don. This allowed us to paddle up with the tide towards Menai Bridge, have lunch and come...

The Oban Lifeboat

2016-08-27 Oban Sea Kayak Race 2016

Once again, my now annual trip around Kerrera on the Oban Sea Kayak Race. The sit on tops or Surf Ski’s, as their owners like to call them, probably outnumber the traditional Sea Kayaks these days and most people paddle with Wings (nothing to do with RedBull – although I suspect a few of...

Arctic Tern

2016-07-31 The Skerries from Porth Camaes

The Skerries off Anglesey, is one of those magical places in our world. It’s not easy to get to, especially from a kayakers perspective as it is surrounded by strong tidal streams. But it is well worth the effort. Especially when the Terns are nesting. I have to say, I have long admired Tern’s...

North Stack getting lumpy - time to put the camera away

2016-07-30 Holyhead, Soldiers Point to Porth Dafarch

After a quick flurry of messages on Facebook late on Friday afternoon , I arranged to meet Gareth and Sarah the next morning. Gareth also brought along Dave who I sort of knew a little of from the Paddlers Bar at Anglesey Outdoors. The more the merrier! After a quick conflab at <ahem> Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch...

Abandoned to rot

2016-06-26 Barnstaple to Bideford

On holiday in North Devon for a week, but unfortunately the weather was not playing ball. About the only option for a paddle was the Taw and Torridge rivers. So putting in at Barnstaple about an hour before high tide, I paddled up and through Long Bridge before returning downstream. and under Taw Bridge....

The Birds

2016-06-05 Flamborough

There was quite a swell forecast for 5th June coming from the North. Consequently South Landing was fairly quiet in terms of the car park and sea state. Setting off Stu (VE Paddles) and I immediately bumped into a group of kayakers who had been out to Flamborough Head, who told us it was...

2016-05-08 Puffin Island

Sunday saw HW Liverpool being at 12:59, so we decided to paddle out to Puffin Island. This paddle works well for getting home at a reasonable time, as it is err… “sort of” on the way home!    From studying the guide books, Cruising Anglesey and Welsh Sea kayaking we could see that leaving from...

2016-05-07 Rhoscolyn Anglesey

It was a big spring tide weekend, but with HW around midday it was not the best time-wise for getting on the water at 10:30am. I paddled with PL and Abo. Due to the prevailing weather conditions, everyone with a sea kayak on Anglesey seemed to have the same idea. The car park at...

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