Saturday, 30 July 2016

Conwy solo

An early start, there is another 5.30 on a Saturday, HW 0830.
Arrived some drizzle off and up to Dolgarrog for my breakfast butty and coffee.
On my return the sun shone.
Loads of Egrets and Herons at one stage a flock of 10 Egrets.
A great morning, very quiet on your own, its very different.

Friday, 29 July 2016

Colwyn Bay

Mark had not paddled for some time, the forecast looked good.
The plan was to do the Ormes, go against the flood for a while and come back with it for high water.
The sun shone but the winds picked up but nothing dramatic.
We launched and were met by big swells, its a fairly shallow coastline, I could tell that Mark was slightly apprehensive, the Jesus grip on the paddles and lack of conversation.
It appeared to increase and we pushed through Rhos On Sea.
A short distance later Mark stated he,d had enough.
he had dome well and we slowly headed back, with the following sea!

Friday, 22 July 2016

A long weekend of paddling

 The Welsh Anglo Tour Series
Met Ga and Badger at Dinorwic and a paddle down the Straits, we were to meet Mike later as he walked in to meet us.
A dull start, and  a quick stop at the Anglesey arms for a quick pint.
The evening turned out to be fine with sunshine and a lovely sun set.
Lots of wood collected and a fabulous fire.
Paddled again Saturday and up to Gareth's later that day to meet Andrew.
I was a tad tired, far too much partying.
Off to collect a curry from Corwen and a relatively early night.
With some time constraints a quick visit to Bala.
Andrew appearing to enjoy his kayak!
Andrew left us and we continued on another 6 miles making it just over 9 miles that day.

Rude not to, oh my round

Have we got enough wood guys

Never raced or rallied and one careful owner!

Llyn Tegid

Saturday, 16 July 2016

Conwy to Puffin #Aleut Double

What a miserable and wet start to the day, summer ha!
It was forecasted so a delay in our start time.
Arrived at Cowy around 1 pm and it had stopped raining well there,s a plus.
Off towards Llanfairfechan as the visibility was poor, after a short while it cleared so Puffin bound it was.
Slight wind over tide and around Puffin, seals and Puffins which was a massive plus.
A grounded power boat very expensive, around the corner to Anglesey for a brew.
Off again towards Llan, some breaking sea so a test with the double and a beam sea, no problems.
Left turn Clive and towards Conwy with a following sea.
As the Aleut is so long it took in about 2 to 3 waves which didn't give us speed and my front seat got a tad wet, int went well int the water up and over the day hatch.
20.2 miles and another great paddle ninth double.

A misty start

Thats an expensive oops

Saturday, 2 July 2016

Dragon Boat Event Llyn Padarn

A gathering of 25 teams and all in aid of St David,s Hospice, Llandudno, what a great cause.

Three races and the decider on the four fastest boats
Just pipped at the post and our third runs time would have clinched it but what a great day and medals.
A great big shout to for all who came to take part and also support the team.
Also a massive thanks to all of you who have supported the Hospice and given generously.

Our special thoughts were with Janice who I had the pleasure to know although for a relatively small time but who within this time made me realise that she was one in a million.
She past away recently and spent her last few days at the Hospice, and as a result of my faithful words last year after the event of "Never Again" its going to have to be an annual event.

Thursday, 23 June 2016

The Welsh Anglo Tour Series

The original plan was to meet Thursday and have an overnighter with some wild camping.
Many of us had taken time off work and as normal the weather was a tad iffy.
So some weeks ago we had an offer of a caravan at a reasonable price a short distance from Church bay which guaranteed us a dry evening.
Badger could only stay over Thursday so with the four of us we decided on a mixture of doubles and singles.
So two paddles, Thursday and Friday in the doubles and the three of us in singles on Saturday.
Thursday we launched from Bull Bay turned right and off we went.

Dolphins off Porth Linas, which was fairly flat for springs, a bit breezy which is the norm for Bull Bay

Amlwch Port

Second day which was very windy, lots of debate, arrived at Penmon, very breezy, some debate go on lets go for it.
A great bouncy paddle towards the bridges, a pit stop for lunch and what we though would be a ride home demonstrated the complexities of the Straits.
Some parts against us some with us and waters meeting.

......and there off


Badger left us, another BBQ and guests!
Saturdays paddle was the plane lol
Church bay and right turn, an area we were familiar with but the tiderce at Carmel head on Springs was very interesting.
Did I or we cope yes of course, was my leg initially shaking like a shitting dog well yes.
Such and a classic plan to come back within the first hour of the ebb, it will not be that bad.
Shite it was the biggest seas I,d been in but great fun and a massive confidence booster.
No photos on the roller coaster ride there or back.