This weekends Xplore saw Tracy and Andy, Keith and Gary. Gary had just pick up his Cetus Mv, so was keen to get it on the salty stuff. After coffee and tidal planning, SW corner of Anglesey, Cable Bay was our start point. This allowed for some work in a gentle swell and a following sea, with some lovely sandy beaches along the way.
Keith and Tracy refreshing there stern rudders ...
After a couple of circuits we headed across the bay, with Andy leading us and looking out for a bay .. a brief leg stretch and a lunch break part 1 and then we were off again, this time with Gary leading us, as we paddled towards Rhosneigr and then towards Silver bay
At Silver bay, there was a gentle swell pushing on to the beach, and due to the level of the tide, the waves were running in smooth. Andy getting a good run in above ...
Gary getting the 2nd wave, with the Llyn Peninsular in the back ground ..
We then headed back across the bay. The light and colours during the day had been so varied and bright ...
Thankfully this bank of cloud passed us by to the left and over the main land ...latter we found out it had hailed in Menai Bridge!!
Menai Straits to Penmom Point
Sunday was a super sunny day and although windy to start this dropped off after a couple of hours on the water ...
Heron patiently waiting in the shallows ... with the Great Orme in the distance
Penmon Sound had a good solid 1 - 1.5 mt swell pushing through, so we did a couple of circuits into the swell and then running down wind. The emphasis was on keeping a rhythm. When the stern lifted, up your cadence and as the stern drops slow down and then repeat. Speed enables greater control and puts you one stroke closer to catching that wave!
A few seals making the most of the sunshine ... on the northern side of the island the water was more confused, but the wind had really dropped off as we paddled back up, with Gary leading and pointing out the main flow and eddy stream.
Andy then led us across the sound to the Southern side of Penmon Point, for a break and some lunch ...
While having lunch this little fella, crawled out of the water, surprising us all ... we thought he may have been embarrassed by his surf landing! He then started to bury himself ...
Back on the water and an all in for Andy and Tracy (their request) and a couple of final runs to the red beacon and back for Gary and Keith ... before returning to our start and stopping off in Beaumaris for ice creams!!
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