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Peak Paddlers and Sheffield Canoe Club Anglesey Sea Kayaking Weekend.
21/22 May 2016
The joint club weekend had been planned as an opportunity to experience boat handling in moving water and the fast flowing but safe waters of the Menai Strait is an ideal venue to test the skills of sea kayakers. So, Anglesey was the venue. Saturday started out rainy and gloomy but soon brightened up to become a sunny but breezy day. A spring tide gave us fast flowing conditions around the Swellies and a long lunch gave time for the flow to slow to a manageable rate for ferry glide practice around Ynys Gored Goch in the afternoon.
Sunday again began a bit rainy and our original decision to put in at Porth Dafarch was changed because of the swell and sea state. Trearddur Bay gave us a more friendly start to the day and we rock hopped our way to the White Arch (Bwa Gwyn) and back. Lively conditions gave just enough challenge and everybody finished the afternoon with beaming smiles.
Special thanks to Martin, Gordon and Julie from Sheffield Canoe Club who joined us for the weekend and shared their experience and leadership making the weekend a real success. Here’s a video of the weekend’s highlights.
Orkney and Shetland June 2016
Orkney and Shetland have some of the best coastline for sea kayaking in Britain, and in spring and early summer huge colonies of nesting sea birds are found around the cliffs. In June I joined a group of friends and some ‘soon to become friends’ on a two week sea kayaking trip to the Orkney and Shetland archipelagos. One of our group, Prudence Baxter from Massachusetts, USA has written an excellent trip report with photos posted on the North Shore Paddlers Network. Here is a link to the report on their website.