Sunday, 13 February 2011

Sea kayaking courses & holidays - Winter skills programme

North wales sea kayaking, Isle of Anglesey

The weather this weekend for the course, has been very varied. From the sunny and blue skies of Saturday, a stormy and windy night, to a grey, but calm Sunday. Iv e loaded the photos back to front so you see Sundays 1st!

So today was a journey from Point Lynas, on to Yni's Dullas and then Moelfre (east coast Anglesey). Tides worked perfectly, following a shuttle and paddling around the headland at slack, there was some swell, smaller than expected, which was a good thing! A peregrine was spotted on the small cliffs at the back of one of the bays. Very little was happening on the crossing to Yni's Dullas and the wind was behaving and following the forecast. A welcome from a number of seals and then lunch on the island, before making the crossing to Moelfre, in 30 minutes!

Grey seals watching us nervously, we gave them a wide birth and slowly some came closer, but they were very shy!

Saturday was one of the reasons its great to get out sea kayaking this time of year. Fantastic blue skies!

With some good initial planning by the group, over an initial coffee, the venue was to be Cemais to Bull Bay, taking in middle mouse on the way (north coast). Some initial rougher water as e came out of the bay and as we approached middle mouse, we did a ferry glide out to the island. It was great to see so many Razorbills. A brief pause and then back towards hells mouth! Some rock gardening and different turns, until we reached Porth Wen and the brick works for lunch and a real sun trap. Some more rock gardening and then on to bull bay to finish and a pint in the local pub, before driving back to Menai bridge. Not bad.

A Great weekends sea kayaking with Jon, Keith, Douglas, Simon, Abby and Di, plus it was lovely to feel the sun on my face again! Thanks to Di for helping with the shuttle.

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