Organised many, many months ago and thanks to Gareth for all of the planning, a very civilised start with the flight at 0830 on the Saturday we decided to book a Travel Lodge on the Friday evening, Ok the party started early but it also insured we were there and no silly o-clock start.
Its only just over a two hour flight and the taxi to Es Grau was short and cheap, 19€, that did,nt include the tip of course.
A small village, a local shop which although the lady owner took some days to warm up met all our needs and not too expensive, 85c for a tin of beer, 13€ for the local gin, oh yes fresh bread, cheeses and meats, we were sorted.
If you have transport there is a Lidle a short distance from the airport but for ourselves a hire car would have been parked up for some time and not used.
Arrived at the accommodation around midday wondered off to the kayak hire venue which was ..............across the road.
Menorcaenkayak.com , great staff mainly UK kayaks, Scorpios and Wilderness boats, we booked well in advance as the day of our arrival was their annual circumnavigation of the Island.
They had around 25 on this, its for eight days and just under 700€, we saw them practise on the Saturday in the bay and they set off on the Sunday.
Three of us had Scorpios and one with the Wilderness 17.
Kit is included we payed 115€ for five days and the staff are both willing and enthusiastic regarding advice and support, highly recommend this company.
So ready for Sunday we chilled out, a walk and something to eat, self catered on this night.
|The view from our beers|
|The Welsh Anglo Tour Series gang, L to R, Gareth, me, Badger, and Andrew|
|Andrew now behaving|
|Sea views available|
|A happy Badger|
|The yard and the usual place for booking SOT,s and SUP|
|Views from our veranda|
|The shop, two mins away, impressed with the kit.|
Up and at em early, oops no we are on holiday guys.
Kayaks out of the racks, padlock given and shown how to secure them on our return, you also leave a 50 € deposit, its for the usual although not sure how we could steal them.
We had noticed that it was fairly windy on the Saturday, same today, so after setting up the boats, we decided to play it safe and see what it was like when we turned out of the harbour.
Great place to play and do rescues, sheltered and of course warm water.
Went left and continued on, nothing to concern us, I think warm water also assists in making decisions.
|The land to the right is a small Island Illa der Colom and a nature reserve, the channel to the left is fairly shallow in places, not much tide difference here.|
|Fantastic rock formations|
|Does it get better, clear and warm seas|
|Made by the Brits|
|Cap de Favourite o de Copifort, a short paddle around the corner, confused seas so a decision to head back|
|Headed straight back, some swells but nothing to pick us up and assist much.|
Another windy day and some advice from the hire centre regarding the conditions, we decided to go for a walk and see if the winds would die down later that day.
|Luckily spotted this certainly a wow factor|
|Junipers, recommend the local gin guys|
|These gates are a feature of the Island.|
|The local nature reserve|
|Although not apparent the seas looked big, swells and seas crashing into the rocks.|
Later that day three of us decided to dip our toes into the water, we once again turned left and headed clockwise around the Island.
I managed the one photo and that was before we hit the large swells.
They were by far the biggest seas I had been in.
It appeared that you had to paddle up the large swells which appeared just to the left tip.
You continually lost sight of each other within the troughs, although none were breaking.
Crashing seas on the rocky coast also focused you.
It seemed to take ages to get to the turning point.
Again big seas on the other side of the Island and we had to head out in order to avoid the breaking seas which were because of some shallow waters, very focused not much chatting and heads down.
Again I think the warmth of the water assists although you still would not wish to start doing rescue,s, no get out points at all so some physical paddling.
Anyway we did it, although relatively short in distance a great learning curve and a boost to my confidence.
One to tell the Grandkids about.
|Another British Tower|
|Raining but still very warm|
|Taking some co|