This weekends Improve, had some unsettled conditions which seems to be the flavour of this August, roll on September and our Indian Summer!
After a short planning session, over a coffee, we drove to the North coast (inside of Point Lynas), and worked on out/inside turns and then moving further out, doing the turns in the larger swell! Use of skeg and stern rudders when returning with a following sea, to keep your boat on course, was in a super context and both Anne and Chris got to grips with this early on.
Our 2nd day we had a forecast of F5 gusting F6, so I journey down the Straits, from Felinheli to Menai Bridge, fitted in well with the tides and allowed us to focus on ferry glides and use of transits, while also putting edge into our forward paddling, to keep the boat on track. Our 2nd lunch break was below one of the pillars of menai bridge, which also allowed us to view the initial gentle turn of the tide, and a signal that we had another hour to work with before we would have to move on! Both achieved a couple of super longer ferry glides, which they jointly led, before reaching our end point. The wind was now truly following the forecast!