Friday, 19 September 2014

A weeks IntroMediate sea kayaking - Anglesey, North wales

What an amazing week of weather .. hot, mainly and with very gentle winds.  Mainly form the East, which is more unusual, so we've focused on the West and South coastal areas.  IntroMediate is about gently being exposed to wind, swell, current and small surf and we've had all of that, with silky seas, sunshine and even ice creams!!

After coffee and chats with Celia and Linda, we headed off for Treaddour  Bay, to work with outside edged turns and stern rudders

The day worked around putting outside edged turns and stern rudders into different contexts, from calm ares, to some swell, rocky channels and narrow channels ...

Day 2 was from Rhoscolyn to experience some flow, more caves and arches .... and inside leaned/low braced turns.  Throughout emphasis was on use of the body to achieve greater effect and influence the boat ...

Day 3 four options were discussed and both decided on the more technical option of working in the Swellie's, to really grasp leaned turns ...

Day 4 was from Soldiers Point to Abraham's Bosom and back, so the Northern element of 'The Stacks'. We caught North Stack on the last of the ebb, and worked our way through the caves that allowed us in due to the low tide and just bathed in the sunshine .. yet again .. ;)

We had lunch on the South side of Abraham's Bosom and then headed back to South Stack as it was now into the 2nd hour and it was such a lovely rolling ride back towards North Stack, with a few whoops along the way ....

The final day we focused on rescues, self and assisted and did a brief paddle through Penrhyn Mawr in its first hour of flood. There was good chunky and explosive swell running, so we explored form a distance and headed back for some lunch.

It had been a magic week, with lovely people, progress and super silky conditions ....


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